Lillian Leihulu Agtarap, 74, of Keaau died July 11 at home. Born in Lihue, Kauai, she was a professional entertainer known as “Songbird of Wailua River.” Celebration of life 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Way of Salvation Church, 4565 Mamane St., Kapaa, Kauai. Hilo visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Thy Word Ministries. Memorial service and celebration of life at 11 a.m. Luncheon and fellowship to follow. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Llewellyn (Pomai) Kaui, Shane Kaui and Kyle Agtarap of Keaau, Kameron Agtarap of Kapaa; daughters, Arleen (Allen) Kuwamura of Kauai, Charmaine (Dennis) Della Bona of California and Jessica Agtarap of Keaau; sisters, Mildred “Kuki” Chow of Puhi, Kauai, Elsie Kaahaaina of Waianae, Oahu, Louisa Brown of Arkansas and Alice Puanani Silverman of Anahola, Kauai; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Theodora “Etta” “Nana” Benevides, 93, of Hilo died July 21 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Hakalau, she was a homemaker, childcare giver and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial 11:30 a.m. at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by husband, Anthony P. Benevides of Hilo; sons, Sonny (Geneva) Haleamau and Patrick Haleamau of Hilo; hanai sons, Anthony (Coleen) Haleamau and Kaohe (Jaylyn) Haleamau of Hilo; eight grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Denny Clifford Dement Sr., 87, of Waimea died July 21 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired Honolulu Board of Water Supply employee, retired Securitas security guard and member of Waimea 2nd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waimea Senior Citizens, Alu Like Hilo, and Waimea Nutrition Program. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Monday at the Waimea Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral service at 10 a.m. followed by burial at Waimea County Cemetery, Mormon section. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Bertha P. Dement of Waimea; sons, Kai (Linda) Kaholokai of Kawaihae and Bert (Darlene) Dement of Waimanalo, Oahu; daughters, Marilei (George) Lindsey of Waimea and Ann Dement of Waimea; brother, Ronald (Jeanette) Dement of Hawaii Kai, Oahu; sisters, Maile (Albert) Shidaki of Honolulu and Marvis (Richard) Fujita of Pearl City, Oahu; sister-in-law, Mae Dement of Honolulu; brother-in-law, Simeon Medeiros of Honolulu; 16 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Deborah Leilani Ho Chee, 58, of Honomu died July 20 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Hilo, she was a private housekeeper and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Honomu Branch. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Honomu Branch. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Burial 2 p.m. at Alae Cemetery, Mormon section. Survived by father, Samuel K. Ho Chee of Honomu; sisters, Sandra (Eldred) Kalehua, Alice (Allen) Enocencio, Pearl Ho Chee and Nadine (Keith) Hughes of Hilo, Janice Ho Chee of Honomu and Holly (Doug) Dupont of Ninole; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.