Kumu Hula Rae Kahikilaulani Fonseca died this afternoon of a heart attack. He was 56. Fonseca was haumana to the late Uncle George Lanakilakeikiahialii Naope, and spent many years involved with the Merrie Monarch Festival Naope helped to create, both helping behind the scenes and training his halau, Halau Hula o Kahikilaulani, for the competition.
Comments in Hawaiian-interest social networking sites reflect shock at the loss within 24 hours of two significant members of the hula community. Dorothy “Aunty Dottie” Thompson died Friday night. Thompson was a co-founder of the Merrie Monarch Festival.