Martha Teruko (Fujioka) Kunimura
MARTHA TERUKO (FUJIOKA) KUNIMURA Age 88, of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away March 22, 2016 at Straub Hospital. Born on December 15, 1927, in Hilo, Hawaii, to the late Dr. Bumpachi and Kosei Fujioka. She attended Hilo Standard School, Hilo Intermediate, Hilo High, and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) graduating with a Bachelor's of Music in Piano, and Masters in Music. She represented CCM in performances and on occasion was soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She married Tetsuro (Ted) Kunimura on December 27, 1948 in Troy, Ohio. After graduating from CCM, they returned to Hilo where she opened a private piano studio. Martha continued her career in music at Punahou School from 1963-1992 and served as Director of Punahou Music School for 14 years. In the 1960s and 1970s, she performed at the Neil Blaisdell Center for the Rodgers and Hammerstein broadway musicals. From 1992-2001, her time was consumed as the primary caregiver for her husband. She became proficient in hobbies of painting Ukrainian eggs, Hawaiian quilting, and other crafts. In 2001, she donated a four-octave chime set (a total of 49 chimes) to the Hawaii Kai United Church of Christ in memory of her husband of 52 years, and son Samuel, a stellar musician in his own right, who passed away prematurely. Martha started a chime choir and trained 11-14 dedicated members. This close fellowship practiced seriously to achieve the high performance standards that Martha set for each selection. None of the chimers were professional musicians, but were committed to the choir. The high quality of their performances received much praise. Martha was an extraordinary cook that brought the ohana together for weekend dinners and holidays. She cared for friends during their illnesses, and cared for her children and grandchildren. She is survived by daughter Jane (Bruce) Austin, son Peter Kunimura, grandchildren Brandon, Daniel, and Lindsey Kunimura, Kerry (John Paul) Reyes, Amy and Michael Austin, and one great-grandchild Kimiko Austin Reyes; sisters Elizabeth Easley, Mary Matayoshi and Agnes Ogata. No services, no monetary or floral gifts, but to be remembered in prayers and thoughts.
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