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Posted on: Friday, January 12, 2001

'Celebration of Life' will be held Sunday

The boss is gone, but Fernandez carnival goes on

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

A "Celebration of Life" in memory of Kane Fernandez will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Room. He died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack.

"We won’t have any private family service," said Linda Fernandez, widow of the 64-year-old second-generation kingpin of the Hawaii carnival and amusement empire that his father, E.K. Fernandez, started in 1903. "We want to celebrate Kane’s life among his entertainment-industry friends."

Among those expected to participate are Don Ho, who will sing "I’ll Remember You," and Tony Ruivivar of the Society of Seven, who will perform an a cappella "Lord’s Prayer."

Other participants include Frank DeLima, Tom Moffatt and Nalani Olds Napoleon.

Because he is out of town to attend his own father’s funeral, singer Jimmy Borges has prepared a filmed performance of "I’ll Be Seeing You."

And Kapena expects to be back from a Las Vegas trip to render Kane’s favorite song, "Waikiki."

Ashes will be scattered privately off Waikiki prior to the gathering of friends.

Kane Fernandez was president and chief executive of Fernandez Entertainment Inc. and E.K. Fernandez Shows Inc. He was a supporter of community charities as well as the Punahou Carnival.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Honolulu.

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