Dr. Maura Hi’ilani Lynch, 51, of Scottsdale, Arizona formerly of Kailua, Hawaii was taken from us while she was on her morning run. Maura died on June 12, 2015. She lived a gracious life as a healer, a writer, a mentor, a spiritual guide and a caregiver; she lived in truth, beauty and love practicing her belief that all people are worthy of love. She enjoyed traveling and new experiences. No one was a stranger to her as she touched the lives of everyone she met with her kindness, compassion, humor and understanding; bringing strangers into her heart, comforting those in need and challenging all those close to her to live authentically. Maura Hi’ilani grew up on Kailua Bay on the island of Oahu. She graduated Punahou in 1982 having been a member of the swim team, wrote the senior class song, “Time To Be Me” and was elected class secretary with the slogan, “Don’t be out to lunch, vote for Lynch”. Her education continued at Hawaii Loa College and Life Chiropractic College West in California. She published her book of poems, titled Simple Beautiful. Maura Hi’ilani is survived by her mother and step-father Judy and Don Moody; her life partner, Melanie Burns of Scottsdale, Arizona; brother Brian Lynch and wife Ronda; brother Paul Tige Lynch; her father Paul A. Lynch preceded her in death. She was aunt to 3 nieces, Verna Marie Kuulei, Riley Piilani, and Tyli and 2 nephews, Nicholas and Justin along with extended family, Elaine, Scott and Chris Moody and their children and grandchildren. A celebration of Maura’s life will take place on September 19, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. family and friends will spread her ashes at Kailua Bay, then gather at 126 Kailuana Loop, Kailua from 10-2pm. Maura Hi’ilani, you shall be missed, our lives are forever filled with your spirit and grace. Aloha
I just learned of Maura’s sudden and untimely death through a classmate of hers from the chiropractic college where I knew them both. My condolences to her family and all those who loved her. I know you will miss her kind, generous, loving being. Maura’s was an unusual spirit and I even hesitate to write “was”, knowing that spirit of hers has moved on and “is” now somewhere “else”. I hope she is finding peace wherever that is. Aloha, Maura.
Kevin and Christine Brammer
Very sad to learn of Hi’ilani’s passing this morning. We had the pleasure of living next door to her and Melanie for a while in Kailua. She was always so positive and full of life, someone the world needs more of. Our condolences to Melanie and her family and friends, she will be missed.
Marcy and Bob Katz
It is with a deep shock and sadness that I write our condolences to you, Judy and Don.
The utmost tradegy for you as parents to lose your child. Our hearts ache for you and hope that your faith can help you throught these heavy times.
Please let us know the location of the service at Kailua bay, as we want to attend.
I’m saddened to learn of this loss. Our condolences and warmest aloha from the Campbell family on Kuuna Street, Kailua.
Tom & Diana Tizard
Judy: So sorry to hear of her passing…but she seems a wonderful person who did much good…7 YOU CAN BE PROUD OF HER, & THE JOB YOU DID RAISING HER!!!
I was so shocked and sad when I read of Maura’ s sudden passing. It was not long ago that i thought of her and wondered where she was and how she was doing, as neither my late husband, Bill Chung, and I had seen her since she left Hawaii.The beautiful tribute you wrote of her expressed everything we loved about Maura. My deepest sympathy to Melanie and her family and Judy and her family.
I would like to come to the scattering of her ashes, but I don’t know where you will be on Kailua beach. I will meet you later in the afternoon. can’t find you,
I will join you in the afternoon
Our family has just learned of Maura’s death and saddened to know how much she will be missed. She was a very warm, loving person who treated everyone with an abundance of kindness. Our deepest condolences during this time.
Thinking of all of you,
The Kilcullen Family
We are sending our deepest condolences on this special day, from Martel, Michael and Maura Hiilani’s extended families, the Halls & Feins.
Maura was the most courageous person I have ever known. It was an honor and privilege to be her step/mom and share our countless walks together along Kailua Beach. You will be forever in all our hearts, Maura. Martel
Kari Van Pelt Ovsak
I just learned of the news. I am very sorry. Maura and I were friends. We both lived on kuuna street in Hawaii as kids. Maura and I rode skateboards down the street and it was steep. Sometimes we wiped out! Maura’s family had a pool and we spent a lot of time playing on the slide and diving board.One day, we decided we should jump off the roof of the carport with an umbrella to soften our landing. It did not work. Some of my best childhood memories are from playing with Maura on Kuuna Street. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to know her.
Kari Van Pelt Ovsak
Bella Vista, Arkansas
Carolyn Miller - The Third Eye
I did charts and readings for Hi’ilani and Melanie years ago and was prompted to pull her book -SIMPLE BEAUTIFUL – of my shelf today. I remembered her kind soul and great light and decided to google her and see what she was up to. I was saddened to see she had left but knew it wasn’t an accident. It was her time. She wanted me to know. Thank you Hi’ilani and all blessings to you Melanie.
Elsa and Gary Wixom
Judy, Don and family and others who knew Maura, We were very saddened to learn of Maura’s death. We knew Maura only as a chil and yound adult, but even then she was a special person. Reading the obituary and the condolences have filled in many gaps for us, for which we are thankful. We are sop sorry for your loss.