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Obituary of James Phillip
James passed away peacefully in his home and enters the gates of heaven now joining:
Parents: Father: Hune Phillip Mother: Rosalia Phillip
Siblings: Daniel Pilipi, Harry Pilipi, Victoria Ah Sam (Ahwoy Ah Sam), Rose Maeda (Shoich Maeda), Hune Phillip, Jr. (Edna Kalawe), Phillip Pilipi (Yun Ching), Lily Kailianu (Robert Kailianu), John Phillip (Reiko Kuga), Katherine Cain (Donald Cain), and Esther Maeda (Mamo Maeda).
Son: Scott Kaukekikanealii Phillip
James is survived by his wife of 62 years: Lorraine Pualani Phillip
Sisters: Teresa Mahi, Daisy Naihe, Cynthia Hatanaka and Vivian Kim
Children: Cynthia Kahakui (Michael Grota) Castle Rock, Colorado, Lorry Ann Keikilani Phillip Marina, California and KevinJames Kaukekiponoi Phillip (Adele Salas Phillip) Salinas, California.
Grandchildren: Eight (8) Grandchildren, Thirteen (13) Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
James was born in Kohala, Hawaii, a 1955 High School Graduate in Kohala, and was in the Hawaiian National Guard. He was very active in sports as a young man, he played volleyball, basketball and loved bowling. James entered the Army in 1953 and served in the United States Army for 23 years. He completed his military career as a Sergeant First Class. His most distinguished accomplishment was being a Drill Sergeant in the 7th Infantry in Fort Ord, California. Additionally, he served in Vietnam and a 2 time Purple Heart recipient. He traveled throughout the world being stationed in Hawaii, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Berlin and lastly Fort Ord, California. After retiring from the US Army, James worked at various positions from Fort Ord Federal Police to Traffic Management Office at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) as a Transportation Management Specialist in Monterey, California completing his civil service of 20 years. James enjoyed gardening, loved his roses, apples trees and bird of paradise. James favorite hobbies were CB Radio, photography , auto mechanic, listening to Hawaiian Music and mostly watching Chinese kung fu movies. James traveled from Hawaii, Big Island, Colorado, Idaho and Arizona to spent time with his OHANA. In 2006, James met his daughter Cynthia Kahakui for the first time after Cynthia’s lengthy search to find James, her biological father. James had the warmest hugs and will be missed dearly.
Last respects may be paid on Friday, April 2, 2021 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Burial will follow at 1:00 pm with Military Honors
Mission Mortuary & Memorial Park
1915 Ord Grove Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Phillip, please visit Tribute Store