Yoshiaki Shiroma Yoshiaki Shiroma passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 26, 2020; after a six-year battle with cancer.
Yoshi was born on October 31, 1936 to Yosuke and Kamato Shiroma, the youngest of eight siblings and grew up on a plantation in Kahuku. A proud graduate of Kahuku High School's class of '54, he remained a Red Raiders fan throughout his life. He referred to Kahuku as "God's country" during one of his final visits to his old neighborhood.
Yoshi met Coletta Wong, the love of his life while bowling at Bowl-O-Drome and knew at that time that they would be together forever. After getting married, they lived briefly in Honolulu before moving to a growing Kaneohe community in 1961. Yoshi loved many sports but particularly baseball. He played for his high school team then stayed active as an adult by playing for Waimanalo in the Windward AJA Makule League. Some of his fondest memories were as a coach and assistant district administrator for the Kaneohe Little League throughout the '70's and early '80's where he had the opportunity to meet many of the players and parents. In the '90's he returned as player-coach for his Okinawan club softball team, Gaza Yonagusuku Doshi Kai, who won 4 league championships in 7 years!
He worked as a carpenter before becoming a drafting technician for the State Department of Land and Natural Resources for about 30 years and retired in 1994. Throughout his life, he loved to use his hands to build and fix things.
Yoshi also loved to travel. He visited each corner of the United States and many cities in-between. A highlight of his travels was taking the entire family on an Alaskan cruise in 2015, where he ziplined amongst the tree tops of Ketchikan. Blending his love for sports and traveling, he even took tours to attend several UH Warriors football games on the mainland. Yoshi and Coletta also traveled to Japan, Korea, China, New Zealand, and Canada. But the place they visited more than any other was none other than Hawaii's 9th island: Las Vegas.
While Yoshi loved many things, what he loved the most was being surrounded by his wife of over 60 years, their four grown children and his seven grandchildren.
Yoshi/dad/grandpa has been deeply missed and will always be loved.
Yoshi is survived by his wife, Coletta; daughter, Pamela (Kent) Saito, and sons, Darryl (Shelley), Michael (Caren), Clayton; grandchildren: Tyler, Ryan, Kira, Reece, Nicholas, Kayla, and Braden; brother, Masao; sisters, Miyoko Onaga and Haruno Nogami; sister-in-law, Doris Shiroma.
The family would like to thank the doctors and medical staff at Straub Hospital and St. Francis Hospice.
Private services. To view the service on Sunday, August 1st at 4:00 p.m., please visit https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1626162858124913. A public drive-by will be held on Sunday, August 1st from 5:00 to 5:30 pm at Hosoi Mortuary. Enter the parking lot via the Kukui Street entrance, and please remain in your car at all times.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased