VIDEO: Native Hawaiian Practitioner “Uncle Charlie” Passes

March 16, 2012, 9:03 AM HST · Updated March 16, 2:31 PM
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Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr., File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr., a kahu, native Hawaiian advocate, and longtime member of the Pacific Radio Group ‘ohana, died Thursday after a long illness.

Maxwell was among the leaders in an effort to protect native burials at Honokahua and a vocal advocate for the protection of Kaho’olawe.

He was also a cultural practitioner who was called upon to protect precious species including the replanting of siverswords at Haleakala, and the proper burial of whale ‘iwi or bones used in research.

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For many years, Maxwell hosted the weekly two-hour radio program, “Talk Story with Uncle Charlie” on KNUI AM 900.

Prior to his work in the native Hawaiian community, Maxwell worked as a police officer for the County of Maui.

Those close to Maxwell say he took his last breath at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.  He was 74.

Below are some video files we have featuring interviews with Uncle Charlie:

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