WILLEMMA HELENE KALEINANI ERNESTBURG KEKAHUNA Age 60, of Laie, Oahu, Hawai’i, passed away May 1, 2019 in Tempe, AZ. Born July 27, 1958 in Honolulu, HI. Willemma was born in Honolulu and raised in Laie. She attended Saint Patrick School, Laie Elementary, Kahuku Intermediate & High School, Brigham Young University Hawaii and South Mountain Community College in Phoenix Arizona. She was BYU HAWAII’s very first MRS Na Hoa Pono title winner (as an enrolled married full-time student).
She worked at the Polynesian Cultural Center and Brigham Young University Hawaii. She worked professionally for ALOHA Airlines Maui & Phoenix, Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines Seattle WA, & other Airlines services, and also at Walmart. She was involved in the Polynesian Community and coached Thunderbird High School and Club Volleyball in Arizona. She was a Primary Founding member of Lokahi ‘O Phoenix – Polynesian Entertainment.
She served in the Arizona Holbrook Navajo Speaking Mission primarily on the Great Navajo Nation covering the Four Corners areas in the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, & New Mexico. She was proud of her family history & cultural heritages of Hawaiian, Samoan, German, and Chinese ancestry.
She is survived by husband, Damien Mahealani Kekahuna; son, Damien Mahealani McWilliam Kekahuna Jr (Pele); father: William Kanila Tripp Ernestburg, mother: Aalaonaonaokekaiohaena Emma Safuiago Kaleikini Ernestburg (proceeded in death) brothers: William K.T. Ernestburg III (Ann), McKay K.K. Ernestburg (Leimomi); Sisters, Cirilla “Chocho” M. K. Paclib, Leialoha G. K. Mataalii (Lincoln), Gilberta K. L. Ernestburg, Siliwa G. K. Ernestburg; 4 grand-children, Kehaulaniokala, Saige, Junior and Kiana; and a recently born great grandchild.
Visitation 5:00 – 6:45 p.m., Saturday May 11, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Grandview Ward, 1221 W Howe St. Tempe, AZ 85282 Funeral service 7:00 p.m. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.