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Hitoyo Mori
Hitoyo Mori
Hitoyo Mori with granddaughter Joyce Lampert on 10 January 2012.
Birth: 11 February 1902
Hana, Hawaii, USA
Death: 1 February 2012
Concord, California, USA
Age: 109 years, 355 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Hitoyo Mori (née Kanakogi; 11 February 1902 – 1 February 2012) was an American centenarian who was the oldest known person born in Hawaii at the time of her death.


Hitoyo Mori was born in Hana, Hawaii, USA on 11 February 1902. Mori's family stated that she had been born on 10 January 1902, and that the doctor responsible for her birth had failed to register it until 10 February of the same year.

She grew up on a small farm, and her parents leased land to raise sugar cane. She married Tenran Mori in Oxnard, California on 6 September 1924, and had one son Raymond Isao Mori (1926–2001). They lived most of their lives in Hawaii, where her husband was a Buddhist minister.

After the start of World War II, her husband Tenran Mori, a Japanese citizen, was moved to the Santa Fe Justice Department Internment Camp until the end of the war. In 1962, the couple founded the Palolo Hongwanji Temple in Honolulu, where a bust of her husband stands on the front steps. She got widowed in 1975. She moved to the Bay Area in the mid-1990s to be near her family.

She attributed her longevity to working hard, and eating mainly fish and vegetables.

Hitoyo Mori died in Concord, California, USA on 1 February 2012 at the age of 109 years, 355 days (claimed 110 years, 22 days). She was survived by one daughter-in-law Betsy Mori, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.