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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Mar. 2, 2021.