comscore Jimmy Borges’ ashes scattered in ocean off Waikiki | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Jimmy Borges’ ashes scattered in ocean off Waikiki

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A conch shell is blown as a canoe carrying the ashes of Jimmy Borges leaves the shore to be spread into the ocean during a celebration of life ceremony today outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Entertainer Danny Kaleikini, left, holds ti leaves as Vicki Borges, right, wife of Jimmy Borges, holds the ashes of her husband while walking next to step-daughter Steffanie Borges during a celebration of life ceremony today outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Vicki Borges, second from right, wife of Jimmy Borges, holds the ashes of her husband while walking next to step-daughter Steffanie Borges, second from left, during a celebration of life ceremony today outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Steffanie Borges, daughter of Jimmy Borges, third from left, tosses flower petals into the ocean as her father’s ashes are spread during a celebration of life ceremony today outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Vicki Borges, middle, wife of Jimmy Borges, holds the ashes of her husband while walking next to step-daughter Steffanie Borges, second from left, during a celebration of life ceremony today outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Vicki Borges, left, wife of Jimmy Borges, holds the ashes of her husband while waiting next to step-daughter Steffanie Borges prior to boarding a canoe during a celebration of life ceremony today outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.

Several dozen family members, longtime friends and fans gathered in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel today to bid aloha to the islands’ iconic jazz singer, Jimmy Borges.

Borges’ wife, Vicki and other family members and close friends paddled out past the shore break in two outrigger canoes as Vicki held her husband’s ashes in a container made with tea leaves and those on shore, including prominent entertainer and “ambassador of aloha” Danny Kaleikini, sang “Aloha Oe.” Those in the canoe then spread Borges’ ashes in the turquoise waters off Waikiki beach.

Borges, a Kalihi native whose singing career spanned 60 years, died of cancer May 30.

“I followed his music over the years and really, really enjoyed it,” said Ala Moana resident Ruth Falter, who attended today’s memorial. “I think he’s just as memorable as Don Ho was. He’s fantastic.”

“I’m glad the weather turned out so nicely — I heard it was going to be pouring rain today,” Falter added. “They were really fortunate it turned out to be like this.”

Comments (2)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Leave a Reply

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up