Raylene Ha'alelea Kawaiaea
  • 61 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 3, 1950
  • Date of passing: Mar 9, 2012
Let the memory of Raylene Ha'alelea be with us forever

Raylene “Tutu” “Kumu” Haalelea Kawaiaea, 61, of Kapaau, died March 9 at Kona Community Hospital. Born June 3, 1950, in Honolulu, she was a Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center building facilitator, Hawaiian culture preserver, Na Huapala O Hawaii Halau O Haalelea Hula Halau founder and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints member.
Friends may call at 1 p.m. March 17 at Kamehameha Park Gym in Kapaau for a 3 p.m. memorial service. Condolences may be sent in her memory to Maile Hawkins at P.O. Box 4994, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. The family requests casual attire be worn. Lei are welcome.
She is survived by sons, Lee (Amber) Lancaster, of Vallejo, Calif., Michael (Rachel) Lancaster, of Kapaau, Ikaika Lancaster, of Vallejo, Calif.; daughters, Maile (Michael) Hawkins, of Kailua-Kona, Luana Lancaster, of Kapaau; hanai daughters, Mele Pang, Uilani Lorenzo, both of Kapaau; mother, Elouise Yarrow of Fairfield, Calif.; father, Ray (Shayla) Kawaiaea of Haiku, Maui; brothers, Duane (Carol Ann) Yarrow, of Vacaville, Calif., Duke (Marla) Yarrow, of San Diego;
12 grandchildren; Jessica Lancaster, Kawena Sproat-Lancaster, Hauoli Sproat-Lancaster, Chyenne Book, Marrisa Lancaster, Lauren Hawkins, Haley Hawkins, Kamalani Lancaster, Hoku Lancaster, Leah Lancaster, Emma Lancaster, Mattson Lancaster.   numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Hanalei Lambert on 20th August 2014

"I only knew Kumu in person for approx. two years, but kept in touch with her for several.  She left a lasting impression on my life, with her instructions, guidance, and inspiration.  She will always be in my heart and being, and is ever reminding me of her presence.  What a precious soul.  I'm so blessed to have known her, and the lessons that have so impacted my life.  She gave me a painting to bring back to Hawaii, and give to her, along with someone else that was so special in my life.   Please pray that I find this someone (who was so special in my life), so that I can make ammends with them and Kumu."

This tribute was added by opeyemi parham on 9th March 2014

"At the second anniversary of her transition, I still feel her presence...especially when I connect to my natural world through the sacred plants. I remember her strong clear voice in pryaer, and her beautiful body in the swaying movement of the hula. I miss her; I feel her; I remember her."

This tribute was added by Alicia North on 3rd June 2012

"Remembering your beauty and light on the day the planet was blessed with your magnificence! Sending gratitude and joy for the incredible gift of your soul and smiling in memory of your sharings. Thank you Raylene for your courage,wisdom and presence. You will always be in our hearts!"

This tribute was added by opeyemi parham on 3rd June 2012

"On this her birthday, I remember her radiant smile, warm soft hugs, and the power in her voice in chant and her beautiful voluptuous body in hula."

This tribute was added by Judith Fitzgerald on 23rd March 2012

"so very very sorry and sad - from her pics she looked like there was a great deal of life left in her beautiful self, you could really see the love she felt for all - maile, i pray you can mourn and accept her loss in time and i am sorry i never had the chance to meet her  -  maybe you all ought to come for a brief trip over here? it may be soothing, kids at jesse's & you & mikey our place"

This tribute was added by Alicia North on 19th March 2012

"Dear Jessica,
I am so sorry for the loss your family is enduring. Your grandmother was such a beautiful soul, a wonderful, compassionate, loving being. I had the pleasure of being in her beautiful presence and hearing her healing voice at conferences here on the east coast where I live. She is surely still shining her love from the angelic realm."

This tribute was added by katey marie on 18th March 2012

"Lovely tribute to her Memorialized in film.  beautiful!  

This tribute was added by MICKI YARROW on 17th March 2012

"Raylene became my sister in 1974 when I married her brother Allen. She helped me through a great deal of emotional ups and downs my entire life...I loved her so much. My heart aches with sadness and I will miss her so much. She is with her brother and dad in heaven and I know they are shining down on us from heaven..."

This tribute was added by Patti Soucie on 16th March 2012

"So very sorry for your loss.  I got to see and visit with Raylene very few times but I always felt welcomed and cared for by her - her warmth and love for others is something that really stands out about her.  The last time I got to see Raylene was at her brother Allen's funeral.  I will never forget her beautiful tribute to him in her native song.  What a beautiful woman inside and out!"

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