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No. 2017 – 9


WHEREAS, Vivian Mae Villamil Moku was born May 31, 1935, and she grew up as the daughter of Filipino migrant farmers (mahi‘ai) who settled in the community of Pahoa, Hawai‘i since the 1920’s where her father, who always stressed the value of an education, was a manager (luna) in the sugarcane industry until he retired; and

WHEREAS, growing up in Pāhoa, Vivian had many chores and harvested, cleaned and cooked from the garden, the one pot meals that fed her large family of eleven: three grandparents, mother, father, and seven siblings; and

WHEREAS, Vivian embraced both social and academic responsibilities and her familial obligations, and at age 17, she was a cheerleader, very popular and she caught the eye of a newly hired teacher at her school, Harris Moku; and

WHEREAS, Vivian and Harris married soon after her graduation and began their family, and a couple of years after, Harris had an opportunity to be a football coach at his alma mater in North Kohala, so they moved; and

WHEREAS, the Mokus had three children: Robbie (Butchie) Jr., Samuel and LiAnne; and

WHEREAS, Vivian is preceded in death by her daughter LiAnne, her husband Harris and her son Samuel; and

WHEREAS, Vivian and her children would attend church every Sunday and Harris soon followed; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Moku, as she was known respectfully, would substitute teach at Kohala High and Elementary School and soon became active in sports, and other community activities, especially May Day and any event with hula and singing; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Moku, was an early cultural advisor with her sister-in-law (Harris’s sister), Kumu Margaret Tablit of Niuli‘i, Kohala, Hawai‘i, and the Mokus were early members of the Kohala Hawaiian Civic Club, and were honorary members in our current club, and they were both active in the Kohala Senior Citizens, and well respected for their knowledge of Kohala; and

WHEREAS, she passed to eternal life on March 25, 2017, and she is survived by a son Robbie Butchie Moku, two brothers Abraham and Rudolph, one sister, Lillian, and four granddaughters, one grandson, and five great-grandchildren.

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, celebrating the life of Vivian Mae Villamil Moku; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Family of Vivian Mae Villamil Moku, the Kohala Hawaiian Civic Club, 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