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Jim Nabors and Emma Veary sang "The Hawaiian Wedding Song" June 2 at the wedding reception of Al Masini and his bride Charlyn Honda at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Emma Veary enjoys life
and solitude on Maui

By Treena Shapiro

Question: What ever happened to Hawaii singer Emma Veary?

Answer: At 72, Emma Veary still performs four or five times a year, such as at Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame shows and at Jim Nabors' annual Christmas show.

"I still sing. I can't get away from that," she says. "It's like breathing to me."

She also helps with her friends' lavender products business.

Veary, who grew up in Kapahulu, now lives with her daughter in Pukalani, Maui, in a cottage she shares with her Pomeranian, Prince.

"I love it here on Maui," she said. "I don't care if I ever come to Honolulu again."

Veary said she began performing when she was 5. In 1994 she was honored by the Hawaiian Academy of Performing Arts with a lifetime achievement award.

Her second husband was the late Hal "J. Akuhead Pupule" Lewis, a highly popular morning radio disc jockey.

After more than 60 years in the limelight, "I enjoy solitude and being able to do just whatever I want," like caring for the lilies and fish in her water lily pond, she said.

In July, Veary will sing at a fashion show on Maui. This fall, she will join Kahauanu Lake on Oahu for a Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame concert.

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