Edward Yuichi Kakita (Poston 35-11-C) was born May 8, 1940 to Bene and Hisako (Miyoshi) Kakita. On May 27, 1942, he along with his parents and older sister, Barbara Kakita, were evacuated from their home in Los Angeles, to the Arizona desert to live in their wartime living quarters at the Poston internment camp 35-11-C. While in camp, his brother, Stanley was born. After living for over 3 years at Poston, the Kakita family finally departed from Poston on August 20, 1945 and returned to Los Angeles.
Edward earned a law degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and bachelor's degrees in finance and business from University of Southern California. He married Lenore S Uyeyama in 1968.
In 1973, Edward and four attorneys formed their own law firm, and in 1973, he helped to establish the Japanese American Bar Association and served as the group's first president.
In 1980, Edward was appointed to the California Superior Court by former Governor Jerry Brown, and became the presiding judge of the court's Appellate Division. Edward kept in close contact with the Hastings Alumni Association and served as president from 1989-1990.
Edward Kakita lived in La Canada Flintridge and served as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge from 1980-l 2000. After his retirement from the bench, Edward began private mediation and arbitration with Alternative Resolution Centers. Former Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Y. Kakita and a founder of the Japanese American Bar Association, died at the age of 64 on March 23, 2005.