Richard "Kanaka" Edayan

November 1, 1963October 30, 2020
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Richard 'Kanaka' Edayan passed away peacefully on October 30, 2020 at the age of 56, in Portland, Oregon. He was surrounded with an abundance of love, mana and prayer from family and friends near and far.

Born in Waialua, Oahu to Elias and Lily Edayan. He was the youngest sibling of (8) brothers: Reuben, Ralph, Whitney, Derwin, Don, Ryan, Gino, Antonio, and (4) sisters: Yvonne, Delphine, Diane, and Pacita. He is survived by his wife Charlene, (3) daughters Jasmine, Nicole, Richelle and (6) grandchildren: Ciarra, Stephen Jr., Camille, Chanelle, Matthew and Kai.

He worked for the City and County of Honolulu refuse (Waialua yard) for 9 years before moving to Oregon to become a dedicated Trimet bus operator for the past 20 years. He continued his love of the outdoors, singing and playing the ukulele. Our 'Kanaka,' Husband, Father, Popo, Brother, Uncle and Friend is greatly missed, for there is not another Hawaiian like him.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. PST in Portland, Oregon. Due to Covid restrictions this gathering is limited. However, we extend with open arms an invite to all who would like to celebrate his life with us that day to view the service live via Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary & Sunset Hills Memorial Park's website, A link will also be provided via their FB page.

Flowers and cards of your love and support are welcomed and may be mailed/delivered to: Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary c/o Richard Edayan, 6801 SW Sunset Hwy, Portland, OR 97225


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, December 5, 2020



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Kawai - Gary Garrido

December 28, 2020

Braddah Richard was my class mate and we lived on da same road- you always had my back. You will be missed but not forgotten-Rest in paradise Hawaiian and ahui hou malama pono e mahalo ke Akua pu 🤙🏽 Say Aloha to Braddah Garret🙏🏽

Pacita Edayan

December 7, 2020

Rest In Peace My Dear Braddah Richard. Our time together was short, but what we had together is Loving Memories that will be kept in My Heart. Peace be with You Charlene and the family.
I Love You Sis Pacita

Steve Fung

December 7, 2020

Richard: I will miss you. Back in 2007, I was a greenhorn "newbie"
TriMet driver when I met you as I relieved your bus at BTC on the #52 route. You were very kind and patient with me. There was not a
bad bone in your body and I wish the world had more of your Aloha
Spirit and Love. I send my sympathy and condolences to your immediate and extended family.

Steve Fung

Marla Kauffman

December 6, 2020

Aloha 💕 I will always remember Richard's smile & kind heart, he made me one of his hooks and sent it to me like he said he would, he will be well missed. My prayers & condolences to you all with much love from his cousin Marla Lynn (Edayan) Kauffman in Texas. ❣️💕💗🙏🏻🙏

Charla Edayan

December 5, 2020

Didn’t think this would’ve been the last time seeing you Uncle Richard. Glad I got to have this last visit with you. One of my best memories with you is you teaching me how to dive and you said I have the eye for a tako. Always good memories with you. Love you Uncle Richard, gonna miss you lots!

Amanda Edayan

December 3, 2020

My dearest uncle Richard (my Godfather) i will always remember the memories of you and my pops, playing the ukulele while I was little. I always wanted to be next to you guys, i was my dads opihi. Lol! I got to play the spoons, the bass and the ukulele with you guys. It was a amazing childhood growing up. And you even taught me how to hold and shoot a gun! At 12 years old! Lol. Thanks for the memories! You are forever missed and loved.

Sheri Yamauchi

December 1, 2020

Although Richard and I went to the same school, it wasn't until he met and married Charlene that I got to know him better. Charlene and I attended Cannon's Business College and worked together at Anesthesia Associates for almost 10 years. I was sad and yet excited for them when they decided to move to Oregon. So why all this back story? My first trip to visit them in their home - it was RICHARD and I that talked and reminisced into the early morning! And I met the raccoon in the backyard after he scared us when we were sharing spooky stories. This memory always cracks me up! Braddah Richard, rest in peace. Love and miss you much! ALOOOOHA!

Cicely Castilliano

November 25, 2020

Since moving from Hawaii 24 years ago life in Oregon has never felt so at ease till we met you and Aunty Sharlene. When I met you your singing and such kind heart felt like I never left home. Uncle Richard thank you for sharing your life and your beautiful soul with my family and me, you will definitely be missed but never forgotten. We love you and keep on singing I’m sure your angelic voice will be heard from afar.

Much love the Castilliano Family ♥️

Thomas Boteilho

November 21, 2020

Kanaka was the first Local Boy like myself that I had the privilege of getting to know and love since moving to Oregon 5 years ago.
It was he who started me on my journey of working for Trimet. I caught his bus every morning to go to college for welding at PCC. We always talked about local stuff and even got together from time to time to pulehu. (Bbq) it was then that he introduced me to a good friend braddah Dan who was a bus mechanic for Trimet and because of my meeting kanaka and Dan I now have a wonderful career as a apprentice Diesel mechanic with trimet. And I will always remember the joy it was to see kanaka every morning at my bus stop. And iam thankful that he shared his family and life with me and mine

Jasmine Edayan

November 21, 2020