Tuesday, August 17, 2010
It was with great sadness that I learned this morning, via a tearful call from a listener during my tuesday morning radio show, of the passing of a much beloved member of Maui's musical tribe. Conrad Ahia, son of Sam and elder brother of the musical Ahia family of Lahaina, passed to the other side sometime last night after being diagnosed with and fighting a tumor in his brain.
Always quick with a big smile and a song, Conrad will be missed by friends & family alike. Though I didn't know him well, I had the opportunity to work with Conrad and the rest of his family (father Sam, brother Howard and sister Lisa I know much better) preparing photography for the family CD release AHIA, way back in 1994. The portraits of family members were included in the CD packaging and beautiful, hand-made 16x20 silver gelatin prints I made still hang in the family home. I still remember those sessions well... a studio filled with creativity, laughter and music.
Aloha Conrad. Rest in Peace.