Singer-songwriter Irmgard Farden Aluli, who composed of more than 300 songs about the Hawaii she loved, died from cancer Oct. 4 in Honolulu. She was 89.
Aluli was one of 13 children of Charles and Annie Farden. Music was a staple in the family’s Lahaina, Maui home. Aluli’s signature tune “Puamana” was about her family home and she formed a group of the same name in the early 1980s that subsequently played for 14 years at the Willows nightclub in Honolulu.
In 1998, Aluli was inducted into the Hawaii Music Hall of Fame. Just two months ago, she was honored as a living treasure by the Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club.
She is survived by two brothers, one sister, three sons, two daughters, 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.