Asaharu Tani Nakamura

Posted On January 20th, 2011 -


Age 90, of Kailua, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2011 at his home with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris K., daughters Dorene (Maughn) Matsuoka, Sandy (Dan) Omiya, & grandson Matthew Omiya.

Tani was born in Hilo, Hawaii, a proud graduate of Hilo High School 1939. Following graduation, he moved to Honolulu to attend the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Business College. He joined the U.S. Army where he served from 1946-1949 and received an honorable discharge as a Corporal. He found employment with the Federal Civil Service U.S. Army Main Communications Station Signal Corp. working as an electronic technician. While work-ing, he heroically saved the life of a co-worker from electrocution and received an official Commendation for Meritorious Service. He retired from the Federal Government after 29 years of service.

Not one to stay idle, Tani studied for and achieved his Electrician’s License which allowed him continued employment at Kuakini Hospital & the Ilikai Hotel. He stayed with the Sheraton Hotel Corp. for 10 years, was extremely well liked and was often personally called upon by the General Manager himself. He finally welcomed retirement in 1985.

Tani was a member of the Amateur Ham Radio Club (KH6ALU, AH6DM), RCA Golf Club, Oroku Golf Club, and the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association. His passion for Hawaiian music and slack-key steel guitar playing introduced him to many notables in the field of music.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 am, Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Visitation from 10:00 am. Aloha/ casual attire is welcome.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran