Michael T. Yamamoto, 70, passed away June 10, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM, where he resided for the past 11 years. He was born June 7, 1940 to Jack and Irene Yamamoto in Honolulu, HI. He taught science and mathematics at Campbell High School before being recruited as a research assistant and technician at the University of Hawaii Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Michael retired as the owner of Innoventions II. After retirement, he seriously began his writing career by contributing articles to a publication for home shop machinists. He also authored several books including “Waipahu … Recollections from a Sugar Plantation Community in Hawaii” in 2005 and “Teaching Me to Teach Myself: What Every Education Should Include” in 2007. One of Michael’s favorite hobbies was oil painting. He enjoyed and specialized in painting Southwestern desert scenes. Another favorite hobby was inventing things; he constantly tinkered in his home shop on metal-working projects.
Michael is survived by his wife Karen of Albuquerque, NM, son Scott of Eugene, OR, and daughter Kelly of Oakland, CA. He is also survived by his aunt Nina Sylva of Aiea, Hi, and cousins Randall Sylva of Houston, TX and Neal Sylva of Kapolei, HI.
A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Kalihi Union Church, 2214 North King Street. Casual attire. No flowers, please. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to either Hawaii’s Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu Street, Waipahu, HI 96797 or to a favorite charity.