James was born in Anahola, Kauai and was raised in Koloa until relocating to Oahu to attend Farrington High School during his sophomore year.
A veteran of the Korean War, James served honorably in the US Army and was a Platoon Sergeant and Combat Veteran earning two Bronze Service Stars.
James will be remembered fondly for his warm smile, caring heart, and gentle soul. He was a man of few words, but his lifetime of kindness, compassion, and devotion spoke volumes. He was admired for the outstanding workmanship that went into all his creations and most especially, his koi fishpond. James looked forward to his evening ritual by popping open a beer, relaxing by his fishpond, and chit chatting with passersby who enjoyed watching the koi and water feature nestled within his Japanese garden. Cheers to you Jimmy!
Carrying on his legacy is his wife of 60 years, Loretta (Higa) Tokuda; children Dwight (Sherri) Tokuda, Wendy (Darryl) Munetake; grandchildren Kasey and Tyler Munetake, sister Shirley (Mike) Miyamoto, and sister-in-law Janet Tokuda.
As James transcended into his spiritual life, he was greeted with open arms by his parents, Shinsaburo and Otome (Awakuni) Tokuda, brothers Lawrence Tokuda, George Tokuda, sisters, May Tomihama, and Grace Tokuda, and loving family pets, Poochy, Poochy II, Lady, and Hoku.
A heartfelt thank you to Bristol Hospice, family, friends, and Nago Board members for your outpouring of love and support. The beautiful flowers, kind words of encouragement, thoughtful prayers and generous offering of food gave us the strength to cherish and care for James as a loving husband, dad, and grandpa during his final days.
Services are pending due to COVID-19 and will be announced later.
Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary