Amy Masako Yonashiro “Machan”, 91, of Kahului, Maui, passed away on April 14, 2019. A memorial service will be held at Ballard's Mortuary on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Visitation starts at 4pm with a service starting at 5:30pm. Burial will be held on Sunday May 5, 2019 at 12;30pm. at Maui Memorial Park Cemetery in Wailuku. Machan was predeceased by her husband, Jack; and son, Gary. And brothers Norman Nakamura-Kenji Nakamura-Hiroshi Kobashigawa-Yoshio Kobashigawa-Jimmy Maeda-Tommy Maeda. Sisters Fumiko Asato-Shizue Oshiro-Carol Mae Heya. She is survived by her son, Glenn (Myong) Yonashiro; siblings, brothers George Nakamura-Kenneth Nakamura Sisters Annette Omuro-Betty Sakae-Merle Tokunaga ; grandchildren, Jordan Yonashiro and Brandon Yonashiro; special friend Nobu Kiyan and numerous nieces and nephews. Machan was born Feb 5 1928 to Yeiso Nakamura and Helen Chieko Matsushita in Paia, Maui and graduated from St. Anthony High School. "Ma" lived a full and busy life and worked very hard. She owned and operated Wimpy's Corner in Paia many years ago. After that she worked at Gate 21 Restaurant at the airport where she met many people who would become her friends for life. She then went on to open Machan's Okazu-ya which would later expand to the very popular Machan's Restaurant at Kaahumanu Shopping Center. She then moved on to Dairy Road and also opened Jack's Inn on Alamaha Street which is still in operation today. Machan's passion was cooking but she also really loved baseball and would attend almost every game her sons and two grandsons played. She also organized numerous fundraisers, from karaoke contests to donating and sponsoring various sports teams which included Machans Flyers. Ma was a very special person who was generous, caring, and loving and one who would give whatever was needed. Ma was a compassionate person with a great love for her large extended family and friends. She was well loved by many and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Big mahalos and aloha to all past and present Machans and Jacks Inn employees and customers who were such a huge part of her life. Special thanks goes out to Hale Makua nurses and staff. Grateful thanks to Nobu Kiyan. Loving thanks to Aunty Annette Omuro, Charlene Yamashiro, Linda Hudnall, and to everybody who went to visit her. Thank you very much.
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