Passing of Katsumi Yamada sensei

The Hawaii Kendo Federation is saddened to announce the passing of Mr. Katsumi Yamada.  He was a former HKF Board of Director, Kenshikan chief instructor and avid supporter of the advancement of Kendo in Hawaii.  He will be extremely missed by all of those who were fortunately to have met and done keiko with him.

For those who would like to pay respects to the Yamada family, the information is as follows:  

Funeral service will take place at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary on Sunday November 26, 2017. Visitation is at 2 pm and service will start at 3 pm. 

A statement by Mr. Jack Yamada (Katsumi Yamada's son),

"Katsumi Yamada, former Kenshikan Kendo Club chief instructor has peacefully passed away on October 18th 2017 at Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Okinawa, Japan on August 2nd 1947.  He moved to Oahu during his teenage years and graduated from McKinley high school.  After  graduation he attended a business collage while helping his father run a Moyashi company. He was drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam war from 1971 to 1974.  After serving 3 years in the US Army he started a transportation company called Caravan Island Tours with his father from 1974 till 1998. After closing his company, he started working as a funeral director at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.  He was a fair and loyal individual who was respected by many people around him. He enjoyed watching kendo tournaments, keiko, spending time with his grand daughter and most of all drinking sake. The Yamada family would like to thank everyone for being a great friend to Katsumi."


Picture courtesy of the Yamada family