The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001320188-01
Funeral Notices


JOANN "JOJO" OGAWA

74, of Honolulu, joined her husband in Heaven on February 12, in time for Valentine’s Day. She graduated from McKinley High School, then left Hawaii to follow her passion, dancing. She is predeceased by husband Michael Durnin, parents Joseph and Yaeko Ogawa and brother Colin. She is survived by sister Sharon (Wayne) Inamine, nephews Malcolm and Marcus Inamine, three grand- nephews, many cousins and extended family.

JoJo was the first Asian American dancer to be successful on Broadway. She performed on Ed Sullivan TV shows numerous times and performed as dancer, choreographer and dance captain in many Broadway shows, including "Nine", "Pippin", "Coco" with Katherine Hepburn and retired from "King and I" with Yul Brynner.

After her retirement as a dancer, she worked in several businesses including Pfizer Pharmaceutical. JoJo was also a talented portrait painter. She loved painting people’s faces, especially children of friends and family. She did not sell any of her paintings but gave them away.

She worked in New York and California for many years and returned to Hawaii two years ago.

Funeral and inurnment services at Hosoi Mortuary and Oahu Cemetery will be private. Services will be live streamed April 10, 2021 at 1:00 at https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=1613647731101455

Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary