Takao Kikuchi Hidai

November 19, 1939 - January 21, 2022


Takao Kikuchi Hidai was born on November 19th, 1939, on Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands to father Hidai Kiotak and his mother Hideko Shima. He had a life of love, kindness, and a soul you would never forget, filled with stories, experiences, adventures, and shared words of wisdom; Eighty-three years of life on Earth, 83 years of memories shared, and a legacy left behind, taken up by a large family created with love. He attended all vocational years of study and continued his college years in Palau majoring in accounting. Takao worked in the Marshall Islands as an accountant for importing and exporting goods, then later in the transportation field in Oahu, Hawaii where he found a passion for travel.

Takao was many things. A devoting husband, a loving father, an amazing grandfather, the funny uncle, an elder, an educator, a mentor, a community worker, a business owner, but most importantly, he was someone who always showed unconditional love no matter who he encountered. He was a force of nature, determined to provide for his family and to show them that with an education and hard work, the life deserved was possible.

Without any judgement, he took care of anyone in need with warmth and love. Anyone that bonded him felt his unconditional love. Takao loved adventures. Taking his grandkids to the beach, long car rides, swap meets and spending time at the park. Because of his love for animals, his backyard was filled with chickens, birds, pigs, and peacocks to name a few. Takao loved playing the keyboard in his downtime and sang songs that brought him comfort of the islands. He instilled in us his knowledge of our manit (culture) and language. He was a firm believer in education and taught us that a good education will get help one accomplish future goals. He was a jokester who loved doing his famous ‘toilet paper roll dance,’ and you could almost always find him with a cup of coffee in his hand.

Throughout the trials in life, Takao stood the test of time, using the love that he has for Jehovah God and spreading the word to all his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A teaching of selfless love onto oneself, devoting 41 years of tireless service of being a brother in the Jehovah witness community.

Takao is survived by his beloved wife Moli and youngest son Simeon Hidai. Along with 10 children, 33 grandchildren and 74 great-grandchildren. His legacy will forever be remembered and celebrated by his family, friends and loved ones.

There will be a Celebration of Life Friday February 4, 2022, and Saturday February 5, 2022, from 9am -5pm at Bath Naylor Funeral Home & Crematory in Pittsburg, KS.