The Golden Child
Ryder Keolaokekai Kaui
Ryder Keolaokekai Kaui was born on Jan. 26, 2003, at Wilcox Hospital in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i. Ryder was a North Shore Boy raised his whole life in Wai‘oli and will be forever loved.
Known for being fearless, loving, kind, affectionate and radical. Ryder’s greatest passion was the sport of Motocross in which he brought boundless energy, focus, speed and talent. He loved his family, friends and his community. Ryder was a bringer of smiles and laughter, a dodger of birds, a partner and friend and a catcher of air.
No words can truly describe his many layers of awesomeness. Ryder’s upbringing allowed him to be a valuable asset and beloved member as first a student then a intern at Waipa Community Foundation. He also worked at his family’s small business in Hanalei, attended Kapa‘a High School and was a member of the Club Moto Kaua‘i for many years.
On Nov. 23, 2019, Ryder was greeted at heavens gates by his pop pop George Bub Yarberry of Hanalei. His pop pop raised him alongside his beloved mother Nina Yarberry and his ama Vicky Yarberry.
Ryder is also survived by his two hanai sisters Leilani Weber and Wailana Longley-Ka`aumoana; his hanai brother Wailau Longley-Ka‘aumoana; his aunty Mona Yarberry; cousins, Hunter and Reef Ewald; Uncle Jett Yarberry; his father Ryan Kaui and the Kaui ‘ohana of Keapana as well as his entire community and ‘ohana who will continue to be warmed by his light.
A celebration of Ryder’s life will be held at Wai‘oli Beach Park on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at 11 a.m. with visitation and a service with lunch and music to follow.