John Robert “Ding” Cavaco Sr.

Posted On March 21st, 2012 -


71, of Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii passed away Friday, February 3, 2012 at Castle Medical Center surrounded by his family. Born December 18, 1940 to Alice Mahoe and Darrell Cavaco. John was a life-long resident of Kailua and graduate of Kailua High School. He retired as a heavy equipment operator with the Operating Engineers Local 3 and was a dedicated retired employee of Delta Construction Company after many years of service. John loved his machines and was well known and respected for his skill and expertise operating heavy equipment. John also had a strong love for the ocean and was a long time canoe paddler, coach, and mentor for Kailua, Lanikai, and Kai-Oni canoe clubs and participated in the Molokai Hoe canoe races crossing the channel 28 times and 2 additional times solo by kayak. John enjoyed golfing and was a member of various golf clubs. Most of all, John will be remembered fondly for being a trusted friend and especially as a dearly loved husband, father, papa, and great-papa, brother and brother-in-law who could often be found enjoying himself with his family doing everything and anything they were doing. John is survived by his wife of 52 years Kathi Cavaco, daughter Ann Gonsalves (Kimo), son John “John-boy” Cavaco Jr. (Melonie), daughter Corey Huihui (Black), Malia Peters (Tony), grandchildren Heather Ho, Keala Huihui-White, Kaiena Huihui, Keoni Cavaco, Lucas Gonsalves, Carli Huihui, Katheryne Huihui, Kimberly Cavaco, Noah Staggs, Keonaona Peters, great-grandchildren Kamo’i and Makua Huihui-White, Halena Ho, siblings Leota Souza (John), Alberta Sanders (James), Darrell “Nicky” Cavaco (Queenie), Elizabeth “Betty” Duarte (Donald), Charlie Wills, Rawlins Wills (Rhonda), Marnette Acfalle (James), Wayne Wills (Debbie), Louise Lee (Robert), May Laverne Poi, David Tagupa (Leona), brother-in-law Bill Brye (Anne), hanai son William Brown, and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends who grew up with the family. Celebration of life to be held Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Kailua Beach Park pavilion near the boat ramp. Visitation 9:30am – Service 10:30am. Paddle out and scattering of ashes immediately following service. Flowers for ho’okupu welcome. Parking will be available at Lanikai Elementary School until 4:00pm.

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