GEORGE NAKALEKA “HAPPY” KAMAKAHI II
June 12, 1954 - October 8, 2018 On October 8, 2018, George Nakaleka "Happy" Kamakahi II was called home to glory with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born in Honolulu, and a resident of Hilo, his passing occurred while on visit to Las Vegas. Deeply loved and cherished by all whose lives he touched, he is survived by his beautiful wife of 41 years, Gail Susan Kamakahi. His children are Gabriel (Christina) Kamakahi of Hilo, Given Kamuela Kamakahi of Hilo, and Gaynell (Abraham) Jordano of Las Vegas, NV. He is additionally blessed with 11 grandchildren. Pastor George's surviving siblings are: Georgette (Aaron) Hanson of Washington; Annette (Miguel) Toro of Alaska; Paulette (Rudy) Reyes of Maui; Tonette (Gene) Gumapac of Honolulu; David Kamakahi of Washington; Raymond (Beatrice) Kamakahi of Kauai; Jonathan (Loscia) Kamakahi of Las Vegas; Phuong-Nga Kamakahi-Kapaona of Oahu; and Thao Kamakahi-Watson. His family also extends to numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Pastor George lived an amazingly significant and purposeful life. Called to ministry at the young age of 27, he founded Thy Word Ministries Faith Center of Hawaii in Hilo, together with his beloved wife, Gail Kamakahi. During his lifetime, Pastor George established churches in Saipan, Honolulu, Kona, Ka'u, Las Vegas, Waimea, and Waikoloa. He opened three orphan homes in India, which are still ongoing today. Ordained with Faith Christian International, he traveled steadfastly as a missionary throughout Melanesia, helping to establish new churches in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and New Caledonia. His work in the mission field also took him into Polynesia - Samoa, Tahiti, and most recently to Tonga, where he ministered together with Gail, in October of 2017. In addition to being a husband, father, and apostle, Pastor George simply loved people. He ministered to the Hawaii County Police Department as their Chaplain. He was an active member of Cruise Hawaii classic car enthusiasts, and Rock N Roll motorcycle club. And together with the love of his life, Gail, he founded the Joseph's Storehouse Outreach Center in downtown Hilo, where his legacy and passion for people continues to live on. On November 3, 2018, a Celebration of Life will be held at Dodo Mortuary in Hilo. Visitation will be from 8:30am to 10:00am. Service will be held from 10:00am to 11:30am.
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