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Obituary: Everett Royce “Kahiliokalani” Kinney

Everett Royce “Kahiliokalani” Kinney, “Sonny” to family and friends, died at home in Hilo, HI, on July 15, 2009. Born in Honolulu, he was a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and a veteran of WWII, serving in the USMM, where he earned an officers commission.

Relocating to Port Washington, he became active in the local politics and served as mayor of Manorhaven for 13 years before returning to Hawaii. There he earned multiple degrees as a graduate of the University of Hawaii, enabling him to serve native Hawaiians as a health care and family services advocate.

Before retiring as executive director for Hui Ola Nui Oiwi of Hilo, he was also administrator for Alu Like, also in Hilo, the community organizer for Pahoa-Puna Hui Ohana and a trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. He was also a recognized practitioner of “ho’oponopono,” the Hawaiian art of healing. He was a member of the Prince David Kawananakoa Civic Club and the Malia Puka O’Kalani Catholic Church.

He was predeceased by wife Janice Flemings; sons, Mitchell and Everett; and survived in Port Washington by son Windsor (Joyce); grandsons, Windsor (Sheelagh) and Glenn (Caryn); and great-grandsons, Kealohanuiopuna and Jordan; as well as daughter Jeanne and granddaughter Bridey Lealoha. He is also survived by brother Kiha Piilani William Kinney of Seattle; and sister Constance Kinney Grube of California; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Traditional Hawaiian customs were closely observed at his passing and services were heavily attended at his family farm on Hawaiian Homelands in Paneawa on Aug. 8, 2009.