The Garden Island
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Funeral Notices

HERBERT HERB YAU HOY CHINN September 26, 2017 Dr. Herbert Y. H. Chinn, 97, of Honolulu, a renowned physician, passed peacefully in his sleep on September 26, 2017, in Honolulu. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Una Chuh Chinn; sons Dr. Herbert K. W. (Vivian) Chinn, Dr. Stephen K. B. (Gwen) Chinn, Hon. Eric K. H. (Hon. Lisa Chin) Chinn; daughters Dr. Patricia L. Chinn, Barbara C. (Fred) Lau, Wendy C. (Blake) Vance; brother Dr. Kenneth Y. T. (Lillian) Chinn; and nine grandchildren. Herbert Y. H. Chinn graduated from St. Louis High School, Western Reserve University [nka Case Western Reserve University], and Boston University School of Medicine. After completing his residency at Kings County Hospital in New York City, Dr. Chinn returned home where he established himself as a pioneer of modern medicine in the state. Dr. Chinn led the development of hemodialysis and transplant medicine in Hawaii with the creation of the kidney dialysis and kidney transplant programs at St. Francis Hospital. As President of the Hawaii Medical Association, Dr. Chinn obtained federal funding to develop Hawaii’s Emergency Medical Technician program. As Chairman of Hawaii’s Emergency Medical Services program, Dr. Chinn ensured "911" was expanded throughout the state. Dr. Chinn was a driving force in establishing the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. In addition to his many professional contributions, Herb was a dedicated, loving husband, father, and (with six children to feed) an excellent cook. For years at Thanksgiving, Herb was known to prepare the most delicious, kiawe-smoked turkeys and chickens in his homemade 55-gallon drum smoker. Herb would awaken at 3 am and, by mid-afternoon, deliver 20-25 smoked chickens and turkeys to share with relatives and friends. Herb and Una were innovative in their culinary creations which included using Una’s secret, family-tested marinade that Herb would inject into chicken thighs long before the use of kitchen syringes became fashionable. Herb was an avid and proud home gardener and farmer who delighted in sharing his sweet, juicy tangerines, longan, pomelo, starfruit, and flowers, as well as tilapia raised in his fish pond. He shared his New Year crab claw narcissus which he carved with surgical precision. As active with his family as with his medical career, Herb created lasting memories of weekend crabbing and fishing trips in Kaneohe, swimming and barbeques in Waimanalo, making "assembly line" lau lau at home with his children, attending midnight mass with the family followed by a potful of takeout won ton mein for his ohana to enjoy at home, and countless family gatherings in his and Una’s home. Traveling together from the Great Wall to the pyramids in Egypt and beyond, Herb swept Una around the world. Truly a model, loving husband and caring father, Herb is in our hearts forever. Community Recognition: 1966 Father of the Year in Medicine-Hawaii; 1988 United Chinese Society Model Chinese Father of the Year; 2003 Hawaii Medical Association Physician of the Year. Offices and Commissions: President, Honolulu County Medical Society; President, Hawaii Medical Association; (sole) Hawaii delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates for 12 years; Founding Member and President, Hawaii Urological Society; President, St. Francis Hospital Staff; Chief of Urology, St. Francis Hospital; Chairman, Executive Board of EMCRO (forerunner of Medicare PRO); Chairman, Executive Committee of the University of Hawaii School of Medicine; Chairman, Executive Committee of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii; Vice Chair, Tripler Urology Program; Consultant, Tripler Army General Hospital; Consultant, Maui Memorial Hospital; Captain, Army of the United States. Civic Associations: See Dai Doo Society (President); Lin Yee Chung Association (President); other organizations. October 28th Nuuanu Memorial Park: visitation 10:00 a.m.; services 11:00 a.m.; private burial 12:45 p.m. Casual, aloha attire. Arrangements Provided By: NUUANU MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY LLC