The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001234634-01
Funeral Notices


November 20, 1959 ~ September 1, 2019

Joe was one of God’s rarest creatures. Known for his intense blue eyes, he was a man who lived for today without restraint, he lived by the philosophies of, "Try everything at least once. Never give in to convention. Do the unexpected."

Joe’s love of fast thrills lead him to adventures including cliff diving, surfing the biggest waves he could find, riding motorcycles, and driving cars at high speeds. His innate talents and sense of adventure were always on full display for the world to see.
Joe’s gift for getting out of tough situations is what carried him throughout his entire life as an unstoppable force of the human experience without limit.
Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, he lived out his gift every day wherever his adventures took him. Joe never backed down from a challenge. After saving a friends life Joe received the Mayor’s commendation when he was 12 years old which had a significant impact on him. Joe decided at that time that he wanted to be an HPD motorcycle Policeman.
Joe was accepted by the Honolulu Police Department after his graduation from Radford High School. He quickly distinguished himself while on the Police force as the first to help another officer.
This attitude of selflessness earned him the moniker of "Little Rocky". His Police career was cut short after being shot on duty assisting another officer.
While living in Japan, Joe taught himself to speak fluent Japanese and accepted a position of designing nightclubs in several foreign cities. It was during this time that Joe met and fell in love with his wife Mariko. Mariko and Joe raised their two sons Travis and Sean in Japan until, after many trips home, they decided to move back to Hawaii.
Even in the years following their divorce, Joe did his best to remain his children’s lives. He is survived by his ex-wife Mariko, and his sons, Sean Urbanski and Travis Urbanski; his sister Melanie Graw, her husband Bob; brothers, Tom Urbanski and Michael Urbanski and his wife Melanie and nieces: Katie Griffin, Tori Graw McKeever, Mary Graw and Mimi Urbanski.
In Joe’s last weeks he was provided comfort and love by two of his lifelong friends. Paul Smith and Mark Plank were also centers of strength for the surviving family. The two men provided love and compassion to Joe when he needed it most and it was hardest to give.
With Love and Aloha, we know that Joe is riding through the gates of Heaven on a Harley Davidson, welcomed home by God as he arrives at his greatest adventure.

Aloha Bruddah Joe!