DAWN ALOHA KEKO’OLANI

Posted On July 3rd, 2011 -

DAWN ALOHA KEKO’OLANI

Passed away into the blessed peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ at age 47 on May 25, 2011, having succumbed to complications from breast cancer. Dawn was well known for her lifelong efforts to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and traditions. She enjoyed educating children and young people, having pioneered several programs and developed curriculum at Honolulu Community College, Farrington High School and several Hawaiian charter schools. Dawn’s 20 years of research and study with leading Hawaiian thinkers and cultural practitioners culminated in her philosophy of Hawaiian spirituality, the tenets of which were set down in a book, “Na’au Poi: Spiritual Food for Cultural Enlightenment”.

Dawn’s mastery of hula, photography, and Hawaiian music were shaped by a long and happy collaboration with her beloved sister Patricia Malia “Kiki” Keko’olani, who passed away in 2009. Dawn is survived by her daughter Aesha Na’awapuhimelemele Ohelo; her mother Patricia Zolman Holt; her brother Dean Pua Keko’olani; her half-brother Nawai Keko’olani; three half-sisters, Celeste Leilani “Becky” Keko’olani, Deborah Thorn, Christina Gassoway; and her nephew Teariki Tully.

A private family service was held at Diamond Head Memorial Park at Honolulu, Hawaii on June 9, 2011. Friends and family wishing to pay their respects may call Diamond Head Memorial Park for directions to her resting place.


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