Rosalie Maohelaea “Sweetheart” Huch
ROSALIE MAOHELAEA "SWEETHEART" HUCH Rosalie Maohelaea "Sweetheart" Huch passed away peacefully in her home on July 17, 2016 at the age of 91. A lifetime Hawaii resident, Rosalie was born on November 28, 1924 in Hilo, Hawaii, the second child to parents John Keli'ihelela Kaulu and Agnes Keluialuhaiakamo Lam Nui Kaulu. Following the untimely death of her father within the first month of her birth, Rosalie was raised by her mother and her stepfather, Gabriel Maila Kalaluhi, in Nu'uanu, Oahu. She grew up with her brother, John Keli'ihelela Kaulu, Jr., and later, in her twenties she became an elder sister to Maeleen 'I'ini Kalaluhi Kapuni. A vivacious woman in all aspects of her life, one of her most outstanding and memorable qualities was her lifelong, passionate love for hula and Hawaiian music and culture. An exquisite and accomplished dancer, Rosalie was honored to have danced with such highly respected individuals as Leilani Alama, Joseph Kehaulelio, and Henry Pa. This love and respect for hula, Hawaiian music, and culture was an integral part of her life and legacy. Rosalie married William Emil Huch, Jr. in 1943, prior to his induction as an officer of the Honolulu Police Department where, with Rosalie's support, he would later become an esteemed homicide detective. She became the proud mother of three daughters, Pam, Almyra "Bebe," and Healani, and worked tirelessly to provide a stable, supportive, and loving home for her husband and daughters. Her three daughters began dancing hula at an early age, following her example and instruction, often practicing and performing together for family and friends. In addition to becoming actively involved with each of her daughters' classes and extracurricular activities once they began high school, Rosalie began working at Queen's Medical Center and eventually became a full-time employee of Physician's Exchange for over 30 years. Following her retirement, she devoted herself to a number of her passions including hula and her church, crafting and jewelry making, playing the ukulele, volunteering with Alu Like, and caring for her two granddaughters, Pono and Taylor, becoming a central figure and pillar of support in their academic and personal lives. Ever a dedicated wife and mother, Rosalie became a caregiver for both her daughter, Pam, during her fight with breast cancer, and her husband, William, as his health declined after Pam's death. A testament to her strength and resilience, Rosalie remained independent until the last few months of her life, doing everything that brought her joy: continuing her passion for hula by dancing with Eddie Ogawa, attending the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival every year since its inception, partying and enjoying live Hawaiian music (especially at the Chart House) with her friends, and attending services and events at St. Mark's Episcopal Church where she recently converted to an Episcopalian after devoting the majority of her life to the Catholic Church. Rosalie joins her precious daughter, Pam, and her beloved husband, William, in the Kingdom of Heaven, in the light and love of God and her Savior, Jesus Christ. Her friends and family remember her as an embodiment of beauty, both inside and out, and we are fortunate to have been blessed with the gifts of her presence: her beautiful smile, her unwavering support and generosity, and her everyday expressions of kindness and grace. The Huch-Fernandez family express our sincerest gratitude to Rosalie for her love and lifetime of memories. Each one of us is better for having known, loved, and been loved by this treasured woman who taught us the value of living with a full and grateful heart. She is, and will continue to be, deeply missed, though we are sustained by the joy of having been her family. A memorial service will be held at Diamond Head Memorial Park on Tuesday August 16, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Casual attire, lei welcome. Following the service, a special mass will be held at her place of worship, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, at 2:00 PM. She will be interred beside Pam and William the following day, Wednesday August 17, 2016, at 11:00 AM at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Mau a mau, Nana, we are together forever!
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased