Hideo Wakuta of Kapaa, Kauai passed away on June 25, 2014 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at age 86. Born on April 10, 1928 in Hala'ula, Kauai, he was a District Water Chief with the Board of Water Supply. He was a lifelong farmer, beginning with planting, growing, and harvesting his own pineapple fields. Within the pineapple business, he worked tirelessly alongside his brother Mamo, and other family and friends. Hideo's legacy extends far beyond his involvement with the pineapple industry and agricultural community. In his hire, valuable life-lessons of hard work and reward were learned by his children, nephews and niece, and their young friends. Very active in the community, Hideo was a past president of Hui Alu, Inc. and a strong supporter of the Okinawan heritage in Hawaii. He and his wife, Florence, were awarded HUOA's Uchinanchu of the Year in 2002. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Hideo will undoubtedly remember his great hospitality of heart and home, his deep and uplifting kindness, his genuine humility, his dedication to family, and his unending pride in his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and many friends. Hideo was preceded in death by his parents, Matsu and Mito Wakuta, and sisters, Kiyoko Miyasato and Edith (Masa) Nakasone. He is survived by his high school sweetheart, Florence Nakamasu Wakuta, children, Derek (Debra) Wakuta of Kapaa, Dawn (Xavier) Ikei of Aiea, Daryl (Alison) Wakuta of Torrance, California, and Duane (Puanani) Wakuta of Kapaa; siblings, Shizue Sakihama of Kapaa, Mamoru Wakuta of Kapaa and Seichi Wakuta of Torrance, California. Also surviving are his 8 grandchildren, Desiree Wakuta-Matsuda, Kelsey and Brent Arakaki, Brandee and Carey Wakuta, Chivas, Jetsen and Duane Wakuta Jr., and 3 great-grandchildren, Grant and Emily Matsuda and Jetsen "Elua" Wakuta Jr. and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 4 pm on Thursday, July 3rd at the Wakutas' Residence, 5962 Kaapuni Rd, Kapaa. Please see parking attendants for assistance. Services will begin at 4 pm. Casual attire is suggested and flowers omitted. The family requests no koden. Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.
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