Monday, January 4, 2016


Tutasi “No other clubs compared to the Hawaiian Room.” From 1937-1966, in the heart of what was the largest city in the world at the time, the Hawaiian Room was a pioneering venue where authentic hula and Hawaiian music were shared with millions from around the world. Helen Tutasiilemauosamoa (Tutasi) Wilson was one of the performers; she was born in Leone, Pago Pago American Samoa. In 1925, when Tutasi was 10 years old, she was sent to Honolulu where she attended Lincoln School and later Kamehameha School for Girls; thus, in 1933, becoming the first non-Hawaiian girl to graduate from the school. Tutasi became a valued addition to Arthur Godfrey's weekly CBS-TV program in New York with her dancing and acting.

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