Hogan Foundation to step down from hula show sponsorship

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- The Hogan Family Foundation will pull out of its sponsorship of the Pleasant Hawaiian Hula Show, a historic attraction that has been operating for more than 64 years in Kapiolani Park in Honolulu, once a new sponsor is found.

A statement from the foundation said that it is looking for a new sponsor of the attraction, which was backed by Eastman Kodak from 1937 until 1999, when the Hogan Foundation took over.

Gary Hogan, a foundation board member, said the decision was made because of the foundation's focus on education, including entrepreneurial programs at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and Chaminade University in Honolulu.

"In light of this refocusing of the foundation, our board of directors has determined that we should seek new sponsorship. We are working closely with the City of Honolulu to find a suitable company or organization to continue to operate this excellent venue."

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