The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001056298-01
Funeral Notices

MAURICE SADAO FUJIE Beloved husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, friend, teacher, artist, East Honolulu Clothing Co. partner, graphic designer, photographer, Kaimana beach crew organizer, golfer, softball player, retired Kaiser teacher and UH fan, passed away on November 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving wife Andrea; mother Ella; mother-in-law Inge; sisters Iris & Christine; brothers Clayton & Richard, and many other loved ones. Maurice (also known to many as Mo) was born and raised on the Big Island in Wainaku where he attended Hilo Union Elementary, Hilo Intermediate and Hilo High School (Class of 65). He attended UH Hilo and went on to graduate from UH at Manoa with a bachelors and masters degree in fine arts along with teaching credentials. He began his teaching career at Kalakaua Intermediate and spent over 30 years at Kaiser High School as an art and photography teacher and even returned as a substitute in his retirement. Mo loved sports, especially UH sports. He was the ultimate UH football, basketball, and baseball fan. He held football season tickets since the opening of Aloha Stadium. If the Bows were in town, he’d be tailgating and sitting through every football game until the final second even if it was a blowout. He was also a proud supporter of UH baseball since the Sheridan days and held season tickets to the basketball games. Mo played softball for many years at Koko Head park and you would find him on the golf course every Saturday and Sunday, walking 18 holes usually at Moanalua Golf Course in the early morning. Although Mo enjoyed being a bachelor for 40 yers (during which he founded the "Kaimana Beach Country Club"), his life changed when he met Andrea. Andrea made Mo’s life complete. Together they ran East Honolulu Clothing Company in Waimanalo, attended many craft fairs and traveled around the world. Andrea was Mo’s best friend and Mo, Andrea’s. They never left each other without a hug and a kiss. Mo was also an avid gardener, like his mother, Ella. Family, friends, colleagues, patrons and strangers enjoyed his bounty of aloha that included tangerines, bay leaves, mint, and jokes. He was all about bringing people together and sharing. A celebration of Maurice’s life will be held on January 2nd, 2018, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. 4:30 p.m. visitation; service at 6pm. Aloha Attire requested. Go Bows, Go Mo! Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary