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Obituaries for July 22

John J. Lujan, 69, of Pahoa died July 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired carpenter. Visitation at 10 a.m. Saturday with 11:30 a.m. funeral service at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home in Hilo. Honolulu services pending. No flowers. Survived by wife, Angelina Lujan of Pahoa; sons, James Lujan of Honolulu, Jesse Lujan of Honolulu, Jason Lujan of Pahoa and Aaron Lujan of Pahoa; stepdaughter, Jainette (Miles) Iwasaki of Honolulu; brother, Micheal Lujan of Honolulu; sister, Christina Taite of Honolulu; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for July 21

Zion Pomaikaiokalani DeGuzman Jr., 16, of Mountain View died June 27 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a student at Keaau High School. Visitation from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo; memorial service (urn) at 7 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by mother, Robin K. Poepoe of Hilo; father, Zion P. DeGuzman Sr. of Hilo; sisters, Keahi (Ryan) Pavao of Hawaiian Acres, Chantee (Lenny) Poepoe-Vigil of Mountain View, Chyrel Poepoe of San Diego, and Kaleolani Poepoe-DeGuzman of Hilo; brother, Kainoa Poepoe-Vigil of Waimea; paternal grandmother, Anita Kahana of Panaewa; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 20

Joyce Fay Brees, 83, of Jackson, Calif., died July 12. She was born in California. Graveside committal service noon Tuesday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. No flowers; memorial donations to charity of your choice. Survived by sons, Burton L. (Marilyn) Brees and Steve L. (Cindy) Brees; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 19

Joel Bert Kennedy, 69, of Hawi died June 23 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a former communications director for the state House of Representatives, former vice president of public affairs for Hawaiian Telephone Co., vice president of corporate communications for The Queen’s Health Systems, managing editor for Kohala Mountain News and an Army veteran. Services held. Memorial donations to Hawaiian Humane Society in Honolulu or PBS Hawaii. Survived by wife, Ann Kennedy of Hawi; daughter, Carole (Billy) Alvarado of California; son, Scott Kennedy of Maryland; brothers, Bruce Kennedy and Mark Kennedy of California, David (Anna Marie) Kennedy of Honolulu; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for July 18

Charles Shizuo Doi, 84, of Pahala died July 4 in hospice. Born in Pahala, he was an Army sergeant first class who served in the Korean War. Funeral services to be held at Punchbowl National Cemetery on Wednesday, July 30, at 11:30 a.m. Survived by wife, Sharie Doi; daughter, Corinne Doi-Majorino; son, Warren Doi; and sister, Connie Fukumoto.

Obituaries for July 17

Harold Tavares Ferreira, 83, of Hilo died July 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired highway inspector for the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation Highways Division, a retired Hawaii Army National Guard Sergeant, and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou, the Y.M.I., the Ancient Order of Foresters and the Portuguese Cultural Club. Visitation from 8-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by, son, Mark (Laura) Ferreira of Pahoa; daughters, Haroldeen (Kai) Quintal of Kurtistown and Natalie (Thomas) Veriato of Mountain View; sisters, Lorreta Kim of Honolulu, and Lucille (John) Scarborough of Gulf Port, Mississippi; sisters-in-law, Shirley Ferreira of Hilo and Evelyn Ferreira of Honolulu; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one aunt; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc. of Hilo.

Obituaries for July 16

Moses “Uncle Moke” Kealoha O Nalani Kuamo‘o Moke, 74, of Hilo died June 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Keaukaha, he retired as a truck driver for Yamada Transfer Inc., was a former treasurer for ILWU Local 142, Unit 1412, treasurer for Hawaii Division ILWU Local 142 Pensioners Council, president for Papaikou ILWU Local 142 Pension Club, treasurer and former president for Hilo ILWU Local 142 Pension Club, treasurer for Keaukaha Community Association, president and genealogist for Ohana Ka-Uaua-A-Mahi Ohana O Hawaii, member of the Kuamo‘o Foundation, a member Sacristan and building maintenance chairman for Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, former member of the Hawaii Island Archery Club, co-chairman for the former Hawaii Island King Kamehameha Day Parade Committee of Hilo and Royal Court co-director for King Kamehameha Day Celebration at Moku-ola formerly sponsored by Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church. Friends may call Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 5-9 p.m.; wake service at 7 p.m. All-night vigil to follow at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, 326 Desha Ave. in Keaukaha. Friends may call Saturday at the Malia Puaka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha. Visitation from 8-9:30 a.m.; celebration of life at 9:30 a.m.; Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Alae Cemetery (Section F). Survived by son, Phillip John Kealoha O Nalani (Sylvia) Moke of Keaau; grandson, Joshua John Ka-Uaua-A-Mahi Kuamo‘o Moke of Keaau; step-daughters, Deborah Mae Kepo‘o (Randy) Akui and Jacquline “Jackie” Pilialoha Kepo‘o (Larry) Sabate of Hilo; brothers, Herbert Kalani (Karen) Moke and Herman Kahekili Moke of Hilo; sisters, Sandra “Sandy” Hualani (Bobby) Lee of Hilo and Theresa “Sharon” Keahialoa Becktel of Kailua-Kona; brother in-law, Theodore (Yolette) Kamakea of Marietta, California; sisters in-law, Carmen Moke and Roswitha “Rose” Moke of Keaau; hanai brothers, Robert “Hoss” Po’okapu Keli’iho’omalu III of Aiea, Oahu, and Charles “Charlie” (Marion) Moody of Linden, North Carolina; hanai sister, Theresa “Resa” Correa of Kailua, Oahu, and Thelma “Buff” Kanani O Ka Home (Samson) Kamekona of Kahului, Maui; aunt, Judy Akoni of Keaau; god children, Elizabeth Marie Benson and Keenan “Kuokalani” Kahalioumi of Hilo, Cheryl Moke-Rabang of Keaau; numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, godsisters and godbrother. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 14

Loretta Lorraine Evangelista, 68, of Hilo died June 24 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Hilo, she was a retired housekeeper. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire; no flowers. Survived by hanai sons, Troy Julian and Kaniala Estrada; hanai daughters, Patrice Julian and Fern Peahi; brother, Raymond Agpoon; sisters, Florence Respicio and Odetta Ah Nee; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 13

Margaret Jonolino Espiritu, 86, of Kapaau died June 30 at her son’s home. Born in Kohala, she was a housewife and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial in Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Rudy (Jeri) Espiritu of Kona Palisades, Philip (Laurie) Espiritu of Keaau and Anthony (Lily) Espiritu of Honolulu; daughters, Nancy (Roy, Jr.) Antonio of Kapaau, Lucy (Lawrence) Antonio of Waimanalo, Oahu; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Leeward Funeral Home and Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 12

Jennie Junko Kan, 58, of Hilo, formerly of Keaau, died July 6 in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, she was an administrative assistant. Private services. Survived by sisters, Laurie Izumi and Sherrie (Calvin) Sakamoto. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services.

Obituaries for July 11

Ronald Kauwila Auld Sr., 78, of Hilo died July 4 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Kalihi, Honolulu, Oahu, he was a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class and Vietnam War Veteran, a non-commissioned officer club manager, tugboat clerk for the former C. Brewer &Co., a state adult corrections officer and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kaumana Ward, Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Hilo Stake Center, 1373 Kilauea Ave. Funeral service at 11:00 AM. Burial fo follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Ayako Oyadomari Auld of Hilo; sons, Ronald Kauwila (Kay) Auld Jr. of Bothell, Wash., William Lono (Arden) Auld of Waimanalo, Oahu, Andrew (Pat) Auld of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Lyle (Nena) Auld of Panaewa, Hilo; daughters, Kehaulani (Bob) Cancialosi of Chicago, Hiilani (Thomas) Lapera of Ka’u, HI and Lei (Angitau) Fa’anunu of Kaumana, Hilo; sister-in-law, Eloise “Chi Chi” Auld of Kailua, Oahu; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 10

Yoko Arai, 81, of Hilo, formerly of Honolulu, died June 24 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a housekeeper for an elderly housing facility on Oahu. Services held. Survived by companion, Donald Barrios of Honolulu; brother, Toichi (Hanako) Arai of Hilo; sisters, Shimomi Araujo of Hilo and Tomoko Lasua of Ewa Beach, Oahu; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 9

Ladrena Ilima Broad, 67, of Hilo died June 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a tour driver for Alii Hilo Tours and member of The Gospel of Alpha &Omega Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Sunday at The Gospel of Alpha &Omega Church, 667 Kekuanaoa St., Hilo. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire. Survived by brothers, James (Bernie) Broad of Waimanalo, Oahu, and Ernesto (Dezi) Broad of Hilo; sisters, Jeanette Lyon of California, Rhonda Broad, Susanna Broad and Lucy Keahi, all of Hilo; sister-in-law, Janir Broad of Hilo; goddaughter, Rhoda-Lyn Broad of Oahu; godson, Isaacs Broad of Hilo; cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 8

Arnold “Arnie” Takao Asato, 57, of Hilo died June 6. Born in Hilo, he worked for 26 years with the Hawaii County Hilo Municipal Golf Course Golf Course as an operations assistant and was a member of the Hustlers Golf Club, the Wreckers Golf Club, Palaka Golf Club, 3+9 Golf Club, Hawaii Island Golf Association/Hilo Muni Golf Club Handicapping Committee and the Ikenobo Ikebana Society, and was a youth baseball coach. Celebration of life will be Tuesday, July 15, at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale. Visitation at 3 p.m., services at 5 p.m. Colorful attire requested. Survived by wife, Wendy Asato; mother, Mieko Asato; sisters Lori (Ted) Hamada and Joanne (Lance) Yoshiyama; one stepdaughter; one granddaughter; three nephews, one niece, one grandnephew.

Obituaries for July 6

Manuel “Manno” Palani Milliora, 62, of Makaha, Oahu, died June 8 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Nanakuli, Oahu, he was a heavy equipment operator and member of Operating Engineers Union Local No. 3. Celebration of life and scattering of ashes at noon, Saturday, July 19, at Makaha surfing beach on Oahu. Luncheon at 1:30 p.m. at Aunty Ruth’s home on Makaha Valley Road in Makaha. He is survived by wife, Lisa S. Milliora of Makuu; sons, Quincy (Shancheal) Zastrow and Lopaka (Anuhea) Milliora of Makaha; mother, Ruth De Rego Milliora of Makaha; sisters, Lauae (Henry) Villacruzes of Nanakuli, Ethel Gomes of Waianae, Ruthie (Bill) Montefalcon of Las Vegas and Jonalinn Silva of San Antonio; brothers, Steven Castro of Waipahu, Oahu, Henry “Sparky” (Donnette) Milliora-Silva of Ainaloa, Levi Stanley of Waikiki, Oahu, and Stephen (Violet) Castro of Waipahu; uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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Obituaries for June 15

Toyoko “Toyo” Hokomoto, 84, of Pepeekeo died May 24 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was retired from the county Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the former S.H. Kress Store and was a member of Honomu Hongwanji Mission and HGEA Retirees. Visitation 3-4 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Asaichi “Asa” Hokomoto of Pepeekeo; son, Neil (Ann) Hokomoto of Hilo; sister-in-law, Pauline Hokomoto of Hilo; one grandson; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for June 14

Sandra Fae Johnson, 69, of Kailua-Kona died June 8. Born in Chico, Calif., she was an RN and a homemaker, and attended the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church. Private services will be held. Donations may be made to the Red Cross in her name. Survived by husband, Stephen Johnson; son, David (Amanda) Pinkston of Redding, Calif.; daughter, Kimberly Brown of Chico, Calif.; brother, Gary (Mary Ann) Fosmire of State College, Penn.; and four grandchildren. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory &Funeral Home of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for June 13

Makiko Leon, 76, of Pepeekeo died Sunday at Hospice of Hilo’s Pohai Malama Facility. Born in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, she was a housewife and member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. A vigil will last from 9 a.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday at 1256 Basque Place in Kaumana. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Papaikou; burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima Section. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Russell (Linday) Leon, Francis Nangasawa (Riton) Leon, Stephen (Evelyn) Joel and Leonard Leon; daughters, Drusi (Dennis) Callan, Mary (John) Silk, Paula (Carlson) Samuel, Takion (Aliten Anjel) Leon, Maggie Leon, Rose (Glann) Lewis, Meriba (Jesus) Barnachea and Elisa Leon; brothers, Taklur Balos and Emlin Balos; sister, Loretta Balos; 46 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one aunt; one uncle; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for June 12

Mary Caroline Perry McDougall, 59, of Pahoa died June 3 at Pohai Malama. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired sales associate for Verizon, a public relations worker for McDonalds Hawaii and a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary Post 3830. Private services held. Survived by son, Rex (Jasmine) Young II of Kapolei; daughter, Kasi Young of Honolulu; sisters, Joshlynn Keahi of Honolulu, Scotlee McDougall of Honokaa and Tutabelle (Jose) Ojeda of Keaau; brother, Dougal McDougall of Honolulu; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Online condolences: www.homelanimemorialpark.com .

Obituaries for June 11

Marie Piilani Cadena, 91, of Hilo died June 6 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired occupational therapist for the state of Texas, former librarian at Fort Bliss Special Services in Texas, member and past president for the Kiwanis in Horizon City, Texas, and a 1941 graduate of Kamehameha Schools. Friends may call 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Prayer service at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Scattering of her ashes at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Punaluu beach. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society. Survived by sons, George Kaualoku of San Antonio, Stephen (Theresa) Kaualoku of Richardson, Texas, and Michael Kaualoku of Oahu; daughters, Marvid-Ann (Karl) Schneider of Issaquah, Wash., Dayna Czarnecki of Hilo, Mary-Beth Rank of Hilo, Amy (Jose) Canejo of Tracy, Calif., and Loralee (George) MacDonald of Mandeville, La.; brothers, Paul Chung-Hoon of Kona, Edwin Chung-Hoon of Oahu and Samuel Chung-Hoon of Florida; sisters, Puanani Chung-Hoon of Oahu, Betty Townsend of California, Ernestine Kenny of Oahu and Naomi Campbell of Montana; 24 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for June 9

Teizo Sumida, 94, of Hilo died at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home on April 29. Born in Hilo, he was a retired maintenance worker with the former Naniloa Surf Hotel and a World War II US Army Veteran who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He also worked for the former Von Hamm Young, Taka’s Appliance and Teves Refrigeration companies. Private services held. No koden. Survived by sons, Brian (Judith) Sumida of Oakland, Calif. and Dean (Sandra “Sandi”) Sumida of Hilo; daughter, Janne (Cullen) Fujimoto of Mililani, Oahu; brother, Shizuo (Doris) Sumida of Pepeekeo; sisters, Itsuko “Judy” (Harold) Nakagawa of Monterey Park, Calif., and Ritsuko Olson of Hilo; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for June 8

Betty Jane Blair, 84, of Kailua-Kona died May 31 at home. Born in Hot Springs, Ark., she was a homemaker and had been a caregiver for the elderly and owned a child-care business. Services pending. Survived by sons, Stephen Blair of the mainland and Daniel Blair of Blyth, Calif.; daughter, Kathryn Knight of California; one grandson. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for June 6

Patricia “Tutu” Jennings Morriss Campbell, 87, of Waimea died May 30 at home. Born in Paauhau, she was the owner of the Waimea General Store and Waimea Woolcraft, co-author of “Georgia O’Keefe’s Hawaii” and was formerly a member of West Hawaii Players and Waimea Community Players. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Monday, June 23, at St. James Episcopal Church in Waimea. Service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to North Hawaii Hospice, the Michael Morriss Memorial Fund or the A.W. Morriss III Scholarship Fund at HPA. Survived by husband, Allan Campbell of Australia; daughters, Sally (Allen) Wooddell of Waimea and Virginia (Andrew Fisher) Pressler Fisher of Honolulu; sons, Lex (Lisa) Morriss, Neil (Debi) Morriss, Richard Morriss, all of Waimea; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for June 5

Ronald Francis “Sam” Addington Sr., 78, of Keaau died May 24 at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired construction worker, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps., and member of the Wailoa River Rats. Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Graveside services at noon at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Addington of Keaau; sons, Ronald (Elle) Addington of Honolulu, Plez Addington and Samuel Addington, both of Missouri, and Kalani Addington of KauaiI; son-in-law, Dwayne Sanborn of Waikoloa; daughters, Rhonda (Kenet) Brevig of San Diego, California, Debra Pila of Hilo, Marjorie (Richard) Kealoha and Lisa (Aaron) Amimoto, both of Oahu; sisters, Rose Settle of Texas, Dorothy Evans of Hilo, Judy (Joe) Enwright of the mainland, and Doris (Jim) Davis and Jeanine Best, both of California; 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for June 4

Diane “Kara” Dolores Billingsley, 76, of Captain Cook died May 4 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born in San Francisco, she was a retired teacher, an author of poetry and short stories, owner and operator of Karaden Farm and Aloha Ocean Hideaway, co-founder of the Kona Crisis Center, member of Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and National Wildlife Foundation, supporter of PBS and an advocate for whale conservation, the concerns of food irradiation and women’s rights. Private service held. No flowers. Memorial donations may be sent to PBS or Greenpeace Foundation. Survived by daughter, Roxanne (Isaac Dela Cruz) Locher of Captain Cook; son, Christopher (Nicole) Locher of Lexington, Massachusetts; sister, Joan (Ronald) Mackin of Monte Sereno, Calif.; brother, Walter (Rose) MacDonald of San Jose, Calif.; granddaughters, Annie Hanson of Captain Cook, Charlotte Locher; grandson, Ryan Locher both of Lexington, Mass.; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.