Island culture expert Lindsey Pollock, 59
Lindsey Nahoakapuokalani Pollock, a leading Hawaiian cultural authority, marketing consultant and floral designer, died Thursday in Honolulu. He was 59.
"Lindsey was a visionary with enormous creativity," Hawaiian spokesman Keoni Wagner said last night. "At Hawaiian Airlines, he carved a niche in the airline industry that was uniquely Polynesian, and proud of its heritage. That culture will live on as his legacy.
"He was also a generous leader and mentor to a lot of us at Hawaiian, and we will all miss him dearly."
Pollock's concern for Hawai'i and Pacific island nations led him to work closely with public officials to address an array of transportation and tourism issues affecting the islands.
He grew up in Kalihi in a large Hawaiian family and was schooled in Hawaiian tradition under the guidance of his aunt, the late Muriel Pono Lupenui. As a successful consultant, he became known for coupling his marketing skills with his island roots.
Among his achievements, Pollock helped build the Miss Hawai'i pageant into a major scholarship program.
In his public relations work at Hawaiian Airlines, Pollock positioned the company as a sponsor of island festivals and other events, including statewide canoe races. He was the driving force behind making the airline among the original sponsors of the fledgling Merrie Monarch Festival.
His large family included a brother, the late kumu hula Darrell Lupenui, who is credited with Merrie Monarch performances that changed the look and power of men's hula.
Pollock knew the cost of travel would be an obstacle to some entrants, so he created halau discount travel. The airline also flew in judges and provided tickets for hula workshops.
After leaving Hawaiian, Pollock provided consulting services to a number of businesses.
He served as president and longtime board member of Aloha Festivals, and contributed his floral design skills to its award-winning parade floats.
A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Pollock earned a journalism degree at the University of Oregon. He served two years with the Peace Corps in South Korea and taught briefly at the University of Hawai'i and the state Department of Education in special education.
Services begin with a visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Mortuary. There will be another visitation at the mortuary at 10 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a service at noon. Burial is at 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kane'ohe.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Friends of Lindsey Pollock to help establish the Lindsey Pollock Scholarship for the Creative Arts. Donations will be accepted at the service, or can be mailed to Friends of Lindsey Pollock c/o American Savings Bank.
He is survived by two brothers, four sisters, many nieces and nephews, and an extended family that includes several half brothers and sisters.