Bonnie Manuia was a mother, sister, aunt, daughter and friend to all, and a really good one at that. Her smile and sweet spirit touched so many lives from California to Hawaii to Washington. She was the type of person you could confide in about anything and always had your back. Bonnie was always caring for others, even up until her very last breath. She was taken from us suddenly September 20, 2020. From what we know as of right now, the cause is undetermined.
Despite her deteriorating health over the last 4 weeks, the weekend of her passing she was house/pet sitting for a friend. This act of kindness just goes to show she was always doing for others, regardless of her own personal trials. Her sense of serving people paired with her can-do-attitude made this sweet soul unstoppable. She loved being creative and always doing things for anyone with whom she crossed paths. You could find Bonnie enjoying arts and crafts, reading, sewing and surprising people with handmade gifts of appreciation. Her heart was the purest of gold and her kindness unmatched.
In July 1981 she married (dance teacher) Kumu Hula John Keli`iokahekili Manuia, where she spent 20 years designing dance costumes, crafting Hawaiian implements, and dancing hula with their halau (Hawaiian dance troupe). In the Hawaiian community, she was seen as a mother figure to many and affectionately referred to as “Auntie Bonnie”.
She relocated to Washington in 2005 to reunite with her family, while continuing to share her gifts and spread her aloha.
There is no better testament to her nurturing and selfless character than the outpouring of love and support from all those whose lives she has touched.
She is survived by her two children Lily and Carl, parents Carl and Betty Jackson, sisters Suzie Nolan, Kimberly Kelly and Nicole Jackson, and countless nieces and nephews.