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Taps: Sanford “SK” Kame‘ekua

December 8, 2019

Sanford “SK” Sentaro Kaleolani (Nakagawa) Kame‘ekua, 72, of Kailua, passed away peacefully on November 25, 2019, with the love of his life, Sandy at his side. Sanford graduated from Kaimuki High School. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Hawaii National Guard and was sent to Vietnam. 

Sanford had a passion for music and the ocean. He was a self taught talented musician and composer, performing in the late 60’s through the mid 80’s at the Chart House, Park Shore Hotel and other Waikiki venues. 

When not performing, he could be found diving off the shores of Waimanalo. He had the “squid eye” and almost always brought home squid and other ocean delights. He retired from Da Bus. 

Sanford is survived by his beloved wife, Sandy and his German Shepherd Ka’ele; step- daughter, Cami (Ken) Kamano- Morikawa, step-son Roger Kamano, Jr. and step-grandchild Brandi-Ayn Kamano and great step-grand- children Lily and Liam Kamano; sisters, Sharen (Frank) Sylva of Maui, Christine Nalani (Robert) Ladd of Oregon, and Luann Iwalani of South Carolina; brother Stephen Nakagawa of North Carolina; nieces and nephews. 

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2019, 1:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary, Veteran’s Cemetery.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

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