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Annette Emma Momimakimai Faulkner

Annette Emma Momimakimai Faulkner

Annette Emma Momimakimai Faulkner made her journey to the Great Hula Halau in the Heavens on January 25, 2013. Her family and Angels were there to help support her during her battle with cancer.

There will be a memorial to celebrate Annette’s life and ongoing legacy for all those lives she touched on March 16, 2013 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge 518 California 49, Nevada City CA 95959 starting at 2:30 pm. If you plan to attend, please contact her daughter, Lani, at aidasings@yahoo.com.

Annette was born March 6, 1942 and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii during a time of great change. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and joined the Mormon Church as a young lady. She set off for an adventure to the mainland, making her acquaintance with her future husband’s family in San Francisco. Her landlord, Mary, urged her to look-up Mary’s family while Annette was on a church trip to Utah. Annette married Mary’s nephew after meeting him along with the extended family. At first, she thought these strangers were yelling at each other, but the close-knit Swiss family was loud and boisterous and loving. Annette had two daughters, Iwalani (Lani) Faulkner and Puanani (Pua) Baldarama, and four grandchildren. In 1976, the family of four moved to Penn Valley where Lloyd architected and built a home with his own hands. Their lives included a myriad of activities including growing a vineyard, winemaking, raising animals, making cheese, homemade sausages, and preserves of all kinds. Annette and Lloyd also raised, and Lloyd trained, dogs in his retirement for High Test Labs. Dogs were their ‘other’ kids and best friends. Annette initially worked at the Penn Valley Post Office but spent most of her working career with the Nevada County Clerks and Legal Secretaries. She volunteered in numerous capacities in Nevada County including the Penn Valley Volunteer Fire Auxiliary, the Nevada County Legal Secretaries Association, the Family Law Facilitators Office, and KVMR. Annette had a passion for her heritage and visited Hawaii, and her elder sister Leilani Kekoolani, as often as possible. She was a deeply loved Kapuna of the Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo in Grass Valley where she danced for 10 years. She found far more than friendship in this local Nevada County Hula Dance troupe, these hula dancers became an extended family and support network. While Annette might at first appear quiet and innocent, it was well known that she had a sassy side that would leave everyone laughing at just the right time. She was welcomed all throughout the county as “one of those lovely hula dancers” who performed for all sorts of benefits, concerts, senior homes, and private parties. She loved performing and seeing the joy on the faces of those who watched.

Annette’s family would like to thank the amazing people at the Hospice of the Foothills for their loving care and kindness and making such a beautiful place available for Annette’s final journey from this world.

Arrangements are under the care of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary



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