Akiyo Mori Honjo

The Garden Island - - Pau Hana Time -

Akiyo Mori Honjo of Wailua Houselots passed away Satur­day, Nov. 11, 2017, at the age of 103 years old. She was the old­est of 11 chil­dren. She at­tended Eleele School and was owner of Ma’s Fam­ily Restau­rant, with her hus­band Masao Honjo, for over 40 years be­fore clos­ing her busi­ness Jan­uary of 2007 at the age of 92. Since then, her daugh­ter Amy has been her care­giver.

She was pre­ceded in death by fa­ther Kiyoshi Mori and mother Hazue Kawaguchi Mori, and hus­band of 36 years, Masao Honjo.

Grandma Honjo, or just “Ma” as she liked to be called by her fam­ily and cus­tomers, is sur­vived by two brothers and three sis­ters. She raised three chil­dren: Amy (Sue­haru-de­ceased) Umakoshi, Her­bert (Fay-de­ceased) Honjo and Har­riet (Tsu­tao) Mo­rioka. She has 11 grand­chil­dren, 22 great-grand­chil­dren, one great-great-grand­son.

The grand­chil­dren are Derek (Re­bekah) Umakoshi and sons Alex and Ian, Wes­ley (San­dra) Umakoshi and daugh­ter Kristin, Terry (Kent) Ogo­mori and sons Kelsey and Korey, Alan (Shanna) Umakoshi and daugh­ter Alanna, Mike (Sheri) Umakoshi and their daugh­ters Rylee, Lara and Sachi, Tam­mie (Rus­sell) Uyeda and their daugh­ters Court­ney, Lyn­d­sey and Syd­ney, Mitzi (Wade) Ya­mamoto and their daugh­ters Tobi Si­bol­boro and Ti­rah Ya­mamoto, Paige (Cleve) Javier and their chil­dren Drake and Grace, Naomi (Dar­ren) Wakano and their chil­dren Dy­lan and Lacey, Mae (Darin) Asato and their chil­dren Bran­don and Kait­lyn, and Danny (Julie) Mo­rioka and their daugh­ters Kylie and Sarah. Her great-great-grand­son is Ree­gan Si­bol­boro.

She is also sur­vived by the peo­ple who took care of her at Hale Kupuna Her­itage Home, and es­pe­cially Dr. Lil­iane Kheng who was Ma’s physi­cian at Kuhio Med­i­cal Cen­ter, and the staff of Kuhio Med­i­cal Cen­ter, and Dr. Yee of Honolulu for the short time Ma was at Hale Kupuna. Ma died of nat­u­ral causes and is be­gin­ning her new “GYO” in the spir­i­tual world. We love you al­ways.

Prayer ser­vices will be held at Ten­sho-Ko­tai-Jingu Kyo on Nov. 18, 2017, at 1 p.m. The fam­ily re­quests no flow­ers nor mone­tary gifts.

Kauai Me­mo­rial Gar­dens & Fu­neral Home as­sisted the fam­ily with ar­range­ments. by wife Char­lotte Idao Renti Cruz and fa­ther Dr. Wil­liam A. Renti Cruz.

He is sur­vived by mother Er­celly S. Renti Cruz, sis­ters Diana Hon­jiyo and Dena M. Renti Cruz, and nu­mer­ous aunts, un­cles, cousins, nieces, neph­ews and friends.

Friends may visit with the fam­ily on Satur­day, Nov. 18, at Holy Cross Church in Kala­heo, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., where Mass will be cel­e­brated at 10 a.m.

Nu­uanu Me­mo­rial Park and Mor­tu­ary in Honolulu and Gar­den Is­land Mor­tu­ary as­sisted the fam­ily with ar­range­ments.


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