We are saddened to share the news that Aunty Edna Pualani Farden Bekeart passed away at the young age of 95. She was a Mountain Apple songwriter and sister of famed Aunty Irmgard Aluli.
Amy Hanaiali’i recorded a few of her songs earlier in her career which delighted Aunty more than most could imagine.
She was a recipient for the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the American Pen Women.
One of the best parts of working with Aunty Edna was that we received lead sheets with lyrics and music as well as the story behind each song. Another great thing was receiving a business letter handwritten in cursive (no matter how long the letter was) and always receiving a small gift when she visited!
Memorial information: http://obits.staradvertiser.com/2013/08/11/edna-pualani-farden-bekeart-3/