Clarence “Maka” Hookala
77, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2017, with many of his loving family beside him. He was predeceased by wife Lois, daughter Melanie and great granddaughter Kailee. Maka was born at "Twin Bridges", Haleiwa, on August 4, 1939, the second youngest of 10 children, to Daniel Sr. and Anne Hookala. Raised near Waimea Bay, he was groomed at an early age for fishing. His pure Hawaiian mother taught him to read the ocean and see the fish offshore, where he then directed those in the ocean to place their nets and pa'ipa'i. He became so adept at this that his nickname became "Maka". Graduating from Waialua High in 1957, he soon joined the Army National Guard, where he served for more than 20 years. Maka developed into a world class deep sea fisherman and he captained the Lady Kaniala and Na Ali'i Kai. His prized fish were sought after by world known chefs from many hotels. Maka was renowned for winning fish tournaments, like the HIBT in Kona, Allison Tuna in Pokai Bay and the Hanapa'a in Haleiwa. He skippered many victorious boats for teams from New Zealand and Nebraska. He was a member and former president of the Waialua Boat Club. He was also appointed to the West- Pac Fishery Mgmt. Council by the US Secretary of Commerce in 1989, where he was instrumental in conservation measures that protected fishing resources around the Pacific. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1987. He continued his successful career in fishing until his retirement in 2004. He enjoyed his retirement with his family and grandchildren. He is survived by children: Chamaigne (William) Ralston, Jeff (Mayumi) Richards; 12 Grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, brothers Jimmy, Charlie, sisters Annie and Juju; Nieces, nephews, and family cousins. Special thanks to his caregiver, Catalina Tano. Celebration of Life on Friday, May 12th, 2017 at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel: Visitation 6:00-9:00pm. Services @ 7:00pm, Burial only on Saturday May 13th, 2017 @ 9:45 AM at gravesite with Military honors. Casual attire.
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