Obituaries for Aug. 22
Bette Lou Buckingham, 90, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 16 at home. Born in Huntington Park, Calif., she was a homemaker and a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. Celebration of life 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Grounds Coffee Farm visitor center, 82-6011 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook. Survived by sons, James (Linda) Buckingham Jr. of Austin, Texas, William (Gail) Buckingham of Captain Cook; sister, Dixie Sundberg of San Clemente, Calif.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Steven Jun Wah Kau, 68, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 12 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a telecommunications engineer for Wakelight Technologies, Inc., U.S. Army veteran and Air Force Reserve retiree and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Friends may call 9-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 75-230 Kalani St., Kailua-Kona. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Oahu services 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 91-641 Pohue St., Halawa Heights. Burial to follow at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Roxanne Kau of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Tina (Michael) Namumnart of Honolulu and Rachael (Chase) Tippetts of Saratoga Springs, Utah; sons, Steven-J (Tiari) Kau of Honolulu and Terrance Kau of Orem, Utah; mother, Irene Kau of Honolulu; eight grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Wilda Alquist Hodgins, 99, of Kailua-Kona, died July 28 at home. Born in Thompson, Iowa, she was a homemaker, former registered nurse and volunteer with various charities. Memorial service 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Christ Church Episcopal in Kealakekua. Light refreshments to follow. No flowers; memorial donations to Christ Church Episcopal or Kona Community Hospital Foundation. Survived by son, Aka (Pearlie) Hodgins of Kaunakakai, Molokai; daughters, Mary Helen (Jim) Higgins of Puuanahulu and Hannah Hodgins of Captain Cook; sister-in-law, Betty Hodgins of Kailua-Kona; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Calvin “Fats” Isao Nago, 59, of Hilo died Aug. 18 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was an engineering supervisor for Kona Coast Resort and member of Carpenters Union Local 745. Memorial service 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Glad Tidings Church in Hilo. Scattering of ashes to follow at Honolii Beach Park. Online condolences: www.homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by son, Ryan Nago of Hilo; daughter, Sandi Ann Nago of Captain Cook; sister, Charlene (Ronnie) Merritt of Hilo; brothers, Terrance (Jean) Nago and Aaron (Edith) Kaneshiro of Hilo; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.
Yoshie Tomita, 93, of Kailua-Kona, died Aug. 18 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Imperial Valley, Calif., she was a seamstress. Private services. Survived by her son, Gene (Stella) Tomita of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Hoshi (Aileen) Tanida and Teruzo (Misako) Tanida of California; sister, Katsuko (John) Yamada of California; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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