Walter Sorakubo, beloved husband and father, passed away on July 6, 2009. He is survived by Arlene, his wife of 46 years and daughters, Liane and Stacy Choi (Tony), brothers Stanley (Nobuko) and William, sisters Florence Marks and Carol Freitas, and numerous relatives. Walter was a long-time resident of Gardena but loved returning often to his place of birth, Honolulu, Hawaii. He served in the Army in the Korean War where he received a purple heart and was a dedicated veteran and active in organizations such as the Japanese American Korean War Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the 23rd Infantry Regiment. He will be interned at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. He and I bowled on the same team. I also remember him back at Sansei League where he helped coach his daughters team as I did. He will surely be missed by all. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.

  2. Dear Auntie, Liane, Stacy and Tony: Our deepest sympathy upon hearing of uncle’s passing. It was always good to see him at the family get togethers and we were fortunate to have been able to attend and be a part of his 80th birthday celebration last year. He will be greatly missed…..

  3. Dear Arlene, Yesterday the gals from Hamilton informed us of your great loss. I just watched the loving video tribute, I was moved. I can see from the video that your family will give you a great deal of love & comfort, that knowledge comforts me. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Love, Nancy

  4. Mrs. Sorakubo, I was truly saddened to hear about Mr. Sorakubo. It was a pleasure during a short period of time to have been acquainted with him. My deepest condolences to the Sorakubo family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Walter was a true and loyal member of the JAKWV. We will always remember when he was our tour guide on our Hawaii Cruise in 2001. Ed Nakata, Frank Kamita and I were co chairs and we were glad Walter was able to clue us in on all the islands. May he rest in peace.

  6. Dad, your service was yesterday, and as we’re sure you know, it was a rough, rough day. We had a lot of love & support, though. So many of your friends came to pay their respects, and the veterans represented beautifully. We had so much help in the preparations, especially Uncle Willie, Sue, Bernie, Rae, Leigh, Mark, Ami, Johnny, and Uncle Tom. Liane created a beautiful video for you with the help of Kendrick, and worked so hard all week – boy, you sure are lucky you had her! Aunty Teddi, Uncle Ken, Aunty Berta, and Uncle Harold came all the way from Hawaii, and Aunty Teddi brought some gorgeous leis with her. A lot of people drove long distances to get to your service. We were honored by how many people came and know that many more wanted to be there who couldn’t. We’re really proud of mom. She really held it together, and we know the preparations she made for your burial service in Kaneohe will be beautiful. We know you were watching with a smile as people gathered at the reception afterwards. Just your kind of party, huh? Good food (Guch & Scott did a great job as always, along with the help of Davin), great company, people talking story. There are so many things we’re going to miss about you and things we’re going to miss doing with you – like playing left, center, right – or just watching you enjoy yourself doing whatever it is you happen to be doing. We’re just going to miss you, period. All our love, Tony and Stacy

  7. We are truly sorry to learn of Walter’s passing and will remember how much he supported his alma mater, Farrington High School. Warm aloha, His Friends at Farrington High School Mainland Alumni Association

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