Guy Toyama talks in Kona

KONA, Hawaii: Guy Toyama, the Friends of NELHA executive director, has died at the age of 42. is reporting that Toyama passed suddenly this weekend, after he finished the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Miracle Mile fun run on Saturday evening. He later collapsed, and was rushed to Kona Community Hospital. He was airlifted to The Queens Medical Center on Oahu, where he died.

Toyama was a tireless advocate for Hawaii’s renewable resources. The Maui native was president and CEO of H2 Technologies, a renewable fuels developer. He served as executive director at Friends of NELHA and a number of other boards and commissions during his time.

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Big Island Video News has filmed Toyama giving numerous talks through-out his career. One of the more popular was this one (right) given at the Sam Choy Poke Contest in Keauhou. In this video, Toyama shows us the current, sobering state of the world wide fishery.

Toyama had a gift for making the complicated sound simple, and his talks were always informative and entertaining.  Toyama reached the modern day pinnacle of public speaking when he delivered a talk on the topic of traffic congestion at TedX Honolulu (right) reports that Toyama lived in Tokyo for seven years, and was fluent in Japanese. He is survived by wife, Rika.