Betty Leilani Ouye Nestuk, 91, of Lihue passed away September 5, 2019 in Hale Kapuna Heritage Home.
She was preceded in death by husband William Nestuk, parents, Manji “Papa Ouye” and Emma “Mama Ouye” (proprietors of former famed Nawiliwili harbor night club and Chinese/American restaurant Club Jetty) and younger siblings Marian Miyashiro (husband Wilson) and William “Billy” Ouye.
She is survived by son Kimo William Nestuk and daughter Didi Anthony, grandsons Ian Ross and Aaron Ryan Anthony, ever-caring sister-in-law Anita Ouye of Wailua and Los Angeles-based son-in-law and close phone companion Brian “White Light” Ross. Betty served in the kitchen and restaurant of the Club Jetty in the 1960s and 70s alongside cheerful sister Marian and commanding Cantonese-speaking half-Hawaiian matriarchal “Mama” prior to achieving a modicum of local 1980s fame as the maverick DJ of the Club Jetty disco highlighted by her trademark white visor cap and dark sunglasses. Betty’s countless humorous stories of repeated mishaps in Club Jetty meal catering and delivery for Hollywood studio productions on Kauai in the 1950s and early 60s when roads were significantly more difficult to negotiate revealed a different era of the old Kauai, and like that veiled and fabled period of Kauai’s past, Betty will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
A brief visitation from 3pm to 4:15pm will be held at Kauai Memorial Gardens on Monday Sep 16 with family and non-family members all welcome to attend.