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Nelson Fujio: 1949-2014

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by Gordon Y.K. Pang / gpang@staradvertiser.com

Some kids see firefighters or doctors in action and want to grow up to do the same.

As a 5-year-old, Nelson Fujio observed the Military Day Parade at Ala Moana Park and wanted to start his own parade.

Fujio — who headed the Hono­lulu City Lights Electric Light Parade from its inception in 1991, founded the Hono­lulu Festival and coordinated a number of other parades and college bowl game halftime shows — died Feb. 9 in Hono­lulu. The “Parade Man,” as he was known, was 64.

Carol Costa, Hono­lulu City Lights coordinator from 1985 to 2004, said Fujio was the unseen coordinator of most parades staged on Oahu in recent decades. At one point Fujio was coordinating nine parades a year including the Hula Bowl and Aloha Festival parades, Costa said. His family persuaded him to scale back to three.

Fujio dreamed of working at Disneyland, but as the eldest son in a traditional Japa­nese family, he instead was tasked with helping carry on his family’s business, Auto Fender Clinic in Kaka­ako, wife Diane Fujio said.

So he channeled his passion by helping out local parades.

His greatest joy came from walking the routes of the parades he coordinated and seeing “miles of smiles,” she said. “That was his true paycheck.”

Fujio traveled to Japan to learn about the significance of the “miko­shi,” small portable shrines, which led him to establish the Hono­lulu Festival and expand the Pan-Pacific Festival, now in its 35th year.

Ellen Pelissero, former executive director of the Aloha Week Festivals, said it was the Fujios who first asked to volunteer with the celebration in the 1980s. When she became head of the Aloha Week group and found that it was in debt, Fujio was instrumental in persuading key businesses to make the donations that saved it from going under, Pelissero said.

Pelissero compared running a parade to being ringmaster of a three-ring circus. “It’s crazy most of the time, and the clock is ticking down and deadlines are looming,” she said. “And for the Aloha Week Parades, the ‘sea of calm’ in the center was always its ringmaster, Nelson Fujio.”

Costa said she first met Fujio when the late Mayor Frank Fasi asked her to create a homecoming parade for military personnel returning from Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

“Everyone said, ‘Get Nelson Fujio,'” Costa said. With only two months’ preparation time and Fujio’s help, the parade featured more than 100 military units, she said.

Later that year Fujio suggested that Costa add an evening parade of decorated city work vehicles to the opening-night festivities for Hono­lulu City Lights. From there Fujio and veteran city employee Eddie Oi began a tradition that continues each first Saturday of December.

Fujio and the volunteers on his Electric Light Parade committee not only put together the event, but also took great pride in designing and building the Santa float that closed out each year’s march through downtown Hono­lulu. Fujio proclaimed the 2013 Santa float his best effort, she said.

“I was sad to hear of the passing of Nelson Fujio, affectionately known as the Parade Man,” Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a statement. “He was passionate about parades, and he gave generously of his time and expertise to make sure that the city’s parades were successful.”

Aside from wife Diane, Fujio is survived by sons Patrick and Neal, brother Alton and sisters Gloria Osumi and Candace Kawa­kami.

Services will be held March 4 at 6 p.m. at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. He will be inurned at Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin.

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Raymond Naoto Amimoto

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Dec. 25, 2013
Raymond Naoto Amimoto, 85, of Pearl City, a retired Eastman Kodak employee, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Takeko; son Derek; daughter Tammie Kato; brother Tomio “Tom”; sisters Lillian Akizuki, Florence Hata and Jean Akagi; and five grandchildren.Private services.

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WALTON Y.F. CHING

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2-17 WALTON CHINGWALTON Y.F. CHING Age 58, of Honolulu, passed away January 13, 2014 in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu. Born and raised in Kalihi, Walton graduated from Farrington High School in 1973. Walton was a mechanic, fisherman, wheelchair tennis and basketball player, retired heavy equipment operator, and a member of the Westside Cruisers Car Club, Local Union 3, and the US Tennis Association. He enjoyed the outdoors, the ocean, music, traveling, classic cars, rebuilding trucks, the Island of Kauai, talking story, and especially loved his family. Walton’s unconditional love, strength, determination, and his resonating voice, smile, and laugh will be greatly missed. Son of the late Ida “Sweetheart” Ching. He is survived by father, William G. W. Ching; children, Brandy (Moses) Ching-Arciga and Kainalu (Jocelyn); grand- children, Drifton, Sweethart, and Kahealani; siblings, Wondra (George) Kam, Bill (Denise), Wilette (Eric) Peterman, and Wallie (Jennifer); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Celebration of Life Friday (2/21) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel, Visitation 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Service at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Flowers Welcome.

Hilda Emiko Fujinami

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Jan. 28, 2014
Hilda Emiko Fujinami, 86, of Honolulu, a retired Henshaw, Conroy and Hamilton legal secretary, died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Carole N. Burwell and Loraine Y. McFeeley, sister June Mah and two grandchildren. Visitation:noon Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services:1 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Randall Maka-alu Hatori

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Feb. 4, 2014
Randall Maka-alu Hatori, 39, of Hilo, a landscaper, died in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Randall Jr.; daughter Kanoelani; mother Belinda Borges; hanai mother Barbara Freitas; brothers Anthony, John, Benji and Clarence; stepbrothers Michael and Phillip Hatori, and Ronnie and Ricky Borges, and Steven Freitas; sisters Cecilia Kahooilihala and Pua Borges; and stepsisters Eldora Hatori, Anna Pu, Joyce Nian and Tracy Borges. Visitation:9:30 a.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Services:11 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

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Albert Leialoha Kamalu Jr.

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Jan. 18, 2014
Albert Leialoha Kamalu Jr., 49, of Kapolei died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Alexander and Calvin Kamalu, and Rudy Iona; and sister Sammi Mawae. Visitation:9 a.m. Saturday at Moanalua Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire.

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Lawrence “Larry” Kalani Wilcox Smith, Jr.

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LAWRENCE LARRY KALANI WILCOX SMITH, JR. Age 79, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 6, 2014. He was born on December 11, 1934 in Honolulu, HI. He was the son of late Lawrence Smith and late Mary C. Bovee. He is survived by his wife, Gail (Kailua); brother, Edward; daughters, Lavon D. Smith Pinto and Lynn M. Benioni; sons, Lawrence K.W. Smith III and Kaipo K.S. Smith. Also survived by 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Larry retired as a Honolulu Firefighter/Fireboat Captain for 27 years. Through the department’s ideal schedule, he was able to pursue other high-profile work positions. With his intense love for the sea and his family’s maritime heritage, it was only natural for him to gravitate to any work that involved danger and high risk on or under the waves. As a salvage diver/welder he worked as lead diver for companies such as Uaukewai Salvage, Morrison Knudsen, Healy and Tibbitts, Hawaiian Dredging, Sause Brothers and ATT Communications. With his time at the company McWayne Marine Supply, he met and networked with dive and boat reps from all over the world. The Riffe Speargun Company recently recognized him as a spearfishing legend. His unparalleled work ethic, coupled with a no-fear approach toward adversity, made him the guy to call if you wanted it done in the underwater construction field. Dives in excess of 300 feet in this line of work was common for Larry. His reputation as a fisherman and fireman are legendary. Tour guides speak of him regularly about his hiker Rescue in Kalalau Valley on Kauai. Tamashiro Market held him in high regard of his knack to bring in fish, lobsters and squid when they were running low on inventory. If you were to ask him about all these feats, he would defer to his “teams” and their efforts, not his own. Even to the end, he said his greatest accomplishments were his wife and all his children. He will truly be missed by many. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014. Visitation 3:00 p.m.. Service from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Kawaihao Church. Aloha attire. Ultimate Cremation Services LLC.

Masao Koike

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Feb. 5, 2014
Masao Koike, 95, of Kaimuki, a retired Great Hawaiian Finance banker, died in Ann Pearl Nursing Facility. He was born in Hiroshima, Japan. He is survived by daughters Ann K. Nakahara and Margie C. Nishio, sisters Elsie Honda and NancyKoike, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation:9 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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LehuaLani Lucy Lagapa

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Feb. 5, 2014
Lehua Lani Lucy Lagapa, 26, of Waialua died in Waialua.She was born in Wahiawa. She is survived by parents Buenaventura “Larry”and Donna Lagapa, and brothers Frederick, Douglas, Bertram and Buenaventura “Larry” Lagapa IV. Visitation:9 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Church, 67-390 Goodale Ave., Waialua. Mass: 10 a.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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James Hideo Nakamura

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February 13, 2014
James Hideo Nakamura, 69, of Kahului a government liaison and expeditor for Stanford Carr Development, died at home.He was born in Kahului. He is survived by wife Jung S., sons Jay and Jed, father Arthur H., sister Carol and a grandchild. Services:11 a.m. Saturday at Maui Full Gospel Church. Online condolences:nakamuramortuary.com.

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Yoshio Nakayama

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Feb. 5, 2014
Yoshio Nakayama, 92, of Honolulu, a retired Foodland Supermarket meat wrapper, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honokaa, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Gary, Ronald, Richard and Michael; daughters Karen Stender, Joyce Harada and Sharon, Mona and Terry Nakayama; brother Masaru Hirota; and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Alvin Mitsuo Nishihara

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Jan. 29, 2014
Alvin Mitsuo Nishihara, 76, of Wailuku, a retired Bank of Hawaii manager, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by wife Anna, daughter Kim Breitbach, sisters Carol Stuessy and Jane Calhoun, and a grandchild. Private services.

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Denise Aulani Prosser

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Feb. 6, 2014
Denise Aulani Prosser, 61, of Haiku, Maui, a real estate broker and owner of Prosser Maui Properties, died at home. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by husband Larry; daughter Angie Abe; mother Mildred Sentinella; brothers Kyle and Jerry Sentinella; sisters Roxanne Relles, Mavis McMillin and Chantal Zanon; and two grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences:ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Miyoko Quitoriano

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Jan. 20, 2014
Miyoko Quitoriano, 79, of Hilo, a homemaker, died on Oahu. She was born in Pahala, Hawaii. She is survived by son Dale, daughter Toni Ann, sisters Hisako Yoshimura and Helene Paff, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation:10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary in Hilo. Services:11 a.m. Casual attire.

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ANDRES “DARIS” GANITANO SANCHEZ

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ANDRES DARIS GANITANO SANCHEZ Age 87, of Waipahu, HI, passed away January 13, 2014 in Wahiawa. Born November 29, 1926 in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Retired carpenter from Tower Construction. Member of Dingraneous of Hawaii. He is survived by wife, Estrella B. “Ulay” Sanchez; sons, Andres (Christine) Sanchez, Jr., Danny (Liza) Sanchez, Randy (Darlene) Sanchez, Tante (Margie) Sanchez; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grand- son; brother, Balbino (Julia) Sanchez; sister, Catalina Lahip. Visitation 9 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 22) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Mass 11:30 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Gary Tadashi Shimabukuro

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Jan. 26, 2014
Gary Tadashi Shimabukuro, 84, of Honolulu, a co-owner anddirector of Mikilua Poultry Farm, died in Honolulu. He was born in Peahi, Maui. He is survived by wife Juliet S., daughters Phyllis S. Shimabukuro-Geiser and Lois P. Shimabukuro-Miyake, brother Howard Shima, sister Phyllis Akina and three grandchildren. Visitation: 4 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services:5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Lawrence Ken Yamamoto

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Jan. 11, 2014
Lawrence Ken Yamamoto, 70, of Mililani, a retired Department ofTransportation Airports Division employee, died in Aiea. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Karen T., son Derek, daughters Janeen and Kristi, sister Lorna Samarripa, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation:5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services:6:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Hiroshi Yamane

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Jan. 22, 2014
Hiroshi Yamane, 89, of Honolulu, a retired Realtor and an Army veteran who served with the Military Intelligence Service in World War II, died in Hale Nani Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Margaret A., son Mark Y., daughter Jan K. and five grandchildren. Celebration of life:4-6 p.m. Saturday at Grand Cafe Bakery at Hawai‘i State Art Museum, No. 1 Capitol District Building.

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Glenn Z.Arakawa

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Feb. 3, 2014
Glenn Z. Arakawa, 66, of Pearl City, an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, died in Pearl City. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by sister Jean Uejo. Visitation:5:30 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services:6:35 p.m. Burial:10 a.m. Monday at Oahu Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

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