The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001048891-01
Funeral Notices

TAMAE FUJII A nurse and homemaker, died October 10, 2017 at Arcadia Retirement Residence. She was 97. Born January 20, 1920 in Ola’a, Hawai’i to parents Taichi Takaue and Haru Morimitsu Takaue, she attended Hilo High School before moving to O’ahu, where she graduated from The Queen’s Hospital School of Nursing. While working at Queen’s, she met a young eligible physician, Takeo "Toots" Fujii. Despite his wish for her to stay in Honolulu, she could not pass on the opportunity to pursue postgraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. However, in the end, Toots’s persistent letter writing convinced her to abandon her studies to be with him. Returning to Honolulu, she married Toots, assisted him in his growing private practice, and began raising a family in Manoa. Family and friends remember Tamae for her active life, including making ceramics, traveling, line and ballroom dancing, swimming, cooking, and baking. She was known for her Spam musubi, custard and lilikoi chiffon pies, Toots’s favorites. She was a member of Kuakini Auxiliary and Central Union Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Takeo Fujii, a sister, Hisako Hirai, and a brother, Yuji Takaue. She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Chun (Richard) and Muriel Fujii, and a son Gregg Fujii (Tracey). She is also survived by three grandchildren, Emily and Erin Chun, and Thomas Amano, as well as two nieces, Gene Uno and Carol Paik. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC