Howard Shima Honored by Honolulu City Council

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Church Member Howard Shima Honored by Honolulu City Council

On April 26, 2017, the Honolulu City Council honored and recognized Kalihi Union Church member Howard Shima for his continuous dedication and work for the betterment of the Salt Lake community and for his service to the City and County of Honolulu.  Below is the proclamation read on his behalf:
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HONORING AND RECOGNIZING HOWARD SHIMA FOR HIS CONTINUOUS DEDICATION AND WORK FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE SALT LAKE COMMUNITY AND FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU

WHEREAS, Howard Shima has lived in his community of Salt Lake since 1968. Throughout the years, Howard has seen the growth of the area throughout the past 49 years. Shima has seen the expansion of the neighborhood of condominiums and additions of green spaces and parks in the area, he saw the opening of Moanalua High School to serve the growing population, and the filling of the lake when the Honolulu Country Club was built in the late 1970s.

WHEREAS, Shima was the Director and Building Superintendent of the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Buildings under the Administration of Mayor Frank Fasi.

WHEREAS, Mr. Shima has also served the City and County of Honolulu as a longtime board member of the Aliamanu/Salt Lake/Foster Village Neighborhood Board. As a board member, Mr. Shima served in many roles, including as Chair of the Neighborhood Board’s transportation committee. He has advocated for and continues to fight for issues that affects Salt Lake, such as the Salt Lake Waterway and the widening of Puuloa Road from Salt Lake Boulevard to Nimitz Highway.

WHEREAS, Howard has also been known as the vision team champion to beautify Salt Lake Boulevard, to eradicate and prevent graffiti in the community. Mr. Shima’s collaborative efforts with law enforcement, businesses, government, residents, and community organizations has established instrumental building blocks for success in addressing vandalism and graffiti.

WHEREAS, Shima is a model citizen whose community-based initiatives have helped to reduce crime, build awareness and positively develop his community to become a safer place to live and work.

WHEREAS, Howard is faithfully married to the love of his life, Ethel Shima who is a prominent real estate agent. Ethel and Howard have four children: Sharon Lapidus, Michael Shima, Craig Shima, and Joy Oshiro. Both Howard and Ethel attend Kalihi Union Church. At Kalihi Union Church, Shima volunteered as an Elder as a Moderator and Vice-Moderator. He was instrumental during the expansion and renovation of the church, especially during the planning stages.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Honolulu City Council, on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu, hereby honors and recognizes Mr. Howard Shima for his unwavering dedication to his community, his service to the City and County of Honolulu, and for promoting civic responsibility and promoting a safe community.

Date: 26 April 2017

Introducer(s): Joey Manahan, Councilmember, District VII


The following is the speech that was read on Howard Shima’s behalf on the floor of the Honolulu City Council:

Howard Shima Speech for Council Meeting 4/26/17

Thank you, Chair.

It is my honor to recognize today a man who took service to humanity beyond his career, but also made it a personal goal for him and his community.

Today, it is a privilege to honor Mr. Howard Shima from Salt Lake. Howard is faithfully married to the love of his life, Ethel Shima who is a prominent real estate agent.  Ethel and Howard have four children: Sharon Lapidus, Michael Shima, Craig Shima, and Joy Oshiro.  

Howard Shima was born Howard Shimabukuro in Pe’ahi, Maui, which is now well known as the site of monstrous waves during the winter. Back then, it was a sleepy pineapple plantation town on the western side of Maui. Most people would not remember Pe’ahi as a pineapple plantation town because it was one of the first to close down in the early 1940’s. In fact, Howard’s father was responsible to harvest that last crop which never went to market because the factory had already closed down.

The family then moved to Kalihi, Oahu where Howard was thrown in the harsh reality of city life. But Howard survived and graduated in 1944 from Farrington High School.

He then attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1952.

He returned to Hawaii after graduation and not long after, and in 1957, married the former Ethel Ajimine, and both moved to California where they resided and had their four children. In 1967, Howard and Ethel returned home to Hawaii with a new family and a shortened name of Shima.

Many may know him through his work with the City where he served as the Director and Building Superintendent with the City’s Department of Buildings.

But, many more know and have been positively affected by Howard’s efforts in the Salt Lake, Moanalua, Foster Village communities.

Howard Shima has lived in his community of Salt Lake since 1968 and throughout the years, Howard has seen the growth of the area. Mr. Shima has seen the expansion of the neighborhood of condominiums and additions of green spaces and parks. He witnessed the opening of Moanalua High School, which helped to serve the growing population of the area. He also saw the filling of the lake when the Honolulu Country Club was built in the late 1970s.

Along with serving the City and County of Honolulu as a director, he has also served as a longtime board member of the Aliamanu/Salt Lake/Foster Village Neighborhood Board. As a board member, Mr. Shima served in many roles, including as Chair of the Neighborhood Board’s transportation committee. He has advocated for and continues to fight for issues that affects Salt Lake, such as the Salt Lake Waterway and the widening of Salt Lake Boulevard. Howard has also been known as the vision team champion to beautify Salt Lake Boulevard, to eradicate and prevent graffiti in the community. Mr. Shima’s collaborative efforts with law enforcement, businesses, government, residents, and community organizations has established instrumental building blocks for success in addressing vandalism and graffiti.

He has since retired from his work in combatting graffiti and vandalism to take on the daunting task of caregiving. Chair David Yomes of the neighborhood board and other board members, have now taken on the work that Howard singlehandedly took care of. However, Howard is still keeping his eye out for his community and keeping in constant contact with Chair Yomes with concerns.

Although physical challenges have slowed the Shimas’ active lifestyle, both Howard and Ethel still faithfully attend Kalihi Union Church.  At Kalihi Union Church, Shima has volunteered as an Elder, serving as Moderator and Vice-Moderator for the Board of Elders and chair of the Building committee during a time of growth for the Kalihi Church. He was instrumental during the expansion and renovation of the church, especially in the planning stages.

Howard is truly a model citizen whose community-based initiatives have helped to reduce crime, build awareness and positively develop his community to become a safer place to live and work. Howard’s dedication to his communities have impacted so many and in many sectors of the community.

Therefore, joining in this recognition today are:

  1. Ethel Shima, Howard’s wife of 60 years;
  2. son Michael Shima;
  3. daughter Joy Oshiro;
  4. Reverend Dr. Jonathan Steeper, Senior Pastor of Kalihi Union;
  5. Charlotte Kawazoe, Volunteer Administrator for Kalihi Union Church;
  6. David Yomes, Chair, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Foster Village Neighborhood board #18

Therefore, the Honolulu City Council, on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu, hereby honors and recognizes Mr. Howard Shima for his unwavering dedication to his community, his service to the City and County of Honolulu, and for promoting civic responsibility and engagement, and for promoting a safe community.

Thank you, Mr. Shima, for everything you did and continue to do!

 
 
 
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