Marlene Kanoelani Kalaau

December 4, 1942October 10, 2020

Marlene Kanoelani Springer Kala`au was born on December 4, 1942 and passed away on October 10, 2020 in Honolulu. The daughter of Malcolm and Minnette “Lovey” Holt Springer, she was also lovingly raised by her Aunt and Uncle, Eleanor Holt and Jack Desha of Wilhelmina Rise.

Marlene was a 13 year Punahou student, and started a family legacy that includes her daughter Kawehi and granddaughter Anela. She loved Punahou School and had many unforgettable memories with the class of 1960 who became lifelong friends. She valued education and made many sacrifices so Kawehi could attend both Punahou and the University of Washington in Seattle.

She was an avid traveler and had a wonderful longtime career at Hawaiian Airlines, known as “Mal” by her many friends. Her family had great adventures exploring the Hawaiian islands and the world because of her time at Hawaiian.

She is greatly missed by her husband, retired firefighter Eben Kala`au, daughter Kawehi Kala`au Apo (Corey), granddaughter Anela Apo Higgins (Parker) and great-grandson Duke Kaha`aheo Higgins. She is also survived by daughters Marlene, Kanani and Ebenette, sisters Jalna Springer Keala and Sasha Springer Asato and welcomed by brother Clyde and her “big boy,” Dubs. She has many cousins, nieces and nephews who remember her fun-loving personality, her love of celebrity news and fashion and her excitement for family parties.

Her smile, laugh, thoughtfulness and unconditional love will be remembered fondly by friends and family. She loved shopping and wrapping gifts for others, trying new restaurants, watching movies and game shows, reading, crosswords, puzzles and coloring. She found joy in beautiful flowers, Hawaiian music and celebrating special occasions. Marlene was a great friend, loved chatting on the phone and writing letters and cards to let you know she was thinking of you. We will never stop thinking of her and the value she brought to our lives.

Mahalo to our `ohana for supporting us throughout her journey and for helping us navigate our way moving forward. We love you. We will honor her at a later date with her favorite plumeria and Hawaiian music. You can reach out to Eben and Kawehi via (808) 222-2462 or 706 Pahumele Place, Kailua, HI 96734


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Marlene Kanoelani Kalaau

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Tricia Matsumoto

October 25, 2020

From teenage girls through adulthood, Aunty Mal was always there to support us. I remember going with Kawehi to pick up Aunty Mal from work at the Ala Moana Hawaiian Air office. Even after a long work day, she was happy to see us and learn about our day. She would share our teenage joy, misery, and love of gossip. As our own families grew, her love and support extended to our husbands and kids. We will truly miss her unconditional love and joyful smiles, but feel comforted that she’s still supporting us from above. We love you, Aunty! John, Tricia, Kate & Jack

Marlene K Springer-Bowman

October 25, 2020

Because we live Waimea on Hawai'i island, Mom and I would talk (ok gossip) every other week or so.
And we'd send goofy greeting cards.
And leave weird voicemails.
Gosh, I wish I kept them all.
When the Lockdown was first instituted, Mom and I snickered about how we were made for quarantine life and worried about how well everyone else would be. And then we laughed and laughed! Yes, of course we laughed at you.
Lovingly we laughed at you.

Micah Hayashi

October 23, 2020

A favorite memory was when we were at the Kane Ohana house for a Christmas party and myself and my brother were playing cards and talking to Aunty Marlene and Uncle Eben.

She was a great family person and I am happy to have known her. My condolences to your ohana


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