Feb. 20, 1956-April 13, 2005
MILTON-FREEWATER - Charles Lehnardt Kaiwalaumaomao "Poki" Pokipala, 49, died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at Evergreen Milton-Freewater Health and Rehabilitation Center.
A memorial service for Mr. Pokipala will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Private inurnment will be July 3 at the family's Rocking A Ranch at Kamuela, Hawaii.
Mr. Pokipala was born Feb. 20, 1956, in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, to Benjamin Peter Davis Haili and Gloriann Laurette Keohokulani Moikeha Pokipala. He graduated from Farrington High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
On Feb. 15,1992, he and Wanda L. Benson married in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.
He was an entertainer and musician for 30 years with Maui StyleMusic By Poki. The Pokipalas moved to the Walla Walla valley on April 27,1996, from Kihei to be near Mrs. Pokipala's family.
He especially enjoyed backyard jams with family and friends and watching his mother and sisters dance the hula. He enjoyed entertaining at nursing and retirement homes, singing to and telling school children about Hawaiian culture. He loved children, especially his grandchildren. He loved visiting family and friends in Hawaii.
Survivors include his wife, at their home in Milton-Freewater; daughter, Anuhea Pokipala, of Leeds, Utah; stepdaughter, Renae Spiess of Milton-Freewater; sons, Joshua Pokipala of St. George, Utah, Jacob Pokipala of Maui, and Jonah and Kahui Pokipala, both of Leeds; stepsons Rick Gerling and Steve Gerling, both of Walla Walla; his mother and stepfather, Gloriann and Alex Akau of Kamuela, Hawaii; stepmother, JoAnn Pokipala of Honolulu; sisters, Laura Kauinohea of Makakilo, Hawaii, and Charlene Kaohunani of Kailua, Hawaii; brothers, Haili Pokipala of Oahu, Hawaii, Lennie Pokipala of Maui, Lanakila Pokipala of Orlando Fla., and Pomai Pokipala of Hawaii; and 10 grandchildren. His father died March 11, 2005.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362 to return Mr. Pokipala's ashes home to Hawaii.