Biographical Research Center

Interview with Milton Tuni I and Vernon Stone 11/27/2001 tape 1

Interview with Milton Tuni I and Vernon Stone, former students and dancers for Maʻiki Aiu Lake, recorded on November 27, 2001 for Biography Hawaiʻi: Maiki Aiu Lake. Topics include how they each met Aiu Lake (or "Snookie") and how they started dancing for her; what it was like to be some of the first hula dancers of the era; the Waikīkī hula scene of the 1950s and what it was like to perform in local nightclubs of the time; the study of hula kahiko in the 1950s, their view of and experience dancing "comic" hulas; early luau performance memories; what it meant for Tuni to be a part of Aiu Lake's first ʻūniki class; his views on judging hula; what Aiu Lake was like as a person, instructor and artist; and Tuni's views of modern hula.

Languages: English


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