Passed away peacefully at his home in Honolulu on January 2, 2012. Dr. Uehara was born in Hawi camp 17 on the North Kohala coast of the Island of Hawaii on November 7, 1928. Upon graduation from high school he attended the University of Hawaii, earning his tuition as a houseboy. After graduating in 1951 from U.H. with a degree in agriculture, he entered the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge from active duty in 1953, Dr. Uehara went back to the University of Hawaii where he earned his Masters in Soil Science in 1956. Three years later, Dr. Uehara completed his Ph.D on soils at Michigan State University. After returning home to the islands, he began a fifty year tenure at the University of Hawaii, initially as an assistant soil scientist and soon thereafter as a full professor.
Dr. Uehara’s career spanned decades, his work crossing international boundaries worldwide. He helped direct the Soil Management Collaborative Research Support Project assisting farmers in impoverished countries such as East Timor and helping train young scientists around the world. His work on computer-based crop growth simulation software will be a lasting legacy. More recently, Dr. Uehara’s interest turned towards research into renewable biofuels and other alternative energy projects. Over the years, he was honored with fellowships in multiple academic societies, was selected by the National Academy of Sciences to participate in the US-China distinguished Scholar Exchange Program, and was named Scientist of the Year in 1993 by the Honolulu Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation. In spite of his many accomplishments, Dr. Uehara never moved far from his roots as a Kohala farm boy. He spent much of his spare time in his garden, bringing his research into his own backyard. Dr. Uehara is survived by his wife Carolyn; sons Keith (Lea) Uehara and Jeffrey Uehara; daughters Sandra (David) Oda and Deanna (Blaine) Kimura; brothers Masaichi Uehara and Sueo Uehara; and eight grandchildren.
Visitation: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6:00 p.m. Inurnment services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 27 at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire. No flowers please.