ALBERT WILLIAM KEAKEALANI BRAINEALBERT WILLIAM KEAKEALANI BRAINE Albert William Keakealani Braine, known simply as "Uncle Al" to many, was born July 25, 1942. On Monday, November 30, 2015, surrounded by loved ones, he was called to stand with his ancestors at the age of 73. Son of the late Albert Newton and Margaret Kaahumanu Miller Braine, his ancestry and genealogical vine is one that has "no question, no quibblings, no criticisms. His ancestors were not only kings, but kingmakers" ("The Vanishing Regime," Honolulu Advertiser). Albert was great grandson of Robert W. Kalanihiapo and Princess Theresa Owana Kaohelelani Laanui Wilcox, whose efforts to support and restore the Hawaiian Monarchy have been recorded in history for all time. He was also a direct descendant of Keoua Kalanikupuapaikalaninui of the Keawe line of rulers of Moku o Keawe through Keoua's son, Kalokuokamaile, elder brother of Kamehameha the Great, and his Grandson Kailipalaki Laanui, brother of Keka'ani'auokalani Kalaninuiohilaukapu Laanui Pratt (mother of Princess Theresa) "whose blood was the highest of all the islands-Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai." Albert enjoyed a simple, but very adventurous childhood in the Waikiki and Palolo areas with his younger sister and brother. He graduated from Roosevelt High School under the English Standard System, and was a very educated and well-read individual. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1968. He then worked for the Army National Guard before applying to the Hawaiian Electric Co., where he started in Waiau as a lineman and eventually retired at the age of 50 as a Systems Operations Supervisor on Ward Ave. Al Braine was a caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who enjoyed taking his family on various adventures. He liked traveling internationally, but loved no destinations more than the Hawaii Islands and Tahiti. He cared for the people and the islands of Tahiti so much that he learned to speak their language. At the same time, he was proud to be Hawaiian and very proud of his heritage, his kupuna, his parents, and most of all his wife, children, and grandchildren. Albert had various interesting hobbies, most notably, he was a collector of wondrous things: cars, bottles, antiques, books (especially Hawaiian books), and much more. And as anyone who ever had the pleasure of spending time with Albert knows, he was a well-versed and animated storyteller. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Naomi Wahinekaupua Braine; his children Angela Kapuanani (Albert) Medeiros, Andrea Aulani (Ben) Largent, Alexandria Kauiokeanuenue Byous, Albert Harold (Linda) Braine and Clarence Medeiros; his brother, Harold N. (Jeannie) Braine and sisters Margaret "Stevie" (Harold) DeMello and Leilani (Ivan) Holmes; 17 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at Hawaiian memorial Park mortuary at 45-425 Kamehameha Hwy Kaneohe HI 96744 at 10:30a.m. Flowers welcome.
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