Hawaii Bids Aloha To John Heckathorn 1946 – 2011


A photo of John Heckathorn from Hawaii Pacific University, where he taught journalism, was draped with maile and ginger lei  at his memorial service in Honolulu, January 10, 2012 | Photo © Heidi Chang

In a fitting tribute, Hawaiian music legend, Eddie Kamae, opened the memorial service for John Heckathorn tonight with a song. Heckathorn was a respected journalist, editor and teacher, also known for his engaging restaurant reviews, and his love of food and music. In the 1980s, he helped raise an awareness of the birth of Hawaii Regional Cuisine.

Many are still stunned over his sudden death. Heckathorn had a heart attack on Christmas Day and never recovered. He was 65.

Family members, friends and colleagues packed Diamond Memorial Park to bid him a final Aloha. They shared memories of a remarkable man who touched their lives and made them laugh. He also nurtured a whole generation of writers and encouraged many others along the way. His death is a huge loss for Hawaii’s journalism community.

Over the years, I had the privilege of working with Heckathorn as a freelance writer, when he was the editor of Honolulu Magazine. He was witty, funny and thoughtful. And a wonderful friend and editor.

After the service, folks lingered to savor stories about Heckathorn, and also the ono grinds from Side Street Inn. He would have enjoyed it.

Heckathorn leaves behind his wife, Barb, and three daughters, Mallory, Paige and Jennifer.

We’ll miss you, John. Thanks for the memories. And Aloha `Oe… until we meet again.

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