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Taps: Abraham Naehu

December 2, 2020

Abraham Naehu – a devoted husband, ever-present father, and friend to many – passed away on November 18, 2020, peacefully surrounded by his wife and four children.

Born in Honolulu, Abe was featured in Scholastic Magazine as a “Typical Hawaiian Boy” when he was ten. The attention the article received cumulated in thousands of letters written to him from children across the country. Abe attended Roosevelt High School, where he was student body president. 

After graduation from the University of Hawaii on a ROTC scholarship, Abe was assigned to an Air Force Base in Illinois. When he returned home to Hawaii Abe became the supervisor of the Koko Head Radar Station for the Air National Guard. In 1960. 

Abe married Joan, the love of his life, whom he had met on a blind date. Following his military service, he spent ten years as a broker with Dean Witter & Co. In 1974, Abe and Joan founded Honest Abe’s Wallpaper Corner in Pearl City, where he became the friendly and welcoming face of a successful local business for twenty-six years. In “retirement,” Abe spent fourteen years as a licensed shiatsu therapist, always volunteering in the Honolulu Marathon shiatsu tent, and as a volunteer mediator.

Abe was a caring husband and nurturing father who was active in the community as a PTA president and a Lion’s and Rotary Club member. During their 60 years of marriage, both enjoyed playing tennis and driving to every state (except Alaska) after their retirement.

Abe touched many in his life. He was a living example of how to love, listen, and respect others. His memory will be cherished by his best friend and wife Joan, his children Michael, Patrick, Janice, & Kenneth, and three grandchildren.

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