Aunty Genoa Keawe Passes Away

Aunty Genoa Leilani Keawe
Aunty Genoa Leilani Keawe

PAPAKOLEA (KHNL) -- Aunty Genoa Leilani Keawe passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday morning at her home in Papakolea.

Her family said she has dealt with many health challenges in the last ten years of her life and has met each obstacle with great faith and determination to bounce back into the limelight with her many performances.

Aunty Genoa was blessed with 89 years of life with strength in maintaining her beautiful soprano voice for everyone to enjoy up to the last day at home.  Her family said she was a very simple person.

She loved the people of Hawaii and her many fans throughout the world for their support through her experiences and travels.

Service arrangements will be by Borthwick Mortuary.  Services will be conducted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for which she has served as a faithful member.

Genoa Leilani Adolpho married Edward P. Keawe-Aiko.  Together they had 12 children.  There are three surviving children: Gary P. Keawe-Aiko (#1), Eli Kaeo Paalua (#8) and Eric K. Keawe (#11).

Deceased are Moana, Arthur, Victoria, Edward Jr., Samuel, Miriam, James, Kauilani & Sonny.

She has 40 grandchildren, 98 great-grandchildren and 81 great-great grandchildren.  Her family recognizes her deceased children's spouses, as well who has always been there for support when needed: Howard Lono, Iwalani (Ho), Frederick Amina, Snooks (Watson), Barbara (Buchanan), Patrick Ah Yuen and two hanai daughters Suzie Harrison and Roberta Silva.