Obituaries for May 7
Enoka Saleauau Lei’o “Pops” Ulu Sr., 61, died April 6 at his home in Kailua-Kona. Born in Vaitogi, Samoa, he was a golf maintenance worker for Big Island Country Club, a former electrician, campus police and volleyball coach for Konawaena High School, founding member and coach for Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Club, former board of director and member of Keauhou Canoe Club, member of Kauikeaouli Canoe Club and Kai E Hitu Canoe Club, an official for Moku O Hawaii Canoe Paddling Association starter boat, former head coach for Kalaoa Falcons Pop Warner Football Association, a former player and coach for Ululites, Ghetto Blast &Ghetto Jam, and a member of KHPC Horseshoe Club. Celebration of Life at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at OTEC. Survived by wife, Gwendolyn Ulu of Kailua-Kona; mother, Taulafoga Ulu of Milpitas, Calif.; sons, Bill (Leilani) Ulu, Enoka Ulu Jr. all of Hilo, Iosefa (Cecelia) of Holualoa, Puaita (Marcy) Pulotu, Sausia (Charity) Ulu-Abraham; daughters, Dorothy Ulu, Lehuanani (Tim) Abraham all of Kailua Kona; sisters Tuiluga Ulu of Honolulu, Italia (Samu) Tiumalu, Fualuga Ulu all of Milpitas, Calif.; 29 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Pedro Eleazar Racelis Jr., 94, died Feb. 17 at his residence in Kailua-Kona. Born in Manila, Philippines, he was educated at Andrew Cox School, Kalaniana’ole Elementary and Intermediate School, Mid-Pacific Institute and Union College Theological Seminary in Manila. World War II broke out when Pete Racelis was in seminary school. He joined the Filipino army. With the surrender of Bataan, the Japanese imprisoned him at Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac, after surviving the infamous Bataan Death March. When released, Racelis joined the guerilla unit to this father’s hometown, Tayabas province and later directed commissioned in the US Army as a Captain. Returning to Hawaii in 1946, he worked as a field foreman for Onomea Sugar Company and has been a recreation specialist with Matson Navigation Company Hawaiian Hotel Division, clerk interpreter for Hutchinson Sugar Company, recreation specialist at Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility and at Hale Ho’omalu juvenile detention home, was involved in grassroots politics in the 1960’s and was awarded the State of Hawaii Democratic Party’s meritorious achievement award in 1986. Pedro Racelis is survived by wife, Rositania S Racelis; sons, Pedro E. Racelis III, Mario V. Racelis; daughter-in-law, Venera S Racelis and four grandchildren. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. May 20, at Kalihi Union Church, 2214 N. King Street, Honolulu, HI, 808-841-7022. Internment service will be at 2 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Honolulu. No flowers required. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Dorothy Solis Gutierres, 97, died in her home on the Big Island April 18 under Hospice and in the loving care of her daughter, Jean Paresa and her great-granddaughter, Shantal Castillon English. Born in Kohala, she worked with Dole Pineapple Co. and with the Department of Education, where she was a cook and baker. Her many hobbies were making Hawaiian Quilts, crocheting, bowling, gardening, traveling to Las Vegas and spending time with her ohana. Private services are planned. Condolences may be sent to, Jean Paresa, PO Box 384, Mt. View, HI 96771. Survived by daughters, Jean Paresa of Hilo, Catherine Gonzales and Cathie (Steve) Marin, both of San Jose, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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