Aloha. ALthough I didnt get the call untill late this afternoon, I have just learned that one of the most revered, admired and respected people in the state, on this island, and in many places aropund the world has just passed away on Kauai, and apporximately 10 am this morning.
Kumu Illei was many things to me. I saw her peassing in a dream last week, and called someone close to her, and begged that person to take me to her. SHe had rallied hber spirits, and m,y freind said she was fine. SO I put it out of my mind and determined to visit her in Kekaha, later on. However, true to my dream, she died today. THis has been devastating news for me. Kumu Illei was so many things to me. A beloved "Aunti-Mom_Sis", as we say here, of close hanai that are too old to be our moms, not quite old enough to be our aunties, and are more like older sisters. SHe was a wise, wonderful, kolohe brilliant person and human being.
She was everything that anyone could have asked for in a Kumu. KNowlegeable, poatient, kind, loving but strict. HSe did so many amazing things in her life. But she tried to be tuff and independent right to the end. SHe instilled a beleive that truth was a heck of a lot better then fiction, thats for sure.
I cant typoe any more right now. Just too upsetting right now. I will right more, becasue I just got this news about an hour ago. P;ease spread the word to all who loved her. Mahalo
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