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Bert Kuwela Kaniaupio Jr.


March 17, 2021

Oct. 12, 1967 - March 13, 2021

Bert Kuwela Kaniaupio, 53, of Sweet Home, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021.

He was born Oct. 12, 1967 in San Jose, Calif. to Bert Kuwela Kaniaupio Sr. and Eleanor Elizabeth (Dean) Kaniaupio-Mathews.

He served in the United States Army and National Guard.

O’ahu, Hawaii was always Bert’s home. As he grew up he had lived in San Jose, Fort Worth, Texas and then back to Hawaii.

In 1992 he made Sweet Home his home.

Bert worked for a mill. After that he worked for Skyline Inn for years. He loved his job and all the patrons who became great friends.

He enjoyed playing bingo, gambling and camping with friends. He always enjoyed the beach, along with spending great gatherings back home.

Bert always had a big heart for everyone, he was also loved by so many.

Bert is survived by his son Kekoalauliionapalihauliulioke-koolau Masonobu and his wife Mary Katherine Yoshinaga; granddaughter Hanako Rae Yoshinaga; sisters Elizabeth Ululani Kaniaupio-Gowen of Halsey, Tamara Puanani Kaniaupio-Rentz of Anchorage, Alaska, and Morning Star Gonzales; four nieces; four nephews; and significant other Nichole Jackson of Sweet Home.

 He was preceded in death by his father, Bert Kuwela Kaniaupio Sr.; mother Eleanor Mathews; and brother Jeremiah “Jerry” Kaniaupio.

His family will be taking him to rest in Honolulu, Hawaii with many cousins and friends.

Service information will be announced when the family can coordinate a gathering.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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