Wednesday, September 10, 1997

‘Gracious host’ Lee gave charm
to Halekulani and Willows

By Mary Adamski

A taste of old Hawaii charm that lured resident regulars as well as returning visitors was the hallmark of hotel and restaurant executive Randolph Martin "Randy" Lee Jr.

He was general manager of the prehigh-rise Halekulani Hotel for 16 years and owner of the Willows Restaurant for 13 years before its 1993 closing. Lee, 65, died Monday in St. Francis Hospice.

Friends didn't wait for the eulogy to share their memories and anecdotes about the gracious innkeeper. They prepared a memory book of remembrances and vignettes for a benefit tribute last year sponsored by friends when they learned of his struggle with cancer and medical bills.

"The outpouring of love was just unbelievable," said Dick Rodby, president of Kemoo Farms. "He was Hawaii's Princess Diana - he touched so many lives."

Entertainer Nalani Olds said that despite his frail health, Lee "could not help acting the gracious host. He was tired but he never let up on being cordial, he wanted to stand up to greet everyone.

"He always had the knack to make people feel welcome and special," Olds said.

"One of his qualities, when he engaged you in conversation, he only spoke to you. He was really interested, he remembered what you said, he remembered your children by name."

What kamaainas and visitors remember best is the "kamaaina luncheon" that Lee instituted at the old Halekulani, reincarnated as the "poi luncheon" at the Willows, the setting for many people's special celebrations. The format was Hawaiian food served with class and Hawaiian entertainment with impromptu special appearances by well-known entertainers.

"Those luncheon shows were more like a family luau, not a show," said Rodby.

"He got me started doing them at Kemoo; Randy was more refined - ours were more Haleiwa style."

Olds said she was 16 when she began dancing hula at the Halekulani oceanside shows, and numerous other entertainers were given a start by Lee.

Under Lee's administration, cuisine at the Halekulani restaurants and the Willows received awards from gourmet and travel magazines. He was honored by local restaurant and hotel associations.

"When things were going good, the training table for St. Louis (athletes) was the Willows. They could go there and have a meal anytime," Olds recalled.

Lee was a 1950 graduate of St. Louis High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in social sciences at Georgetown University. Before joining the Halekulani, he worked at Hawaiian Airlines, Hotel Hana on Maui and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island.

He is survived by his wife, Sunny Jean; sons Randolph M. III, Michael, Jon David and Peter; daughter Lori Anne; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass will be said at 1 p.m. Monday at Star of the Sea Church. Friends may call after noon. Inurnment will be private.

The family asks that flowers be omitted and casual attire be worn.

Hiatt, acting president
of UH in ’68, dies

Staff and wire reports

Robert W. Hiatt, a former University of Hawaii acting president, died last weekend at the age of 83.

Hiatt came to the University of Hawaii in 1943.

He developed the Hawaii Marine Laboratory and was instrumental in shaping the university’s zoology department into a world center for marine zoological studies.

From 1955 to 1963, he was dean of the Graduate School and director of research.

From 1963 until 1968 Hiatt was the university’s vice president for academic affairs.

He assumed the post of acting UH president in May 1968 and a year later became executive director of the UH Research Corporation.

He was acting president in May 1968 when students took over Bachman Hall, the university’s administration building, and staged a sit-in.

In 1969 Hiatt left his position as acting president at the University of Hawaii to join the U.S. diplomatic corps.

From 1970-1973 he served as consular officer and secretary at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo.

Hiatt served as the fifth president of the University of Alaska from 1973-1977.

He created the Rural Education Affairs division, which brought college education to rural Alaska.

E.E. ‘Al’ Wall dead at 84;
was executive at Chevron

By Harold Morse

Ellerton E. “Al” Wall, a Honolulu native who became a California-based regional vice president of western operations for Chevron Corp., died Aug. 31 at his San Diego home. He was 84.

He worked for Chevron 43 years, having joined it in 1934, at age 21, in Honolulu. It was then known as Standard Oil of California.

In 1940, he was named branch manager at Kahului.

After World War II broke out, his wartime contribution included being responsible for providing aviation gasoline for aircraft carriers and cargo ships.

Following the war, Wall rose rapidly to positions as Standard Oil district manager in Oakland, regional manager of the Fresno region in 1955, general sales manager in 1956 and vice president of marketing in 1957.

He was named president of California Oil Co., an East Coast subsidiary, in 1958. In 1963, he became Southern California regional vice president and regional marketing manager, based in Los Angeles.

He was the son of Walter E. Wall, who served as surveyor general of the then-territory of Hawaii, and Edith Wall.

A Punahou graduate, he was a high school football, track and swimming star and was rated a top javelin thrower. He later attended the University of Hawaii and University of Oregon, and was graduated from the University of Southern California.

In his years in Los Angeles, Wall held numerous leadership posts with community and civic organizations.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia; daughters Anne Randolph and Janet Dietz; son Steven, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A private ceremony was held in California. The family suggests donations may be made to the San Diego Hospice or the donor’s favorite charity.

Lillian S. Arakaki, 61, of Honolulu, a retired senior vice president of Atlas Insurance Agency, died last Wednesday in Queen’s Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. Survived by husband Dennis Y.; son Aaron K.; daughter Shari T. Imanaka; brothers Kenneth H. and Jack Y. Naito; sisters Helen S. Sato, Shirley R. Joyo and Jane S. Umetsu; parents Yuzuru and Florence K. Naito; 3 grandchildren. Private services.

Girard Just N. Brilliant, 59, of Ocean View, Hawaii, a field interviewer for Gallup opinion polls, died Aug. 20 at home. He was born in Pennsylvania. Survived by father Benjamin; son SolRay B. Duncan; companion Jimmie Duncan; brother David Steinberg; sister Ann; stepsons Joseph, Andre, Christopher and Eugene Elmer; 6 grandchildren. Graveside inurnment services: 12:15 p.m. Friday, Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Aloha attire.

William F.A. Chung, 92, of Honolulu died Friday at home. He was born in Kula, Maui. Survived by wife Elsie C.; two stepsons; a stepdaughter; five sisters. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Louis G. Costa, 66, of Waianae is also survived by daughters Toni Toyofuku and Roberta “Bobbie” Costa and mother Lola. Incorrect information was provided for an obituary published yesterday.

Richard D. “Dickie” Gorloff, 57, of Kaneohe, a former Honolulu police officer and retiree of GTE Hawaiian Tel, died Sunday in Kaneohe. He was born in Hanamaulu, Kauai. Survived by daughter Rowena M. Queja; sons Eric D., Richard D. Jr. and Cassius A.; brother Alan R.; 13 grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial with military honors: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Pauline P. “Lita” Hernandez, 77, of Ewa died Monday in Ewa. She was born in Ewa. Survived by son Leonard; daughters Marleen Nobriga and Leora Hernandez; brothers Eugene and Raymond Rodrigues; sister Anita May; 10 grandchildren; 2 greatgrandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Mililani Mortuary-Waipio. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park, Pearl City. Casual attire.

Asa Hinochi, 94, of Honolulu died Aug. 18. She was born in Honolulu. Survived by sister Yukie Nishimoto. Private services.

Richard K. Ikawa, 73, of Indianapolis and formerly of Hilo, died last Wednesday. He was a retiree of Army Finance Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison and a World War II army veteran. He is survived by wife Jean; son Dr. Bruce; daughters Jayne D. Johnson, Ann Jensen, Peggy Ikawa-Mazas and Doris Gomez; brother David; stepsister Aiko Wilson; half sister Patricia Hayden; 5 grandchildren. Services pending. Donations suggested to Hemophilia of Indiana Inc. or Hilo High School Alumni Fund, Class of 1942.

Hajime “Jimmy” Kabayama, 80, of Honolulu, retired owner of Cafe National, died Aug. 25 in Kuakini Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. Survived by daughters Laura Murakami, Joyce LaPointe and Gail Sliger; sisters Helen Oda, Masae Kabayama and Katherine Shigizawa; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Private services.

James S. “Froggy” Kamibayashi,69, of Honolulu, a retired inventory clerk for the Department of the Navy, died Aug. 13 at home. He was born in Honolulu. Survived by wife Sachiko; sons Craig K. and Jay J.; daughters Joy S. and Jan S.; brothers Richard Y. and Thomas S.; sisters Adeline M. Matsumoto and Violet N. Doue; 2 grandchildren. Private services.

Matsuyo Kawasaki, 91, of Beaverton, Ore., formerly of Honolulu, died July 31 in Beaverton. She was an employee of Dole Pineapple Co. She was born in Kona. Survived by son Edward Y.; daughters Toshie Ihara and Fumie Oshima; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Services were held.

Dr. Moses K.S. Kim, 79, of Honolulu, a retired dentist, died Sept. 2 in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Kawailoa. Survived by wife Rebecca P.C.; sons Calvin D.S. and Dr. Dukee; daughter Mona S. Erol; brothers Frank K.H. and Peter K.W.; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Edward A. “Ula” Kuahiwinui, 63, of Opihikao, Hawaii, a self-employed fisherman, died Saturday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Opihihale, Kona. Survived by wife Cecelia M.; sons Edward A. Jr. and Solomon M.; daughters Ilima Kuamoo and Lavina Kuahiwinui; sister Mariah Mahi; hanai sons Afa Tuaolo and Rodney Kahaloa; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Kuahiwinui residence in Opihikao, Hawaii. Call 6-9 p.m. Casual attire. Cremation Saturday.

Pui Wan F. Lee, 96, of Honolulu died last Wednesday. She was born in China. Survived by son Hon You; 3 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Chinese services: 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nuuanu Mortuary. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Katsuyoshi Maesaka, 70, of Honolulu, a former union shop steward at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and a veteran of World War II and Korea, died Monday in Kaiser Hospital. He was born in Hilo. Survived by daughters Deborah H., Doreen N. and Sharon K.; sisters Elaine N. Mikami, Nora N. Spears and Margaret K. Masaoka; brothers Yukuyoshi, Kiyoshi, Shigeki, Jerry T. and Harold M.; a grandchild. Services: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. Donations suggested to American Cancer Society, 2370 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu 96817.

Albert Medeiros, 75, of Hawi, Hawaii, a retired heavy equipment operator for Kohala Sugar Plantation and golf course maintenance worker for Mauna Lani Resort, died Sunday at home. He was born in Kohala, Hawaii. Survived by son Benjamin Raymond; sisters Mary Vierra, Dora Beach, Eva Lim, Flora Cambra and Alice Calhoun; 3 grandchildren. Memorial visitation: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Medeiros residence, 55-824 Hawi Road. Casual attire. No flowers.

Nathaniel P. Militante-Beavers,infant son of Fannie Militante and Rodney “Mac” Beavers, died Friday in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. Also survived by grandparents Thelma “Linda” and Doroteo “Dave” Salangsang, Francis and Sue Ann Militante and Dolores Beavers; great-grandparents Rose Mizokawa and Thelma Ventura. Services: 4 p.m. Friday, Borthwick Mortuary. Call 3-5 p.m. Cremation to follow.

Bronson K. Miranda, 19, of Honolulu died Sunday in California. He was born in Honolulu. Survived by mother Kathleen L. Iaea; father William; brother Nolan; sisters Shylo and Jill; grandparents Harold and Majorie Iaea and Arlene Miranda; great-grandparents Walter and Hazel Eli. Services: noon Saturday, Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Ilean M.B. Mua, 75, of Honolulu died Wednesday in Straub Hospital. She was born on Wallas Island. Survived by husband Aisea; daughters Louise Kyle and Finau Kelly; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Services: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Diamond Head Mortuary, and 8 a.m. Saturday at Central Union Church. Call after 7 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park.

Yukino Osaka, 97, of Papaikou, Hawaii, died Aug. 28 in Life Care Center of Hilo. She was born in Olaa. Survived by daughters Kimiyo Osaka, Yoshiko Tong and Shigeko Osaka; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Harold H. Oshiro, 69, of Honolulu, retired educational director of Hickam Air Force Base, died Friday in Maunalani Nursing Home. He was born in Wailuku. Survived by brothers Emerick K. Ishikawa and Kenichi, Choyu, Chosei, Toshio, David S. and Joe S. Oshiro; sister Fujie Isagawa. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. Cremation to follow.

Ethel M. Perkin, 81, of Kailua, a retired teacher, died Sunday in Castle Hospital. She was born in Chicago. Survived by son John; daughters Linda Zarday and Sandra Van Brunt; 3 grandchildren. Mainland services.

Ronald W. Peterson, 48, director of property operations at Hilton Hawaiian Village, died Friday in Honolulu. Born in Utah, he is survived by wife Roxanne; daughters Tina N. Herrera and Staci L. Rael; father William; mother Shirley Knetge; and brothers Rick and Dean. Memorial services: 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Lagoon Green. Inurnment on the mainland.

Rose K. Rickard, 78, of Lahaina, a Pioneer Sugar retiree, died Friday at home. Survived by son Robert N.; daughters Dianah Desa, Geraldine Cole, Junie Lee and Merle Chandler; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren. Mass: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Maria Lanakila Church, Lahaina. Call 6-9 p.m. Private burial. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Anita B.S.H. Sackwitz, 89, of Honolulu is also survived by nieces and nephews. Additional information for the obituary yesterday provided by the mortuary.

Natsuko Tanimoto, 93, of Hanamaulu, Kauai died Aug. 30 in Wilcox Hospital. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Survived by son Tsuyoshi; daughter Sally S. Kim; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Tomas C. Urmeneta, 57, of Florida, died Aug. 9 in Florida. He was born in the Philippines. Survived by wife Ida; son Tomasito; daughters Lisa, Imelda, Mercy, Marietta and Rowena; brothers Deogracias and Basilio Jr.; grandchildren. Services: 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Mililani Mortuary-Waipio. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park.

Lyons J.K. Welch, 33, of Hauula will be remembered in services Friday. His skeletal remains were found on Pupukea Road in July. He was reported missing in 1994. He was born in Kahuku. Survived by brothers Frederick Jr. and Doyle; sisters Sweetie Turner, Laura Torres, Stephanie Welch, Dolly Kealoha and Naomi Kumai. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Great Mount Zion Holiness Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Private scattering of ashes. Aloha attire.

Suzanne D. Witt, 71, of Kailua, a retired documentary officer with Bishop Estate, died Sept. 2 at home. Survived by sons Dean Jr. and Eric; daughters Ellen Carlos and Katherine Witt; brother Warren Duryea Jr.; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 104 Niuiki Circle, Nui Peninsula. Donations suggested to Hawaiian Humane Society or Therapy Dogs International, 88 Bartley Road, Flanders, NJ 07836.

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