Ernest Kazuyoshi Harada
Well-known actor/entertainer/ singer Ernest Harada, 74, died peacefully April 5, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends. Ernest attended Mid-Pacific Institute and, at 18, began studying acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and later, mime in Paris. Returning to the US, he appeared in over 35 films, including his first at age 23, "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) and "Volunteers" (1985). He acted in a number of TV series and appeared in stage productions in Los Angeles. In New York, Ernest was featured in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim's "Pacific Overtures". He was a founding member of the Association of Asian Pacific American Artists, which advocates for more realistic depictions of Asians in the media. For the past nine years Ernest performed at the Hawai'i Yacht Club with his spouse and accompanist, Don Conover and both recently appeared in the cast of "Aging is Not For Sissies" at Manoa Valley Theatre. In addition to his spouse, Ernest is survived by sisters Jean Matsueda and Dr. Ruth Harada. "Celebrating a Life Well-Lived" will be held at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Avenue, Saturday, June 15 at 4:30 pm; visitation, 3:30 pm. Floral wreaths and arrangements are gratefully declined; memorial donations may be made out to "Church of the Crossroads" with the notation "Ernest Harada and Don Conover Music Fund."
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased