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Baby Lino’s Loves and Legacy

2 Aug Lino Fernandez II & Phillipa Fernandez

The biography of my beloved Papa Lino Fernandez III was written in 2003 for sharing at the Kauhimaka Reunion held that year at Makaha resort.  I’ve updated the descendant counts….since the last 12 years the Lino & Marilyn Fernandez clan has been fruitful and multiplied.

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Biography of Lino Fernandez III – written by Lino Fernandez IV June 2003

BIRTH-
Lino Fernandez III, was born on May 21, 1920 to Lino and Phillipa Fernandez.  He was the sixth child and the fourth son.  He assumed the name Lino Fernandez Jr. when his father assumed the name Lino Fernandez Sr. after his father died.  He was also affectionately known as “Baby Lino”, dad, daddy, uncle Lino, grandpa, and papa.  According to his birth certificate, the family was living on Alewa Drive at the time of his birth.

SCHOOL-
He grew up in the Liliha, Kaimuki, and Punahou areas of Honolulu.   He attended public schools, and skipped a grade during his elementary school years.  As verified by his diplomas, he graduated from Liliuokalani Intermediate School in June of 1934 and McKinley High School in June of 1937, at age 17.   He excelled in school taking some business courses and attained the rank of Captain in JROTC.

Lino Fernandez III receives the NCO of the Year Award - Hawaii Air National Guard (IMG_1935)

Lino Fernandez III receives the NCO of the Year Award – Hawaii Air National Guard (IMG_1935)

WORK-
After high school he continued helping the family by selling papers for the ”Fernandez Newsboys” and working at Hawaiian Pine and for various construction companies.  He began working at Pearl Harbor Shipyard around 1940, and became a journeyman shipwright (carpenter). He along with some of his brothers served their country on December 7, 1941 aiding in emergency and firefighting work. He also served with the U.S. Merchant Marines sailing a couple of trips as an oiler/wiper. In 1949 he left Pearl Harbor and joined the Hawaii Air National Guard.  He was able to attend several service schools throughout the mainland and was also able to travel around the country.  He also attended a NCO Academy at Tachikawa AFB in Japan.  Lino was known as a very dedicated and helpful public servant in the Air Guard where he served as a full time technician for 21 years until he retired in September 1970. He was awarded The Outstanding NCO of the Year in 1968.  When he retired he was the Material Facilities (warehouse) Supervisor.  After retiring from the Air Guard he went to work for the State of Hawaii, (Department of Transportation, Highways Division), as part of the newly created Bridge Maintenance crew.  He retired from the State in May 1975.

FAMILY-
Lino married Marilyn Hann Jin Lee on July 26. 1941.   They met at MaeMae Sunday School where both of their families attended.  They first lived in the Fernandez Court on Metcalf  St., and in 1952 moved to the family home at St. Louis Hts. located at Alencastre Pl.  This house was built by Lino and his brothers.  They had four children Uarda Kanani (2/2/42), Lynette Lee Momona (4/13/44), Lino IV (11/20/47) and Lee Keolalani (6/17/58).  After Marilyn passed away Lino remarried
twice —  Harriet Napuunoa (1962) and Harriet Hisayo Rita (1969).

Lino passed away on Jan. 12, 1977, in his home at St. Louis Hts.  He is survived by his four children and their spouses, 14 grandchildren , and 12 great-grandchildren.

[UPDATE – July 2015 — He is survived by four children and their spouses, 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.]

PERSONALITY-
To summarize his life and personality I would like to share some of Lino’s Loves;

Loved his family; very caring, strict but fair,  always provided for his family.

Loved the Lord; attended Kaumakapili, and MaeMae, served as Trustee, sang in choir, helped with various projects i. e. luaus, carnivals, sweet bread and pickled onion sales.

Loved to read; Bible, newspapers, magazines to keep up with current events.

Loved sports; played football (H. S. and Air Guard), played softball (Hawaiian Pine, Air Guard and church), played golf, enjoyed watching sports, watched his sons play football, baseball and wrestle, watched high school , college (U. H.) and professional football games here in Hawaii and on the mainland (Kezar Stadium, S.F.), he also enjoyed watching sports on TV, he even played hooky from drill to watch the first “live” college game from the mainland.

Loved to party, hosted many family parties and also parties for his co-workers.

Loved to help others, he was always willing to help others with projects, church repairs, rental repairs, and helped several friend and family with repairs/remodels, helped on the kalua pig crew for many luaus.  He also helped in various community projects, including fund raising for the American Cancer Society, Heart Association, and Easter Seals.

Loved to counsel young people, he was very close to his troops from the Air Guard, he was proud to refer to them as “my boys”, he always treated them with respect and was able to get 100 % effort from them and he helped many of them with their training requirements for their jobs and also for personal matters.

He provided these same qualities to his family and can be remembered for always being willing to help us and being able to provide guidance.  He always had a good sense of humor and was very generous.  We surely miss him , hopefully some of his traits have carried on to his children and grandchildren.

Mahalo and Aloha to you dad.

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Ma’eMa’e Sunday School Headstone Mapping & Transcriptions

22 Dec

Yesterday on a wet and rainy Puunui morning my helper and I visited my Grandparent’s grave at the former site of the Ma’eMa’e Sunday School. I have many fond memories of attending family functions, holiday potlucks, and Sunday School there. I miss the warmth of the pews; the Na Himeni bound in red dotting each row. I miss ringing the bell – its cheerful tone marking the start of another Sunday afternoon service. I miss the scent of the plumerias that used to shade my grandparent’s graves….removed I guess to make the landscaping and upkeep of the grounds fuss-free.

A surreal feeling envelopes you as you wander this tiny cemetary.  We took a brief shelter from the Nu’uanu rains under the last remaining large tree on the top side of the chapel.  Many of the Mahoe family are buried in this area of the grounds.  Kaumakapili Church Deacon Charles Mahoe started this sister chapel with his wife Haleaka. I understand the Ma’eMa’e bell is now at Kaumakapili and continues to be rung every Sunday.

Stairway to Nowhere

Stairways to Nowhere

The stark foundation and concrete steps leading to nowhere where the little green chapel in which my parents were married once stood till extreme winds blew down the 137 year old chapel in May 2000.  Orange “safety” netting now surrounds the stone foundation. Garish and out of place in this peaceful setting.

a fragment of the paint color still evident on this crawl space gate built into the stone foundation

Not only are my grandparent’s there, but also my great-grandparents Lino Fernandez, II and Phillipa Fernandez, great-great-grandparents Joseph & Sarah Kauhimaka, and great-great-great-grandmother Momona Kanohokai. Countless other aunts, uncles and close family ties surround.

In my last few visits there I’ve been working at photographing the headstones in the churchyard. With umbrella shielding the steady rain we added another 30 headstones to our growing collection of documentation yesterday morning. Many of the headstones are quite ornate with carvings and designs. Some with photos of the beloved, so haunting.  Ever more haunting the headstones of infants.

Findagrave.com lists 47 internments as of this writing — some of the transcription data is incorrect and doesn’t match headstone information however.  Many more of the memorials are not yet recorded there. I hope to get the information corrected and add the photos and memorials not yet on the grave search results.  I believe there are possibly many more internments for which no headstone remains…I’ve found some reports in turn of the century newspapers of folks being buried there and want to compare those names against the inventory and transcription of headstones I’m building…

My Grandparents Lino Fernandez, III and Marilyn Hann Jin (LEE) Fernandez

Today is my grandmother Marilyn Hann Jin (LEE) Fernandez’ birthday.  She would have been 91.  She died at an early age the day after her last child, my Uncle Lee, was born due to complications during delivery.  I’ve only ever known her from  photographs, other’s stories and memories, and my own quiet visits to her graveside through the years. She grew up nearby on Rooke Avenue and her mother and my grandfather’s mother were good friends at the Sunday School. It’s where they met and fell in love.

Visit: Ma’ema’e Chapel Cemetery – 401 Wyllie Street

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