In Memory of




Obituary for Michael Sadao Higashi

Michael Sadao Higashi, age 46, passed on to be with his Lord in Heaven after struggling a painful battle with cancer. He was a gift; a partner, son, brother, beloved uncle, friend and so much more. Michael wanted nothing else but to make people happy, even while suffering and in so much pain, Michael was such a kind, giving and loving person to all and made sure he took care of the ones he loved. He was truly a blessing and one-of-a-kind who put others first.

One of Michael’s favorite hobbies and pastimes was volleyball. Not only did he enjoy volleyball but pretty much lived and breathed to play the game with his friends. There’s a saying in volleyball “I Got It”, Michael applied that saying in everything he did, especially when it came to his family and friends. If anyone was in need of something; (money, rides, food, compassion or just a friend, etc.); Michael was there; without question; often heard saying “I Got You”!

Michael loved going out to different restaurants; trying different foods; his passion for food extended to his passion for living and being with his friends and family.
Michael was sassy, witty, and compassionate…he enjoyed his job and his co-workers, just as he enjoyed life and always made the most of all he participated in.

Michael is survived by his loving partner, Kody Van Buskirk of 17 years; his mother Audrey Higashi; father, Michael Cambong and his four sisters, Jessica “Jess” Cambonga (Thor), twin sister, Michele “Primo” Cambonga (Tylee); Kuuipo Chinen (Lydel), & Kala’i Cambonga; two nephews, Jeremiah Kea and Mikela Chinen; uncles: Harold Higashi (Rosie), Gene Cambonga (Geri), Freddy Cambonga, Ted “Bay” Bolocano (Mary) and Richard Cambonga (Alvy); his Auntie Elly Asibal (Tommy); his long-time friend Herb Davis (who was like a brother) and last but not least his two loving 4 legged kiddos (Aiden and Emma); along with many cousins, family and friends.

Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sadao and Flora Higashi.

Services to be held Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at Ballard Family Mortuary, 440 Ala Makani St., Kahului, HI 96732. Immediate Family Only from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. with Services commencing at 9:00 a.m. with Bishop Fred Walch III; opening prayer; message; song by Rachel Walch “I’ll Fly Away”; Eulogy by Todd Cambonga and music by Hoka.

There will be a public visitation and walk through at 10:00 a.m. followed with refreshments. A Celebration of Life will also be held in the Pavilions at Kalama Park. Please come share stories and memories in Mikey’s Honor!

Michael…you will always be remembered and never forgotten! You were such a beautiful person and your soul will live on forever by all the many lives you touched.