This message was originally released on December 21, 2012:
A Message from the Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
on the death of the Reverend Canon Darrow Kanakanui Aiona.
It is with deep sadness that I must inform the Diocese that the Reverend Canon Darrow Kanakanui Aiona (age 77) died of heart failure last night (Thursday, December 20, 2012). A child of the Hawaiʻi and an ʻIolani School graduate, Canon Aiona was ordained a Priest by Bishop Harry Kennedy on December 1, 1963. In addition to ministry in New Zealand and New York City, Canon Aiona served in this Diocese as the Vicar of St. John's by the Sea Church (1971-1986), Vicar of Waikiki Chapel (1986-1996) and Rector of St. Mark's Church (1997-2007). He was an emeritus member of the faculty of Leeward Community College, had served as an elected member of the State Board of Education and had served on the Board of Queen's Hospital. I named him an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of St. Andrew (filling the Hanchett Chair) in 2007. A beloved Priest of the Diocese and one of the few Native Hawaiians ordained for ministry in our Church, he will be sorely missed.
His widow (Tina Urban) is currently making the needed arrangements and we will share the details as they become available. Please remember Tina in your prayers.
And for Canon Aiona....
O God, who hast made thy servant Darrow Kanakanui Aiona to flourish among the Ministers of Apostolic Succession in the honourable office of a Priest: grant, we beseech thee, that he may also be joined with them in perpetual fellowship. Through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
and the Episcopal Church in Micronesia