Aoki Sensei

Albert M. Aoki, 89 years old, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on April 21, 2021. Born in
Hilo, Hawaii, to Tamotsu and Mitsuko Aoki. A Korean War veteran, Albert graduated from Iowa State
University. Upon his return, he worked alongside his father Tamotsu and uncle Moto Aoki at American
Savings Loan in Hilo. He ventured in Real-estate, and was a developer of Commercial & Agricultural
properties and then became an International Business Consultant in Land development.

Throughout his life, Albert was an outdoorsman. He attributed his love of outdoors from his
confinement during WWII in the concentration camps along with his parents and siblings. He was an
avid fisherman, hunter, and for over a decade, a top contender in G class Hydroplane speed boat races at
Keehi Lagoon.

His two greatest passions: judo and ranching, encompassed his life. He founded Seidokan Judo Club and
later, 50th State Judo Association, the largest membership in the nation. Aoki-Sensei held rank of
Kyudan 9th and was also the recipient of the Emperor of Japan’s “The Order of the Rising Sun Gold and
Silver Rays” for his exemplary service and dedication as an American-Japanese, who built healthy
connections between Japan and United States. His love of ranching took him all around the world;
Hawaii, Japan, China, Canada, South America, Vietnam, Guam and Australia.

Albert is survived by two sisters (and spouses); his two children (and spouses); three grandchildren;
and one great grandchild.

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