Joan Sniffen Lindsey

Joan Sniffen Lindsey

Joan Lindsey was of Hawaiian & Korean descent, raised partially in Kohala, but mostly in Kalihi. “Auntie Joanie” fell in love with hula very early & had an interesting journey from shy young girl to beloved long-time Kumu Hula. (1928-2016)
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Hula Preservation Society, Digital ʻUmeke, Joan Sniffen Lindsey

By the time we met her in 2004, Auntie Joanie had been involved with hula for 60 years. She was so well-known and dearly loved. We felt honored to enter her orbit! In the beginning, Auntie invited us to come and document her activities at class sessions, rehearsals, and public performances with her hālau. Watching her in action, it was clear this Kumu was strict and firm, yet loving and dedicated – a beautiful balance. A year into our relationship, she participated in “formal” talk-stories and panel discussions with us, and then invited us to award ceremonies, honoring's, and hula workshops as well. She was a busy Kumu who continued to give until her passing. We were blessed to be able to nominate Auntie Joanie for a special recognition in her twilight years – a deserved honor for a passionate and loving woman of hula.

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