Nā Momi Ho‘oheno was created to capture the treasured life stories of our Hawaiian people so that future generations might be enriched by these priceless mo‘olelo of our cherished and unique way of life. Elaine Nickie Ahuna Hines was born in Hilo, Hawai‘i on August 28, 1927. Aunty Nickie has been playing Hawaiian music for more than 70 years. At the age of 9, she made her first professional debut with noted Hilo singer / composer, Albert Nahale-a. Since then she has played with some of Hawai‘i’s top musicians including Aunty Genoa Keawe.
produced by Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center
Nickie doesn’t mention her children. I knew Johnny when my dad was stationed at Pearl Harbor. You can’t tell in the video but the “patio” where this was filmed was built onto the garage and the second floor opened on to it.
My mom Rose Thomas was a dance student of Pansy Stagner and I believe that’s how my family
met the Hine’s. Just hearing Nickie’s voice brings back a lot of good memories.