The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001081625-01
Funeral Notices


– John Michalski Longtime resident of Honolulu and retired Professor of Communications at University of Hawaii –
– Born in Czernowitz October 13, 1934 –
– Died February 12, 2018 –

John Michalski was the son of Walter and Mary Michalski. During the second World War, John’s family was separated when John’s father was imprisoned in the Neuengamme concentration camp for being a member of the underground resistance. John’s father survived the Cap Arcona maritime disaster and the family immigrated to America in 1949.

John graduated from high school at 16 and a obtained Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Toledo at 18 years old. He then went to Northwestern University as a Teaching Assistant where most of the students were older than him. John was good natured and possessed a great sense of humor. He also had an incredible ability to communicate, with a strong sense of direction and always knew what he wanted. John moved to Hawaii in 1963 and married his wife Marlene (predeceased) in 1964. John was very social and frequently hosted events for prominent guests at his home in Honolulu. He was a Professor of Communications at the University of Hawaii until retirement in 2001.

John was an avid world traveler and the International Travel News awarded him the coveted “ITN 100 Nations Award” in recognition of having traveled to at least 100 independent nations. John was also a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club for 55 years, where he was captain of the tennis team.

John was unique a man both simple and complex, simultaneously gregarious and private, always available but never intrusive. He has been something different for each of us, husband, mentor, leader, friend and … a tease. He always believed it was what he should be for us at that point in time and he seldom missed the target.

John is survived by his sister Adele and her husband Dwayne, nephew Mark, niece Marla, her husband Adrian and their children: Dominik, Elise, Antony and Noelle.

Johnny, dearest brother and uncle. You are loved, respected and not alone on your journey home. We pray for an outpouring of graces, blessings and gifts. Your entire family is weeping and mourning in prayer and solidarity. We love you.