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Obituary for Monday, May 27, 2024

Michael Miyuki Cardinez

Michael Miyuki Cardinez, known for his ready smile and servant heart, peacefully left for Paradise on Feb. 28, 2024. He was an active member in the Kaua‘i Church of Christ, Lihu‘e. Michael was born in Waimea, Kaua‘i, on Aug. 13, 1949. He served in the United States Navy for four years before becoming a Radar Technician at Makaha Ridge, Koke‘e from where he retired.

Michael was preceded in passing by his father Steven Cardinez, mother Evelyn (Oyakawa) Estrada, brother Ronald Cardinez, sister Lydia Castillo, brother-in-law David Banquel and the mother of his children, Monda Haney.

He is survived by his brothers Clarence (Carmen) Cardinez of California, Manolo (Ces) Delos Reyes of Kaumakani, James (Angela) Delos Reyes of Kaumakani, Steven (Karen) Cardinez of Florida, Alex (Shari) Cardinez of California and sisters Frances Bunao of Lihu‘e, Carol (Burt) Gonsalves of California, Alicia Estrada of Hanama‘ulu, Celia Marie Mancia of Oregon, Nelda Banquel of Hanapepe and his stepmother Evelyn “Nana” Cardinez of Kaumakani (who sadly passed on March 14, 2024).

Michael also leaves behind his children Kalei (Alden) Cardinez of Hanama‘ulu, Kananiokala (Harvey) Makekau of Hanama‘ulu, Mikey (Carolan) Cardinez of Kapa‘a and TC (Andrea) Cardinez of Wailua. He will remain a constant guide to his beloved grandchildren Cobie Cardinez, Megan Rego, Keona Nakamura, Kaiona Nakamura, Ricky Rego, Nainoa Cardinez, Auree Cardinez, Daniel Makekau & Sherilyn Makekau as well as his most precious great grandchildren Taiden Cardinez, Tia Cardinez, Kawehi Rego, Kamailelauli‘i Yap and his grand pups Hale, Nani, Pepe, Mali‘e, Li‘i, Hema and Lilo. Michael is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall, starting at 11:30 a.m. The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers. Please come, talk story and enjoy heavy pupu and desserts with his ‘Ohana.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary assisted the ‘Ohana with arrangements.
Source: The Garden Island

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