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  • Posted: Jul 18 2017 - 12:06am

    Misako Hatami, 101, of Hilo died July 3 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Papaikou, she was a retired kitchen manager for the former Sumida Restaurant and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Buddhist Women’s Association, Tenrikyo Mishima Kyokai and Pomaikai Senior Citizens. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Sunday (July 23) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, James (Pat Tsumako) Hatami and Wendell (Janice) Hatami of Hilo; daughters, Jean Hatami-Kogasaka and Marian (Ernest) Nagamine of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Watae Shindo of Japan and Emiko Fukuhara of Los Angeles; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 17 2017 - 12:05am

    Adoracion “Inday” “Ador” Sagolili Gancinia, 54, of Honokaa died June 15, 2017, at Queen’s Medical Center. Born in Cebu City, the Philippines, she was a former worker for Watanabe Floral in Waimea and a former worker for the Brantley Center in Honokaa. She was also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Honokaa Ward. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Saturday (July 22) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Honokaa. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Honokaa County Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by step-mother, Geraldine (Anthony) Domingo of Honokaa; brothers, Augusto (Cecilia) Gancinia of Honokaa and Mario (Cynthia) Gancinia of Honolulu, Oahu; half-brothers, Alberto (Carmen) Galarse of the Philippines and Gjim Patrick Gancinia of Honokaa; half-sister, Odessa Gancinia of Honokaa; one niece; two nephews; numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 16 2017 - 12:06am

    Eleanor De Coito Gomes Carvalho, 98, of Honokaa died June 13 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Ahualoa, she was a retired nut sorter with the former Hawaiian Holiday Macadamia Nut company and member of Honokaa Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Friends may call 8-10 a.m. Saturday (July 22) at the Honokaa Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. followed by burial at the Honokaa Catholic Church Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Joseph (Theresa) Carvalho of Paauilo and Richard Carvalho and Robert (Carol) Carvalho of Honokaa; daughter, Katherine (Manuel) Branco of Hilo; sister, Mary Lou (Gilbert) Ferreira of Pearl City, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 15 2017 - 12:06am

    David Eugene Brown, 72, of Kailua-Kona died July 9 in Kailua-Kona. Born in Indianapolis, he was a poultry processing plant manager and U.S. Army veteran. Memorial services with military honors at noon Monday, July 24, at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Memina Brown; sons, Tim Brown and Tommy (Karey) Brown of Hilo, Arnold Ragasajo of Kailua-Kona; brother, Bill (Jan) Brown of Indianapolis; sisters, Patty Jackson of Indianapolis, Phyllis (Roger) Harrell of Indianapolis and Wilma (Eddie) Driggers of Dade City, Fla.; stepmother, Frances Carroll of Indianapolis; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuaries.

  • Posted: Jul 14 2017 - 12:06am

    Dale Kiyoshi Ishiyama, 58, of Hilo died July 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a county accountant, worked at Carpet Isle and was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Wednesday (July 19) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Valerie Ishiyama of Hilo; sons, Robby Ishiyama and Tyson (Kehau) Usui of Hilo; mother, Michiyo Ishiyama of Hilo; sister, Janice Santos of Hilo; one granddaughter; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 13 2017 - 12:06am

    Jon Tatsumi Sakata, 62, of Holualoa died June 25 at home. Born in Kealakekua, he was a bartender for Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay, a waterman, television and movie actor and stuntman with credits including “Jurassic World,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Tempest,” “Predators,” “Tropic Thunder,” “The Rundown,” “Windtalkers” and Oceans Eleven,” and member of Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Old Kona Airport Park Makaeo Events Pavilion. Celebration of life service at 10 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. For information, call 322-8050. Condolences to P.O. Box 97, Holualoa, HI 96725. Survived by wife, Lani Jo Sakata of Holualoa; sons, Kimo (Sky) Sakata, Keoki Sakata and Jonah (Stephaine) Sakata of Holualoa; daughter, Sanoe (Dustin Alcain) Sakata of Holualoa; mother, Lita Kuniyoshi of Holualoa; stepsisters, Kandy Kuniyoshi and Holly Breckenridge of California; seven grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Jul 12 2017 - 9:36am

    Judy Rae Eslit, 73, of Waimea died July 5 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Cleveland, she was a homemaker who loved animals, knitting and her family. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by husband, Marcos Eslit Sr. of Waimea; son, Marcos Eslit Jr. of Kapolei, Oahu; daughters, Petra (Kekai) Kaleleiki of Waimea and Angelina Eslit of Kapolei; brother, James Manley of Michigan; sister, Jane Williams; nine grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 11 2017 - 12:06am

    Celebration of life for the late Edwin Kahiwa Ahuna is noon-8 p.m. Friday (July 14) at Onekahakaha Beach Park pavilion No. 4. An incorrect date appeared in an obituary published Saturday.

  • Posted: Jul 10 2017 - 10:55am

    Aaron Thomas Demello, 30, of Hilo died June 9 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Born on Maui, he was a Kirby franchise owner. Celebration of life 4-8 p.m. Wednesday (July 12) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Kaneohe, Oahu. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by grandmother, Else Demello; father, Adrian Demello Jr.; mother, Valerie Demello; brothers, Adrian (Melanie) Demello III and Michael Demello; three nieces, a nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 10 2017 - 10:51am

    Edwin Kahiwa Ahuna, 64, of Keaau died April 22 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, he worked at Jack’s Tours, Boldman’s Portraits, Rainbow Isle Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and was a foster parent. Celebration of life noon-8 p.m. Friday (July 14) at Onekahakaha Beach Park pavilion No. 4. Survived by companion, Debra Boldman of Keaau; sons, Jason (Jona) Ahuna of Kauai, Garrett Ahuna of Oahu and Kula Ahuna of Keaau; daughters, Kimberly Ahuna, Anuhea Ahuna and U‘ilani Ahuna of Keaau; brothers, Edward Ahuna Jr. of Kona and Weldon (Pam) Ahuna of Hilo; grandchildren, great-granddaughter, cousins, nieces and nephews.

  • Posted: Jul 9 2017 - 12:05am

    Luana Pi‘ilani Willis Chow, 76, of Honokaa died June 8 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a former housekeeper for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hilton Waikoloa Village, member of the Hawaiian Club and former member of Kaahumanu Women’s Society. Celebration of life 10 a.m.-noon Saturday (July 15) at Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea. Graveside committal service at 9 a.m. Monday (July 17) at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by son, Dondale Hoover of Hilo; daughters, Nylyne (Boysey) Paulo and Henrietta (Lawrence) Lorenzo of Honokaa and Catherine (J.J.) Chow of Kohala; hanai daughter, Pua (Ranch) Nobriga of Kamuela; brothers, Llewelyn (Loke) Kapela and Rodney (Georgette) Willis of Kailua-Kona and Allen Willis of Oahu; 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 6 2017 - 12:06am

    Diane J. Hurley, 79, of Visalia, Calif., and formerly of Hilo, died June 15. Born in Hilo, she was a beautician for 32 years. Private memorial service for family to be held. Burial will be at Homelani Memorial Park in Hilo. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the COPD Foundation. Survived by three children, Donna, Mike and Julie; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

  • Posted: Jul 5 2017 - 12:06am

    Eletta “Mary” Hope Llanes, 64, of Waimea died June 18 at home. Born in North Kona, she was a certified nurse’s assistant, bookkeeper and member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (July 8) at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona. Mass at 11 a.m. Burial to follow in St. Paul’s Catholic Church cemetery on St. Paul Road in Honalo. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by daughters, Jherika Acol of Kawaihae, Bobbie Acol of Kona and Elisha (Jesse Perry) Acol of Waimea; brothers, David (Edwina) Llanes, Antone (Frances) Llanes, Kenneth (Bernette) Llanes, Ruben (Mary Jane) Llanes, Donald Llanes, Rudy (Lynn) Llanes, Freddie Llanes and Gerard (Karen) Llanes of Kona; sisters, Gerilyn Llanes, Angela Llanes and Vanessa Llanes of Kona; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 4 2017 - 12:05am

    Mark Lewin Kapahua, 52, of Hilo died June 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church and volunteered at the Glad Tidings soup kitchen, feeding countless homeless people. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday (July 8) at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, 116 Kapiolani St. Celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Aloha attire. Survived by daughters, Lehua (Kawena) Garcia and Tiffany Kapahua of Hilo; brothers, Antone Kapahua of Honolulu and Alva Kapahua Jr. of Hilo; five grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 2 2017 - 12:06am

    Frank Albert Ferren Jr., 78, of Kailua-Kona died June 17 at home. Born in Boston, he was a general surgeon and obstetrician specializing in sports medicine, 19-time Hawaii Ironman Championships competitor, Ultraman and Lavaman competitor, paddler with Kai O Pua Canoe Club and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by wife, Annie Ferren of Kailua-Kona; sons, Bradley (Keahi Mills) Ferren of Kailua-Kona and Gregory (Jenne) Ferren of Honolulu; daughters, Richann Ferren of Kailua-Kona and Noelani (Aaron) Boyd of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; sister, Virginia (Robert) Bowman of Connecticut; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.