By Flaviana K. Makahanaloa
Newell K. Makahanaloa lived a full, rich life. A retired sergeant who served on Molokai for the Maui Police Department, Makahanaloa expired on July 31, 2012 at the age of 60.
Makahanaloa was born and raised on Oahu. He attended Ala Wai Elementary, Washington Intermediate and McKinley High School and attended Chaminade College. Before being a police officer, he worked at Pearl Harbor Shipyard as a painter. Then he joined the Honolulu Police Force stationed in Waikiki. Later, he moved to the Leeward Coast precinct of Waianae and Makaha. Wanting to serve on the Maui Police Department, he decided to move away from Oahu. With no openings on Maui at that time, he had a choice between Lanai and Molokai. Thus, he chose Molokai and remained here.
Makahanaloa was a Boy Scout. He taught Sunday School classes for both youth and adults. He played the bass guitar for church. He loved music, especially the Brothers Cazimero, Sandi Patti, Kenny Loggins, America, the Eagles, Country Western and Southern Gospel. He was a “Trekkie” fan, attending a Trekkie convention in Vegas and Oahu, and collected Star Wars and Indiana Jones Series memorabilia. He loved movies like Apollo 13, Forest Gump, Avatar, Spartacus, The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Clint Eastwood movies and some musicals. His favorite actor was Clint Eastwood. His favorite TV shows included National Geographic, Planet Earth, Wipe Out, Amazing Ninja Warriors and PBS shows
He served 27 years on the police force. His attendance was impeccable and was given many attendance merit certificates as well as others for performance in instruction, etc. Molokai Police Chaplain Lynette Schaefer said, “Newell was a man of character, dignity and integrity.” Moku Buchanan said, “He was a good man who lived a good life.” Afa said, “Newell was a good listener, unique and full of wisdom; felt safe to be around him.” For me, Newell was a family man who was a loving, caring husband and father.
He retired from the police force on April 1, 2006. He made himself available to maximize his retirement years with family and close friends at family reunions here and on the continent, graduations and being involved with siblings, cousins and those he loved and wanted to spend quality time with. He had fun spending time with the grandchildren. He was an avid outdoor person who loved surfing, hunting, diving, hiking and fishing.He had a deep relationship with Jesus Christ as his personal savior, exemplified in the values he upheld and lived by.
Newell was the “global email communicator,” ALWAYS sending pictures, slides, videos to family, friends and former colleagues. He was always keeping family and friends in the loop. He always ended his email with “Toa Alo” a Ni’ihauan expression from his friend Pualani.
He is survived by Flaviana K. Makahanaloa (spouse); Daughters: Kasia Kapeka Kahealani Makahanaloa, Dr. Alethea Ku`ulei Serna (Jose) of Oahu; sons: Anthony Kehau Distajo (Lisa) of Oahu, Alan Ka`imi Distajo of Virginia; Stepmother: Genevieve A`ana (Ben) of Oahu; Stepsisters: Jade Kelekolio (Paulo), Opal Pi`imoku, Pearl Gomes of Oahu; siblings: Twyla Dawn Torres (Richard) of Oahu, Francis Richards (Po-Suk) of Alabama, Hinano Richards (Bucky) of Oahu, Dana Richards (Martha) of Oahu, Dexter Richards (Alice) of Texas, and Zelinda Macallino (Ben) of Oahu; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
For Oahu, Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 18, 2012 at Newtown Church of God, 981022 Komo Mai Dr., Aiea. Service at 10:45 a.m. On Molokai, visitation will be at 9:30 a.m., Aug. 25, location pending.
Condolences may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 289 Maunaloa, HI 96770.