Karmella "Mella” Hokuikilani (Nihipali) Jones

January 2, 1974June 16, 2018
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Karmella "Mella” Hokuikilani (Nihipali) Jones was born on January 2, 1974 in Honolulu, Hawaii and passed away on June 16, 2018 in Bangor, Maine.


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Karmella "Mella” Hokuikilani (Nihipali) Jones

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Kolo Carey

September 22, 2018

Just thinking about you sis. I miss our conversations and our crazy crack up laughing moments. I miss sharing good time with you, but I know your near watching with Hauoli.

Love you sistah

Ruth Scott

September 6, 2018

My Hawaiian Beauty,
We met online in 1998, yourself from Calif (back then) Tanya Pernu from Wisconsin and this oddball called Ruth from England. We had lots of laughs and jokes, three girls that had never met, yet became such great buddies. Time moved on, you moved on and met the love of your life, Robbie, whom bravely took us on board as friends on Facebook. 20 years has passed, we never spoke as much but we all knew we were on Facebook and just a message away. But now we can’t and we only have our memories and this breaks my heart. I love you my mucky Mella, the mucky laugh that I adored over the microphone, my awkward British accent you mimicked, these are the memories I will cherish forever and I thank the spirits that brought us three together 20 years ago. My deepest condolences to Robbie and all the Family xx

Kolo Carey

July 19, 2018

Miss you sooo much Sis...

Kolo Carey

July 12, 2018

Hoku you and Rob truly have shown me what true love and what true soulmate really are.

Kolo Carey

July 12, 2018

One of Hoku proudest moments when Rob graduated

Kolo Carey

July 12, 2018

Farmer Hoku Jones

Kolo Carey

July 12, 2018

Mom and Hoku

Kolo Carey

July 12, 2018

Sister Angels

Kolo Carey

July 12, 2018

Sisters Forever

Rob Jones

July 10, 2018

Forever with me!


      Karmella Hokuikilani Jones was a woman for whom actions would speak louder than words. Her life motto might well have been “if it isn’t logical, it’s not important.” The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in "Mella”’s life. She was also the kind of person who could respect a “do not disturb” sign, whether it was real or implied. She was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. "Mella” was modest in her actions and extremely literal in her thoughts and in the manner in which she communicated with others. When "Mella” said something, she meant it. All those who knew her appreciated this trademark quality.

       Her parents were Jowin and Rick Carey. "Mella” was raised in Hawaii. Even as a small child, "Mella” wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As "Mella” grew older, she realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, she treated everyone around her the same way. This belief in fair play served "Mella” well throughout her life and she enjoyed a solid group of friends.

      Since "Mella” sought to treat those around her with respect, she often found herself in the role of playing peacemaker within her family. She was comfortable in working through the types of sibling rivalry situations that quite often occur, because she loved the challenge of conflict resolution. She would look at the most reasonable and practical ways to settle any disputes. "Mella” was raised with Six siblings. She had four younger brothers Kawe, Ikaika, Ricky and Raymond. She also had two sisters Hauoli and Kolo. "Mella” was constantly involved in activities with her siblings. "Mella” and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they shared many life experiences.

      The fact that she was curious was an asset to "Mella” while she was in school. She possessed strong study skills and good concentration. She relished the task of scrutinizing problems, investigating all of the options and then solving them. "Mella” enjoyed tackling the project that was right in front of her and working it straight through to its conclusion. Sometimes, she would become so involved in the process of problem solving that she would lose awareness of her surroundings. Experience was "Mella”’s best teacher. She graduated from Kahuku in 1993. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      This same loyalty and up front honesty "Mella” shared with her friends carried over to other aspects of her life, including her relationships with her family. On July 15, 2004, "Mella” exchanged wedding vows with Robbie lee Jones at Makapuu beach of Honolulu, Hawaii. The marriage became a solid relationship, due in part to "Mella”’s skill at bringing fresh energy and clarity to meeting Robbie's needs. She was a great listener who enjoyed the couple’s “together” time, especially when it came to celebrating special occasions.

      As the family grew, "Mella” was easily able to adapt to the changes and challenges of parenthood. "Mella” was never impulsive in dealing with family problems. Instead, she would carefully think things through before implementing the solution in a logical and objective manner. "Mella” was a strong, clear communicator who excelled at eliminating confusion by making matters crystal clear to all those involved. At the same time, "Mella”’s inventive nature could turn some of the boring old household chores into a fun activity for the family.

      In her work life, "Mella” was the kind of person who had no difficulty in taking on a project and seeing it through to its completion. She excelled at dealing with those pesky details that can derail some people, and once she understood exactly why she was working on a project, she could plow full steam ahead. For "Mella”, being able to grasp the logical components of any task was significant to her in appreciating its importance. Even if she worked alone on an assignment, "Mella” was able to incorporate and welcome new insights from co-workers, and she would readily use them if they improved the process. Her primary occupation was farmer (marijuana). "Mella” always made the effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      "Mella”’s curious and inquisitive nature influenced her choice of leisure pursuits as well. She applied her strong concentration and analytical skills as to how things worked to her choice of activities. She particularly enjoyed the “alone” time her hobbies provided. Her favorite pursuits were playing her video games and gardening. "Mella” was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      "Mella” was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of "Mella”’s favorites was Juju was “Mella’s favorite fur baby. They were best friends for Mella had Juju from a puppy and she had her for 9 years. Her family was rounded out by her other three dogs Winkie(11), cinnamon (8), and Tita girl(2) and her cat Ruger (1).

      "Mella” passed away on June 16, 2018 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. Mella passes due to heart complications. She is survived by her parents Jowin and Rick; brothers Kawe, Ikaika, Richard and Raymond; sister Kolo. Mella is also survived by an extended ‘Ohana of aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends who love her dearly. "Mella " will be laid to rest at Makapuu Beach on October 31, 2018.

      "Mella” strongly believed that talk is cheap. She was the type of person who would show others her feelings through her actions. She was practical and realistic but was able to be flexible when the need arose. She had a curiosity about the things around her and tried to experience life directly rather than sit back and talk about it. The experiences she treasured most were those she shared with her loved ones. Karmella Hokuikilani Jones will be greatly missed.