Lina Jeong Doo

Posted On July 24th, 2013 -

LINA JEONG DOO Passed away on July 12, 2013, at Queen’s Hospital where she received exceptional care from the staff at Queen Emma Tower 7 Ewa. From an early age, Lina had an unquenchable zest for life. As a high schooler in San Jose, she taught herself guitar, played on the tennis team, captained the badminton team, and was a cheerleader and valedictorian. At San Jose State she somehow earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences with Distinction while spending much of her time skiing in Tahoe and performing with a rock band. With early success in the Bay Area, the band ventured to Hawaii. Here, even while facing the harsh realities of show-biz, she fell in love with the islands and with classical music, earned a B.M. from the University of Hawaii, and then an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She found her spiritual home within the Episcopal Church while leading a choir of nuns at a convent near Boston Commons. Lina mused that her experience at the convent was a cross between “Sister Act” and “The Sound of Music.” Returning to Hawaii, she worked with nearly every local theater in almost 100 productions, either as a performer onstage or as a music director. Lina was instrumental in bringing back the big orchestra to local theaters and was honored with numerous awards for her performances both onstage and behind the baton. She also performed in other venues including Hawaii State Ballet, Hawaii Chamber Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Robert Shaw conducting, Michael Jackson’s HIStory Tour, Jim Nabor’s Christmas Shows, and a Public Television special in San Francisco. Among her many achievements as an Associate Professor at Kapiolani Community College, Lina received a Fulbright Grant to study music and culture in Argentina. As bountiful as her interests and activities were, she dedicated most of her energy to her students’ success. Lina was a caring, enthusiastic, and talented teacher. She took personal interest in guiding students to discover the many opportunities available to them. She wanted her students to see the beauty in this world, especially in the world of music and in themselves, with the caveat that nothing comes easy. Lina said she enjoyed being an Electrician: She loved turning the lights on in her students’ heads. Now, Lina herself has become the light on the hill for all of us to see, and it cannot be hidden from us, ever. Lina is survived by her husband Wayne-Wai Doo, mother Beatrice Jeong, and sister Pamela MacMillan. She has two grandchildren Liko and Caelinn, whom she loves dearly, and is blessed with two loving extended families in Hawaii and California. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, July 27, at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 720 N. King St. Visitation: 9:00 a.m., Music Tribute: 9:45, Funeral Service: 11:00. Aloha Attire is appropriate. The family requests no flowers.


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