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Nellie May (Wong) Hookano

February 28, 2020


Nellie May Wong Hookano slipped away peacefully at home during the evening of February 28, 2020 surrounded by family. She was 93 years old. She was born in Honolulu the sixth of ten children to Mary Paea and Gregory Ahuna Wong. She was a proud member of the Wong Lineage, Hookano ‘Ohana and Nunies ‘Ohana. Once a city girl, family life began in Kekapua Valley and Pakala on the island’s west side where she embedded herself into plantation living learning life lessons of rural Kauai. Later she moved to Kalaheo where she resided for 58+ years. She lived a full life filled with hardship and tears as well as joy and laughter. All-the-while Nellie loved the Hawaiian art of Hula and shared her passion with everyone around her. She influenced many throughout her life while working with Catholic Youth Organization in Kauai’s four catholic schools, the County of Kauai in the parks and recreation and welfare departments then finally with the State of Hawaii in the Visitor Information Booth of the Lihue Airport. All who knew her called her “Auntie Nellie”. She leaves behind children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews both biological and hanai too numerous to name. Mahalo nui to the Angels of Hospice who helped guide her travel to the end of life’s journey. Their professionalism and compassion help those who go on ahead as well as those who remain behind. A Celebration of Life will be postponed till April of 2021. Please “No Koden” (monetary donations). She will later be interred with papa Sonny at the Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe. Mahalo to Kauai Memorial Gardens for their caring and supportive assistance

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