July 19, 1930 - June 6, 2018
Gloria Manu Kanemura Bentley Dancer/Choreographer/Producer/Director/Costume Designer Manu was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1930. She was the daughter of Elsie Kemoani Hanna and Francis Kazuichi Kanemura and grew up with her three sisters and two brothers – Joyel Oana (Auntie Jolly), Greta Mae Puanani Van Dorpe (Auntie Pua), Shirley Namakahulali Recca (Auntie Shirley), Robert Gaynemar Kanemura (Uncle Bobbie), and Jack Kanemura (Uncle Jacki). She gently passed away while sleeping in her home on June 6, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Lon Bentley; her three children, Teina Lucas, Derek Bentley, Carrie (Kona) Bentley; and her sister Shirley Namakahulali with husband, Joseph Pekelo Recca. She graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy and attended the University of Hawaii. While Manu was working on her college education, she was the solo Hawaiian and Tahitian dancer at the original Don the Beachcomber. Building on her successes, Manu performed with the Ed Kenney Show at Duke Kahanamoku’s in Waikiki, the Martin Denny Shows at the Kahala Hilton, Honolulu and Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. As her talent and skills broadened, Manu found her calling in producing her own shows at the Lexington Hotel in New York, the Yankee Clipper Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and the Royal Hawaiian and Queen Kapiolani Hotels in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additionally, Manu was featured on numerous television shows including the Today Show, New York City, the Jack Paar Special, and Don Robbs Shows. Some of her dearest friends include Mr. & Mrs. Robert Wagner, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Selleck, Mr. & Mrs. Larry Manetti, Linda Evans, and Carol Burnett. Manu Bentley will be remembered as a deeply caring and loving wife, mother, sister, and friend, as well as a performer with an unwavering sensibility toward excellence, authenticity, and artistry. Manu Kanemura Bentley lives on in the trade winds of her beloved Hawaii and in the hearts of those who will always love her. Service Location: Oahu Cemetery, 2162 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96817 Date & Time: July 14, 2018 from 10am. to 11:30am. Service at 11:30am.Burial 12:00pm. Oahu Cemetery.
Gloria Manu Kanemura Bentley Dancer/Choreographer/Producer/Director/Costume Designer Manu was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1930. She was the daughter of Elsie Kemoani Hanna and Francis Kazuichi Kanemura and grew up with her three sisters and... View Obituary & Service Information
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