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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Entertainer Moe Keale to get musical goodbye

Advertiser Staff

Entertainer Moe Keale's life will be celebrated with song and prayer beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Kawai'ahao Church, where friends may call until 6 p.m.

Moe Keale was a Na Hoku Hano-hano Award winner.

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The service will be from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by another visitation from 7 to 9 p.m.

A musical remembrance will be held at noon May 4 at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound after the scattering of ashes at sea at sunset.

Wilfred Nalani Keale was born in Honolulu. He died of heart failure April 15 at Castle Medical Center at the age of 62. A Kane'ohe resident, he was a popular actor, singer, musician, healer and humanitarian.

Of Native Hawaiian descent, Keale had roots on Ni'ihau. A former member of Eddie Kamae's Sons of Hawai'i and a seasoned actor on TV series ranging from "Hawaii Five-O" to "Magnum, P.I.," Keale also was a Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning vocalist.

He worked as a beach boy, radio deejay, part-time electrician and professional high-diver. His ease with Hawaiian vocals and his dexterity on 'ukulele made him a popular entertainment figure, well known for his recording "Aloha Is ... A Part of Me, a Part of You," which won him a Hoku award in 1987.

At the time of his death, he was a partner in The Lomi Shop at Windward Mall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Moe Keale Fund for the American Heart Association.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Nalani; sister, Momi Mix; hanai sisters Martha Noyles, Loke Lyu and Kauhane Lee, godson Kekoaokekoolau Lyu, nieces and nephews, and Ni'ihau 'ohana.

Borthwick Mortuary is handling arrangements.