The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001295923-01
Funeral Notices


Kathy Murphy passed on September 11, 2020. Born Katherine Kalinowski on July 29, 1955 in Hamtramck, Michigan. She left the cold weather for Hawaii, graduated from UH Manoa with her BA in Early Education of Young Children and met the love of her life, Michael Murphy. They married on March 19, 1976. Kathy had an innate ability to make everyone around her feel comfortable. Although she had no children, she nurtured so many children as her own through her passion in early education. She taught at St. Clement’s Preschool which led her to reach many more children through her work at Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC). She achieved the executive director position and mentored many early education teachers. Survived by husband, Michael Murphy, sister Karen Dunmire (Jeffrey); Kenneth Kalinowski, predeceased by Kenneth Kalinowski of Michigan, many aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. Private services due to the pandemic.

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Oahu Mortuary