Dancing in the Park

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Not since Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance, threatened to launch a movie career has the world been so close to the brink of terpsichorean catastrophe. I'm talking, of course, about the on-again-off-again saga of the Kodak Hula Show.

The 62-year-old Honolulu kitsch-fest apparently is on again, this time for good, thanks to the Aloha spirit of the Hogan Family Foundation, a California-based bunch of good guys who have signed a new lease with the city for use of the Waikiki Shell in Kapiolani Park where the free show is held each Tuesday through Thursday.

Kodak started the extravaganza in 1937 as a film-selling gimmick, which must have worked big time, as the show has drawn 17 million tourists since its debut. But the production, which now costs $550,000 annually, outgrew Kodak's commitment, and it was announced that the plug was to be pulled. A one-month stay of execution was granted once people started growling at Kodak.

Enter the Hogans, who not only will sponsor the show, keep it free, retain the performers and leave the schedule intact, they'll also keep the name. It will continue to be called the Kodak Hula Show. You gotta love these folks.

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