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Harriet Pua Akiona

August 9, 1936 - October 15, 2013
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When Harriet Pua Akiona walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Harriet was and how she impacted those around her. Harriet was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Harriet wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Harriet was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.       Harriet was born on August 9, 1936 at Hilo Hospital in Hilo, Hawaii. She was the daughter of Harry Aina and Maile Manuia. Harriet was raised in Keaukaha, Hawaii. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Harriet might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Harriet was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.       Harriet was raised with eleven siblings. She had seven sisters, Lucy, Kaleilehua, Kalaunani, Roselani, Mildred, Kay, and Maile; and four brothers, Harry Jr., Alvin, William, and Elia. Harriet was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Harriet was typically the member who...
When Harriet Pua Akiona walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Harriet was and how she impacted those around her. Harriet was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Harriet wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Harriet was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Harriet was born on August 9, 1936 at Hilo Hospital in Hilo, Hawaii. She was the daughter of Harry Aina and Maile Manuia. Harriet was raised in Keaukaha, Hawaii. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Harriet might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Harriet was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Harriet was raised with eleven siblings. She had seven sisters, Lucy, Kaleilehua, Kalaunani, Roselani, Mildred, Kay, and Maile; and four brothers, Harry Jr., Alvin, William, and Elia. Harriet was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Harriet was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Harriet well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      On July 11, 1955 Harriet married John Akiona at The Laie, Hawaii LDS Temple of Laie, Hawaii. Harriet's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards John's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Harriet was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Harriet was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Harriet, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Akiona home. Harriet's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might come up. Harriet was blessed with two children: one son, Warner Sr. and one daughter, Lynnette. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Warner Jr., Nikki, Kenneth III, Jocelyn, David, Kapuanani, Angelique, Lehuanani, and Maile.

      Harriet was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was a Education Administrator. Harriet was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Harriet had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Harriet's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Harriet loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were making flower arrangements and hula dancing. Harriet had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Harriet's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Harriet was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for all of her life. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Harriet was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Mya and Milo Akiona, both Chihuahuas, were best friends for 7 years.

      Harriet Akiona passed away on October 15, 2013 at Centennial Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is survived by her children Warner Sr. and Lynnette; her grandchildren, Warner Jr., Nikki, Kenneth III, Jocelyn, David, Kapuanani, Angelique, Lehuanani, and Maile; her great-grandchildren, Keoni, Kalani, and Kehaulani; her siblings, Harry Jr., William, Elia, Lucy, Kaleilehua, Kalaunani, Roselani, Kay, and Maile. Services were held at Palm Northwest Mortuary. Harriet was laid to rest in Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Coma, California.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Harriet. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Harriet Akiona for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Harriet was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.

"I am saddened to know of Auntie Harriet's passing. I first met her in 1958-1960 when many, from the Islands, came to San Francisco, CA. We later crossed..." Judy Banks Simmons (San Francisco & Paradise, CA)

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