Posted On April 17th, 2011 -


Also known as Val Wong, age 91 of He`eia, Kaneohe passed away on April 4, 2011 at Castle Medical Center Kailua. Born November 18, 1919 in He`eia to Henry Ah Tong-Wong and Lucy Scott-Wong, was the fifth child of eight. He attended St. Ann’s School and St. Louis College graduating in 1937. Upon graduation, worked his first job with Ho Min Ice Cream Co. then for Castle and Cooke and retired from Matson Navigation Honolulu Terminal as Vessel Superintendent with 45 years of service. After retiring from Matson, he became an avid golfer, spent many days at his Brother Henry’s Waikalua fishpond with nephews Heine and Gordon Wong and cousin Elaine Haitsuka. Then would visit He`eia Kea Pier after the fishpond was sold. He was a man of very few words, but when he spoke one listened.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years Kumu Hula Mary Keolalaulani McCabe-Wong, and four children, oldest daughter Theresa Lokelani Igarashi Anderson, second daughter Josephine Kahiliopua Wong-Brentlinger, oldest son Valentine “Valdie” Wong Jr. and third daughter Agnes Ponimo`i Wong Nishioka. Also by all seven of his siblings: Francis, Henry, Benny, Paul, Leonard, Scotty and sister Ruby Kahiapo. He was the last of the founding family of Kaneohe and St. Ann’s Church.

He leaves behind four children: Nick Wong, Mathias “Macky” Wong (Marlene), Kumu Hula Aloha Dalire, and Antoinette “Toni” Wong: daughter-in-law Valerie P. Wong, son-in-law Clyde Nishioka, and hanai son Edward “Eddie” Young (Marie). 11 Grandchildren: Regina Igarashi, Michael Wong (Kaylene), Nathan Wong, Nicole Wong, Kevin Nishioka, Kendric Nishioka (Sheena), Shirlene Wong, Joe-Mac Wong, Na Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe (Tino), Kaui Dalire, and Keolalaulani Dalire. 24 great-grandchildren: Pua`ala, Hi`ilei, and Kanalu Pascua, Christine and Victoria Wong, Ka`imi and Kanoa Wong, Ka`io and Peyton Nishioka, Macky Boy Wong Hurdle, Ashley Kili and Daniel Kahoku Lai, Manaia, Mana, Ma`a, Malie, and Masina Moe, Kupu`eu, Kahiau, Kamaehu, Kuhonu, and Kua Dalire, Emalia and Enaahi Dalire: also a hanai grand-daughter from Tahiti, Violaine Moise and her son Kahikina Moise, and numerous cousins of Komomua, nieces and nephews.

Services to be held at Hawaiian Memorial Mortuary at 11:00am. Visitation to begin at 10am and burial to follow at Valley of the Temple at 2:30pm.

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