Francis W. "Frenchie" Kahawaiolaa
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Francis William "Frenchie" Kahawaiolaa, of Tariffville, son of Antone and Roselind (Dart) Kahawaiolaa, was called away Friday, January 22, 2021. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother. A proud Son of Keaukaha, Hawaii. Francis attended St. Joseph's High School in Hilo. He was active in various clubs as a youngster and became a member of the National Guard, running telegraph lines. Even though Francis was then a subject of the Kingdom of Hawaii and technically not yet a US citizen, he answered the call to arms and went on to join the US Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. Pvt. Francis W. Kahawaiolaa rose to the rank of Sgt., earning the National Defense Medal, UN Medal, Korean Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. It was during his service, that he was given the nickname "Frenchie". During the service, he began a correspondence with a young woman from Norridgewock, ME. Once back in the states, instead of heading straight back to Hawaii, he made the trip to ME to meet his pen pal. Six months later, he proposed to his pen pal, Lucille Ann Miller. They were married and had one son before moving to CT where they would reside for the next 62 years. Frenchie worked for the Ethel Walker School for 45 years and was an active member of his community, serving as an auxiliary officer with the Simsbury Police Department. Frenchie was a member and leader of the Farmington Valley Underwater recovery team for years, earning him the Home Town Hero award, presented to him in a ceremony on May 12, 1986, by our late Governor Bill O'Neil. Frenchie was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and thoroughly enjoyed the "tootsie roll drive" raising funds to help those with intellectual disabilities. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Lucille Ann (Miller) Kahawaiolaa; three sons, Kelly of Concord, CA, Jeffrey of Unionville, CT, Tod of Springfield, NH; daughter, Rose "Loke" Kahawaiolaa Heintz and son-in-law Carl Heintz of Tariffville; three grandsons, Daniel of Walnut Creek, CA, Jason of Vacaville, CA, Zachary Heintz of Los Angeles, CA; granddaughter, Rachel Heintz of Tariffville; four great-grandchildren, Juliet, Madison, Melanie, and Tyler. Francis is also survived by his younger brother, Patrick Kahawaiolaa, of Hilo, Hawaii. Francis was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Antone Kahawaiolaa Jr.; a niece, Leona; a nephew, Francis; and other loving Ohana. A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Francis W. "Frenchie" Kahawaiolaa will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11AM at St. Mary's Church, 942 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070. In lieu of flowers, donations in Francis' memory may be made to National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut, 111 Sheldon Road, Unit 420, Manchester, CT 06045. Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home of Granby has care of the arrangements. For condolences or to live stream the service on Thursday, please visit

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Published in Hartford Courant on Jan. 27, 2021.
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January 29, 2021
Frenchie was a great guy. I worked with him for many years at Ethel Walker. He greeted me with "Too good!" or "Hubba hubba!" I remember him talking about his underwater rescue practice, and about the big island. He always looked at things in a positive light.
He was kind to everyone. Both my daughters, now in their 30's, remember him, and even remember that he liked a cigar now and then. He was a generous guy, and gave them presents, like a stuffed bunny at Easter. Just one of the nicest people you'd ever want to know. He touched many lives. His legacy lives on at Ethel Walker. They named an award after him at the school, and gave a gift card to a restaurant and a nice shirt (Hawaiian, of course!) to the teacher and staff member at the school each year who embodied his attitude - ready to contribute, a nice word to everyone, a pleasure to work with. A good award named after a good guy. May he rest in peace.
Richard Prager
January 29, 2021
My memories of Frenchie go back to my early days working at the Ethel Walker School in the 1980s. I never saw Frenchie without a smile! He always made you feel like every day was a good day. He was also incredibly kind to our son Rod when he was hired to work one summer on the facilities team at Walker’s. My heartfelt condolences to his family and may your own memories of such a lovely and special man make you smile!
Anne Black
January 29, 2021
My condolences to the family Frenchy was a friend and a coworker my best to the family in this difficult time was a great service online Bryan Rathbun
Bryan Rathbun
January 28, 2021
It is with such a heavy heart that I must say farewell to my dear father-in-law "Pop". I love you to the moon and back Pop. Till we meet again, love and light
January 27, 2021
In the near future, We hope to don our Hawaiian shirts and leis as a Miller clan and honor our Dear Uncle Frenchie and bid him ALOHA! Peace be with you All. Love, Cousin Kimmie and David, and Aunt Virginia.
kimberly hallee
January 27, 2021
So sorry to hear this, I remember Frenchie when he worked with my Dad, Ed Alvestad at Walkers. He was always very kind.
Barbara Alvestad Simao
January 27, 2021
So sorry your loss. What a great man and was an honor to know. I also worked at Walker’s during the late 80s and Frenchie was always very nice. Prayers to the family. Patricia Houle
Patricia Houle
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