Dottie Thompson, George Naope, & the Definition of “Resplendent”

Aunty Dottie Thompson and George Na‘ope, together credited with starting Hilo, Hawai‘i’s Merrie Monarch Festival 46 years ago, are both looking frail this year, and both attended the festival briefly on the final night in wheelchairs.

Still, one can always count on Uncle George to look absolutely resplendent.


Re·splen·dent   (rĭ-splĕndənt)


Splendid or dazzling in appearance; brilliant.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin resplendēns, resplendent-, present participle of resplendēre, to shine brightly : re-, re- + splendēre, to shine.]

Splendid. Dazzling. Brilliant. He definitely still shines.




  1. Louis K. Akana

    I have been trying to find a way to get in touch with Uncle George. Uncle George and I worked together back in 1965 at the “Nalei Hotel” in Hilo. At the time the hotel was owned by Elroy Osorio Sr. and managed by Jim and Leo Kinard.

    I very much want to wish Uncle George the best. Back in those days we worked hard and played hard. I even had the opportunity to sing with Uncle George at the hotel.

    I don’t know if he will remember me or not. If you would forward my message to him somehow, I would appreciate it very much.

    Louis Kealiihelekai Akana, Jr.
    5750 Little Mill Parkway
    Buford, Georgia 30518

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