Posted On November 11th, 2011 -


Kidney cancer finally got the best of me. God took me home on -September 6, 2011.

I’ve lived with a foot in two worlds for too long anyway. One foot in my Hawaiian homeland where I was born in Honolulu on May 6, 1951 to Lei Mamo Sousa and Philip E. Howell. They worked hard and sacrificed much to give my sisters and I every advantage to succeed. I spent a happy youth and young adult hood immersed in that gentle and rich culture. The other foot was in Ogden Utah where much of my adult life was spent having way too much fun in my law enforcement career, and raising my beloved family. Now I am free to roam where I will.

I’ve lived a full and eventful life. I’ve loved and been loved. I’ve won most of my battles and lost a few as well. Did some profoundly good things as well as made some really dumb decisions. I have more proud memories than regrets but am most grateful God put my wife Cheri in my path. She loved me fiercely, loyally and protected and cared for me through our entire marriage.

There is a saying a man’s greatness is measured by the greatness of his enemies. Unfortunately for me the few enemies I made were small minded and insignificant men…ah well. I have many friends and associates who were unfailingly thoughtful and supportive throughout my life and in my most recent time of need. Especially my Hawaiian and my Utah “brothers and sisters”. You know who you are. Mahalo to you all.

If you venture to Hawaii go to the Halona Point lookout on the Kaiwi Coast of Oahu, look to your left and you may see me playing in the waves at Sandy Beach or relaxing in the tidal pools along the reef. If in Utah look to the Ogden Valley and in the winter you may glimpse me in my board shorts and slippers helping you shovel the snow off your driveway. There will be a smile on my face and I am at peace. As the song goes: “Aloha oe..until we meet again”.

Philip is survived by his Kuuipo (Wife) Cheri, of twenty eight years, Married December 10,1983. Along with her came her children Kami, Britney, and Casey, together they had Two daughters, Ka’ilialoha and Ka’iulani. Also surviving are, one granddaughter ,two grandsons, and nine step grandchildren. His Parents, and sisters, Leigh Howell-Reed (Leroy), Dixie, Puunani. Two Nephews and two Nieces. Funeral services were held in Utah September 12, 2011 at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary. Visit more obituary at

Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, will be held at Star of the Sea Church, November 19, 2011. Visitation from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Services 12:30pm.

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