Haliʻa Aloha | January 2022

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To create a space for our readers to honor their loved ones, Ka Wai Ola will print Haliʻa Aloha – obituaries and mele kanikau (mourning chants). Haliʻa Aloha appearing in the print version of Ka Wai Ola should be recent (within six months of passing) and should not exceed 250 words in length. All other Haliʻa Aloha submitted will be published on kawaiola.news. Haliʻa Aloha must be submitted by the 15th of the month for publication the following month. Photos accompanying Haliʻa Aloha will only be included in the print version of the newspaper if space permits. However, all photos will be shared on kawaiola.news.

Photo: Kelcey-Christine Mikala Kalua Cambra

Kelcey-Christine Mikala Kalua
(Feb. 19, 1960 – May 18, 2021)

Kelcey-Christine Mikala Kalua Cambra (61) was born and raised in Kailua and Honolulu, Oʻahu to Wade Nowlin Reeves and Rose Mae Piʻilani Medeiros. The eldest of three children, Kelcey attended Kamehameha Schools. Shortly after graduating in 1978, she began her 40-year career at Kamehameha Schools, retiring in 2019 from her position as a quality assurance manager for Kamehameha Schools’ Admissions Office. As a haumana of Hālau Nā Pua Lei o Likolehua, she treasured learning the art of hula and performing to the Hawaiian music she loved so much. Her affinity for the arts and Hawaiian culture continued throughout her life as she enjoyed watching musicals, procuring Hawaiian books, and spending time with her beloved family. In recent years, Kelcey’s greatest joy was being “Nana” to her grandchildren with whom she visited often and laughed regularly. Her courageous battle against cancer was undeniably admirable; Kelcey passed away at her home in Kailua, surrounded by her dearest loved ones. Kelcey is survived by her husband of 38 years, William Cambra; daughter Nohealani (Cameron) Phillips; son Kainoa (Elisa) Cambra; grandson Aidan Phillips, and granddaughters Piper and Quinn Phillips; mother Rose Mae Reeves; sister Jodi Mae (Roger) Kanakaʻole; brother Arthur (Nikki) Reeves; a multitude of cousins; mother-in-law Lei Cambra; sisters and brothers-in-law Johnnie Mae Cambra, Brian (Julie) Cambra, Danette (Kaimi) Bennett, Leslie (Leo) Tolentino, Suzette (Frank) Cho, and Keahi (Katie) Cambra; and numerous nieces and nephews. A hui hou…