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HAZEL MARIA DIDI PLACE KA’AKIMAKA Hazel Maria "Didi" (Place) Ka’akimaka, 91, of Kaunakakai, Molokai, passed away on April 26, 2017 in Waipahu, Oahu. Born September 16, 1925 in Kaunakakai, Moloka’i. Didi lived a life full of love and laughter with her family and friends. She met her husband, Ike, on Molokai, while he was in the Army.They married and moved to Oahu to start their family. Didi worked many years in accounting at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. She loved traveling and going on cruises. After retirement and her husband’s passing, she moved back to her Moloka’i. She was happy and active in the Ka’ahumanu Society, Alu Like, and the Hawaiian Civic Club. She looked forward to playing her ukelele every Friday at Hotel Molokai’s Happy Hour with all the other kupuna. Didi had great pride being a part of recording the CD, "Na Mele o Kupuna, Treasures of Molokai". She is truly loved and will be missed by all family and friends. She leaves behind her son, Kevin (Kipi) Ka’akimaka; daughters, Melvina Leed (Mike), Nalani (Joey) O’Brien, Monette Kamelamela- Ka’akimaka, and Phyllis (Charles) Kuamo’o and Pili (Mel) Moisa; brothers Damien, Buster, Rhinehardt, and Milton Place; sisters Rhoda Chong-Kee, Toochie Kalipi and Karen Joao. Grandchildren; Jolene O’Brien, Keola Ka’akimaka, Ikaika O’Brien, Kalaniku Martinez, Kaniela Kamelamela, Janna O’Brien, Keli’i Kuamoo, Haku Kamelamela, Nohea Kamelamela, Kanani Ka’akimaka, Kauka Kuamoo, Ka’aikaula Naluai-Sempio, Kuikanoa Ka’akimaka, Ka’ila Paris. Numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Isaiah V. Ka’akimaka, Jr.; parents, William and Dora Place; two grandchildren, Kamu Kamelamela & Lehua Ka’akimaka-Kupahu; siblings, William Place, George Place and Dorothy Cope. Memorial services will be held on her birthday, September 16, 2017 at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows at 10:30 am in Kaunakakai, Molokai. Luncheon to follow. Arrangements Provided By: Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary