RODNEY "BOY" KEALIIMAHIAI BURGESS IIIRODNEY BOY KEALIIMAHIAI BURGESS III Rodney "Boy" Kealiimahiai Burgess III passed away on March 10, 2014 at age of 71. He was born on July 18, 1942 in Nuuanu, Hawaii. A graduate of Kamehameha School for Boys class of 1960, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A successful businessman and entrepreneur, Rodney Burgess was the President of several companies including RB Insurance Services, Inc., The Furniture Company Ltd., Interior Construction of Hawaii Inc., RB Financial Services, Inc., RB Corral, Native Hawaiian Ocean Activities, and Rod Burgess Realty. Burgess also led the restoration and re-launching of the traditional double-hulled sailing canoe, Eala. Rodney Burgess served as the Vice President of the Hawaii Consumer Finance Association, was a co-founder and charter member of the North Shore Jaycees, a charter member and director of the Hawaiian Businessmen's Association, a member of the Congress of the Hawaiian People, a member of the Queen Emma and Waialua Hawaiian Civic Clubs, a founding member of the Kailua-Kona Chapter of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, and President of Onipaa Na Kupuna o Waimanalo. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian affairs and served from 1980 - 1990 in various capacities including Chairman of the Land and Natural Resources Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of Planning and Development, and Co-chair and Founder of OHA's Status and Entitlement Commission. Burgess was appointed by Governor Ariyoshi and the Secretary of Interior to the Federal-State Task Force on Hawaiian Homes. Burgess lead efforts at OHA to defend kuleana lands from quiet title actions, intervene in the unearthing of Hawaiian burials at Kapalua, and lobbied the State Legislature to provide long-term leases to residents of Maunalaha Valley on Oahu and Milolii - Hoopuloa on Hawaii Island. Burgess vigorously pursued ceded lands claims and participated in negotiations resulting in increased revenues and retroactive payments to OHA. Burgess was a strong advocate for Hawaiian self-governance, Hawaiian language schools, and Hawaiian cultural centers. He was preceded in death by his father, Rodney Kealiimahiai Burgess Jr., brother, Roy Burgess, son Brad Burgess, and grand-daughter Cherish Cabral. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Burgess; brothers, Reynard (Yolanda) Burgess and Randall (Debbie) Burgess; sons Chad (Val) Burgess, Eric Burgess, Kawika (Kaui) Burgess, and Kona Burgess; daughters, Danielle (Fernando) Cunha, Crystal Hualalai Cabral, and Eala Burgess; and grandchildren, Kahikina Burgess, Sanoe Burgess, Kuaihelani Burgess, Gabriela Cunha, Kaholokai Cunha, Hulali Cabral and Ecko Cabral. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am. Aloha attire.
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