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  • Posted: Nov 18 2016 - 12:05am

    William John Babchuk, 89, of Keaau died Nov. 12 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, he was a millwright, welder, square dancer and U.S. Army veteran. Private services. Survived by wife, Jennie Babchuk of Keaau; daughter, Maureen (Michael) Ward of California; sons, Wayne (Alberta) Babchuk of Nevada, Randy Babchuk of Arizona and Jeffery (Sherry) Babchuk of California; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 17 2016 - 12:05am

    Tsuyuko Kami, 96, of Hilo died Nov. 8 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Kurtistown, she was retired from the former Robert’s Bakery and a member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Buddhist Women’s Association and Nohea Kumiai. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by husband, Hideo Kami of Hilo; son, Norris (Alicia) Kami of Kohala; daughter, Karen (Scott) Read of Portland, Ore.; brother-in-law, Ralph (Chiyoko) Kami of Hilo; one granddaughter; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 16 2016 - 12:05am

    Albert Mitsuo Kita, 77, of Hawi died Nov. 4 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in North Kohala, he was a retired landscaper for Mauna Lani Resort, plantation worker for the former Kohala Plantation, member of Kohala Gospel of Salvation and U.S. Army and Army National Guard veteran. Visitation 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Kohala Gospel of Salvation in Kokoiki, North Kohala. Service at 11:30 a.m. Casual attire. Condolences to the family at: L. Rodrigues, P.O. Box 6507, Hilo, HI 96720. For information, call 747-2092. Survived by daughter, Lauraann (Joe Rodrigues) Baculpo Rodrigues of Hilo; brothers, Walter Kita and Earl (Esther) Kita of Honolulu; hanai daughter, Mandy Mokihana (Fred Dona) Javillonar Dona of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Alma Davis of El Paso, Texas; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Nov 15 2016 - 12:05am

    Samuel Flores Acacio, 90, of Kapaau died Nov. 6 at home. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he was a retired cook for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and member of St. Augustine Episcopal Church. All-night vigil 6 p.m. Friday (Nov. 18) at the family home, 53-4198 Akoni Pule Highway in Kapaau. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 19) at St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Kapaau. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial to follow in church cemetery. Survived by wife, Pacita A. Acacio of Kapaau; daughters, Judena (Andres) Sumaoang of Honolulu, Jean Acacio and Piilani (Robert Jr.) Fernandez of of Kohala, Floribel (Gale) Acacio of Florida and Daisy (William) Hue of Hilo; sons, Francisco (Susan) Acacio of Waimea, Justin Acacio of Maryland, Samuel Acacio Jr. of Las Vegas and Jose Acacio of Wisconsin; sister, Natividad (Claudio) Duarte of the Philippines; brothers in-law, Romeo (Aida) Agbayani and Christopher Agbayani of San Diego; sister in-law, Lydia Agbayani of Waipahu, Oahu; 18 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 13 2016 - 12:05am

    James “Kimo” Kahikina Akaka Sr., 56, of Hilo died Oct. 22 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired work leader at Pohakuloa Training Area, former tubaist with the Hawaii County Band, vice president of the Puna Canoe Club, 1977 graduate of Kamehameha Schools and veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Visitation from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 19) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Zena Akaka of Hilo; sons, John (Darcy) Naki, James “Kimo Boy” (Misty) Akaka Jr. and Jonah Akaka of Hilo, Keoni (Molly) Akaka-Reis of Maryland; brothers, Aaron (Karen) Akaka and Godfrey (Nancy) Akaka of Oahu, Joseph (Gail) Akaka of Hilo; sisters, Sheryl (Patrick) Akaka Chalfin and Susan Akaka Corichi of Seattle, Annie (John) Akaka Oury and Josephine (Howard) Akaka Kruse of Oahu; seven grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 12 2016 - 12:05am

    Fujie Kawachika, 97, of Hilo died Nov. 2 at the Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Pepeekeo, she was a member of the Waiakea Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, proprietress of the former Kawachika Fish Market in Hilo, employed as a pantry helper at the former K.K. Tei Restaurant and worked at Orchids of Hawaii as a flower arranger. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Hatsumi Yoshimura of Honolulu, Ellen Kawachika of Hilo and Connie Kawachika of Hilo; sons, Thomas Kawachika of Las Vegas and Robert (Jean) Kawachika of Hilo; sisters, Miyoko Marumoto of Honolulu and Sachie (Arthur) Murata of Holualoa; brothers, Tsuneo (Shizuko) Oshita, Hitoshi Oshita and Edward (Soon Hee) Oshita of Honolulu; daughter-in-law, Kay Kawachika of Hilo; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 11 2016 - 12:05am

    Sam “Coach Sam” Tai Tim Kamuela Yamato Au Hoy, 84, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 31 at home. Born in Haleiwa, Oahu, he was a courier for Clinical Labs of Hawaii, lauhala weaver, former dispatcher for Kona Trans, manager and coffee farmer for Ranch 99 in Holualoa, radio controller for Aeronautical Radio Inc., Pop Warner and Konawaena High School football coach and U.S. Coast Guard veteran. Celebration of life 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Hulihee Palace. Condolences to the family at P.O. Box 622, Holualoa, HI 96725-0622. Survived by wife, Fanny Collins Au Hoy of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Henrietta Plomer and Violet-Lei (Rob) Alesna of Kailua, Oahu, Leslie Sissy Au Hoy of Seattle; son, Sam (Jan) Au Hoy III of Amarillo, Texas; sisters, Vivien (Otto) Joao of Molokai, Jeanette Morgan of Kailua-Kona and Sylvia Adams of Molokai; brother, Malcolm (Barbara) Au Hoy of California; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Nov 10 2016 - 12:05am

    David N. Brown, 74, of Hilo died Nov. 6 at home. Born in Madison, Tenn., he was retired from Amfac, an instructor at Hawaii Community College, U.S. Air Force captain and commissioner of AYSO soccer. Visitation 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 15) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service at 5 p.m. Graveside service with military honors noon Wednesday (Nov. 16) at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Aloha Attire. Memorial donations to Hospice of Hilo, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by wife, Petie Brown; sons, Fred (Dawn) Brown and Joey (Rebecca) Brown; daughters, Maile Brown and Sarah Brown; hanai daughter, Cheryl (Kim) Hoshino; sister, Becky Clark; grandchildren and Tennessee family. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 8 2016 - 12:05am

    Marilyn Jenkins Christensen, 97, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 19 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale. Born in San Francisco, she was a retired vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of California-Davis and member of Dance Hawaii Lanakila Congregational Church, where she served as pianist for many years. Memorial service Sunday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m. at Lanakila Congregational Church in Kainaliu. Fellowship to follow in the church hall. Casual attire; no flowers. Memorial donations to Hospice of Kona. Survived by daughter, Lynne Christensen of Kailua-Kona; a grandson and a great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 6 2016 - 12:05am

    Sharon Ann Abran, 67, of Haina died Oct. 16 at the Hale Ho’ola Hamakua. Born in Kittery, Maine, she was a homemaker. Friends may call 9–11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 12) at the Honokaa Methodist Church. Funeral service at 11. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Robert Abran, Sr. of Haina; daughters, Debra (James “Gonzo”) Gonsalves of Hilo, Sheri (Rex) Thompson of Hawi, Sandra (Boyd) Brumaghim of Kailua-Kona, Daphne (Moku Colon) Abran of Haina; sons, Robert (Dustie’Lee) Abran, Jr. of Kailua-Kona, Desman Abran of Kent, Wash.; hanai daughter, Charene Roer of N.C; hanai son, Keala Drummondo of Kamuela; siblings, Erlan, Jr., Mary, Donna, Pam and Debbie of Kittery, Maine; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 5 2016 - 12:05am

    Berj Hagopian, 91, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 2 at home. Born in Chicago, he was a retired engineer and entrepreneur, previously owned The Mask and My Bar in Kona and was a U.S. Marine Corps World War II veteran who served in Guadacanal, Saipan, Guam and Iwo Jima. Graveside services with full military honors at noon Nov. 10 at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Lida Hagopian of Kailua-Kona; son, Charles Hagopian of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Kimberly Hagopian of Los Angeles and Karen Hagopian of Kailua-Kona; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 4 2016 - 12:05am

    Anna Derby Blackwell, 84, of Honolulu, formerly of Hawaii Island, died Oct. 18 at The Queen’s Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was executive director of Moanalua Garden Foundation, co-founder of the Prince Lot Hula Festival, a freelance writer and member of the Cooke Foundation Board. Memorial service 4 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 5) at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Makiki, Honolulu, Oahu. Aloha attire; no flowers. Memorial donations to the Dora Derby Fund at Hanahauoli School or the Hawaii School for Girls. Survived by daughters, Caroline Bond Davis of Honolulu, Susan “Suzi” Bond of Keaau, Sarah “Sally” Bond of Kailua-Kona and Elizabeth “Betsy” (Larry) Deniston of Walnut Creek, Calif.; son, Boyd D. (Becky) Bond of Kapaau; brothers, Philander (George-Anne) Derby of Honolulu and John (Lyn) M. Derby of Santa Rosa, Calif.; sister, Martha McDaniel of Kaneohe; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 2 2016 - 2:29pm

    Michael Terrence Ivers, 69, of Hilo died Oct. 24 at home. Born in Chicago, he was retired president of Yuma Community Food Bank in Arizona, former priest and pastor of St. Agatha Catholic Church in Chicago, former Chicago Housing Authority commissioner, former advisory board chairman of Fantus Health Center in Chicago, former board member of Chicago Communities in Schools, and 2009 Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cook County Spirit Award recipient. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Dr. Greta Ivers of Hilo; sons, Maurice France of Oahu and David Hayes of Chicago; brothers, Paul Ivers and James Ivers of Chicago; sisters, Mary Palmisano, Anne Palmisano and Ruth Parrott of Chicago; Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 2 2016 - 12:05am

    Walter Basque Sr., 83, of Keaau died Oct. 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Ookala, he was a retired ramp serviceman for the former Aloha Airlines and Hawaii Army National Guard veteran. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Monday (Nov. 7) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 9-10 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 8) at the chapel. Service at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima Section. Survived by wife, Rita Basque of Keaau; daughters, Alice (Daniel) Torres and Sheila-Ann (Ethan) Tengan of Keaau, Yvette (Ernest) Killeen of Texas, Junedale Basque of Hilo, Marie Imade of Mountain View and Ruth (Alfredo Jr.) Pinheiro of Wailuku, Maui; sons, Walter Basque Jr. of Hilo, Alfred Basque, Vernon (Brenda) Basque and Jamison (Cindy) Basque of Keaau; brothers, Richard Basque of Hilo, Anthony Basque of Waianae and Joseph Basque of Honolulu; sisters, Dorothy Prieto of Honokaa, Lorraine Vaughn of Honolulu, Lorinda Abis of Keaau, Leonora LaVoie of Hilo and June Hernkind of Oak Harbor, Wash.; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 1 2016 - 12:05am

    Richard Noboru Fujii, 93, of Kaneohe, formerly of Hilo, died Oct. 13, at Legacy Villa Adult Residential Care Home in Kahaluu. Born in Pahoa, he was retired from the University of Hawaii Auxillary Services in Hilo. Private services held. Survived by daughters, Evelyn (Layne) Machida of Honolulu and Donna (Joel) Tanabe of Hilo; hanai daughter, Jo-Anne (Eugene) Yamada of Mililani, hanai son, Jon (Joy) Katada of Hilo; sisters Emiko (Naoto) Katada of Hilo, Suemi (Kelly) Tamaoka of Honolulu; brother Hiroshi (Gina) Fujii of Las Vegas; sisters-in-law, Asayo Naguwa and Mary Harada of Hilo, Martha (Hubei) Kaji of Torrance, Calif., June Nakagawa of Pearl City; brothers-in-law, Norio (Rosey) Harada of San Diego, and Bunichi (Hideyo) Harada of Hilo; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.