The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001077994-01
Funeral Notices


Mary would like people to know how much she enjoyed her days on Earth with her experience of lifelong learning. This began in her childhood home in Kalahao, Kauai where she was lucky enough to be provided with a room full of books, a chemistry set, a recorder on which she played "Whistle while you work" from Disney’s " Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs." The chemistry set blew up once while she and her mother were endeavoring to make soap. Learning continued during WWII when she was sent to live with relatives in Toronto where she discovered what it was like to wear snow boots and an over coat in winter. She went on to college where learning continued in serious mode and subsequently included worklife in Manhattan. For a year she worked in a publishing house, Doubleday, but left to join the Kirkus Service where she reviewed books, from a variety of publishers, where she could give her honest opinion with no need to sell a product.

A first marriage followed. It didn’t work out and she returned to Hawaii where she became a perpetual student at UH Manoa. There she learned more about art, literature, and music. She took a graduate degree In Drama and Theatre, wrote plays and participated in many productions. A standout being in charge of lights for Gerswin’s "Wintergreen for President" with Bette Midler singing "Of Thee I Sing." (We could tell she was going places).

How fortunate too, that she met her future husband of 40 years, Robert Weiner, M.D., on a learning track as well. Robert accompanied Mary in her investigations that now included medicine as well. A fulltime painter by now, Mary also learned in her marriage about the benefits of being a step mother in law, step gramma and even great grandma.

Mary’s relatives from her parent’s sides of the family all lived on the east and west coast sides of the mainland. But they visit every other year, and Mary has always kept in close touch.

Before my cup gets full and runs over with too much good, let me hope that yours gets this full and brings equal satisfaction.

Private Memorial Service Sunday April 8; 5 o’clock.

Contact 808-330-4765 – Carol Green.