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Bekeart, Edna Pualani Farden

  
Kupuna Name:
Bekeart, Edna Pualani Farden
Middle Names and Meaning:
Kapuaolani ( Dawn of Heaven )
Birthday: Dec 27, 1917
Birth Place: Lahaina
   

Brief Biographical Summary:
Edna Pualani Farden Bekeart was born and raised on the island of Maui and comes from the famous Farden Family of Puamana. She studied hula with her sister, Emma Sharpe, who studied with Kauhai Likua, a dancer of King Kalškaua's court. Pualani has contributed to the worlds of hula and music through her years of teaching at the University of Hawai`i, Kamehameha Schools, and Holy Nativity School. She has written dozens of songs, many in collaboration with her sister Irmgard Farden Aluli, and continues to actively add to her award-winning collection. Her primary focus has been on writing songs for Hawai`i's children.

Visuals:
Auntie Edna with her "hula" mailbox, Maui
Playing one of her favorite songs, Oct 2002
Auntie Edna sharing her beautiful music on the `ukulele
Auntie Pualani viewing her HPS digital movies, 2003
Auntie Pualani watching her hula clips on the computer, 2003
After presentation on sister Irmgard Aluli, Ritz-Carlton Celebration of the Arts, 2003

Chants Discussed
Lili`u E (Queen Lili`u)
 

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