Haliʻa Aloha | November 2022

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Maurice OhumukiniMaurice Keola Ohumukini (March 20, 1945 – Sept. 13, 2021)

Maurice Keola Ohumukini, 76, of Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away peacefully surrounded by ʻohana on Sept. 13, 2021.

Maurice was born on March 20, 1945, to Mabel Amalu Sheldon and Henry Kawaimapuna Ohumukini in Honolulu. He attended Church College of Hawaiʻi, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, served in the Army Reserves for six years and attended Bringham Young University in Utah where he met his sweetheart, Louise Fager. They married in August 1973.

He is survived by his wife Louise; children Shara (David), Kahealani (Johnnie), R. Keola (Catherine), Michelle and Richelle; 14 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He is survived by his siblings Sandra Pali, Gail Kittelman, William, and Van Bruce. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Itasca, Henry Jr., Wanda Mae, and Haunani.

From a young age Maurice embraced, practiced, and perpetuated his Hawaiian culture and spirit of aloha. Through his journey he lifted many and helped others find their way. He founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club in Utah; earned a BSA Silver Beaver; and taught the traditions of the culture by holding seminars, teaching ʻukulele, Hawaiian quilting, and by recreating the holokū of Hawaiian Royalty. He always went the extra mile on any project – big or small.

Everything Maurice did, he did with the help of Heavenly Father including sharing his mana, culture, religion, and knowledge. He ensured his legacy would last by teaching his children, grandchildren, and anyone willing to listen.

Please send any correspondence to Richelle Ohumukini at wlightin@gmail.com.