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Unexpected Loss of a Great Friend of 20 Years: Walt Kanehiwa

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Aloha Kai Real Estate

Unexpected Loss of a Great Friend of 20 Years: Walt Kanehiwa

I met Welton Kanehiwa at my first job in Tampa, Florida 20 years ago. I remember our boss told me that someone from Hawai'i also worked there. I didn't think it was another Hawaiian. When we first spoke we discussed food. During our discussion I asked him "How you get inamona???" That is how he knew I was Hawaiian.

Since then we kept in touch. We would speak often on our cellphones. He worked for Disney in Tampa, Florida as a telemarketer. He loved his job and he loved his family.

When his wife called me from his cellphone two days ago I thought it was him calling me to talk story as we say in Hawai'i. It was his wife calling me at 7:12 a.m. to tell me that he suffered a cardiac arrest and that they could not resuscitate him.


 Walt Kanehiwa

He is a great friend, a great father, and one of the most humble and smart Hawaiians I have ever known. It's a shock to me that he is gone.

I have set up a GoFundMe account to help his wife with immediate expenses and to help his two children. So far I raised $1,120 for his family.

If possible please donate as little or as much as you can to this Tampa, Florida family. Here is the link:


Mahalo in advance.


Posted by


Lana Robbins - Licensed Real Estate Broker and Sales Manager

Aloha Kai Real Estate

Direct Line: (727) 376-0530

Email: Lana@AlohaKaiFlorida.com


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Welton.... I hope you can continue to think about all the good memories you have of him.... again, sorry for your loss and for his family's loss....

Jul 11, 2018 04:25 AM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker

Thank you so much Barbara.

Jul 26, 2018 10:25 AM