OBITUARY

Henry Maruyama

March 22, 1958February 9, 2019

Henry Maruyama was born on March 22, 1958 and passed away on February 9, 2019.

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Henry Maruyama

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Renee (Pua) Huffine

February 13, 2019

There has been a great disturbance in The Force.

Our sweet, funny friend Henry, uncle to my children, godfather and best bud to my son, friend to my husband since 3rd grade, has left this earth.

A constant source of laughter, always smiling, always ready for some fine scotch, a cigar, and some deep conversation, is no more. Our world is forever changed. Our hearts are broken.

As we move through these days of grief and share our stories of our beloved friend, tears come as we relay account after account, decade after decade. But there is one defining constant that we have found comfort in; the laughter. If there was one thing that you could always count on from Henry it was a big, wide smile, some giggles and guffaws, and his ever-present willingness to go above and beyond to get a grin on a forlorn countenance. Everything with Hank was a very easy groove. No pretense, no fakery, just genuine affection. The one thing our family has completely agreed upon as we remember him is that he was just so easy, so very easy to love. We find ourselves saying things like; "Henry would love this." or "Hank would totally be in on that." As it was with Henry, the stories, the laughter, the joys, all come naturally.

It will take some time to wrap our heads and hearts around the thought that he is not at the end of a phone line, or will not be there for another round of golf, or share a libation or two as we have an Inklings inspired spirited debate or conversation. I imagine those same thoughts are being shared among those who shared these things with Henry too.

For Susie, Mike, Evan and Colin; my Tutu used to share an old Hawaiian saying that resonates with me and brings me comfort. "The fragrance of the blossom lasts long after the bloom has closed." May Henry's memory and the many memories of those who loved him be a comfort to you as you move through this time. Peace to your hearts.

Henry John; Me kealoha pumehana, dear dear friend. Malama pono, a hui ho.

Karl Okada

February 13, 2019

If you had asked me why Henry had left us so soon, I’d honestly admit that I don’t know and do not understand why. If God is a loving God, then Why?

I recalled some moments with him, although brief, but memorable. His infectious Smile. No matter what the occasion was he made you smile back. And there was his always positive and encouraging attitude. Eyes and eyebrows wide, his words to you were always upbeat and carried a tone of eagerness and caring. I remembered watching his hands when he was passionate about something, fingers and palms outstretched on both hands as if containment of his joy and intellect somehow emanated and overflowed from them. And I remember his empathy. His posture and cast changing as if he carried the weight of his friends on his shoulders. And then I thought, God is also a jealous God...

And then I understood why.

Henry will be missed, but I can’t wait to see him in Heaven, Smiling...

Mark Podolak

February 12, 2019

How fitting that the last images on my phone are of Hank as the sun literally set on our last round of golf, and that my last memories of him are a round of golf with he and life long friend Ron Okada.

A day filled with errand tee shots and good-natured ribbing from which no one was immune, and while I couldn't be sure of where my next tee shot was heading I could count on the next 4 hours being filled with love & Fellowship.

The other thing I could count on is that Hank would end this day, the way ended every day we spent together; with the warmest of handshakes, the biggest of smiles, and a heartfelt "That Was Great!”.

I don't think Henry himself could have scripted out a more perfect end to 44 years of friendship.

I already miss you my friend.

Michael Weishaar

February 12, 2019

Henry, we spent most of our time together on the golf courses of Orange County. A blessed place to be and spend time bonding . I think you were to young to pass, but what do I know. The Lord Jesus had better plans for you and took you home to be in heaven. I remember your laugh and big smiles. I am grateful to have known you.

Finally, I Love that photo of you, me and Cory! It brought tears to my eyes.

Cory Rikard

February 11, 2019

Henry was that one gentleman who lit up a room, even when it was empty. For Henry, everyday was Christmas morning, and his excitement and enthusiasm for life was infectious. He loved the Lord, and everyone around him, and I'm a better man for having known him. I will see you soon, my brother, and keep the greens trimmed for me!

Trevor Roberts

February 10, 2019

Thank you, Henry. You were always so generous with your time, even when I was in my first week in law school and you were studying for the bar. You were so down to earth and humble, but don't think for a minute that you ever fooled me - I know you were one of the smartest men I ever met. I think you just felt it was more important to help and encourage others than to boast about yourself. Maybe that's why God worked things out the way He did, so that you ended up spending more time with us at Trinity than you had originally planned. I am so glad you got to share your knowledge and experience - and your blessed smile - to so many students over the years. I will miss you in this life my friend - especially our late-night conversations about the law and photography - but I look forward to seeing you in the next. May the Lord embrace you, and may He bless your family with a comfort and peace that this world cannot understand.