Mapuana was born to Robert M. & Doris P. Kanuha Sr. on February 10, 1953 in Honolulu. Along with her siblings, Clare, Kehau, Hilary, Bobby, Roland and Deanie she grew up in Palolo Valley; Palolo Housing to be exact. Mapuana was proud to say, "she was raised in the housing." Her childlike spirit, built a strong foundation in her character that gave her such a Loving and Caring heart to serve God, her family and friends. She graduated from Kaimuki High School, Class of 1971, went on to higher education then, into the workforce.
In 1971, Mapuana met the love of her life, Harvey Torres. They were married on January 6, 1973 and started their family; Nelson Kalepa, Neldine Kahalaomapuana, Nelissa Kauilani and Nelden Kamakaliulani Torres. In their 49 years of marriage, Harvey and Mapuana are Blessed with 4 children, children in-laws, 13 grandchildren and their first great grandchild. Mapuana was the matriarch of her family who ensured everyone was well fed, well dressed, clean and safe. She enjoyed teaching her children and grandchildren how to cook, bake, sew and make haku leis. Aunty Mama as she is lovingly known to many of her nieces and nephews, is that special Aunty who will be Greatly missed by all. She was very meticulous in keeping a clean and tidy home and enjoyed learning new things; even participating in Marathons, 4 times! She finished the Honolulu Marathons and the Great Aloha Run! Mapuana was proud of her Hawaiian heritage with deep family roots, from Kahakuloa to Makena to Kaupo on the island of Maui. She enjoyed time spent with family on their ancestral lands that's been in their family for many generations, in Naopu'u, Kaupo, Maui. As a proud and humbled Hawaiian, she understood her kuleana and desired to stand with our Lahui at Maunakea, so she went! She enjoyed her time on the Mauna with our Lahui, attending lectures, and participating in the daily protocols. Always open to learn.
Mapuana worked at various places, however, started her career at the Hawaii State Hospital in the early 90's, as the Account Clerk in the Business Office. She later transferred to the Medical Services Department as the Office Assistant. Promoted in 2019 to Administrative Assistant. Her responsibilities were to manage and provide support to the patients and doctors. Mapuana's work was purposeful and fulfilling. She understood her position was vital in serving people. She enjoyed and loved her co workers as they were her extended Ohana! After 30 years of service at the Hawaii State Hospital, Mapuana retired in December 2021. Her plans were to move to Maui after retirement. On April 9, 2021, Mapuana was diagnosed and began chemotherapy. During this time of her journey, Mapuana wrote many of her thoughts and feelings in her journal and BIBLE. Upon completing her last treatment, her diagnosis was the same, terminal.
In her last day's on this side of GLORY, Mapuana's FAITH in GOD gave her STRENGTH, COMFORT and PEACE. She embraced GOD'S GOODNESS and understood, healing doesn't always happen on this side of GLORY. JESUS CHRIST is her LORD AND SAVIOR and HE received this beautiful ANGEL unto himself, Frances Kahalaomapuana Kanuha Torres on Sunday, January 23, 2022.
Funeral services will be on Saturday March 5, 2022, at Valley of the Temples Trousdale Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00am-1:00pm with service to begin at 11:00am. REST IN LOVE! A HUI HOU. MAHALO to Christine, Dayle and Janel of "ISLAND HOSPICE" who lovingly cared for Mapuana
Arrangements Provided By: Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary