Memorial service held this weekend for former HFD chief

Boniface Stephen Kauweokaohelani Aiu Sr.
Boniface Stephen Kauweokaohelani Aiu Sr.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family and friends will remember a former Honolulu Fire Chief this weekend.

A celebration of life service will be held for Boniface Aiu on Sunday.

The service will be at the Honolulu Fire Department headquarters on South Street. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Boniface Stephen Kauweokaohelani Aiu Sr. graduated from Konawaena High School and went onto the University of Hawaii on O'ahu. Aiu started with the fire department (as a hoseman) on December 22, 1942. Over the next 30 years the diligent young firefighter matured into a seasoned leader and capped his career as a well respected public servant when Mayor Frank Fasi named him Honolulu Fire Chief on February 5,1973. He retired as Fire Chief on December 31, 1980.

Chief Aiu served as the President of the HGEA from 1964-1966 and as President of the Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association. He was a Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts of America, a volleyball coach; a member of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, The Na Lani 'Eha Hawaiian Civic Club, Honolulu Elks Club Lodge 616 and Blessed Sacrament Church.

Aiu passed away on February 27 at the age of 89.

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