Daniel Akaka, the first U.S. senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry, passed away on Apr. 6, 2018. He was the first – and, to date, only – Native Hawaiian U.S. senator when he was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1990 by Gov. John Waihe‘e, replacing Sen. Spark Matsunaga upon his death. In an election later that year, the voters chose Akaka to continue in the position. Akaka went on to win the elections in 1994, 2000 and 2006 with a strong lead each time.
The Simeona ‘ohana returned to the Kapālama campus on Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018, to honor their beloved late parents Ahoi Simeona KSK’46 and Harriette Hurley Simeona KSK’46 with the dedication of a commemorated bench at the Bishop Memorial Chapel courtyard. Classmates and lifelong partners, the Simeonas were blessed with six children, M. Kaleiponi Simeona Ventura KSK’67, C. Kealoha Simeona Nascimento KSK’68, K. Manulani Simeona Meyer KSK’69, Edward Simeona KSK’74, Clarence Simeona KSK’77, Nancy Simeona Brenner KSK’80, 23 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. As said by oldest daughter Kaleiponi, “It’s so (like) mom and dad. They will be greeting all returning alumni and friends for generations to come. They were proud members of the class of 1946 and have returned together once more to their home, Kamehameha.”
Richard Pila died in 2017. He was a Civil Service inventory manager.
Clifford Heu of Kailua, O‘ahu, passed away on Jan. 11, 2018. Born in Kaunakakai, Moloka‘i, he was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force and also served in the Hawai‘i Air National Guard. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as an area manager.
Bertha Ching Kawakami of Honolulu passed away on Nov. 30, 2017. Born in Honolulu, she was a long-time educator
and former state representative.
Roland “Ahi” Logan of Hau‘ula, O‘ahu, passed away on Oct. 19, 2017. He was born in Hau‘ula.
Richard Jackson of ‘Aiea, O‘ahu, passed away on Aug. 31, 2017. Born in Kekaha, Kaua‘i, he served in the U.S. Army and was a retired land surveyor for HECO.
Rebecca Akana Awana of Kailua, O‘ahu, passed away on Aug. 21, 2017. She was born in Honolulu.
Rayner Kinney of Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i, passed away on Aug. 15, 2017. He was born in Honolulu.
Ramona Silva Cabral of Honolulu passed away on Aug. 7, 2017. She was born in Honolulu.