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  • Posted: Jun 25 2016 - 12:05am

    Robert Arellano, 62, of Hilo died June 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Chicago, he was an operations manager for Island Heritage Co. Memorial Mass at 12:15 p.m. Monday (June 27) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Survived by father, Salvador Arellano of Chicago; sister, Gloria Urdiales of Chicago; brother, Richard Urdiales of Chicago. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 24 2016 - 12:05am

    Patricia Scott Horton, 82, of Kekaha, Kauai, formerly of Honokaa, died June 20. Born in Honolulu, she was an accounts payable clerk for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Visitation 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Kekaha Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Service at 11:30 a.m. Survived by daughters, Barbara (Sid) Kini and Beverly (Richard) Lavens of Kauai; son, Douglas (Yvette) Horton of Kauai; brothers, Ritchie (Mary) Gentry of California and Jock (Jolene) Gentry of Hawaii; sister, Helen Coffman of Kauai; eight grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 23 2016 - 12:05am

    Weston “Wes” Bailey Gaddis, 29, of Akron-Canton, Ohio, formerly of Kailua-Kona, died Feb. 13 in Ohio. Born in Kailua-Kona, he was a production crew member for Matalco in Ohio. Celebration of life and potluck 10 a.m. Sunday, July 3 at OTEC Beach in Kailua-Kona. Casual attire. Survived by son, Kekoa Gaddis of Ohio; daughters, Lia Gaddis and Braelynn Gaddis of Ohio; parents, Robert and Alice Gaddis-Lindsey of Ohio; hanai parents, Kalei (Kenny) Haleamau-Kam of Kailua-Kona, Dennis and Anna Villanueva of Captain Cook; hanai brother, Samuel Gaddis of Ohio; sisters, Mia (Keola) Crivello of Hookena and Kanoe Kahihikolo of Kailua-Kona; aunts, uncles, hanai brothers, hanai sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Hillcrest Crematory, Ohio.

  • Posted: Jun 22 2016 - 12:05am

    Leonette Mapuana “Mapu” Abraham, 55, of Hilo died Dec. 16, 2015, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a registrar clerk for Waiakea High School and member of Zion House of Praise Holiness Church where she taught Sunday School and participated in women’s ministries. Celebration of life, fellowship and potluck luncheon noon-6 p.m. Sunday (June 26) at Haili Tent in Panaewa. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by husband, Willoughby I. Abraham of Hilo; son, Davis (Stacey) K. Abraham of Hilo; daughter, Naupaka M. Abraham of Lihue, Kauai; brother, Darrell Kuamoo of Hilo; brothers-in-law, Rodney Miyashiro of Puna, William (Rebecca) L. Abraham of Kawaihae and Robert (Deedee) M. Abraham of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Beni-Jo Kuamoo, Corinna Abraham and Sandra (Robin) D. Young of Hilo, Lydia (Daniel) Abrojena of Captain Cook; one grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

  • Posted: Jun 21 2016 - 12:05am

    Lillian Kanealai Bargamento, 83, of Hilo died June 2. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (June 25) at at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hilo Stake Center, 1373 Kilauea Ave. Celebration of life service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow. Luncheon to follow burial at the stake center. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Kenneth (Caridad) Bargamento of Germany and Bertram (Melody) Bargamento of Mililani Mauka, Oahu; daughters, Sheila (Mitchell) Green of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Maureen (Timothy) Begas of Ookala, Althea (Tracy) Tanaka of Honolulu and Geoliette (Kurt) Ng of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Frederick (Ada) Amina of Nanakuli, Oahu, Edward (Susan) Amina of Waikele, Oahu, Thomas (Phil Sun) Amina of Oahu and James (April) Amina of Kalihi, Oahu; sisters, Jacqueline (Herbert) Rapoza of Hilo, Peggy Fukuhara of Ladson, S.C., Wilma Villanueva of Honolulu, Melva (Edwin) Chung Hoon of Wahiawa, Oahu, Ellen Mae (Earl) Naeole of Makakilo, Oahu, and Michele (Don) Riley of Oahu; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 20 2016 - 12:05am

    Librada “Libring” “Badang” Cubar Belen, 31, of Papaaloa died June 14 at Hospice of Hilo’s Pohai Malama Care Center. She was born in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines. Visitation 8-9 a.m. Saturday (June 25) at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Laupahoehoe. Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by parents, Romulo “Romy” “Molong” and Teresita “Tessie” “Tersing” Belen of Papaaloa; brothers, Roderick Belen of Papaaloa, Geronimo (Joana) Belen of the Philippines, Herry Belen of Germany and Harold Belen of Papaaloa; sisters, Mary Grace (John) Vlahovic of Ontario, Canada, and Angelica Reynell Belen of Papaaloa; a nephew, a niece, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 19 2016 - 12:05am

    Gaymond Hiwauli Apaka, 60, of Hilo died May 22 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a Christian education teacher at Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii Campus Middle School and associate pastor at Haili Congregational Church. Visitation 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday (June 25) at Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii William Charles Lunalilo Center, 16-716 Volcano Road, Keaau. Memorial service at 6 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Elena “Eri” Apaka of Hilo; sons, Lon (Mandi) Apaka, Kensy (Jaime) Apaka and Kimo Apaka of Hilo; parents, Kenneth and Pansy Apaka of Hilo; sister, Alana (Mark) Foster of Hilo; four grandchildren; nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 18 2016 - 12:05am

    Alan Rikio Kiriu, aka “Da Humble Fisherman,” 53, of Kapaau died June 2. Visitation and celebration of life 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Hawi Jodo Mission Hall. Casual attire; no flowers. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Jane; sons, Ryan (Kristen), Kirk and Duke; parents, Robert and Janet Kiriu; brother, Randy (Sherisse); sister, Kathy; parents-in-law, Ralph and Joyce Ganeko; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 17 2016 - 12:05am

    Samuel Bento Jr., 60, of Hilo died June 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a salesman for Aiona Car Sales and U.S. Air Force veteran. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday (June 23) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by mother, Sumiko Bento of Hilo; sisters, Laura-Lee (Raymond III) Rodrigues and Jeannette Kama Bento of Hilo; one nephew, one niece, three grandnephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 16 2016 - 12:05am

    Kristi Cheng, 67, of Hilo died May 25 at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Honolulu. Born in California, she worked for a taxi service. Private services. Survived by husband, Peter Cheng; mother, Helen Hoff; daughters, Angela Ballesteros and Cindy Inouye; sons, Matthew Buelow and Bud Buelow; brothers, Henry Hoff, Roy Hoff, Tony Hoff and Daniel Hoff; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 15 2016 - 11:03am

    Kristi Cheng, 67, of Hilo died May 25 at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Honolulu. Born in California, she worked for a taxi service. Private services. Survived by husband, Peter Cheng; mother, Helen Hoff; daughters, Angela Ballesteros and Cindy Inouye; sons, Matthew Buelow and Bud Buelow; brothers, Henry, Roy, Tony and Daniel Hoff; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 14 2016 - 12:05am

    Tamiko Noji, 91, of Pepeekeo died June 5 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Honohina Mauka, she was a retired seamstress for the former Pomare Ltd. and member of Honomu Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary offerings). Survived by sisters-in-law, Okinu Matsuoka of Pepeekeo and Yoshiko Matsuoka of Savannah, Ga.; nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 13 2016 - 12:05am

    Alfonso B. Marcos, 95, of Keaau died May 31 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Banna, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he was a self-employed papaya farmer and a member of Keaau Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Visitation 6-7 p.m. Thursday (June 16) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8:30-10 a.m. Friday (June 17) at the chapel. Prayer service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park, Lehua section. Survived by sons, Juanito (Nellie) Marcos and Romeo (Emma) Marcos of Keaau; daughters, Helen Marcos of Keaau and Anita (Howard) Takara of Hilo; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 12 2016 - 12:05am

    The Rev. Ernie “Waimea Cowboy” Cruz Sr., 76, of Glendale, Ariz., formerly of Hawaii Island, died May 14 at home. Born in Modesto, Calif., he was a musician, patriarch of one of Hawaii’s greatest music families, former pastor at New Hope Puna and Pahoa Assembly of God churches and U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran. Visitation from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at New Hope Hilo, 840 Kupulau Road. Memorial service at 6 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Maggie Cruz; daughters, Ernelle “Doodie” (Bill) Downs, Desiree M. (James O’Connor) Cruz, Stephanie (Bruce) Tyrin, Sarah Cruz, Marissa Meredith, Tiffany “Tiffa” (Imua) Garza, Connie (Eddie) Rincon; sons, Ernie (Kahelelani) Cruz Jr., David (Kelli Heath) Cruz, John Cruz, Tony (Tricia) Cruz, Guy (Jon Lawrence) Cruz; sisters, Linda (Bettincourt) Cruz, Rita Cruz, Dorothy Cruz; 13 grandsons, seven granddaughters and a great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 11 2016 - 12:06am

    Herbert “Chico” Frasco, 75, of Kekaha Gardens, Kauai, died June 4. Born in Kona, he was a retired boat captain for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Firing Range, a Navy veteran and 1959 graduate of Hilo High School. Visitation noon Friday, June 24, at MacArthur Park in Kekaha. Celebration of life service and luncheon to follow. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Barbara Frasco; sons, Herbert Frasco of Kekaha, Howard (Kim) Frasco of Eleele, Kauai, and Brandon Frasco of Kekaha; daughter, Barbie Jo Frasco of Kekaha; siblings, Reynold “Maka” Frasco of Hilo, Lei (Larry) Bernades, Wayne (Barbara) Aguilar and Susan (Doug) Latham of Waianae, Oahu; hanai children, Chad Kahawai and Angel Kaohelauli‘i of Pakala, Kauai; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Garden Island Mortuary.