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Wilfred Nalani "Moe" Keale (December 3, 1939 - April 15, 2002) was a musician of Hawaiian music, ukulele virtuoso, and an American actor. He was uncle to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

Career

A native of Hawaii, he primarily had roles in movies and TV series that took place in the islands, including many appearances on Hawaii Five-O, where he had a recurring part as Truck Kealoha in the show's final season. He also appeared as Officer O'Shaughnessy in the Hawaiian-based NBC sitcom, The Brian Keith Show.

He was a beachboy, musician and singer, part-time electrician, radio deejay, as well as an actor. His first paying musical gig with his group the Four K's was at the Waikiki Tavern circa 1958, followed by the Tropical Club in Kailua-Kona. In 1964, he worked with the Puka Puka Otea Tahitian Show at Queen's Surf. He was picked off the beach for a New York City gig doing high dives off a simulated waterfall. His most noted role as Truck on Hawaii Five-O came as a result of his working as an electrician on the set.

One of the few in this century of pure Hawaiian ancestry, his father was a kahuna. Moe Keale was born on the island of Niihau, but raised on Oahu. He was a man shaped by the customs and values of his ancestral birthplace, learning to play the ukulele at the age of four. Conversations in the home were in Hawaiian, and songs were passed from generation to generation of those of Niihau. He would fondly recall his summers on Niihau, where stress was not part of the lifestyle. "I figured that heaven must be something like Niihau," he would recount.

Moe and Eddie Kamae struck up a musical partnership that led to Moe becoming part of Sons of Hawaii in 1969, and he remained with the group until 1977. He then went on to make three solo albums South Sea Island Magic, Aloha Is A Part of Me, A Part of You, and Imagine.

He was a deejay on KCCN in the 1980s. At the time of his death, he was a hands-on co-owner of the Lomi Shop's Keiki Wa'a at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa at Windward Mall. The Lomi Shop promoted the art of healing through lomilomi (massage).

Moe had a near-fatal heart attack in April 2001, and ended up with a pacemaker implant. He used his extension on life to raise $260,000 for the American Heart Association, in order to have portable defibrillators strategically positioned state-wide.

From 1984 onward, he and his band played two evenings a week poolside at the Sheraton Waikiki. It was while performing at the Sheraton that Moe was struck by his fatal heart attack that ended his life on April 15, 2002.

In 2003, the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts instituted the Moe Keale "Aloha Is" Award.

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