William “Willie” Kennison, 73, of Waihee, Maui passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on May 21, 2019. Willie was born on February 25, 1946 in Wailuku, Maui and was the oldest of five children.
As a young man, Willie served in the Army National Guard and was stationed at Fort Ord, California. In recent years, he retired as the Maui Division Director of ILWU after working for the union for over 30 years. Willie’s passion was helping others, and he served the community on countless volunteer boards and commissions throughout his lifetime, including the Maui County Liquor Control Commission, Maui County Police Commission, Maui County Fire & Public Safety Commission, Maui Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors, Hale Mahaolu Board of Directors, ILWU Memorial Association Board of Directors, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, and numerous others. Willie’s favorite pastime was golfing with his friends and son-in-law and watching football. He was greatly loved and will be missed by many.
Willie is predeceased by his mother Margaret Costa and father Clarence Montalvo, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife Evelyn Kennison; brothers Clarence L. (Charlene) Montalvo, Jr. and Glenn Louis Montalvo; sisters Norma Jean Fernandez and Laura Mae (Bobby) DeMattos; children Wilmanette (Melvin) Oskins II, Feline (Keith) Kinnerson, Lita (Shayne) Catiel, Rhovelyn Yadao, Roland Iniba, and Braydon Seki; grandchildren Justice Kennison-Kealohapauole, Bailey Oskins, Rhyden-Noble Kauhane-Iniba, Gavin (Leah) Sarme, Cheyenne Sarme, Cierra Sarme, and Tiana Sarme; great-grandchildren Dreyson Kealohapauole-Andres, Isiah Sarme, Caleb Sarme, Izak Sarme, and Lily Sarme; and many nephews and nieces.
Visitation on Sunday June 2, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ballard Family Mortuary, Kahului, Maui. Service to follow from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aloha Attire. A private burial will be held. Memorial donations in the name of Willie Kennison are appreciated and may be made to Catholic Charities Hawaii (info at CatholicCharitiesHawaii.org).