Ed Kenney

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Edward Kamanaloha Kenney, Jr. (August 8, 1933 – October 5, 2018) was an American singer and actor from Hawaii best known for the role of "Wang Ta" in the original Broadway production of Flower Drum Song. In retirement, he lived on the island of Kaua‘i and occasionally made public appearances.


Born in Honolulu on Oahu to a Hawaiian-Chinese mother and a Swedish-Irish father. He married Judy Bailey and lived on Kauai.

Kenney was married to hula dancer Beverly Noa and was the father of Honolulu restaurateur, Edward Kenney, III.[1][2]

Kenney and Noa headlined shows at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Halekulani Hotel for years. They reunited for a Honolulu television show on KGMB-TV in the 1980s.

Stage credits[edit]


Honolulu Community Theater[edit]

  • Various productions (1950s)

University of Oregon[edit]

President William McKinley High School Theater[edit]

  • 13 Daughters as Chun (late-1980s)

Hawaii Theatre[edit]

  • 13 Daughters as Kahuna (early-1990s)




  • Exotic Sounds of the Spice Island (Columbia, 1960)
  • My Hawai‘i (Columbia, 1962) (later reissued with a different cover on a Columbia budget label, Harmony)
  • Ed Kenney's Hawaii (ABC/Paramount, 1962) (later reissued with a different cover by Decca, 196?)
  • Somewhere in Hawai‘i (Waikiki, 1964)
  • Waikiki (Decca, 1966)
  • Royal Hawaiian Luau (Decca, 1967)
  • An Island (Lehua, 1977)


  • Hawaii's Favorite Christmas Songs - Vol 2 (1999)
  • Hawaii's Sunset Melodies (1996)
  • Hawaii's Golden Treasures (1996)
  • Hawaii's Favorite Christmas Songs (1993)
  • Flower Drum Song: 1958 Original Broadway Cast (1958)


Co-wrote this with Eaton "Bob" Magoon, Jr.[3][4][5] (13 Daughters composer) and Gordon Phelps.


  1. ^ "Honolulu Star-Bulletin Features Column /2005/04/10/". Starbulletin.com. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Eddie Sherman 05.04.05". Midweek.com. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ 'Eaton Magoon, Jr.'. Music Theatre International. (USA)
  4. ^ 'Eaton Magoon, Jr.'. Discogs.
  5. ^ 'Eaton Magoon, Jr.'. Playbill. (New York, USA).

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