Dr. Samuel Kamakaipolani Apuna Jr.

Posted On December 19th, 2010 -

Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, LLC


Age 81 of Mesa, AZ passed away peacefully on Monday, December 13, 2010.

He was born on July 30, 1929 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Samuel and Lily Apuna. In 1953, he entered the Army and was stationed in Germany and served 3 tours overseas in Vietnam, later becoming the Deputy Comptroller for the US Army Reserves Components Personnel and Administration. While there he was the driving force in the introduction of shrink-wrap for supplies and storage. After 4 years of high school in the National Guard and 23 years of active duty, Sam retired in 1976 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Sam earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Masters in Business and his Doctorate in Business Administration. He taught at the University of Hawaii; was appointed or served on many committees and organizations including: The Advisory Committee to the US Veterans Administration on Native American Veterans, Goodwill Industries Executive Board, National Federation of Business and Professional Women – being the first male member to serve as treasurer on the national board; The National Military Officers Associa-tion of America – helping found additional chapters, The Hawaii State Housing Functional Plan Advisory Committee and The Hawaii State Health Functional Plan Advisory Committee.

Interests included rifle marksman-ship where he was on the Presidents 100, raising lop-eared rabbits for teachers, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sandi Rosenberry Apuna; from his first marriage; sons, Samuel III and wife Jamie of Nuuanu Valley, HI, John and wife Darlene of Ewa Beach, HI; daughters Melanie Denny and husband John of Peoria, AZ, Melissa Apuna of Kaneohe, HI, and Michelle Apuna of St. Louis, MO along with 11 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by one infant daughter, Madeline A. Apuna.

Visitation 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at the
Mystical Rose Chapel, Chaminade University, mass at 10:00 a.m., committal service 11:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. No flowers.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran