Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Uncle Archie

My uncle Archie was my grandmother's brother.  His obituary....

Jan. 13, 2013
Archibald Kaleiheana Mahaulu, 93, of Kaneohe, a retired city supplies clerk supervisor, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by hanai sons Christopher R., Harold W., Allan G. and Jeffrey B. Ano and Brad Harris; and hanai daughter Mimi Harris. Private services

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He was Archibald Kaleiheana Mahaulu, born December 5, 1919, Honolulu, Oahu.  The only son of Paul & Jane (Hoke) Mahaulu.  His sisters were Jane, Marion (my grandma), Etta and Millie.  He also had another brother Harold and sister Elaine that died in infancy.  He was never married, but my grandmother told my dad he had one son somewhere out there, name unknown.  He served in World War II, but I don't know anything about his time in the service.  In his later life, he lived in a series of vacation homes, where he lived rent free in exchange for upkeep of the homes.  Here on the beaches of Oahu, he made friends with many Canadian tourist, who became lifetime friends.  This mysterious bunch is only known as 'the Canadians'.  At parties, someone would always announce upon their arrival, "The Canadians are here!".
I don't know exactly when he started living with the Harris', but this couple took care of him till the end of his life.  My father said that in the obituary, the newspaper stated that, you could only list immediate family, so the Harris' are listed as hanai (foster) children as well as my father and his three brothers are listed as hanai sons.  He was closet to my father and his three brothers, his four nephews, so in addition to those four, there are 5 more nephews and 5 nieces that survive him.
Uncle Archie in front with leis around his neck, the Canadians and some family.
Uncle Archie in uniform. 

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