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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 April 3

Gilbert Paul Aguiar, 84, of Hilo died March 31 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired heavy equipment operator and mechanic for the former Theo H. Davies Company and Pacific Machinery and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Friends may call 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; prayer service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Leilani Aguiar of Hilo; daughter, Sharon (Stephen) Butler of Hilo; son, Curtis (Karen) Aguiar of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, George (Ruth) Aguiar of Hilo; grandchildren, Kyle (Dana) Nakamoto of Las Vegas, Nev., Joy (John) McCollum of Keaau, Christopher (Chantal) Aguiar of California, Spencer Aguiar of Las Vegas, Nev., Dillon Aguiar of Las Vegas, Nev.; four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 2

Chieko Kishi, 87, of Hilo died March 7 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Wahiawa, Oahu, she was retired from First Hawaiian Bank, worked for attorney Sanford K. Okura and was a member of Higashi Hongwanji Mission. Private services held. Survived by daughter, Gail Kishi of Hilo; brother, Edward (Pearl) Nagata of Pearl City, Oahu; sisters, Kiyoko Oda of Mililani, Oahu, Lucile Nakamura of Wahiawa, Oahu; brothers-in-law, Watami (Tomoko) Kishi, Yasu Kishi, Norio Kishi, all of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Shizuno Kishi of Hilo, Kay Kishi of Honolulu; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 1

Mary Lou Piilani Keneao, 65, of Kailua-Kona died March 14 at her residence. Born in Wailuku, Maui, she was a homemaker, a clerk at Ft. Shafter Army base in Honolulu, and a teacher at Leahi School in Honolulu. She was a member of Kahikolu Congregational Church and the Kona Paradise Club. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kahikolu Congregational Church in Napoopoo for a 10:30 a.m. memorial service. Luncheon and fellowship to follow. Aloha attire, flowers welcome. Survived by husband, Oliver Kaneao Jr. of Honaunau; sons, Oliver Kaneao III and Jeremiah Kaneao of Honaunau; daughter, Leihala (Terry) Medeiros of Captain Cook; brother, Henry (Dahlia) Dutro of Honolulu; sisters, Loretta-Lehua Cho of Molokai, Carlene (Herb) Engel of San Diego, Calif.; five grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 31

Shiro Hirayama, 94, of Paukaa died at the Hilo Medical Center on Sunday, March 16. Born in Papaikou, he was a retired carpenter with Hicks Homes, a member of the Local 745 Carpenter’s Union and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Private family services held. No flowers or monetary donations. Survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.

Obituaries for March 30

Nora “Enday” Bungula Cabatu, 79, of Laupahoehoe died March 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hakalau, she was a homemaker and graduated from Hawaii Community College as a clerk-typist. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Cremation to follow. Survived by husband, Rodolfo “Rudy” Cabatu of Laupahoehoe; sons, Dexter (Yvonne) Egdamin of Hilo and Jason Lance Cabatu of Laupahoehoe; daughters, Deborah (Sonny) Egdamin-Avenue of Pahala, Dale Egdamin of Papaaloa, Darlene Egdamin-Kahikikolo of Makawao, Maui, Diana “Tini” (Aaron) Egdamin-Matsushita of Kealakekua and Kristie (Kalani) Cabatu-Graciidis of Hilo; sister, Conchita “Connie” Bungula-Cadiz of Makakilo/ Kapolei, Oahu; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 13

Tyson “Tys” Kainoa Moani Lincoln, 30, Hawi died Jan. 20 at the Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was an electrician for West Hawaii Electric, played football for Konawaena High School as well as soccer and volleyball for Kohala High School, enjoyed fishing, hunting and surfing. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Saturday at Keokea Beach Park Pavilion in North Kohala. Celebration of life will commence at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow. The family requests casual attire and flowers are welcome. Survived by mother, Rocklyn (James) Ku of Hawi; father, Andrew (Charmaine) Lincoln of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Mandie-Hone (Dom Acorda) Ku of Hawi, Taylor-Maikai Ku of Hawi, Ashely-Malia Kiyonaga of Kailua-Kona, Shea-Kanani Lincoln of Kealakekua, Andi-Aulike (David Dukevares) Lincoln of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Dillon-Kahiau Ku of Hawi, Andrew-Haaheo Lincoln of Kealakekua, Drew-Pilipaa Lincoln and Seth-Kaulana Lincoln of Kailua-Kona, Polu-Lincoln of Hawi; maternal grandmother, Estelle Francisco of Hawi; paternal grandfather, George Lincoln of Kailua-Kona; paternal grandmother, Mary Abril-Bentley of Las Vegas; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, one nephew and two nieces. For more information call (808)987-9247. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 12

Charles Haruo Kalahiki, 87, died Feb. 4 at the Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center in Hilo. Born in Kapaa, Kauai, he was a retired roofer and resident of the Kamana Senior Center in Hilo. No services. Survived by brother Harry Takeo (Elizabeth) Matsumoto of Hagatna, Guam; numerous nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc.

Obituaries for February 9

Arthur “Ace” Akau Sr., 62, of Waimea died Jan. 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honokaa, he was a trucking foreman for Parker Ranch, groundskeeper for Oye Construction, and member of Hawaii’s Kahiko Omole Hui. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Imiola Church in Waimea. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Scattering of ashes at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Mahukona. Aloha attire; no flowers. Online condolences at www.homelanimemorialpark.com . Survived by sons, Arthur (Claire) Akau Jr. of Hilo, Jason (Kristen) Akau of Kawaihae, Theodore (Shantelle) Akau of Waimea, Cody Oshiro of Pahoa and Brian (Jackie) Carvalho of Kohala; daughter, Krista (Nickson Welson) Akau of Waimea; brothers, Arnold (Tracey) Akau Sr. and Arden Akau of Waimea; sister, Theodora (Norman) Gaspar of Ahualoa; son-in-law Aginer Oscar of Honolulu; 23 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Obituaries for February 7

Monica “Monie” Mahealani Chong, 52, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 2 at her residence. Born in Kealakekua, she was the site coordinator for Kealakehe Elementary School A+ Program and member of Jehovah’s Witnesses Kaloko Congregation. Service at 11 a.m. Saturday at OTEC. Casual attire, no flowers. Survived by husband, Angus Chong Jr. of Kailua-Kona; sons, Angus (Tiare) Chong III, Jacob Duarte; daughters, Lehua LaLa (Hua Peters) Chong, Maxine (Manuel Lemus) Chong, Jerelyn Chong, Sienna Chong; mother, Harriette Wentworth; sisters, Bernadine Nastor, all of Kailua-Kona, Decemberine Mukini of Ocean View, Tammy (Warren) Cho of Hookena, Pili (Kalehua) Perry of Kailua-Kona; Kanani (Jesse) Minamishin of Kealakekua; brothers, Moses Wentworth III, John Wentworth, both of Kailua-Kona; five grandsons, numerous nieces and nephews.

Obituaries for February 5

Adeline “Addie” Cain-Hricik, 86, of Waimea, died Feb. 2 at her residence. Born in Makawao, Maui, she was a retired bartender. Service information to be announced at a later date. Survived by daughters, Genevieve (Daniel) Meyer of Gardena, Calif., Irmagene (Isaac) Kaohe of Makaha, Imagene (Norman) Gonsalves of Kapaa, Kauai, Sharon (Lorna Perez) Cain of Waimea; sons, Robert Ketterman of Concordia, Kansas, Patrick Cain of Fern Acres; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for February 4

Kent “Kento” Sadao Hamamoto, 56, of Kurtistown, died Jan. 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a supervisor at the Hilo Public Library and member of Soka Gakkai International-USA and United Public Workers. Friends may call from 4-5 p.m. Monday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by brother Kert (Janet) Hamamoto of Kurtistown; nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 3

Leonard Paris Fernandez, 65, of Kurtistown died Sunday, Jan. 12, at Hilo Medical Center. Born on Kauai, he was a retired boilermaker and a member of the Boilermakers Local 204, and later 627. Visitation from 10-11 a.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo; Service at 11 a.m. Casual attire, no flowers. Survived by sons Glenn (Charlene) Fernandez, Daniel (Michelle) Fernandez and Robert Torres; brothers Castor Jr. (Maile) Fernandez and Edmund Fernandez; sister Aurora Fernandez; one step-grandson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo Branch.

Obituaries for February 2

Richard “Richie Boy” Tsuneki Omija Jr., 58, of Honaunau, died Jan. 26 at his residence. Born in Pahala, he was a retired construction inspector and former road supervisor for the County of Hawaii. A Celebration of Life will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Naalehu Community Center. Service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife LuciAnn Omija; daughters Rikki Omija, Rachel Omija; son Robert Omija all of Honaunau; parents Richard and Thelma Omija; brother Michael Omija, all of Waiohinu; sister Katie (Loyd) Hokama of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for February 1

Lupe Apodaca, 88, of Hawi, died Jan. 30 at her residence. Born in Superior, Ariz., she was a homemaker. Private services to be held. Survived by son, Charles (Suzi) Apodaca of Ainaloa; daughters, Maria (Jeremiah) Robitaille of Hawi, Caroline (Dale) Hayashi of Ainaloa; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for January 31

Edwin Jack Keohohou, 65, of Kawaihae, died Dec. 30 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired structural ironworker and a U.S. Army veteran. Visitation 9-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel on Oahu. Service at 9:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by brothers, Henry Keohohou Jr. of Kawaihae, Melvin Keohohou and David Keohohou of Honolulu, Steven (Vicky) Keohohou of California, Edward Keohohou of Georgia; sisters, Arden Victor of Honolulu and Sandra Cote of Oklahoma; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.