Mahina Bailey, 71, a ukulele player and hula dancer who had performed internationally and helped popularize Hawaiian arts on the U.S. mainland, died July 9 at his Alexandria home. He had a heart ailment.
Mr. Bailey, who had lived in the Washington area since 1963, retired in 1980 after 33 years as a contracts specialist with the Navy.
Born in Hawaii and of Polynesian, Chinese, Irish and New England missionary ancestry, Mr. Bailey was the artistic director of the musical group Mahina and the Polynesians. He performed at the Johnson White House, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and on cable and network television programs. The group toured several continents, and Mr. Bailey was featured in sales promotions for Hawaiian airlines.
In this area, the group performed at the Sylvan Theater, on Capitol Hill and at the Smithsonian and State Department receptions. Mr. Bailey, who also composed songs, released an album, "Mahina at the Capitol," in 1991. He had operated an Alexandria hula school, the Halau Hula Mahina O Wakinekona, since 1985.
Mr. Bailey, who was born Harold Dole Mahealani Bailey on Oahu, was nicknamed Mahina. He was a graduate of the University of Hawaii and served in the Army in Guam and Japan. He began teaching the hula, which has become increasingly popular in Japan, while in the service.
He began his work with the Navy at Pearl Harbor and later transferred the Washington Navy Yard.
Mr. Bailey had lectured on Hawaii culture at Princeton University.
He was a member of the Hawaii State Society and Hope United Church of Christ in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Angelina P. Bailey of Alexandria; three daughters, Lilly Kaipo Walsh and Rosalinda Kaua Bailey, both of Alexandria, and Haroldynne Mahealani Rannels of Staten Island, N.Y.; a sister; and six grandchildren.