John “Big John” Kealoha Spencer, 66, of Kailua-Kona died July 3 at Tripler Army Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Honokohau Mauka, he was a Vietnam War veteran, a retired boatswain first class and a commercial boat captain of Captain Beans’ Cruises, the Fairwinds and his personal catamaran, TETATIMAIO. Friends and family may gather at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Old Kona Airport events pavilion; celebration of life to follow. Casual attire. Bring own instrument for kanikapila. Survived by daughters, Tess Spencer, Tanja Spencer, Tishia Spencer (Robby Giltner) and Malaea Spencer; son, Ioane Spencer; sisters, Napua (Tony) Cosma and Ida Oliveira; brothers, Norman Spencer and Fred Spencer; nine grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
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Gail Haunani Keomaka, 64, of Kailua-Kona died Saturday at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, she was a Kona Village housing manager. Services held. Survived by brothers, Samuel (Elizabeth) Keomaka of El Mirage, Ariz., and Daniel Keomaka of Hilo; sister, Mary Ann Keomaka of Kailua-Kona; nieces and nephews. Online condolences: www.homelanimemorialpark.com .
John J. Lujan, 69, of Pahoa died July 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired carpenter. Visitation at 10 a.m. Saturday with 11:30 a.m. funeral service at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home in Hilo. Honolulu services pending. No flowers. Survived by wife, Angelina Lujan of Pahoa; sons, James Lujan of Honolulu, Jesse Lujan of Honolulu, Jason Lujan of Pahoa and Aaron Lujan of Pahoa; stepdaughter, Jainette (Miles) Iwasaki of Honolulu; brother, Micheal Lujan of Honolulu; sister, Christina Taite of Honolulu; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Zion Pomaikaiokalani DeGuzman Jr., 16, of Mountain View died June 27 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a student at Keaau High School. Visitation from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo; memorial service (urn) at 7 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by mother, Robin K. Poepoe of Hilo; father, Zion P. DeGuzman Sr. of Hilo; sisters, Keahi (Ryan) Pavao of Hawaiian Acres, Chantee (Lenny) Poepoe-Vigil of Mountain View, Chyrel Poepoe of San Diego, and Kaleolani Poepoe-DeGuzman of Hilo; brother, Kainoa Poepoe-Vigil of Waimea; paternal grandmother, Anita Kahana of Panaewa; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Joyce Fay Brees, 83, of Jackson, Calif., died July 12. She was born in California. Graveside committal service noon Tuesday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. No flowers; memorial donations to charity of your choice. Survived by sons, Burton L. (Marilyn) Brees and Steve L. (Cindy) Brees; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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.
Charles Shizuo Doi, 84, of Pahala died July 4 in hospice. Born in Pahala, he was an Army sergeant first class who served in the Korean War. Funeral services to be held at Punchbowl National Cemetery on Wednesday, July 30, at 11:30 a.m. Survived by wife, Sharie Doi; daughter, Corinne Doi-Majorino; son, Warren Doi; and sister, Connie Fukumoto.
Harold Tavares Ferreira, 83, of Hilo died July 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired highway inspector for the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation Highways Division, a retired Hawaii Army National Guard Sergeant, and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou, the Y.M.I., the Ancient Order of Foresters and the Portuguese Cultural Club. Visitation from 8-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by, son, Mark (Laura) Ferreira of Pahoa; daughters, Haroldeen (Kai) Quintal of Kurtistown and Natalie (Thomas) Veriato of Mountain View; sisters, Lorreta Kim of Honolulu, and Lucille (John) Scarborough of Gulf Port, Mississippi; sisters-in-law, Shirley Ferreira of Hilo and Evelyn Ferreira of Honolulu; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one aunt; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc. of Hilo.
Moses “Uncle Moke” Kealoha O Nalani Kuamo‘o Moke, 74, of Hilo died June 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Keaukaha, he retired as a truck driver for Yamada Transfer Inc., was a former treasurer for ILWU Local 142, Unit 1412, treasurer for Hawaii Division ILWU Local 142 Pensioners Council, president for Papaikou ILWU Local 142 Pension Club, treasurer and former president for Hilo ILWU Local 142 Pension Club, treasurer for Keaukaha Community Association, president and genealogist for Ohana Ka-Uaua-A-Mahi Ohana O Hawaii, member of the Kuamo‘o Foundation, a member Sacristan and building maintenance chairman for Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, former member of the Hawaii Island Archery Club, co-chairman for the former Hawaii Island King Kamehameha Day Parade Committee of Hilo and Royal Court co-director for King Kamehameha Day Celebration at Moku-ola formerly sponsored by Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church. Friends may call Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 5-9 p.m.; wake service at 7 p.m. All-night vigil to follow at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, 326 Desha Ave. in Keaukaha. Friends may call Saturday at the Malia Puaka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha. Visitation from 8-9:30 a.m.; celebration of life at 9:30 a.m.; Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Alae Cemetery (Section F). Survived by son, Phillip John Kealoha O Nalani (Sylvia) Moke of Keaau; grandson, Joshua John Ka-Uaua-A-Mahi Kuamo‘o Moke of Keaau; step-daughters, Deborah Mae Kepo‘o (Randy) Akui and Jacquline “Jackie” Pilialoha Kepo‘o (Larry) Sabate of Hilo; brothers, Herbert Kalani (Karen) Moke and Herman Kahekili Moke of Hilo; sisters, Sandra “Sandy” Hualani (Bobby) Lee of Hilo and Theresa “Sharon” Keahialoa Becktel of Kailua-Kona; brother in-law, Theodore (Yolette) Kamakea of Marietta, California; sisters in-law, Carmen Moke and Roswitha “Rose” Moke of Keaau; hanai brothers, Robert “Hoss” Po’okapu Keli’iho’omalu III of Aiea, Oahu, and Charles “Charlie” (Marion) Moody of Linden, North Carolina; hanai sister, Theresa “Resa” Correa of Kailua, Oahu, and Thelma “Buff” Kanani O Ka Home (Samson) Kamekona of Kahului, Maui; aunt, Judy Akoni of Keaau; god children, Elizabeth Marie Benson and Keenan “Kuokalani” Kahalioumi of Hilo, Cheryl Moke-Rabang of Keaau; numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, godsisters and godbrother. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Loretta Lorraine Evangelista, 68, of Hilo died June 24 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Hilo, she was a retired housekeeper. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire; no flowers. Survived by hanai sons, Troy Julian and Kaniala Estrada; hanai daughters, Patrice Julian and Fern Peahi; brother, Raymond Agpoon; sisters, Florence Respicio and Odetta Ah Nee; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Margaret Jonolino Espiritu, 86, of Kapaau died June 30 at her son’s home. Born in Kohala, she was a housewife and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial in Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Rudy (Jeri) Espiritu of Kona Palisades, Philip (Laurie) Espiritu of Keaau and Anthony (Lily) Espiritu of Honolulu; daughters, Nancy (Roy, Jr.) Antonio of Kapaau, Lucy (Lawrence) Antonio of Waimanalo, Oahu; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Leeward Funeral Home and Dodo Mortuary.
Jennie Junko Kan, 58, of Hilo, formerly of Keaau, died July 6 in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, she was an administrative assistant. Private services. Survived by sisters, Laurie Izumi and Sherrie (Calvin) Sakamoto. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services.
Ronald Kauwila Auld Sr., 78, of Hilo died July 4 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Kalihi, Honolulu, Oahu, he was a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class and Vietnam War Veteran, a non-commissioned officer club manager, tugboat clerk for the former C. Brewer &Co., a state adult corrections officer and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kaumana Ward, Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Hilo Stake Center, 1373 Kilauea Ave. Funeral service at 11:00 AM. Burial fo follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Ayako Oyadomari Auld of Hilo; sons, Ronald Kauwila (Kay) Auld Jr. of Bothell, Wash., William Lono (Arden) Auld of Waimanalo, Oahu, Andrew (Pat) Auld of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Lyle (Nena) Auld of Panaewa, Hilo; daughters, Kehaulani (Bob) Cancialosi of Chicago, Hiilani (Thomas) Lapera of Ka’u, HI and Lei (Angitau) Fa’anunu of Kaumana, Hilo; sister-in-law, Eloise “Chi Chi” Auld of Kailua, Oahu; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Yoko Arai, 81, of Hilo, formerly of Honolulu, died June 24 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a housekeeper for an elderly housing facility on Oahu. Services held. Survived by companion, Donald Barrios of Honolulu; brother, Toichi (Hanako) Arai of Hilo; sisters, Shimomi Araujo of Hilo and Tomoko Lasua of Ewa Beach, Oahu; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Ladrena Ilima Broad, 67, of Hilo died June 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a tour driver for Alii Hilo Tours and member of The Gospel of Alpha &Omega Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Sunday at The Gospel of Alpha &Omega Church, 667 Kekuanaoa St., Hilo. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire. Survived by brothers, James (Bernie) Broad of Waimanalo, Oahu, and Ernesto (Dezi) Broad of Hilo; sisters, Jeanette Lyon of California, Rhonda Broad, Susanna Broad and Lucy Keahi, all of Hilo; sister-in-law, Janir Broad of Hilo; goddaughter, Rhoda-Lyn Broad of Oahu; godson, Isaacs Broad of Hilo; cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.