Obituaries for March 15

Norine Luann Madrona, 79, of Hilo, died March 2 at home. Born in North Dakota, she retired as an operator services manager. Private services held. Survived by sons, Randall (Annette) Clay of Waikoloa, Terry Clay of Kailua-Kona and Robert (Kelly) Carter of Washington; daughter, Dinah (Edward) Clay-Melvin of Hilo; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Condolences may be sent to Dinah Clay-Melvin at 100 Hoomalu Place, Hilo, HI 96720. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

James “Jimmy” Yoshiharu Inaba, 93, of Kailua-Kona, died Feb. 28 at a private care home. Born in Honolulu, he was formerly employed at the original Kona Inn and a member of Kailua Shita Kumiai. Celebration of life at 9 a.m. March 22 at Mokuaikaua Church. Service at 10 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Kona, P.O. Box 4130, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96745. Survived by wife, Ann Inaba of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Sharon (Anthony) Dual of Ocean View; one grandson; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Amy Yuriko Takajo, 82, of Hilo died Feb. 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was retired from Bank of Hawaii and was a RSVP volunteer at Waiakeawaena School, and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Kyodan, Buddhist Women’s Association, and University Extension Club. Private services held. No koden. No flowers. Survived by husband, Mareo Takajo of Hilo; daughter, Gwendolyn Sakoda of Hilo; son, Sheldon (Lynette) Takajo of Hilo; brother, Paul Kodama of Hilo; sisters, Violet Eguchi of Pearl City, Oahu, and Doris (Patrick) Masutomi of Kona; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Roger William Hawes, 77, of Volcano died Monday at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Multnomah County, Oregon, he was the proprietor of Roger’s Keaau Junction Restaurant &Bar and Hawes Brothers Auto Service; manager of Gresham Elks Club; member of Kilauea Golf Club; umpire for Amateur Softball Association of America and umpire and state Director for the North American Fastpitch Association. Private services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Amateur Softball Association’s Girls Program or University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Girls Softball Program in Roger’s name. Survived by daughters, Barbara Rennie of Winchester, Va., Nancy Baker of Winchester, Va., and Linda (Chris) Williams of Henderson, Nev.; brothers, Ron Hawes of Mesa, Ariz., Steve (Sandy) Hawes of Salem, Ore., and Stanley Hawes of Gresham, Ore.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Condolences can be sent to Linda Williams at or P.O. BOX 91104, Henderson, NV 89009. Online condolences:

Rose Marie Vincent, 72, of Hilo died Feb. 22 in Kaneohe, Oahu. Born in Honolulu, she formerly worked as a receptionist for the Hawaii County Office of Aging Coordinated Services and the Hilo Coast Processing Company. She was also a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou and St. Joseph’s Church. Visitation and services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Mortuary and Cemetery in Kaneohe, Oahu. Burial at 2 p.m. Survived by husband, Manuel Vincent, Jr. of Hilo; daughter, Tracy (Louis) Santana of Kaneohe, Oahu; two grandchildren; numerous aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces and sisters-in-law. Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Mortuary and Borthwick Cemetery.

Toshiyuki “Fish” Yamaoka is also survived by sister-in-law, Karen Yamaoka of Honolulu. Her name was omitted in an obit published Thursday.


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