Passing of Benjamin T. Kodama, Sr.

Passing of Benjamin T. Kodama, Sr.

It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Benjamin T. Kodama, Sr.  The owner of Kodama Orchid Nursery, Ben, Sr., passed away in his sleep on Sunday, April 2.  He was 93 years old.  Ben, Sr., was an active member and long time supporter of the Honolulu Orchid Society.  He was president of the Society in 1959-1960, 1965-1966 and 1983.  In 1979, he was selected as an Honorary Member of the Honolulu Orchid Society for his outstanding contribution and service toward the advancement of orchidology.  He was a pioneer in the Hawaii orchid industry and was recognized worldwide for his breeding and cultivation of orchids.  In 2008, Ben, Sr., was selected and honored as a Living Treasure of Hawaii.  His presence and inspiration in the orchid community will be sorely missed.  Services for Ben, Sr., will be held on Saturday, May 13 beginning at 4:00 PM at the Hosoi Garden Mortuary located at 30 N. Kukui Street in Honolulu.

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