Hal Kinnaman passed away peacefully surrounded by love in his home in Kalaheo on July 15, 2021.
Hal was known by many for his beautiful music, which was his life’s work, his passion and his pure joy. He was a guitar master in Hawaiian slack-key, classical, flamenco, among other styles of music. He was a great teacher of guitar and ukulele, and has passed on his love for music to thousands of students around the world.
Hal was born Harold Lee Kinnaman on Mother’s Day, May 10, 1942, to Helen Lila and Dan Robert Kinnaman in Eugene, Oregon. He has one sibling, his beloved brother Roger, who he loved with all his heart. Roger also lives in Kalaheo.
Hal was an avid surfer for most of his life, surfing all the best surf spots up and down the coast of California, Baja, Mexico and, of course, here in the Hawaiian Islands. He absolutely loved the ocean.
Hal’s gentle kindness, generosity of spirit, wonderful humor and, of course, the pu‘uwai music he shared, will live on in the hearts of all those whom he touched and inspired in his incredibly well-lived life.
Hal was preceded in death by his loving parents Dan and Helen Kinnaman. He is survived by his brother Roger Kinnaman and wife Cathleen of Kalaheo, his son Jason Kinnaman of Las Vegas, his nephew Rick Kinnaman and wife Dawn of Kalaheo, his niece Kelly Kinnaman Edge, nephew Michael Kinnaman, his extended ohana, along with many students and dear friends: Paul and Alison Togioka, Mary Moss, Kika, Mike and Sharon Montapert, Jimmy Edwards, Ed and Yuriko Justus, Shiori and Mark Smith, Joe Metzer, Keane, Sheel, Kalindi and Sanjay, Morty Cohen, Marilyn Heck, all his Hale Kupuna neighbors, Roy Buduan, Jim and Lory Tuholski, among many, many other true friends.
A simple celebration of Hal’s life will be held at his beloved Salt Pond Beach at a future date yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Hal by playing music, singing a song, enjoying the ocean, and simply showing kindness and aloha to another. Mahalo nui.
Myradean L.K. (Mahi) Abraham
Myradean L.K. (Mahi) Abraham, 68, of Kalaoa, Hawai‘i Island, died May 4, 2021 at Queen’s Medical Center, O‘ahu. She was born July 28,1952, in Kealakekua, Hawaii Island. She was a member of Hula Halau Na Pua Ha‘aheo ‘O Kona and ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu. She was a manager and driver for Yamaguchi Bus Service and retired with KTA Kailua.
She is survived by brother Wayne Mahi, sons Timothy Abraham, Makaio Abraham and Pelika Abraham, daughter Hokuaoalohilohi (Kalani) Abraham, hanai sons Ash Danao, Hiro Takaishi and Kimo (Sharla) Kaiawe, and hanai daughters Heather Goto, Tiare DeAguiar, Pele (Dominic) Uyetake.
Family and friends may call at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31, OTEC drive-by visits or share memories. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 845, Holualoa, HI 96725.
Nu‘uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, LLC is assisting the family with arrangements.
Susan C. Nilsen
Susan C. Nilsen, of Princeville, passed away at the age of 77, at home on July 10, 2021, surrounded by her husband and two children. Susan was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was a wonderful wife, mother, friend, avid sailor, cook and volunteer, as well as a retired entrepreneur in the marine-hardware industry. Susan is survived by her husband, Peter, her daughter Michelle, her son Christopher, her two sisters Chana and Judy, cousins, nieces and grandchildren.
The family will be holding a private celebration of life at a later date.
Bernardo Bolosan Castillo
At his home, on a quiet late afternoon on May 16, 2021, Bernardo Bolosan Castillo ended his journey of nearly 95 years. He was married to the late Annie (Apolinaria Duterte) Castillo and raised three children: Dorene (Tony) Frey, June Tada and the late Patrick Castillo. Throughout his years, he loved the outdoors, and shared this love with his family. He created memories with many planned and spontaneous activities, weekend campings and shoreline fishing and crabbing. In his later years, his daughters gave him some of their own, and took him annually to oama and trout fishing.
As grandfathers do, he proudly watched his grandchildren Channing Tada and Kimberly Tada grow to adulthood, and was delighted when his great-grandchildren, Shaun Paglinawan and MacKenzie Enriquez visited. He was one of six brothers, and is survived by the youngest, Alpidio (Shirley) Castillo of Miloli‘i on Hawaii Island.
He served his county in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge. He then worked for Kaua‘i Coca Cola Company. He attended night classes for automotive mechanics while working for Grove Farm Company. During this employment, he was hired as a part-timer for Louis Rego Trucking Company, as a journeyman and heavy-equipment mechanic which sometimes took him deep into the heart of Kaua‘i. He retired from the Grove Farm Company and McBryde Sugar Company.
Private services were held on July 8, at the Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, where the last of his wishes was fulfilled. Together Bernardo and Annie were inurned side-by-side in eternity.
His family wishes to thank everyone for their expressions of love and support. It is especially comforting that in his waning years, he received highly skilled personal care from his team of devoted care-givers, Dr. Kheng, and from VA’s Home Based Health Care nurses
Franklin Louis Parraga
Franklin Louis Parraga of Kekaha passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 15, 2021, at the age of 65. He was born on Jan. 30, 1956, in Waimea and was a radar technician and controller.
He was preceded in death by parents Louis Parraga Jr. and Margaret Anna Koerte Parraga and brother Wayne Steven Parraga.
He is survived by stepsons Joshua (Ashton) Ka‘aumoana of Ewa Beach, O‘ahu, David Ka‘aumoana (Diana) of Kekaha, daughters Sara (Nicholas) Ka‘aumoana of Kalaheo, Nicole (Kainaul) Langi-Ka‘aumoana of Waimea, 14 step-grandchildren, sister Penny (Marvin) Parraga-Fujinaka of Kapa‘a, one uncle, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation is Saturday, July 31, at 11 a.m. at Lihu‘e Lutheran Church, 4602 Ho‘omana Rd., Lihu‘e (German Hill), with service to follow. The family suggests casual attire and welcomes flowers.
Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.