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Services at cultural center for ‘Poi Boy’ of KPOI

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A celebration of life for former Hawaii broadcaster and voice of state Civil Defense Jack Kellner will be held next Sunday in the Manoa Grand Ballroom of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, at 2454 S. Beretania St.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. and program at noon. Luncheon to follow.

Inurnment will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 12 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Kellner died Jan. 25 in Sonoma, Calif., where he had lived since 1998. He was 75.

He was one of the original Poi Boys of KPOI radio in the 1960s, then went on to work for KGMB-TV and KHON-TV. He also served as state information director.

He is survived by wife Tomeko "Tommie"; son James "Aki" Peters; daughter Betty P. Santos; sister Barbara Lipow; and grandsons Jordan Santos, Dallas Santos, Wayne Santos, Jason Peters and Jeffrey Peters.

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