Elmer Kaihehau Chu

Elmer Kaihehau Chu was born Nov. 1, 1930 on the Kaai Homestead in Kalamaula, Molokai. He passed peacefully in Los Angeles on July 21, 2021. Elmer was the oldest of five children of Lihue Kaai Chu and Arthur K. Chu, DDS.  After attending Holomua School he attended Kamehameha School for Boys and graduated in 1948. He and his friends enjoyed caring for their horses and spending free time roaming Kalamaula Homesteads, Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove and the shoreline of Kalamaula. He spoke of exciting and enjoyable days working in the pineapple fields as part of the teen “hoe Hana” gang under Grandpa David Kaai’s supervision each summer.

After graduation from Kamehameha he attended the University of Southern California where he received his undergraduate and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees.  He established his practice of dentistry in Wilmington, CA and pursued his interests in organizations focused on improving conditions in the community. Most importantly Elmer was a man of God. He lived a Christ centered life and was able to find the positives in life’s challenges.

Elmer is survived by his wife Marion, sons Grant and Douglas, daughters Lori and Joerline, granddaughters Tate and Gage, and grandson Zachary. His survivors also include Denona Chu, Maile Goo, and Arthur K. Chu Jr. He was predeceased by sister Kulani Chu Uahinui.


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