Obituaries for March 24
Kehaulani Kua, 36, of Hilo died March 18 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a preschool teacher at Headstart Piihonua, former preschool student teacher for Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation, worked at Office Max and was a member of New Hope Christian Fellowship. Visitation 9–10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, Jacob Kua-Cantan, Jason Kua-Cantan and Jamin Kua-Cantan of Hilo; father, Joel Kua Sr. of Hilo; brothers, Joel (Mina) Kua Jr. of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., and Justin Kua of Hilo; maternal grandmother, Pearly (Jacob) Pa of Hilo; paternal grandfather, Futoshi Shintani of Hilo; one grandson; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Patricia Ann “Pat” Kuuleialoha J. Lee, 81, died March 9 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Bakersfield, Calif. She was a retired kindergarten teacher at Waiakea Elementary School, home economist, member of Haili Church, Olaa First Congregational Church, Peace Corps, Woman’s Board of Missions of the Pacific and the Christian Endeavor. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Haili Church. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, section 7. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Kenneth Analu (Brenda) Lee of Hilo and Francis Kainoa (Pat) Lee of Waimea; brothers, Glen (Helen) Jelletich of California and David (Sandra) Jelletich of Montana; brother-in-law, Peter Kin Wah (Florence) Lee of Kona; sisters-in-law Miu Chee Matsumura and Margaret Lee of Hilo, Miu Lin (Billy) Sibayton of Keaau and Miriam Sasaki of Kauai; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Francisco “Ikong” V. Pira Sr., 79, of Honokaa died March 18 at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea. Born in Pidigan, Abra, Philippines, he was a retired field worker for the former Hamakua Sugar Co. and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Visitation 7-10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial at Honokaa Catholic Cemetery. Survived by wife, Leonora Pira of Honokaa; sons, Francisco (Lydia) Pira Jr., Fred (Raquel) Pira and Nardel Pira of Paauhau and Reynaldo (Eliza) Pira of Waikoloa; daughters Garnet Pira and Thelma (Henry) Dato of California, Mylene (Nanding) Pilien of Honokaa; brother, Dionisio Pira of Honokaa; sisters, Magdalena Quezada, Juanita Pira and Lucia Baldos of Philippines, Paula (Romeo) Carsola of California; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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