A reflection by Neil Yamamoto reposted from social media
“The kids are counting on us…”-Richard Minatoya
It is with a heavy heart, that I write this post. Yesterday afternoon, I received word that my friend, and fellow Kiwanian, Richard Minatoya passed away. Richard was a champion for children, and though he would never seek the limelight for himself, Richard worked tirelessly for many years to ensure that the Children of Hawaii, and ultimately the world would be happy, healthy, safe and loved. I remember Richard as a laid-back guy, with an almost aloof nature, and I never heard him raise his voice above an authoritative “nuff already” but that laid back nature belied a quiet intensity, that was proven to me time and again in his work as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Maui County, his work with the Maui 442nd Veterans Club, and of course, via his work with Kiwanis.
I also write this post with a grateful heart. Grateful that I knew Richard He is the reason that I became a Lieutenant Governor, and Foundation Ambassador for Kiwanis. I am grateful always to Richard for his friendship, and his devotion to the kids.
Yes, Richard, the kids ARE counting on us, and we’ll hold your legacy high. Thank you for everything, my friend. I will miss you, and remember you in everything we do as Kiwanians for the kids.