HENRY MASASHI TAI
82 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by those he loved, his wife and children on May 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Henry was born in Kapaa, Kauai, on July 16, 1929 to Shizuo Tai and Tamayo Yoshida. Henry was a long-time lawyer in California. Since 1982, Henry was an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was responsible for the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa.
At an early age, Henry left Kauai by enlisting in the U.S. Army proudly serving his Country during the Korean War. Henry received a Bronze Star for his heroism in action against the enemy near Pyongyang, Korea, by voluntarily moving forward with the lead elements of his unit and exposing himself to heavy enemy arms and mortar fire persuading the enemy to surrender.
Following his military engagement, Henry received his education at the University of Cincinnati and the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. Henry remained in Sacramento for twenty years and later relocated to Honolulu, where he remained until his death.
An avid traveler, Henry took pride and joy in taking his family around the world. He was also known to his family and friends as man of integrity who enjoyed helping others.
Henry is loved and survived by his wife, Keiko Mollie, daughter, Cynthia, and son, Christopher as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Private services will be held at Punchbowl Cemetery on June 7th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the UCSF Foundation, Box 45339, San Francisco 94145-0339 to support kidney transplants.
The Family of Henry Tai extends a special and heartfelt Mahalo to Hospice Hawaii, Dr. Lavonda Nakamoto and the staff of the Home Based Primary Care of the Pacific Islands Health Care Systems, Dr. Stephen Denzer and Dr. Alan Lau, Nephrologist, Kaiser Permanante Hawaii, as well as numerous caregivers including Mele Puloto, Stanley Shiraki and Marlon Calantoc.