It must be said that Kiko began her life in the Noland household of Kīhei. Over time she came under the care of Calvin Kuamo'o, a wandering "kanaka maoli,"
who held Kiko in his care until 2013.
That was the year she came into my life.

It was a few months after Hanu, my first canine companion, died from seizures. Hanu was among the pups in Kiko's second litter.

When Kiko came into my life, I promised Hanu I would take care of his mom. In some ways, I feel that I broke my promise when I wonder if I could have done anything sooner to prevent her illness and death.

But as I look over the photo gallery that Lloyd Nebres has put together, I realize Kiko lived a good and long life and touched the hearts of many and stole the hearts of others into her keeping, including my own.

So who was Kiko? Take a look and see!

~ Kahu Kealahou Alika

Editor's note:

There are 2 ways to navigate through the photo gallery:
(1) the maroon arrows on the right and left sides of the images and
(2) the dots beneath each image—clicking on any brings you directly
to an image in the sequence.

And here's the link to Kahu's sermon on the first Sunday
after Kiko died, May 19, 2019, which was delivered at Keawala'i
by Kahu Danette Kong: "What would I say?".

~ L. Nebres