Carol Danielson Suzuki passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on August 9, 2018, at Maui Memorial after a courageous two and a half year battle with cancer. Carol was born in Portland Oregon on September 15th, 1952 to Gilman and Virginia Danielson. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Carol met her husband Robert in Hilo in 1972 and they were married in August 1977.
After graduating, Carol and Robert built their first home in Hilo, where they lived for many years. Later, they returned to Oregon to help care for Carol’s parents and continue the family business. Carol managed the real estate side of the grocery business for 27 years with her brother and business partner Craig T Danielson. In 2010 Carol and Craig celebrated 100 years of family business.
In 2003, Carol and Robert fulfilled a long-held goal and returned to Hawai’i and settled on the island of Maui. A true people person, Carol engaged heavily with her new community, joining a beloved ukulele group and a Hula halau. She was a strong supporter of the Mantokuji Mission in Paia, and an active member of the Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena. Carol was a consummate role model, living a full and happy life filled with family, purpose, and joy.
A passionate linguist, Carol studied Japanese and Hawaiian. She also worked closely with many local charities in order to be a positive force in people’s lives. Carol made many dear friends during her time on Maui and left a lasting impact on the islands and on the mainland.
Carol is survived by her husband of 41 years Robert, her sons Robert Benjamin (wife Morgan), and Mark. She is survived by her brother Craig (wife Jilda) and her sister Brenda (husband Jim). She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Bruce.
A celebration of life will be a birthday party on September 15th at Keawala’i Congregational Church at 10 am for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Mantokuji Mission in Paia or Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena.
Keawala’i Congregational Church Keawala’i Congregational Church
5300 Makena Road, Kihei HI 96753
Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission
P.O. Box 790207, Paia HI 96779