"And he said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" - Matthew 4:19
Denis Kamakea, age 39, passed away on January 19, 2020. He was a man of many stations in life, having been a member of UA Local 675, an employee of Commercial Plumbing Inc., Carmel Partners, Bay View Golf Course and other businesses. He was a graduate of Kailua High School Class of 1999, and was also a member of Halau Hula 'o Ka Ua Kilihune under the direction of the late Al Makahinu Barcarse. But above all these, his favorite occupation was being an ambassador for Jesus, serving faithfully for the past 4 years at Pearlside Church in Kaneohe.
He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and loyal friend. Denis also served as a coach for the Pop Warner Kalani Falcons and mentor for the Pearlside Youth in Kaneohe.
He is survived by his wife, Cyd; son, Ko'olau; brother, David (Miki) Kamakea III; sisters, Denise (Kamae) Ching and Davilyn (Patrick) Neilson; nieces; nephews; grand-nephew and grand-nieces.
Denis is preceded in death by his parents, David Kamakea Jr. and Eleanor Kamakea (Rosa), and niece, Charnelle Ioane.
Denis (aka "Bubba" by his family and "Imurock" by his school friends) is affectionately remembered as the guy with the big smile and the biggest heart. In his life he faced a sea of trials, but he gave his entire life to the Lord in 2016 and he never looked back, serving tirelessly to make sure the next generation of young men and women understood what hills and valleys this life would put them through... confident that they would gain wisdom and strength in their faith. His transformation through the love of Christ and his love of others are the legacies that he will leave behind for others to continue.
Services will be held February 8, 2020 at Bay View Golf Course Bar & Bistro
Viewing: 9:00 am, Service: 10:00 am
45-285 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe, HI 96744
No flowers. In lieu, please consider a donation to Ko'olau's education fund.
Attire? As Denis would say, "come as you are".
Services by Nu'uanu Mortuary
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased