Dr. Fujie grew up in the Big Island of Hawaii and was active in baseball, scouting, student government, church and the YMCA Model Legislature. Surfing, fishing and free diving were his favorite outdoor activities.
He attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa and received his Bachelor of Arts in Zoology and a Master of Science in Animal Science. During his undergraduate years, he transferred to the University of Hawaii at Hilo for a semester to be a biology teaching assistant. One of the best summers of his life was working on the Kona Coast for the UH Sea Grant Marine Options Program as a research assistant. He was part of a team of five scientists that completed a biological survey of the coastal brackish ponds from Puoko to Keahole. The discovery of a new species of invertebrate was the highlight of his summer.
At Washington State University, Dr. Fujie did a concurrent degree program and received his DVM and PhD. His dissertation involved the effects of a new antimicrobial drug on the renal function of poultry. After graduation, he spent two years at Sorrento Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
After a year of working for the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture, he practiced small animal medicine for the next 20 years at Kahala Pet Hospital. Dr. Fujie also served on the State of Hawaii Veterinary Licensing Board and the Executive Board of the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association. He also served on the planning committee of the Hawaii Pet Expo for over 15 years. Dr. Fujie is licensed in Hawaii, Washington and Oregon.
Dr. Fujie is a regular guest on the Hawaii News Now Sunrise Morning Show segment “Vet on the Set”. He is also on the board with the Cat Fanciers of Hawaii and active in the cat fanciers' scene, where his Siamese cats often take home numerous awards.
Update! Dr. Fujie and his wife, Donna, share their home with their nine cats (Charlie, Heggy, Kaimana, Kalohelani Bluebelle, Lani, Mattie, Siri, Taggart, Tuxedo, and a few babies waiting to go to new homes, who are living a life of leisure. Three of the cats were feral cats but now will only eat selected types of food. His late dog, Sunny, was an abandoned pet that he adopted while in veterinary school and they traveled the Northwest together. She acted in an episode of the television show Jake and the Fatman and was also in a couple of Liberty House ads.