Subscribe to Obituaries RSS feed

Obituaries

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 March 29

Marina Sybille Katharina (Stampf) Alofaituli, 55, of Germany, formerly of Hilo, died Feb. 10 in Germany. Born in Bottrop, Germany, she was a retired nurse and jewelry designer. Scattering of ashes 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in a location of her choice. Survived by husband, Norbert Fries; sons, Andy (Malia) Ahuna-Alofaituli and David Lohman; grandchildren, Logan, Kaiona, Keola, and Iokepa. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 6

Joe Joseph Frank Lorenzo, Jr., 75, died Dec. 28 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pahala, he was a bookkeeper for J.J. Bookkeeper Services, worked as a clerk for the Department of Human Services (State of Hawaii) and a school crossing Guard for the Waiakeawaena School in Hilo. He also was a Veteran in the U.S. Army and a member of the Hawaii Government Employees Association. Friends may call on Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 5-9 p.m. Services at 6 p.m. Casual attire. A graveside service will be held on 9 a.m. Friday at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by wife, Elisa M. Lorenzo of Hilo; daughters, Petra Ann Hagen of Illinois and Denise Lorenzo; sisters, Mary Smith of Florida, Minerva Younth of Pennsylvania and Betty Stanford of Tennessee; stepdaughters, Lariza (Ramil) Rivera of Honolulu, Elena Marcelino of Philippines, Belma (Kevin) Owsley of California, Kalena (Gregg) Quinones of Orange, Calif. and Estelle (Keith) Aoki of Hilo; stepsons, Ronald Marcelino and Levi Mangiboyat of Hilo, Ralf Marcelino of Philippines, Adrian Mangiboyat Jr. of Japan; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 5

George Calvin Alvarez, 62, of Hilo died Dec. 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu. Celebration of life will Thursday at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Visitation at 5 p.m., service at 6 p.m. Survived by father, Elugino V. Alvarez Sr.; daughter, Malia Alvarez; son, Keoki Alvarez; brothers, Elugino V. Alvarez Jr., Fernando V. Alvarez, Robin (Eileen) Alvarez Sr., William Alvarez, Anthony Alvarez, Alan “Puncho” (Barbara) Alvarez, Dean Alvarez, Wilbur (Jessica) Alvarez and Wayne “Cody” (Annie) Alvarez; sisters, Mildred I. Alvarez, Irene (John “Bully”) Flores Sr., Caroline Lamelas, Vivian Ivy Buhl, Patricia Alvarez, Deborah Lynn Alvarez, Verna Kay Chappell, Barcillia Ramirez, Darlene (Chico) Morrero, Joanna Alvarez and Renee (Rocky) Abadilla; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for January 3

Fumiko “Dorothy” Arakaki, 87 of Hilo died Dec. 31 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Holualoa, she was a retired licensed practical nurse at Hilo Hospital and member of Hilo Hooganji Mission and Haili Kumiai. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by son, Carl (Joyce) Arakaki of Hilo; daughter, Lynette (Newton) Egusa of Hilo; brothers, Tadashi (Katherine) Ogi and Paul Ogi of Honolulu; sister, Clara Takata of Kohala; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for January 1

Ahlana R.L.A.L. Lapre, 2 years and 9 months, of Hilo died Dec. 20 at Hilo Medical Center. She was born in San Diego. Visitation 9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Eulogy at 9:30 a.m. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Aloha attire. Survived by parents, Eric Lapre and Hillary Gomes of Hilo; paternal grandmother, Carolynn (Roy Rodrigues) Lapre of Pahoa; maternal grandmother; Luana Hiro Gomes of Hilo; paternal grandfather, Eric Gomes of Hilo; paternal great-grandmother, Nelly Lapre of California; maternal great-grandmother, Ah Lan Hiro of Hilo; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 31

Marcelina “Inang” Cadiz Acorda, 87, of Honokaa died Dec. 27 at home. Born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a homemaker, vegetable farmer and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Rosary/prayer service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at the church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Honokaa Catholic Cemetery. Survived by daughters, Lapaz Altura, Norma Failano of Honokaa, Fely (Joseph) Torres of Waimea, Fraxie Simeon of Keaau, Leticia (Charles) Mathieu of Hilo and Teresa (Jereme) Weems of California; sons, Felimon (Janet) Acorda of Kailua-Kona, Peter (Yolanda) Acorda of California and John (Ester) Acorda of Paauilo; sisters, Eufrosenia Cadiz DelaCruz, Anastacia Cadiz Dayrit, Agustina Cadiz Acosta and Lilia Cadiente of Phillippines, Visanta (Silverio) Macuray of Honokaa, Ofelia (Fred) Manibog and Mayrose Cadiz of Kauai; brother, Manuel (Rosita) Cadiente of Philippines; 26 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 30

Robert A. Gaffney, 72, of Keaau died Aug. 26 at home. He was a retired county purchasing agent, U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran and traveled to international tennis tournaments at Wimbledon, Toronto and Palm Springs. Scattering of ashes at a later date. No known survivors. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 28

Janice Mary Elizabeth Ulii Akana, 77, of Waimea died Dec. 9 in Waimea. Born in Honolulu, she was a medical transcriptionist for Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Kaneohe, Oahu. Service at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment at 1:30 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences at www.hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com. Survived by husband, Joshua Akana; daughters, Janna Keawe and Jerri Dizol; mother, Kamila Malterre; brother, Joseph Malterre; sisters, Ritchie Ramscyer, Kamila Civetz and Hazel-Lee Shaw; four grandchildren. Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 29

Gudrun Lina Chaffin, 59, died Dec. 16 at her Waikoloa home. Born in Schwenningen, Germany, she was a banquet worker at the Hilton Waikoloa. Private services held. Survived by husband, Timothy Chaffin of Waikoloa; daughters, Danielle Chaffin and Nichole Chaffin, both of Waikoloa; sister, Traudi Newerla of Germany; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 27

Shirley Virginia Christman, 80, of Mountain View died Dec. 19 at Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Olaa, she was a retired medical transcriber for Bethesda Naval Hospital and an artist. Friends may call 9-10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo; memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by son, Guy Christman of Mountain View; brother, Frederick Tavares of Hilo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 25

Matsuko “Mats” Teragawa, 90, of Papaikou died Nov. 30 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Paauilo, she was a retired private housekeeper and a member of Honomu Henjoji Mission. Private services held. Survived by son, Thomas (Carol) Teragawa of Kauai; daughter, Iris Kansaku of Papaikou; brother, Yoshito (Florence) Kidani of Oahu; sister, Janice Koga of Oahu; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.