LAHAINA - The family of the late William Kalanikai Gonzales announced that the following arrangements have been made.
On Saturday, Jan. 7, at 9:30 a.m. at Hanako'o Beach Park (Canoe Beach), prior to the start of a scheduled Maui Interscholastic League regatta, crews from Maui, Lanai and Molokai high schools will paddle out to drop flowers in tribute to Gonzales, who was a longtime volunteer water official.
The MIL regatta was originally scheduled to take place in Kihei; however, in honor of Gonzales, it has been relocated to Lahaina, where Gonzales was born and raised.
Events to honor the late William K. Gonzales will be held at Canoe Beach on Saturday and Sunday. Photo courtesy of the Gonzales Family.
Visitation is set for 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului. The service begins at 4:30 p.m. Private burial by family members will be held at a later date.
On Sunday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. at Hanako'o Beach Park, canoe clubs will hold a flower drop, followed by lunch. Bring loose flowers for the drops, as lei can be harmful for sea life.
Mr. Gonzales was fatally injured on Thursday, Dec. 29, by a recreational motor boat while preparing regatta lanes in Lahaina for high school paddling crews to practice on.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; sister Gloria; daughters Wendy and Theresa; son Hoku; and four grandchildren.