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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, April 21, 2006

Educator, performer Harriet Farden dies

 •  Obituaries

Advertiser Staff

Harriet K. Farden, an educator, hula dancer and wife of the late patriarch of the musical Farden family, died April 1 in Makakilo. She was 89.

Farden was born in Waikapu, Maui, and graduated from Maui High School in 1935. She moved to O'ahu that year and performed the hula professionally for famed kumu hula Tommy Hiona and Webley Edwards, host of the "Hawai'i Calls" program.

In 1937, she married Rudolph Farden, head of the musical family that included his sister, Irmgard Aluli. Harriet Farden taught at Epiphany and St. Paul's schools, and in 1951 Harriet and Rudolph Farden founded Puamana Day Care Center in Wai'anae.

Harriet Farden retired from teaching in 1971 and a year later was appointed by Mayor Frank Fasi to the O'ahu Committee on Children and Youth. Farden also was a member of several Hawaiian civic organizations.

Farden is survived by grandson and caregiver, Hailama Farden; granddaughters, Cindy Ann Farden Peek, Diana Caswell, Christina Villanueva and Nicole Taylor; six great-grandchildren; brother, Frank Sylva; and sister, Lorna Ariola.

Visitation from 4:30 p.m. May 5 at the Wai'anae Protestant Church with a procession to begin at 4 p.m. at the family residence. The service will begin at 7 p.m. Service also at 8:30 a.m. May 6 at Kamehameha Schools' Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel; service at 11 a.m. Burial at 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.