Kristi Kehaulani Kali Berquist
Kristi Kehaulani Kali Berquist, 50, known as Kehau to her many friends and family, passed away at her home in Honolulu on March 14, 2019. Kehau was born in Honolulu on February 14, 1969 to Daniel I. and Marilyn E. Kali. She was a graduate of Punahou School where she paddled and played soccer. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara where she rowed and played water polo, and earned her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She began her business career with Visa USA as Senior Manager of travel and entertainment enhancement programs for the U.S. Region. She travelled worldwide representing Visa. Missing Hawaii and the ocean, she returned to Hawaii and founded The Hoike Group. Her clients were primarily non-profits, entrepreneurs and small businesses. She taught business, marketing, strategic planning, social entrepreneurship and capital courses at the University of California Berkeley, Hawaii Pacific University and to thousands of CEOs through CEO Space, an international entrepreneur resource community. An active community volunteer, Kehau served on many philanthropic boards and volunteered with numerous community organizations, including athletic, scholarship, business and community service endeavors. Her passion was the ocean and she paddled canoes since her early teens at the Outrigger Canoe Club, coached youth paddling crews, and served as Outrigger Head Coach in 2000, 2001 and 2007. She spent as much time as she could in the ocean paddling her one-man canoe and communing with the porpoises and honu that frequently accompanied her on her paddles. Kehau lived every day to the fullest, enjoying every sunrise and sunset and every moment in between, knowing that a time bomb in the form of a brain tumor lurked in her head. She fought back bravely for nearly three decades before a new aggressive tumor finally took her life. Her kindness to others, her positive attitude and her zest for life will be sorely missed. Her legacy will be the inspiration she gave to so many to be the best that they could be, both in life and in business. Kehau is survived by her loving husband, Gregory A. Berquist; her parents Daniel I. and Marilyn E. Kali; her brother Keone K. Kali and sister in law, Cheryl Kali of Maui, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Outrigger Canoe Club. Aloha attire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Punahou School Class of 1987 scholarship fund, or to the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.
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