Laura M.N. Kealalio

Posted On May 29th, 2011 -


95, of Honolulu, died May 17, 2011. Born in Honolulu, the youngest of eight children, she was raised in Kakaako, and grew up working in her parents’ grocery store. After graduating from McKinley High School, she traveled to Watsonville, California to attend Beauty School. She was licensed as a beautician and cosmetologist in both California and Hawaii. In 1963, she ended her work career as a mail clerk at the Queen’s Hospital and soon forged a new career as grandmother, baby-sitter and frequent visitor to The Cal.

Laura was preceded in death by her husband Joe “Blurr” Kealalio. Undaunted, she whole-heartedly supported his endeavors as a union organizer and negotiator in the early years of Hawaii’s labor movement.

She is survived by sons, Norbert and Wayne (Sandra) Kealalio; daughters, Izetta (Richard) Iwata and Odetta (Edwin) Fujimori; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Visitation 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 31st at Borthwick Mortuary Mauka Chapel; service: 11:00 a.m.; burial 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. No flowers. Aloha attire.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran