BERNICE CHAR LOUIBERNICE CHAR LOUI
Bernice K.J. Char Loui, 104, of Honolulu, entrepreneur and philanthropist, died peacefully on January 18, 2012 at Straub hospital.
Bernice was born and raised in Honolulu, the sixth of nine children to See Yick and Chong Fo Char. A beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Bernice was a extraordinary businesswoman who together with her husband Leong Hop Loui formed Hawaii's first accredited travel agency by partnered with Robert MacGregor, a former Pan American Airline manager. This resulted in creating International Travel Service. ITS later blossomed into three subsidiaries, Trade Wind Tours, Trade Wind Transportation and Hawaiian Cruises. Passionate about the travel business, in 1954, she helped to form Hawaii's first club for women in the travel business, Travel Women Hawaii. Bernice was also named as the 1990 Model Mother of the year by the United Chinese Society of Hawaii.
A visionary philanthropist, and looking toward the future of the travel industry, in 1987, Bernice made a significant contribution to the University of Hawaii to create the Leong Hop and Bernice C. Loui Computer Laboratory. She also contributed to other academic programs in culinary, marine, carpentry, environ-mental medicine as well as travel.
Bernice is survived by son, Gordon (Betty), sister Lillie, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Leong Hop Loui and son, Norman W.H. Loui.
Visitation, Friday, February 17, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Diamond Head Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Service 11:00 AM. Graveside Service 12:45 PM at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire. Donation may be made to the Palolo Chinese Home.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased