Roger Kanehoa Waialae
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Roger, age 79, lived a full life from his birth in Kalihi, Hawaii to his death on February 1, 2021 in California. Roger was a beautifully gifted musician with an ethereal voice. As magnificent as he was an entertainer, he was an even brighter presence to his family and friends. Roger was a wise, loving, and peaceful man who embodied the "Aloha Spirit" - Akahai (kindness), Lokahi (unity), 'Olu'olu (agreeable), Ha'aha'a (humility), and Ahonui (patience). These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth, and sincerity of Hawaii's people. Roger is survived by his wife, Martha (Bodway) Waialae; son, Roger Kanehoa Clement Waialae (Karen); daughter, Rogena Alohalani Waialae-Wightman (Steve); grandchildren, Ryan (Catrina), Tiana, Laura, Seth, Kayla, Carli (Sajad), Sandis, and Riley; great grandchildren, Ashely, Dreya, Samantha, John, Kenzie, and Luke; and sisters, Arviella, Leihulu, Dianah (Carl), and Sarah. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sarah (Akau) and Joseph Waialae; brothers, Joseph, Gerald, George, and Nelson; and sisters, Bethsiene, Genevieve, and Ethel Mae. A private memorial service will live stream from Kings Harbor Church on March 5, 2021, 2pm (PST). If you would like to extend your condolences, the family is hosting a cul-de-sac drive-through memorial on March 6, 2021 from 12pm-5pm and distributing CD's of Roger's music. Please contact the family for more information about the drive-through memorial or live-stream. You may also e-mail In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to the Polynesian Society for establishing the Roger Waialae Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded to a Polynesian high school senior advancing to an accredited college, university, or trade school. Please e-mail for more information.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Mar. 2, 2021.
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March 11, 2021
To the Waialae Ohana,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all now. From our family to yours, with all our love and admiration. Aloha Roger, thanks for your beautiful songs ... Mahalo!
Marko & Lizzy
March 5, 2021
Our deepest condolences to you all. Roger was a friendly, kind man, I'm sure he and his music will be missed by so many. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow.
Danuel, Liana, & Family (Denver Co)
March 3, 2021
We will miss you and your wonderful musicianship! But your legacy lives on through your children and grandchildren. Mahalo for all the years of kokua with FHSMAA. Rest In Peace and aloha. Aunty Hedy & Uncle Larry Anduha
Hedy Harrison-Anduha
March 2, 2021
My deepest condolences, prayers & love to the Waialae family and all who loved Roger. I was blessed to have known him my whole life ... such a wonderful, kind man. Roger - your presence, smile & beautiful voice are already missed by so many. May you Rest In Peace & Love!
Kassi Martinez
March 2, 2021
Roger was loved by many and a fine musician. His voice was filled with aloha, and his smile showed how much he loved the music. I will miss him.
Pat Enos
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