HSTA mourns the loss of colleague and friend

Published On January 19, 2014 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
STACY ANN KAM INN NISHINA -  Stacy Ann Kam Inn Nishina, 47, of Honolulu, Deputy Executive Director of HSTA, passed away January 5, 2014 peacefully in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by her Husband, Les Murashige, her girls, Lexi, Zoey & Luna, parents, Vincent and Carleen, two brothers, Kevin (Stacey) and Sheldon (Amber), nephews and niece. Visitation: 2:30 p.m., Sunday 26 Jan. at Kalihi Union Church. Services: 4:00 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers.

January 13, 2014

A Celebration of Life

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kalihi Union Church

2214 North King Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Visitation 2:30 p.m.
Service 4:00 p.m.

Additional parking is available at First Hawaiian Bank.

Please join Stacy’s family in the church gymnasium for refreshments, camaraderie, and to share memories.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lanakila Meals on Wheels.  Mahalo.

Lanakila Meals on Wheels
1809 Bachelot St.
Honolulu, HI 96817
Lanakila Meals on Wheels (808) 356-8519
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Lanakila Pacific (808) 531-0555

January 8, 2014

Thank you for your expressions of sympathy and remembrances of Stacy Nishina.  Stacy passed away January 5 from cancer.  She underwent aggressive chemotherapy and radiation therapy last year.

A celebration of life is being planned and will be held in Honolulu.  Please watch for details.

Cards to Stacy’s family may be sent to:

Mr. Les Murashige
℅ The Hawaii State Teachers Association
1200 Ala Kapuna Street
Honolulu, HI 96819

Stacy Nishina

(The following message was also sent to members via member e-mail message today.)

Aloha Colleagues,

I know we are all focused on the second semester and return from winter break, however, I am sorry that I must contact you with some sad news.  It is with heavy heart that I notify you that HSTA’s Deputy Executive Director, Stacy Nishina, passed away yesterday morning.

Many of you have worked with Stacy in schools, in leadership positions, and on HSTA committees so I wanted to share this news with you.

Our staff not only grieves the passing of a special individual but also for the loss her family suffers. Stacy was a friend and a colleague to us but also a wife, daughter, sister, and aunt. You may know that her dogs were also a big part of her life.  Please join us in thoughts or prayers for Stacy’s husband, Les Murashige, and her family.

We will keep in contact with Les to provide whatever support our Association can for the family while respecting their privacy.  We will share information about how to send condolences and arrangements for Stacy on the HSTA Web site when those details are finalized.

Wil Okabe

She Is Gone

You can shed tears that she is gone

Or you can smile because she has lived. 

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back

Or you can open your eyes and see all she has left. 

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her

Or you can be full of the love you shared. 

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. 

You can remember her and only that she’s gone

Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. 

You can cry and close your mind,
 be empty and turn your back

Or you can do what she would want:
 smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

~ David Harkins
Written 1981
Silloth, Cumbria, UK