Evan graduated from Saint Louis High School, class of '87, and returned to school 17 years later, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in Hospitality and Human Resource Development from Hawaii Pacific University in 2010.
In middle school and high school, Evan became proficient in playing two large instruments, the cello in orchestras, and baritone horn in St. Louis' marching band, where he soloed in competitions at Oahu stadiums.
Other competitions Evan thoroughly enjoyed were held on ocean waves when he was a sponsored skimboarder (see above photo). He became life-long friends with a group of "skimmers" who also traveled together for snowboarding, skiing and hanging-out times on mainland mountains. Eight of those friends are still in Hawaii, and on July 8, they joined his family in scattering his ashes at sea.
More friendships and recognition came from Evan's career in the food industry--restaurants and catering—with most of it working at "Roy's" original restaurant in Hawaii Kai for his mentor and friend, Roy Yamaguchi. He traveled to far-off Pacific Islands to train staff when Roy opened new restaurants, and became a "go to" person for his knowledge of food preparation and dining service here at home.
Evan was a gifted and generous cook. He loved sharing food he prepared as much as those who ate it did. A barbecue with friends or a meal cooked for his parents often involved an early morning stop at Tamashiro's for the perfect opah or onaga, and he'd arrive with his menu's "mis en place" (all in place) in his big green cooler.
The pride he took in his Hawaiian ancestry was reflected in how Evan lived his life—with much aloha. He is greatly missed by his parents, his "little" brother Brandon, half-sister Marsha (Mrs. James Perry), their children (Clara, Sam and Hannah), and Nalu, the world's sweetest and most devoted cat.
Arrangements Provided By: Oahu Mortuary