Theresa Leinaala (Aikau) Kau
Theresa Leinaala (Aikau) Kau) KAU 84, of Kane'ohe, Hawai'i, quietly and peacefully passed away on July 7th, at home surrounded by close family and friends. "Aunty Tessie", as many knew her, lived her life to its fullest. She was an extraordinary daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend with an incredible ability to make everyone around her feel so welcomed. Aunty Tessie beamed aloha for all that came into contact with her. She was born to George Paul Aikau, Sr. and Theresa Jay Aikau on May 17, 1935. Aunty Tessie was the middle child of three children. Her siblings, George Paul Aikau, Jr. and Carolyn Villa-Muth, have always been great supporters of her throughout her life. Aunty Tessie was a graduate of Roosevelt High School, c/o '53. After high school, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, was assigned as an Administrative Clerk and stationed at Wiesbaden Air Base in Germany. Because of her singing and musical talent, she was selected by the U.S. Air Force European Command and traveled across Europe entertaining the airmen, soldiers and sailors throughout the Command Theater as a member of the Thompson Blues European Band. The band was also selected and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950's. Upon her honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, she returned to Hawaii where she met and married Francis Kalama Kau. Francis and Tessie were married on July 11, 1959. Together they were blessed with three sons: Francis A. P. Kau, of Honolulu, HI, Patrick K. Kau of Dallas, TX and Richard J. Kau, of Kane'ohe, HI. Aunty Tessie was employed with Hawaiian Telephone Company for over 30 years as a Senior Customer Service Representative. She was also very active in Kane'ohe's athletic programs, such as Kane'ohe Little League and Police Activity League programs serving as Team Mom, League Officer and Supporter. Theresa leaves a legacy of three children, eleven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, August 19, 2019 at Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kane'ohe. Visitation: 9:00 a.m.; Service: 10:00 a.m. Burial: 1:00 p.m. at the nearby Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. The Kau Ohana hopes to see you at the Celebration of Life Service. Mahalo ~

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