About the Book
Uncle George Na'ope was a living legend in the Hawaiian Hula world, the co-founder of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.
With his colorful outfits, and his status, everyone wanted to be photographed with him.
These are my personal images of Uncle George with his family, friends, hula performers, and former students who are now hula teachers (Kumu) themselves.
A colorful tribute to a colorful man with a rainbow aloha smile, my Uncle George Na'ope.
Randy Magnus grew up in the Central Valley farmlands of California, and saw the cultural diversity that came into the area as the population grew. He learned to celebrate what the different cultures had to offer in the arts, food, and lifestyles. With his cameras Randy would document the cultural celebrations, showing the pride in what sets each culture apart, perserving a part of their unique heritage to share with others. Randy Magnus has work in several museums, including MOMA in New York City, the Oakland Museum, and the Achenbach Print Collection at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. He has had one-man shows in San Francisco, New York, and Amsterdam. .