I am saddened to know of Auntie Harriet's passing. I first met her in 1958-1960 when many, from the Islands, came to San Francisco, CA. We later crossed paths again when she taught Hula and I was a member of her class in 1997. She danced the Hawaiian Wedding Song at my wedding reception in 2002 and taught me a solo for my Gary and the guests. She always had a smile on her face and it also showed in her eyes. I miss her.
It saddens me greatly that although i have praised mrs Akiona all my life as the worlds very greatest teacher, and highest all around caliber of woman, that i waited until now to think of contacting her to send her my whole heart and tell her that SHE was the bain of my childhood insecurities and self erected obstacles. I was litte Haole boy, pahinui Bauckham and she always told me that my freckles were so cute and that id grow to be a handsome and well recieved man.1 outta 2 isnt bad!the eulogy hit it dead on. She always stood up for me and said i was her favorite student. I recall not having enough academic "Kala" to go excursion to KOEC so she quickly produced a test playing to my strengths and KOEC remains my greatest childhood memory. I love you aunty and i regret that i never shared that i was invited to sponsee at frank b shaner falsetto contest or that the little haole boy from kamauna garnered a standing ovation at a crowd of 3000 avid hawaiian music fans with my nahenahe "yanking" rendition of na pua ohe like, hilos flowery anthem. None of this woukd have come without the kindness and encouragment of a true hawaiian treasure.Mrs. Harriet Akiona.he Aloha no na Kupuna. With all my heart, Pahi.pahi
Grandma Harriet became my first mother-in-law when I married her son Warner in 1979. She only had two children in her immediate family but was mother to many more, including her grandson, my oldest son Warner, Jr. (Warner-boy). She loved all of her children with the best feelings of ohana and aloha. She was the first person I went to for comfort when my own father passed away. She was a great organizer, nothing held her back when she wanted to do something, and she could always be counted on for that impromptu hula when called upon, no matter the song. We had our differences, as a mother-in-law will have with a daughter-in-law, but we loved her.
HARRIET was a very good friend to me and she and her grandson lived next door to me.I could of not ask for a better friend she was allways full of love we talked each day went to the store together went out to eat. It will be hard whit out her she will be very muched missed we allways checked on each other cause we both had medical problems.
She really carred about people her heart only know love for all even do she is no longer whit us she will never be forgotten and she will allways be in my heart
til we meet again I will love and miss you aloha wau ja oe
I love you Harriet
Johanna and Vincent Crupi
Lynn your mother was a wonderful person and really quite a spirited person, judging by the wonderful biography that was written. I loved the pictures. My love and prayers go to you and all your family.