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Hula group makes waves at competition

image The Grass Valley Hula Halau was well represented at the 30th annual Ia 'Oe E Ka La Hula Festival that was held from Nov. 5-7 in Pleasanton.



Grass Valley – A Nevada County hula school recently participated in an international competition held in Pleasanton that included dancers from as far away as Japan.

Dale Deacon, a teacher’s assistant at the Grass Valley hula school, placed third in the Gracious Ladies Solo Division. Four of the school’s students also danced in the Gracious Ladies Group.

Rebecca Greenberg of Nevada City, Anita Coley of Nevada City, Gayle Greco of Nevada City, Bonnie Hertlein of Browns Valley and Dale Deacon of Lake of the Pines were accompanied by Natalie Ai Kama, a well-known musician from Honolulu, while performing in the Gracious Ladies Group.

The Grass Valley Hula Halau was founded in 2002 by Kumu Pilialoha Christiansen, who is originally from Hilo, Hawaii. Kumu Pilialoha travels to Grass Valley each month from Southern California to teach hula and language classes.
The hula group will perform again on Sunday, Dec. 5, at St. Joseph's Cultural Center in Grass Valley as part of the "The Hawaiian Luau Concert" that features slack key guitarist Patrick Landeza and ukulele virtuoso Herb Ohta, Jr. The show starts at 5 p.m.

For more information on the Grass Valley Hula Halau, call 530-477-5687.

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