Gavilan “Gavi” N. Kepa’a, 69

Gavilan “Gavi” N. Kepa’a was a beloved husband, father, brother, and friend. He passed away on August 6, 2018 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born on February 13, 1949 in Honolulu to parents William Kepa’a and Clara Olival Kepa’a.

Gavi resided on Hawai’i Island for much of his youth until graduating from Honoka’a High School. Upon graduation, Gavi was drafted into the U.S. Navy and received orders for Vietnam. He served in the Vietnam War as part of special forces with MACVSOG. After the war, Gavi lived on O’ahu until 1998, and then moved to Maui where he lived the remainder of his life.

Gavi is survived by wife Christine Kepa’a, daughter Lauren Tam Sing (Tracy), son Dustin Torres, grandson Keahinōweo Tam Sing, brothers Glenn and Anthony Kepa’a and David, Wendell, and Terry Rodrigues, sisters Debbie Mejia and Gwendolyn Castro, hanai sister Janet Duey along with many nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and other loved ones.

He will be laid to rest with the other brave heroes at the Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 11am. No flowers, casual attire.

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