Janet Ruth Kaneta

Posted On July 21st, 2013 -

JANET RUTH KANETA 80, of Kapolei a Hawaiian Studies teacher with the Kupuna Program entered into eternal peace on July 8, 2013. She will be lovingly remembered by her ‘ohana, friends, and students as Mama, Jan, Mrs. K and Kupuna Kaneta. Janet was born on June 21, 1933 and grew up in Kapahulu on O’ahu. She attended St. Francis Convent School in Manoa and graduated in 1951. She then went on to pursue a teaching degree from St. Mary’s College in Xavier, Kansas, and graduated in 1955. Her love of the Hawaiian Culture made her a “Hawaiian at Heart” as she had been dancing hula for well over 60 years and teaching in the Kupuna Program for over 25 years. Teaching children was her passion and she thrived on the aloha the keiki showered her with throughout the years. Her life truly encompassed the Spirit of Aloha. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Henry (Buff) A.W. Kaneta in 1985 and her loving sister Jean B. Hart in 2001. Janet leaves her everlasting memories to be cherished by her dear sister Charla (Ozzie) Irvine of Pahoa, Big Island; her children Brian (Caroyl) Hirose of Kapolei, O’ahu, Karen (Carlos) Marquez of Kapolei, O’ahu, and Francine (Renee) Kaneta-Souza of Pahoa, Big Island; and her adoring grandchildren Tiffany, Jayson, Hartley and Alana. Please, join us in a celebration of life on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea Street, Honolulu, O’ahu, in the Maunakea Chapel. Visitation from 10am to 11:30am with services at 11:30 and burial at 2pm at Punchbowl, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Aloha attire. Flowers and lei welcome. Online condolences can be made at www.BorthwickOahu.com.


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