‘Forever in our hearts’: Kona icon Norman Sakata dies at 96
Living legend Norman Sakata receives a proclamation from Mayor Mitch Roth on his 95th birthday in 2021. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file photo)
Norman Sakata walks the parade route at the 2017 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Lantern Parade. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file photo)
Norman Sakata with his daughter Michelle and son Blaine at his last public appearance in January at the Japanese Cultural Center of Kona gala. ( Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)
West Hawaii mourned the passing of a local icon this week at the news of the passing of Norman Sakata, founder of the Kona Coffee Festival, Lions Club member and scoutmaster.
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