September 25, 1944 - August 15, 2023
Celebration of Life
Wednesday, August 23, 55-415 Iosepa St., Laie
Family Viewing: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Public Viewing: 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Bishop’s Service: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Internment at the Lā’ie Cemetery: 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Carl Malele Fonoimoana, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, passed away peacefully
in his home on August 15, 2023, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Carl was born in Lā’ie, Hawaii on September 25, 1944, to Taylor and Mataniu Fonoimoana. Carl
was a gifted orator and natural leader, and he was raised from a young age to bring honor to his
family in all things. His skills and talents ranged from playing sports to ballroom dancing, from
playing music to speaking before thousands. He was accomplished and wise beyond his years.
He was a true follower of Jesus Christ and tried to reflect the Lord’s love in everything he did.
Carl married Alva Nalani Kalama in 1967, whom he utterly adored. Being an integral part of
every community, their marriage had taken them throughout the United States, the Pacific
Islands, Europe, and Asia. They had 12 children, and their door was opened to hundreds more.
Their home was permeated with learning, music, laughter, and love.
Carl served three missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held multiple
leadership callings for wards, stakes, and temples. He was sought after to build up companies in
various industries, most notably the Polynesian Cultural Center. The wisdom and fortitude Carl
imparted, with Nalani at his side, blessed countless lives and earned the respect and devotion of
people all over the world.
Carl is reunited with Nalani, 3 of his children, 3 sons-in-law, a granddaughter, and many other
loved ones. He is survived by 9 of his children, 46 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and all
who honor his legacy by serving God and living a life of greatness.