MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL WHO ATTEND SERVICES AT MORTUARY.\n\nBecause of Covid-19, there is a limited amount of people allowed to attend. The family requests that those who are comfortable with viewing the services online please do so.\n\nTO WATCH WEBCAST CLICK HERE: FUNERAL WEBCAST \n\n\nJohn Sai Keong Kauwe, Jr. “Maka Nui”, age 67, of Kalihi, Hawaii and Orem, Utah, died Thursday, August 27, 2020, having spent his last days surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 3, 1953 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Harriet Kaleimokihana (Serrao) and John Sai Keong Kauwe. He married his loving wife Rhonda Beth (King) on May 5, 1979. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple. \n\nJohn was born and raised in Hawaii but found himself making the decision to live in Orem, Utah with his young family. In Orem he found a neighborhood of loving friends. Together this community loves and supports each other in unique and wonderful ways. John never stopped missing Hawaii, but he loved Utah for the people and love that it brought into his life and that of his children.\n\nJohn is universally loved for his kind and generous heart and exceptional sense of humor. Many people first met John through his business, Aloha Wholesale Florist. Aloha Wholesale was an incredible place that supported many families and reflected John’s personality. In fact, it was always difficult to separate his identity from that business. He was very generous with his employees and customers- he truly embodied the aloha spirit. Later in life he loved his time as a substitute teacher at Canyon View Junior High School; hundreds of young people in Orem still remember him as “Mr. Hawaii”. \n\nJohn loved to tell stories- he loved to talk about his adventures growing up in Hawaii (especially fishing), his time as a cook in San Francisco, or his honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Taiwan. But in his later years he found the most pride and joy talking about his family, sharing their accomplishments with everyone who wanted to listen and even some who didn’t. Beyond hearing a story, you could never leave the Kauwe house without a home-cooked Chinese-Hawaiian meal. In fact, he would often cook food not intending to eat, but just to share. He strived to live in a Christ-like manner throughout his life.\n\nJohn lived with significant illnesses for nearly two decades past all predicted timelines. He accomplished this through the blessing of modern medicine, personal determination, faith, and the prayers and support of his loved ones. Those who know him well understand that love for his wife, Rhonda, with whom he has spent nearly every waking moment for the last 41 years, and love for his grandchildren, drove him to preserve every last minute of this mortal life. \n\nJohn is survived by his wife, Rhonda, his six sons, Keoni (Monica), Keala (Gena), Kalani (Kim), Kawika (Jordyn), Kekoa, and Ka’ai (Emily), his daughter Kamakea Smith (Nathan), eighteen grandchildren, his brother Steward, his sisters Leimomi and Kim, and many, many others that he considered his hānai ohana (informally adopted family). He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Mark Kauwe, his in-laws Dale and Frances King, and many other dear friends and family who surely are delighted to be reunited with him now.