Posted On July 11th, 2018 -

KEONI M. CHOY60, of Kailua and Puna, Hawaii, died Feb. 2, 2018 in Queen's Hospital surrounded by mother Ida Sue Choy, family and friends. Born Nov. 11, 1957, Kailua High grad '74. Worked in maintenance at Maluhia hospital. '84 attended W.C.C. Automotive Program, was ASE certified Triple Master in: Automotive, H-D Truck, and Body & Paint. Also certified as Engine Machinist and Cylinder Head Specialist. '91 he was recognized as 1 of 5 to be first ASIA/ASE "World-Class" Technicians, certified in all 16 testing categories. His name is inscribed in the Automotive Hall of Fame, Midland, Mich. Owned and operated "Island Competition" auto racing parts and services. Manager of Lanai Service in Lanai city, Manager of Service Dept. at Ford dealership in Hilo. Living in Puna, he became an avid cultural practitioner, planting very rare endemic and indigenous plants: Hau Hele Ula, Uhiuhi, Iliahi, and hundreds of Koa saplings among others all over Hawaii Island. Also collected & planted many species of Awa. Crafted traditional weapons using Kauila and Uhiuhi, harvested from deadwood found in the fields, and with other traditional materials. Studied bookbinding under famous Master Jesus Sanchez in Hilo. Practiced the art of preserving and restoring rare Hawaiian books, specializing in Kingdom Law Books. Re-printed and bound several books that were known to have only 1 or 2 copies left and certified those books in the Hawaii Archives. With deep knowledge of Kingdom Law, he taught all who were willing to listen, carrying thumb drives and maps to share with everyone. He held membership in: The Royal Order of Kamehameha, Mamalahoa, Na Koa o Pu'ukohola, and Na Kupuna O Moku O Keawe. Scattering of Ashes Kailua Boat Ramp area, 6:30 pm, July 16. No Monetary Contributions.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran