JOHN KEALAIKI LEE
John Kealaiki Lee passed away August 17, 2012 at his home. He was born March 21, 1933 to Joseph and Elizabeth Noa Lee in Honolulu. He was the youngest in a family of nine children. In this large family the values of cooperation, hard work, and sharing with others were instilled in him. He was a 1951 graduate of Kamehameha Schools. John was also a long-time employee of Pan American World Airways which afforded him and his family opportunities for worldwide travel; African safaris, Hong Kong epicurean dining, cruises on the Rhine, and treks at the Great Wall. He was a member of Mamaka Ai’alo, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian culture.
John will be remembered as thoughtful, generous, and kind, as a loving husband and father, and a true, great friend. Annual Alaskan fishing expeditions would often yield great bounties of salmon He would carefully can and share with many family members, friends, and acquaintances. At New Year’s one of his great joys was to coordinate the preparation of hundreds of laulau, also given to friends and family. He touched many lives by his positive frame of mind, outlook on life, and selfless manner. Indeed, John embodied the Hawaiian proverb, “Ha’awi, ha’awi, ha’awi pau loa”, Give, give, give till it’s all gone. He will be missed by his wife, Maile, sons, John, Jr., Jeff, Jay, daughter, Jamie Yamashita, four grandchildren, nephews, nieces, brother-in-law, James Kalani, and many friends.
Visitation Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 10:30 am, Memorial Service 11:30 am, Diamond Head Memorial Chapel. Aloha Attire.