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Evolution of the Hawaiian tourist show
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Author:  LMCtech [ Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:21 am ]
Post subject:  Evolution of the Hawaiian tourist show

An interesting article in the SF Chronicle.

New show, new biography explore legends of the islands

Jeanne Cooper

Thursday, September 7, 2006

It used to be all that visitors to Hawaii wanted was sun, sand and a sweet-and-sour mai tai or two or four, usually chugged down during the ubiquitous Polynesian revue and buffet billed as a lu'au.

But the cultural renaissance that first bloomed among Hawaiians in the late '70s and early '80s is cross-pollinating more and more productions for today's culturally savvy tourists.


I've been to a few of these shows over the years. One of the things I liked about them were the diversity of body types among the dancers. You'd never see that in a mainland ballet company.

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