On July 2nd, our family was devastated to learn of the passing of my older brother. He was only 63!
The boys loved their Uncle and I know that they will miss his presence in their life. Their birthdays are just 2 days apart. When we took the boys to Hawaii to celebrate their 3rd & 4th birthdays, he was there too. We got together to swim, eat plate lunches, go to UH Football games and enjoy Matsumoto’s shave ice. My brother and niece loved taking the boys out on their paddle boards. We liked to meet up at the Anahalu River on the North Shore of Oahu. (I am sure that this was his ‘Happy Place!’) Out on the water they enjoyed searching for turtles and the scenic beauty that is Hawaii.
He was an amazing brother, father, grandfather, husband and friend! He loved his Ohana – from his wife, to both of his daughters, all of his grand-kids, nieces & nephews! He was the perfect example of living the Aloha spirit.
Growing up in Hawaii, my brother loved the water. He was an avid surfer. He started paddle boarding when he got older. On his days off you could always find him out on some river or lake paddle boarding. He was lucky enough to enjoy one last paddle with his friend before passing.
You were my older brother, my best friend, my gambling buddy and my road trip partner. I have so many memories growing up with you. You taught me how to drive a car, ride a skateboard and ride a motorcycle. You lived to travel and visit far away places.
You were like my ‘Hawaii Dad’ -I will miss your kind, funny, adventurous spirit. I looked up to you and I always wanted to be just like you! There is a big hole in my heart – Rest in Aloha brother, until we meet again. ❤️❤️❤️
The picture below was taken in June of 2020. We didn’t know it at the time, but it would be our last dinner together as a family. I feel grateful to have shared these moments with you…
Tomorrow is not promised. Show your family and friends how much you love them. Tell them you Love them. Hug them a little bit tighter. Don’t take the time that you have together for granted. Live for each moment and make as many memories as you possibly can.
Malama Pono – Live Aloha…
Mahalo ke Akua…