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Obituaries for April 20

Eugene “Captain” Pacheco, 82, died March 29 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Hilo, he was retired from Hilo Coast Processing Company, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and member of the Family Christian Center. Visitation from 6-7 p.m. Friday at the Family Christian Center in Hilo located at 168 Holomua Street. Funeral service at 7 p.m. Graveside committal service 9 a.m. Saturday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife Helen Pacheco of Hilo; daughters Debra (Saffrey) Tajon of Keaau, Sharie Pacheco-Enovejas of Hilo; son Tracy (April San Jose) Pacheco of Hilo; sister Agnes Pacheco of Hilo; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for April 18

Dora Takako Mori, 89, of Holualoa died April 11 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hakalau, she retired as school secretary at Kailua Elementary and Kealakehe Elementary and Intermediate schools. She was a member of the Waiaha Kumiai, Fukuoka Kenjin Kai, Senior Bowling League and Parks and Recreation Bowling League. She was a volunteer with the Kona Senior Coordinated Services and the Blood Bank of Hawaii. Friends may call at 9 a.m. April 26 at Lanakila Congregational Church in Kainaliu for a 10 a.m. memorial service. Casual attire. No koden. Survived by sons, Randall (Susan) Mori of Holualoa, Bryant (Gay) Mori of Los Angeles, Rickie (Debra) Mori of Holualoa and Elson (Lillian) Mori of Kealakehe; daughter, Gwendolyn (Charles) Onaka of Honaunau; brothers, Paul (Jane) Sakamoto of Honolulu, Tadao (Miyoko) Sakamoto of Honaunau and Larry (Ann) Sakamoto of Las Vegas; sisters, Audrey Takano of Kailua, Oahu, Kay Matsuda of Kaneohe, Oahu, Jane Iyama of San Francisco and Pauline (Albert) Morita of Los Angeles; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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 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.

Obituaries for January 29

Leonard Yet Num Chow, 89, of Hilo died Jan. 6 at home. Born in Hilo, he was retired from Hawaiian Equipment and United Airlines, past president and member of the Hilo Chinese Cemetery Association and member of the Hilo Bon Dance Club. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Gertrude S. Chow of Hilo; son, Leonard Chow of Hilo; sisters, Margaret Mochizuki of Arizona, Blossom Lee of Las Vegas and Bette Chow of Honolulu; brother, Donald (Ethel) Chow of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Lily Chow of Hilo; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 30

Betty Chan Nui Nelson, 92, of Honalo died Dec. 28 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, she was a bookkeeper for the former King Kamehameha Hotel and Teshima’s Restaurant, a Holualoa postal clerk and library clerk and coffee picker. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Holualoa. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Interment will be at National Memoria Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Honolulu Cemetery. Survived by son, Bruce (Marcia) Nelson of Honalo; daughter, Betty Toylyn (Rick) Collier of Moses Lake, Wash.; brother, Ernest Chan Nui of Wenatchee, Wash.; sisters, Elizabeth (Bill) Corley of Texas and Marietta (Donald) Alicuben of Hilo; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 28

Eva Pearl Akamu, 87, of Pauka‘a, Hilo, died Jan. 16 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. She was born in Hilo. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial at 11:30 a.m. at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Casual attire. Survived by husband, William “Bill” Akamu; daughters, Lynnell Ka‘opua Akamu and Kanani Mariano; sister, Bernice Gabriel; grandchildren; two nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 26

Roxie Claudia Andrade Campos, 24, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 8. Born in Hilo, she worked as a cashier for Ross Dress for Less. Services held. Survived by husband, Ruel Campos of Kailua-Kona; son, Tyren Campos of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Callie Campos of Oahu; brother, Gabel Andrade III of Honolulu; and mother, Edelina Paresa of Kailua-Kona. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory &Funeral Home in West Hawaii.

Obituaries for January 25

Donnelle “Dawn” May Pisicchio , 90, Kailua-Kona died Jan. 12 at Regency at Hualalai. Born in Swampscott, Mass., she was a housewife. Private services to be held. Survived by daughters, Nancy Pisicchio of Kailua-Kona and Valerie Straw of Victoria, Canada; sister, Pat Smith of Pensacola, Fla.; brothers, Dave Rehberg of Pilot Hill, Calif., and Clyde Rehberg of Bloomfield, N.Y.; one grandchild; several nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 24

Thomas Keoki Morton, 36, of Kailua, Oahu, died Jan. 1 at Castle Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a computer technician at EAH Housing in Mililani, Oahu, and a former member of AYSO, Konawaena Baseball Team and Hui Kai Baseball Club. Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at Annunciation Catholic Church, 65-1235 Kawaihae Rd., Waimea, for a 10 a.m. Mass; internment to follow at Homelani Memorial Park in Hilo. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Kesha Morton of Manoa, Oahu; daughter, Melia Morton of Manoa, Oahu; father, James (Susan) Morton of Kealakekua; mother, Eilene (Alvin) Morton of Kailua-Kona; brother, Brian (Diane) Morton of Kailua, Oahu; sister, Nalani (Clayton) Morton of Hilo; maternal grandmother, Dolly Miguel of Waimea; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Leeward Funeral Home and Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Obituaries for January 23

James P. Carey, 63, of Hilo died Sunday at home. Born in Pasadena, Calif., he was a retired tile layer and a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waianae, Oahu. Private services. Survived by brothers, Edward (Teresa) Carey, Jr. of California and Kevin Carey of Hilo; sisters, Maureen (Gary) Hammond of California, Sharon (Wil) Laurent of California, Eileen (David) Lovell of Hilo, Therese (Anthony) Pontrelli of California and Patti (Ken) Miller of California; one uncle; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 22

Donovan Kent “Duke” Cooper, 68, of Kahului, Maui, and formerly of Hilo, died June 16 at home. Born in San Francisco, he operated Helani Gardens Nursery in Hana, Maui. Interment at noon Monday, Jan. 27, at Hilo Veteran’s Cemetery No. 2, Column Burium section. Survived by wife, Theresa (Farias) Cooper of Maui; son, Matthew (Suzanne) Cooper of Maui; daughter, Sarah Cooper of Bend, Ore.; brother, Chris (Margie) Cooper of Hilo; sisters, Donna (Joe) Caimi and Ann (Stefan) Uyehara, both of Maui; mother-in-law, Frances Farias of Hilo; brothers-in-law, Joseph (Chantal) Farias of Tennessee and Patrick Farias of Hilo; sister-in-law, Carol Farias of Hilo; and one grandson.