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  • Posted: Sep 3 2015 - 1:30am

    Florinda Betty Chaves, 85, of Hilo died Aug. 28 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a retired cafeteria baker at Hilo High School and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Friends may call 9-10 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 9) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by sister-in-law, Henrietta Piilani Chaves of Hilo; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 2 2015 - 1:30am

    Albert John DeMotta Sr., 81, of Pepeekeo died Aug. 27 at home. Born in Hilo, he was retired from the former Hilo Coast Processing Co., worked for Isemoto Contracting and on Johnston Island, was a Hawaii Army National Guard veteran and enjoyed hunting, fishing and senior baseball. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 5) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service/celebration of life at 7 p.m. Survived by wife, Mary R. Rios of Pepeekeo; sons, Nelson DeMotta of Hilo, Tommy Anduha of Hawaiian Paradise Park and Sheldon DeMotta of Pepeekeo; daughters, Lena (Wade) Carver and Shaylyn DeMotta of California, Eileen (Elroy) Rodrigues of Hilo, Terry (Kelsey) Valenciano of Texas and Stacie Anduha of Kona; 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 1 2015 - 1:30am

    Shizuko “Margaret” Hirako, 91, of Waimea died Aug. 11 at home. Born in Wahiawa, Oahu, she was a co-founder of Hirako Farms and member of Kamuela Japanese American Civic Association. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Memorial donations to North Hawaii Hospice. Survived by sons, Roger (Deborah) Hirako and Jeffrey (Elaine) Hirako of Waimea, Norman (Jo-Ann) Hirako of Hilo; daughter, Sharon Hirako of Waimea; sister, Ethel Toshiko Okamoto of Honolulu; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Aug 31 2015 - 1:30am

    Suzanne “Suzy” Roberta Faulkner, 63, of Hilo died Aug. 12 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pasadena, Calif., she was a retired business instructor at Hawaii Community College. Private services. Survived by sisters, Verenna Louise Faulkner and Bonnie Larisa Faulkner; one niece, one grandniece and one grandnephew. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Aug 30 2015 - 1:30am

    Henry Kaniela Kam Sing Chow, 73, of Waimea, formerly of Honolulu, died Aug. 15 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born on Oahu, he was a retired lineman for Hawaii Electric Light Co., U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former member of Civitan Club and Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club. Celebration of life gathering 10 a.m.-noon Friday (Sept. 4) at Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea. Casual attire. Cremation fo follow. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Luana Piilani Chow of Waimea; son, Dondale Hoover of Hilo; daughters, Nylyne (Boysey) Paulo and Henrietta (Lawrence) Lorenzo of Honokaa, Catherine (J.J.) Chow of Kohala; hanai daughter, Pua (Ranch) Nobriga of Waimea; brother, Joseph Ching of Honolulu; 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Aug 29 2015 - 1:30am

    Michael Harvey Lanakila Low, 64, of Kailua, Oahu, and formerly of Hilo, died Aug. 7 in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired adult corrections officer for Kulani Correctional Facility and a U.S. Navy veteran. Visitation 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday (Aug. 31) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Kaneohe, Oahu. Casual attire. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Noelene Low; daughters, Taina K. Burke and Johna M.K. Low; sons, Stanton G.K. Otero, Victor M.K. Otero and Ian S.K.L.K. Low; mother, Verna V. Low; brothers, John L. Low and Griffith M. Low; sister, Gerrianne K. Perreira; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.

  • Posted: Aug 28 2015 - 1:30am

    Midori Fukunaga, 89, of Hilo died Aug. 17 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, she worked for the state Department of Taxation and Hawaii Police Department and was a member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Private services. Online condolences: Survived by son, Glenn (Sandy Bowman) Fukunaga of Austin, Texas; sister, Sachi Fukuda of Hilo; brothers, Mori Ogawa and Yoshi Ogawa of Hilo; one grandchild and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

  • Posted: Aug 26 2015 - 1:30am

    Lorraine Hume Chew, 84, of Hilo died Aug. 20 at home. Born in Kohala, she was a cafeteria worker at Pahoa High School, manager of the former Bluebird Drive-In in Pearl City, Oahu, and member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Private services on Oahu. Online condolences: Survived by daughters, Waonette (Suzie) Chew of La Habra, Calif., Marva Lynn Chew of Panaewa, Jowett (Keith) Chew-Marumoto of Hilo, Rayveen (Tim) Waters of Golden, Mo., and Violyna (Roberto) Fernandez of Downey, Calif.; son, Langford (Mary) Chew of Makakilo, Oahu; hanai son, Walter Hall of Honolulu; sisters, Winona Pavo and Elaine Pahio of Honolulu; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

  • Posted: Aug 25 2015 - 1:30am

    Louise “Maud” Maudy Chevallier, 88, of Hilo died Aug. 14 at a care home in Mountain View. Born in Indonesia, she was a retired manager for The Hartford and member of Hilo Berean Bible Church, Hilo Orchid Society, Big Island Stroke Club, Hilo Grandmothers No. 652; the Seniors of Paradise – Puna and AARP Chapter 655. No services. Survived by nephews, Brian (Stella) Wardenaar of Hilo and Gamar Batinggi of Jakarta, Indonesia; cousins, April Priscilla and Febie Babyrose of Jakarta; other family in Holland and on the mainland. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Aug 23 2015 - 1:30am

    LaVerne Healani Kealoha Ah Ching, 83, of Honokaa died Aug. 12 at home. Born on Kukaiau Ranch, Hamakua, she was a homemaker, full-time mom and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Honokaa Ward. Visitation 8-11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Honokaa. Services at 11 a.m. Aloha attire; flowers optional. Private cremation. Survived by sons, Melvin Ah Ching Jr. of Honolulu and Randal Ah Ching of Las Vegas; daughter, Sandra (Patrick Prieto) Ah Ching of Honokaa; hanai sister, Verna Mae Branco of Hilo; sisters-in-law; Clara Kealoha and Shirley Kealoha of Honokaa; brother in-law, Joseph Pung of Honokaa; one grandchild; cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Aug 21 2015 - 1:30am

    Julio Muritok Akapito, 70, of Keaau died Aug. 13 at home. Born in Chuuk, Micronesia, he was a deacon for Pahoa Sacred Hearts Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 11 a.m. Survived by wife Kantita Akapito of Keaau; sons, Marius (Sanrine) Akapito and Bartholomew Akapito of Chuuk, Marcellus (Vida) Akapito of Pohnpei, Silvanus (Darmy) Akapito and Nicholas (Q-Me) Akapito of Oahu, Jonathan Akapito, Eliakim Akapito and Frantisek Akapito of Hilo; daughters, Sylvia (Narcisso) Sebastian of Chuuk, Gracelyn Akapito and Rachel Leah Akapito of Guam, Maria (Tifer) Refit of Hilo; brothers, Ireneus Akapito, John Akapito, Elias Tipeno and Eliseus Akapito; sisters, Vita Skilling, Rita Mori, Micaela Rudolph, Anna Maria Yomai and Margarita Akineo; 21 grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Aug 20 2015 - 1:30am

    Leonard Frank Burgess Jr., 59, of Kealakekua died Aug. 2 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Edenton, N.C., he was a briefer for Pleasant Holidays. Services held. Survived by wife, Rosie Cheek of Kealakekua; stepson, Keala (Jeanette) Navas of Waipahu, Oahu; stepdaughter, Kathy (Carl) Ciriako of Kailua-Kona; mother, Sarah France of Riverbank, Calif.; sisters, Caren Burgess and Kim Gibson of Riverbank; five stepgrandchildren, one aunt, one niece, one nephew and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Aug 19 2015 - 1:30am

    Akiko Hirota, 87, of Hilo died July 17. Born in Hilo, she was a retired nurse. Services held. Survived by sister, Satomi Shindo of Hilo; brother-in-law, Harry Arashiro and family; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Aug 18 2015 - 1:30am

    Elizabeth (Betty) Antida, 67, of San Jose, Calif., died Aug. 7 at Kaiser Hospital, Santa Clara, Calif. She was born in Hilo. No local services. No flowers. Condolences to Warren Antida, 276 S. 20th St., San Jose, CA 95116. Survived by mother, Margarita Camero; son, Warren Antida; stepson, Brian Antida; daughter, Chrystie Mariano; brothers, Jaime, Rudy, Franklin and John Camero; sister, Judy Shimabukuro; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

  • Posted: Aug 16 2015 - 1:30am

    Toribio Agmata Andres, 72, of Hilo died July 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in the Philippines, he was a vegetable farmer and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Filipino Catholic Club and Senior Citizens Club. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Friday (Aug. 21) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Burial 1 p.m. at Homelani Memorial Park, Lehua section. Survived by wife, Felicidad “Fely” Andres of Hilo; stepdaughters, Brenda (Vernon Sr.) Basque of Keaau and Priscilla (Steve Mendez) Gacusan of Hilo; stepsons, Nelson Gacusan of Hilo, Froilan (Leimomi) Gacusan Jr. of Keaau; two grandchildren; other relatives. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.