In Memory of

Paul

Fujishiro

Obituary for Paul Fujishiro

Paul Kamakakēhaumanāli`ili`i Kiyoshi Fujishiro of Wailuku and Ukumehame passed away on January 29, 2022 under the care of Hospice Maui with his family by his side.

Paul was born on November 21, 1930 in Honolulu. He graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 1947. Paul was a combat veteran and was in the Army from 1949 to 1953, and served in the Korean War. He was Honorably discharged as a Corporal. After the war, Paul attended Bradley University in Illinois where he earned his Teaching Degree. After graduation, Paul moved to California and married his longtime pen pal Mary Tanaka.

Paul began his teaching career at William Jarrett Middle School and moved to Kaimuki High School. Wanting to return home, he transferred to Maui High School at Hamakuapoko in 1965, where he lived in the teacher’s cottages. The school relocated to Kahului in 1972 and he taught there until he retired in 1985.

Paul loved hunting, fishing and hiking. In 1975, he and a few of his friends were hunting on Kahoʻolawe illegally. After being discovered, Paul, Charlie Maxwell and others decided it was time to fight the military. The mission was to stop the bombing on Kahoʻolawe and to reclaim this island for the Native Hawaiian People. This was the birth of the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana. He and eight other Native Hawaiians filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy and eventually won their fight. Later on, Paul volunteered and participated in the restoration planning of Kahoʻolawe.

After his retirement, Paul created PMF Farms, a pig farm in Omaopio and Waikapu then moved to Ukumehame. In the early 90’s, he closed his pig farm and reconnected with his love of native plants and formed the Kamakakēhau Cultural Education Foundation to restore, preserve and sustain native Hawaiian plants, heiau, forests, streams, etc. Paul was a proud Kanaka maoli who lived his life as a steward of our `āina and culture. He spent the last several years of his life working to have his foundation set up to help educate native Hawaiians and to care for our kupuna.

Paul was also a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I Kahekili Chapter No. 4, a member of the DLNR State Parks curatorship program, a Maui representative on the OHA Native Hawaiian Historic Preservation Council, Maui representative and director of `Ike `Āina - Native Hawaiian Land Trust, and a Maui mokupuni representative of `Aha `Ula Kūkaniloko.

Paul now joins his beloved wife Mary, his parents, Albert Kaaea and Sakae Fujishiro, brothers Albert and Ralph, and sister Edna.

He’s survived by his son Stanford (Lori), daughters: Paula (Alan) Kobayashi, Lisa (Bruce) Dang-Fujishiro, Luane (Robert) Higuchi, and Liane (Kyle) Seto, grandchildren: Erin Kobayashi, Bradley Sakagawa, Taylor Dang, Lei Stoffel, Stan Fujishiro, Kamaile Fujishiro, Karissa and Karra Higuchi, Ryan and Brady Seto, great grandson Kauilakū Sakagawa, sister Ruth Gonsalves and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului. Visitation: 4:00pm; Services: 5:00pm