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Obituaries for April 16

Joyce Emma Akana, 77, of Kapaau died April 10 at home. Born in Kohala, she was a homemaker and worked as a cook at Luke’s Restaurant, a server at Waimea’s McDonald’s, a receptionist at Sunshine Helicopters and a member of the Kohala Senior Citizens and Waimea Church of Christ. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Monday at the 7th Day Adventist Church in Hawi for a 10 a.m. funeral service. Burial at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers OK. Survived by daughters, Brendalynn (Art) Owens and Dena (Delphine) Soares, both of Kohala, Cecelia (Colin) Souza of Kealakekua, Celeste (James) Keyes and Jadelyn (Dale) Hoopai, both of Kawaihae, Johanna (Kana) Walker of Las Vegas and Rowena (Gene) Kanaha of Honolulu; hanai daughter, Shirley Tomei of Waimea; hanai son, Sam Kaeo of Ocean View; brother, Henry (Peggy) Akana Jr. of Honolulu; sister, Olivia Teramoto of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Barbara Akana of Kohala; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 15

Tracey Eiko Kaneshiro, 56, of Hilo died Friday at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was president of Hilo Radiator &Glass Shop, Inc. She was a member of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, sat on their Board of Spiritual Affairs, and was a Dharma School teacher. She was also a member of the East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, Big Island Automotive Trades Association, and was leader of the Cloverbuds 4-H Club. Visitation from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 398 Kilauea Ave.; memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Roy Kaneshiro of Hilo; daughter, Kandyce Kaneshiro of Montana; step-daughter, Crystal Kaneshiro of Hilo; mother, Saeko Sato of Hilo; sisters, Colleen (Robin) Morishita and Maureen (John) Conlon, both of California; two grandchildren; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 12

Shon Micheal Kawika “Goose” Luta, 36, of Ocean View died April 4 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a painter for WE Painting Company and a member of the painter’s union. Private services held. Celebration of life at later date. Survived by wife, Jody Luta of Ocean View; daughters, Tyra (Dylan DePriest-Tag) Jones, Tia Jones and Tory Jones, each of Kailua-Kona, and Tayler Libarios of Ocean View; son, Tyler Libarios of Ocean View; parents, Charles and Irene Luta of Ocean View; brothers, Charles (joy) Luta, Jr., of Waimea, Preston (Davelyn) Luta of Kalaoa, Bryson (Danielle) Luta of Ocean View and Braxton (Kanoe) Luta of Ocean View; god parents, Andy and Alice Quanan of Waimea; one grandson; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 11

Kathleen Hamilton, 71, died March 26 at her residence in Glenwood. Born in Waialua, Oahu, she was a retired preschool teacher. Services took place on Oahu. Survived by husband, Jeffery Hamilton, of Glenwood; daughters Tomi (Ron) Peppler of Kailua-Kona, Rena (Jamie) Roberts of Tennessee, Kiki Hamilton-Amoncia of Honolulu, Ulu Hamilton of Honolulu; sons, Lee Toki of Mountain View, Pono Hamilton of Honolulu; sisters, Irene Tays of Texas, Dani Hookala of Honolulu; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 9

Matthew “Matt” Somchai Therrien, 26, died April 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, he was an English major and will be honored with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and served on the board of directors for Hawaii Big Brothers Big Sisters Hilo. A Celebration of Life will be held 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Laupahoehoe Gymnasium. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire. Survived by parents, Mark and Rae Therrien of Laupahoehoe; sisters, Mari (Michelle) Therrien of State Park, Pa., Kate (Claude) Betene of St. Paul, Minn.; special friend, Vicky Chung of San Francisco, Calif.; three nieces and a nephew. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for April 7

Lucille Maria “Pi‘ilani” Aki, 59, died March 29 at her residence. Born in Hilo, she was an educational assistant at Hilo High School, a May Day coordinator with the CSAP Program, assistant manager at Kinney Shoes, an educational assistant at Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School, and worked at SASA and was a vice principal and PCNC coordinator. A special thanks to Pohai Malama for the wonderful care they provided. No services. Survived by daughter, Corinne Inada-Aki of Hilo; brothers, Ernest Kahili of Hilo and Ronald “Kehaulani” (Kathy) Kekoa of Maine; sisters, Eva Inada and Antoinette “Toni” (Joseph “Bully”) Kaipo, both of Hilo; hanai daughter, Karen Ikeda; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and great grand nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for April 6

Quintin Gary John Aiona, 54, of Hilo died March 28 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. Visitation 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha. Services at 4:30 p.m. Memorial Mass at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Myrna Aiona of Hilo; sons, Kala‘i (Ha‘amauliola) Aiona and Kelekolio Aiona of Hilo; daughter, Nawahine‘opio Aiona of Waianae, Oahu; brothers, Tommy (Micci) Aiona of Waimea, James (Carol) Aiona and Patrick (Annette) Aiona Sr. of Hilo, Mark (Tammy) Aiona of Kona; sisters, Jane (Phil) Aganus of Waimea, Billie (Andy) Baclig and Joanne Peralta of Hilo, Cosie (Curtis) Sasaki of Sunnyvale, Calif.; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc. — Hilo Branch.

Obituaries for April 5

Phyllis Marie Hamilton, 90, of Keaau died March 27 at home. Born in Manchester, N.H., she was a retired Realtor for Sleeping Giant Realty. No services; scattering of ashes at a later date. Survived by brother, Howard Walsh; daughter, Chris (Kele) Oda; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for April 4

Judith “Judy” Ann Leinenweber, 62, of Kailua-Kona died March 28 at her residence. Born in Brownsville, Texas, whe worked as an operating room technician and a restaurant manager. Private services. Survived by spouse, Christian Leinenweber. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Kona, P.O. Box 4130, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for April 3

Gilbert Paul Aguiar, 84, of Hilo died March 31 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired heavy equipment operator and mechanic for the former Theo H. Davies Company and Pacific Machinery and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Friends may call 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; prayer service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Leilani Aguiar of Hilo; daughter, Sharon (Stephen) Butler of Hilo; son, Curtis (Karen) Aguiar of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, George (Ruth) Aguiar of Hilo; grandchildren, Kyle (Dana) Nakamoto of Las Vegas, Nev., Joy (John) McCollum of Keaau, Christopher (Chantal) Aguiar of California, Spencer Aguiar of Las Vegas, Nev., Dillon Aguiar of Las Vegas, Nev.; four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 2

Chieko Kishi, 87, of Hilo died March 7 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Wahiawa, Oahu, she was retired from First Hawaiian Bank, worked for attorney Sanford K. Okura and was a member of Higashi Hongwanji Mission. Private services held. Survived by daughter, Gail Kishi of Hilo; brother, Edward (Pearl) Nagata of Pearl City, Oahu; sisters, Kiyoko Oda of Mililani, Oahu, Lucile Nakamura of Wahiawa, Oahu; brothers-in-law, Watami (Tomoko) Kishi, Yasu Kishi, Norio Kishi, all of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Shizuno Kishi of Hilo, Kay Kishi of Honolulu; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 1

Mary Lou Piilani Keneao, 65, of Kailua-Kona died March 14 at her residence. Born in Wailuku, Maui, she was a homemaker, a clerk at Ft. Shafter Army base in Honolulu, and a teacher at Leahi School in Honolulu. She was a member of Kahikolu Congregational Church and the Kona Paradise Club. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kahikolu Congregational Church in Napoopoo for a 10:30 a.m. memorial service. Luncheon and fellowship to follow. Aloha attire, flowers welcome. Survived by husband, Oliver Kaneao Jr. of Honaunau; sons, Oliver Kaneao III and Jeremiah Kaneao of Honaunau; daughter, Leihala (Terry) Medeiros of Captain Cook; brother, Henry (Dahlia) Dutro of Honolulu; sisters, Loretta-Lehua Cho of Molokai, Carlene (Herb) Engel of San Diego, Calif.; five grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 31

Shiro Hirayama, 94, of Paukaa died at the Hilo Medical Center on Sunday, March 16. Born in Papaikou, he was a retired carpenter with Hicks Homes, a member of the Local 745 Carpenter’s Union and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Private family services held. No flowers or monetary donations. Survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.

Obituaries for March 30

Nora “Enday” Bungula Cabatu, 79, of Laupahoehoe died March 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hakalau, she was a homemaker and graduated from Hawaii Community College as a clerk-typist. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Cremation to follow. Survived by husband, Rodolfo “Rudy” Cabatu of Laupahoehoe; sons, Dexter (Yvonne) Egdamin of Hilo and Jason Lance Cabatu of Laupahoehoe; daughters, Deborah (Sonny) Egdamin-Avenue of Pahala, Dale Egdamin of Papaaloa, Darlene Egdamin-Kahikikolo of Makawao, Maui, Diana “Tini” (Aaron) Egdamin-Matsushita of Kealakekua and Kristie (Kalani) Cabatu-Graciidis of Hilo; sister, Conchita “Connie” Bungula-Cadiz of Makakilo/ Kapolei, Oahu; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 29

Marina Sybille Katharina (Stampf) Alofaituli, 55, of Germany, formerly of Hilo, died Feb. 10 in Germany. Born in Bottrop, Germany, she was a retired nurse and jewelry designer. Scattering of ashes 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in a location of her choice. Survived by husband, Norbert Fries; sons, Andy (Malia) Ahuna-Alofaituli and David Lohman; grandchildren, Logan, Kaiona, Keola, and Iokepa. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 16

Petra “Etrang” Camero Cabatu, 100, of Pepeekeo died March 7 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippine, she was a homemaker and a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Friday, March 21 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 9-10 a.m. Saturday, March 22 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Mass at 10 a.m. Aloha attire. Burial at Mauna Kea Memorial Park on Kaieie Homestead Road in Papaikou. Survived by daughters, Virginia (Ramon) Pajo and Rae Cabatu of Pepeekeo, Natalia (Andy) Abad of Oahu, Cecelia Cardines of Pahoa; sons, Bernardino (Julia) Cabatu of Oahu, Jaime (Sharon) Cabatu of Pepeekeo and Elson (Liana Boyce) Cabatu of Hawaiian Paradise Park; 29 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren; grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 15

Norine Luann Madrona, 79, of Hilo, died March 2 at home. Born in North Dakota, she retired as an operator services manager. Private services held. Survived by sons, Randall (Annette) Clay of Waikoloa, Terry Clay of Kailua-Kona and Robert (Kelly) Carter of Washington; daughter, Dinah (Edward) Clay-Melvin of Hilo; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Condolences may be sent to Dinah Clay-Melvin at 100 Hoomalu Place, Hilo, HI 96720. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for March 14

Bessie Itsuyo Shimizu, 72, died March 4 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kealakekua, she was a homemaker. Private services held. No flowers. No koden. Survived by husband, Raymond Shimizu of Hilo; sons, Clayton (Wendy) Shimizu of Hilo, Keith Shimizu of Anaheim, Calif., Dean Shimizu of Hilo, and Calvin Shimizu of Hilo; mother, Itoe Miyazono of Hilo; brothers, Roy Miyazono of Hilo, Jerry (Florence) Miyazono of Hilo, Allen (Shirley) Miyazono of Hilo, and Rodney Miyazono of Hilo; sister, Linda (Jerome) Mina of Molokai; one granddaughter; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 13

Toshiyuki “Fish” Yamaoka, 88, of Hilo died March 11 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Laupahoehoe, he was a retired heavy equipment diesel mechanic for M. Sonomura Contracting Co. and a member of the Operating Engineers Local Union #3 and Hiluhilu Kumiai. Friends may call 10-11 a.m. Monday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; memorial service at 11. Casual attire. Survived by wife Eiko Yamaoka of Hilo; brother Dr. Ronald Yamaoka of Honolulu; sisters Masako Ballesteros of Hilo, Sumiko Kim of Pearl City, Oahu, Kiyomi Okura of Hilo and Fumie Kaneshiro of Las Vegas; hanai family Sung Ki Kwak of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 12

Cindy Mitsuko Kaku, 55, died Feb. 13 at Hospice of Hilo’s Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Wahiawa, she was a retired secretary for KBIG FM Radio Station and a member of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hilo. Private services were held. Survived by companion Garry Masu of Hilo; son Brandon Kaku of Hilo; daughter Kelsey Kaku of Hilo; brothers Kevin Iwasaki of Oahu and Ross Iwasaki of Oahu; sister Jan Asato of Oahu; sister-in-law Yvonne Iwasaki of Maui; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Obituaries for March 11

Esmenia Sumoba Paranada, 87, died Feb. 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in the Philippines, she was a graduate of Rosary College in Vigan City in the Philippines and Catechism teacher and was a retired housekeeper for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and an adult residential care home operator in Hilo and member of the Big Island Care Home Association, Big Island Filipino Community Association and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Friends may call Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 8-10 a.m. Celebration of Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park (Ilima Section). Survived by sons Leandro “Lee” (Patty Kamau) Paranada of Hilo, Edgar (Ernestine) Paranada of Graham, Wash. and Emerson (Lolita) Paranada of Kona; brother Ruperto (Octavia) Sumoba of Hawaii; sister Helen (Cresencio) Sapla of Hawaii; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 9

Irene “Nana” Abalos, 89, of Mountain View died Feb. 13 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honokaa, she was a homemaker. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 5 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by husband Gilbert Abalos of Mountain View; daughters Linda Andrade of Puna, Judith (Clayton) Arruda of Kurtistown and Cindy (Paul) Andrade of Mountain View; brother Eugene (Genny) Tavares of Honokaa; sister Marie Benevides of Hilo; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 8

Marvin James Angelo, 74, of Waipahu, and formerly of Hilo, died Feb. 1 in Honolulu. Born in Hakalau, he was a retired cook for the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel. Visitation on Saturday, March 15, at Oahu Cemetery Chapel, 2162 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu. Service at 11:30 a.m., followed by noon inurnment at Oahu Cemetery with reception to follow. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Survived by spouse, Barbara Angelo; daughters, Sharlene (Samuel) Kamoku of Honolulu, and Jamie Ann Pola of Waipahu; brothers, Joe Arrojo of Makawao, Gerry Arrojo of Makawao, Howard Angelo of South Carolina, and Donald Arrojo of Kauai; sisters, Irene (Thomas) Malendres of Hilo, and Elizabeth Alameda of Honokaa; and four grandchildren.

Obituaries for March 7

Garry Michael Hajek, 59, of Hakalau died at the Hilo Medical Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Born in Michigan he was the owner of the Lai Nani Resort in Hakalau. Friends may call at the Lai Nani Resort on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.; Memorial service at 3 p.m. Survived by daughter, Kera Hajek of Virginia; son, Cory Hajek of Hakalau. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.

Obituaries for March 6

Vivian R. Borero, 87, of Hilo died March 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Olaa, she was a housewife and a member of Glad Tidings Church in Hilo. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Service at 11 a.m.; burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Section 7. Casual attire. Survived by sons Byron (Donna Mae) Smith Sr. of Hilo and Alexander (Diane) Borero Jr. of Mountain View; daughters Diane Smith of Kurtistown, Lynn Smith of Hilo, Maraiah (Armstrong, Jr.) Yamamoto of Hawaiian Beaches and Linda Borero of Las Vegas; son-in-law Paka Pea of Hawaiian Acres; daughter-in-law Sandra Smith of Glenwood; brothers Sarafin Carvalho of Honolulu, Benjamin Martinez of Freemont, Calif., and Manuel (Ethel) Martinez of Paradise Park; sisters Jackie (Carl) McKenzie of Honolulu, Emily Pascual of Hawaiian Acres and Matilda Rivera of Ainaloa; brothers-in-law Antonio Fernandez of Tacoma, Wash., and Antone Borero Jr. of Glenwood; sisters-in-law Rose Salas of Honolulu and Emily Rhodes of Pepeekeo; 34 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.