WASHINGTON — Rep. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement July 15 on the passing of former Hawaii Island mayor Herbert Matayoshi:
“Mayor Matayoshi, or Herb, as many of us fondly called him, will be remembered as a man of integrity with a deep commitment to public service. He and his wife, Mary, both led by example in helping to improve the lives of Hawaii’s people. This commitment to service lives on in their children, all of whom help lead today’s Hawaii.
“Herb’s passing is a great loss for the people of Hawaii Island and the entire state. My deepest condolences to Mary, Kathy, Jerry, Ron, Eric and the Matayoshi ohana (family).”
Matayoshi, who died on July 12 at the age of 82, was Hawaii County’s longest-serving mayor (1974-1984). He resigned to run for State Senate. Previously, he served on the Hawaii County Board of Supervisors.
He is survived his wife, four children, 11 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, a brother and a sister. His daughter, Kathryn, is superintendent of the Hawaii State Department of Education.
Services will be held July 26 at Borthwick Mortuary in Honolulu.