Man who died in Waikiki identified as Japanese deputy mayor

Takehiko Kimura, taken at Honolulu-Chigasaki sister city signing ceremony on Oct. 17, 2014. (Photo: City and County of Honolulu)

A 63-year-old man who died in Waikiki Saturday has been identified as a deputy mayor from Japan.

Honolulu city officials confirmed Takehiko Kimura, Deputy Mayor of the city of Chigasaki, Japan, was in Honolulu on a business trip.

Kimura had joined Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Council Chair Ernie Martin with a delegation from Chigasaki for a sister city signing ceremony held Friday at the Mission Memorial Auditorium.

“We were shocked and saddened to learn of the loss of Deputy Mayor Kimura’s on Saturday morning,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “Over the past year, I came to know the Deputy Mayor as we discussed our sister-city relationship, both in Chigasaki and Honolulu, and he was such a wonderful and warm person, full of pride to represent his city. Our hearts are very heavy, and I offer our deepest sympathy to his family, Mayor Hattori, and the rest of the Chigasaki delegation. We at the city stand ready to provide our fullest support and assistance to his family and the delegation.”

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragic and untimely passing of Deputy Mayor Kimura,” said Council Chair Ernie Martin. “The City Council extends its heartfelt sympathy to the Kimura family and the entire Chigasaki delegation for the loss of a truly exceptional and gracious man. He will be mourned by the many friends in Hawaii who have had the honor of knowing him.”

On Saturday, Kimura was found unresponsive in the water, brought to shore by bystanders and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

His passing was confirmed Tuesday by the Medical Examiner’s office. The family will return to Japan for the funeral arrangements.

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