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Aloha, Poncie

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How could you not like him?

He made you laugh, and cry with tears of enjoyment as he pranced and danced on stage to your delight as the stories, jokes, songs and impersonations rolled at you in a torrent of talent from this dynamo from the islands.

The Big Island was where he grew up before leaving for greater life experiences. Honokaa to be exact. But he wasn't a big guy.

It was his talent that rose up and grabbed you and held you for however long he wanted to entertain you. He was a giant in that respect.

He always had that persona of a wise-cracking cab driver. In fact, his famous character in, 'Hawaiian Eye' was just meant for him as 'Kim' the cabbie. He had you hanging on every word and guessing at what would follow.

His ohana and entourage of close friends along with him would occupy at least three tables at Bob's Hawaiian Okazuya restaurant in Gardena, every Saturday afternoon if he wasn't out doing a show for 'nothin', just for charity.

Our generation of Baby Boomers are only too aware of life's endings, as we say good-bye to many of our friends and family as the years add up.

The lesson becomes one of living our lives the best that we can, to the best of our abilities.

Poncie Ponce was a shining example of this lesson.

God Bless him.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Monica's Catholic Church, in Santa Monica on Thursday, August 1, 2013.



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