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Former Navy captain loved life in the military


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POSTED: Thursday, July 16, 2009

Evans Paliku Kanaiaupuni King, a retired Navy captain who dedicated his life to the military, died July 10 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 86.

He was the youngest son of former Hawaii Gov. Samuel Wilder King and brother of federal Senior Judge Samuel P. King.

Born in Halekou, Hawaii, Evans King spent 30 years working for the Navy. He served on a submarine at the nuclear bomb testing at Bikini Atoll, was commander of the submarine USS Torsk leading the fleet in the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and was a submarine squadron commander during the Cuban missile blockade, according to a statement by his two daughters.

King was captain of the oiler USS Manatee during the Vietnam War, chief of staff of the 14th Naval District, Pearl Harbor, and earned two Legion of Merit awards, the statement said.

“;He loved the adventure, the travel, meeting new people; he loved the challenges,”; said his eldest daughter, Pamela Savage.

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Following his naval career, King spent 20 years helping military families in Honolulu plan their future after discharge and retirement. He also assisted Navy widows who needed financial help, said Savage.

“;He had a good affinity for what families needed and communicated that. It was a tough job, but he believed in it because he knew what it was like if they weren't prepared financially,”; Savage said.

Besides work, King enjoyed an active lifestyle. On his 70th birthday, he hiked in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, and at age 76 canoed for five days along the Caledonian Canal in Scotland, stopping at B&Bs on the way, Savage said. He also enjoyed playing duplicate bridge three to four times a week with partner Madelyn Dunham, President Barack Obama's late grandmother.

King is also survived by daughters Pamela Mahi Savage and Pauline King; two grandchildren, Michael L.K. Savage and Katherine M.P. Savage; and sister Pauline N. King.

A celebration of King's life will be held at Borthwick Mortuary at 8 a.m. today with burial to follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Casual attire is requested. Instead of flowers, donations can be sent to the Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society.