The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001433193-02
Funeral Notices


Our humble patriarch went on his huaka’i to heaven on September 17, 2023. Born on April 16, 1942 in Waimea, Kaua’i to the late Rufus & Elaine Kaukani. He was one of four keiki & graduated from Waimea High School. Eventually, he moved to O’ahu after meeting his soon to be wife, Lucile. They were married for 61 years & had ‘elima mau keiki (though first born twins deceased shortly after birth). He later became an idolized, one-of-a-kind & irreplaceable papa (kupuna kane) to ‘eha & papa (kupuna kuakahi) to ‘eono.

He served as a Honolulu Police Officer & retired as a Homicide Detective after 25 years. He competed in swim meets at the previously held Police Olympics in San Francisco, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, New York & Australia & won numerous gold, silver & bronze medals. He along with several of his past homicide cases were featured on the TV shows ‘America’s Most Wanted’ & ‘The New Detectives.’ He was also acknowledged in the books ‘Honolulu Cop’ & ‘Honolulu CSI.’ After retiring from HPD, he became a Loss Prevention Manager for Jack in the Box (Hawai’i region) for 13 years. He was well-respected & gained lifelong friends throughout both careers.

He enjoyed spending time with his ‘ohana, traveling, Hawaiian & country music, lifting weights/exercising, learning ‘olelo Hawai’i, growing kalo, fruits & vegetables in his yard, talking story & being a jokester. He visited 46 out of the 50 United States via Gold Wing motorcycles, which he loved to ride for comfort. He was a first-class jet-setter & fan of cruise lines (more so because he was spoiled by having a personal butler his second time around) & traveled to Japan (Kansai, Kobe, Hakodate, Sakata, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato, Yokkaichi & Tokyo), Korea (Busan) & the Panama Canal (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco & Cartagena).

He was always fun to be around (often cracking jokes & wise remarks), made people feel welcomed & was often called “Papa” by others outside of ‘ohana. He was our safe haven, #1 positive kane role model, the one kane we could always rely on for kokua, guidance & advice & our very own version of Akua (self-proclaimed, mind you).

He’s survived by his wife (Lucile Kaukani), na keiki (Lisa, Ryan & Wendal Kaukani), namo’opuna (Cherie, Chalei, Chayce & Chelden Wong), na mo’opuna kuakahi (Hilina’i KeAkua, Ho’okuna’i, Hana’iokalani & He’iwana’i [Kunane] Lyman, Kainalu [angel baby] & Faith Wong) & siblings (Roberta [Mamo] Kaohi & Roseline [Cookie] & Richard [Ricky] Kaukani).

His ‘ohana will be holding a private celebration to honor his legacy.

“Waimea Valley born & raised, Kaua’i das why.”

Aloha ma kou ‘ia ‘oe

Me ke aloha pau ‘ole