Edna Bekeart


Edna Pualani Farden Bekeart was born in Lahaina, sister of Irmgard Farden. Like so many in her family, she devoted her life to singing, dancing, teaching and community service. She studied and became expert in all facets of Hawaiian culture, customs and folk-lore. She developed a professional ukulele instruction course.

She shared her knowledge and expertise in many Hawaiian pageants, stage shows, radio and TV programs and wrote the 1956 official Aloha Week Song. Her other compositions included 'That's How to Do the Hula,' 'Little Kona Hat,' 'Menehune Holiday' and 'Peke Nui Wahine E.' She also joined her sister in composing and producing 12 children's songs for an LP, Hawaiian Time.

Biographical material from Tony Todaro, The Golden Years of Hawaiian Entertainment (Tony Todaro Pub., 1974).