Respected Hawaii business woman dies

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Executive Director of SMEI and Skal International Hawaii, Stephanie Lee Uyeda passed away on Friday July 29 while attending a women's conference in Northern California.

"Our community has lost a true treasure with the passing of my very dear friend. I am very fortunate to have worked alongside this bundle of energy, ideas & positive nature and even more fortunate to call her the best friend I've ever had in my life", said John Votsis, Director of Sales & Marketing Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk.

Lee Collins, vice-president of Polynesian Adventure Tours and current president of SMEI shared, "I speak for the entire board of directors for SMEI when I say we are all very saddened to hear about the passing of Stephanie Uyeda this weekend."

Friends say Uyeda died from a heart attack.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 10 a.m. a Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church on 1701 Wilder Avenue in Honolulu.

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