Kiha William Kinney
June 22, 1932 - April 30, 2020
On Thursday, April 30, 2020, Kiha William Kinney, loving husband and father, passed away at age 87 in Hilo, Hawaii.
Kiha was born in Hana, Maui and raised on Kauai by Howard and Harriet Kinney. He graduated from Kamehameha Schools and married his high school sweetheart, Eleanor Castelo. He enlisted into the armed forces where he served in the Korean Conﬂict. After his service, he relocated his growing family to Wisconsin to attend college where he received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Milwaukee Institute of Technology. Kiha, one of the top ten in his graduating class, was noticed by Boeing and oﬀered a job in Seattle. He was an engineer for the Boeing Company for 40 years. In Seattle, they established their home base and raised their children, Cynthia, Kiha, Jr., Kyle, and Lehuanani. After 50 years of marriage he was widowed in 2001. In 2012 Kiha married Genevieve Ann Freitas and relocated to Hilo, Hawaii where he enjoyed his last days.
Throughout his life he maintained a loving, loyal and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by his witness of constant nurturing love and faith. He was a quiet, compassionate and kind gentleman holding the highest integrity in business, education, faith, and in family life.
He loved helping people through the church and his club involvements. His grace was evident in his work as an usher at St. Bernadette’s church for 40 years, a Knights of Columbus leader, his countless hours organizing church events, his work with the Kamehameha Schools Alumni association and involvement with numerous Hawaiian events in the community.
He loved Hawaii and the islands would call him home whenever he was away. He would always take the family to his favorite spots and “talk story” of his “spring chicken” days. His favorite spots were on the beach where he would build a mean sandcastle and play in the ocean and pick opihi and on his property where he would machete open a coconut for a quick drink or catch a breeze and a snack under the mountain apple tree.
He loved watching all sports, especially if it involved cheering on one of his grandkids. He loved watching a John Wayne western movie, riding his John Deere lawn mower, playing gin rummy, wearing a nice ironed shirt, “fine dining” at a restaurant and loved a stiﬀ gin and tonic on the rocks.
He loved hearing from his children and grandchildren and wanted to attend all of their big and small events. He always engaged their minds, fielded their numerous questions with care and lifted their spirits with his little diddy “Don’t worry, Be happy”.
His signature gift of joy, shown through his constant smiling, joking around, catchy tag lines, and infectious laughter, will never be forgotten.
Kiha was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Harriet, first wife Eleanor, son Kiha Jr and siblings Everett, Constance, Ronald, Harold, David and Francis.
He is survived by his wife Genevieve, her children Kealoha (Kalima), Jordan (Kristen), and Jeanne, his loving children Cynthia (Mike), Kyle, and Nani (Mark), grandchildren Kiana (Joel), Kaila, Makenna, Keoni, and Kyle, numerous great-grandchildren, aunty’s, uncle’s and cousins.
Due to Covid, services will be for the immediate family, but the funeral service will be available to view remotely. Follow this link to view the services: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 832 8757 4692
Messages of condolence are welcomed here.
Services will be held for immediate family only on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
9:00am-11:00am Viewing at Bonney-Watson
11:00am-11:30am Service at Bonney-Watson
12:00pm-1:00pm Burial Riverton Crest Cemetery
In lieu of ﬂowers and in honor of Kiha Jr. and Kiha Sr. please make a donation to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Seattle or run The Winter Pineapple Classic for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 5K under Team Don’t Worry, Be Happy.
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