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Boyce Rodrigues
March 18th, 2012

Boyce Rodrigues
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It is a sad moment in time. Uncle Boyce Rodrigues has passed. Uncle mentored me when I thought I could not move back to Hawaii and his loving kindness, humor and wisdom taught me what I'd forgotten those many years away from home. He will always be alive in our memories and our recollections will forever be ones of happy joyous times. He was as irreverent as they come. He was a truly humble and proud Hawaiian who was as friendly to outsiders as he was adamant about local folk's rights to these islands. He was flexible, tolerant and never prejudiced. He was a fine musician, a teacher, and such a rascal. He was a great man who was loved by many. Aloha e Uncle B... we will think of you with love.

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  1. Pamela Freeman Gorniak:

    Uncle Boyce and my mom (Louise Freeman) were great friends and equally great musicians. I remember when he, Aunty Sunshine,Aunty Mackie, Nina, Aunty Ewalani Kahalewai, Ed Kenney, Mahi Beamer, Aunty Ethelyne, Aunty Haunani Kahalewai (songbird of the Royal Hawaiian Monarch Room), Aunty Lydia Wong and many, many more musicians, would come to our home in Kailua and sing, eat and get downright plastered. They spoke of good times growing up in Palolo and Kaimuki, places they went to, people they met. They sang so beautifully and with such spirit. They knew how to have a good time. When my daughter Denise was born on Uncle Boyce's birthday (March 12th), he and mom came to Kapiolani Hospital to see the baby. He came into my room and saw me holding my new baby in my arms and said "Baby, today is OUR birthday" and kissed her on the forehead. Then he began to sing a song he wrote, MAKAHILAHILA. I knew then what my daughter's Hawaiian name would be.
    God bless this man of Hawaii; his generous spirit and his love of life! Aloha Uncle Boyce.


    Your name is so familiar. Am sure Uncle Boyce had mentioned you / your mother when reminiscing. His memory was renowned. He remembered every little detail, name, event and even when they were, like you mention, "downright plastered". : ) I'm not sure you are in the islands but here is the info for Uncle's service. Aloha...

    The family has made arrangements for his celebration of life and wish to let you all know:
    Friday, March 30, 2012 Services will be held at Oahu Cemetary's Chapel in Nu'uanu
    . Visitation begins: 9:30am - 11am . Burial at Punchbowl Cemetary: 2pm

  3. sid Kahoonei:

    My deepest respect's to uncle's Boyce's Ohana. He did a performance with my Mom Kealoha Kalama on PBS and I posted his magical rendition of "Radio Hula" on Youtube for the world to enjoy.

    Aloha Uncle & Mahalo for being a Community Leader

  4. Cyril Pahinui:

    Aloha Uncle Boyce, You will be missed.

    That peaceful land, that beautiful land, that far-off home of solitude and soft idleness, and repose, and reams, where life is one long slumberous Sabbath, the climate one long summer day, and the good that die experience no change, for they but fall asleep in one heaven and wake up in another.
    - Mark Twain

  5. Ric Groenendal:

    My dad told me "Hanai" was more meaningful because it meant I was chosen. I am humbled, proud, and privileged to have been considered his son. He was my mentor, my best friend, my confidant, and the only family I've ever known. I miss you Pops. Aloha no.

  6. Steve C Holmes:

    Thank you Boyce for being such a good friend for so many years. Best of times when my store was next to Water Town .... 1700 Ala Moana , Steve's Diving Adventures. Aloha Always, Steve