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Gabriellinda Lokelani Edrado, affectionately adored as Mama Lynn, embarked on her final 'Aloha Hope loa' tour at the age of 57. Born under the warm Ewa Beach sun on October 17, 1966, she made her vibrant departure on November 25, 2023, in the comforting embrace of the Honolulu’s rainbow hues. Like a true performer taking her last bow on stage, Mama Lynn exited with the kind of flair that only a heart as big as hers could muster—via cardiac arrest, almost as if she was passionately saying, "Aloha 'Oe" with her every last heartbeat.
Mama Lynn was the life of the pa'ina, a woman whose Aloha and infectious hōʻaka knew no bounds. She strutted onto the scene in '66 and spent her life spinnin' records of compassion, tapping to the groove of generosity, and belting out ballads of kindness. Throughout her symphony of life, she shared the stage with her robust band of brothers Ben Mendiola, Gabriel Jr., Gabriel-William, and Gabrielsherwin Edrado, and their beautiful amazing wives, who often served as her backup vocals and dancers.
Her greatest hits, however, included her leading men: sons Paia (with his duet partner Kristi-Ann), Kimo, Ikaika (alongside Anela), Ka'iulani (featuring Sheana) Ah Mook Sang, Ruben Antonio, and Chance Edrado, as well as her showstopping daughter, Juana-Marie Hōkūlani (harmonizing with Koamalu) Edayan-Lindo. Mama Lynn's extended family ensemble featured her kaikamahina hānai, Summer Aso'au and Savannah Mendiola, as well as her step-children Bradley, Taisha, Ashley Fernandez, and Scott Vincent, and many more that she 'ohi a'e along her many Journeys.
Like any rockstar matriarch, Mama Lynn’s band of 16 grandbabies reverberated her love and zest for life. The laughter of sixteen grandbabies; Jacob, Jazmyn, Teisha, Makoa, Teihani, Jahirie, Jerzie, Teianna-Lynn, Jahcyus, Toviyyah, Keali’i, Mila,Riley, Jazian, Jaxtyn, and Ariella in which all echoed her own. Each grandchild was a note in her grand song of life, echoing her joy and spirit into the future. Mama Lynn graduated magna cum laude from the School of Hard Knock-Life, earning a Doctrine in making miracles out of nothing—a title she carried with every ounce of her indefatigable energy.
As for the single mother's work, well, that's a concert that never ends, and Mama Lynn was the headliner every single night. Her days were orchestrated in a flurry of cooking, laughing, singing, and essentially teaching the world how to find the melody in the mundane. Mama Lynn’s passions echoed through her adoration of musical legends like Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, and Anne Murray, with her life philosophy being simple yet profound comes from Warren G: "G-Funk is Music, where music is life and life is rhythm."
Mama Lynn could turn a frown upside down quicker than you could say "Tiny Bubbles." Her smile, her warmth, her indomitable spirit of aloha was a beacon in the lives she touched. Radiating boundless friendliness and unrivaled selflessness, Lynn danced through life's challenges with the grace of a hula dancer under the full moon.
In her extraordinary journey, we, her 'ohana, find solace in knowing that Mama Lynn will always be with us—whenever we hear the soft jingles of simple chime bell or the distant murmur of the ocean, we'll feel her presence, find her laughter in the rustle of the palm leaves, and see her dance in the rustling of the waves crashing on the shores.
So, here's to you, Mama Lynn. The standing ovation is deafening, the curtain call exquisite. You've made your final stage exit, but the encore of your life's love and laughter will continue to resonate eternally in our hearts. E hō mai i ka maluhia, our beloved Mama Lynn, until we meet again."
Wake Service will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Visitation begins at 5:30 pm; and service 6:30 pm. Inurnment will be held 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at Mililani Memorial Park Cemetery.