Tuesday, September 20, 2005


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The founder of the former Puamana Day Care Preschool in Waianae and patriarch of the musical Farden family has died.

Rudolph Haleakala Godfrey Farden Sr. of Waianae died on Sept. 4. He was 91.

Farden and his wife, Harriet, founded and operated the preschool from 1951 to 1971 and named it after the site of his family's home in West Maui, where his late father, Charles, and Rudolph's sister, the late Irmgard (Farden) Aluli, composed the 1937 ballad "Puamana."

Rudolph, a retired fire captain in Waianae, was the father of Randy Farden, the late composer of "Beautiful Kauai."

Rudolph is survived by his wife of 68 years, Harriet K. Farden; brother retired Col. Llewellyn Buddy Farden; sister Edna Bekeart; grandson Hailama Farden; granddaughters Cindy Ann Peek, Diana Caswell, Christina Villanueva and Nicole Taylor; and five great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Friday. Visitation begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Waianae Protestant Church at 85-946 Mill St., with service at 7 p.m. On Saturday, friends may call at Borthwick Mortuary, Maunakea Chapel, at 8:30 a.m. Services start at 10 a.m., with burial at 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

A later memorial service is planned in Lahaina at the Holy Innocents Episcopal Church on Oct. 15. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Mortuary Services.

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