Moriaki Nakashima, 91. Aki was born in Kalepolepo Kihei, Maui. Son of Morihei and Ika Nakashima. One of eight children they had fun and worked hard like other families of the depression era.
He was a veteran of WWII. Later he married Sumiko Tanizaki and had two children, Aric and Myles. Aki worked at a plantation store for a dollar a day, after the war he worked at Kahului Railroad as a welder then as a mechanic fixing locomotives, then worked at the truck department when the KRR closed. He later transferred to his last job on the tugboat Joe Sevier at Kahului Harbor.
Aki studied for the Coast Guard exam to become a First Mate on the tugboat Joe Sevier under Captain Billings.
For 40 years while working for the railroad Aki helped the Tanizaki Store which later became the Pukalani Superette.
He retired as the President and Chairman of Tanizaki Ltd. While living in Pukalani, he loved gardening, working on the house, pouring concrete, talking to the neighbors and working on the store trucks.
Aki loved life his family, friends and neighbors in Pukalani, he will miss them and we will miss Aki.
Visitation will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Makawao Hongwanji Mission, services will begin at 10 a.m.
Condolences may be sent to: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com