ASSOCIATION OF HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUBS
No. 2017 – 6
REMEMBERING KUPUNA WILLIAM KALIKOLEHUA PĀNUI AND RECOGNIZING HIM FOR HIS LIFETIME OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL AS A HAWAIIAN CULTURAL RESOURCE FOR OUR LĀHUI
WHEREAS, William Kalikolehua Pānui was born on November 16, 1928, and raised by his grandparents, Louis Kauanoekauikalikokahalaopuna Pānui and Annie Kahalulu Kauhi-Pānui at Keʻei, Kona; and
WHEREAS, he was a descendant of Kekūhaupiʻo, the teacher of Kamehameha, he served as warrior in the Korean and Vietnam wars; and
WHEREAS, he raised his family in Kāneʻohe: sons, William Jr. and Ellery, and daughters, Bonnie and Julie; and
WHEREAS, he worked for Hawaiian Dredging, Oʻahu Transit Service, Servco Hawaiʻi, and The Kamehameha Schools; and
WHEREAS, he was a man who loved the Lord, he served as deacon, Bible School teacher, and in other positions at Kawaiahaʻo Church in Honolulu and at Kahikolu Church in his beloved Keʻei; and
WHEREAS, he was the last native speaker of Keʻei, he used his knowledge to teach his beloved Hawaiian language to others, to translate and index Hawaiian language newspaper and documents, and to compose mele, one of his many compositions, “Ke Alaula,” having won a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award; and
WHEREAS, he was the family genealogist, historian, and kahu of Keʻei and Nāpoʻopoʻo and was a sought-after cultural consultant and lecturer at Kamehameha and for the University of Hawaiʻi as he was a kupuna who lived his culture; and
WHEREAS, he taught slack-key guitar and Hawaiian music at the Hawaiian Music Association’s Hālau Mele held at St. Louis High School, Kalaepōhaku, and advised many entertainers and kumu hula; and
WHEREAS, he was a lifetime and charter member of Kuini Piʻolani Hawaiian Civic Club and a member of the ʻAhahui ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi; and
WHEREAS, he leaves behind loved ones to continue his legacy: his wife, Namahana; brother, Kunia Kamealoha; his children named above; moʻopuna; numerous God- and hānai children, and moʻopuna.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs at its 58th Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington, in the malama of ʻIkuwā and the rising of Māhealani, this 4th day of November 2017, remembering Kupuna William Kalikolehua Pānui and recognizing him for his lifetime of knowledge and skill as a Hawaiian cultural resource for our lāhui; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the family of William Kalikolehua Pānui, ʻAhahui ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, as well as the Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, President of the State Senate, Speaker of the State House of Representatives, Chair of the State Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the State House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and all County Mayors.
The undersigned hereby certifies that the foregoing Resolution was duly adopted in the malama of ʻIkuwā and the rising of Māhealani on the 4th day of November 2017, at the 58th Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in Seattle, Washington.
Annelle C. Amaral, President