Jason Y. Nishikawa

In Memoriam

Jason Yuzo Nishikawa, 51, passed away on June 7, 2023, peacefully at home embraced by the loving support of family and friends after a courageous battle with Stage 4 Thymic Carcinoma.

Born the middle son of Lillian and the late Marcus Nishikawa, Jason was a proud graduate of `Iolani School and Santa Clara University, where he earned his degree in civil engineering. Jason carried his professional engineer credentials and years of experience as a successful civil engineer at Sato and Associates.

In 2000, he decided to make a significant career change into his ultimate calling and became a licensed real estate agent. He joined his brother Kevin and Uncle Dale at Marcus and Associates, the firm that his father Marcus, started in 1971. Jason excelled as a residential agent from the start, winning the Aloha Aina Newcomer of the Year award, HBR’s prestigious People’s Choice award, and recognized in Hawaii Business Magazine as one of Hawaii’s top 100 Agents.  He always made time to give back and served as a Director of the Honolulu Board of Realtors and as Chair and Vice Chair of HBR’s Metro Regional Group, as well as serving as a member of numerous committees. In 2009, Marcus’s dream came true when Brent joined the business, and all 3 sons were now with the company he created. In 2021, Jason became an equity partner and Executive Vice President at Marcus Realty, where he was Broker in Charge of Residential Brokerage.

His dedication to helping clients achieve dreams of homeownership and lobbying for home affordability culminated in 1,045 new residences for hard-working families at 801 South Street. 801 South was the last and largest work force housing development of Jason’s client and mentor, Marshall Hung. In 2017, Jason along with his friends and business partners Derek Lock and Keslie Hui formed HNL Development. Since the company’s inception, Jason and his partners have helped affordable housing legislation on Oahu come to fruition. In 2022, they completed their first development, a brand new 25-unit affordable rental housing project in Liliha. Jason’s legacy through HNL Development will develop over 200 affordable rental housing units on Oahu.

Jason was able to instantly light up any room. He brought friends together by creating Udaman Golf Club, was a 3rd generation season ticket holder and avid UH Football fan, loved the Raiders and going to Vegas with friends, and playing poker.  His magical personality will always inspire others to love, work hard, and savor life.

Jason was a devoted and loving husband and father.  His family was everything to him. He is survived by wife, Joy, children, Miya (19) and Marcus (13), Mother, Lillian, and brothers, Kevin (Ruthmarie) and Brent (Tracy), along with his nieces, Kendra-Ray, Callie, and Sakura.

During Jason’s 19-month battle with cancer, he found Faith and surrendered to our Lord. Through daily morning Fresh Fire sessions at C4 Church in Kahala and a Brotherhood that helped guide him through his journey, Jason accepted the Everlasting Life with open arms.

The Nishikawa family would like to extend gratitude for your continued prayers, heartfelt gratitude, and support.