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  • Posted: Dec 28 2016 - 12:05am

    Sakae Fuke, 93, of Hilo died Dec. 10 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Mountain View, she was a retired office clerk for Meadow Gold Dairies and member of the Hilo Meishoin Mission. Private services held. No flowers; no koden (monetary gifts). Survived by daughter, Cheryl Ann (William) Takaba of Hilo; grandchildren, Aaron (Maya) Takaba of Hilo and Jamie (Dustin) Shindo of Honolulu; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephew. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Dec 27 2016 - 12:05am

    Abelardo “Abe” Vicente Bulosan, 83, of Pahoa died Dec. 12 at home. Born in Pahoa, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp., U.S. Marine Corps Korean War veteran and member of Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Prayer service at 10 a.m. Burial at noon at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Catalina L. Bulosan of Pahoa; son, Christopher Lee Bulosan of Pahoa; sister, Angela (Adriano) Castro of Wahiawa, Oahu; brother, Basilio (Marcy) Bulosan of Pahoa; a grandson and hanai granddaughter; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Dec 25 2016 - 12:05am

    Paulette Marie Kepa, 65, of Hawaiian Beaches died Dec. 22 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a retired emergency room clerk at the Hilo Medical Center and member of Pacific Baptist Church. Friends may call 1-2 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 27) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by husband, John Kepa of Hawaiian Beaches; daughters, Windy La Brie of Wisconsin and Misty La Brie of Ookala; sons, Colby (Kauanoe) La Brie of Hilo and Dusty (Briana) La Brie of Nevada; brothers, John (Joyce) DeCoito, Jr. of Hawaiian Beaches, Patrick (Charlotte) DeCoito and George (Christy) DeCoito of Hilo, and Russell (Toshiko) DeCoito of Kona; sister, Janet Chavaries of Hilo; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Dec 24 2016 - 12:05am

    Francis Hiro Kaneshiro, 74, of Waimea died Dec. 20 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was the owner of Menehune Maid in Honolulu and a U.S. Army veteran. Private service to be held. Memorial donations may be sent to North Hawaii Hospice or Punahou School. Survived by companion, Constance Hastert of Waimea; daughter, Laura Steffen-Westerbeck of Washington; sister, Patricia Hansen of Honolulu. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii

  • Posted: Dec 23 2016 - 12:05am

    Paul W. Dixon, 80, of Volcano died Dec. 11. Born in New York, he was a professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo from 1966-2012. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 28) at Dodo Mortuary. Funeral service at 6 p.m. Private burial at a later date. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by children, Michael Dixon of Volcano, Theodore (Kenji) Dixon of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Eleanor Dixon of Alexandria, Va., Aaron Dixon of Seattle and Ursula Karr-Dixon of Pahoa. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Dec 22 2016 - 12:05am

    Tetsuo “Bob” Hiromasa, 94, of Waimea died Dec. 16 at home. Born in Honokaa, he was retired from Parker Ranch and a member of Kamuela Hongwanji Mission. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Kamuela Hongwanji Mission. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by son, Dane Hiromasa of Waimea; daughters, Cheryl (Art) McMillan of Kona and Lisa (Craig) Inouye of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Karen Wakata of Kealakekua; brother, Howard Hiromasa of Honolulu; sister, Millie Yamamoto of Las Vegas; sister-in-law, Evelyn Fujimoto of Honolulu; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Dec 21 2016 - 12:05am

    June Nakoa Bell, 77, of Nanakuli, Oahu, formerly of Waimea, died Nov. 22 in Honolulu. Born in Lahaina, Maui, she was a retired educational assistant for Nanakuli High School and U.S. Army veteran. Celebration of life 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel on Oahu. Burial to follow at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe, Oahu. Aloha attire; flowers welcome. Survived by daughters, Kalei Pualani (Phillip) Vance, Janlyn Leina‘ala (Allen) Workman and Stephanie Laulima (Cy) Kakalia; sons, Anthony Kimo Pelekane, Vincent Kaleolani (Star) Bell and Brian Kekoa Bell; hanai daughter, Pua (Alva) Kaiwi; hanai son, Kunia (Momi) Galdeira; brothers, Randy Nakoa and Harry (Kyo) Nakoa; sister, Pualani (Jimmy) Jackson; 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

  • Posted: Dec 20 2016 - 12:05am

    Joseph Michael Loughery, 68, of Keaau died Dec. 17 at home. Born in Berkeley, Calif., he was a retired steamship agent for Williams Diamond Shipping in San Francisco. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 22) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Nanaimo Loughery of Keaau; daughter, Jireh Loughery of Keaau; sister, Maureen Canaris of Placerville, Calif.; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Dec 19 2016 - 12:05am

    Susan Marion Balico, 59, of Ocean View died Dec. 7 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hialeah, Fla., she was a prep cook, food waitress and bartender at several local restaurants. Celebration of life noon Friday (Dec. 23) at the beach area at the end of the Old Kona Airport. For more info, call Bianca Shortt at 756-8250. Survived by sons, Star Shortt of Kailua-Kona, Sidney (Lacey) Shortt of Waikoloa and Dane Shortt of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Tiffany (Bulla DeSilva) Shortt and Bianca (Jacob Thompson) Shortt of Waimea, Brittany (Noah Shaw) Shortt of Kawaihae; brother, Frank Mallace of Napoopoo; 10 grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Dec 18 2016 - 12:05am

    Michelle Anderson, 46, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 3. Born in Cape Canaveral, Fla., she worked in timeshare and activity sales and was a member of Living Stones Church, and founder of the “Joyful Hands” charity knitting group at Living Stones Church. Online condolences at www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by spouse, Milan Machacek; son, Luis (Joshua) Pagani Jr. of Kailua-Kona, mother, Jung Hi Anderson of Satellite Beach, Fla.; brother Todd Anderson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and sister Wendy Anderson-Silvagni of Fort Lauderdale. Private services to be announced. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

  • Posted: Dec 17 2016 - 12:05am

    Richard “Dick” David Dollnig, 88, of Hilo died Dec. 3 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Chicago, he was a self-employed real estate appraiser and U.S. Navy veteran. Services held. No koden (monetary gifts). Memorial donations to Hospice of Hilo, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by wife, Elaine (Marumoto) Dollnig of Hilo; sister, Audrey (Robert) Vokes of Minnesota; sister-in-law, Trisha Dollnig of Georgia; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Dec 16 2016 - 10:51am

    William “Bill” Arballo, 92, of Encinitas, Calif., formerly of Hilo, died Dec. 8 at home. Born in Nestor, Calif., he was a retired journalist who worked as a correspondent for United Press International and Copley News Service in Hilo, several California newspapers, including as a columnist for Coast News in San Diego County, former mayor of Del Mar, Calif., U.S. Army World War II veteran awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Medical Badge, co-founder and first president of Big Island Press Club and served in numerous community organizations. While in Hilo, he interviewed visiting President Richard Nixon and Vice President Gerald Ford, covered Apollo astronauts training at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for moon landings and was a plaintiff in a successful lawsuit against Hawaii County for more openness in meetings and records. Services pending. Memorial donations to Big Island Press Club, San Dieguito Heritage Museum or Hospice by the Sea Solana Beach. He is survived by daughters, Loreta Arballo and Teresa Arballo (Don) Barth; sister, Mary Magana; a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

  • Posted: Dec 15 2016 - 12:05am

    Lolita Palma Eugenio, 71, of Kurtistown died Nov. 24 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Santiago, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, she was a papaya packer for the Tropical Hawaiian Products and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 20) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 21) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Survived by hanai daughters, Rosemarie P. (Kenneth Rosete) Eugenio of Hilo and Rosalie E. (Reynold) de Aquino of Waianae, Oahu; hanai son, Ellsworth P. (April Kosora) Eugenio of Hawaiian Paradise Park; brothers, Melicio Eugenio of Pepeekeo, Romeo Eugenio of Waianae, Oahu, and Rogelio (Susan) Eugenio of Ewa Beach, Oahu; sister, Yolanda Eugenio of Ewa Beach; seven hanai grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Dec 14 2016 - 12:05am

    Setsue “Sue” Abe, 86, of Hilo died Dec. 2 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Koloa, Kauai, she taught at Waikiki Elementary School, retired from Keaau Elementary School and was a member of the Hawaii Education Association. Private services. Survived by daughter, Alison (Earl) Inouye; sisters, Sumiko Robinson, Hifumi (Harry) Sato and Tsukiko (Clarence) Andrade; brothers, Kenji Yasaka and Hoshiichi “Butch” (Carol) Yasaka; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Dec 13 2016 - 12:06am

    Herbert Yasushige Arata, 78, of Hilo died Nov. 12 at home. He was born in Honolulu. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Memorial donations to Hospice of Hilo, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by wife, Alyce Arata of Hilo; brothers, Ronald (Ellen) Arata and Paul (Carol) Arata of Honolulu; sisters, Annie (Sadao) Aoki of Hilo and Elsie (Warren) Hasegawa of Honolulu; brothers-in-law, Dan Teruya, Ichiro Tamashiro and Raymond Yanagihara of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Helene Arata of Honolulu and Alysia Yoshizumi of Hilo; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.