HENRY H.C. “HERKY” LAU

Posted On April 17th, 2011 -

Henry H.C. “Herky” Lau

April 3, 1928 – March 30, 2011

Henry Lau was the youngest of 13 children born to Joe Kang Lau and Auyoung Shee Lau of Honolulu. He died on March 30, 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Priscilla Leong; sons Chris (Phyllis) and Colin (Akiko) Lau; daughters Corianne Lau (Ried Fisher) and Caryn Lau; brother Hing Chock (Beatrice) Lau; sister Thelma (Mrs. Richard Chun) of Lihue; six grandchildren: Christina and Camilla Lau, Jasmine and Callie Fisher, Caitlin and Carter Cameron; and many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Henry was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Hawaii. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the Air Transport Command of the Army Air Corps in Shanghai and Tokyo. After his enlistment he enrolled at UH. He was a member of the Hawaii Air National Guard and was honorably discharged as a major in the Air Force Reserve.

Henry was a career civil service member of the Territory of Hawaii, the Federal government, the City and County of Honolulu, and the State of Hawaii. He retired from the State Department of Planning and Economic Development where he was the Administrative Services Officer in charge of personnel, budgeting, and other services, including drafting of legislation and legislative testimony. After his retirement in 1983 he served as a researcher and management consultant to the City, State, and non-profit organizations.

During his government service he held various assignments: personnel specialist with City and Federal agencies; Personnel Officer, Department of Land and Natural Resources; Executive Assistant to the City Director of Finance; and Senior Budget Analyst with the Department of Budget and Finance.

Although he was in the career civil service, Henry also served briefly in the appointive positions of State Deputy Director of Personnel Services and as the Deputy to the Chairman, Hawaiian Homes Commission.

A memorial service will be held at the First Chinese Church of Christ, 1054 S. King St., Honolulu on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Visitation: 9:30 a.m.; Services at 11:00 a.m.. Aloha attire; no flowers please.


- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran