West Hawaii Today
Notice #: 0001453698-01
Funeral Notices

EDWARD KING YAP, JR. Edward King Yap, Jr., 61, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, returned to Ke Akua and our kupuna amongst the stars on March 6, 2024. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 19, 1962, to his late parents Bernice Naheana Naukana and Edward King Yap Sr. Edward had a diverse range of talents and accomplishments that reflected the pride he had for his culture. He was an entertainer, musician, writer, music composer, teacher, mentor, and Sifu. He was also the founder of Yau Gong Lion Dance formally known as Big Island Shaolin Arts and held the title of Mamo with the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Moku O Kohala. Edward was a proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Class of 1980, and was a member of the King’s Royal Guard. Alongside his wife, he was best known for his work in producing numerous concerts and community events such as The Waiki’i Music Festival and the Kona Chinese New Year Block Party. Edward’s contributions to the arts and community reflected his passion for his cultural heritage. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nanette (Nani) Lim Yap, and their children, Carrington Edward M. Yap and Asialynn Genoa K. Kama-Yap. Edward also leaves behind his siblings: brother Michael Yap, sisters Regina Laura Gipaya and Betty Jane Lau. His extended family and friends, who held a special place in his heart, will forever cherish his memory. Edward will be fondly remembered for his kind and gentle nature, his deep love for his family, and his unwavering generosity. He had a remarkable ability to see the greatness in all people and always made everyone around him feel valued and loved. His legacy lives on through the countless lives he has touched. The Yap ‘Ohana would like to extend an invitation to all family and friends to attend a Celebration of Life in honor of Edward on June 1st, 2024. The event will take place at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall in Waimea. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by Memorial Services at 12:00 pm. Afterward, there will be a gathering with food, refreshments, and music to commemorate Edward’s remarkable life.