Mo'ili'ili Cemetary

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We are proud to announce that the Mo’ili’ili Japanese Cemetery Gateway Enhancement Project, by Laura Ruby and Harriet Natsuyama, has won the July Awesome Foundation Oahu Grant! 

Mo’ili’ili Japanese Cemetery is a very active cemetery in the University Avenue-King Street-Kapiolani Blvd. triangular area, situated just outside the makai driveway entrance of Kuhio Elementary School. Even after more than 100 hundred years, its presence is felt by all in the area. Many local residents have memorials of their family members, which they visit frequently, especially on Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Obon.

However, this historical cemetery is bounded on the mauka side by a shabby chain-link fence connected to two crooked lava-rock pillars on each side of the driveway. The gateway is a sorry sight and is in great need of improvement.

Laura and Harriet proposed a new gateway entrance. They will brace the existing lava-rock pillars. On each side they will build a low lava-rock and concrete wall to replace the chain-link fence. They have let us know that no City and County building permit will be necessary. They will have permission from the president of Hosoi Mortuary, the overseer of the Japanese Cemetery Association/Moiliili Japanese Cemetery.

We were also informed that a team of dedicated Mo’ili’ili community volunteers have edited and published with community participation the award-winning book, Mo’ili’ili – The Life of a Community. They have a Mo’ili’ili Japanese Cemetery website documenting all the memorial stones and family data in the cemetery.

Laura Ruby has lived in Mo’ili’ili for over 32 years. Harriet Natsuyama was born and raised in Mo’ili’ili.

We are excited to see the new Mo’ili’ili Japanese Cemetery Gateway Enhancement!  

Congratulations again to Laura and Harriet!!  We think this is an Awesome Project!