Charles Herbert Kanekaiwilani Holt

Posted On March 13th, 2017 -

Charles Herbert Kanekaiwilani HoltThe family of Charles Herbert Kanekaiwilani Holt invite family and friends to join them in a Celebration of Life at Kamehameha Schools Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel on Sunday March 19, 2017. Visitation from 1-2pm. Services will be conducted by Kahu David Kaupu from 2-3pm. Aloha Attire. The celebration will continue following the services at the Bishop Museum, Atherton Halau. A genealogical descendant of the Holt family of Ma`ili, O`ahu and the fifth of ten children of Charles Herbert Kahopukaunaokalaniopu`u Holt and Victoria Ku`uleialoha Kiam Oi Chong See, Charley was born on February 16, 1924 in Honolulu. He lived in Maili and often told his family how he rode his horse every day to Wai`anae Elementary School. He remembers shipping his horse to Honolulu from Wai`anae to ride in the parades. Charley attended `Iolani School where he played football under Coach Father Bray. In 1941, his senior year, the war broke out and the `Iolani School graduation was cancelled. That year, Charley bought his pride and joya 1941 Harley Davidson Indian motorcycle. During the war he delivered mail, often times trying to evade the mps during the blackouts. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and bowling. Charley worked for Theo H. Davies as a land surveyor. He eventually moved to the State Department of Transportation, Highways Division and worked there until he retired. He joined the Hawai`i Government Employees Association (HGEA) in 1942, was elected to the State Board in 1954 and was elected HGEA State President in 1970. In 1947 he married the love of his life, Frances Kalei Heath. They had five children together: Vicky Holt Takamine, Charlene Uchima (d), Charles, Milton and Albert. The family home in Kalihi was always filled with family and food. Charley was a great cook, perpetuated the art of kalua pua`a and was a member of Mamaka `Ai Alo, a club for Native Hawaiian men that perpetuate the preparation (and eating) of Hawaiian food. He enjoyed taking his family to Moloka`i for the summers with the Place `ohana of East End where they learned to fish, weave and gather. In the early morning hours of March 1, 2017, amidst the sounds of thunder, lightning and pouring rain, Charley Holt passed away at home with his loving wife Kalei by his side. He will be lovingly remembered by his dear wife, Kalei Holt, his surviving children, Vicky, Charles, Milton and Albert, his mo`opuna - Kalei, Jon, Stewart, Charles Ryan, James, Stacey, Jeff, Keone, Kaloku, Ikaika, Daniel Keawe, Michael, Christopher, Ashley, Ho`oulu, Keli`i, Milton, Annie, his great-grandchildren, his sisters Rose Kam and Wattie Wright, nephews and nieces as well as very special family members and friends.

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