The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001123659-01
Funeral Notices


January 30, 1955 – August 4, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gay Wong must announce her passing from a sudden heart attack on August 4th. She passed away peacefully doing one of her favorite things – having a wonderful dinner in the company of good friends.

She was the beloved significant other of Bennett Hymer for thirty-five years, “mother” of her two canine kids, Daisy and Lucy, as well as a special friend to Jeff Lee and Brenda Wong.

Gay quickly bonded with people and gathered many close friends during her life.

At the time of her passing, she was both Director of Sales and Director of Special Projects for Mutual Publishing where she began working in 1985. She was instrumental in developing Mutual’s cookbook genre. Anyone who knew Gay quickly learned of her passion for food and cooking. She also served as a Commissioner to the City and County of Honolulu Commission on Culture and the Arts since 2015.

Gay was a graduate of McKinley High School and attended the University of Hawai’i.

She is survived by: parents Thomas and Setsuko Wong; siblings: Michael Wong, Linda Miller,
Garrett Wong, Darlene Nakasone, and Janice Akioka; nieces and nephews: Trevor, Ashley, Ernest, Kamiko, Tyson, Natasha, and Kamea.

For more information about Gay,
visit, email, or call 808-375-9102.

~ Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date. ~