The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001242890-01
Funeral Notices


93, of Honolulu, passed away on October 20, 2019. She was born in Spreckelsville, Maui, youngest of five children to Toyokuma and Tokiyo Yoshizawa. Sumi outlived her siblings Toshio, Hiroshi, Tamie “Janyce,” and Etsuro “Ted” and is survived by 3 nephews, 2 nieces, and eight grandnieces and grandnephews.

She studied at the University of Hawaii and Teacher’s College at Columbia University, earning a Master’s of Arts degree in Student Personnel Administration. She spent her early years working for several federal agencies in Washington D.C. where she met and married Henry Makey.

Makey returned to Hawaii and joined the East-West Center in 1964 and was named Dean of Student Affairs and Open Grants in 1979 before retiring in 1988. She loved working with students and felt she gained much from that experience.

In retirement, Makey served on various alumni committees including the Center’s Arts Ohana, created an endowment for female program participants from Southeast Asia, enjoyed symphony and theater, and treasured a collection of her favorite books.

A celebration of Makey’s life is scheduled for 2 p.m., November 3 at Kahala Nui retirement home’s Diamond Head room.