MIYOKO GRACE OHAMA
Miyoko lived a long and beautiful life. She was 94 years old when she passed away peacefully at home in Kailua on August 10, 2012. She was an extraordinary woman who lived her life with joy and grace.
Miyoko was born in Makawao, Maui on February 20, 1918, the eldest of nine children. Her love and influence was life changing for many. She lovingly raised and guided many family members over the course of three generations.
Her work career included starting her own laundry business at her home in the 1940s, working at the Civic Auditorium, and becoming a dental assistant. She retired after many years as the supervisor at the St. Francis dental clinic.
Miyoko is survived by her son Rogers Ginoza; daughter Leona Kato; stepsons Ronald Ohama, Franklin Ohama; brothers Robert Arakawa, Hideo Arakawa, Rudy Arakawa; sisters Ruth Eckert, Yoshimi Kayona, Mildred Miyamoto, Jeanne Gushiken, Sally Fukunaga; grandchildren Garrett Ginoza, Lisa Ginoza, Laura Ginoza, Michael Kato, Leslie Hamasaki; great grand-children Micah Hamasaki, Rachel Hamasaki, Kellen Kato, Devon Kato; and favorite cat Samantha.
Private services were held on September 8, 2010.