Obituaries for February 10
Benny “BJ” Enriquez Jr., 53, of Pahoa died Jan. 11 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, he was owner/operator of BJ’s Performance Service and a U.S. Army and Air Force veteran. Memorial service 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Puna Seventh-day Adventist Church on Kaloli Drive, Keaau. Procession at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 from Pahoa High School to a celebration of life at noon at Uncle Robert Keliihoomalu’s residence in Kaimu, Kalapana. Casual attire; flowers and lei welcome. Survived by wife, Lori K. Enriquez of Pahoa; son, Benny Jerome K. Enriquez of Pahoa; daughter, Leslie (Olen) Rosehill of Pahoa; mother, Trinidad Caballero of Pahoa; father, Benny (Yvonne) Enriquez Sr. of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; mother in-law, Sandy Wilson of Little River, Calif.; father-in-law, Eugene (Mary) Koblick of Bradenton, Fla.; sisters, Marcia “Tiny” (Victor) Nakatsu of Pahoa, Christine (Jaime) Ferreira of Hilo and Justina (Ted) Angelo of Kawaihae; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Matthew “Matt” Bonner Lee, 52, of Holualoa died Feb. 5 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was owner/operator of Lee LP Service propane distributor, member of the Big Island Body Surfing group and champion surfer who competed in Da Hui Waimea Bay Shorebreak Slam, 2013. Mass 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Holualoa. Traditional Hawaiian celebration to follow at Hapuna Beach Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Andrea Lee of Holualoa; sons, Brian (Lauren) Lee and Kelly Lee of California; daughter, Katie Lee of California; mother, Kathryn (Ralph) Tanaka of Honokaa; brothers, Jeff (Marina) Lee of Holualoa and Wade (Lillian) Lee of Honokaa; paternal grandmother, Irene Lee of Kailua-Kona; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Hidetaka “Paisan” Sato, 89, of Honauanu died Jan. 18 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honaunau, he was a retired carpenter, coffee farmer, member of Kona Hongwanji, Hookena Kumiai, Hilo Daijingu and Kona Koyasan Daishiji Mission, and U.S. Army veteran who served with the 442nd Infantry Battalion in WWII. Services held. Survived by son, Alvin (Eilene) Sato of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Claudia (Larry Evans) Sato of Honaunau; brother, Kenji (Mieko) Sato of Honaunau; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Kenneth Kwai Sung Tam, 69, of Hilo, formerly of Pepeekeo, died Jan. 20 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Facility. Born in Pepeekeo, he worked for KTA Super Stores in downtown Hilo and was a member of Trinity Community Church and Kulaimano Family Community Education Club. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by brothers, Clifford (Jane) Tam of Pepeekeo, Wesley Tam and Walter Tam of Hilo; sisters, Mollie (Harvey) Chun of Hilo and Patsy (Kan Kim) Chang of Fresno, Calif.; sister-in-law, Virginia Tam of Gainesville, Ga.; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Hisae Taniguchi, 91, of Hilo, died Jan. 24 in Honolulu. She was a retired KTA Super Stores employee. Funeral services 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin at 4 p.m. Survived by daughter, Diane (Sidney) Uyetake; sister, Kimie Miyamoto; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary, Honolulu.
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