The surname "Uyehara"
is sometimes spelled "Uehara" in Romaji or Western writing.
It is a very common name in Okinawa. Although there are
hundreds of families in Hawaii that go by either of these
names, our Uyehara family is actually very small.
Uyehara first arrived on Maui in 1918 around the same time
as his father, Yoei. The 1920 United
States Federal Census shows Kamei was working as a laborer at
the sugar plantation in Wailuku. He married Fumito (also
known as Fumi) Uyehara in Honolulu on 01 Feb 1924, and had
couple lived in Laie where Kamei worked at a store and
thereafter, in Malaekahana where he worked for and lived on the
grounds of the Spalding
family. Later, he moved to Honolulu and was employed as a
groundskeeper for the Church of Latter Day Saints' Makiki
Ward for over 40 years.
Jun 1958, Fumi suffered a stroke while attending the funeral of a family
friend in Kahuku. As did Yoei, Kamei died
peacefully in his sleep on 04 Aug 1993 in his Honolulu home.