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Obituaries for July 23

Gail Haunani Keomaka, 64, of Kailua-Kona died Saturday at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, she was a Kona Village housing manager. Services held. Survived by brothers, Samuel (Elizabeth) Keomaka of El Mirage, Ariz., and Daniel Keomaka of Hilo; sister, Mary Ann Keomaka of Kailua-Kona; nieces and nephews. Online condolences: www.homelanimemorialpark.com.

Obituaries for July 22

John J. Lujan, 69, of Pahoa died July 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired carpenter. Visitation at 10 a.m. Saturday with 11:30 a.m. funeral service at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home in Hilo. Honolulu services pending. No flowers. Survived by wife, Angelina Lujan of Pahoa; sons, James Lujan of Honolulu, Jesse Lujan of Honolulu, Jason Lujan of Pahoa and Aaron Lujan of Pahoa; stepdaughter, Jainette (Miles) Iwasaki of Honolulu; brother, Micheal Lujan of Honolulu; sister, Christina Taite of Honolulu; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for July 21

Zion Pomaikaiokalani DeGuzman Jr., 16, of Mountain View died June 27 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a student at Keaau High School. Visitation from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo; memorial service (urn) at 7 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by mother, Robin K. Poepoe of Hilo; father, Zion P. DeGuzman Sr. of Hilo; sisters, Keahi (Ryan) Pavao of Hawaiian Acres, Chantee (Lenny) Poepoe-Vigil of Mountain View, Chyrel Poepoe of San Diego, and Kaleolani Poepoe-DeGuzman of Hilo; brother, Kainoa Poepoe-Vigil of Waimea; paternal grandmother, Anita Kahana of Panaewa; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 20

Joyce Fay Brees, 83, of Jackson, Calif., died July 12. She was born in California. Graveside committal service noon Tuesday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. No flowers; memorial donations to charity of your choice. Survived by sons, Burton L. (Marilyn) Brees and Steve L. (Cindy) Brees; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 19

Joel Bert Kennedy, 69, of Hawi died June 23 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a former communications director for the state House of Representatives, former vice president of public affairs for Hawaiian Telephone Co., vice president of corporate communications for The Queen’s Health Systems, managing editor for Kohala Mountain News and an Army veteran. Services held. Memorial donations to Hawaiian Humane Society in Honolulu or PBS Hawaii. Survived by wife, Ann Kennedy of Hawi; daughter, Carole (Billy) Alvarado of California; son, Scott Kennedy of Maryland; brothers, Bruce Kennedy and Mark Kennedy of California, David (Anna Marie) Kennedy of Honolulu; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for July 18

Charles Shizuo Doi, 84, of Pahala died July 4 in hospice. Born in Pahala, he was an Army sergeant first class who served in the Korean War. Funeral services to be held at Punchbowl National Cemetery on Wednesday, July 30, at 11:30 a.m. Survived by wife, Sharie Doi; daughter, Corinne Doi-Majorino; son, Warren Doi; and sister, Connie Fukumoto.

Obituaries for July 17

Harold Tavares Ferreira, 83, of Hilo died July 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired highway inspector for the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation Highways Division, a retired Hawaii Army National Guard Sergeant, and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou, the Y.M.I., the Ancient Order of Foresters and the Portuguese Cultural Club. Visitation from 8-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by, son, Mark (Laura) Ferreira of Pahoa; daughters, Haroldeen (Kai) Quintal of Kurtistown and Natalie (Thomas) Veriato of Mountain View; sisters, Lorreta Kim of Honolulu, and Lucille (John) Scarborough of Gulf Port, Mississippi; sisters-in-law, Shirley Ferreira of Hilo and Evelyn Ferreira of Honolulu; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one aunt; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc. of Hilo.

Obituaries for July 16

Moses “Uncle Moke” Kealoha O Nalani Kuamo‘o Moke, 74, of Hilo died June 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Keaukaha, he retired as a truck driver for Yamada Transfer Inc., was a former treasurer for ILWU Local 142, Unit 1412, treasurer for Hawaii Division ILWU Local 142 Pensioners Council, president for Papaikou ILWU Local 142 Pension Club, treasurer and former president for Hilo ILWU Local 142 Pension Club, treasurer for Keaukaha Community Association, president and genealogist for Ohana Ka-Uaua-A-Mahi Ohana O Hawaii, member of the Kuamo‘o Foundation, a member Sacristan and building maintenance chairman for Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, former member of the Hawaii Island Archery Club, co-chairman for the former Hawaii Island King Kamehameha Day Parade Committee of Hilo and Royal Court co-director for King Kamehameha Day Celebration at Moku-ola formerly sponsored by Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church. Friends may call Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 5-9 p.m.; wake service at 7 p.m. All-night vigil to follow at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, 326 Desha Ave. in Keaukaha. Friends may call Saturday at the Malia Puaka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha. Visitation from 8-9:30 a.m.; celebration of life at 9:30 a.m.; Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Alae Cemetery (Section F). Survived by son, Phillip John Kealoha O Nalani (Sylvia) Moke of Keaau; grandson, Joshua John Ka-Uaua-A-Mahi Kuamo‘o Moke of Keaau; step-daughters, Deborah Mae Kepo‘o (Randy) Akui and Jacquline “Jackie” Pilialoha Kepo‘o (Larry) Sabate of Hilo; brothers, Herbert Kalani (Karen) Moke and Herman Kahekili Moke of Hilo; sisters, Sandra “Sandy” Hualani (Bobby) Lee of Hilo and Theresa “Sharon” Keahialoa Becktel of Kailua-Kona; brother in-law, Theodore (Yolette) Kamakea of Marietta, California; sisters in-law, Carmen Moke and Roswitha “Rose” Moke of Keaau; hanai brothers, Robert “Hoss” Po’okapu Keli’iho’omalu III of Aiea, Oahu, and Charles “Charlie” (Marion) Moody of Linden, North Carolina; hanai sister, Theresa “Resa” Correa of Kailua, Oahu, and Thelma “Buff” Kanani O Ka Home (Samson) Kamekona of Kahului, Maui; aunt, Judy Akoni of Keaau; god children, Elizabeth Marie Benson and Keenan “Kuokalani” Kahalioumi of Hilo, Cheryl Moke-Rabang of Keaau; numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, godsisters and godbrother. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 14

Loretta Lorraine Evangelista, 68, of Hilo died June 24 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Hilo, she was a retired housekeeper. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire; no flowers. Survived by hanai sons, Troy Julian and Kaniala Estrada; hanai daughters, Patrice Julian and Fern Peahi; brother, Raymond Agpoon; sisters, Florence Respicio and Odetta Ah Nee; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 13

Margaret Jonolino Espiritu, 86, of Kapaau died June 30 at her son’s home. Born in Kohala, she was a housewife and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial in Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Rudy (Jeri) Espiritu of Kona Palisades, Philip (Laurie) Espiritu of Keaau and Anthony (Lily) Espiritu of Honolulu; daughters, Nancy (Roy, Jr.) Antonio of Kapaau, Lucy (Lawrence) Antonio of Waimanalo, Oahu; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Leeward Funeral Home and Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 12

Jennie Junko Kan, 58, of Hilo, formerly of Keaau, died July 6 in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, she was an administrative assistant. Private services. Survived by sisters, Laurie Izumi and Sherrie (Calvin) Sakamoto. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services.

Obituaries for July 11

Ronald Kauwila Auld Sr., 78, of Hilo died July 4 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Kalihi, Honolulu, Oahu, he was a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class and Vietnam War Veteran, a non-commissioned officer club manager, tugboat clerk for the former C. Brewer &Co., a state adult corrections officer and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kaumana Ward, Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Hilo Stake Center, 1373 Kilauea Ave. Funeral service at 11:00 AM. Burial fo follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Ayako Oyadomari Auld of Hilo; sons, Ronald Kauwila (Kay) Auld Jr. of Bothell, Wash., William Lono (Arden) Auld of Waimanalo, Oahu, Andrew (Pat) Auld of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Lyle (Nena) Auld of Panaewa, Hilo; daughters, Kehaulani (Bob) Cancialosi of Chicago, Hiilani (Thomas) Lapera of Ka’u, HI and Lei (Angitau) Fa’anunu of Kaumana, Hilo; sister-in-law, Eloise “Chi Chi” Auld of Kailua, Oahu; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 10

Yoko Arai, 81, of Hilo, formerly of Honolulu, died June 24 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a housekeeper for an elderly housing facility on Oahu. Services held. Survived by companion, Donald Barrios of Honolulu; brother, Toichi (Hanako) Arai of Hilo; sisters, Shimomi Araujo of Hilo and Tomoko Lasua of Ewa Beach, Oahu; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 9

Ladrena Ilima Broad, 67, of Hilo died June 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a tour driver for Alii Hilo Tours and member of The Gospel of Alpha &Omega Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Sunday at The Gospel of Alpha &Omega Church, 667 Kekuanaoa St., Hilo. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire. Survived by brothers, James (Bernie) Broad of Waimanalo, Oahu, and Ernesto (Dezi) Broad of Hilo; sisters, Jeanette Lyon of California, Rhonda Broad, Susanna Broad and Lucy Keahi, all of Hilo; sister-in-law, Janir Broad of Hilo; goddaughter, Rhoda-Lyn Broad of Oahu; godson, Isaacs Broad of Hilo; cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 8

Arnold “Arnie” Takao Asato, 57, of Hilo died June 6. Born in Hilo, he worked for 26 years with the Hawaii County Hilo Municipal Golf Course Golf Course as an operations assistant and was a member of the Hustlers Golf Club, the Wreckers Golf Club, Palaka Golf Club, 3+9 Golf Club, Hawaii Island Golf Association/Hilo Muni Golf Club Handicapping Committee and the Ikenobo Ikebana Society, and was a youth baseball coach. Celebration of life will be Tuesday, July 15, at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale. Visitation at 3 p.m., services at 5 p.m. Colorful attire requested. Survived by wife, Wendy Asato; mother, Mieko Asato; sisters Lori (Ted) Hamada and Joanne (Lance) Yoshiyama; one stepdaughter; one granddaughter; three nephews, one niece, one grandnephew.

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Obituaries for May 11

Hilda M. Dias, 88, of Hilo, died April 29 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a housewife, formerly employed by Hawaiian Telephone Co. and member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Burial at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by daughters, Sandra Gonzalez of Okemos, Mich., and Gayle (Morty) Carter of Hilo; sons, Clifford (Kathie) Dias of Portland, Ore., Craig (Maria) Dias of Spokane, Wash. and James (Kathy) Dias of Glenmont, N.Y.; sister, Marie Serrao of Honolulu; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 10

Roger Delamen Ambago, 64, of Captain Cook died April 28 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Naguimba, Banayoyo, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a sous chef at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel and member of Central Kona Union Church and its worship team, an organizer of special events and a driver for the elderly. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 16 at Central Kona Union Church in Kealakekua. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at the church. Funeral service at 10 a.m., followed by burial in the church cemetery. Luncheon and fellowship to follow in the church’s hall. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by hanai mother, Lucia Segundo of Captain Cook; brother, Marcelo (Dina) Ambago of Ubbog, Salcedo, Illocos Sur, Philippines; sister, Soledad (Felipe) Dela Rosa of Purok Kamia, President Quirino, Sulpan Kudarat, Philippines; hanai brothers and sisters; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 9

Al Costa, 63, of Hilo died Sunday, May 4, at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Portsmouth, Va., he taught at the high school and college levels. Private scattering of ashes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Hilo, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720-2019 or by visiting www.hospiceofhilo.org . Survived by wife, Joan Moore of Hilo; son, Chris Costa of Hawaiian Paradise Park; daughter in-law, Beth Plansky of Hawaiian Paradise Park; and a grandson. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 8

Cora Johanna Walsh, 98, died May 3 in Waiohinu. Born in Iowa, she was a retired registered nurse and a member of the Kahuku Congregational Church in Ocean View. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 158 Naalehu, HI 96772. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Naalehu Community Cemetery. Survived by sons, Douglas Walsh of Naalehu and Edward (Gail) Walsh of New York; brother, John Priem of California; sisters, Margaret Duarte of California and Charlotte (Arthur) Christensen of California; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.

Obituaries for May 7

Enoka Saleauau Lei’o “Pops” Ulu Sr., 61, died April 6 at his home in Kailua-Kona. Born in Vaitogi, Samoa, he was a golf maintenance worker for Big Island Country Club, a former electrician, campus police and volleyball coach for Konawaena High School, founding member and coach for Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Club, former board of director and member of Keauhou Canoe Club, member of Kauikeaouli Canoe Club and Kai E Hitu Canoe Club, an official for Moku O Hawaii Canoe Paddling Association starter boat, former head coach for Kalaoa Falcons Pop Warner Football Association, a former player and coach for Ululites, Ghetto Blast &Ghetto Jam, and a member of KHPC Horseshoe Club. Celebration of Life at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at OTEC. Survived by wife, Gwendolyn Ulu of Kailua-Kona; mother, Taulafoga Ulu of Milpitas, Calif.; sons, Bill (Leilani) Ulu, Enoka Ulu Jr. all of Hilo, Iosefa (Cecelia) of Holualoa, Puaita (Marcy) Pulotu, Sausia (Charity) Ulu-Abraham; daughters, Dorothy Ulu, Lehuanani (Tim) Abraham all of Kailua Kona; sisters Tuiluga Ulu of Honolulu, Italia (Samu) Tiumalu, Fualuga Ulu all of Milpitas, Calif.; 29 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for May 6

Tokie G. Fujimoto, 91, of Hilo died April 4 at the Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Paauhau, she was a retired audit clerk for Sears, Roebuck and Company and a member and former secretary at the Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo. Private services. No flowers. No koden. Survived by daughters Donna (Thomas) Ai of Pearl City, Carlyn Fujimoto of Waipahu; brother Robert (June) Gyotoku of Honolulu; sister Thelma Shimomura of Honolulu; sisters-in-law Fumiyo Matsuno of Hilo, Miyoko (Noburo) Tanita of Hilo; two grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for May 5

Alfred “Stoney” Rieta, Jr., 60, died April 27 at his home in Keaau. Born in Wailuku, Maui, he was an assembler for Walmart in Hilo. He was also a member of the Apostle’s Motorcycle Club and the captain of the Running Rampant Billiard Team. There will be a Bike Run and Celebration of Life on May 10. Meet 10-11 a.m. at the Hilo Civic Auditorium. Bike Run at 11:15 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at noon at 4 Miles in Keaukaha. No flowers. Donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Survived by wife Jill Rieta of Keaau; daughter Brandy Rieta of Keaau; sons Dustin (Mahealani Makanui) Rieta of Keaau, Eric Braceros of Kahului, Maui and Michael (Rebecca) Rieta of Ohio; hanai son Joseph Ah Heong of Keaau; brothers Dennis Rieta of Kahului, Maui and Jeffrey (Ranelle Aborto) Rieta of Wailuku, Maui; seven grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. in Hilo.

Obituaries for May 4

Otis “Red” Roland Butler, 86, of Ocean View died April 28 at home. Born in Cleveland, he was a charter skipper and owner of Marlin Queen Fishing Inc., part owner of Butler Consulting Co., past vice president and general manager of Honolulu Painting Co. on the Big Island, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Celebration of life noon Friday, May 23, at Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Boat Harbor. Survived by wife, Dale Butler of Ocean View; brothers, Theodore Butler of Maine and Michael Butler of Illinois; sister, Eleanor Dobbs of Illinois; stepson, Brian Staley of Pennsylvania; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for May 3

Jeane Dennis La Salle, 80, died April 26 at Life Care Center in Kona. Born in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, he retired from Southern California Edison as an electrical engineer and was a Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean War. Private services held. Survived by wife Katie La Salle of Kailua-Kona; sons Craig La Salle, Jeff La Salle both of Tennesee, Chris La Salle; brother Alvin La Salle both of California; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for May 2

Ignacio “Asiong” Erro, 105, of Hilo died Saturday, April 12, at Hilo Medical Center Extended Care. Born in the Philippines. Burial service to be held at Alae Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 5. Survived by hanai family, Carina (Albert) Duldulao of Hilo, Patricio (Helen) Inocencio of Waimea, Lilia (Tony) Cua of Hilo, Virgilio (Patricia) Inocencio of Hilo, Ernesto (Rowena) Inocencio of Hilo, Antonio (Gloria) Inocencio of Hilo, Nancy (Tony) Ybanez of Hilo, and Steven (Juliet) Inocencio of Sacramento, Calif.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.