Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Aloha Dad (link to photos)

We bid our Aloha to our Grandpa last Saturday, May 20, 2006 fronting the Maunalua Bay Canoe Halau. Samuel Kauaawa Mokuahi Jr. - SteamBoat, however you knew him, we knew him as Daddy, and Grandpa. We had a large tent set up for the service. Uncle Mike Chun (one of Daddy's paddlers) delivered the eulogy with Kahu Billy Mitchell (another paddler) from the Big Island delivering the sermon. So many people called, or stopped by to share their stories of "Coach Sammy" and their experiences. The park was extremely crowded with boats, parked cars, and canoes. We even had a shuttle bus from Koko Head Elementary School. Hoala started the day with music followed by Vaihi and finally Cy Bridges, Bobby and Jay Akoi singing to lead into the service. Even Harry Brown was able to make it to Hawaii Kai from a program for his son in Waikiki to sing the closing medley. Mahalo to Cy for the song that he shared with us for Dad.

We would like to thank everyone for sharing their aloha with us. If you ever drive by Hawaii Kai in the evening and look out into Maunalua Bay, look for the blinker buoy in the channel and that's where he is. He wanted to be where he could watch his grandchildren paddle.
We miss you very much Daddy and hope to make you proud of us.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Grandpa Steamboat-no longer in any pain

It is definitely hard to report to all of our friends and family that Grandpa Steamboat passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2006.
It was a long hard struggle to see this big man suffer through that Alzheimer's Disease. My mother suffered along with him.

We certainly will miss our Dad. Call if you have questions.