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Family & friends celebrate Auntie Dottie's life

Noe Noe
Maile Mauhili Maile Mauhili

By Malika Dudley bio | email

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - In Hilo Sunday, Auntie Dottie was laid to rest in her favorite white mu'u mu'u.

There was laughter, tears, and lots of hawaiian music, dance, and food.

"That's what she requested, she told them what she wanted before she passed, the mass she wanted Hawaiian music and dancing and all the things she loved and promoted", said close family friend Penny Keli'i Vrendenburg

The pa'ina started with an enchanting pule sung in harmony by all that were there.

Close friends were asked to dance the hula like Alicia Smith who said, "for dottie, I will."

Auntie Dottie passed away on March 19th, the day before her dear friend Rae Fonseca. Members of his halau, Hula Halau O Kahikilaulani danced for him, in honor of her.

"Rae Fonseca loved Auntie Dottie like she was his mom, he just absolutely loved her", said close family friend Noe.

Auntie Luana and her family have been busy putting on the Merrie Monarch, finally Saturday, some time to slow down, share with friends, and remember.

"Aloha on behalf of my mom and her family I would like to thank every one of you that has come to help celebrate her life. Thank you very much", said Luana Kawelu, Thompson's daughter.

The matriarch of the Merrie Monarch hula festival was remembered as shy but stern, that's how she got everything done, the right way.

And, as a loving, gracious woman, someone you could depend on.

"Auntie Dottie was my mentor, she taught me many things", said Dottie's friend, Maile Mauhili.

"Auntie Dottie was great, she had a great energy, she was solid, everybody looks at this festival and sees a lot of different things, but I don't think they really see how important she was", said Merrie Monarch host Kimo Kahoano.

Because this humble, private woman, never seeked the limelight.

"I think Auntie Dottie is the wind beneath the wings of Merrie Monarch, she's always been rather shy and a behind the scenes type of person, but she can mobilize a community and volunteers like no one else I know", said family friend Pua Tokumoto.

"It's been a wonderful relationship for me from then to now, and a few tears and a few nights up working and things of that nature, but it was all worth it and for that I am grateful you just couldn't find a better lady to work for", said family friend Paul Tallet.

Saturday's pa'ina ended with an impromptu group hula and the singing of Hawaii Aloha by all.

"She's in all of us, in our hearts, she's been an incredible ambassador for Hilo and for Hawaii."

"I love her so so much."

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