"Kaz", as he was known to friends and family, was a graduate of the University of Hawaii, Manoa; he studied social work and public health at Indiana University and the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health before spending his career with the State of California Children's Services. Socially astute, he always kept up with politics and culture.
An artist at heart and avid writer, he created beautiful ceramic works, wrote stories and sayings for his grandson, cultivated fruit and flowering trees, remembered every plant he ever put in the ground, and made a habit of writing haiku on any piece of paper within reach. Kaz always kept up with his friends and family, and will be remembered for his tasty pies, stubborn yet philosophical spirit, being there to listen and regularly giving advice.
Kaz is survived by his former wife, Tokiko Nishida Ide; daughters Laura Ide and Melanie Ide (Christiaan Kuypers); grandson Lukas Kuypers, as well as friends, relatives and special caregivers who shared his life's journey.
A service will be held at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple in California, date to be announced. An endowment fund will be established by his daughters at Bishop Museum in his honor. For those interested, a donation can be made to the attention of Melanie Ide at Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased