Joel Bert Kennedy, 69, of Hawi died June 23 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a former communications director for the state House of Representatives, former vice president of public affairs for Hawaiian Telephone Co., vice president of corporate communications for The Queen’s Health Systems, managing editor for Kohala Mountain News and an Army veteran. Services held. Memorial donations to Hawaiian Humane Society in Honolulu or PBS Hawaii. Survived by wife, Ann Kennedy of Hawi; daughter, Carole (Billy) Alvarado of California; son, Scott Kennedy of Maryland; brothers, Bruce Kennedy and Mark Kennedy of California, David (Anna Marie) Kennedy of Honolulu; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Nit Ung Lau Wong, 96, of Hilo died July 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired hairstylist who loved square dancing, hula and tai chi. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Tuesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 5 p.m. Graveside committal service at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by son, Lt. Col. (Ret. U.S. Army) Terrence (Kris) Wong of Springfield, Va.; sister-in-law, Emma Lau of Honolulu, Oahu; two grandsons, three step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Theodore “Ted” Nyuk Fa Wong, 75, of Kailua-Kona died July 16 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired supervisor for the Department of Liquor Control, former police officer and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Mokuaikaua Congregational Church in Kailua-Kona. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Frieda Wong of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Krista (Matthew) Brooks of Kailua-Kona and Robyn (Mark) Wass of Kailua, Oahu; sister, Roberta (Peter) Fithian of Honolulu; two grandchildren; aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.