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  • Posted: May 26 2016 - 12:30am

    Jholito Tumamao Abadilla, 62, of Kailua-Kona died May 19 at The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he was a hotel maintenance technician. Private family wake Friday, June 10, at the family home. Public visitation 8-9 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Central Kona Union Church. Celebration of life service at 9 a.m. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Ofelia; daughters, Christine (Virnie Afan) Abadilla and Jennifer (Jay) Cabico of Kailua-Kona; mother, Amelia Abadilla of Honolulu; brother, Levy (Adelina) Abadilla of the Philippines; sisters, Elma Domingo of Hawi, Lorna (Roman) Gatica of Colorado Springs, Colo., Hermelita (Claude) Martel of Kailua-Kona and Nelie Agulran of Kapaau; one grandchild; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 24 2016 - 12:30am

    Jonathan Isamu Aipa, 54, of Mountain View died May 2. He was born in Honolulu. Celebration of life 1 p.m. Friday (May 27) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary, Kaneohe, Oahu. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Darlene “Momi” Kauai of Mountain View; sons, Keoni (Josie) Aipa and Ioane K. Aipa of Honolulu; daughter, Sarah (Junior) Aipa of Honolulu; sister, Jodie (Nathan) Kane of Honolulu; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 23 2016 - 12:30am

    Tom Takehide Ban, 88, of Hilo died May 2 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Captain Cook, he was a retired plant operator-in-charge for Shell Oil Co., a U.S. Army veteran and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Visitation 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday (May 28) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Amy Ban of Hilo; sons, Richard (June) Ban of Hilo and Michael (Jennifer Chiemi) Ban of Kahului, Maui; brother, Robert (Betsey) Ban of Captain Cook; four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 22 2016 - 12:30am

    Gregorio Arca, 91, of Hilo died May 19 at home. Born in Manaoag, Pangasinan, the Philippines, he was a retired pay loader operator for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Wednesday (May 25) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday (May 26) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Pacita Arca of Hilo; son, Nestor (Juliet) Arca of Mountain View; daughters, Lynda Arca of Shelbyville, Ky., Rose (Lawrence) Kobayashi and Elizabeth “Lainey” (Shane) Wakayama of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Fely (Leon Jr.) Riel of Ewa Beach, Oahu, and Wilma Remobles of Honokaa; 11 grandchildren and four great-granddaughters; cousins, nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 21 2016 - 12:30am

    Mildred Lili‘u Kane, 90, of Hilo died May 8 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired salesclerk. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Friday (May 27) at Ballard Family Mortuary. Celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Burial at noon at Alae Cemetery. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Joseph (Fi Li) Kane of California and Michael (Luana) Kane of Mountain View; daughters, Fanny (George) Alcosiba of Keaau, Kathy (Daniel) Manuel of Kawaihae, Kathleen Kane and Maureen Kane of California; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 20 2016 - 12:30am

    Tirso Piedad Amazona, 84, of Kealakekua died May 6 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Baler, Quezon, the Philippines, he was a retired yardman at the former Keauhou Beach Hotel and macadamia nut picker for K. Oue. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Monday (May 23) at Kona Outdoor Circle, 76-6280 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Dinner to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Aniceta Amazona of Kealakekua; sons, Edwin (Dorothy) Amazona, Rodolfo (Nonita) Amazona, Rolando (Irma) Amazona and Rodel (Melba) Amazona of Kailua-Kona, Loreto (Bembie) Amazona of the Philippines, Rowell (Cecille) Amazona of Kealakekua; daughters, Solidad Molina of the Philippines and Belinda Amazona of Kealakekua; brothers and sisters of the Philippines; 29 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 19 2016 - 12:30am

    William Clair Esper, 78, of Kailua-Kona died April 15 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Dearborn, Mich., he was a bartender and U.S. Army veteran. Service with military and inurnment 9 a.m. Friday, May 27, at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. No known survivors. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: May 18 2016 - 12:30am

    John Vincent Kelty, 84, of Kailua-Kona died March 18. Born Woodmere, N.Y., he owned and managed car dealerships on Long Island, worked in retirement at Kmart and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Services with military honors at noon Friday (May 20) at West Hawaii Veteran’s Cemetery. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Josephine C. Kelty of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Joanne E. Kelty-Sorrentino of Margate, Fla.; brother, Frank (Margaret) Kelty of Schoharie, N.Y.; sister, Dorothy (Rick) Simon of Schoharie, N.Y.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 17 2016 - 12:30am

    Victoria Kuuleialoha “Ku” Cox, 53, of Waimea died April 13 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kohala, she was a meat processor for Hawaii Beef Producers. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Sunday (May 22) at “The Deck” at Kahua Ranch, off Kohala Mountain Road. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Lunch to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by daughter, Heidi (Fatso Paiva) Cox of Paauilo; don, Tyler (La‘akea Bertelmann) Cox of Waimea; brother, Henry (Ann) Giltner of Waikoloa; sisters, Roberta (Alvin) Perez of Kohala, Tammy (Ted) White of Honokaa and Jamie (Klem) Kaniho of Waimea; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 16 2016 - 12:30am

    Lucinda “Cindy” Joelle Dart Rengulbai, 62, of Waimea died April 28 at home. Born in Laupahoehoe, she was a private home health nurse, had retired from Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Ahahui Kaahumanu-Chapter II, Visayans of Hamakua and Waimea Senior Club. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (May 21) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Honokaa. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Papaaloa Catholic Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Felista (Freddy) Sanchez of Waimea and Dana (Jesus Guzman) Rengulbai of Kailua-Kona; son, Lance Rengulbai of Waimea; hanai daughter, Krista (Nickson) Akau-Oscar of Waimea; hanai sons, Arthur (Claire) Akau Jr. of Hilo, Teddy (Shantelle) Akau of Waimea and Jason (Kristen) Akau of Kawaihae; sisters, Jojo (Charles) Labrador and Darlette “Peewee” (Bobby) Miguel of Waimea; grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 15 2016 - 12:30am

    Carlos Bergado Ellazar, 85, of Keaau died April 16 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Urdeneta, Pangasinan, the Philippines, he was a retired core sampler operator for the former Puna Sugar Co. and independent papaya farmer. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Friday (May 20) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Saturday (May 21) at the chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Natividad Ellazar of Keaau; sons, Marcos Ellazar of Hilo, Marcial (Susan) Ellazar of Charlotte, N.C., Romulo (Maribel) Ellazar of Apple Valley, Calif., and Igmedio (Estela) Ellazar of Keaau; daughter, Emerita “Emmy” (Samson) Ellazar-Hernandez of Keaau; brothers, Martin (Teodora) Ellazar of Kurtistown and Gregorio Ellazar of Virginia Beach, Va.; sisters, Luisa Ramos and Anita Calamaza of the Philippines, Teresita Pascual of Maui; sister-in-law, Warlita Ellazar of the Philippines; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; godchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 14 2016 - 12:30am

    Mervin Louis Kahumoku Jr., 62, of Kailua-Kona died May 11 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was fire chief at Keahole International Airport in Kona, a U.S. Air Force veteran, musician and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitation 8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 75-230 Kalani St., Kailua-Kona. Services 11 a.m.-noon. Burial 9 a.m. Monday, May 23, at West Hawaii Veteran’s Cemetery. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife Emmajean; sons, Willie (Natalie) Kahumoku of Reno, Nev., Mervin (Aisling) Kahumoku III of Logan, Utah, and Duke (Kathryn) Kahumoku of Anchorage, Alaska; daughters, Kahealani (Jonathan) Tomberlin of Suwanee, Ga., Keiki (Chris) Patricoski of Nokomis, Fla., Lahela (Byron) Hatley of Palmer, Alaska, and Puanani (Herb) Weichert of Valdez, Alaska; brothers, Harrison “Taza” (Herberlene) Kahumoku of Kaneohe, Oahu, Van Dewey “Joe” (Pattie) Kahumoku, Makana Kahumoku and Kaulana Kahumoku of Honolulu; sisters, Lehua (Darrell) Travis, Leo (Allan) Nakoa, Li‘i Nae‘ole and Starlani Kahumoku of Honolulu; 20 grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

  • Posted: May 13 2016 - 12:30am

    Luciana “Lucing” Rivera Jose, 85, of Hilo died April 25 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Atok, Flora, Apayao, the Philippines, she was a self-employed guava and papaya farmer and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pahoa. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Tuesday (May 17) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Wednesday (May 18) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pahoa. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at church cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Angelo Jose of Hilo; sons, Victor (Debbie Tagalicod) Jose of Pahoa and Joel Jose of Pepeekeo; daughters, Erma (Rudy) Natividad and Bong (Irene Pasol) Rivera of Lihue, Kauai, Gemmalee (John) Arellano of Keaau, Judith (Lito) Acob of Hilo; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 12 2016 - 1:00am

    Clarence Manabu Fukunaga, 89, of Keaau died April 25 at a private care home in Keaau. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired heavy equipment mechanic for Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., U.S. Army retiree and member of Puna Hongwanji Mission. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by son, Carlton (Pauline) Fukunaga of Hilo; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth “Liz” Quintal of Keaau; brother, Douglas (Sally) Fukunaga of Honolulu; five grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 11 2016 - 1:00am

    Hideshi “Dugan” Kinoshita, 91, of Hilo died April 30 at home. Born in Honomu, he was a retired diesel mechanic for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co., member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Shin Buddhist Temple, Hilo Hooganji Buddhist Temple, Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, Kumamoto Doshi Kai and an avid golfer. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Chiyono Kinoshita of Hilo; daughter, Beverly (Roger) Kinoshita-Patton of Las Vegas; son, Kyle (Laura) Kinoshita of San Marino, Calif.; brothers, Hitoshi Kinoshita of Pepeekeo, Hiroshi Robert (Ellen) Kinoshita of Hilo and Takeshi (Florence) Kinoshita of Honolulu; sisters, Chieko “Betty” Goya and Eileen Yaeko Taguma of Honolulu, Sueko “Suzie” (Alfred) Lee of Kailua, Oahu; four grandchildren; nephews, nieces, cousins, grandnephews and grandnieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.