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Taps: Daniel Huakini Hernane Dela Cruz

June 29, 2021

Kaniela was born in Honolulu on May 12, 1956. He was surrounded by family and friends, passing peacefully at Hospice Hawai‘i Kailua Home on February 8, 2020.

Raised in Kāne‘ohe by his parents, Edward and Louisa (deceased) sisters; Eloise M., Eleanor, Enola T., brothers; Elliot, Rodney W., Warren, Isaac, James, Michael, Hanai brothers; John K., Johnathan K., John D., and Francis (deceased).

He attended Kāne‘ohe Elementary School, Samuel Wilder King and Damien Memorial School, graduating Class of 1974. He began playing football in the fourth grade with the Kahalu‘u Pop Warner League with Warren. Then he played for the Kāne‘ohe Midgets and Bantams Pop Warner League. He earned an ILH All-Star Award. His athletic abilities were also recognized in Basketball, helping his team to the State Play-offs. In 1974-1980 he was a member of the Army National Guard Reserve, and married Terry H., blessed with daughter Ferron D. and grandsons Shaden A., Noah A. and Ezra H.-P. He started as a Roofer with Uncle Ray, cousins Jr Soriano and Wayne B., a dispatcher for Grace Pacific Corp., a Custodian for Olomana School and retiring as a Custodian Supervisor at Kāne‘ohe Elementary School. His hard work ethics was recognized by the Hawai‘i Department of Education. He did Volunteer work with Elliot, AYSO Soccer League, Assistant coach for Kāne‘ohe Basketball PAL, Na Opio O‘Koolau Hula Hālau with Michael and James. He enjoyed helping and being with family and friends.

Daniel’s Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Hawaiian Memorial Park Chapel; 45-425 Kamehameha Hwy., Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744. Visitation – 9:30 am, Service – 11:00 am.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

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