Akiyo Mori Honjo
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.