Harry Hoy Yau Lau
92, passed peacefully at home in Kahalu`u on May 14, 2017. Born on December 13, 1924 in Ka`alaea, Hawaii to Lau Kau (aka Lau Hin Young) and Lau Lee Look (aka Lau Lee Shee). He was the 7th of 8 children. He attended Waiahole School and Benjamin Parker High School in Kaneohe. He worked as an aircraft painter at the Kaneohe Marine Base during WWII. In 1954 he owned and managed the Ko`olau Store in Kahalu`u until flood waters forced him to close in 1966. He also started the first Laundromat and the Lau's Drive-Inn, the first fast-food restaurant in Kahalu`u. In 1959, Harry ran for the House of Representatives from the 8th District with the brilliant slogan, "Who is Harry Lau?" Although unsuccessful in his bid, his popularity in Kahalu`u was undeterred. He earned and maintained the honorary title of "Mayor of Kahalu`u" for many years. Harry was instrumental in starting the Kahalu`u Little League. A former member of the Masonic Lodge, Chinese Buck Toy Society and Director of the Royal State National Insurance Company. Predeceased by his wife, Dolores Kalahiki Lau, he is survived by his siblings, Edward Lau, Ruth (Walter) Chang, six children, Charlotte (Harvey) Recarte, Beverly Lau, Phyllis (William) Beimes, Ronald (Valerie) Lau, Rosemary (Donald) Smythe and Jonathan Lau, twelve grandchildren, nine great-grand, two step-great-grand and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Public viewing at 9:30 a.m., service at 10:30 and burial at 1:00 p.m. A celebration of life to follow at Ho`okano Hall, St. John's By-the-Sea Church.
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