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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.

Obituary for March 28

Sandra Esther Quixley, 60, of Waikoloa, died March 18 at home. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she was a timeshare sales representative in Australia and Hawaii, model, photographer and world traveler. Services TBA a later date. Memorial donations to North Hawaii Hospice at 65-1328 Kawaihae Rd., Kamuela, HI 96743. She is survived by husband, Ronald Kurtz of Waikoloa; hanai sisters and friends. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for March 4

Edmund “Denny” Francis Austen, 85, of Hilo died Jan. 8 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired oil field sales representative, member of St, Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo, Hilo Lodge #759 of the Benevolent &Protective Order of Elks, AARP, Korean War Veterans Chapter 231, Hawaii Island Veterans Memorial Association, former Commander of VFW Post 3875 and a veteran of the U.S. Air Corp. Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo; Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Sherry (George) Ann Black of Galveston, Texas, Barbara J. Austen of Hilo, Jacqueline (Fidel) Sauceda of Galveston, Texas, LaDonna Marie Kanani Finchman of Hilo; brother, Wilby George Austen of Hilo; sister, Kanani Donahue of Honolulu; one grandson, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 3

Wayne Yoshiaki Fujioka, 64, of Pahala died Feb. 20 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Pahala, he was a cultivation superintendent for Royal Hawaiian Orchards and member of the Pahala Hongwanji Kyodan and Pahala Hongwanji Judo Club. Visitation 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 5 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Gaylien S. Fujioka of Pahala; daughter, Kelly Ann K.A. (Jeremy) Kahaiali‘i of Honolulu; son, Garrett K. (Malia Letoto) Fujioka of Hilo; mother, Jean Y. Fujioka of Hilo; sisters, Joyce (Andrew) Iwashita and Katy (Vernon) Ferreira of Hilo, Lani Shigematsu of Honokaa; brothers, Bert (Lee Seki) Fujioka of Wailuku, Maui, and Neal (Lorna) Fujioka of Mountain View; four grandchildren; aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 2

Norma Pascua Cuevas, 66, of Honokaa died Feb. 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines; she was a retired certified nurse aide for Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua in Honokaa, housekeeper at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Mass at 7 p.m. Casual attire. Interment at a later date in the Philippines. Survived by daughter Nori (Apolonio) Acidera of Honokaa; sons Aldrin (Suerie) Suguitan, Roderick (Mitsue) Suguitan and Jeffrey Cuevas of Philippines, Norman (Dona) Suguitan of Hawaii; sisters Estelita Aceret and Emelita Loo of Philippines, Gemma Gamiop of California; brothers Edmund Pascua of California and Elmar Pascua of Philippines; seven grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 1

Roy Mun Leong Pang, 74, of Hilo died Feb. 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired electrical engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Services held. Survived by stepdaughter, Francine (Samuel) Sharp of Texas; brother, Floyd (B.J.) Pang Ching of Hilo; sisters, Rosaline (Sam) Chun of Hilo and Roberta (Bert) Pieffer of Utah; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 28

Sarah Ann Iwalani Kahee, 49, of Hilo died Feb. 17 at home. Born in Hilo, she worked for the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Visitation 4-7 p.m. Monday, March 3. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, John K. Iopa and Jake K. Iopa of Puna; daughters, Tierry Roboman of Colorado and Samantha Iopa of Puna; brothers, George Kahee of Washington, Harry Kahee and Kihei Kahee of Oregon; sister, Aisha Kahee of Oregon; stepmother, Rhonda Kahee of Oregon; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 27

Leon Andrew Muresan, 62, of Hilo, formerly of California, died Feb. 16 at home. Born in Bolton, England, he was a retired water treatment operator for the state of California. Private services. Condolences to Vicki Muresan, P.O. Box 1529, Hilo, HI 96721. Survived by wife Vicki Muresan of Hilo; son Brandon (Kimberly) Muresan of California; daughter Faith Muresan of California; brother Alec Muresan of California; sisters Vanda Moore and Sylvia Pani of Nevada. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 26

Nora Yoshino Inaba, 90, of Hilo died Feb. 10 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a social worker before becoming a homemaker. Visitation noon-1 p.m. March 2 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 1 p.m. Casual attire. No koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sons Alan Z. Inaba, Gordon (Ann) Inaba, Melvin K. Inaba and Jason K. (Audrey) Inaba of Hilo; daughters Eileen H. Franco of Hilo and Barbara S. (Tom Prlain) Inaba of San Francisco; sister Florence Yasuda of Honolulu; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 25

Nora Yoshino Inaba, 90, of Hilo died Feb. 10 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a social worker before becoming a homemaker. Visitation noon-1 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 1 p.m. Casual attire; no koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sons, Alan Z. Inaba, Gordon (Ann) Inaba, Melvin K. Inaba and Jason K. (Audrey) Inabal of Hilo; daughters, Eileen H. Franco of Hilo and Barbara S. (Tom Prlain) Inaba of San Francisco; sister, Florence Yasuda of Honolulu; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 24

Elizabeth Margaret Frendo, 95, of Hilo died Feb. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Amesbury, Mass., she was a retired state Department of Health social worker, former Girl Scouts regional director, past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, past president of the Zonta Club of Hilo, past board member of the United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawaii, member of the Hawaii Masonic Order, International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Daughters of the American Revolution, Hoike Club and the University Extension, and numerous other civic and cultural organizations, as well as a black belt with the Hilo Aikido Ki Club. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 1 at Hilo Coast Community Church in Honomu. Celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, Stephen (Nadiline) Frendo of Kailua-Kona and Keith (Monica Meyer) Frendo of Keaau; sister, Gladys (Ebert) Smith of Sun City West, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 23

Tyrus Rex Kazuo Hoshino, 35, of Hilo died Feb. 17 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a university student. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by parents Winston and Wakako Hoshino of Hilo; sister Camie (Dane) Ayers of Las Vegas; brother Logan Hoshino of Hilo; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.