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EstherM elaniChang

May 6, 1962 – January 4, 2023


Esther Melani Chang of Haiku, Maui, passed away on January 4, 2023 at Maui Memorial

Medical Center, surrounded by immediate family and friends. Born May 6, 1962 in Wailuku,

Hawaii to the Late David K. & Esther K. Chang.

Melani grew up in Makena, a place where she always held close to her heart. She graduated from Baldwin High School and was one of 7 siblings. Brothers: David K Chang Jr. (Patricia)

Steven N. Chang (Lucy), Clifford K. Kamaka.

Sisters: Lornalei Yamasaki (Myron), Melanie

Elizares (Jason), Mary Tu‘ifua.

A loving mother, grandmothe­r and sister who was an amazing homemaker, Melani previously worked in the Hospitalit­y industry. She immensely loved to spend time with Ohana and friends. Survived by her partner, Scott Anderson, Haiku, Maui.

Melani had 4 children and 5 grandchild­ren. Sons: Kelii K. Chang (Helen), Dustin K. Poplardo (Ashley) Daughters: Puaena S. Poplardo, Kellie K. Chang-Ramirez Grandson: Elijah Poplardo, Granddaugh­ters: Kaile Chang, Kiana Chang, Malia Chang & Heaven Poplardo. Nephews: Dan Razek, Larry Yamasaki, James Yamasaki (Katie), Kaipu K. F. Chang, Steven N. Chang Jr. (Henia), Kyle Chang, Hyland Elizares, Lopaka Elizares, Kasey K. Kapalu-Kamaka, Manu H. Tu‘ifua. Nieces: Suzy K. N. Yamasaki, Haunani Taylor (James), Natasha H. Chang (Deashia), Kelsie K. Kapalu-Kamaka, Ariana Elizares, Kulia Elizares, Kyli K. Kapalu-Kamaka, Melevea J. Tu‘ifua, Malia K. Tu‘ifua.

Melani is described by her closest family and friends as the kindest person you would ever meet, Full of Aloha. Service over ashes will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 10 am to 12 pm at Keawala‘i Congressio­nal Church in Makena, Maui. The family requests No Flowers, Aloha/Casual attire.

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