Kaoru Higaki, 81, of Hilo died Feb. 18, 2013, at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born Feb. 10, 1932, in Pepeekeo, he was a retired civil engineer employed by the state Department of Accounting and General Services and member of Hilo Coast United Church of Christ, South Panaewa Kumiai, American Society of Civil Engineers and former director of Hawaii Island Community Development Corp.
Friends may call at 1:30 p.m. March 2 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 3 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers.
He is survived by wife, Carrie Higaki of Hilo; sons, Galen (Michelle) Mizuguchi, Regan (Christie) Mizuguchi, Russell (Gizelle) Mizuguchi and Darryl Mizuguchi, all of Hilo; brothers, Hiroshi (Jean) Higaki and Shiro (Jane) Higaki, both of Aiea, Oahu; sisters, Jane (Masatoshi) Matsubara of Kaneohe, Oahu, Bettie Kakemoto of Wahiawa, Oahu, Aileen Keliikuloa, Michiko Higaki and Esther Higaki, all of Honolulu; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.