“Jessi Lee Jardin lived a joy filled life and brought joy to everyone who knew her. Her smile, her dance, her love, her grace, her wisdom, her beauty, her generosity touched so many.  She passed away June 9, 2010 at the age of 59. She was loved by Paul, her husband, Sheanna and Gabriel her children, Sunday, her sister, Randy her brother-in-law, Devaki, her niece, Caleb and Ava, her grandchildren along with many more family and friends. Jessi was a Kumu Hula, a musician, a clothing designer, a body percussionist, a dancer, an incredible mother, an amazing friend, an inspirational teacher, a creative force in everything she did from cooking to homemaking. Her spirit shone on all of us. There will be a celebration of her beautiful life on July 25th at Omao Park.”

Jessi Keakawaiola Jardin started dancing hula in 1972 under the direction of Roselle Keli’ihonipua Bailey. After her initial ‘uniki in 1979, she began teaching in ‘Oma’o from 1991 through 2005. She served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for many years and will be greatly missed.