Keala Leopold Waiau, 59, of Kahului passed away on March 19, 2019 surrounded by loved ones at Hospice Hale. Keala was born on August 1, 1959 in Honolulu to Reverend Leopold and Hawea (Brown) Waiau. Keala never met his father, who was tragically killed in a car crash in March 1959. His mother passed away in 2015.
The youngest of four sons, Keala grew up in Hilo and graduated from Hilo High School. He later earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Phoenix. Keala was employed by the County of Maui Department of Water Supply for nearly 30 years. Keala loved his family, and enjoyed skating, surfing, and playing bass guitar. He was an active member of Ke Aha Vineyard Christian Ministry Church,
Keala is survived by sons Christian Waiau (Janey) of Las Vegas and Justin Waiau (Sheri Kadohiro) of Lahaina, and daughter Bethany Waiau Castaneda (Irvin) of Kahului. He also leaves behind grandchildren Joshua and Avalynn Waiau and Ezekiel, Elias and Elena Castaneda. In addition, Keala is survived by his brothers Kaina Waiau (Healani) of Hilo, Kaimi Waiau of Hilo, and Kaleo Waiau (Shelley) of Wailuku, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Kaiser, Maui Memorial Medical Center and Hospice Maui for their compassionate care of Keala in his final days.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului with visitation at 11:00 am and memorial service at 12:00 noon.