The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on May 28, 1976 · Page 17
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The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana · Page 17

Kalispell, Montana
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Friday, May 28, 1976
Page 17
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The The Daily Inter Lake, Kalispell, Montana, Friday, May 28, 1976 B--1 Hawaiian culture featured during Hockaday show by MARK HOLSTON The golden sands, swaying palms and rich heritage of ancient and contemporary Hawaii beckon winter weary FJathead residents to the grounds of the Hockaday Center for the Arts this Saturday for a multi-media spectacular that focuses on the charms of our 50th state. Produced by Flathead Valley Community College's Anthropology instructor and TCE television personality Charles Rippey, the extravaganza, dubbed The Polynesian Cultural Festival, will escort the viewer through centuries of Hawaiian history and a myriad of natural delights. ;· Rippey has honed his knowledge of Hawaii during two successive tripsjto the islands last year. His original photography and narrative script are combined with authentic sound effects in stereo to submerge the viewer in the heady world cross-pollenized cultures, unparalleled natural beauty and a long, regal history. His medium is a fast paced three screen color slide program, combined with narration and accompanying musical and natural soundstrack. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. at the Hockaday, with the added delight of a visiting delegation of Micronesian students who will perform traditional stick dances with students from Rippey's Anthropology classes. Light refreshments in the tropical tradition of the islands will be provided. Rippey's slides detail the story of the islands, from their volcanic birth through the different periods of settlement by Pacific peoples to the arrival of Capt. Cook and Hawaii's modern era. "The show should provide some useful information for anyone who is planning to visit Hawaii in the future or for those who have made the trip before," Rippey says. "I've attempted to take the viewer beyond the more obvious, surface aspects of Hawaiian culture to explore the inner soul of this fascinating land." There is no charge for the presentation. A BLEND OF FIGHT AND DANCE . Micronesian students Fasy Nethon and Jerry Malsar rehearse traditional stick dance. Photo by Mark HoMon

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