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

Charter House, a new concept in retirement living at that time, opened in Rochester.

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.

TO THE HAZAMA FAMILY

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Through innovative research, one day a cure for Alzheimer’s will be found. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in Chuck’s honor. The Mayo Clinic will notify the Hazama family of your thoughtful gift.

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  • In the “Other Designation” section, type “Alzheimer’s Research”
  • In “Gift Options” check the box, “Make this donation a tribute”

MOTTOS TO LIVE BY

A few of Chuck Hazama’s favorites

“Help people realize their full potential as they develop in an atmosphere of freedom, love and responsibility.”

“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

“Hold tenaciously to the principles of truth, honor and justice.”

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