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  • Posted: Jun 15 2016 - 11:03am

    Kristi Cheng, 67, of Hilo died May 25 at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Honolulu. Born in California, she worked for a taxi service. Private services. Survived by husband, Peter Cheng; mother, Helen Hoff; daughters, Angela Ballesteros and Cindy Inouye; sons, Matthew Buelow and Bud Buelow; brothers, Henry, Roy, Tony and Daniel Hoff; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 14 2016 - 12:05am

    Tamiko Noji, 91, of Pepeekeo died June 5 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Honohina Mauka, she was a retired seamstress for the former Pomare Ltd. and member of Honomu Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary offerings). Survived by sisters-in-law, Okinu Matsuoka of Pepeekeo and Yoshiko Matsuoka of Savannah, Ga.; nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 13 2016 - 12:05am

    Alfonso B. Marcos, 95, of Keaau died May 31 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Banna, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he was a self-employed papaya farmer and a member of Keaau Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Visitation 6-7 p.m. Thursday (June 16) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8:30-10 a.m. Friday (June 17) at the chapel. Prayer service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park, Lehua section. Survived by sons, Juanito (Nellie) Marcos and Romeo (Emma) Marcos of Keaau; daughters, Helen Marcos of Keaau and Anita (Howard) Takara of Hilo; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 12 2016 - 12:05am

    The Rev. Ernie “Waimea Cowboy” Cruz Sr., 76, of Glendale, Ariz., formerly of Hawaii Island, died May 14 at home. Born in Modesto, Calif., he was a musician, patriarch of one of Hawaii’s greatest music families, former pastor at New Hope Puna and Pahoa Assembly of God churches and U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran. Visitation from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at New Hope Hilo, 840 Kupulau Road. Memorial service at 6 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Maggie Cruz; daughters, Ernelle “Doodie” (Bill) Downs, Desiree M. (James O’Connor) Cruz, Stephanie (Bruce) Tyrin, Sarah Cruz, Marissa Meredith, Tiffany “Tiffa” (Imua) Garza, Connie (Eddie) Rincon; sons, Ernie (Kahelelani) Cruz Jr., David (Kelli Heath) Cruz, John Cruz, Tony (Tricia) Cruz, Guy (Jon Lawrence) Cruz; sisters, Linda (Bettincourt) Cruz, Rita Cruz, Dorothy Cruz; 13 grandsons, seven granddaughters and a great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 11 2016 - 12:06am

    Herbert “Chico” Frasco, 75, of Kekaha Gardens, Kauai, died June 4. Born in Kona, he was a retired boat captain for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Firing Range, a Navy veteran and 1959 graduate of Hilo High School. Visitation noon Friday, June 24, at MacArthur Park in Kekaha. Celebration of life service and luncheon to follow. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Barbara Frasco; sons, Herbert Frasco of Kekaha, Howard (Kim) Frasco of Eleele, Kauai, and Brandon Frasco of Kekaha; daughter, Barbie Jo Frasco of Kekaha; siblings, Reynold “Maka” Frasco of Hilo, Lei (Larry) Bernades, Wayne (Barbara) Aguilar and Susan (Doug) Latham of Waianae, Oahu; hanai children, Chad Kahawai and Angel Kaohelauli‘i of Pakala, Kauai; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Garden Island Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 9 2016 - 1:59pm

    Raynette H. L. Ballio, 51, of Wailuku, Maui, died May 22 at home. Born in Pahala, she was a teacher’s aide for Naalehu and Pahala elementary schools’ A+ program, Hawaiian studies kumu and active in numerous community organizations and projects including Boys & Girls Club, security for Pahala Christmas Parade and basketball coach. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, Punaluu Black Sand Beach. Survived by parents, Mary Jane and Raymond Ballio; sisters, Jammie (Joe) Palacat, Leslie (Allan) Young and Donnie (Nathan) Almazan; godson, Gabriel Pa‘aluhi-Young; goddaughters, Jozel Palacat and Natasha Ballio-Almazan; hanai children, Leila Young Nelson and Roscoe “Kawika” Young; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 9 2016 - 12:05am

    Janet “Sayung” Rosario Caluag, 91, of Kailua-Kona died May 25 at home. Born in Haiku, Maui, she was a hostess, waitress and food preparer at Burger King, Kow Kow Corner, Sun Sun Lau, Kona Tei Restaurant and K.K’s Place. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kalani Street in Kailua-Kona. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kona Memorial Park in Holualoa. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by son, Stanton Caluag of Kailua-Kona; hanai son, Timothy (Lehua) Gilkey of Waimea; daughters, Carolyn Caluag, Irene Agustin and Marvellee (Jim) Williams of Kailua-Kona; brother, Bernie (Thelma) Calabio of Sacramento, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 7 2016 - 12:05am

    June Pearl Mary Gualdarama, 70, of Hilo died June 4 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Pahala, she was a homemaker and member of New Hope-Hilo. Visitation 3:45-5 p.m. Saturday (June 11) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 5 p.m. Graveside committal service at noon Monday (June 13) at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Primitivo “Primo” Gualdarama of Hilo; sons, Raymond (Ranisha) Gualdarama of Ohio and John (Heather Fergerstrom) Gualdarama of Hilo; daughter, Primalynn “Prima” (Wallace) Bullard of Oahu; seven grandchildren; one uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 6 2016 - 12:05am

    Mabel (De Coite Gomes) De Rego, 91, of Ahualoa died May 20 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua. Born in Ahualoa, she was an usher at the former Doc Hill and Tanimoto theatres, candy maker for Theo H. Davies & Co., and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and Honokaa Senior Citizens Club. Visitation 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday (June 11) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Honokaa. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at church cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Michael (Laurine) De Rego, Mario (Vivien) De Rego and Mark (Brenda) De Rego of Ahualoa; daughter, Marlene (Phillip) Bugado of Paauilo; daughter-in-law, Kathleen De Rego of Paauhau; stepson, Dennis (Leilani) Vierra of Hilo; sisters, Eleanor Carvalho of Hilo and Mary Lou (Gilbert) Ferreira of Oahu; brothers-in-law, Alfred (Diana) De Rego of Oahu and Manuel (Sally) De Rego of Honokaa; sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen (Daniel) Umayam of Honokaa and Elsie Tanaka of Kohala; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 5 2016 - 12:05am

    Ryan Takeo Arasato, 38, of Hilo died May 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a Christian missionary, professional baseball umpire and teacher. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday (June 11) at Diamond Head Mortuary Chapel in Honolulu. Celebration of life at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Julie Arasato of Hilo; sons, Andrew Arasato and Hunter Arasato of Hilo; parents, Alvin and Dawn Arasato of Honolulu; brothers, Casey (Nga) Arasato and Isaac (Katie) Arasato of Honolulu; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 4 2016 - 12:06am

    Naome Binongcal Coloma, 72, of Waikoloa died May 21 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Naguilian, the Philippines, she was a Realtor for Lava Rock Realty and retired administrative manager for UCLA School of Medicine. Private services. Survived by son, Nathaniel Herbert of Fullerton, Calif.; brothers, Alex Coloma of the Philippines and Eugene Coloma of Torrance, Calif.; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Jun 3 2016 - 12:05am

    Toshihiko “Chic” Asakawa, 89, of Hilo, died May 28 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Pahoa, he was retired from the county as a building construction inspector and the state as a structural building inspector, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and member of Higashi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday (June 8) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Hanayo Asakawa of Hilo; sons, Robert (Virginia) Asakawa of Ewa Beach, Oahu, and Ralph Asakawa of Hilo; brother-in-law, Isamu Nakao of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Misako (Tomoichi) Fujii of Hilo and Kinuko Arikawa of California; two grandchildren; two cousins, nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 2 2016 - 12:05am

    Michele Griffiths, 67, of Pahoa died May 23 at home. She was born in Brighton, England. Private services. Survived by husband, Richard Griffiths of Kehena; son, Daniel (Cindy) Griffiths of California; one grandchild. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 1 2016 - 12:05am

    Gary Sidney Ambrose, 78, of Keaau died May 27 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Portland, Ore., he was a retired director for Church World Service, real estate broker, member of Hui Okinawa and past commodore of Hilo Yacht Club. Graveside committal service 10:30 a.m. Friday (June 3) at Alae Cemetery. Survived by wife, Carol Ann Ambrose of Keaau; sons, Lance (Trisha May) Ambrose of Kapaau and Michael (Ricci) Bonahan of Kawaihae; daughters, Elizabeth Ann Ambrose of Keaau and Mely Hennings of California; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 31 2016 - 12:05am

    Wilfred Cabral Chaves, 83, of Hilo died May 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired iron worker for Hawaiian Reinforced Steel and member of Iron Workers Union Local 625, and served as union trustee for 20 years. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Monday (June 6) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Doreen Spencer, Kathleen (Alfred) Agaran, Gwen (Wilder) Jamile, Stacey (Ricky Alaniz) Furtado, Selina (Dominic) Meditz and Rosie (Sterling) Miles; stepdaughter, Aileen (Robin) Alvarez; sons, Joseph Chaves, Sean (Noe Tom) Chaves and Wilfred (Jaye) Tabian; sisters, Sandy (Harry) Hueu, Mildred Ayau and Linda (Clarence) Santos; brother, Richard (Patricia) Chaves; sister-in-law, Diane Chaves; 36 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.