Herbert Tatsuo Matayoshi

November 21, 1928July 11, 2011

Herbert Tatsuo Matayoshi, 82, of Honolulu, formerly of Hilo, passed away on July 11, 2011 at Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born on November 21, 1928 in Hilo, Hawaii. He was first elected as a supervisor to the County of Hawaii in 1962, and continued as a county councilman from 1968 until he was elected as Mayor. He was the Mayor of Hawaii County from 1974 through 1984.

He graduated from Hilo High School in 1946, the University of Michigan in 1950, did graduate studies at Temple University and received an MBA from the University of Hawaii.

He is survived by wife, Mary Y. Matayoshi; sons, Jerold (Paula Devens), Ronald (Coralie) and Eric (Aleza); daughter, Kathryn (Tod Tanaka); brother, James Matayoshi; sister, Edith (Tetsuo) Harano; 11 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday, July 26th with visitation at 4:00 p.m. at Borthwick Mortuary Mauka Chapel; service: 6:00 p.m.. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: The Herbert & Mary Matayoshi Scholarship Fund. Aloha/casual attire.

A Celebration of Life Service will also be held in Hilo on Monday, August 15th at Church of the Holy Cross; visitation 2:30 p.m.; service 4:00 p.m.. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: The Herbert & Mary Matayoshi Scholarship Fund. Aloha/casual attire.

Arrangements under the direction of Borthwick Mortuary, Honolulu, HI.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, August 15, 2011
  • Memorial Service Monday, August 15, 2011

Herbert Tatsuo Matayoshi

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Sharon Raniada

August 24, 2011

Mary and Family,

When I think about where I've been and what I've done in my life, I remember the fond eight years working for Herb. Those were the good old days!

Herb was a genius when it came to financial matters and he knew the county budget like the back of his hand. He made that money work--for the betterment and safety of all the people on the Big Island. And, not only was he a smart man but a compassionate one that got along with people from all walks of life. Never have I met a boss so down to earth with a willingness to teach even the littlest ones.

He was truly "a servant of the people" and now, he's gone on to receive his reward above.

God's blessing upon you, Mary and family, and I thank Herb, for the opportunity of truly serving with him.

Much love and aloha,

August 23, 2011

My deepest condolences to the entire family. I just heard today about the passing of your loving husband, father, and brother. I am so sorry for this sad news. Particularly to Mary, James, Ron and Kathy, I am sending aloha from the Kanuhas. In sympathy,

July 24, 2011

Dear Mary and family,

I'm so sorry for the loss of your life long partner. I'm sure you have many happy memories of your many years together. Please give my special aloha to your son, Ron. May God ease your transition into this new phase of your life.

Wally Wake (Mayors Committee on Aging friend)

Edward Fujimoto

July 23, 2011

Dear Mary and the Matayoshi family:

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Herb Matayoshi. I will never forget not only his great leadership, vision and achievements for the Big Island, but also his kindness and generosity in being my mentor in all my undertakings working for him. I will always be greatful to him for his great wisdom and warmth of human kindness.

Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on your loss, and may the Good Lord be with all of you always.

Ed and Amy Fujimoto and family


Herbert & Mary Matayoshi, Wedding


Herbert Matayoshi


Ron & Jerry, Mom & Dad