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Joseph Pa Kahikina

NEWPORT NEWS - Joseph "Joe" Pa Kahikina, a native of Hawaii, and a long time resident of Newport News, VA for 43 years, passed away with his family at his side on December 6, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army and retired as a First Sergeant after 26 years. He was decorated with the National Service Defense Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Overseas Service Ribbons; Vietnam Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; NCO Professional Development Ribbons; Good Conduct Medal (Eighth Award); Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm; Master Diver Badge; Army Commendation Medal; and Joint Service Commendation Medal. He then served in the U.S. Maritime Services for 13 years. He graduated from Castle High School in Kaneohe, HI in 1957. Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Kealoha Kahikina; his mother, Evengeline Kalanihuia Kanehe and his father, Joseph Pa Kahikina, Sr. He is survived by his children, Kevin Joseph Kahikina, Staceyann Kahikina and Joey Kahikina and wife, Diana Kahikina and grand-daughter, Ella Leia Kahikina; sister, Jeanette Kahikina Allianic of Delano, CA; brothers Milton Kanehe, Delano, CA and Wendell Moi Kanehe, Seattle, WA; nieces Jovanne Allianic-Hartman, Gigi Allianic, Tyna Allianic, Katherine Kanehe Pai, Kealani Stine, and Le'a Kanehe; and nephew Chad Kanehe. Services will be officiated by Chaplain Stephen Brown on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service until 3:30 p.m. Interment will be at a later date at the Hawaii State Veteran's Cemetery in Kaneohe, HI with full military honors.

Published in Daily Press on Dec. 11, 2013
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