KTA Superstores CEO, Barry Taniguchi, dies
"Barry was a strong supporter of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii Community College and the entire university system to which he provided farsighted contributions of time, talent and resources. He established the Taniguchi Memorial Fund in memory of his grandparents who founded KTA, and he endowed UH Hilo’s first permanent faculty endowments to help the campus attract and retain the best teachers and scholars. Demonstrating his aloha for youth programs and for athletics, this year, KTA launched its Score for Scholarships program to benefit UH Hilo student athletes.
"Barry was a strong believer in and proponent of astronomy on Hawaii Island and a driving force behind UH Hilo’s Mauna Kea Management Board since its formation in 2000.
UH President David Lassner expressed, 'Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and to all who were touched by his wisdom, his service, his generosity and his kind heart. He always looked forward and the entire UH ohana will be forever grateful for the leadership, vision and steadfast support he invested in making a better Hawaii for all. Barry Taniguchi truly exemplified what community means and will be sorely missed.'"
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz said, "Barry Taniguchi was a brilliant problem solver and man of action. He was a model businessman and citizen who gave himself fully to the betterment of the Big Island and the State of Hawaii. My thoughts are with the Taniguchi family during this difficult time. We will greatly miss his intellect, his gentleman's style, and his determination to always do the right thing."