Obituaries for June 2
Pearl “Pearly” Ni’ihau Batalona, 73, of Honokaa, died May 11 at Hale Ho’ola Hamakua. Born in Waipio Valley, she was retired from the Hamakua Sugar Plantation and was the first female heavy equipment operator on the plantation, served as a planning commissioner for the Hawaii County under Mayor Herbert Matayoshi, secretary and member of ILWU Local 142 and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Honokaa Ward and Relief Society. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Honokaa. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Kukuihaele County Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Jacob Batalona of Honokaa; daughters, Lucy Ann (Robert) Revilla of Las Vegas, Nev., DoraLynn (Michael Josefovicz) Batalona of Honokaa; sons, Jacob Batalona, Jr. of Waipio Valley, Adley Batalona of Boulder, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Monalisa Batalona of Paauilo; brothers, Ruben (Barbara) Eskaran, Dennis (Grace) Eskaran, Larry Eskaran, all of Lanai; sisters, Janet (Paul) Tam Sing of Hilo, Judy (David) Ka’auku’u of Kalihi Valley, Oahu; 17 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Palani Benjamin Cobb-Adams, 30, of Hilo, died May 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a foreman for Ivan Mochida Contracting Company. He was also a member of the Wainaku Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Big Island Auto Club and the Big Island Hot Rod Association. Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo. Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by fiancé, Karlie Lewis of Hilo; parents, Roscoe and Parona Cobb-Adams of Keaau; sisters, Chaslen “Chas” (John Pettypool) Cobb-Adams of Arizona and Sherona (Dustin Simms) Cobb-Adams of Hilo; grandparents, Alvin, Sr. and Rebecca Jardine of Kurtistown, Roger and Beatrice “Nani” Antonio of Kaumana and Benjamin and Pumehana Cobb-Adams of Kaneohe, Oahu; great-grandfather, Tommy Akana of Honolulu, Oahu; mother-in-law, Kawehi Torngren of Hilo; sister-in-law, Kristie Lewis of Hilo; numerous uncles, aunties, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. in Hilo.
Marina “Maring” Velasco Galingana, 94, of Keaau, died May 13 at her residence. Born in Santo Tomas, Isabela, Philippines, she was a homemaker and a member of The Church on a Sure Foundation in Keaau. Friends may call on Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 8 -10 a.m. Funeral Service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park (Lehua Section). Survived by sons, Bienvinido (Norma) Galingana of Philippines, Dionicio (Nelly) Galingana of Belgium and Edelino (Sonya) Galingana of California; daughter, Christy G. Luis of Keaau; daughter in-law, Alfreda Galingana of Philippines; 23 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Malva Nobuko Imaizumi Ideue, of Saint George, Utah, died on May 23 at the Dixie Regional Medical Center in Saint George. Born in Hilo, she was an accountant for HELCO. Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Visitation from 1:30-3 pm. Survived by husband, Keith; sons, Bradley (Ann Togashi) of Hilo, John (Marina) Ideue of Las Vegas, Nevada, daughter, Mari (Dean) Phung of Saint George, Utah, and sister, Ada (Andrew) Kubo of Keaau; four grandchildren and a nephew and niece.
Lohekamakaula “Lohe” Kaaloa, 74, of Hilo died April 18 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a farmer, masonry contractor, executive assistant to the late Mayor Stephen Yamashiro, and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Celebration of life 9 a.m.-noon Friday, June 6 at Uncle Robert’s Awa Club in Kaimu, Kalapana. Lunch to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by son, Lohekamakaula “Lohe” S. (Angela) Kaaloa of Honolulu; brothers, Edward (Aggie) Kaaloa of Honolulu and John (Janice) Kaaloa of Kona; sisters, Mary Mendiola of Hilo, Haaheo Gilman and Wanda Jean Reyes of Honolulu; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Elaine Hideko Macanas, 74, of Pepeekeo, died on May 11 at Hospice of Hilo’s Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Pepeekeo, she was a retired licensed practical nurse for Hilo Hospital and a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Visitation will be held from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Papaikou; Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m.; inurnment to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by, sons, Delbert (Alice) Macanas of Honolulu, Oahu and Derick (Devalynn Gragas) Macanas of Pepeekeo; hanai son, Tyson (Kuualoha) Macanas of Hakalau; brothers, Donald (Lina) Abe of Pepeekeo, Harold “Dickie” (Carol) Abe of Honolulu, Oahu and Calvin Abe of Honolulu, Oahu; sisters, Darlene (Richard) Rodrigues of San Bruno, California, Joanne Quisano of Honolulu and Jeanette (Jacob) Kiko of Keaukaha; grandchildren, Denna Macanas, Delbert Macanas, Jr. and Dominic Macanas; hanai grandchildren, Healani Macanas, Holli-Jae Macanas, Amor Macanas, Emma Macanas and Jeremiah Keawe-Hauanio. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.
Noboru “Curly” Mento, 87, of Paukaa, died May 14 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Honomu, he was retired from Hilo Hospital, a U.S. Army veteran and member of Papaikou Hongwanji Mission. Friends may call from 3-4 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Natsuko “Judy” Mento of Paukaa; son, Keith Mento of Pepeekeo; daughter-in-law, Nola Mento of Honolulu; brothers, Jimmy (Hatsue) Mento of Paukaa, Roy (Yukie) Mento, Robert (Kazuko) Mento, both of Pepeekeo; sisters, Helen Nham of Hilo, Ayako Higa of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Nobuko Mento of Paukaa; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
There will be a memorial service for John Liborio at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Homelani Memorial Park’s new columbarium. Information was omitted from an obituary published Sunday.
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