MATTHEW SHI YING INN
MATTHEW SHI YING INN March 12, 1993 - May 26, 2015 Matthew Shi Ying Inn peacefully passed away on May 26, 2015, at Straub Clinic and Hospital surrounded and supported by his loving family and friends. He is survived by his parents, Clifford and Jan Inn; sisters, Marilani (Kevin) Uchima and Meilehua Inn; grandmother, Mary Inn; uncles and aunties, Kenneth (Estelle) Inn, Steven (Karen) Inn, Dorothea Inn, Marjorie (Dennis) Francis, Lynne Lura, Reid (Debbie) Takayama, Hal Takayama, Diane (Derrick) Shiro and Gwen (Wade) Kitamura; cousins: Rachel (Juan) and Maka Koa Melendez; Jarrett Inn; Kim (Ryan), Lilliya and Miriam Bergman. Our beloved hero and champion, Matthew, was a brilliant mathematician scoring in the 99th percentile on the SAT in elementary school. When he was in middle school, he took the SAT and scored better than half of the college bound seniors that year. The distinction drew the attention of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University, which fosters the best and brightest minds of our nation's children. CTY's summer program made it possible for Matthew to explore and study the freshwater estuary of the Chesapeake Bay, traveling aboard a skipjack oyster boat to select destinations in the bay working alongside scientists. He competed on the Moanalua High School Air Riflery team as one of its top marksmen, lettering four years and serving as its captain during his senior year. A trained National Rifle Association shooting instructor, he was accomplished in his sport. He competed and excelled in local air rifle competitions through the MIDPAC shooting club, and on the national level at the Junior Olympics for precision air riflery for two consecutive years. He finished in the top 35 at the Junior Olympics both years. He coached the Radford High School air riflery team for one year, instructing and training a team member well enough to qualify for the Hawaii State championships. At the time, he was the youngest high school shooting coach in the state. Although he was just 22 years of age when he passed, he had traveled far and wide to many parts of the USA and Canada with his family, exploring many of the nation's top museums, parks and historic/cultural treasures. He possessed maturity, wisdom, patience and generosity far beyond his years. While pursuing a degree in Biology at Southern Oregon University, he took up Judo and enjoyed long, five-mile journeys through the countryside on his longboard. He was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and he underwent treatment from July of 2013 through May 2014 in Seattle, Washington, receiving a dual cord transplant. During this trying time, family and friends from Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School, multiple Divisions of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Attorney General's office and Consolidated Amusement rallied to support him and his family. He was in remission from cancer when he fell ill in January of this year. He greatly appreciated the dedication shown by his healthcare team in Seattle at the University of Washington Medical Center, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, as well as here in Honolulu at Straub Clinic and Hospital. His family requests that his life be remembered as a celebration of love, joy, laughter, and camaraderie, which is what he shared with everyone blessed to know him. Until we meet again, Matt, be happy. A celebration of Matthew Inn's life will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, Hosoi Mortuary, 30 North Kukui St., Honolulu. Visitation begins at 4:00 p.m. Ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. Aloha attire.
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