Samuel Kamakaipolani Apuna Jr.

July 30, 1929December 13, 2010

Dr. Samuel Kamakaipolani Apuna, 81 of Mesa, AZ passed away peacefully on Monday, December 13, 2010.

He was born on July 30, 1929 in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1953, he entered the Army and was stationed in Germany and served 3 tours overseas in Vietnam, later becoming the Deputy Comptroller for the US Army Reserves Components Personnel and Administration. While there he was the driving force in the introduction of shrink-wrap for supplies and storage. After 4 years of high school in the National Guard and 23 years of active duty, Sam retired in 1976 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Sam earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Masters in Business and his Doctorate in Business Administration. He taught at the University of Hawaii; was appointed or served on many committees and organizations including: The Advisory Committee to the US Veterans Administration on Native American Veterans, Goodwill Industries Executive Board, National Federation of Business and Professional Women - being the first male member in Hawaii; The National Military Officers Association of America - helping found additional chapters, The Hawaii State Housing Functional Plan Advisory Committee and The Hawaii State Health Functional Plan Advisory Committee.

Interests included rifle marksmanship where he was on the Presidents 100, raising lop-eared rabbits for teachers, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sandi Rosenberry Apuna; from his first marriage; sons, Samuel III and wife Jamie of Nuuanu Valley, HI, John and wife Darlene of Eva Beach, HI; daughters Melanie Denny and husband John of Peoria, AZ, Melissa Apuna of Kaneohe, HI, and Michelle Apuna of St. Louis, MO along with 11 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by one infant daughter, Madeline A. Apuna.

Services will be Thursday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Melcher Mortuary, 6625 E. Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205. A second service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Phoenix Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 63005, Phoenix, AZ 85082.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 16, 2010

Samuel Kamakaipolani Apuna Jr.

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A Heartfelt Message

January 26, 2011

Nancy Barnes

January 5, 2011

Sam, a good and honorable man who had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face every time I saw him. His life was spent doing good for others and protecting our country, never asking for anything in return. He saw people as equals and treated them with respect. You could see Sam loved his wife, Sandi and Sandi loved Sam. And now, Sam will be helping our Heavenly Father watch over her and his family...with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face.
e ho"omaha me Ka maluhia dear Sam.

Laura Kamalani-Paikai

December 24, 2010

Aloha Sandi, I was so very sad to hear of Kamuela's passing. He was my boss at OHA and a few of us who are still at OHA paused to remember this kind and generous soul who we sere so blessed to know. The day of Kamuela's service at Punchbowl was also the day of the OHA Investiture, so we were doubly sad that we could not make it to pay our respects. I am so thankful to have known your wonderful husband. I trust this message helps you during this time. I can see Punchbowl from my home and will make it a point to visit his final resting place soon. In the meantime, please accept my deepest condolences. Embracing you with aloha and prayers ...

Rene Carlin

December 15, 2010

My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and hope that time and many years of happy memories help to heal your heart and bring you peace...