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Aloha ‘Oe

Learned that both Uncle Soli Niheu and Uncle Wiliama Waiohu have recently passed away. Both were warriors for their country.

Uncle Soli was a wise contrarian who always made sure the grassroots reality view was heard.

And Uncle Wiliama was a regular presence in many Ohana Council/Nation of Hawaii and kupuna gatherings and conventions back in the 90s, often alongside Auntie Helen Hoopai, always observing from the side and sharing mana’o quietly but firmly, a pure Hawaiian with a pure heart, who also made sure those of us non-Hawaiians present felt fully comfortable and welcomed.

Aloha ‘Oe, Uncle Soli and Uncle Wiliama.

Update: There will be a celebration of Soli’s life at ʻIolani Palace on Saturday, January 5th 2013. Here’s a facebook page set up in his memory.

Also, here’s Uncle William’s obituary. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Waiola Church; services will begin at 11 a.m..

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