Obituaries for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

• Levon OhaiLinda Kanahele

Levon Ohai

Levon Ohai of Kapa’a died on March 3, 2012, at the age of 70. He was born in Kapa‘a. After high school he earned a bachelor of science degree at Brigham Young University Provo in 1965 and then served in Vietnam in the184th Chemical Det First Air Cavalry Division.

After completing his military service with honors, he completed his master of arts degree from the University of Arizona in 1972. Levon began his teaching career in 1966 as a primary school counselor and taught at the high school and community school levels.  

He was an instructor of La’au Lapa’au (traditional Hawaiian medicine) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, and he was credited with developing courses at UH Manoa, reviving interest in La‘au Lapa‘au among a new generation of native Hawaiians.

He also received, in 2005, his honorary doctorate for his mastery of and contribution to La‘au Lapa‘au and for his incredible knowledge of Hawaiian traditional medicinal practices and the Papa Ola Lokahi Kaonohi Award for his commitment to the health of Native Hawaiians.  

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; sons, David (Kaleilani), Benjamin (Ka’iulani) and Jesse (Nicole); father, Leo Ohai; mother, Clara Ohai; brother, Nephi Ohai; sisters, Anolani Haiola, Roberta Livingston and Laola Kau; and seven grandchildren.  

Visitation is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and service is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 4580 Ehiku St., Lihu‘e; 245-3063. Burial to follow at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery at 4331 Lele Rd., Hanapepe. Casual attire. Condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 4002, Lihu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766.

Arrangements are by Borthwick Mortuary.

Linda Kanahele

Linda Kuuleiakahelelani Kanahele of Kapahi died on March 2, 2012, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 50. Born on March 11, 1961, in Waimea, Kaua‘i, she was a cashier with Leonard’s Chevron.

 She is preceded in death by her sister Viola Mealani Nuhi.

She is survived by her husband, Keith (Fetta) Keala Maka; parents Henry and Helen Nuhi, and Iubile Keolaana and Rose Kanahele; brothers, Henry (Joni) Nuhi of Hanalei, Iubile (Charla) Kanahele of Oklahoma, Herman Kanahele of Washington, Wayne (Ala) Kanahele of O‘ahu, Elvis (Melodie) Kanahele of Hanapepe; Hanai brothers, Vicente Hermosura (Daphnie) of Kilauea, Aldrino (Rhona) Hermosura of Kilauea, and Shawne Doiran of Oregon; Sisters, Wanda Kanahele of Oregon, Denise (Steven) Kanahele of Kekaha, Moki (Daniel) Palakiko of Anahola, and Betty Lou Kanahele of Kekaha, Victoria (Mitsu) Yokotake of Hanalei; Hanai sisters, Joan Nuhi of Kilauea, Marsha Hermosura of Kalaheo, and Estrella Pacatang of Kona. Also surviving are numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held on Saturda,y March 17, at St. Williams Catholic Church in Hanalei. Visitation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Service to begin at 11 a.m.

The family suggests casual attire.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.

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