History & Staff

We invite you to discover who has made Oahu Mortuarythe ultimate provider of creating healing experiences in the community, serving your loved one with honor and dignity, at an affordable cost-without sacrifice of value and professionalism. This section contains the history and staff that are behind Oahu Mortuary's reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust.

Our History

Our History

Founded in 1844, Oahu Cemetery is Hawaii’s oldest public cemetery. The site, originally named Nuuanu Cemetery,was established at the height of the whaling era to meet the need for a public burial ground for Honolulu’s rapidly growing foreign population. The original 4.5 acre site in lower Nuuanu Valley was chosen because of its proximity to the harbor, and because frequent rains in the valley made the soil easy to dig and irrigate. It would be outside the city limits, yet would be an easy carriage ride from most homes in town. Today, Oahu Cemetery’s 18 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with over 30,000 burials contains the most abundant collection of 19th Century grave art in Hawaii.  In 1906, Oahu Cemetery, installed its first crematory. During its first year of operations- there were only two cremations, compare that to today's operations of over 2200 cremation services performed annually- the highest of any crematory in the state. In 2013, Oahu Mortuary was created on the grounds of Oahu Cemetery- to guide, direct and assist Oahu's families and its visitors, with funeral and cremation services, during one of the hardest times of their lives. In 2015, a brand new, state of the art crematory was constructed. The crematory is designed to work in conjunction with the mortuary to provide personalized services for final disposition. For more  detailed information, please discuss with your funeral director.

Our Valued Staff

  • Stephen Forrest

    Stephen Forrest, Vice President Operations