Subscribe to Obituaries RSS feed

Obituaries

Obituaries for April 23

Sueko Nishioka Marumoto, 98, of Hilo died April 12. Born in Pahala, she was retired as a homemaker. Private services held. Survived by sons, Sidney Marumoto and Garry Marumoto, both of Honolulu; daughters, Betsy (Norman) Nakano of Hilo and Myrna (Robert) Klose of California; brother, Tommy (Barbara) Nishioka; sister, Yayoi Fujii of California; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for April 22

Paz Gallardo Ducusin, 75, of Keaau died Saturday, March 22, at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Pagudpud, San Fernando La Union City, Philippines, she was a retired flower cutter in Kuola Farm and a factory worker in Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation in Keaau; She also was a member of Keaau Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Friends may call Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel from 5-9 p.m.; Wake service at 7 p.m. Friends may call on Saturday at Keaau Holy Rosary Catholic Church, from 8-9 a.m.; Mass at 9 a.m. Casual attire; Burial at Homelani Memorial Park (Ilima Section). Survived by husband, Manuel Ducusin of Keaau; sons, Loreto Ducusin and Ray (Raquel) Ducusin of Keaau, Ador (Leah) Ducusin of Hilo; daughters, Lorna Carpio of Kohala, Imelda (Andrew Ito) Ducusin Agustin of Keaau and Marylou (Alfredo Jr.) Ventura of Keaau; brothers, Benjamin Gallardo, Jaime Gallardo and Mario Gallardo, all of the Philippines; Eufresena Lamsen of Manila, Praxedes Ducusin of Pepeekeo and Marcilina (Jovencio) Macaraeg of Ewa Beach, Oahu; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 21

Frances Chieko Nagai Kama, 77, died March 16 at the Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Honolulu, she graduated from the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1954. She worked as a book binder at the Kamehameha Schools Print Shop and Hawaii Library Binding for over 25 years. She retired in 1984 and left for the Big Island where she and her husband resided for 30 years. She was a lifetime member of the Hale o Na Ali’i, Honolulu Chapter. A Memorial Service/ Celebration of Her Life will be held on April 26 at Kaumakapili Church in Honolulu. Visitation from 9-10:45 a.m. Services at 10:45 a.m. to noon. Aloha attire. Scattering of her ashes at a later date. Survived by son Eric H. (Vivian) Kama Jr. of Salem, Ore.; daughters Milli Kama of Pahoa and Alice “Nani” (James) Santee of Houston; sister Alice N. Mau of Honolulu; four grandchildren, Erin (Mike) Budke and Deric Kama of Salem, Ore., Jamie Santee of Houston, Emmalani Kama of Honolulu; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 20

Eugene “Captain” Pacheco, 82, died March 29 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Hilo, he was retired from Hilo Coast Processing Company, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and member of the Family Christian Center. Visitation from 6-7 p.m. Friday at the Family Christian Center in Hilo located at 168 Holomua Street. Funeral service at 7 p.m. Graveside committal service 9 a.m. Saturday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife Helen Pacheco of Hilo; daughters Debra (Saffrey) Tajon of Keaau, Sharie Pacheco-Enovejas of Hilo; son Tracy (April San Jose) Pacheco of Hilo; sister Agnes Pacheco of Hilo; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 18

Dora Takako Mori, 89, of Holualoa died April 11 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hakalau, she retired as school secretary at Kailua Elementary and Kealakehe Elementary and Intermediate schools. She was a member of the Waiaha Kumiai, Fukuoka Kenjin Kai, Senior Bowling League and Parks and Recreation Bowling League. She was a volunteer with the Kona Senior Coordinated Services and the Blood Bank of Hawaii. Friends may call at 9 a.m. April 26 at Lanakila Congregational Church in Kainaliu for a 10 a.m. memorial service. Casual attire. No koden. Survived by sons, Randall (Susan) Mori of Holualoa, Bryant (Gay) Mori of Los Angeles, Rickie (Debra) Mori of Holualoa and Elson (Lillian) Mori of Kealakehe; daughter, Gwendolyn (Charles) Onaka of Honaunau; brothers, Paul (Jane) Sakamoto of Honolulu, Tadao (Miyoko) Sakamoto of Honaunau and Larry (Ann) Sakamoto of Las Vegas; sisters, Audrey Takano of Kailua, Oahu, Kay Matsuda of Kaneohe, Oahu, Jane Iyama of San Francisco and Pauline (Albert) Morita of Los Angeles; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 17

Bruce Edward Bowen, 50 of Greenville, Ill., died March 7 in St. Louis. Born in Washington, D.C., he was a member of Critical Care Transport Team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and graduated from Hilo High School. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Malia Puka O Kalani Church, 326 Desha Ave., Hilo. Visitation at 3 p.m. Survived by parents, John and Anne Bowen of Hilo; wife, Christine Bowen of Illinois; sons, Jace and Corey of Illinois; daughter, Lauren of Illinois; sisters, Maureen Figueira and Denise Marjarum of Pennsylvania; one grandson.

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 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.

Obituaries for March 5

Agnes “Aggie” Namuo Kelii, 96, of Waikoloa died Feb. 22 at the North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Kailua-Kona, she was a room maid at the former Kona Inn Hotel and also a maid and cook for the Wall family. She was a member of the ILWU and Lanakila Congregational Church. Friends may call at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lanakila Congregational Church in Kainaliu for a 3 p.m. service with burial to follow in the church’s cemetery. Casual attire, flowers welcome. Survived by daughters Barbara (Gordon) Palmer of Waikoloa, Jeanette Apiki of Honolulu, Frances (David) Hudson of Maui; son William Kelii of Honolulu; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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.