Ethelyn Kaneshiro Ka’aihue
"Auntie Ethel" was 100 years old when she passed away on April 27, 2020. She was born in Hilo, the second of seven children. Soon after her birth, the family moved to Auld Lane. At Palama Settlement, she became an avid swimmer, diver, and hula dancer. While in her late teens, she met the love of her life, Moke Ka'aihue, a musician. After four years, they married. She opened a gift shop, Hauoli Manawa Gifts, in Kapahulu. She specialized in Hawaiian woods and fine jewelry, including one-of-a-kind pieces she designed. Later, Auntie moved the shop to a cottage at the old Halekulani Hotel. Auntie was known for the elaborate way she wrapped presents, at no charge, for her customers. She studied ikebana and traveled to Japan to further her skills. She also enjoyed making lei, corsages, and floral arrangements for friends and family. She and Uncle Moke were active members of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu for more than 50 years. Auntie was also a member of Travel Women, Hawai'i. Her beloved Moke preceded her in death by 24 years. She is also predeceased by sisters Evelyn Chock, Barbara Akamine Takata, Vera Kop Kaneshiro, and brothers Alvin Kaneshiro and Elmo Kaneshiro. She is survived by sister Hilda Thomas (Bob), and many nieces and nephews. Her parting message was, "Mahalo a nui loa and aloha to my 'ohana and dear friends. I love you!" A scattering of ashes will be held at a later date.
Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary
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