Chauncey Pa of Kalihiwai, Kaua‘i, passed away on Jan. 3, 2018. Born in Kīlauea, Kaua‘i, he served in the U.S. Army and was a realtor.
Elizabeth Ho‘omalu Ahue of ‘Aiea, O‘ahu, passed away on Jan. 13, 2018. She was born in Pā‘ia, Maui.
Rowena Toomey of Honolulu passed away on Jan. 13, 2018. She was born in Honolulu.
Carole Claire Kanani Mauloa Campbell Paulsen of Mililani, O‘ahu, passed away on Dec. 17, 2017. Raised in Kapahulu and Kalihi-Palama areas of O‘ahu, and despite availability of limited resources, earned degrees from Colorado Teacher’s College and Oregon State University. She spent over 50 years as an educator in California and Hawai‘i, including time as a teacher at Wahiawä Intermediate, vice principal at both Waipahü and Wai‘anae High Schools, and principal at Campbell High School. She was also the first woman of Hawaiian ancestry to serve as principal of Häna School, as well as the principal of Adult Education for the Waipahü area complex. Most recently, Carole served as temporary vice principal and principal at Mililani High School. She cherished community and culture, helping establish the Ali‘i Pauahi Hawaiian Civic Club in 1973, sang with the KS alumni choral classes, and served as guardian ad litem for the state Family Court for decades.
Lewis Hubbard of Pūpūkea, O‘ahu, passed away on Oct. 26, 2017. Born in Waialua, O‘ahu, he was an industrial arts and technology teacher and bus driver at Kamehameha Schools.
Remigius Taum of Kailua, O‘ahu, passed away on June 10, 2017.
Jacob Kaleikini, Jr., of Honolulu passed away on May 18, 2017.
The Class of 1954, Na Kanalimakumaha, is truly representative of lifetime friendships and traditions forged on Kapālama Heights.
For a countless number of years, classmates have gathered quarterly at Gilbert and Dee Ahlo’s home in Kāne‘ohe and every October in Las Vegas.
In 2014, celebrating their 60th Kamehameha Schools reunion included the first award of their Na Kanalimakumaha scholarship fund.
This year, celebrating their 80th birthdays, a group of nine flew to San Francisco where they were joined by five mainland classmates to board the cruise liner, NCL Pride of America, and sail from San Francisco to Honolulu. The 8-day sail, arranged by classmate Ernie Chan and his wife, Nani, included circle island stops in Maui, Hilo, Kona and Kaua‘i.
Enjoying ship activities, great dining rooms and each others’ company were classmates and spouses Ernie Chan KSK’54 and Nani Kapu Chan KSK’54, Betty Mae Freitas Hiram KSK’54, Suzel Panee Ho KSK’54 and husband, Amona Ho, Richard McKeague KSK’54 and wife, Audrey, Ann Bowman McBirnie KSK’54, Martha Van Gieson McNicoll KSK’54, Claire Gunderson Paishon KSK’54, Walter Parker KSK’54 and wife, Donna, LaVerne Kipi Tirrell KSK’54, and Julie Chan Nurre KSK’76, Ernie and Nani’s daughter.
The ship’s first landing was Maui where they were joined by Lauren Apiki Ellsworth KSK’76, Caroline Kauahikaua Ponce KSK’54, Henrietta Kupahu Spencer KSK’54, Newton Pescaia KSK’54 his wife Virginia and their great-granddaughter, Hi‘ilei Kaina. Also, Henrietta’s daughter “Bootsie” Kapuniai, Caroline’s family: Chendra Kauahikaua, Errnette and Ronald Kos, Ernest and Rosemary Ponce.
There were many voyage highlights, but perhaps most significant was time spent with neighbor island classmates; lunch in Hilo with Marie Loa Kelsom KSK’54 and her daughter, and in Kona with Jeanetter Spencer Palakiko KSK’54. On Kauai, classmates enjoyed a full day of ‘ono grinds, talk story, and kanikapila at Wini Abbey Smith’s home in Anahola. And, no neighbor trip would be complete without a stop at Big Island Candies on Hawai‘i and saimin at Hamura’s in Līhue.
The Honolulu dock came all too soon; but, memories last forever and…Las Vegas in October is just around the corner.
Albert Kekoa of ʻAiea, Oʻahu died on Jan. 23, 2015. Born in Pāhala, Hawaiʻi, he was a security guard for the Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikīkī, Moana Surfrider, Princess Kaʻiulani and Waikīkī Banyan hotels.
Henry Keanu Ahlo of Wai‘anae, died on Feb. 1, 2015. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired Army Master Sgt. with the military police.