Thank you to the many Punahou74 classmates who paid their last respects to Duane Maeda on February 25.
Held at 6 p.m. at Hosoi Mortuary, Duane Maeda’s funeral service was well attended by his family, his coworkers, his friends, and his Punahou74 classmates.
The room was decorated with wreaths from family and business interests. Duane was employed at the Kahala Hotel and Resort. Several classmates reported seeing him often at banquet functions where he supervised the wait staff.
Songs included “Amazing Grace,” “Kanaka Wai Wai,” and “Aloha Oe.”
The service featured remarks by friends and family. It seems that Duane was a frequent traveler to Las Vegas and he reliably returned with excellent omiyage for all to share. A funny story was told of when, during one of these trips, he and a friend stopped a policeman to ask for directions. The place they sought? A Krispy Kreme donut shop. It seems that the officer was not too amused.
The service was officiated by Punahou’s Rev. George Scott. Reflecting upon the stories of Duane’s generous and caring nature, he read from Matthew 25 reminding all that, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Rev. Scott paused and asked that all take a moment to quietly reflect upon one of our favorite memories of Duane. While talking with fellow classmates after the service I found that many shared the same memory. I wonder if you do too.
Seen at the service were Nancy Dew Metcalf, Craig and Lisa Matsumoto Nakamura, Donn Terada, Craig Leong, Burt Takushi, Kelley Nakano, Jon and Patrice Ching Cheng, Alton Komori, Peter Mark, Curtis Tom, Shoji Ledward, Ken Sumida, Ken Matsui and myself. (Please let me know if I forgot someone!) Take a look at them in the slideshow below along with some scenes from the service.
Aloha, Duane. Until we meet again.