Maui News

Sen. English Statement on Passing of Kalaupapa Resident Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa

Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio... Article will play after ad...
Playing in :00

Senator English and Uncle “Boogie” Kahilihiwa discuss plans for Kalaupapa. PC: office of Sen. J. Kalani English

Family, friends and community members are mourning the loss of Kalaupapa resident, Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa who reportedly died at the age of 79.

Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English (District 7 – Hāna, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe) issued a statement saying, “I’m deeply saddened by the news on the passing of Uncle Boogie Kahilihiwa. He was a dear friend and I’m fortunate to have known him for over twenty years.”

According to Sen. English, Uncle Boogie was a leader and a tireless advocate for the patients of Kalaupapa, serving as the President of Ka ʻOhana o Kalaupapa. “He dedicated his entire life to preserving the settlement and he worked hard to honor the dignity of every individual that was forced to relocate there,” said Sen. English.


“My aloha goes out to his wife, Ivy, the Kahilihiwa ʻohana and all of the patients and friends of Kalaupapa. Uncle Boogie’s presence and his big, warm smile will surely be missed,” he said.

Senator English (middle) with DeGray Vanderbilt (left) and Uncle “Boogie” Kahilihiwa (right) PC: office of Sen. J. Kalani English


Sponsored Content

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay in-the-know with daily or weekly
headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Make the most of your Maui vacation with these top-rated activities: Maui Top 20: Maui Visitor & Tourism Information


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Maui Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments