​to The Georgia E. Morikawa Center (GEM)

A nonprofit organization dedicated in helping individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind

It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of

Patricia "Patty" Sakal

To all the 'Ohana of Patty Sakal from her family; Aisha Sakal, Amanda L. Sakal, Andrea Sakal, Byron Morikawa, Natalie Cleveland, and Lorna Mouton Riff: 

We know how much Patty was loved by all of you; her friendship and presence indelible and jubilant personality. To do a Zoom or drive-by service would not honor her the way she should be. Therefore, we have decided to hold off a memorial service until such time as it is safe for her ashes to be brought home, that family can safely travel back home to Hawaii, and that we can all safely gather in-person to celebrate her extraordinary life and honor the gifts she imparted with everyone. 

At this time, we don't know when that will be. We want everyone to be safe and not risk getting COVID-19. Many of you have reached out to us, wanting to send money or gifts for Patty. We have set up a Venmo account for you to do so. If you wish to make a gift, please Venmo @Aisha-Sakal. 

We will be creating a web memorial page for Patty and we will be sharing her story and life with all of you. You will be able to post messages and blessings there and the site will remain for years to come. While we have our family memories to share, we know that each of you had a special relationship with Patty and we are looking forward to hearing all of your personal stories too

Thank you, from Patty's family. 

Above the Clouds

Patty Sakal and GEM

Patty’s involvement with GEM is a personal one.  Georgia E. Morikawa was her mother.  Her life, her passion, her work, her legacy, her dream, and everything she represented embodies GEM.   Within the last year, Patty had a compelling call to serve the community in a greater capacity, wanting to go beyond her work as an interpreter.  She believed the timing is right in bringing the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind communities together in unity and momentum. The goal is to collaborate with organizations which represent and serve these populations to develop resources and services our communities so desperately need, and to empower, educate, and advocate for our communities to live productive and fulfilled lives.

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Georgia E. Morikawa


A dream of more than 40 years...

A community center of, by, and for Hawaii's deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf blind  community

"Georgia Morikawa was born deaf and believed it a gift and lived her life proving that it was"


- Natalie Reubens


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Empower and educate deaf, and hard of hearing, and deaf blind individuals, to live independently and productively in a multicultural community.

Educate and increase awareness of the various communication needs, abilities, and successes of persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf blind

Advocate for equal access to all services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf blind individuals.