HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A man was a longtime actor who appeared on Broadway. The other had a popular cooking show on TV.
There were many other differences between the two men, but COVID claimed them both.
Grant Kawasaki hosted “Hawaiian Grown Kitchen,” which aired on OC16 until 2017.
“Something he was passionate about in his 20s was cooking,” said his older brother Scott Kawasaki. “He started out by cooking food for family and friends. He would rummage through all these cookbooks and buy cookbooks. “
The Saint Louis School graduate wasn’t vaccinated, but his brother said it was more because he didn’t want to go out during the pandemic.
“He’s always been extremely careful,” said Scott Kawasaki. “Even though he didn’t get his syringe, he was very careful with his masks, he couldn’t see (friends) and he was actually quite germ-hostile.”
Kawasaki’s family is unsure how he could have contracted the virus. He was only 45 years old.
Honolulu-born Alvin Ing was an Army veteran, actor, and singer. He has also appeared on Broadway in Flower Drum Song and Pacific Overtures, a rarely produced Stephen Sondheim musical that requires the cast of many Asian men.
Yuki Takara played with him in both productions and remembered their first meeting.
“He was singing a song called ‘My Best Love’. And I remember I just started crying. And I didn’t know why I was crying, but I was just touched, ”said Takara.
Ing played “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught” from the musical South Pacific at a performance in May in California. It was his last bow.
“He wanted to do it because it was for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and there was all the violence against Asians and he felt a calling to stand up,” said Eric D’Angeles, a fellow actor, talent agent and friend.
Ing was fully vaccinated and stayed at home, but people took away food and supplies. He was diagnosed with pneumonia in mid-July and then confirmed to have COVID. He died two weeks later.
“It’s only a small percentage,” said Takara. “Please, please, please, even if they say it’s pneumonia or something else, please get a test if you can because the chance is slim.”
Services may be held for Kawasaki at a later date, but his brother said the family plan to set up a foundation in his honor.
Ings friends have planned online memorials.
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