Founder of NOH Foods dies at 88

Published On: Dec 27 2012 04:19:38 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 27 2012 04:47:48 PM HST

Edwin Noh, the founder and CEO of NOH Foods of Hawaii, has died at the age of 88, according to his family.

He died quietly at his Honolulu home on Dec. 15.

Noh was born in Waialua.  His family later moved to the Punchbowl area.

Noh's father was an immigrant worker from Korea.  He learned to cook from his mother.

Noh and his wife, Miriam, opened Arirang Restaurant on Kaheka Street in the early 1960s.  He wanted dehydrated spices to help in making kim chee and that's how the NOH Foods empire began.

Noh started making dry Asian seasonings and now makes other products like barbeque sauces and iced tea.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of NOH Foods of Hawaii.  NOH products are distributed across the mainland U.S. and internationally to 20 countries.

People in the food industry credit Noh as the first-ever to successfully package Asian seasonings and mixes in a dehydrated powder form.

He wasn't only a businessman, but a developer too.  Noh built hotels in Waikiki, including a 10-story building that at one time was the tallest building along the Ala Wai Canal.

His son, Raymond, says his father loved life and lived a great life.  Noh provided well for his family, was a colorful man and had lots of friends, according to Raymond.

Noh even played the trumpet almost every day until he died.

He was a World War II veteran and a founding member of the Hawaii Korean Golf Club.

Noh is survived by his wife Miriam and three sons -- Raymond, Howard, and David.

A memorial service for Noh will be held Jan. 3 at Diamond Head Mortuary.  That day would have been his 89th birthday.

The service is open to the public.


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