The Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts will present a talk titled “Keeping a Legacy Alive: The Halla Huhm Korean Dance Studio, Foundation, and Dance Collection” in its Lunchtime Lecture series at the Hawai’i State Art Museum on May 25, 2010.
The speaker will be Mary Jo Freshley, who has been involved with the Halla Pai Huhm Studio since 1962 and carries on its commitment of maintaining the tradition of Korean music and dance established by Halla Huhm. The studio has been, since 1950, the only continuous source of Korean dance and music in Hawai’i.
The nonprofit foundation was established in 1994, afer the death of Halla Huhm, to perpetuate her legacy. This is achieved in part by sponsoring programs of traditional Korean music and dance in collaboration with other organizations such as the University of Hawai’i Outreach College and the Center for Korean Studies. The Halla Huhm Dance Collection is housed at the Center for Korean Studies and includes photographs, programs, newspaper articles, correspondence, and videos related to the studio and various events in which the foundation has been involved.
The program will begin at 12 noon and will take place in the museum’s Multipurpose Room on the first floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building at 250 South Hotel Street in downtown Honolulu.