Edward R. Aotani

Posted On February 16th, 2011 -

83, of Honolulu, died at Queens Medical Center on February 11, 2011. He was born in Honolulu to Gendayu and Tami Aotani. Ed graduated from Kaimuki High School and then later from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Architecture. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a 1st Lieutenant. In 1958, he opened his architectural practice, Aotani & Associates. Ed was a recipient of the state’s first Hawaiian Architectural Arts Award sponsored by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, for the Keahole Airport. During his career, he served as the president of the A.I.A, Hawaii Chapter and the Hawaii Historic Preservation Society, and he also served as Chairman of the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation.

In 2004, his painting was selected for the Artists of Hawaii exhibit, sponsored by the Honolulu Academy of Arts, where he won the Alfred Price Memorial Award for Visual Arts.

He is survived by his wife Ethel, son Dean Aotani, daughter Dawn
Aotani, two grandchildren and his sister Jean Kami.

Visitation 3 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary, service 4 p.m. Casual attire. Family requests no monetary gifts or flowers.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran