Although Haunani had been under treatment for cancer, the prognosis was that she would be back on campus to teach for the Spring Semester.
Besides teaching Hawaiiian language, culture and music here at UH-Hilo, Haunani also taught at UH-Manoa and in the Native Hawaiian community statewide and even in California. As part of the group Kaimana she recorded Hawaiian music and was well known in the Hawaiian community.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Haunani was a mentor to me... I can't say how many times I would have quit the Hawaiian studies program had she not taken the time to share her incredible strength with me, taken the time to talk to me, taken the time to care and love...
E ha'o ana au ia 'oe e ke Kumu... He wahine kupaianaha 'oe, a e ola ana 'oe a mau loa i loko o ku'u pu'uwai. Mahalo a nui loa