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Amy Yonashiro

Amy Masako Yonashiro

Sunday, February 5th, 1928 - Sunday, April 14th, 2019
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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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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Ballard Family Mortuary
    440 Ala Makani Street
    KAHULUI, HI 96732
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 | 5:30pm
    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 5:30pm
    Ballard Family Mortuary
    440 Ala Makani Street
    KAHULUI, HI 96732
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  • Interment

    Maui Memorial Park
    Waiale Road
    WAILUKU, HI 96793
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    Sunday, May 5, 2019 12:30 p.m.


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Chris Bakeman

Posted at 06:28pm
Amy was my Japanese mom, she was kind, and loving to me. I was a white 19 year old girl fresh off the airplane on Maui in 1981. She hired me at the Okazu ya. I was the first white person to work there, and the only one for a while. I learned so much from Amy, she was a smart business woman, kind to everyone, and her humor made every day fun. She was a dedicated, hard worker, and taught me the local ways, which I have lived my entire life with those values. I will miss her presence on this earth. I enjoyed seeing her at Jack's Inn, and the O Bon festivals. She took me to my first O Bon dance, it was in Paia, my son and I attend the festivals every year. When I think of Amy, my heart and soul smile..........thank you Glenn for carrying on her work and kindness.
Chris Bakeman


Posted at 05:19am
My condolences to the family. Continue to let your fond memories of Amy warm your hearts as you await the fulfillment of God’s promise to resurrect our loved ones. John 5:28, 29

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