OBITUARIES for April 30 issue
Winifred Leina’ala Cockett, 75
Winifred “Winnie” Leina’ala (Nakoa) Cockett passed away, surrounded by her loved ones, on April 14, 2015 at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at St. Anthony Church in Wailuku. Eulogy will be held at 11:45 a.m. with mass to follow. Cockett will be laid to rest at Mahalani Cemetery in Wailuku following her service. Ballard’s Mortuary is assisting with the arrangements.
Cockett was born on May 2, 1939 in Wailuku, the daughter of Alfred and Violet Nakoa. She was lovingly nicknamed his “song bird” by her father at a very young age. She went on to become an entertainer of her beloved Hawaiian music and hula for many years.
She retired from the Royal Lahaina Hotel in 1992 after 25 years as a housekeeper. She was an active member of the ILWU for more than 20 years. Cockett was also the co-owner and operator of Nakoa’s Catering and Kalua Pig Service for ten years.
She loved and took pride in her family’s history. She held the knowledge of her family’s past and was a master of its genealogy. She loved sharing that knowledge, playing her ukulele, and most of all, she loved her family.
Winnie leaves behind her loving husband of 54 years, Gordon W. Cockett Sr.; a daughter, Ramona; three sons, Gordon Jr. (Shelli), Gary (Jacqueline) and Pomai (Marla) Cockett; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Sandra (Tony) Cristofaro, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Online condolences may be made at www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com.