Gift from Party Secretary Young of Oo Syak Village during 2007 China visit.
For 2018: Edmund W.K. Chang
Ed Chang's services to Oo Syak Gee Lu began in 1996 when his uncle, Sing Chang (Pres. 1977-1978), recruited Ed and Wah Jip Chang to re-organize and re-vitalize the society. Ed went to work quickly first converting the forgotten handwritten membership list to a computer list. He called as many of the members on the list to update member information. Subsequently, Ed started the Oo Syak newsletter and website. He arranged for the Oo Syak parade banner and worked with member Eunice Chun who donated a silk banquet banner. He was instrumental in starting the scholarship program and following up on suggestion by Henry Chang to start an annual Christmas party. Ed initiated the List of Standing Rules and the Honorary Director position to acknowledge the contributions of veteran members who can no longer participate fulltime. Ed served as Oo Syak President in 1998-2001, and 2011. He was a Director until the end of 2017.
Edmund W.K. Chang
For 2015: Harold K.C. Hu
Harold K.C. Hu has been a very active and valuable member of Oo Syak Gee Lu Society serving as Oo Syak Gee Lu President 1990-1995. He chaired the Budget & Assets Management committee for many years using his investment and legal knowledge to help manage Oo Syak assets. Whenever the bylaws needed amendment, Harold chaired the committee and used his legal background to provide the proper wording of the amendments. After banquet MC Raymond Young passed away, Harold took over as the banquet MC. He also arranged to have his close friend Retired Judge Herbert Shimabukuro to swear in Oo Syak Board of Directors every January. Without a doubt Harold K.C. Hu well deserves to be honored as the Oo Syak Gee Lu Honorary Director 2015.
Harold Hu at the 2008 Chinatown New Year Parade hold Oo Syak Banner.
For 2012: Gertrude Chang Yee (deceased)
Gertrude Yee served as Oo Syak Gee Lu Secretary and Director for many years.
Edith Won (Past-President) (left) presenting Honorary Certificate to Gertrude Chang Yee.
For 2011: Wah Jip Chang (deceased)
Wah Jip Chang served as President 1996-1997 and a Director thereafter. He is recognized for rejuvenating Oo Syak Gee Lu in the late 1990's. He is responsible for directing the assembly of a formal membership list, and upgrading the rental property and its insurance coverage. Under his leadership member interest in Oo Syak grew. Wah Jip Chang passed away February 24, 2018, at the age of 98 years old. He was laid to rest at Hawaiian Memorial Park, next to his wife and parents.
Alvin Chang (left) presenting Honorary Certificate to Wah Jip Chang
For 2008: Maile K. Chang (deceased)
Maile K. Chang served as President, Vice-President, and other positions as a long time active and devoted Oo Syak Gee Lu member, and rightly deserves being honored as the Oo Syak Gee Lu Society 2008 Honorary Director. During our Yong Sing years, Maile served as our Banquet chairperson.
Immediate-Past President Kenneth Chang presenting Maile Chang the Honorary Director Certificate at the January 18, 2009 Board of Directors meeting at the Mandalay Restaurant.
For 2007: Wah Chock Chang (deceased)
Wah Chock Chang was Oo Syak Gee Lu's Chinese Secretary for many, many years. He has been an active member for decades. He was one of the Oo Syak board members listed on the Charter of Incorporation, 29th April 1955, as Chinese Secretary and Director. He was our last link to our past. Wah Chuck passed away at the Palolo Chinese Home.
An Honorary Director is a member who is recognized as a benefactor to the Society through outstanding services, such as serving as an officer or director. This award is the highest that the Society bestows. An Officer or Director shall make nominations for Honorary Director. An application, verbal or written, must be presented to the Board for consideration who may then elect the Honorary Director by a majority vote. This nonvoting position award is presented for the life of the individual. This is an advisory position where the Honorary Director is invited to all Board of Directors meetings (open or closed). There shall be no more than one award per year.
The Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act - In honor of surviving WWII Chinese Veterans.
(posted November 9, 2020)
Gwendolyn M. Chang Fu passed away October 22, 2020 at 84 years. We will miss another of our long-time director. She was the wife of Dr. Dennis Fu.
(posted October 25, 2020)
Margaret M.H. Chang, a long-time director of Oo Syak Gee Lu Society has passed away. She was the wife of Norbert Chang, another long-time member of Oo Syak. She was 93 years old. Many of you may remember or know her. She has served on the Oo Syak Board for many years, since the early years of 2003-2017. She had been on the Banquet- Committee and helped with check-in and planning, since the time at Hee Hing Restaurant. It was only in the last three years that she stepped down as a Director for Oo Syak Society. She felt that the many new younger members should take part in Society activities and become directors. She died on Friday, October 9, 2020.
(posted June 21, 2020)
Gertrude Chang Yee, better known by her friends as Trudy Yee, passed away in June 2020 at the age of 100. Trudy is Oo Syak Gee Lu's 2012 Honorary Director having been its Secretary and Director for many years. Services planned for Diamond Head Mortuary on July 15, 2020, 10-12 a.m.
(posted July 11, 2019)
Ethel Chang Chow, Oo Syak Gee Lu Society Past-President 2014-2015, passed away on June 24, 2019 at the age of 93. Privated service was held and Ethel is interned at Diamond Head Memorial Park with husband Donald Chow.
(posted June 19, 2019)
Honorary Director and past-President Maile K. Chang passed away June 11, 2019. A private ceremony was held Tuesday, July 9, at the Diamond Head Memorial Park.
Maile Lydia Lonokahikini Keola Chang passed away June 11, 2019 at age 88. Maile was born on October 11, 1930 in Hilo. She was the daughter of James N.K. Keola and Maile Marguerite Hall. She was raised in Waikiki by her half-sister Violet K.K. Kinney and husband Oliver Kinney. Maile graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1949 and attended business school in San Francisco. She worked for Ann Grubb, Ltd., and Hawaiian Trust Co., where she met her husband Harvey H.Y. Chang. Maile will be remembered for her love of sports, joyful laugh, and stories of old Hawaii. She had a son Teney K.C. Chang, who passed away as an infant. She is survived by her hanai family Thomas and Beatrice Pacheco, Brenda Pacheco and Phillip Cser, and Robert Pacheco, whom she had known since 1970.
As a member of Oo Syak Gee Lu Society, Maile served as Banquet Chair for many years arranging for our annual banquets at the old Yong Sing Restaurant. She served as Oo Syak President in 2002 through 2004. She was honored as Oo Syak's 2008 Honorary Director.
(Posted January 5, 2019)
Member Dominic K.H. Chang of Aiea, HI passed away November 18, 2018, at the age of 94 (born October 14, 1924 in Honolulu, HI). Dominic served as Oo Syak Gee Lu Treasurer in the 1980's and early 1990's, before Daryl Hu.
(Posted March 16, 2018)
Member Wah Jip Chang passed away February 24, 2018, at the age of 98. Wah Jip was Past-President 1996-1997, and Honorary Director 2011. He was a Naval Officer, the owner of W.J. Contracting and Francoll Construction Company.
(Posted March 16, 2018)
Member William Koon Wai Chang passed away at the age of 93, February 20, 2018 in Mill Valley, CA. He was an accountant with Standard Oil. His father was Dan Fong Chang, Charter Founder. He is survived by sister Shirley Mew Wah Chang. He is buried at the Kaneohe Veterans Cemetary.
(Posted November 8, 2016)
Member George T.H. Chang passed away October 24, 2016. Services will be on November 19, 2016 at the United Church of Christ on Judd Street. Daughters Paulette Chang and Jocelyn Chang-Chuck are 2nd VP and Director, respectively. Son Duane Chang is a past-officer of Oo Syak. His wife is Eldora Chang.
(Posted September 30, 2016)
Sadly I announce the passing of member Dai Fun Chang. He is survived by wife Evelyn Chang (Oo Syak Director), son Roy Chang, Daughter-in-Law Anna Chang, and three grandchildren. Services is on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Viewing starts at 10 AM, with services at 11 AM.
(Posted May 23, 2016)
I have the sad announcement of informing all of you that Past President Kenneth K.C. Chang has passed away after a long illness. He was also the spouse of current President Donna Chang.
Funeral is being planned for Saturday, June 25, 2016.
Place: Nuuanu Cemetery.
Time: Pending. Check the newspaper a week or less for scheduled time.
It will be conducted as a simple Chinese Funeral. Douglas Chong will lead the ceremony. Burial will be at Manoa Cemetery.
(Posted February 3, 2016)
Member Lizette Chang-Zahn sadly reports that her Father, Lawrence G.H. Chang, passed away on Friday, 1/22/16.
Lawrence G.H. Chang is a past president (1975-1976) and was still involved in his later years after serving as president as much as his health allowed him to be. In addition to his time serving as past president, his father, Nai Man Chang, his mother, Gertrude Chang, and brother Alvin Chang are also past presidents.
Lizette wrote to let the membership know because her father often spoke of the Oo Syak Gee Lu Society fondly and that it meant a lot to the legacy of his family to which he was proud to be a part of. Lizette vaguely remembers attending meetings when her Father served as President, as she was only 2 years old. But what she did remember was the intensity of the meetings and her Dad leading the meetings in front of a podium during a very tumultuous time in the society. Many years later, she asked him why he wanted to be president of the society and he said that there were some years of leadership where the club came into financial trouble due to mismanagement of funds and he wanted to stop the corruption. So that motivated him to become President. He also said it was a very difficult time to balance diplomacy and encourage members to forge through the crisis. But in the end, he did foster change and turned the club in a financially positive direction. He was always proud of his efforts and Lizette only hopes that Oo Syak Gee Lu Society honors and remembers him fondly too for his contributions.
Lawrence G.H. Chang
(Posted November 15, 2015)
Bylaws amendment changing membership eligibility to include female side adopted.
Posted 11/15/2015: Oo Syak Members Vote to open membership to the female side.
Membership Application Form
(Posted January 26, 2014)
Wesley Sen reported that his father Clarence Sen passed away January 24, 2014.
(Posted November 20, 2012)
The passing of Oo Syak member Anthony Kai Ung Chang.
(Posted April 17, 2011)
The passing of Oo Syak Past-President Johanna Y.K. Chang Jim Pang.
(Posted July 12, 2009)
Steven D. Chang, M.D.
Stanford School of Medicine has bestowed an endowed professorship, known as endowed chairs - the highest academic award that the university can bestow upon a faculty member - a tribute to the donor's belief in academic excellence and social responsibility. The donors, Mrs. Jeannette Powell and the late Robert C. Powell, established the Robert C. and Jeannette Powell Neurosciences Professorship and celebrated the appointment of Steven D. Chang, M.D. as the inaugural holder of the Powell Professorship on December 3, 2008.
Dr. Chang, 40, was born and raised in Honolulu and is the son of Dr. Hing Chang and Dr. Lorene Anastasi Chang. He has a national and international reputation as an expert in both microsugery and radiosurgery for the treatment of brain, spine and skull base tumors. He is the author or co-authored of more than 170 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
A graduate of Punahou School, he received his undergraduate degrees in the biological sciences and quantitative economics at Stanford. After receiving his medical degree and completing his residency at Stanford, he joined Stanford's Department of Neurosurgery in 2000. He is co-director of the Stanford Radiosurgery/CyberKnife Program.
Presently, he resides in Los Altos Hill, California with his wife, Helen and two children, Allison and Ryan.
Dr. Chang and his parents are members of Oo Syak Gee Lu Society.
Photo caption: L-R: Dr. Hing Chang, Jr., Dr. Julie Chang, Dr. Steven D. Chang, and Dr. Lorene Anastasi Chang.
Chinese Websites of Interest
The following websites are from Gao Yun Feng, a graduate of Shenyang Agricultural University in 2007. With a goal of propagating and carrying forward China's history and culture to the world and helping more people learn Chinese, he set up the following websites:
Mysterious China Blog
Learn Chinese Website
These websites are Gao Yun Feng's fulltime job. His income is mostly through the advertisements.
Guang Hua Medical College and Holt Cheng
This book celebrating the 100th anniversary of Guang Hua Medical College honors its founder Holt Cheng. His son, Dr. Homer Cheng, collected and edited large volume of historical documents for this book. The book chronicals the life and accomplishments of Dr. Holt A. Cheng from is stay in Hawaii, medical school in San Francisco, and his practice in China. The book ends with "The Very Beginning, Wushi Village" written by cousin Basilio Chen. Wushi is the current name for Oo Syak Village. It mentions Oo Syak Gee Lu Society.
A copy of this book was presented to Oo Syak Gee Lu on January 4, 2009 by Allynne Tom (Mow), a great granddaughter of Dr. Holt A. Cheng. The book will be held by the President of Oo Syak Gee Lu Society and loaned out to members who would like to read it.
Oo Syak Gee Lu Society helps Treasurer Daryl Hu, CPA, celebrate the opening of his accounting business in 2008.
Daryl Hu in his new office
Daryl Hu and Kenneth Chang in Daryl's new office
Asian Pacific American Heritage
Albert Cheng, "In Search of Roots, Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco" was one of the honorees on Wednesday, May 24, 2006. Albert Cheng is a nephew of Edwin Cheng. He has been leading Chinese roots search program for 16 years. He is willing to meet with Oo Syak members who are interested in their roots search.
Chinese American Conference in San Francisco
The conference was held from October 6 to October 9, 2005 in San Francisco. Member Anthony Chang participated as a panelist. For more information, please visit Chinese American Conference.
The Hawaiian-Chinese Multicultural Museum Reopening
On January 29, 2005, Ed and Ellen Chang attended the reopening ceremony of the Hawaiian-Chinese Multicultural Museum in the Maunakea Marketplace, 1120 Maunakea Street, Suite 280. We were guests of Museum President James G.Y. Ho and Senior Vice President William H.K. Lum. For photos, please visit reopening ceremony.
BOOK PRESENTED TO OO SYAK
A copy "Untold Fragments of Hawaii's History" by James G.Y. Ho was presented to Oo Syak Gee Lu by the author. Please contact Ed Chang if you would let to read this book. Mr. Ho is the President of the Hawaiian Chinese Multicultural Museum & Archives. Their "Chinatown Museum" will be relocated on the 2nd floor of the Maunakea Market Place at 1120 Maunakea Street.
Our newer members are:
- Charmaine B. Chang and daughter Carmina Erika B. Chang. Charmaine is the wife of Eric Wing Tate Chang.
- Iris Sugie Cheng, Rex Lee Cheng, and Suzan Su-San Cheng. Iris, Rex and Suzan are children of Dr. Homer Ho-Hua Cheng and the late Lily Wai-Ling Lee Cheng. Their grandfather is the late Dr. Holt Alexander Cheng.
- Corey A.S.J. Chang: Corey is the daughter of Gary C.H. Chang. Granddaughter of the late Kenneth Kam Chew and Margaret Y.Y. Chong Chang. Her greatgrandfather is the late Chang Hee of Panui Street.
- Deanna Chang: Daughter of the late Kenneth Kam Chew and Margaret Y.Y. Chong Chang. Her grandfather is the late Chang Hee of Panui Street.
- Gary C.H. Chang: Son of the late Kenneth Kam Chew and Margaret Y.Y. Chong Chang. His grandfather is the late Chang Hee of Panui Street.
- Audrey T. Chang Fu: Daughter of the late Kenneth Kam Chew and Margaret Y.Y. Chong Chang. Her grandfather is the late Chang Hee of Panui Street.
- Gwendolyn M. Chang Fu: Daughter of the late Kenneth Kam Chew and Margaret Y.Y. Chong Chang. Her grandfather is the late Chang Hee of Panui Street.
- Charlotte Chang Kop: niece of Chang Apana, the Honolulu Detective from whom the character Detective Charlie Chan was created. She is a cousin of Dai Fun Chang.
- Charlene L. Young: Wife of Director Raymond K.H. Young.
- Gloria T.L. Purnell: Granddaughter of Cheng Ah Holt, AKA Dr. Holt Alexander Cheng, and sister to Grace T.Y. Cheng.
- Gilda K.T. Cheng Li: Daughter of Cheng Ah Holt, AKA Dr. Holt Alexander Cheng, and brother to Dr. Homer H.H. Cheng.
- Grace T.Y. Cheng: Granddaughter of Cheng Ah Holt, AKA Dr. Holt Alexander Cheng.
- Paris Y. Chang: Daughter of Brian K.W. & Wendi A. Chang.
- Wendi A. Chang: Wife of Brian K.W. Chang, who is the son of George T.H. and Eldora Chang.
- Dr. Homer H. Cheng. Dr. Cheng is the son of Dr. Holt A. Cheng, the first Chinese to pass the California medical exam to become a doctor. He is retired and splits his time in California and Florida. Please visit the Oo Syak History web site History for information about Dr. Holt A. Cheng.
- Basilio Chen (Zheng or Cheng). Mr. Chen is a 26th Generation descendant of the Cheng (Zheng) ancestry in the Oo Syak Village. His great, great grandfather's ancestor home still exists in Oo Syak and was reconstructed a couple of years ago. His step-mother (father's first wife) retired and lives in the house after living in New York for 30 years. His father was born in Oo Syak, but migrated to Panama and was unable to return because of the closure to China after 1949. Currently, Mr. Chen goes to Oo Syak several times a year staying a month or two at a time. For more information about the interesting Basilio Chen, please visit the Oo Syak History web site History.
- Bradford K.W. and Corinne Y. Chang and family. Their children are Nicholas B. and Nicole A. Chang. They live in Bellevue, Washington. Bradley is the son of Flora L. Chang and the late Edward T.W. Chang.
- Roy K.S. and Anna J. Chang and family. Their children includes Victoria Mei-Ling Chang, Roy Nicholas Kwan Wo Chang, and John William Kwan Mung Chang. Father Roy is the son of Gordon Dai Fun Chang and Evelyn Yin Chang. Daughter Victoria is the reknown cross-country runner from Punahou, Stanford, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Mrs. Eunice Lum Chang Chun passed away July 8, 2009 at the age of 93. She is survived by sons Lawrence and Clarence and 5 grandchildren. She was an Educator being the Principal of Tai Koong School for many years. She also was a generous benefactor of the Palolo Chinese Home. As a member of Oo Syak Gee Lu she donated our silk banquet banner. She also lived at our society's hall on Kukui Street when she was young. Visitation is from 0930 Tuesday July 28th at Diamond HeadMortuary with burial at 12:45PM.
Mrs. Eunice Lum Chang Chun at the August 23, 2003 Annual Banquet
Mr. Calvin Kai Sung Chang passed away August 14, 2008 at the age of 68. He was a retired State computer analyst. He had become an active member in March 2002. His cousin is Ethel Chang Chow.
Mr. Raymond Chung Fong Chang passed away December 18, 2007. His brother is Gilbert Pat Tate Chang.
Mr. Walter Kuhnford Chang passed away January 30, 2007 at the age of 81. Born in Kekaha, Kauai, he retired from the Army Corps of Engineers as a budget analyst. He is survived by wife, Millie Chang; children, Aileen Brodeur, Calvin Chang, Karen Chang, Kathleen Patrocinio and Stephen Chang; brother William Chang; sisters, Laura Lum and Shirley Chock.
Mrs. Mabel C.H. Chang passed away July 12, 2006. Her husband is the late Robert Chang.
Mr. Raymond Koon Hock Young passed away on July 24, 2006 at the age of 84. Born in China, he retired from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. He is survived by wife Charlene; daughters Colette Chew, Raynette Ishikawa, and Lynette Colvin. Raymond Young was 1960-1961 Past-President of Oo Syak Gee Lu Society. He served as a Director for many years and was the society's annual banquet Master of Ceremonies for many years when the old Yong Sing Restaurant was open.
Mr. Sing Hoy Chang passed away on January 24, 2006 at the age of 92. Born in Honolulu, he owned Times Jewelers. He is survived by wife Ellen Chang; son Robert Chang; daughters Charlotte Lee and Wanda Mukai; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Albert Chang; and sister Naline Lee.
Mr. Joseph James Chang passed away on September 10, 2005 at the age of 86. Born in Honolulu, he retired from AMFAC. He is survived by wife May Leong Chang, son Joseph J. K.C. Chang, Jr., one grandchild, brother Dominic Chang, and sisters Gertrude Yee, Johanna Pang, and Agnes Soong.
Mr. Walter Chew Ming Chang passed away on January 22, 2004. He is survived by wife Elsie Lau Chang and son Michael B.C. Chang. He lived on Ward Avenue. His parents were Wah Chang and Yun Lan Lai Chang.
Mr. Norbert K.P. Chang passed away on 12/6/2003 at St. Francis Hospital at the age of 81. Born in Honolulu, he was a long time Director of Oo Syak. In 1973 at the age of 53 he retired as a federal firefighter at Schofield Barracks having served under three fire chiefs. He is survived by his wife Margaret; son William; daughters Barbara Kawamoto, Cheryl Takashige, and Noreen Ueda; sisters Gertrude Yee, Johanna Pang, and Agnes Soong; brothers Dominic and Joseph Chang; and seven grandchildren.
Norbert K.P. Chang during the January 2003 Installation Meeting.
Mr. Benjamin Koon Mung Amoy Young passed away on 12/3/2003 at the age of 67. Born in Honolulu, he retired from GTE Hawaiian Tel. He is survived by wife, May; sons, Christopher and Jacob Young; brothers, Albert and Herbert Amoy; sisters, Gladys Rod, Ellen Amoy and Beatrice Fong.
Mr. Dai Hoy Chang passed away on 12/1/2003 at the age of 80. Born in Honolulu, Dai Hoy Chang was retired from the Hilton Hawaiian Village Golden Dragon Restaurant as the Executive Chef. He is survived by his wife Yun Sim Chang; son Robert Chang; daughters Claudette Kozuki and Catharine Nelson; brother Gordon Dai Fun Chang; sisters Ah Chew Pescador, Ruby Chin and Mew Ha Chun; and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Lum Chow Young passed away at the age of 94. He was a very active member of Oo Syak serving as a Director for many years until 1999. Mr. Young was a retired educator. He is survived by daughter Sylvia Young Matsui, several grandchildren, and sister-in-law Jessie Lai Young.
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