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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 December 24

Gladys Hanako Sakai, 89, of Hilo died Nov. 25 at the Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Olaa, she worked in the quality control department at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co. and was a member of the East Kawailani Kumiai. Private services held. Survived by daughters, Sharon (Clifton) Muraki and Audrey Sakai-Smith, both of Honolulu; sister, Sueno Saruwatari of Pepeekeo; sister-in-law, Natsue Yamanaka of Keaau; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 21

Kevin Darryl Kenui Kasparovitch, 59, of Keaau died Dec. 11 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he owned Kenui Aloha Lei Greeters. Memorial services wil be Dec. 28 at the Sacred Heart Church in Pahoa. Visitation at 9-9:45 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m. Please wear lei. Celebration of life will be held in Honolulu. Survived by brothers, Keith Kasparovitch and Cass Kasparovitch, both of Honolulu; sister, Cathy (Larry) Arnold of Keaau; nieces, nephews and godchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for Dec. 22

Tiborcio “Tibong” Alfanta Genesiran, 88, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 17 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a picker for Walker Flower Farms. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 at the family home, 76-6167 Plumeria Rd., Kailua-Kona. Prayer service at 6 p.m., followed by all-night vigil. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Honokohau industrial area. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kona Memorial Park. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Pedrita Genesiran of Kailua-Kona; sons, Rodrigo Genesiran and Julito (Juanita) Genesiran of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Valeria (Glorioso) Gadot, Levie (Clifford Gaspar) Genesiran, Jeaney Genesiran and Shirley Genesiran of Kailua-Kona; 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 20

Dr. Robert Whitcomb Sumner-Mack, 78, of Hilo died Dec. 11 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Richmond, Va., he taught nutrition and public health at Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, and at UPenn, was district health officer for the Big Island and he directed health projects in Africa and Asia for USAID, UNDP and the World Bank, and was a Master Gardener, member of Big Island Bee Association and the Hawaii Concert Society. No formal services planned. Memorial gifts may be made to the Hawaii Concert Society for educational music programs in the schools. Survived by wife, Nan McCowan Sumner-Mack of Hilo; daughters, Laura Kirsten Mack and Danielle Prudhon Mack (Chris) Francis of Philadelphia; stepson, Drew Vaughan (Dottie Marie) Sumner of San Diego; sister, Patricia (Charles) Churchman of Virginia; four grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Obituaries for December 19

Theone Keam Yung Chock, 61, of Honolulu died Dec. 1 at Kuakini Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a physical education teacher at Kamehameha School Kapalama Campus. Service held. Survived by husband, John Sabel III of Honolulu; sons, John “Jake” Sabel IV and Luke Tan Sabel, both of Honolulu; mother, Laura Chock of Hilo; brothers, Terrill Chock, Lorrin (Dr. Naomi Takemoto-Chock) Chock and Dr. Kyle (Lori) Chock, all of Hilo. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 17

Mrs. Genevieve Andrade Ah San, 97, of Honokaa died at the North Hawaii Community Hospital on Friday, Dec.13. Born in Ahualoa, HI. She was a homemaker. She was also a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Friends may call at the Honokaa Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Saturday from 8:00- 10 a.m. Mass at 10:00 a.m. Friends may also call at the Homelani Memorial Park on Monday, Dec. 23 at 10:00 a.m. for a Graveside Committal Service. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by son, Lester A. Ah San of Honokaa; daughter, Sharon Marie Dodge of Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Obituaries for Dec. 15

Tana Hecht Basa, 73, of Hilo died Dec. 6 at the Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Berlin, Germany, she was a retired registered nurse, former director of nursing at the Ka‘u Hospital, employed in the Medical Records Department at the Hilo Medical Center, member of Chabad of Hawaii and was a Holocaust survivor. A graveside service will take place at noon Friday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery #2. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Survived by husband, Juanito Basa of Hilo; daughters, Kari (Conley) Gali of St. George, Utah, Eliza (Randy) Talavera of Mililani; sister, Erika Mendelsohn of Brooklyn, N.Y.; five grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 14

Maurice Kaonohiokala Baysa, 77, of Arizona died Dec. 3 at the Hospice of the Valley — North Sun City PCU. Born in Hilo. Services will be Tueday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake Center, 1373 Kilauea Ave. Visitation at 10 a.m.; service at 10:30, followed by burial at 12 pm. at the Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by wife, Helene Meyers Baysa; son, Mark Kaonohiokala Baysa; daughters, Toni Maile (Micheal) Spears and Lee Noelani (Geoffery) Fasoldt; brother, John Acosta Baysa Jr.; sisters, Joyce Kelekolio, Merney Baysa and Marylynn Soaladaop; seven grandchildren; numerous extended family members. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Obituaries for December 13

Gilbert Tadashi Anzai Jr., 52, of Hilo died Nov. 27 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a tile setter and member of the Masons’ Union. Services held. Survived by daughters, Tiffany (Dylan Bolos) Anzai and Alexis (Cody Silva) Anzai of Hilo; companion, Zenda Kahookele of Hilo; parents, Gilbert and Violet Anzai of Honolulu; brother, Kevin Anzai of Honolulu; sisters, Roxanne (Willie) Kau and Rochelle (Derek) Koki of Honolulu; mother of his daughters, Leilani Anzai of Hilo; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for December 12

Yukiko Asato, 76, of Pepeekeo died Dec. 5 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kumejima, Okinawa, Japan, she was retired from Hiro’s Place and a member of Honomu Hongwanji Mission, Buddhist Women’s Association, Hui Okinawa, Hilo Okinawan Cultural Club and Kulaimano Retired Senior Club. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, Darrell Asato of Honolulu and Chad Asato of Pepeekeo; daughter, Maxine (Reid) Yamamoto of Kaneohe, Oahu; brothers, Rinsei (Kiyoko) Kuniyoshi of Kumejima, Okinawa, Japan, and Masaharu Kuniyoshi of Naha, Okinawa, Japan; sister, Etsuko (Masahiko) Yamauchi of Yomitan, Okinawa, Japan; sisters-in-law, Yasuko Kuniyoshi of Naha, Okinawa, Japan, Haruko Yamauchi of Honolulu and Masako Kimoto of Pepeekeo; brother-in-law, Seijiro Shiroma of Honolulu; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.