DR. YOSIHIKO SINOTO

Posted On October 28th, 2017 -

DR. YOSIHIKO SINOTO93, of Honolulu, passed away on October 4, 2017. Yosi as he was known to his many friends and colleagues was the senior archaeologist in the Anthropology Department of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. He occupied the Museum's Kenneth P. Emory Distinguished Chair in Anthropology since 1989. He began his work in the Pacific in 1954 as Dr. Emory's assistant and continued his research of Polynesian migrations for more than six decades. He officially retired in 2013, but continued to go in to his office at the Museum to work with his loyal team of colleagues, volunteers, and part time assistant provided by the Museum until the first part of this year. He spent many years in French Polynesia researching the homelands of the prehistoric inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands. Besides pursuing his own research, many important sites and prehistoric complexes were restored and preserved for the benefit of the cultural descendants. Probably more widely known there than in Hawaii, the people of Tahiti and Marquesas affectionately referred to him as tapone (Japanese) or Taote Sinoto (Dr. Sinoto). He was blessed with a long and fruitful life pursuing what he loved and enjoyed since his intermediate school days. Over the years he met and became friends with many people, not only in the Pacific, but worldwide. He was fortunate to have many professional colleagues throughout his career. He was happy to see his latest book, The Curve of the Hook, written with Mr. Hiroshi Aramata, translated and published by the University of Hawaii Press in September of 2016. He is survived by his son Akihiko, daughter-in-law, Lucindy, and grandsons Luke Kaneko, Laurent Sinoto (Brandy), and Leigh Sinoto. The Sinoto family wishes to acknowledge the following individuals who have continued to provide vital support for his work throughout his time at the Museum: Mr. Eric Komori, Ms. Elaine Rogers- Jourdane, Ms. Toni Han, Ms. Shoko Hisayama, Mr. Peter Tanaka, Mr. Kei Suzuki, Mr. Art Pascua, Mr. Toru Hayashi, Ms. Sophie Teururai, Ms. Paloma Lapeina, Ms. Dorothy Levi, Mr. Umi Kai, and Mr. Masafumi Honda. Also, our aloha to his very dear and oldest friends, Dr. Douglas Yen, Mr. John Carroll, Mrs. Patience Bacon, Dr. Hiro Kurashina, Dr. Becky Stephenson, Mr. Moriyuki Kunimoto, his cousin Mr. Takane Hara, and all the numerous other friends, colleagues, and relatives who could not be mentioned here for their lifelong encouragement. We are grateful for the loving care provided over the last few years by his caregivers, Ms. Temalesi Cakacaka, Mr. Tupou Bose, and especially Mrs. Yolanda Arriaga De Villalobos. We also Thank the past and current management and staff of the Bishop Museum. A public Memorial Event celebrating Dr. Sinoto's life and achievements will be held at the Bishop Museum on Weds., November 15, 2017 from 2-6pm. A short program is scheduled at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested for the Museum's Emory-Sinoto Fund to support the continuation of the archaeological research and preservation work of Drs. Kenneth P. Emory and Yosihiko Sinoto. Please contact Ms. Shoko Hisayama at #808 258-5633. Arrangements Provided By: NUUANU MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY LLC

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