A tribute to Raymond Kadotani
He was simply one of Lahaina’s good guys – a man who manifested the kindness, courtesy and dedication to family and community that represents the integrity of the West Side.
Raymond “Abu” Kadotani passed away two weeks ago at the age of 69, but his legacy and kind personality will live on in the collective heart of our community.
Kadotani was born and raised in Lahaina, graduated from Lahainaluna High School and then went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Cal State Fullerton.
He returned to Maui and married Vickie, and together they raised two children, Leah and Kaylen, who both went on to earn college degrees and have started families of their own.
In 1978, the Kadotani family and partners opened Take Home Maui, a small business that specializes in offering the unique products of the Valley Isle – such as pineapples – for visitors and locals alike to take home to all parts of the world.
Again, the effervescent kindness of the Kadotani clan spread sunshine and aloha to the thousands of patrons to their store.
Raymond is predeceased by his father, Sammy Kadotani, who shined in a similar fashion as one of the Lahaina’s finest, and he is survived by his loving wife, Vickie; his children, Leah (Dave) Kadotani-Cornett and Kaylen (Mary); his mother, Hatsumi; his brother, Owen; his grandchildren, Ilima and Micah; and numerous relatives, friends, colleagues and the Lahaina community.
Peace and God bless to the entire Kadotani family. Thank you, Raymond, for blessing our community with the influence of your kindness and optimism. Aloha. (By Walter Chihara)