TAUSILINU’U DAVID HANNEMANN
92, of Laie, Hawaii, died on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.
Uncle David, as he was affectionately known by family, friends, and the community, was born on June 10, 1926 in Upolu, Apia Western Samoa to Gustav Tafu Hannemann and Rosie Young. He was of Samoan German heritage and was the youngest of ten siblings; four sisters and five brothers, and was the last surviving family member.
He immigrated to the United States in 1946. He served in the Hawaii Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1949-1951 where he spent some time serving on Kauai and at the Hansen’s Disease Colony on Molokai.
On June 22, 1957, he married Carolyn Harline, his sweetheart and the love of his life of 61 years, in the Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They raised a beautiful family of 9 boys and 2 girls. He helped open and was the first full-time paid employee at the Polynesian Cultural Center, where he dedicated nearly 40 years of service, implementing popular and classic programs, such as the canoe tour, canoe pageant, and the luau dinner. After his retirement, he volunteered to help compile the history of the PCC.
Uncle David, alongside his wife Carolyn, served as the Laie Temple President and Matron from 1995-1998. He also held many callings within the Church of Jesus Christ such as Bishop, High Counselor, Stake President, Stake Patriarch, and Temple Sealer.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn, and their children Arthur, Salofi, Vitoliaemanuoaana, Levaomana David, Saoalii Leonard, Howard, Hagoth, Maelita, Max and Tausilinu’u Derrell; 36 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. He is now reunited with his youngest son, Joseph, who was taken from this life 25 years ago.
Uncle David was a pillar in his community, invested in family history, attentive and loving to his family, and an instant friend to all he met. He will be remembered for his one-of-a-kind sense of humor, never ceasing testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ, and the impact he made on his family. He will forever remain in our hearts for his unwavering faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. As once testified by him, “We are born to die, and die to be born again.”
Funeral services will be held at the Laie Hawaii Stake Center,
55 Iosepa Street, Laie, HI 96762 on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
A public viewing will be held from 8:30 -10:30 a.m.
followed by the service at 11:00 a.m.
A dedication of his grave will follow at the Laie Cemetery.