Kahu Ryan KalamaIt is with great sadness and regret to inform you all of the passing of our Beloved Kahu Ryan Alena Kaimana Kuhio Poepoe Kalama.

His service is this coming Sunday at Kailua beach park. I will continue to assist the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club to followup with his work for the people of Hawaii.

His style of ceremony will join with my style and we will continue to do wedding ceremonies, baby blessings and clearings together as his Spirit joins with mine. He taught me so much. He loved everyone he touched with his kind spirit bringing couples and families together into the Universe of Love and Aloha.

Kalona

MINI PROFILE
OF
KAHU RYAN ALENA KAIMANA KUHIO POEPOE KALAMA

Born: January 3rd, 1955 in Coconut Grove on Kailua Beach to Richard Alena Kalama Sr. and Constance Kealaonaona Poepoe Young.
Genealogy Ohana:
Kalama, Poepoe, Young, Gouvea, and also another off spring of Kamehameha through Adelina Pu’u wai Maemae Poepoe 5th Generation Kamehameha.
Grand nephew of Gulstan Poepoe of Wahiawa Hawaiian Civic Club and Mahoe of Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club.

Attended: St. Anthony’s in Kailua, Damien High, Graduated at Kailua High in 1973, attended the following colleges while working:
University of Hawaii Manoa Campus, University of Maryland, St. Joseph Baltimore College, Tulsa Oklahoma Benzidine College, Glendale Community College, Arizona State University, and Phoenix College Arizona. Degrees and Certifications in Business Management, Accounting, Medical Administration, Theology/ Philosophy, and Minister of Divinity. Hawaiian Studies through Aunty Lani Kalama, Aunty Ermgard Aluli, Aunty Bella Richards, and Mr. Snakenburg. Also Alumnae of the Kailua Hawaiian Madrigal Singers 1970 – 1973.

Served and Multi Tasked: in the United States Air Force from 1973 – 1983 and United States Air Force Reserve from 1973 – 1993 in Communication, Services Specialists, Protocol, Embassy, and Morale-Welfare-Recreation.
Ordained and Served as a Deacon at Prince of Peace Catholic Church 1975 – 1977. Payroll Manager for Internal Revenue Services, Federal Investigation Office, and Federal Judiciary Courts 1987 – 1990. Supervisor for the Phoenix Veterans Medical Center, Las Vegas Veterans Clinic 1990 – 1993. Admission Management at St. Rose Dominican, Sun Rise Hospital, and Charleston Home Health Care of Las Vegas Nevada 1993 – 1995.
Property Manager at Woodside Village from 1995 – 1996. Served as Pastor since 1975 for a variety of Churches such as Prince of Peace, Gospel Echo, Assembly of God, Kings Church, Four Square Chapel, Gathering Place of God Ministries, currently serving St. Matthews Episcopal Church of Waimanalo as the Outreach Minister, and as Kahu of the Association and Oahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.
Cultural ceremonies for weddings, land blessings, baby blessings and house and business clearings/blessings.

Medically Retired and served and volunteered on the following Community Organizations since 2007:

  • Kahu of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
  • Kahu of Oahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
  • Current President of Kailua Hawaiian Civic Clubs
  • Member of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Waimanalo and Koolaupoko of Kaneohe
  • Delegate at Large of the Waimanalo Neighborhood Board
  • Waimanalo Ahupua’a Coalition Founder
  • Kahu of Waimanalo Community Outreach
  • Director and Legislature Chair of the Kailua Chamber of Commerce
  • Ambassador Member of Windward Community College
  • Hawaiian Cultural Advisor for Bellows AFS and Kaneohe Marine Corps
  • Cultural Advisor for Family Social Services
  • Director on the Clergy Advisory Board of Hawaii

In Kahu Ryan’s own words:
“I reach out to all of our people both Hawaiian and Hawaiian at heart to unite with Aloha to share our love of our Hawaiian culture. Hoping that everyone would focus for the needs and kuleana (responsibility) of our families, children and kupuna (elders) of all of our Communities that embrace Aloha and our Hawaiian Culture. Onipa’a (be steadfast, firm, resolute) on our beautiful way of life with Peace and Aloha…”