Martha Noyes, a close friend of Keale and an HPU adjunct communication
instructor who helped arrange Keales visit to the campus
said: Tuesday afternoon meant a lot, truly a lot, to Moe.
He was so happy to have had the chance to share some of himself
with the students who were there. He talked about the experience
for days afterward, and recounting it brought tears to his eyes.
Please let everyone who was there know that they gave Uncle
Moe a great gift.
A packed room of thrilled and captive listeners heard Keales
insightful views on Hawaii as he passed along his cultural
knowledge and wisdom by explaining the significance of aloha
in the modern world.
Keale explained why aloha matters, how it is the key to world
peace, and what the true sense of the powerful word is.
Aloha means hello, goodbye, I love you, but it means
much more. Aloha is not only a word to Hawaiians, it is a spiritual
thing, something that lives, Keale said.
He went on to explain, in a voice that was as peaceful and
soothing as the concepts it explained, that every letter in
the word aloha has a deeper meaning. The first A
in aloha represents akahai, meaning kindness expressed in tenderness.
The L represents lokahi, meaning unity, harmony and the O represents
oluolu meaning agreeable, content, happy. The H represents
haahaa meaning humility expressed with a feeling
of modesty. The last A in aloha represents ahonui, meaning patience
applied with perseverance.
I have seen a lot of places but nowhere like Hawaii,
Keale said. Everyday when I wake up I thank God I live
in Hawaii. He added that Being Hawaiian, this
place makes me special.
Roughly a year ago, Keale collapsed of a heart attack while
on a treadmill at 24-Hour Fitness, with his wife to the right
of him and a doctor to the left, and a pair of policemen a few
he doctor and a high school coach who was nearby administered
CPR, and the police officers provided a portable defibrillator,
two electronic pads used to shock the heart to start beating
For seven and a half minutes, Keale had no heartbeat. The doctor
informed Keales wife that because of the lengthy time
without a heartbeat, he might have suffered brain damage. She
said no way, Keale recounted. His heart did resume
beating, and four days later he awoke with no brain damage,
which was nothing short of a miracle.
During those seven and a half minutes Keale had an amazing,
life-changing experience. He explained it as waking up with
darkness surrounding him. I couldnt see anything,
he said. What happened next was like a needle poking holes through
the darkness and light shooting through. He was in space floating,
grabbing at what looked like stars.
He was then on a road that led to the top of a hill where a
light was shining brightly. At the top he looked down and saw
a 7-11 store that was full of people. As he tried to go in,
out came nephew Israel IZ Kamakawiwoole, a
Hawaiian musical legend who passed away on June 26, 1997.
Kamakawiwoole told Keale he couldnt come in, he
had to go back because it wasnt his time yet. Keale looked
at his nephew and awoke in the hospital.
Since then, Keale worked with the American Heart Association
raising more than $240,000, and raised the awareness of the
need of defibrillators in the community. 24-Hour Fitness is
installing them, and Keale was working to have them installed
on the walls of the Honolulu International Airport.
Keale gave advice to students and faculty that not only motivated
them, but inspired them as well. You can not be anybody
else. You can only be who you are, he said. Everyday
when you wake up, look in the mirror and say youre the
best thing that happened to this planet.
Since the 1970s, Keale has been about sharing aloha and
playing music. He started working on the set of the hit
TV show Hawaii 5-0 as an electrician but was approached by the
casting director to play a character. Keale refused at first,
but star Jack Lord wouldnt take no for an answer. Keale
worked on Hawaii 5-0 for five years, then went on to work on
such shows as The Little People and Magnum P.I. He met Elvis
in 1973 while filming Blue Hawaii. Keale described Elvis
as a nice person and a true blue country boy.
Thats whats so cool, I got to work with all
these actors, Keale humbly said.
Keale started his career as a beach boy in Waikiki where he
got to meet people from all over the world. Keale said he learned
in those years what some dont learn in a lifetime. I
grew up learning to respect, he said, not only family
but everybody. Words that everyone of us should live by,
Keale worked for The Royal Caribbean Cruise lines four times
a year sailing from the mainland to the Islands, educating the
fortunate passengers about Hawaii and its people. He described
his time on the cruise line as a part of aloha.
Keales message to his grateful audience was that by experiencing
life and all things ahead of you, it is up to you to decide
what to choose. What I share with you now, you can share
with wherever you came from, he said hopefully.
The most important thing about aloha is it is free, from
up there, Keale explained pointing to the sky.
You can live with aloha. It will change your life.