Hideko Sakata, 86, left us peacefully at home on September 15 with loving family members by her bedside as she drifted off to be with the Lord. Hideko was born in Honaunau, Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hideko's father was a coffee farmer. She attended schools in Konawaena until she was 16 when the family moved to Honolulu. Her father was hospitalized at Leahi Hospital in Kaimuki. After recovery, the family lived in Kalihi. Hideko attended Farrington High School, graduating in 1949. She then attended University of Hawaii but had to leave school in her sophomore year to work full-time to financially support her aging parents. Hideko worked at Hawaiian Airlines in the reservation department for about 15 years and later moved to Pan American World Airways in the same capacity. She married Tom Sakata at the Holy Nativity Church in Aina Haina, Oahu. Both were baptized and confirmed as Episcopalians at St. Alban's Chapel at Iolani School. After living in town and Aiea, they moved to Hawaii Kai. Hideko's liberal privileges from Pan Am, allowed her to travel extensively. Her favorite was Japan. Hideko climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan with her family. She visited the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido and traveled widely in Japan, and Asia/Pacific to Korea, China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Tom and Hideko also traveled to many countries in Europe and historic cities in Eastern United States Hideko was friendly, considerate and caring. She never raised her voice nor spoke ill of others. She enjoyed reading and relaxed by listening to music and gardening. Hideko's parents were Kichitaro and Matsu from Fukushima, Japan. She had two stepbrothers, Richard and Shogo Saito, both deceased, and stepsister, Kimiko Ikeda in Kona. Tom survives her. Their life was filled with happiness with three children, sons Randy and Dale (Yasuko), and daughter Shirley Tottori (Leland). She was also blessed with lovely grandchildren, Jordan, Shelley, Calvin and Alexander. The Sakata Ohana invites you to share her memory with "A Celebration of Life," at St. Alban's Chapel at Iolani School, 563 Kamoku Street on October 29th. Visitation from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Services from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please join us to honor Hideko's beautiful life. Aloha attire. No flowers. All donations will be given to the scholarship fund at Iolani School. Private burial services will be held later.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased