THANK YOU TO ALL OF GAY’S FAMILY & FRIENDS for your love and support. Thank you to those who attended the Celebration of Life at Diamond Head Mortuary on September 2, 2018 and/or the Graveside Service at Hawaiian Memorial Park on September 4, 2018.


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Gay Wong on August 4, 2018. Gay played a vital role at Mutual Publishing as Sales Manager and Food Editor. She helped shape and grow our cookbook genre contributing her skills, talent, and love of food to develop some of our most popular titles such as the What Hawai‘i Likes to Eat series, Hawai‘i Bakes, Hawai‘i’s Ohana Cookbook. Recently, Gay helped prepare dishes for and art directed the food photography in our upcoming cookbook by Malia Ogoshi, Hawai‘i’s Rice Cooker Cookbook. She was also especially busy this year developing three new cookbooks, one of which was in collaboration with Chef Sam Choy.

Gay also served as a goodwill ambassador of sorts working with many hotels, resorts, and tourist organizations to provide unique products that showcased Hawai‘i and everything our beautiful islands have to offer. She was well-known and loved by local business across the state as she shared Mutual’s aloha for Hawai‘i’s culture, history, landscape, and arts.

But the loss of her considerable talents doesn’t compare to the loss of her friendship. Gay was truly the heart of the company. She was the mother hen who took care of everyone whether it was stocking the kitchen with coffee and snacks or making sure our office was decorated with enormous red poinsettia for the holidays. For those of us who had the pleasure of working with Gay for a decade or more, she celebrated with us when we got married and had kids and mourned with us when we lost loved ones.

Her positive spirit permeated the office. She will be sorely missed, but she will most definitely be remembered.


Gay’s favorite charity was Fur-Angel Foundation.  If you would like to give a donation in her memory, we will have a donation box at the “Celebration of Life.” Please make your check payable to: Fur-Angel Foundation.  You may also give online at or mail your check to Fur-Angel Foundation, 590 Farrington Hwy. #524-224, Kapolei, HI  96707.  Thank you.


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