KANEOHE (KHNL) - Funeral services for Hawaiian entertainer, singer and hula dancer, Rose Frances Naone Leinani Lee Meadows, known as Nani Lee Meadows, will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 from 6 p.m. To 9 p.m. at the Faith Church in Kaneohe. There will be a private scattering of her ashes. She passed away on April 12, 2008 after she battled with breast cancer for several years. She was 76 years old.
Meadows was born on December 4, 1931 in Hawaii and was raised in Kaneohe by parents Daniel Lima Naone and Rose Pestana Gomes Naone. She was a Hawaiian music artist, singer and Hawaiian Polynesian dancer who performed at prestigious showrooms, special events, and on television during the 1950's and 1960's.
She is most remembered by her poised style of performing, natural beauty and incredible stage performances with her late husband Kui Lee, and friend, the late Don Ho. She was featured in the Waikiki Swings album and Don Ho's Greatest Hits. She performed with Kui at the famous Hawaiian Room at the Lexington Hotel in New York, and Queen's Surf in Waikiki.
As a woman with many talents Nani Lee Meadows married Kui Lee in the mid 1950's. She became a widow in 1966 after the death of Kui and raised their four young children. She later got married to the late Barney E. Meadows and the two resided in Ka'u on the Big Island of Hawaii for the rest of her life.
Meadows is survived by daughters, Wailana, Mahealani, and Maile Lee. Her son, Kimo Lee, sister, Elizabeth Libby Naone Bailey, and brother Billy Naone. She has 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and many neices, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
The family of Nani Lee Meadows extends their deepest appreciation, gratitude, and aloha to everyone who had a special connection with Nani. Her lifelong memories will be cherished forever.