HONORING CHUCK HAZAMA
September 1, 1932 – November 28, 2021
Former Rochester Mayor Charles “Chuck” Hazama, 89, passed away November 28, 2021, at his home at The Waters on Mayowood after suffering a stroke and declining health due to Alzheimer’s. To read Chuck Hazama’s obituary, please click here.
Chuck was elected to eight consecutive two-year terms as Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota, serving from 1979-1995. He believed that “city government must be open to all the people and responsive to their wishes”. To demonstrate this, he removed the door from his City Hall office at the outset of his first term. He embodied the Aloha Spirit of his Hawaiian roots and was a compassionate and dedicated civic leader. Chuck motivated and engaged others with his effervescent personality, great sense of humor and bright smile.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Chuck Hazama’s service was held Saturday, June 18th at the Congregational Church, 974 Skyline Dr. in Rochester, Minnesota at 11:00 a.m. Visitation was held at the church Friday, June 17th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Aloha wear was requested and guests arrived in joyful colors.
Chuck’s ashes were spread off the coast of Maui on a beautiful morning on April 8, 2022. With a gentle Aloha, he returned to the Pacific Ocean and reunited with his beloved wife Aly.
ACHIEVEMENTS AS MAYOR
Chuck Hazama’s 1979-1995 Highlights
Rochester named Money Magazine’s "Best Place to Live in America".
Rochester averaged $116 million in development and growth per year for 16 consecutive years.
Expanded the Recreation Center to include two indoor ice rinks, Olympic-sized pool and basketball courts.
Helped Rochester maintain a Triple-A bond rating for 16 consecutive years.
Charter House, a new concept in retirement living at that time, was opened in Rochester.
Charter House, a new concept in retirement living at that time, opened in Rochester.
Established RochesterFest, an annual week-long festival still thriving to this day.
Dedicated and opened the new $15 million Public Library and parking ramp in downtown Rochester.
Broke ground for the Rochester $128 million flood control project.
Established and dedicated the beautiful bronze Peace Fountain in downtown Rochester.
Passed the $32 million referendum to expand Rochester’s Mayo Civic Center.
TREE PLANTING CEREMONY
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
RochesterFest honored Chuck and planted a vibrant Redbud tree at Hazama Gateway Plaza, 530 South Broadway on Tuesday, June 21st. The tree complements the Spring Snow Flowering Crab tree that was planted in honor of his late wife, Aly Hazama, in June 2002. As they mature, the two trees will reach skyward and touch one another.
Following the ceremony, attendees visited Soldier’s Field Memorial Park and enjoyed RochesterFest’s festivities. A photo slideshow honoring Chuck was shown and will continue to be presented throughout the week.
HAWAIIAN MUSIC CONCERT
Saturday, June 25th
Teaming with Rochester Civic Music, RochesterFest is honoring Chuck Hazama with a free concert at Soldier’s Field Memorial Park. The concert will feature Grammy-award winning guitarists George Kahumoku and Peter Deaquino on Saturday, June 25th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. George and Chuck were friends and is honored to dedicate this performance to him.
This concert is a part of Rochester Civic Music’s Global Music Series with a mission to foster appreciation for a variety of music genres and contribute to a fuller understanding of diverse cultural points of view.