Richard Yat Cho Au
Richard Yat Cho AuRichard Yat Cho Au, age 90, of Honolulu, passed away on September 1, 2019 at home. He was born on February 9, 1929 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Raymond H.C. Au and Kam Tow Chang Au. He graduated from The Mid-Pacific Institute in 1947. Thereafter he attended The University of Hawaii at Manoa and joined the Hawaii National Guard. After graduating from UH Manoa, Richard enrolled in Hastings College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1958. He began his legal career in private practice for one year then as a clerk at the legislature. In 1959 Richard became a Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City and County of Honolulu Land Acquisition Division. In 1967 he became a Deputy Attorney General with the Land Transportation Division followed by Appointed to District Court Judge of the First Circuit by William Richardson under Governor John Burns' Administration. After eight years in the District Court, Richard was appointed to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit. Here he served for twelve years. Retired in 1992, Richard called his time on the bench as "inspiring and an intellectual challenge." Richard also stated, "I just hope that whenever I meet defendants, defense counsels, lawyers, prosecutors, or victims on the street, they will have a kind word to say to me, and I hope that they'll at least think that I'm a fair minded person." Richard fully enjoyed his retirement by taking care of his yard and pool and being able to spend time with his family. Richard was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Evelyn Yock Ping Au; sons Kerwin (Cindy), Aaron (June), Elton (Rhoda); grandchildren Travis, Kerstyn, Kayla, Kaitlyn, Kyle. He will be remembered for being kind and generous, having a great personality, quick wit, integrity, a great sense of humor, and a warm smile. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary

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