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Valentine H. Kamai

April 3, 1935 - August 10, 2018

U.S. Veteran

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Valentine Hinai Kamai
April 3, 1935 – August 10, 2018

Our beloved Val passed away peacefully on August 10th with his loving family and caregivers by his side.

Val was a man full of integrity, respect and genuine love. A kind and gentle man, yet a strong supporter and fierce defender of his integrity and those he loved and cared for throughout his life.

His cherished wife and best friend of 58 years, Ann, was truly his other half. Since her passing two years ago, he has been incomplete without her, so it gives us great relief knowing he’s now with her for all eternity.

Valentine Hinai Kamai was born April 3, 1935 in Kipahulu village (district of Hana), on the island of Maui, Territory of Hawaii to John Kahula Kamai, Sr. and Mary Martina Orta. Val had four siblings (Martina Rodriguez, Mary Banglos, Benjamin Kamai & Theresa Marzan), three of whom preceded him in death.

As a young boy in Hawaii, his favorite pastime was camping at the beach, spearing fish and diving for lobsters.

After high school in 1953, Val enlisted in the Marine Corps to serve his country and see the world. A duty he took very seriously with an unwavering pride that lasted his lifetime. His active duty took him throughout the Pacific; Iwo Jima, Okinawa, mainland Japan, Korea, and the State of Washington. A breadth of experiences that influenced his love for diversity in people and cultures. His active duty ended in 1957, and he continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve until 1961 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Lance Corporal and was awarded the Korean Service Award and Good Conduct Award for his distinguished service. In June 2018, he was honored by the California State Assembly as 2018 Veteran of the Year for the 10th Assembly District. An honor that humbled and pleased him beyond words.

In 1957, Val decided to join his mother in Marin City, CA. It’s there he soon met the love of his life, Andria Meadors. He often said “she saved my life”, because if not, he likely would have served in the Vietnam War. They had three beautiful children, Diane, Allen and Carol, and two amazing grandsons, Alex and Grant.

During his 30+ year career as a master carpenter and foreman in the construction industry, Val worked on countless commercial projects throughout Marin County. In addition, he demonstrated his tireless dedication to the community by sharing his skills and time volunteering for many local services. Most recently lending is time to the remodeling of the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship Church.

His second love after family and friends was bowling. An accomplished bowler and longtime member of leagues at Country Club Bowl in San Rafael, he made countless friends and memories that will last forever.

When not bowling, Ann & Val would “slip-off” and say “we’re goin’ for a ride”, which we always knew meant they were going to the casino. They weren’t foolin’ anybody.

In the past two years since Ann’s passing, Val found peace and fulfillment at the People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship Church and in Pastor Marcus Small, a longtime friend, but more of a second son.

Val had a special way of connecting with people. A quiet man of few words, but of carefully chosen words of sincerity and passion that would engage whoever he met or spent time with. This one-of-a-kind, special connection is what we’ll miss most.

As we go on, we’ll always remember his uniqueness, his passion, and his love.

Val is survived by his sister Theresa (Robert), his three children Diane (Elijah), Allen (Colleen), Carol (Kirk); two grandchildren Alex and Grant; many nieces and nephews; and so many very close friends (you know who you are). He is preceded in death by his lovely wife Ann, his parents and three of his siblings.

A very special thank you to Dolores Talley and her family, James, Liz & Allen, who have been inseparable from the Kamai family throughout their lives in Marin City, especially during these difficult end-of-life times. And to Cyndy Herod (Johnny), Val’s niece, whose unconditional love and support has been invaluable.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Val’s name to Hospice by the Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Larkspur, CA 94939.