Thursday, July 12, 2001

MARAEA KAMAE / 1919-2001

Isle weekend entertainer
was ‘queen of slap bass’

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By Rosemarie Bernardo

Auntie Maraea Kamae was a generous woman with a passion for music, said her son Henry Jr.

Kamae died last Thursday at Bellflower Medical Center in Bellflower, Calif., at the age of 82. She was born on Aug. 12, 1919, in Kahuku.

During the 1950s and '60s, on the weekends she performed as a singer, comical dancer and bass player at Queen's Surf in Waikiki.

Kamae was recognized as the "queen of slap bass," said Henry Jr. During the week, she worked as a custodian at Kahuku High School before moving to San Diego in 1969.

Kamae's other son, Kane, said: "She was a very personable individual. She was always willing to help other people."

"She was a very happy person. ... I guess everyone could tell by her music and by her performance," Kane said.

Kamae is survived by her sons Kenneth, Henry Jr., Kane and Klenn-meyer; daughters Kay-Vola Shannon and Cwen-Lynn Brandow; 28 grandchildren; and 47 great-grandchildren.

A wake will be held on Friday from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Dilday-Mottells-Spongberg Lakewood Mortuary, located at 3936 Woodruff Ave. in Long Beach.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 5925 Jaymills Ave. in Long Beach. Flowers are accepted. Casual attire.

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