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Henry James Hollinger, Jr.
August 10, 1939 ~ October 31, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Henry James “Kimo” Hollinger, Jr., 84 , of Waialua, HI, passed away on October 31st, 2023.
Kimo was a humble, kind and generous man with a gentle soul and a sharp wit. He was an exceptional writer, writing eloquently with keen observation and startling insight. Kimo contributing many articles for both Surfer Magazine and The Surfers Journal which were compiled into a book entitled, “Kimo: A Collection of Short Stories”.
He would often gather his hanai sons in his garage at his beloved home in Waialua, sharing stories of surfing giant waves in his youth and offering sage advice. Kimo loved jazz music particularly the works of John Coltrane and Miles Davis which could be heard blaring loudly in his garage as he did his chores. Kimo enjoyed walking his dog along the bike path in Waialua and cherished first light surfing sessions by himself at a ‘Aweoweo Beach Park. Kimo was a devoted fan of the University of Hawaii athletics and hosted many memorable potlucks in his living room. Kimo had endless patience for the downtrodden, always willing to lend a helping hand and a kind ear. Kimo was a classic, an original with an innate sense of decency that endeared him to all that knew him. Kimo will be deeply missed.
Kimo is survived by his sisters Valmer Takahashi and Victoria Holliger; his brother Michael Hollinger; his daughters Holly Croft and Jenna Hollinger; his granddaughter Maile Hollinger and grandson Jared Dungca. Kimo was preceded in death by his wife Edith Hollinger.
Kimo attended Kapalama Elementary School and Punahou School. He furthered his education at the University of Hawaii and the Honolulu Community College getting an AS degree in fire science. Kimo dedicated 33 years of his life to the Honolulu Fire Department, retiring as a captain. Prior to that, Kimo served as a City and County Lifeguard
A memorial service to celebrate Kimo’s life will be held next summer with details to be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a charity that supports the health of our ocean. Find comfort in knowing that Kimo is back in the line-up, catching perfect waves with no one out. Just how he would have liked it. Aloha ‘Oe, Kimo. Until we meet again.