After graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1959, he then attended the Universitiy of Hawaii and graduated in 1964, with a BA in psychology. In September of 1964 he was drafted in the US Army and left for basic training in Fort Ord, CA. After training at various bases, Allen was assigned as a special agent in military intelligence in Vietnam from 1967-1968. He received a Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound he suffered and was also cited by the South Vietnamese army for superior service.
Upon returning to the Islands, Allen was employed by State Farm Insurance from 1969-2004, with the Claims Department. Upon his retirement from State Farm, Allen continued to work in the insurance field, most recently with Island Insurance.
Allen enjoyed all genres of music, especially classical and jazz. He played the accordion as a boy and also sang in a quartet in high school at church. In more recent years Allen and his sons were known for singing the Doxology in Hawaiian at family gatherings. Music was his hobby and he and his wife were patrons of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.
His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he often went to their piano and dance performances.
Allen is survived by his sons Ryan Keola and David Kanoa (wife Deb), grandchildren Ailee, Avery and Caleb. Allen's surviving siblings are Caroldine (Richard Y.C.) Lum of Honolulu; Sharon (Yoshiaki) Miyamoto of Culver City, CA; Lynette (Alan Toshio) Inouye, of Ventura, CA; and Stephen Uyechi (Dinah Winsor) of Torrance, CA. He is also survived by many cousins, one of whom was like a brother, Ronald M. Kiyota (Heide) of Wahiawa, and several nephews and nieces.
A special thank you to his caregiver who was by his side when he passed away late evening on November 9, 2021.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased