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Long-time Y's Man Passes

Harold Kuwahara

Harold Kuwahara, who first became a Hawaii Y's Man 54 years ago, died January 13 in Kuakini Medical Center at age 88. Harold, an Army veteran seen here in his colonel's uniform, was an active member since the late 1960s of what is now the Nuuanu Y's Men and Women's Club but Hilo-born Harold got his start in Y'sdom when he joined the Hilo Y's Men's Club in 1962. In 1966 his job took him to Maui where he joined the Maui Y's Men's Club and he was a member there until 1968 when he was transferred to Oahu. Once in Honolulu he joined the Nuuanu Y's Men and remained a member there ever since.
In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Red Triangle Award by the Hawaii Region of Y Service Clubs International and the Nuuanu club's proposal for his award tells his story.
He was a visionary. He recommended that the club service the seniors and the result was Nuuanu's annual Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors, which had its 44th anniversary in 2016. The club needed a fund-raising project and it was Harold who proposed the annual barbecue chicken sale, now coming up to its 43rd year.
In his efforts to perpetuate Y'sdom, he sponsored new members, just one being a young Albert Lee who went on to become club president and later Metro District Governor. He has served as club president, attended many Metro District and Hawaii Region meetings and was elected Regional Director, Hawaii, in 1976. Here's what the Red Triangle citation in 2014 said about his service and his unselfish sharing of his talents and business contacts:
"Harold is currently a care giver by giving his time to picking up seniors and taking them to doctors' appointments and shopping. With his business contacts (he was a long-time employee of Central Pacific Bank) he was able to have them do a significant contribution in in the reflooring of the Nuuanu YMCA teen center. Further, another business contact made a monetary contribution to have the numerous windows tinted in the teen center."
Harold was always seen busy at the Nuuanu club's chicken sale and annual bread and book sale, most often helping to manage the cash.
He was a family man and the family information, along with memorial service details, is in this obituary notice published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: