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Memorial for beloved island cartoonist draws hundreds

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By Paul Drewes - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - One man who had plenty to say, or draw, about our nation's presidents and life in the islands, was legendary Hawaii cartoonist Corky Trinidad. A mass was held Sunday in memory of the beloved artist's life and extraordinary career.

This final farewell for Trinidad gave many a chance to not only say goodbye, but also say aloha for the gift of Corky's humor which he shared with the people of Hawaii for decades.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Corky had a lot to say about daily life or national politics, all in a simple cartoon.

Honolulu Advertiser editor Jerry Burris said, "Corky would sum up in a few brush strokes what was happening today or what was going to happen tomorrow and he would put a humorous bite on it. He was part of your daily routine."

This mass for Corky shows how deeply he touched people's lives. Many miss that daily bright spot in the paper, and in their hearts for this humorist.

This was a gathering for Corky, but it was also for those who attended. Some gained closure. Others, like friend Chuck Parker, got a chance to remember Corky's knack for drawing out the best in people- both on the page and in life.

"We could come together, cry together, but also enjoy Corky together, talk about him and his work and his memories" said Parker.

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