Helen Gillette Thompson, 93, of Hilo died Friday at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Wakeeney, Kan., she was a journalist and writer. Private services. Survived by companion, Dan Wahl of Hilo; sons, Brian Gillette of Anchorage, Alaska, and Lance (Leola) Gillette of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter, Maia Cummings of Anchorage; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Jessica Keiko Kawasuna Saiki, 85, died Feb. 21 in Los Angeles. Born in Hilo, she was an author, poet, painter, artist, soprano soloist who played harp, pianist, and a composer of choral music for church. Private services. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Online remembrances and condolences at http://jessica-keiko-kawasuna-saiki.forevermissed.com. Survived by sister, Alice Nakahara of Honolulu; children, Lorel Keiko Saiki, Mark Kenji Saiki, Jennifer Yeiko Evans and Neal Tate Saiki.
David James VanderHoek, 82, of Kailua-Kona died Monday at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Spokane, Wash., he was a retired carpenter, groundskeeper and member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Private services. Survived by sons, Gene VanderHoek of Kalaoa, James VanderHoek and Joel VanderHoek of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Dena Rabara of Kalaoa; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.