Hiroshi Arisumi, 98

Hiroshi Arisumi, 98, of Kula, passed away on March 8, 2019, peacefully and surrounded by his family.

He was a veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and was passionate about continuing its legacy with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. In 1952, he co-founded Arisumi Brothers, Inc. In the early 1960’s, he bought his place in Kula and moved there full time in 1965.  His passion to experiment with farming resulted in delicious persimmons and other produce and flowers to share with family and friends.  After retiring from Arisumi Brothers, he devoted his time to farming and to helping a number of nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.  

He is lovingly survived by his children:  Lloyd (Pauline) Arisumi, June (Raymond, deceased) Yamamoto, Adele Sumida (David Nakamura).  Grandchildren:  Sanford (Lilin) Arisumi, Nikki (Dan) Hsiung, Ross (Jayna) Yamamoto, Jaclyn (Cy) Fukagawa, Rick Yamamoto, Randy Yamamoto (Lyu Burdette), Dr. Andrew Sumida.  Great grandchildren:  Alima Arisumi, Kamea Hsiung, Takuma Hsiung, Jaeda Yamamoto, Eliana Fukagawa, Rikio Yamamoto.  Siblings:  John (Thelma, deceased) Arisumi, Mitsuo (Eleanor) Arisumi, Helen (Fred) Yamashige, Tokie (Sachio, deceased) Taira, Tady (Sandra) Arisumi, Toshio “Jopa”(Yong) Arisumi, brother-in-law Ronald Fukami, numerous nieces and nephews.  Mr. Arisumi was also predeceased by his parents:  Aikichi & Masu Murata Arisumi; by his wives:  Edna Arisumi (mother of his children); Sue Arisumi; and by his siblings: Satoji “Butch” (Ann) Arisumi, Masato (Ethel) Arisumi, Maisie Fukami. 

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, April 6, at Pukalani Baptist Church, with visitation to start at 8:30 a.m. and service at 10:30 a.m.  Overflow parking is available at King Kekaulike High School. Please use the Lower Kula Highway entrance. Shuttle service, beginning at the school’s flag pole area, will be provided to and from Pukalani Baptist Church from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burial will be held on Monday, April 8, at Makawao Veterans Cemetary Pavillion at 1 p.m.  

The family kindly requests no koden please.  Monetary contributions in memory of Hiroshi Arisumi may be made to the following 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations:

Nisei Veterans

Memorial Center 

P. O. Box 216

Kahului, Hawaii 96733-6716



Maui’s Son & Daughters of the Nisei Veterans

P. O. Box 882

Wailuku, HI 96793

Online condolences: www.nakamuramortuary.com