WINSTON SEIJI MIYAHIRA
94, formerly of Kahului, Maui, passed away on Nov. 26, 2012 at Hale Ola Kino in Honolulu. He was born in Waipahu on January 19, 1918 but lived on Maui for most of his life. Winston graduated from Maui High School in 1936 and held several positions with the Dept. of Education at Hana Elementary & High School, Haiku School, and Puunene School. In 1941, he joined the County of Maui’s Clerk’s Office and later the County Attorney’s Office. Between 1949 and 1976, he served as the Director of Liquor Control for Maui County, and became the first Asian American to hold the post of President of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators. He was one of the organizers of the HGEA on Maui and held leadership positions in its Retirees Unit; he also chaired the Kanaha Preserve Advisory Commission, and was active with the Maui Adult Day Care Center, Boy Scouts of America, State Library Board, Paia School Alumni Association, Maui Lions Club and Lions International. He was a long-time member of Kahului Union Church and active with the Hawaii Conference and Tri-Isle Association of the United Church of Christ. He was a wonderful husband, father, mentor and friend. He is survived by wife, Ethel; sons, Dale (Edna) and Michael (Stella); daughter, Sheryl Nicholson; brothers, Willard, Harrison, and Wilfred; sisters, Haruno Tamashiro, Eleanor Arakawa and Thelma Oshiro; one granddaughter (Marissa Miyahira). Family service held. Service of remembrance to be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Kahului Union Church; visitation at 9:30 a.m. Aloha attire.