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Luana Elizabeth Akana Hamakua

Luana Elizabeth Akana Hamakua, 72, of Ho`olehua, died on July 19, 2010 at her home. She was born January 23, 1938 in Ho`olehua to Alfred and Emily Palapala. She retired from the Hawaii State Department of Education as a cook and was an active leader of the Hawaiian Homesteaders Association.

She is survived by sons Sheldon Kanuimanu  (Jeannie) Hamakua of Ho`olehua; Kimokea (Annette) Hamakua of Moanalua, Oahu; Kamuela (Pamela) Hamakua of lahaina, Maui; daughters Marcella Kaehuokalani (Samuel) Spencer of Nanakuli, Oahu; Camellia Lawai (Sherman) Napoleon of Ho`olehua; Philette Lihue (Leslie) Ling of Olympia, Washington; Poniala (Leslie) Yamamoto of Las Vegas, Nev.; Kawehilani (Jay) Lactaoen of Kamuela, Hawaii; Iolani (Noah) Kuoha of Ho`olehua; and Ululani (Refford) Makue of Kailua, Oahu, as well as 42 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 9 a.m. with service at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kalamaula. Burial to follow at the Kanakaloloa Cemetery in Ho`olehua. Aloha attire.

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