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  • Posted: Jul 22 2016 - 12:06am

    Stanley “Stan” Grace, 65, of Honaunau died May 6 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a retired groundskeeper for the Department of Accounting and General Services and member of the Honaunau Head Hunters Motorcycle Club. Visitation 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Clubhouse at Honokohau Harbor. Memorial service 11 a.m.; luncheon and fellowship to follow. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Stanley Grace Jr. of Honolulu and Scott (Kylie Kirihara) Grace of Honaunau; hanai sons, Kameron Bento of Captain Cook, Kaina Gladden of Kailua-Kona, James Cho and Rudy Haalilio, both of Honaunau, Ansen (Jamie) Gladden and Kapono Grace, both of Hookena, and Kauka (Chaunty) Grace of Kona Palisades; daughter, Corrine (Teddy Hanato) Grace of Las Vegas; mother, Stella Grace of Kaohe; brothers, Samuel (Rosemary) Grace Jr. and Shannon (Eva) Grace, both of Kaohe; sisters, Stevelyn Grace of Hookena, Shirlene (Albert) Cantiberos of Pebble Beach, South Kona, and Selma Gladden of Hookena; seven grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 21 2016 - 12:05am

    Jerome Kaulana Mamala Kaeha, 65, of Hawaiian Paradise Park died July 9 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a self-employed architecturist. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at a private home (makai on Paradise Drive from Highway 130, left on 21st Avenue, fifth house on right). Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Dona Kaeha of Hawaiian Paradise Park; son, Danny (Mona) Marciel-Kaeha of Hawaiian Paradise Park; brothers, Robert Buck Mamala, James Gravely and Reggie Gravely of Honolulu; sister, Evelyn Gravely of Honolulu; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 20 2016 - 12:05am

    Cory Kalaealoha Ahia, 46, of Kurtistown died July 13 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a truck driver. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday (July 23) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Shannel Ahia of Kurtistown; sons, Dustin Ahia-Vincent of Hilo, Kinohi Galdeira, Kalaealoha Ahia and Hilinai Ahia of Kurtistown; daughter, Lilinoe Ahia of Kurtistown; parents, Al Kalae and Judith Ahia of Kurtistown; parents-in-law, Leonard and Donna Galdeira of Kurtistown; three grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 19 2016 - 12:05am

    Roy John Belt III, 62, of Honomu died July 13 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Detroit, he was an artist who made bamboo sculptures featured at One Gallery, retired construction supervisor and member of Big Island Bamboo Society. Private services at a later date. Survived by wife, Carol Belt of Honomu; sisters, Nancy Kelly and Cynthia Snyder of Santa Barbara, Calif.; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    Jon Rodger Bolner, 75, of Hilo died June 9 at home. Born in Ohio, he was a retired engineer for Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday (July 21) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 7 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by daughter, Darleen Jardine of Honokaa; sons, Elwood “Woody” (Maile Labrador) Adrian of Laupahoehoe, Rodney James Bolner and Race R.M. (Janel deJesus) Bolner Sr. of Hilo; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 16 2016 - 12:05am

    Talauega Aumua, 70, of Hilo died July 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Western Samoa, he was Big Island manager for Alii Security and former owner of Polynesian Banana Farm in Keaau. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Sunday (July 17) at Samoan Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kurtistown. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 9-10:30 a.m. Monday (July 18) at the church. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Section 4. Survived by wife, Geraldine L. Aumua of Hilo; daughters, Kuinivia Talauega Aumua of New Zealand, Aleni (Lamor) Talauega Aumua and Darnelle (Wilbur) Kahoonei of Washington, Maxine (Gerard) Kalani of Kona; sons, Max (Robin) Aiona Jr. of Waimea, Jarrett (Yvette) Aiona of Washington, Samson (Cherii) Aiona of Honolulu and Scott (Kealoha) Aiona of Hilo; brother, Tuatagaloa (Phili) Lafeta Fa‘apusa of New Zealand; sisters, Suiva‘aia (Matafeo) Paeu and Peaario (Alan) Aumua Wilson of New Zealand and Taitu‘uga (Saegi-Bee) Kuinivia Leung Wai of Western Samoa; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 15 2016 - 12:05am

    Hiromasa “Muggs” Kondo, 90, of Hilo died June 28 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired salesman for Y. Hata &Co., U.S. Army World War II veteran and member of Hilo Hooganji Mission and Waiakea Pirates Association. Visitation from 4-5 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Hatsumi Kondo of Hilo; son, Glenn Kondo of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Tomoyo Kondo, Kimiko Sakoda and Shirley Sakoda of Hilo; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 14 2016 - 12:06am

    Gary Charles Benson, 72, of Keauhou died July 10 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in San Francisco, he was a surfboard and canoe builder and vice president and member of Honaunau Head Hunters. Services held. Survived by brother, Jerry (Leinaala) Benson of Honaunau; sister, Kris Rosado of California; hanai daughter, Koko Johnson of California; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Jul 13 2016 - 12:05am

    Uilifeliti “Leka” Pahulu, 34, of California, formerly of Hilo, died July 7 at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. Raised on Oahu and the Big Island, he was a dispatcher for Compass Transportation, 1999 graduate of Hilo High School and University of Hawaii at Hilo alumnus. Service 6 p.m. Friday (July 15) at Church of the Holy Cross, 440 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo. Service will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday (July 16) at the church. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Survived by mother, Folola; brothers, Tino (Denise), James (Lisa) and Sione; sisters, Meletopou, Kueni and Linda; two nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 12 2016 - 12:05am

    Glenda Jean Dykeman, 59, of Hawi and Portland, Ore., died June 9 at Kohala Hospital. Born in Portland, she was a homemaker. Celebration of life at a later date in Oregon. Survived by daughter, Amy (Mark) Rentfrow of California; son, Jason (Summer) Dykeman of Oregon; brothers, Donald (Zele Smith) Lytsell of Hawi, Leslie (Michelle Measelle) Lytsell and Richard (Ruby) Lytsell of Oregon; sister, Lisa (Steve Cox) Lytsell of Oregon; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Jul 10 2016 - 12:05am

    Vivian “Bea Bea” Mercado Andrade, 75, of Hilo died June 26 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Friday (July 15) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service at 6 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Cremation at Dodo Mortuary. Survived by sons, Zackary (Eric T.) Andrade-Richter of Lahaina, Maui, and Radford Kahalewai of Oahu; daughters, Cherie Kahalewai of Maui, Sheila Kahalewai of Oahu and Laurie Leialoha of Hilo; father, Paul Mercado Sr. of Hilo; brothers, Paul Mercado Jr. of Hilo and James Mercado of Puna; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 9 2016 - 12:05am

    Akiko Ito, 93, of Keaau died July 2 at home. Born in Mountain View, she was a retired field worker for Keaau Macadamia Nut Farm. Private services. Casual attire. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Clifford Ito of Oahu, Max (Keitha) Ito of Florida, Norman Ito of Keaau and Andrew (Imelda) Ito of Hawaiian Paradise Park; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 8 2016 - 12:05am

    Carolyn Vivien Blankfield, 75, of Hilo died April 26 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Milwaukee, she was a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, taught at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, mentored new social workers, received Social Work Director of the Year awards in Wisconsin and Virginia, was president of Hawaii Writers Association and member of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation and Board and American Association of University Women. Memorial service 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Wailoa State Park large pavilion. Refreshments will be served. No flowers; memorial donations to Hawaii Public Radio or the Palace Theater. Survived by son, Alexander (Kelly Ota) Hatzis of Oahu; brother, Allen (Christy Brooks) Silverstein of Milwaukee; one grandchild; a niece and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 6 2016 - 12:05am

    Irene Alvarez Sotiangco, 92, of Murrieta, Calif., formerly of Keaau, died June 22 at Yorkshire Nursing Home in Hemet, Calif. Born in Binalonan, Pangasinan, the Philippines, she was a retired elementary school teacher. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday (July 7) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8:30-9:30 Friday (July 8) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by daughter, Odeulina “Ogee” (Gil) Caspillo of Kona; son, Ray (Cristy) Sotiangco of Murrieta, Calif.; sisters, Primitiva “Eva” (Adriano Vicente) Baybayan and Rosalinda “Linda” (Eddie) Dagarag of Keaau; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 5 2016 - 12:05am

    Moses “Moke” Regidor, 80, of Kailua-Kona died June 24 at home. Born in Paauilo, he was a retired janitorial worker at the Santa Anita Racetrack, welder for Matson, self-employed landscaper and worked for the former Hamakua Sugar Co., in the hospitality business and in motel operation. No services. Survived by his wife, Reba Regidor of Kailua-Kona; son, Ryan Oshiro of California; stepsons, Jimmy (Diana) Bankston and Roger (Donna) Bankston of Washington, Adrian (Dawn) Bankston and Flint (Ivy) Regidor of Colorado; stepdaughters, Shawn (Joe) Hill of Colorado and LeNette (Jason) Dahl of California; brother, Earl (Amy) Regidor of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Mary Lee of Oahu and Dorothy (Scott) Fujimoto of Honokaa; grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.