Lolani Liu Jr., 58, passed away on July 31, 2014 at home in Anchorage. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. with viewing at 2:30 p.m Saturday August 9, 2014 at First Congregational Church 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd. A reception will follow the service. Reverend George Blair will officiate. Lolani was born April 11, 1956 in Faga'alu, American Samoa. He served in the U.S. Navy. He moved to Anchorage in October 1981 where he pursued his love for music and cooking working as a musician playing various gigs around the state including the former Irish Setter Bar, former Polar Bar and different gigs in Valdez and Seward. He cooked at Eat Express and Hula Hands. He retired from music and cooking in 2007. His family wrote: "Lani loved his family very much. Up to and including his extended family here in Anchorage. Lani was the nicest guy and easy to like. Those he met became instant friends, those he knew good friends and those he loved, family. Well met Lani, well met." Mr. Liu is survived by his love and lifelong companion of 34 years Joanne Vierkoetter, son James Vierkoetter, brothers Faamau Liu and Liu Lolani, sisters Faauma Lepisi, Hatesa Turano and Nele Laulu and numberous beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his parents Lolani Liu and Iemaima Ioasa Liu, brother Isaako and sisters Tinei Akapo, Sina Logologo and Eleni Selu.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 5, 2014