Kodak Hula Show gets new life

HONOLULU -- The Kodak Hula Show, set to close July 31 after operating for 62 years in Waikiki, will continue, funded by the Hogan Family Foundation.

The foundation reached an agreement with Eastman Kodak Co. and the city, which owns the Waikiki Shell, where the show is held. No changes are anticipated in the show's name, location, staffing or performance schedule.

"The transition will be seamless," said Ed Hogan, chairman of the Hogan Family Foundation. "We look [forward] to many more years of providing a free entertainment facility and show for visitors."

Eastman Kodak announced in May that, for economic reasons, on June 30 it would end the show it has sponsored at Waikiki Beach since 1937.

In late June, Eastman Kodak extended performances of the show for another month while it negotiated with prospective sponsors. The free show, with 40 musicians and dancers, attracts 150,000 visitors annually.

It is held year-round, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Waikiki Shell in Kapiolani Park.

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