70 of both Hau’ula and Laie passed away on Oct 16th, 2018. Also known as “Unko Tommy,” “Coach Tommy,” or “Heff,” was born in Kahuku to John Edgar Heffernan and Hannah Kaikena Kawa’a. Tommy was a 1967 Kahuku High School graduate known for his stellar athletic abilities in football and one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to come out of Kahuku and the State of Hawaii. Tommy is a Vietnam veteran, retired Corrections officer, and football coach for over 40 years to Kahuku, St. Louis, and other high school football programs.
Tommy is survived by his wife Merren Au together with their children: Hi’i (Eldon), Bryson (Kalei), Micah (Eden), Jarrett (Shanyn), and Skyler (Brady) and survived by his ex-wife Naomi, together with their children: Tommy (Kea), Clinten “Bu,” Matthew, Denice (Frank), Kanani (Thomas) and Kalani (Inoke). Tommy is also survived by his siblings: Billy Long, Roger, Judah, and Peter Heffernan, Arthur Brickwood, Rene Takemoto, Cheryl Ornellas and his 26 grandchildren.
Celebration of Life will be held at the Kahuku High School football field on Sunday, November 4th. Visitation from 3-6pm with service to follow from 6-7:30pm. Casual/comfortable and/or Kahuku Red Raider attire. Burial to commence on Monday, November 5th at Hauula Cemetery at 10am. Funeral arrangements provided by: Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary.
Notice #: 0001144611-01