81, of Kaneohe, HI, quietly returned to his eternal home on May 20, 2020, after a heroic battle with multiple health complications. Roy was born June 16, 1938, in Puunene, Maui. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hitoe and Sakae Kajihara, and siblings, Ernest (Alice) Kajihara, Gladys (Ron-deceased) Ashimine, and Lyle (Audrey) Kajihara.
Roy grew up in Makawao, Maui, attended Maui High, and graduated in 1956. He enlisted in the United States Army, and attended Basic Training at Ft. Lewis, WA. His three-year tour included Tobyhanna Army Depot, Scranton, PA and Okinawa. He was honorably discharged after achieving the rank of SP5 as a Radar Repairman.
Roy began his civilian life as an electrician, and was soon offered a job as an electrician for Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki. He became the sound electrician in the newly-built Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Hawaii Ballroom. His attention to detail and infectious attitude created a positive synergy in the Engineering Department. He was always willing to provide excellent service to the customers, and would go one step further to enhance their experience. For the next 39 years, he received various accolades and commendations. Many customers would ensure that Roy was available before scheduling their events. He retired from Sheraton-Waikiki Hotel in 2004. For the next 16+ years, he developed and overcame multiple medical challenges. The final battle ended at his residence.
Roy is survived by his wife, Joyce; three children: Geraldyne (Colin) Lacno of Kailua, HI, Scott Kajihara of Dayton, OH, and Grant (Melissa) Kajihara of Manchester, MD, and four grandchildren: Jamie and Nicholas Lacno, and Joy and Carmen Kajihara; siblings, Elaine (Paul-deceased) Foo Sum, Irene (Tatsumi-deceased) Imada, and Wilbert Kajihara. Private services.
Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary