She married Harry Mau, who courted her by taking her pheasant hunting on the Big Island, shooting deer and mouflon on Lanai, crabbing at Honouliuli and horseback riding in Kapiolani Park.Together they had four children and raised them in Kaimuki, then later Manoa. They also kept pigs in Kalama Valley and an assortment of plants and animals in Waimanalo.
Barbara worked as a registered nurse at Kapiolani Hospital before changing careers to help at her mother-in-law's manapua-dim sum restaurant, Char Hung Sut, which she eventually owned and operated. Despite the long hours, Mrs. Mau, as she was fondly called, always maintained a warm, quiet, and calming presence. Working until the age of 90, her customers could see and taste the care and dedication she put into her food. Mrs. Mau appreciated her patrons' loyalty, and many of them became old friends.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Harry, son Bruce (Darnell), sisters Margaret Whang, Ethel Lum and Nani Li. She is survived by daughters Harilyn (Stanley) Coates, Wanda (William) Lum, son Barry, brothers Henry "Sonny" Au Hoy, Dennis (Marilyn) Au Hoy, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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