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  • Posted: Feb 1 2017 - 12:05am

    William Edward Smith, 71, of Volcano died Nov. 23 at home. Born in Pittsburgh, he was a retired district court judge. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by husband, Wade Park of Volcano; son, Walter Andrew (Toni) Smith of Baltimore; brothers, Gary Smith and Michael Smith of Honolulu; hanai mother, Mary Kastner of Torrington, Wyo.; hanai sister, Susan Smith of Torrington; one grandson. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 31 2017 - 12:05am

    Richard Francis Boom, 84, of Pahoa died Jan. 21 at home. Born in South Dakota, he was an HVAC sales representative at his brother’s heating company, U.S. Navy Korean War veteran, member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3830, hunter, fisherman and chicken farmer. Celebration of life 6 p.m. Friday (Feb. 3) at VFW Post 3830 in Pahoa. Survived by son, Gary Boom of Gresham, Ore.; daughter, Laurie Holliday of Newberg, Ore.; hanai daughter, Robin Kloda of Pahoa; brother, Gene Boom of Aurora, Ore.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 30 2017 - 12:05am

    Benjamin “Benny” Rivera, 57, of Kohala died Jan. 3 at home. Born in Kohala, he was a former state parks caretaker, former kitchen utility/groundskeeper for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, skilled mechanic, hunter and fisherman. Celebration of life 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 18, at Keokea Beach Park in North Kohala. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Hailama-Ana Rivera of Kohala; daughter, Melissa (Carlo Fudolig) Sugata of Las Vegas; sons, Conrad Rivera, Dayton Rivera and Dwight (Cherrylynn) Rivera of Kohala; hanai daughter, Ronalyn (Jordan “Jr.” Alejandro) Cazimero Alejandro of Kohala; brothers, George (Susan) Oliva of Waikoloa, Antonio (Della) Rivera Jr. and Franklin Rivera of Kohala, James “Jimmy” (Sheila) Oliva of Florida; sister, Brenda Cazimero of Kohala; 12 grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 29 2017 - 12:05am

    Mitoyo “Ethel” Kamimura, 91, of Mountain View died Jan. 22 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Mountain View, she was a homemaker, retired flower grower, seamstress, member of Puna Hongwanji Mission and various senior bowling leagues. Friends can call 3-4 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 4) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Russell (Shirley Ann) Kamimura of Mililani, Oahu, Garret (Patricia) Kamimura of Burlington, Wash., David (Joyce) Kamimura of Pearl City, Oahu, Wesley (Jan) Kamimura of Mountain View; sister-in-law, Mary Yamada of Hilo; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 28 2017 - 12:05am

    Violet Moniz Alfonso, 95, of Honokaa died Jan. 22 at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea. Born in Honokaa, she was a homemaker and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Private service. Survived by sons, Ernest J. Alfonso Jr. and Robert (Paula) Alfonso of Kalopa, Rodney L. (Rose Marie) Alfonso of Honokaa; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 27 2017 - 12:05am

    Elizabeth Choon Ok Deiter, 84, of Hilo died Jan. 19 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Lanai City, Lanai, she was a retired licensed practical nurse. Private services. Survived by daughters, Diane Kane of Oahu, Terry Bell of Washington and Cheryl Miyose of Hilo; son, Sidney Remiticado of Oahu; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 26 2017 - 12:05am

    Larry Castro, 64, of Volcano died Jan. 14. He was a journeyman union roofer. Celebration of life services at 4 p.m. Friday (Jan. 27) at Hilo Missionary Church, 1044 Komohana St. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Mabel Castro of Glenwood; sons, Larry K. (Nivea) Castro of Oregon and Lawrence K. (Lucy) Castro of Keaau; brother, Roy (Samara) Castro of Glenwood; sisters, Linda Antolin of Volcano, Nora (Melvin) Ward of Hawaiian Beaches, Shirley (Larry) Staudinger of Hilo and Doris (Cisco) Maria of Ocean View; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 25 2017 - 12:05am

    Shane Elizabeth Ohumukini Aburamen, 54, of Hilo died Jan. 6 at home. Born in Dover, Del., she was the owner of Blane’s Drive Inn, Freddy’s Restaurant and Manono Mini Mart. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by son, Devan (Angela Coltes) Aburamen of Hilo; daughter, Casey Aburamen of Hilo; father, Robert Saucerman of Hilo; sisters, Kelly (Ed) Glader of California and Erin Fernandez of Mountain View; mother-in-law, Betty Aburamen of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Kevin) Takei and Cathy (Lance) Miyasato of Hilo; uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 24 2017 - 12:05am

    Kathleen Louise D’Amico, 64, of Waikoloa died Jan. 15 at home. Born in Fort Meade, Md., she taught in Hawaii for more than 40 years. Celebration of life 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 28) at Waikoloa Community Church, 68-3625 Paniolo Ave. in Waikoloa. Short service at 11 a.m. No viewing. Informal potluck will be held after the service. For more information, email the Rev. Deborah Knowles at revdebknows2@gmail.com. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Nicholas (Abbie) D’Amico of Waikoloa and Michael (Amanda) D’Amico of Roanoke, Va.; mother, Edna Logan of Waikoloa. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 23 2017 - 12:05am

    Yukie “Helen” Nagata, 98, of Honolulu died Jan. 2 at Kuakini Medical Center in Honolulu. Services held. Born in Ninole, she was a Survived by son, Norman (Jane) Nagata of Honolulu; daughters, Elaine (Chester) Shim and Sharon (Wallace) Yamada of Honolulu, Judy (Jim) Liao, of Waianae Oahu; brother, Kunio (Helen) Hiramoto of Kailua, Oahu; sisters, Patricia Nishita of Honolulu and Rita Chang of San Jose, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 22 2017 - 12:05am

    Emilia Damazo Anicas, 78, of Hilo and formerly of Pahala, died Jan. 1 at the Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Pohina Pali, Ka‘u, she was a retired food service manager at Ka‘u Hospital and member of Pahala United Methodist Church. Private family services held. Survived by daughters, Melba (Darryl) Quiocho and Susan (Brian) Okamoto of Hilo; son, Steven (Tracy) Anicas of Honolulu; sisters, Pauline Enriques of Pahala and Oria Brower of New Hampshire; brother, Vince (Juli) Damazo of Kailua-Kona; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 21 2017 - 12:05am

    Lawrence Mitchell Nui Francisco Sr., 84, of Hawi died Jan. 4 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Honaunau, he was a retired engineer for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, boiler technician for the former Kohala Sugar Co., Hawaii County reserve police officer, promotional entertainer for Hawaiian Airlines, founding member of Kohala’s Cosmo Combo band, U.S. Army Korean War veteran and member of ILWU, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Friday (Jan. 27) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 55-337 Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi. Visitation again 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the church. Eulogy at 9:30 a.m. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Victoria Francisco of Hawi; sons, Lawrence (Becky Pilapil) Francisco Jr. of Hawi, Kelly Francisco of San Jose, Calif., Karl (Laura) Francisco of Los Angeles, Sean (Ally) Francisco of Seattle; daughters, Lavana (Cederick Raymond) Francisco of Honolulu, Vonn Tenn of Denver; brother, John (Brenda) Francisco of Gardena, Calif.; sisters, Angie (Hans Peter) Hager of Waimea, Maile (Ed) Sprick of New Franklin, Mo.; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 20 2017 - 10:57am

    Lawrence Mitchell Nui Francisco Sr., 84, of Hawi died Jan. 4 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Honaunau, he was a retired engineer for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, boiler technician for the former Kohala Sugar Co., Hawaii County reserve police officer, promotional entertainer for Hawaiian Airlines, founding member of Kohala’s Cosmo Combo band, U.S. Army Korean War veteran and member of ILWU, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion. Visitation service 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 55-337 Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi. Visitation again 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the church. Eulogy at 9:30 a.m. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Victoria Francisco of Hawi; sons, Lawrence (Becky Pilapil) Francisco Jr., of Hawi, Kelly Francisco of San Jose, Calif., Karl (Laura) Francisco of Los Angeles and Sean (Ally) Francisco of Seattle; daughters, Lavana (Cederick Raymond) Francisco of Honolulu and Vonn Tenn of Denver; brother, John (Brenda) Francisco of Gardena, Calif.; sisters, Angie (Hans Peter) Hager of Waimea and Maile (Ed) Sprick of New Franklin, Mo.; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jan 19 2017 - 12:05am

    Harrison Keola Apao Jr., 62, of Pahoa died Jan. 3 at St. Rose Hospital in Henderson, Nev. He was born on Kauai. Celebration of life Saturday, July 1, at the family home in Henderson. Contact family for details. Survived by daughters, Misty K. (Richard) Apao-Santiago, Gayla K. Apao and Matea Castillo; son, Harrison Duadua-Apao; mother, Lucy Madamba; brothers, Johnie (Cheryl) Apao, William (Sally) Morris and Scott (Cheryl) Morris; sisters, Gaynell Luis, Toni (Tom) Koshi, Dawn Diaz and Robyn (Joseph) Chappell; three, granddaughters, four grandsons and a great-granddaughter; cousins, nieces and nephews.

  • Posted: Jan 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Mathew Lilipi‘i Elderts, 80, of Mountain View died Dec. 21 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired construction worker. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 20) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial at 1 p.m. at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Kendall (Jenell) Elderts of Pahoa, Mathew (Cierra) Elderts of Kurtistown; daughters, Renee (Bryan) Young of Waianae, Oahu, Diane Elderts of Pahoa, Corrina (Curtis) Chung of Kailua, Oahu, Delsey (Peni) Talamoa of Mountain View, Norine (Faalata) Satele of Kapolei, Oahu; sister, Eleanor Evangelista of Pahoa; 33 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.