Thank you to Renee Ahuna Cabrinha for this report regarding John “Keoni” Tyler’s memorial service. She and Alvin were both there in person to represent Punahou74. I know that many of you were also there in spirit.
The service was short and sweet. Everything went really well and more than 100 friends and customers attended.
The service was standing room only. There was even a bunch of bikers who circled the restaurant. (The gathering was held at Keoni’s Boise restaurant, Kana Girl’s Hawaiian BBQ.)
The kalua pig, beef stew, chicken long rice, mac salad, and rice were a hit! Because I didn’t get into Boise until 11 p.m. the night before, and I had the kalua pig in the oven, I didn’t have time to make caramel cuts but a friend did make guava cake.
Kana was overwhelmed: “I want to express my deepest appreciation to all of you who have given from your hearts as a way to show your love for Keoni. Even though you were not here–I felt your love. I am so extremely blessed! Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo!”
On a sad note, the restaurant Keoni and his wife owned and managed has been closed. Keoni was the keeper of the recipes and “Keoni the Kook” the heart of the operation. He was an undendurable loss for Kana Girl’s Hawaiian BBQ. Within the next week the restaurant will be cleaned out and Kana Girl’s will be no more.
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I would like to echo Kana’s sentiments by offering a heartfelt mahalo to all who responded to my appeal for contributions to help with Keoni’s funeral expenses.
There were 35 donations received–21 from Punahou74 classmates–and $2,555 raised. This money, in addition to a separate campaign that raised $2,160 from another 34 supporters, generated $4,715 for the family. The $3,000 goal was surpassed. THANK YOU! I am in the process of personally thanking all who contributed. You can see the good that happens when many come together to share their aloha.
I will take the fundraising site down this evening to get the money deposited and on its way to Kana. For those of you have been thinking of contributing online to the Punahou74 campaign now’s the time to do so by clicking here.
If you are reading this and the Punahou74 campaign has been taken down, the other site will be up for a while longer and you can check it out here.