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Former Mayor Herbert Matayoshi passes away Monday (July 11)

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Herbert T. Matayoshi

Herbert T. Matayoshi

Former Hawaii County Mayor Herbert Tatsuo Matayoshi, 82 passed away on July 11, 2011 at Straub Clinic & Hospital. Matayoshi was born on November 21, 1928 in Hilo. He was first elected as a supervisor to the County of Hawaii in 1962, and continued as a county councilman from 1968 until he was elected as Mayor. He was the Mayor of Hawaii County from 1974 through 1984 when he resigned for an unsuccessful bid for a Hawaii State Senate seat. Matayoshi was Hawaii County’s longest serving mayor with a decade of service.

Matayoshi graduated from Hilo High School in 1946, the University of Michigan in 1950, did graduate studies at Temple University and received an MBA from the University of Hawaii.

He is survived by wife, Mary Y. Matayoshi; sons, Jerold (Paula Devens), Ronald (Coralie) and Eric (Aleza); daughter, Kathryn (Tod Tanaka); brother, James Matayoshi; sister, Edith (Tetsuo) Harano; 11 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Services are being held at:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Borthwick Mortuary in Honolulu

Visitation: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Memorial Service: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: The Herbert & Mary Matayoshi Scholarship Fund. Aloha/casual attire.

Borthwick Mortuary
1330 Maunakea Street, Honolulu Oahu, HI 96817
(808) 522-5200

Monday, August 15, 2011
Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo

Visitation: 2:30pm – 6:00pm
Memorial Service 4:00pm – 5:00pm
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: The Herbert & Mary Matayoshi Scholarship Fund. Aloha/casual attire.

Church of the Holy Cross
440 West Lanikaula St., Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-1283

Mayor Billy Kenoi’s Statement on the Passing of former Mayor Herbert Matayoshi

(Hilo, Hawai’i) “Mayor Herbert Matayoshi was a community leader who possessed great intelligence, unquestionable integrity and treated everyone with aloha. As a former Hawai‘i County Councilman and mayor, he was a big supporter of Downtown Hilo and instrumental in creating significant public facilities. He put the County’s full support and financial resources into identifying and creating crucial community services including the popular Elderly Activities Division which continues to provide vital nutritional, transportation and recreational services to our island kupuna.

Having served as Mayor for 10 plus years, he left a legacy of fiscal responsibility and true compassion for all the people of Hawai’i County and was greatly admired for his unwavering dedication to his wife Mary and their 5 children. We are grateful for the many contributions of Mayor Matayoshi to our community.”

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