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  • Posted: Nov 13 2016 - 12:05am

    James “Kimo” Kahikina Akaka Sr., 56, of Hilo died Oct. 22 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired work leader at Pohakuloa Training Area, former tubaist with the Hawaii County Band, vice president of the Puna Canoe Club, 1977 graduate of Kamehameha Schools and veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Visitation from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 19) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Zena Akaka of Hilo; sons, John (Darcy) Naki, James “Kimo Boy” (Misty) Akaka Jr. and Jonah Akaka of Hilo, Keoni (Molly) Akaka-Reis of Maryland; brothers, Aaron (Karen) Akaka and Godfrey (Nancy) Akaka of Oahu, Joseph (Gail) Akaka of Hilo; sisters, Sheryl (Patrick) Akaka Chalfin and Susan Akaka Corichi of Seattle, Annie (John) Akaka Oury and Josephine (Howard) Akaka Kruse of Oahu; seven grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 12 2016 - 12:05am

    Fujie Kawachika, 97, of Hilo died Nov. 2 at the Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Pepeekeo, she was a member of the Waiakea Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, proprietress of the former Kawachika Fish Market in Hilo, employed as a pantry helper at the former K.K. Tei Restaurant and worked at Orchids of Hawaii as a flower arranger. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Hatsumi Yoshimura of Honolulu, Ellen Kawachika of Hilo and Connie Kawachika of Hilo; sons, Thomas Kawachika of Las Vegas and Robert (Jean) Kawachika of Hilo; sisters, Miyoko Marumoto of Honolulu and Sachie (Arthur) Murata of Holualoa; brothers, Tsuneo (Shizuko) Oshita, Hitoshi Oshita and Edward (Soon Hee) Oshita of Honolulu; daughter-in-law, Kay Kawachika of Hilo; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 11 2016 - 12:05am

    Sam “Coach Sam” Tai Tim Kamuela Yamato Au Hoy, 84, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 31 at home. Born in Haleiwa, Oahu, he was a courier for Clinical Labs of Hawaii, lauhala weaver, former dispatcher for Kona Trans, manager and coffee farmer for Ranch 99 in Holualoa, radio controller for Aeronautical Radio Inc., Pop Warner and Konawaena High School football coach and U.S. Coast Guard veteran. Celebration of life 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Hulihee Palace. Condolences to the family at P.O. Box 622, Holualoa, HI 96725-0622. Survived by wife, Fanny Collins Au Hoy of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Henrietta Plomer and Violet-Lei (Rob) Alesna of Kailua, Oahu, Leslie Sissy Au Hoy of Seattle; son, Sam (Jan) Au Hoy III of Amarillo, Texas; sisters, Vivien (Otto) Joao of Molokai, Jeanette Morgan of Kailua-Kona and Sylvia Adams of Molokai; brother, Malcolm (Barbara) Au Hoy of California; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Nov 10 2016 - 12:05am

    David N. Brown, 74, of Hilo died Nov. 6 at home. Born in Madison, Tenn., he was retired from Amfac, an instructor at Hawaii Community College, U.S. Air Force captain and commissioner of AYSO soccer. Visitation 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 15) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service at 5 p.m. Graveside service with military honors noon Wednesday (Nov. 16) at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Aloha Attire. Memorial donations to Hospice of Hilo, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by wife, Petie Brown; sons, Fred (Dawn) Brown and Joey (Rebecca) Brown; daughters, Maile Brown and Sarah Brown; hanai daughter, Cheryl (Kim) Hoshino; sister, Becky Clark; grandchildren and Tennessee family. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 8 2016 - 12:05am

    Marilyn Jenkins Christensen, 97, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 19 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale. Born in San Francisco, she was a retired vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of California-Davis and member of Dance Hawaii Lanakila Congregational Church, where she served as pianist for many years. Memorial service Sunday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m. at Lanakila Congregational Church in Kainaliu. Fellowship to follow in the church hall. Casual attire; no flowers. Memorial donations to Hospice of Kona. Survived by daughter, Lynne Christensen of Kailua-Kona; a grandson and a great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 6 2016 - 12:05am

    Sharon Ann Abran, 67, of Haina died Oct. 16 at the Hale Ho’ola Hamakua. Born in Kittery, Maine, she was a homemaker. Friends may call 9–11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 12) at the Honokaa Methodist Church. Funeral service at 11. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Robert Abran, Sr. of Haina; daughters, Debra (James “Gonzo”) Gonsalves of Hilo, Sheri (Rex) Thompson of Hawi, Sandra (Boyd) Brumaghim of Kailua-Kona, Daphne (Moku Colon) Abran of Haina; sons, Robert (Dustie’Lee) Abran, Jr. of Kailua-Kona, Desman Abran of Kent, Wash.; hanai daughter, Charene Roer of N.C; hanai son, Keala Drummondo of Kamuela; siblings, Erlan, Jr., Mary, Donna, Pam and Debbie of Kittery, Maine; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 5 2016 - 12:05am

    Berj Hagopian, 91, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 2 at home. Born in Chicago, he was a retired engineer and entrepreneur, previously owned The Mask and My Bar in Kona and was a U.S. Marine Corps World War II veteran who served in Guadacanal, Saipan, Guam and Iwo Jima. Graveside services with full military honors at noon Nov. 10 at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Lida Hagopian of Kailua-Kona; son, Charles Hagopian of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Kimberly Hagopian of Los Angeles and Karen Hagopian of Kailua-Kona; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 4 2016 - 12:05am

    Anna Derby Blackwell, 84, of Honolulu, formerly of Hawaii Island, died Oct. 18 at The Queen’s Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was executive director of Moanalua Garden Foundation, co-founder of the Prince Lot Hula Festival, a freelance writer and member of the Cooke Foundation Board. Memorial service 4 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 5) at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Makiki, Honolulu, Oahu. Aloha attire; no flowers. Memorial donations to the Dora Derby Fund at Hanahauoli School or the Hawaii School for Girls. Survived by daughters, Caroline Bond Davis of Honolulu, Susan “Suzi” Bond of Keaau, Sarah “Sally” Bond of Kailua-Kona and Elizabeth “Betsy” (Larry) Deniston of Walnut Creek, Calif.; son, Boyd D. (Becky) Bond of Kapaau; brothers, Philander (George-Anne) Derby of Honolulu and John (Lyn) M. Derby of Santa Rosa, Calif.; sister, Martha McDaniel of Kaneohe; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 2 2016 - 2:29pm

    Michael Terrence Ivers, 69, of Hilo died Oct. 24 at home. Born in Chicago, he was retired president of Yuma Community Food Bank in Arizona, former priest and pastor of St. Agatha Catholic Church in Chicago, former Chicago Housing Authority commissioner, former advisory board chairman of Fantus Health Center in Chicago, former board member of Chicago Communities in Schools, and 2009 Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cook County Spirit Award recipient. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Dr. Greta Ivers of Hilo; sons, Maurice France of Oahu and David Hayes of Chicago; brothers, Paul Ivers and James Ivers of Chicago; sisters, Mary Palmisano, Anne Palmisano and Ruth Parrott of Chicago; Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 2 2016 - 12:05am

    Walter Basque Sr., 83, of Keaau died Oct. 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Ookala, he was a retired ramp serviceman for the former Aloha Airlines and Hawaii Army National Guard veteran. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Monday (Nov. 7) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 9-10 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 8) at the chapel. Service at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima Section. Survived by wife, Rita Basque of Keaau; daughters, Alice (Daniel) Torres and Sheila-Ann (Ethan) Tengan of Keaau, Yvette (Ernest) Killeen of Texas, Junedale Basque of Hilo, Marie Imade of Mountain View and Ruth (Alfredo Jr.) Pinheiro of Wailuku, Maui; sons, Walter Basque Jr. of Hilo, Alfred Basque, Vernon (Brenda) Basque and Jamison (Cindy) Basque of Keaau; brothers, Richard Basque of Hilo, Anthony Basque of Waianae and Joseph Basque of Honolulu; sisters, Dorothy Prieto of Honokaa, Lorraine Vaughn of Honolulu, Lorinda Abis of Keaau, Leonora LaVoie of Hilo and June Hernkind of Oak Harbor, Wash.; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Nov 1 2016 - 12:05am

    Richard Noboru Fujii, 93, of Kaneohe, formerly of Hilo, died Oct. 13, at Legacy Villa Adult Residential Care Home in Kahaluu. Born in Pahoa, he was retired from the University of Hawaii Auxillary Services in Hilo. Private services held. Survived by daughters, Evelyn (Layne) Machida of Honolulu and Donna (Joel) Tanabe of Hilo; hanai daughter, Jo-Anne (Eugene) Yamada of Mililani, hanai son, Jon (Joy) Katada of Hilo; sisters Emiko (Naoto) Katada of Hilo, Suemi (Kelly) Tamaoka of Honolulu; brother Hiroshi (Gina) Fujii of Las Vegas; sisters-in-law, Asayo Naguwa and Mary Harada of Hilo, Martha (Hubei) Kaji of Torrance, Calif., June Nakagawa of Pearl City; brothers-in-law, Norio (Rosey) Harada of San Diego, and Bunichi (Hideyo) Harada of Hilo; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

  • Posted: Oct 30 2016 - 12:05am

    Geraldine Ilima Ayoso, 77, of Kapaau died Oct. 19 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Kohala, she was a retired pantry worker for the Mauna Lani Resort Gallery Restaurant and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Kohala Ward) and Kohala Senior Citizen Club. Friends can call 9-11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 5) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Kohala Ward). Service at 11 a.m. Burial at 12:30 p.m. at Hawi County Cemetery. Aloha attire. Survived by son, Jason (Kim) Ayoso of Gardena, Calif.; daughters, Robin (Misipati) Fiu of Kahuku, Oahu, Karen (Rafel) Cafe and Cindy (Paul III) Antonio of Kohala; brothers, Glenn Ah Sam and Ivan Ah Sam of Mililani, Oahu, Al Duane Ah Sam of Kohala and Ray Ah Sam of Honolulu; sisters, Charlene Ah Sam Caravalho of Waimea and Josette Ah Sam Cruz of Kaneohe; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Oct 28 2016 - 12:05am

    Avelina “Abbie” Acol Alcain, 81, of Keei died Oct. 15 at the Kona Community Hospital. Born in Wailua, Oahu, she was an educational assistant at Honaunau and Hookena Elementary schools. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Hawaii Government Employees Association. Friends may call at 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Kealakekua for a 7 p.m. rosary service and all-night vigil. Friends may call again at 8 a.m. Nov. 5 at the church for 10 a.m. Mass. Burial at Kona Memorial Park in Holualoa. Luncheon to follow at Yano Hall in Captain Cook. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Edmund Alcain and Bonza (Mary) Alcain of Keei and Bobo (Kristina) Alcain of Honaunau; daughters, Verena Grace of Honaunau, Freida (Gilbert) Smith of Kealakekua, Evanelle (Shannon) Grace of Pahoehoe; brothers, Juniom (Vivian) Acol of Walnut Creek, Calif., James Acol of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Octavia (Kenneth) Muraoka of Kalaoa, Kona, Olivia Sasada of Kailua-Kona, and Judith (Morris Ota) Demello of Holualoa; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two hanai grandchildren; seven hanai great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary

  • Posted: Oct 27 2016 - 12:05am

    Erlinda deCastro Oandasan, 76, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 23 in Kealakekua. Born in the Philippines, she was a homemaker and faithful pioneer at Jehovah’s Witness church. Celebration of life at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Kaloko Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Henry (Liezl) Oandasan of Kahului, Maui, Jesus (Tanya) Oandasan of Waimea, Adonis Oandasan of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Rosalinda Oandasan, Magnolia (Rogene) Agatep, Madona Oandasan, Gloria (Divigio) Miralles, Maritess (Exekiel) Agatep of Kailua-Kona, Joan (Adrian) Granderson of San Antonia; brother, Antonio deCastro of the Philippines; sisters Yolanda deCastro Chan of Hong Kong, Elizabeth Bartolome, Christina deCastro Delacruz, Sonia deCastro, Vilma Bautista, Milagros deCastro Luz of the Philippines; 36 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Services by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Oct 26 2016 - 12:05am

    Kikuye Nora Kadahiro, 92, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 7. Born in Yokohama, Japan, she was a baker. Visitation 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 29) at Kona Hongwanji Mission. Service at noon. Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.