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Craig Maddocks

In Loving Memory of Craig Maddocks

(May 8, 1940 – Nov. 6, 2023)

Craig Maddocks, 83, a man of remarkable determination and resilience who made a mark on Hawaii’s local entertainment industry with his company, Hawaii Stage and Lighting, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 6, surrounded by family.

Born on May 8, 1940, in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, Craig was the only child of Shirley and Carmelita Maddocks.

Growing up, Craig’s family moved several times with his father’s work – in a WWII munitions factory in Massachusetts, running a hunting cabin site and for a can manufacturer in Maine, and in construction in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. His mother worked as a waitress and cook along with other jobs. When Craig was in high school, the Maddocks family moved west to Thompson Falls, Montana.

After graduating, he joined the Navy as an aviation electronics technician. His first assignment was to Oahu in 1959. Shortly after arriving, he met his future wife, Virginia “Ginny.” The two married within the year and raised their four children, Debby, Ricky, Shawn and Shane, on the island.

While in the Navy, Craig flew on assignments to Guam, Japan and Vietnam. He loved being in the service, but he and Ginny decided that rather than taking the next offered military assignment on the mainland, he would get out so the family could have stability on Oahu.

After leaving the service in 1963, Craig followed a career in electronic technology, lighting and sound engineering. Together with Ginny, they built Theatre Technic, Tradeshow Decorators, Electronic Services and Hawaii Stage and Lighting, providing equipment and services for the entertainment industry in Hawaii.

Craig’s dedication, hard work, and many hours on the job led to highly successful companies which played key roles in countless local events, from concerts to nightclubs, and left a lasting impact on Hawaii’s entertainment scene.

He gave many young people a start in the working world through his companies and was a great mentor and friend. Craig and Ginny were also known for their hospitality and welcoming natures. Craig was a Green Bay Packers fan and a strong supporter of University of Hawaii football.

He will be remembered for his tenacity and business acumen and his enduring love for his family. His indomitable spirit continues to inspire those who knew him.

Craig is preceded in death by his son, Richard “Ricky” Maddocks, and survived by his beloved wife, Virginia Maddocks, and his children, Debby, Shawn, and Shane (Newsha) Maddocks. He has five grandchildren, Micah (Kanai‘a Olds), Mason, and Marshall (Laura Gavin) Gourley, and Bryce and Sean Maddocks, and two great-grandchildren, Clay and Walker Gourley.

On Tuesday, Dec. 19th, services will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Kailua: 9:30 a.m. visitation; 10:45 a.m. Eulogy; 11 a.m. Mass. A private burial will take place at a later date. A public Celebration of Life will be announced in the future.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Anthony School Kailua for its school renovation fund.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Maddocks family.

Save Hawaii Film, Grip School, & More!

Aloha, Brothers and Sisters –

Congratulations to the crew of “Hawaii Five-O” and “Magnum P.I.” for being picked up for seasons 10 and 2, respectively! CBS continues to make Hawai’i a high priority location, and we appreciate the commitment they continue to make to Hawai’i.

The legislative session ended this month, and our entire 665 ‘Ohana worked hard to remove the $35 Million cap from the Film Tax Credit. We had numerous meetings with legislators, joined forces with Hawai’i labor unions, collaborated with the Hollywood studios, networked with film industry workers, showed up at hearings, stayed informed, testified online, introduced Renee Confair’s new game called “GetCrewd” to folks at the Capitol and launched the “Save Hawaii Film” campaign on social media. On, over 4,000 people signed our petition in support of local film jobs and businesses. Legislators were alerted each time 500 people signed up.

We also released four videos that outlined the many benefits of having a vibrant film industry in Hawai’i: the first video showcased local companies such as Kualoa Ranch, City Mill, A & E Equipment and Plywood Hawai’i; the second was from the film crew’s perspective; another from Hawai’i-born Kanoa Dahlin; and the last video talked about the many donations film companies make to the community – pallets of food that were shipped to Kanua’i after the North Shore landslide, large monetary donations to Leeward Community College and He’eia Small Boat Harbor; furniture donated to the Weinberg Foundation, etc. Check out to see all of the videos. MAHALO to Joseph McDaniel and Gary Sanders of The Media Butler. As soon as I asked them for help, they bought the domain name and created the website almost overnight. They updated the petition throughout the campaign to help our industry and didn’t charge us a dime. Mahalo, Joe and Gary!

On the last day of the conference, within a four-hour period, 470 petitions flooded the email inboxes of key legislators. We did everything we could to inform the Capitol that a tax cap would devastate our industry. In the end, the Counsel of Revenue’s forecast of an$81.6 Million LOSS in tax revenues, caused the two money committees to leave the cap in place, but they did raise the cap to $50 Million. The additional $15 Million is a huge WIN in light of the economic forecast and the fact that other measures died this session. MAHALO and GREAT JOB to everyone! However, prepare for a recession. Save and shelter your money.

Every weekend this month, Brothers Lee Kaneakua, Tui’a’ana Scanlan and Keoki Smith will be holding Grip School at Hawaii Media Inc. in Halawa. All of the classes are full, but we might hold more in June. On Sunday, May 19th, we will have Scissorslift an Boomlift certification. Please call the hall if you’d like to sign up. This class will be held in Mapuapuna because the Union Hall is under renovation. In closing, I will be emailing everyone about a call system that other IA locals use called Let me know what you think.