In Memory

Gary Aoki - Class Of 1964

Gary Francis Aoki, 66, of Poipu, Kauai died peacefully on September 30, 2011 in Lihue, Hawaii, after an eight year battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. He will be missed by his wife Kymry, stepsons Ashton and Ryan Perez, his daughters Danielle (Ian) Lin of Des Moines, IA, Chelsea (Scott) Hermodson of Blaine, MN, seven grandkids, sister Janice Sawada, brother Earl (Susan) Aoki, nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Taffy. He was predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Fumiko Aoki and brother Lowell Aoki.

Gary was born on March 16, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii and lived every day like it was his last. “Go for broke” would describe it best. He could fix anything and made a mean margarita! He worked many years for Wardair and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, most recently at the Sheraton Poipu. Gary enjoyed retirement and hanging out with friends, especially his BFF Paulie. He loved golfing with his buddies each week. Good food, good drink, and great friends were all he needed to be happy. He taught people how to have fun. He was always smiling and telling stories. Even while undergoing treatment for his Hodgkins, he never complained and was always fun to be around. He was an avid UH Warrior fan!

A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, October 8th at 5:00pm at Joe’s on the Green in Poipu; UH attire preferred. A private burial followed at a later date.

The following was submitted by his friend, Bob Grummel:
Gary Aoki has passed away but he will always be with me for the rest of my days. His time with us was way too short but the memories of our times with Gary and his beautiful wife Kymry will last forever in our hearts and minds. I know that someday our tears and sad hearts will change to smiles as we recall the wonderful times Gary gave us. He was our best friend. Gary had natural charisma. Everyone that met Gary liked him and remembered him. His smile was infectious and ever present. He was warm, kind and had a good heart. He loved people. Gary had a great sense of humor and could always brighten up your day and make you laugh. Gary and Kymry were a joy to be with. We traveled to Kauai to see Gary and Kymry and they visited us on Maui and at our home here in Colorado. We cruised with them and visited Caribbean islands with them. We met in Las Vegas many times. There were no better times in our life than being around Gary and Kymry. Someone asked me to describe Gary. Since Gary loved Las Vegas, how would I describe Gary? He was “Aces.” - Bob Grummel

I'm deeply saddened by this news. Not only does it evoke sadness for the circumstances of a friend and his family, but also reminds us of others we have lost. My prayer for Gary, Kymry and their family. -- Regards, John Shine

You may send your condolances to
Mrs. Gary Aoki,
1649 Kelaukia Street,
Koloa, HI 96756
(808) 651-2979