Posted On March 3rd, 2013 -

86 Private services were held for Raymond Mitsuyoshi Kawano, who passed away on January 21, 2013, at the Kuakini Geriatric Center. Kawano, a retired police sergeant served with the Honolulu Police Department for 28 years. A 1944 Farrington High School graduate, he served in the US Air Force before joining the HPD. As a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Division, he served as a coordinator and a driving force in the development of the Police Activities League (PAL). His leadership and dedicated service to Hawaii’s youth through the many PAL programs earned him many honors and awards from the HPD, the State Legislature, and community groups. Holding a 6th degree black belt in judo, Kawano also played a vital role in establishing the self-defense training program for HPD recruits. Following retirement, Kawano continued to be involved with the many PAL activities and the judo community. He continued to enjoy handball at Nuuanu Y and golfing with friends. He also spent time supporting his two grand- children in their many activities. Kawano is survived by wife Mildred, daughter Kathleen Saito (Sanford), grandchildren Holly and Reid, and brother Hide.

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