ASSOCIATION OF HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUBS
No. 2019 – 9
REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF LOUISE LEIALOHA “SWEETIE” CHESEBRO MAIKUI
WHEREAS, Louise Leialoha, “Sweetie” Chesebro Maikui was born on December 23, 1943, in Hilo, Hawaiʻi to John Chesebro, Sr. and Ella Tripp Chesebro; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie was the eldest of six siblings – brothers John, Jr., Leonard “Milimili,” and sisters Alice Keonaona, Georgina and Eloise; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie attended Keaukaha Elementary School, Hilo Intermediate School, and graduated from Hilo High School; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie married Albert Maikui on February 17, 1962, lived in Waimea and Hilo before settling in Laupāhoehoe and started their family in 1966 with Laurie Ann, Albert “Naka,” Rudy, and Damien who have blessed them with 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and their dog “Honey Girl;” and
WHEREAS, Sweetie was active with her children by coaching baseball, volleyball and bowling while they were in school and organized many tournaments to give her children and children of the community exposure in addition to fund raise for uniforms, equipment and the opportunity participate in tournaments outside of the community; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie was also an avid bowler with the Hawaiian Bowling Club of Hilo and helped to coordinate many bowling tournaments with that club and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs when conventions were held in Hilo; and
WHEREAS, while raising their family, Sweetie worked at Big Island Candies, was an escort for Jackie’s Travel taking island residents to Las Vegas and back and retired in 2006 from her position, a Site Manager of the County of Hawaiʻi’s Nutrition Program at Pāpaʻaloa; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie an Albert were part of a steering committee that founded the Laupāhoehoe Music Festival in 2006 with Braddah Smitty, and Sweetie served as the Festival’s Chairperson for the food and craft booths until 2015 when the Festival was turned over to the Laupāhoehoe Community/Public Charter School as their fund raiser and just celebrated their 14th year in existence; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie was proficient in gathering, preparing and weaving lauhala, crocheting, knitting and lei making and shared a craft booth at the Merrie Monarch Festival for many years with her dear friend, Hannah Shimasaki; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie served on a church mission in the Philippines along with Hannah Shimasaki as a member of The Way The Truth The Life Fellowship Church; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie was an active member of the Hawaiian Bowling Club of Hilo and the UE Club of Hilo in addition to the Hawaiian Civic Club of Laupāhoehoe; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie and Albert became members of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Laupāhoehoe shortly after it was chartered in 1972; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie and Albert remained committed members of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Laupāhoehoe by accepting leadership roles on committees allowing the club to fund raise to award post-high school scholarships to children or grandchildren of members of the club d to graduates of Laupāhoehoe High and Elementary School now known as the Laupāhoehoe Community/Public Charter School; scholarships to attend Kamehameha Schools’ summer programs on Oʻahu and supported youth activities in the community; and
WHEREAS, Sweetie was serving as the Hope Pelekikena of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Laupāhoehoe at the time of her death on April 10, 2019, and we mourn her loss.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs at its 60th Annual Convention in Lahaina, Maui, in the malama of Welehu and the rising of Lāʻau Pau, this 16th day of November 2019, remembering the life of Louise Leialoha “Sweetie” Chesebro Maikui; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Maikui ‘Ohana and the Hawaiian Civic Club of Laupāhoehoe, 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 subject matter committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the State House subject matter committee on 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 Welehu and the rising of Lāʻau Pau on the 16th day of November 2019, at the 60th Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in Lahaina, Maui.
Hailama V. K. K. Farden, President