Sheldon Keahiawakea Brown, 67 passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Wai`ehu on February 7, 2017.
Sheldon was born in Wailuku on October 19, 1949. His love for music led him to a career as a Musician and Entertainer for 43 years. As part of “The Wai`ehu Sons”, two albums were recorded - Hoʻolu (Nā Hoku Nominee) and Wailele Wai`ehu. His contribution and influence in the music industry blessed the lives of many.
As a veteran of the Vietnam War, Sheldon was assigned as a driver to the A1a tank and the 4.2 inch Armored Personnel Carrier. He was also a Driver/Ammo Bearer-PFC (Pilot First Class) and a Gunner-SPEC 4, Tank/APC Commander-SGT. His acts of service earned him 5 medals, his favorite being, The Combat Infantryman Badge.
Sheldon was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Wai`ehu Ward. His love for family resonates in the song “There is Beauty All Around, When There’s Love at Home”. Sheldon’s gentle ways, kindness and service has touched the lives of many and his love, humor, and presence will be missed by all who knew him.
Sheldon is survived by his wife, Kawaiola Carolyn Sniffen-Brown; children, Ronnie (Tracy) Brown, Sharolyn (Wesley) Pali, Keaka (Sarah) Brown, Rodlyn (Art) Muro, and Ronald (Robin) Min; 13 siblings, Kalbert Kealoha, Glennys Kealoha, Avis Visaya, Terrence Kealoha, Kendall Kealoha, Sandra-Lene Kealoha-Apolo, Harry Brown, Jr., Kevin Brown, Fern-Ilima Inouye, Linda Brown Hambright, Shannon Brown, Beverly Brown-Ezekiela, Haroldeen Ortiz; 14 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson and numerous extended family members. He was preceded in death by siblings, Napua Keala and Shane Kealoha.
Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kahului Stake Center. Service will begin at 11 a.m. and burial will follow at 1 p.m. at the Maui Veteran’s Cemetery in Makawao.