Obituaries for July 24
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.
Charles “Black Hawk” Kainoa, 82, of Waimea died Sunday at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kaauhuhu, he was a retired Parker Ranch water control specialist. Visitation from 8-9:45 a.m. Aug. 2 at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Hawi. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at church cemetery. Survived by son, Charles Kainoa Jr.; daughters, Tammy Kainoa of San Diego and Donna (Herman) Carvalho of Kailua-Kona; brother, Peter Kainoa; sisters, Lily Akana of Honolulu, Rose Ha of Wahiawa, Oahu, and Mary Lee of Waipahu, Oahu; hanai sister, Blossom (William) Mailliard of Cochranton, Pa.; caregiver, Olinda Cazimero of Waimea; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Mitsuo “Benty” Tachibana, 89, of Hilo, died Sunday at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Amauulu, he retired from Hawaii Electrict Light Co. as an engineering department senior coordinator, served in Company K 442nd Regimental Combat Team in World War II, was a member of Taishoji Soto Mission and Fukushima Ken Jin Kai, and was a former member of the HELCO Golf Club, Japanese Golf Club, Fugu Golf Club, and the Big Island Ballroom Dance Club. Friends may call from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife, Ruth Tachibana of Hilo; son, Leslie (Ruth) Tachibana of Hilo; daughters, Arlene (Rogelio) Padamada of Humble, Texas, Diane (Ken) Matsuzaki of Reno, Nev., and Carole (Mark) Abril of Hilo; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Fujio Sueno, 95, of Hilo died June 30 at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Hakalau, he served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion during World War II. Private services held. No flowers. No koden. Survived by wife, Alice Sueno of Kaneohe, Oahu; daughters, Leimomi (Michael) Kawakami of Honolulu and Norma (Ron) Kobashigawa of Kaneohe; son, Leroy (Diane) Sueno of Kahului, Maui; sister, Hiroko Kamita of Wailuku; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Archie Tokuso Nakata, 86, of Mililani, Oahu, died July 11 at Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in South Kohala, he was a retired U.S. Postal Service mail carrier. Private services held. Survived by spouse, Edna Hisako Nakata of Mililani; brothers, Yoshio Nakata of California and Tsuruo Nakata of Waimea; sisters, Takako Ota of Waimea and Nancy (James) Enomoto of Honolulu; nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.
Austin “Loea” Loeamaikalani Yurong, 20, of Ocean View died July 13 at Queen’s Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a landscaper for Tropical Land Care in Kona, a hunter and a fisherman. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kona Old Airport, Pavilion No. 4. Survived by mother, Adele Yurong of Ocean View; father, Adrian Yurong Jr. of Ocean View; brothers, Nano (Ashley Ferreira) Perreira-Yurong of Kailua-Kona, Kanani Perreira-Yurong of Hilo and Aiden Yurong of Ocean View; sisters, Shante (Kawika) Vierra of Waianae, Oahu, Akayla-Marie Yurong of Ocean View and Aleia Yurong of Ocean View; grandparents, Delbert and Mona Costa of Laupahoehoe, Nano (Gwen) Yurong of Honaunau and Haunani (Stanley) Yorong of Hilo; hanai daughter, Kaizlyn-Marie Caraballo of Waianae; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii. For information, call 808-330-5362.
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