Beloved Kumu Hula Joan Lindsey dies at age 87

A beloved and well-known Kumu Hula Joan Lindsey has died at the age of 87.

According to her family, she died late Saturday night on Oct.15.

Lindsey began teaching in 1949, and for nearly seven decades, made her love of hula her career.

She taught in Pearl City to generations of students.

Lindsey was also a judge in many hula competitions.

Lindsey's family says she never let anything get in the way of her passion and even taught her last hula class Thursday night.

The non-profit Hula Preservation Society worked with Lindsey in the last decade of her life. Lindsey was honored by the Hula Preservation Society at the Hula Grill at the Outrigger Hotel in Waikiki in 2013 as shown in the photo below. The Hula Preservation Society shared "Auntie Joanie's steadfastness and unending love for her students and hula touched us deeply. Even nearing 90, someone like Auntie never retires because hula truly is life."

Services for Lindsey will be held at Mililani Mortuary, Mauka Chapel, on Thursday, November 3, with an 8:30 a.m. public viewing and services starting at 11 a.m.


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