Origami creations fill years and homes of loved ones
KIYOKO FURUYAMA has the nimble fingers of someone half her age. Make that a quarter, or even an eighth.
The 88-year-old has been making miniature origami dolls for 25 years, daughter-in-law Noreen Furuyama says. Before that, she made larger, traditional kimono-clad dolls, which now fill the homes of her extended family.
It’s all been strictly a hobby, although for a time she did participate in an annual craft fair, Noreen says. The little paper dolls - as small as 2 inches tall - are kept for herself or given away. “She has tons at home.”
Kiyoko was born on the Big Island, but her father moved the family to his home-land of Japan when she was 3. After she got married, she returned to Hawaii, settling in Kaimuki, where she still lives with her Pomeranian-Chihuahua-terrier, Sasa.