[January-March 2019 E-Chronicle] The Diocese of Hawai'i mourned the loss of a great soul in the Rev. Cn. Malcolm Nāea Chun, when he passed away suddenly on January 20, 2019. The news rippled through the Diocese with people from churches on all islands feeling shocked and saddened. But as much as he affected those in the Diocese, his loss was felt around the world; a testament to the breadth and scope of his life's work.
In a Special Announcement to the Diocese, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick shared his profound sadness, and talked about a service held on May 20, 2018, where he "installed Malcolm as an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of St. Andrew filling 'The Right Reverend Edwin Lani Hanchett' Chair. This Chair was named in honor of the first Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i and the first person of Native Hawaiian ancestry to be called to the episcopacy in the Church. The person filling the Hanchett canonship must have faithfully served the Diocese of Hawaiʻi and the broader community, giving special care to Native Hawaiians."
Indeed, he devoted his adult life to researching and writing about the Hawaiian culture,