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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 January 18

Jerry Yoshimasa Uemura, 93, of Captain Cook died Monday at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Kealakekua, he was a coffee farmer, carpenter and a retired maintenance worker for Huggo’s. Memorial service Feb. 1 at Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Kealakekua. Visitation at 3 p.m. Service at 4 p.m. Survived by spouse, Katy Hideko Uemura of Captain Cook; sons, Dean (Lisa) Uemura of Captain Cook and Keith (Jan) Uemura of Honolulu; daughters, Lois (Dexter) Choy of Mililani, Oahu, Cynthia Fukuda of Mililani, Oahu, and Sharon Mendoza of Las Vegas; brother, Yoshiharu (Marion) Uemura of Kaneohe, Oahu; sisters, Masae Ikehara of Aiea, Oahu, and Norma (Mervyn) Ah Tou of Waipahu, Oahu; sister-in-law, Janet Uemura of Pearl City, Oahu; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for January 17

Cliff Masaru Nagayama, 89, died Jan. 3 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Olaa, he was a retired heavy equipment mechanic with the former Puna Sugar Co. and a member of the Church Of World Messianity (Hilo Branch) and the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Private family services were held. Survived by wife, Yukiko Nagayama of Hilo; step-sons, Garrett (Beverly) Hiraoka of Kapulena, and Len (Charmaine Nakanelua) Hiraoka of Kukuihaele; step-daughter, Charlene Shimabukuro of Hilo; brother, Dennis Nagayama of Kailua, Oahu; brother-in-laws, Samson Simeona of Oahu, and Myron Yanagihara of Oahu; sister-in-law, Rose Nagayama of Hawaii Kai, Oahu; four step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Obituaries for January 16

Alexander Dizol, 86, died Nov. 22. in Wabasso, Minn. Born in Kaua’i, he was a general manager for the Volcano House. Service at 8:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Church in Hilo. Burial at the Veteran’s Cemetry No. 2 at 12 p.m. Survived by daughters, Alexis (Wallace) Salvador of Honolulu, Yvonne Dizol of Spokane, Wash., and Pamela (Fred) Smith of Columbus, Ga.; sons, Alex (Jerri) Dizol of Waimea, Harvey (Tammy) Dizol of Sacramento, Calif., Patrick Dizol of Corona, Calif., Creighton (Zan) Dizol of San Antonio; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews.

Obituaries for January 15

Edward “Tim” George O’Brien, 84, died Jan. 8 at the North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea. Born in Brooklyn, he was the hotel general manager for Rock Resorts in the Virgin Islands, and a U.S. Navy veteran. Private services will be held. Survived by wife, Mari O’Brien of Waikoloa; son, Robert (Cathy) O’Brien of Michigan; daughters, Kathy (Keith) Kent of Maine, Karyn Mashima of New York; sister, Rita Alexander of Florida; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 14

Robert K. Ahu Jr., 85, died Dec. 28 at Greig’s Foster Care Home. Born in Pahala, he was a retired supervisor for American Electric and formerly worked for Pearl Harbor and Henry Kelii Electric. Visitation from 8:30- 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 9:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Robert K. Ahu III, Aran (Charlene) Ahu, and Evrin (Jen’ya) Ahu all of Honolulu, Gary (Wendy) Ahu, Eric (Rene) Ahu, and Kellen Ahu all of Hilo; daughters, Allena (Mel) DeLaMare and Bernice (Robert) Flores, both of Hilo; sister, Lorraine Pestano of Pahala, 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 12

Jeffrey Taro Antone, 47, of Kahului, Maui, and formerly of Hilo, died Dec. 3 on Maui. Born in Honolulu, he worked for Leilani’s and Coconut Grill on Maui, and Blaine’s, Osaka and Harrington’s in Hilo. Celebration of life Saturday at Wailoa State Park large pavilion. Visitation from 9-10 a.m. Service at 10 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Survived by aunt, Priscilla “Dolly” Kahele of Hilo; cousin, Phillip (Gizelle) Kahele of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews.

Obituaries for January 11

Milton Ho‘olulu Desha Beamer III, 60, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 6 in Kona. Born in Honolulu, he was a physical therapist and outrigger canoe paddler. Private services. Survived by father, Milton Ho‘olulu Desha Beamer Jr. and stepmother Miki Beamer of Honolulu; daughters, Heather Kaaloehukaiopuaena Beamer of Oregon and Allyson Kaleialohaaho‘olulu Beamer of New York; sister, Billie Kekuailohiaomanono Beamer of Honomalino; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for January 10

Felicitas “Fely” Abadilla Kabei, 69, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 26 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Dingas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a janitor for the Department of Transportation at the Keahole Kona Airport. She was a high school teacher in the Philippines, a housekeeper at the Islander Inn, former Kona Surf and Keauhou Beach hotels and the Mauna Lani Beach Resort. She was a member of the Ilocano Ancestry Club, Filipino of West Hawaii Kona and an ILWU organizer. Friends may call at 9 a.m. on Jan. 18 at the Central Kona Union Church in Kealakekua for an 11 a.m. funeral service. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Survived by husband, Irving Kabei of Kealakekua; son, Darwin (Marilou) Delos Santos of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Janette (Martin) Remo of Kailua-Kona, Eileen (Teodoro) Sambrana of Marikina, P.I.; brothers, Levi (Delia) Abadilla of Dingras, Ilocos Norte, P.I., Jholito (Ofelia) Abadilla of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Nelia Aguiran of Kohala, Norma (Manuel) Jadulang of Kohala, Hermelita (Claude) Martel of Kailua-Kona, Elma Domingo of Kohala, Lorna (Roman) Gatica of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 7

Rochelle Akie Ashikawa, 91, of Keauhou, Hawaii, died Dec. 19, at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Holualoa, she was a land developer with Kona Scenic Land. She was a mango, banana and avocado farmer and member of Daifukuji Soto Mission, an honorary member of the Kona Rotary Club, University Extension Club and a former 4-H leader. Private services held. Survived by husband, Gilbert Ashikawa of Holualoa; son, Gary Ashikawa of Honolulu; daughters, Amy Hata of Holualoa and Faye (Terry) McComas of Kealakekua; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 8

Priscilla “Honey Girl” Leimomi Hocson, 64, of Hilo died Dec. 27 at her home. Born in Hilo, she was a senior nutrition program coordinator for the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, a newspaper carrier for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and member of the Waiakea Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Friends may call from 5:30-9 p.m. Monday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may again call from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary; Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at noon at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No.2. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Mason (Shannon) Hocson, Francois (Glenneen Erece) Hocson, William (Lokelani) Hocson, Turner Hocson, all of Hilo; daughters, Niralyn (Kevin Nichols) Hocson, April (Jordan Kamaka Naihe) Hocson, Tina (Joston) Kekaualua, all of Hilo; daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Albo of El Paso, Texas; step-mother, Thelma Salom Domingo of Keaau; mother-in-law, Beatrice Hocson of Hilo; brothers, Cornelio (Janet) Albo, Nathan (Valerie) Albo, Carlos (Bernadette) Navor, Vicente (Margaret) Navor, Roberto Navor, Rudolpho Navor, Joel Salom Albo; sisters, DeannaAnn Navor, Rosalinda (Jerry) Pavao, Maryann Navor; 15 grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, uncles, and aunts. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.