Aloha Dave

January 28, 2020

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we let you know that our dearest friend and colleague, David Curry, passed away on January 19. David has been a guiding presence at HHF since 1987 and his positivity and humor touched everyone who was fortunate to work with him.

We ask all of you to spend some time reflecting on your own “Dave” memories and share them in the comment box below. We know they will bring a smile to your heart.

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  1. Vincent Shigekuni January 30, 2020 12:31 pm

    I worked with Dave at HHF a long time ago, and he was a kolohe kind of a guy. As an example, we went on a field visit and since this was before panorama lens or digital cameras, I stood in one spot and took photo after photo while turning around (while making especially sure I captured overlapping scenery). I sent the film for processing, and when it returned and I reviewed the photos, I realized that Dave photobombed my pictures and was in every other picture!

    I can’t even mention other examples publicly!

    I’m going to miss him. Our sincerest condolences to Jodie and Travis, and the HHF ohana.

  2. Gerry Takano January 30, 2020 6:42 am

    Dave was always an upbeat and fun person to work with when I worked with him at Helber, Hastert and Kimura years ago. He will definitely be remembered also as a kind and enthusiastic colleague. May his spirit survive forever.

  3. Steve Wilhite January 30, 2020 4:59 am

    I had the pleasure of knowing Dave and Jodie socially. I also had the pleasure of playing golf with Dave. He was a perfect example of the saying that if you play 18 holes of golf with a person, you will know what kind of person they are. Dave was an honest humble person who was a joy to be around. I will miss you buddy!

  4. John Knox January 29, 2020 8:02 pm

    Dave worked with me in the 1980s, as my first-ever hire. We shared a lot of good and/or intense times, and I particularly remember the birth of Travis. Other people (including Mike McElroy and Dave Rae) came into the office on a project basis, and we all played pranks on one another. Mike was prone to wearing a gorilla suit to work on special occasions. Dave really missed his dad back in Texas, and we (led, I think, by Jodie and Lee Sichter) schemed to bring him out without Dave’s knowledge. At his birthday party, Dave was standing beside Mike when somebody ambled in wearing the gorilla suit. Dave shrugged, but then said, “OK, it can’t be Mike this time, let’s see who it is.” When the gorilla mask came off to reveal his father, Dave stared for a good ten seconds, hugged his father, and cried. It was the best prank I’ve ever seen.

    Most of our work then was in the niche field of social impacts, and as time went by it became apparent that wasn’t where Dave wanted to put his professional planner’s heart. One night over beer he asked me for an assessment. Part of me wanted to keep him as long as possible, but I deliberately said, “You’re a great lieutenant, and if I ever get to be a general you’ll be a great colonel.” He looked at me and said, “Yeah, but I wanna be a general, too.” We both nodded, and before long he was at Helber Hastert, where he became a principal. So long, General Curry, the troops will miss you!

  5. John goody January 29, 2020 3:18 pm

    Dave was an outstanding colleague and good friend.
    I will sorely miss him.


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