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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 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.