CAROL KIYOKO OI

Posted On April 14th, 2012 -

CAROL KIYOKO OI
(1922-2012)

Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Carol was born September 12, 1922, in Shizuoka, Japan, to the Reverend Joei Oi and Takee Itagaki Oi. Carol moved to Hawaii in 1931 when her father was invited to teach at the Rissho Japanese Language School. She attended Royal and Kapalama Schools and graduated from Roosevelt in 1941. She attended the University of Hawaii until World War II. Carol’s family recalls her reminiscing about working part-time at the snack shop in the Kress Department Store in Downtown Honolulu and at Sears Department Store in the catalog department. She then worked at KULA as a Japanese radio announcer. When she moved to Japan, Carol found a job with Pacific Stars & Stripes in Tokyo, then for Pan American Airlines at Haneda Airport and in Honolulu. For a while, Carol also worked evenings and weekends at radio station KAHU. After Pan Am, she continued to be employed in the visitor industry, working at Host Duty Free, Continental Airlines, and for Worldwide Flight Services, until she retired about 2001. In addition, Carol found time to volunteer as a docent at the Bishop Museum and help at her grandchildren’s schools.

Carol was a lover of the Japanese arts, especially kabuki. She also took lessons in samisen, Noh, and flower arrangement. She involved her sons and then, later, her granddaughters in many Japanese cultural activities. Carol loved to have all six grandchildren with her, and she could often be seen driving around in her little Omni with most or all of them.

Carol Kiyoko Oi passed away peacefully on April 2, 2012. She will be remembered by family and friends as an outgoing, smart, energetic, and generous person who would go out of her way to help others.

Carol is survived by her sons, Kenneth L. (companion, Seri Tengan) Bauske and Richard L. (Corinne) Bauske, daughter-in-law Laverne Bauske, grandchildren Mika (Bernard) Kuamo’o, Chiho Bauske, Christina Bauske Zimmerman, Maya (Anthony) Lambouths, Jason Bauske, and Jared (Wendy Lee) Bauske; 9 great granddaughters, and a great-great grandson.

Services to be held at Hosoi Garden Mortuary on April 18, 2012. 5:00 pm visitation; 6:00 pm service.


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