Arthur William Robinson
June 27, 1949 - July 16, 2016
Arthur William Robinson, 67, of Napili, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, July 16, 2016, while under the care of Island Hospice in Kahului.
He leaves his three siblings, Suzanne Elliott, Sandra Robinson, and John Robinson; his three daughters, Lisa (Jay) Whitten, Chantiel (Jeremy) Reese, and Keili Bell; six grandchildren; two nieces; a nephew; and many close friends.
Raised in Burbank, CA, the son of Billie and Shirley (Gabhart) Robinson, he had a childhood filled with adventure. His father was an experimental aircraft pilot, and his mother often participated in women's air derby's. Art learned to fly an airplane before he learned to drive and he once mentioned that the family would fly to various airports around California to sample different airport delicacies. For instance, they knew which airport had the best burgers and which airport had the best banana cream pies and milk shakes.
As a child Art and his siblings were allowed to use their father's tools and building materials, so he built go carts, race cars, a tree house, and many surfboards while growing up. He and his siblings also helped their father build racing planes in the garage, and his knowledge of aerodynamics, wind patterns, and ocean currents was extensive. Once when Art was about nine years old, his father told him to see how long he could keep the plane soaring in the air with the engine off. They rode the air currents all the way up to Northern California and a family of Condors flew right next to the plane, looking at them while gliding by in silence.
Art loved to surf and after exploring the California and Baja, Mexico coastlines, decided to move to Hawaii. Moving to Maui was like love at first sight. Art made many friends from all walks of life and shaped many custom surfboards, often displaying his creative airbrushed artwork on "Lost Art" and "Secret Weapon" surfboards. He also loved animals and harbored many birds, cats, and dogs during his lifetime.
During Art's last days he often repeatedly prayed "Thank you Jesus for my life. I love life. I love everybody." He wanted to make sure that everyone in his life knew how much he loved them. Fortunately, he was able to personally tell many of his friends and family how much he cared during his last month of life. He was a kind, big hearted person who did his best to help his friends. He remained positive and refused to give up hope that he would get better. He will be deeply missed.
A life celebration will be held at D.T. Fleming beach park on Saturday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m. Bring a dish and some anecdotes to share. Ashes will be spread earlier that morning (8:30) at Subs/Coconuts.