Rep. Clift Tsuji died Tuesday at The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. He was 75.
Tsuji — who represented Hawaii Island’s 2nd District, which includes Keaukaha, parts of Hilo, Panaewa and Waiakea — grew up on the Big Island in the town of Papaikou. He graduated from Hilo High School in 1959, after which he attended college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa as well as the University of Washington, Pacific Coast Banking School.
He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve, 442nd Infantry, Company B, Hilo, between 1959-1965.
Tsuji won his first term in the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2004. He served as chairman of the Agriculture Committee and was named Hawaii Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year in 2015.
His family has requested privacy. Announcements on services are forthcoming.
Published in Westhawaiitoday.com on Nov.15, 2016