Thursday, March 19, 1998

Shiro Kashiwa dies at 85;
first to serve as isles'
attorney general

By Harold Morse


Shiro Kashiwa, 85, of Honolulu, Hawaii's first attorney general and later a judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals in the nation's capital, died Friday in St. Francis Hospice.

"Shiro, of course, was a very close friend of mine and one who did a great job as attorney general," said former Gov. William Quinn.

"I appointed him because I needed a good person, and I thought he fit the qualifications very well."

Quinn had worked closely with Kashiwa on a number of things before statehood. "As an attorney general he did a great job," he said.

Kashiwa reviewed the joint operating agreement of the Advertiser and Star-Bulletin that allows the two Honolulu dailies to save costs by combining printing, advertising sales and distribution while keeping ownership, news staffs and editorial policies separate. Kashiwa found no reason to challenge the agreement.

Kashiwa was retired as a judge in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

His legal career included serving as an associate judge on the U.S. Court of Claims and earlier as an assistant attorney general under President Nixon.

Honors he received included the Order of the Sacred Treasure, with gold and silver star, in 1995 from the government of Japan.

That award cited his achievement as the first American of Japanese ancestry to receive presidential appointments to the top positions he held -- and also praised his "good faith effort in adjustments to exclude misinterpretations of law and eliminate misunderstandings between Japan and the United States."

He was named Outstanding Nisei by the Japanese American Citizens League in 1970.

On Jan. 14 of that year, he became the first nisei and the first member of the Hawaii bar to represent the United States before the U.S. Supreme Court, in arguing an eminent domain case.

Later, he said he considered this appearance the highest honor that could be given any lawyer.

Kashiwa was born at Kohala on the Big Island.

He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1936 and practiced law in Honolulu until he became state attorney general. He served in that post during 1959-62, then returned to private practice until his first federal appointment in 1969. He retired as appeals court judge in 1989.

Among his many civic activities, he was 1965-68 president of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

Kashiwa is survived by his wife Mildred, son Gregg, daughter Wendy, brother Genro, sisters Anita Ainge and Judy Kawabata, and two grandchildren.

Services will be private.


° Narcine “Love” Gould, 31, of Honolulu died last Thursday in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by brothers Riley, James and Myves; and sisters Kanani, Novalene and Lei Gould and Jaylene Kaleimamahu. Services: 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Oahu Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers. Call Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii for information.

° Masako Goya, 83, of Honolulu died Tuesday in Kuakini Hospital. She was born in Olaa, Hawaii. She is survived by son Edward; daughters Dorothy Nagamine, Beatrice Goya and Karin Hikichi; brother Noboru “Bob” Nakasone; sisters Sueko Goya, Amy Shiroma and Mildred Uchima, and five grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

° Gilbert N. Ikeda, 75, of Honolulu, a retired Realtor, died March 11 in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughters Denise Ikeda-Hathaway and Loreen S. Ikeda, and grandson Justin A. Ikeda-Hathway. Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

° Ted T. Kimura, 79, of Wahiawa died March 8 in Hale Nani Health Center. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Dorothy T.; sons Steven P. and Ross T.; sister Violet Hirano, and three grandchildren. Private services.

° Clare M. Kuwahara, 82, of Honolulu, also known as Claire M. Kuwahara, who retired as a receptionist at Hilda’s Beauty Shop, died Sunday in St. Francis Hospice. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Roger; daughters Carole Sodetani and Sandra Ishikawa; brothers Hiroto, Tommy and Shoichi Umeda; sisters Hilda Umeda, Betty Yamasaki, Thelma Mitsuyoshi and Phyllis Shibuya, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

° Melvin A. Martin, 86, of Kaneohe, a retired assistant golf professional, died March 11 in Kaneohe. He was born in Ashland, Wis. He is survived by sons Andrew and David, and five grandchildren. Services: 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 11:30 a.m. Private inurnment. Casual attire.

° Eugene Monasch, 53, of Honolulu died March 11. He was born in California. He is survived by wife Ruby; mother Dorothy, and sister Ellice Anderson. Private scattering of ashes.

° June C. Moriyasu, 73, of Aiea died March 8 in Kaiser Hospital. She was born in Seoul, South Korea. She is survived by husband Seichi; daughter Georgia Hanson, and four grandchildren. Private services.

° Nelson G. Nakayama, 40, of Lahaina died March 7 in Maui Memorial Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Allan and Dexter Nakayama and Rodney Kahaloa, and sisters Joanne Louis, Nancy Henerson, Karen Pupuhi, Charmaine Kawauchi, Francine Earle, Garryrene Nakayama and Raynette Matsuoka. Call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 7:30 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Casual attire.

° Steve K. Oyama, 71, of Lawai, Kauai, a retired heavy equipment supervisor with the County of Kauai, died Sunday in Queen’s Hospital. He was born in Hanamaulu, Kauai. He is survived by wife Wilma M.; sons Daryl K. and Ricky N.; brothers Nobuyoshi, Hisayoshi and Tatsuyoshi Oyama and Arthur Fujita, and a granddaughter. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Garden Island Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

° Hilario Q. Pabro, 88, of Hilo, a retired custodian for St. Francis Hospital, died Sunday at home. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by stepdaughters Elizabeth Apuan, Rose Marie Callo and Elsie Correa; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Eucharistic services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Donations suggested to Hospice of Hilo.

° James R. Patterson, 79, of Honolulu, a retired pharmaceutical representative for A.H. Robins Co., died Tuesday. He was born in Pasadena, Calif. He is survived by wife Mary Ann; sons Rod and Jim, and stepfather Henry L. Handy. Graveside services: 11:30 a.m. Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Donations suggested to Hospice Hawaii, 860 Iwilei Road, Honolulu 96817. Call Williams Funeral Services for information.

° John P. Rabago, 76, of Mililani, a retired tractor trailer truck driver with the Pearl Harbor Naval Supply Center, died March 4 in Wahiawa General Hospital. He was born in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. He is survived by son John B. Jr.; daughter Diane Cayetano; brother Henry; sister Rosita Salud, and five grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church, 95-370 Kuahelani Ave. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

° Carol Saiki, 65, of Honolulu died Sunday. She was born in Kahuku. She is survived by husband Hideo; daughters Gwen and Kathy; brothers Kenneth and Robert Kim, and nephew Myles. No flowers. Family requests no customary token of appreciation, but sympathy cards will be appreciated.

° Satomi Sakai, 75, of Hilo, a retired office clerk for Automotive Supplies Center, died March 7 in Queen’s Hospital. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Sodatsu; daughter Lynn Sakai Gushiken; brother Hayato Okino; sister Sally Okubo, and two grandchildren. Private services.

° Frances Scholtz, 78, of Waianae died Friday in St. Francis Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons William Jr. and Donald; daughters Patricia Souza, Sheryl Bermudo, Wanda Rackle and Karen Scholtz; brothers Herbert and George Brooks; sisters Julia Rodrigues, Margaret Montero, Jackie Gephardt and June Scholtz, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

° Lillian Schretenthaler, 66, of Honolulu died Sunday at home. She is survived by sons Pat, Joel and Barth; daughter Annette Pryor; brother Sonny Armstrong, and seven grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. tomorrow at Kilohana United Methodist Church. Call after 5 p.m. Aloha attire.

° Rayce M.A. Scott, infant son of Eric and Raynette Ann Scott, died March 10 in Waianae Comprehensive Health Center. The child is also survived by brothers Zyrsss Tabisola and Erick Scott Jr.; sisters Rachelle and Roxann Scott and Chassity Tabisola, and grandparents Erye and Nancy Scott and Raynaldo and Lucia Aranaydo. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, 85-786 Old Government Road. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

° Irene L.K.K. Tavares, 83, of Waianae died Sunday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by sons Alex Andrade and Wesley Tavares; daughters Winona Stone and Wonder Tavares; sister Caroline Konsako, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Greenhaven Cemetery. Casual attire.

° William M. “Willie” Theodore, 80, of Honolulu, who had retired from the state Department of Education, died Monday at home. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Lucille; stepchildren Julie Victorino, LeRoy Theodore and Leslie Silva; sisters Olivia Martin, Louise Daniel, Violet Theodore and Helen Jones, eight grandchildren and seven great- great-grandchildren. Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Church. Call after 9 a.m. Inurnment will be at a later date in Lihue. Casual attire. No flowers.

° Alice L. Yee, 96, of Kailua died March 7 in Honolulu. She was born in China. She is survived by sons James and Ralph; daughters Mae Kam, Julia Tom, Hilda Young and Jane Yap, 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Private services.

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