Irmgard Farden Aluli
"Auntie" Irmgard Keali'iwahinealohanohokahaopuamana Farden Aluli (1911 - October 4, 2001) was a Hawaiian composer who wrote over 200 songs. In Hawaii, she was considered a haku mele, or maker of songs. Aluli is considered the most prolific woman composer of Hawaii since Queen Lili'uokalani. She is the fourth person to be honored twice for a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA). She has also been inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.
Aluli was born in Lahaina, Maui in 1911. She was born into a large (sources differ in whether there were between 10 and 13 children) musical family. Her parents are Annie Kahalepouli Shaw Farden and Charles Kekua Farden and she is of Hawaiian, German and Hungarian ancestry.
Aluli first started performing publicly with the Annie Kerr Trio in 1926. She had an alto voice and could play piano, ukulele, bass and guitar. Aluli wrote her first song in 1935, called "Down on Maunakea Street."
In the 1960s, she started a group called Puamana. The group started out as a quartet which included her daughters and her niece. A short film was created by Les Blank, Meleanna Meyer and Chris Simon about Puamana in 1991. The film features the group and also includes interviews with Aluli.
Aluli performed publicly often, until she hurt her hand in 1998. In 1998, she was honored with her induction into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. She continued to play ukulele and made "occasional appearances until a few weeks before her death." Aluli died on October 4 in Honolulu.
In 2015, Puamana, which has continued under the leadership of her daughters and granddaughter earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from HARA.
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