Gary Tadashi Shimabukuro

Posted On February 19th, 2014 -

2-19-Gary-ShimabukuroGARY TADASHI SHIMABUKURO Gary Tadashi Shimabukuro passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside on January 26, 2014. He was born on July 24, 1929 in Peahi, Maui and was the eighth child of Mankichi and Uto Shimabukuro. Gary graduated from W.R. Farrington High School in 1947 and attended Honolulu Business College. On November 27, 1947, together with his parents and brothers, he helped create M. Shimabukuro & Sons and Mikilua Poultry Farm, Inc. in Mikilua Valley on the Waianae Coast of Oahu. In 1975, he founded Ka Lei Eggs. Gary was actively involved with the operations of Mikilua Poultry Farm, Inc. as President and later as a Director for 65 years. Gary loved music and continued to play saxophone after high school. He created the Sonic Big Band Sound orchestra which performed for the ballroom dancing club venue. He was a lifetime member of the Musicians Association of Hawaii Local 677 AFM. His love for basketball inspired him to form the Leeward Lakers and Mikilua Gamecocks which participated for many years in the Armed Forces League, Kalakaua League and international basketball tournaments in Korea and Japan. Gary also believed in youth basketball and was the sponsor of the Hawaiian Maid Girls Basketball League with the Honolulu City and County Parks and Recreation. He was a member of the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Mikilua Farm Center, Jikoen Hongwanji Mission and Ginoza Sonjin Kai. Gary is survived by his wife, Juliet “Sue” Shimabukuro; daughters, Phyllis (Andrew Geiser) and Lois Shimabukuro- Miyake; granddaughters, Lindsey Libed of San Francisco, California, Alexis Miyake of Valencia, California, and Alana Miyake; brother, Howard Shima (Ethel); and sister, Phyllis Akina of Morgan Hill, California. Buddhist services will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Visitation at 4:00pm and service at 5:00pm. Casual attire, no flowers.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran