JOHN LU'UWAI On August 11th, John Rudolph Pia "Boogie" Lu'uwai, 85, passed away peacefully in the presence of his 'ohana. Boogie was raised in Makena & Wailuku, Maui. His parents were John and Angeline (Ka'uhane Smythe) Lu'uwai. Boogie's sisters were Beatrice Rosa, Jack "Keaka" Perreira, Mary "Mele" Martin. He is also survived by his sister, Geri Wilhelm and brother, Bobby. Boogie is survived by his wife Violet (Kutz); Daughters, Leona Kehaulani Lu'uwai (John Cavaco) and Maile Lu'uwai (Michael Augustin); Grandchildren, Aukai (Kapua Beyer), Mahealani, Nanea & Kamaha'o Lu'uwai Cavaco, Pu'ulena & Anuhea Lu'uwai-Augustin; and Great-Granddaughter Hi'ilei Beyer Cavaco. Boogie graduated from St. Anthony School in 1950. He proudly served in the Marine Corps in the Korean War. Boogie started as a machinist in Pearl Harbor Shipyard Shop 38 and retired in management after 35 years. Boogie & Violet established and operated the successful Makena Landing Bed & Breakfast for 15 years. He was an active community volunteer. Boogie was the President of the Ewa Beach Jaycees; Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club Choir Member; Founder and President of the Makena Homeowners Association; member of the Hilo & Maui Korean War Veterans; and served as a Keawala'i Congregational Church Moderator, Deacon and Choir Member. He was also a Deacon in Ke Hana O Ke Akua Church in Wai'anae, O'ahu. Boogie loved to sing Hawaiian music and play his 'ukulele. He taught Ke Hana O Ke Akua Youth how to play 'ukulele and they became "Boogie and Da Boys". Boogie loved cooking for his 'ohana and enjoyed diving for he'e, laying net in and along the Makena shoreline. He was avid runner and ran twelve marathons. His graceful, humble and kind spirit is his lasting legacy. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 9th at Keawala'i Congregational Church, Makena, Maui. Private Viewing 8-9:00 am. Public Viewing 9-11:30am. Church Services 11:30- 12:30 p.m. Go to www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com to Upload & See Stories & Photos.
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