Posted On April 28th, 2013 -

In Loving Memory CLARO R. CAPILI, SR.
1922-2013 Claro Reyes Capili Sr., 90, of Kahului, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2013. He died in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family, and with the care of Hospice. Claro was born on August 12, 1922 to Higino and Petra (Velez) Capili in Mapa, Manila, Philippines. On his 19th birthday he joined the Merchant Marines and departed for the United States. In 1942 he enlisted with the United States Army and served 3.5 years in active duty during War World II. He continued military service for many years through the Hawaii National Guard and Army Reserves. He rose to the rank of Major and officially retired from the U.S. Armed Forces in August 1982. Claro had humble beginnings. He started work in the plantation and then worked for an auto parts company. He always did his best to improve himself and met every challenge with gusto. Claro later worked 15 years as the Maui Branch Manager for Love’s Bakery and 10 years for the County of Maui At the County he served as Deputy Director of Public Works, Deputy Managing Director, and then Managing Director under former Mayor Elmer Cravalho. In July of 1979, he stepped up to serve as acting Mayor of Maui from July thru November. He then served as Senior Executive Assistant under Mayor Hannibal Tavares and retired in the mid 1980’s. Claro was an active citizen. His community involvement includes service as a member in the Maui County Police Commission (1965-68), 2 terms as President for the Maui Young Democrats, Member of Board of Efficiency and Economy (County of Maui), Member of Maui Memorial Hospital Managing Committee (State of Hawaii), President of the Christ the King Parents-Teachers Guild, President of the Kahului Fil Catholic Club (Christ the King Church), President of the Maui Filipino Catholic Council, President of the Diocesan Congress of Filipino Catholic Clubs, Secretary of the Maui Junior Chamber of Commerce, President of the Polo Ballroom Club, President of the Maui Filipino Community Council, and Vice President of the United Filipino Council (State of Hawaii). Like most military men Claro was neat, organized, and punctual, but he also had a lighter side. He was a fun and humorous man who had a great love for life. He loved to tell stories, make people laugh, and was asked to host many parties and events throughout the years. He loved to travel (North America, Europe, &Asia) and had a great interest in diverse foods, lifestyles, and cultures. Claro loved to sing and dance and he loved to be outdoors. In his retirement years Claro enjoyed many hours tending to his well cultivated gardens. Claro is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Maxima Balmores Capili, sons Claro R. (Laura Boskoff) Capili, Jr., James B. (Diana Adolphson) Capili; daughter, Patricia Ann B. Capili, The Pedro Balmores family of Oahu, Waimea, and Las Vegas, hanai-son Steven (Thelma) Suyat, hanai daughter, Janice Kikukawa, the Raymondo Aguinaldo family of Maui and Honolulu; hanai grandchildren, Roselani (Helaman) Ainohi, Stacy (Justin) Woodson, Adam (Que-Chau) Suyat, Sachi (Adam) Evert, Joshua Suyat, 16 hanai-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 29, at Christ the King Church in Kahului. Public viewing will be from 9-10:30am, followed by program and mass from 10:30-1 1:30am. Burial will take place at Makawao Veterans Cemetery at 12:30pm. Aloha attire. Borthwick Norman’s Mortuary is in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to “Claro Sr. and Maxima Capili-The Gift of Aloha” Scholarship. Mail to: The Gift of Aloha, PO Box 13388, Des Moines, Washington 98198.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran