BETTY YONEKO TAKE HSU
Betty Y.T. Hsu, 84, of Mililani, died on May 3, 2012. She was born February 5, 1928 in Tokyo and raised by her adoptive parents, Yoshitaro and Tane Take. In 1949, she married David S. Hsu, a Chinese language translator for the US government in Tokyo, later moving to Okinawa.
She began teaching Ikebana flower arranging in 1970 and served as board member of the Sogetsu Okinawa Chapter. Mrs. Hsu moved to Hawaii in 1983, and served as a board member of the Sogetsu Hawaii Branch and a board member of the Ikebana International Hawaii Chapter while remaining a member of the Sogetsu Teachers Association in Tokyo.
In 1987, Mrs. Hsu attained the highest teaching degree (Riji) in the Sogetsu School and was presented the name “Sobei Kai” by the headmaster to designate her flower club, which went on to become an important part of the Sogetsu movement in Hawaii. In 1997 she received the Certificate of Meritorious Achievement Award during the Sogetsu School’s 70th Anniversary Commemoration ceremonies in Tokyo.
Determined to further an education cut short by World War II, she passed the GED and obtained an AA Degree from Leeward Community College. A lover of people, she strove to share the beauty of art and nature and spread friendship throughout the world.
She is survived by her husband, David; sons Doug (Karen) of Los Altos, CA; and Mitch (Vickie) of Herndon, VA; four grandchildren, Wendy, Becky, Mitchie, and Carly. Visitation: 10:00am June 20th at Mililani Mortuary, Makai Chapel. Service: 10:30am. Reception: 11:30am. Private burial to follow. Aloha attire. No flowers.