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  • Posted: Apr 23 2017 - 12:05am

    Pansy Apaka, 86, of Hilo died April 17 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Honokaa, she was a retired telephone operator for the former Hawaiian Telephone Co. and member of Waiakea Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Saturday (April 29) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by husband, Kenneth Apaka of Hilo; daughter, Alana (Mark) Foster of Hilo; daughter-in-law, Elena Apaka of Hilo; brother, Alexander (Patricia) Kamau of Hilo; sisters, Mary Fragas of Hilo, Kuulei Pa‘e of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Marguerite (Russel) Lerch of North Carolina; sister-in-law, Kimie Apaka of Lihue, Kauai; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Apr 22 2017 - 12:05am

    Edward Lanakila Brighter, 87, of Louisville, Ky., died April 17. Born in Waimea, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for Grace Pacific Co., singer with The Motet Group and U.S. Marine Corps Korean War veteran. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Brighter Estate in Waimea. Services 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow. Musicians and dancers are asked to share your talents at Edward’s celebration of life. Survived by wife, Betty Arlene Brighter; son, Victor (Jon) Kalani Brighter; daughter, Jan Kehaulani Lunsford; stepsons, James (Travis) LeMaster, Wayne (Margie) LeMaster and David (Leigh) LeMaster; stepdaughters, Elsie Mae Balgas, Charlene (Kawika) Keaweehu and Darlene Cruz; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; other family. Arrangements by Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, Louisville, and Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Apr 21 2017 - 12:05am

    Robert “Bob” Leroy Dozier, 70, of Honokaa died April 17 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Baltimore, he was an artisan and U.S. Air Force Vietnam War veteran. Private services at a later date. Survived by wife, Micheala Dozier; brothers, Michael Dozier, Douglas Dozier and Larry Dozier; sisters, Kimberly Dozier and Mailee Dozier. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Apr 20 2017 - 12:05am

    Cora E. Freitas, 83, of Hilo died April 11 at home. She was a retired teacher and member of Hilo Seventh-day Adventist Church. Celebration of life 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Wailoa State Park. Survived by sons, Joey (Christie) Freitas, Marshall (Vergie) Freitas and Glen Freitas of Oahu; daughters, Yvonne Freitas and Linda Freitas; three sisters; a brother; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Posted: Apr 19 2017 - 12:05am

    Jason Abregana Sr., 50, of Kalispell, Mont., formerly of Hilo and Ewa Beach, Oahu, died Feb. 16 in Montana. Born in Honolulu, he was a correctional officer. Services held. Survived by sons, Jason “J.J.” Abregana Kahee and Reno Kahee of Montana; daughters, Alyssa Abregana and Alison Abregana of Washington; mother, Mary Lou Abregana of Hilo; brothers, Jaime (Renee) Abregana Jr. of Honolulu, Jed Abregana of Montana and Jay Abregana of Arizona; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Apr 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Nelda Mae Bishop, 86, of Ocean View died March 27 at home. Born in Denver, she was a housewife and member of the Senior Citizens Group in Ocean View. Private services held. Survived by son, Craig Bishop of Ocean View; daughter, Gail (Richard) Abbey of Kiowa, Colo.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two nieces, two nephews and several cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary

  • Posted: Apr 17 2017 - 12:05am

    Mariko K. Hong, 94, of Issaquah, Wash., formerly of Hilo, died March 28 at Aegis Living of Issaquah. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired substitute teacher, volunteer at East Hawaii Cultural Center and an ESL tutor for adult education programs. Private services held. Inurnment at a later date at Diamond Head Cemetery, Honolulu. No flowers or monetary gifts (koden). Online condolences: www.flintofts.com. Survived by sister, Sadako Santoki; son, Gerald (Kelly); daughters, Patricia (Michael Grandinetti) and Stephanie; two grandsons; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Flintoft’s Funeral Home, Issaquah.

  • Posted: Apr 16 2017 - 12:05am

    Russell Araujo Sr., 68, of Hilo, died March 31 at the Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Olaa, he was a retired technician with Hawaiian Telephone/Verizon and the former owner of Kamaaina Home Screens. Private services held. Survived by wife, Joanne Araujo of Hilo; sons, Russell (Candice) Araujo Jr. of Las Vegas and Shon Araujo of Hilo; step-daughter, Tracey (Shaye) Miura of Hilo; sisters, Sylvia Lindinha of Hilo and Marilyn Hall of Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Apr 15 2017 - 12:05am

    Thomas John “Tommy” Carvalho, 70, of Keaau, formerly of Honolulu, died April 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired pressman with the former Honolulu Advertiser and U.S. Navy veteran. Memorial gathering from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 19) at the Hilo Boat Ramp across from Suisan. Friends can call again from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Bellows Field Beach Park on Kalanianaole Highway in Waimanalo, Oahu. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by daughters, Cindy Carvalho of Kailua, Oahu, and Wendy (Lash) Eversole of Cottage Grove, Ore.; four grandchildren; numerous brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Apr 14 2017 - 12:05am

    Philomena “Nina” Alcain Arnise, 82, of Kailua-Kona died March 27 at home. Born in Keei, she was a housewife, coffee farmer and member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Honaunau. Mass at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow at Kona Memorial Park in Holualoa. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by husband, Frank Arnise Sr. of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Francine (Kippy) King of Clearwater, Fla.; son, Freddy (Sawan) Arnise of Spring, Texas; brothers, Roger (Linda) Alcain of Captain Cook, Greg Alcain of Kealakekua, Benjamin (Barbara) Alcain of Pleasanton, Calif., and Andres (Olena) Alcain of Napoopoo; sisters, Lucina Alcain and Norma Duterte of Napoopoo, Andrea Alcain of Ocean View; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Apr 13 2017 - 12:05am

    Boonyang Boonyen Rickard, 79, of Hilo died Feb. 3 at home. Born in Bahn Nonsawang Noy, Ubon, Thailand, she was a homemaker and vendor at Hilo Farmers Market. Services held. Survived by husband, Richard Rickard of Hilo; daughter, Christie Rickard of Honolulu.

  • Posted: Apr 12 2017 - 12:05am

    Emily Margaret Hill, 48, of Holualoa died April 10 at home. Born in New York City, she was a business owner. Private service. Survived by husband, Chris Hill of Holualoa; sons, Harry Hill and Tomoe Hill of Holualoa; daughter, Mika Hill of Holualoa; mother, Keiko Banks of California; sister, Cindy Morrow of California. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Apr 11 2017 - 12:05am

    Adeline Iwa Kualapai, 89, of Puna died March 25 at a care home. Born in Koae, Puna, she was self-employed and a member of Hilo Lions Club and Keola Pono No Na Kupuna. Services held. Survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Apr 9 2017 - 12:05am

    Herman Costa Sr., 85, of Hilo died April 5 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired seed cutter with the former Mauna Kea Sugar Co. and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Friends can call 9-11 a.m. Thursday (April 13) at the Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 11 a.m. followed by burial at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Geraldine Lauae Costa of Hilo; sons, Herman (Debra-Ann Kikau) Costa Jr., Gordon W. Costa, Reginald Costa and Ronnie Lee Costa of Hilo; daughter, Bernadette K. (Leo Campbell Jr.) Costa of Mountain View; brothers, Lawrence (Martha) Costa and Gilbert de Costa, of Kurtistown; sisters, Violet Nakea of Kailua-Kona and Thelma (Robert) Riviera of Mountain View; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Apr 8 2017 - 12:05am

    Nancy Zung Fung Chu, 87, of Hilo, formerly of Honolulu, died Feb. 24 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Shanghai, she was a former restaurant manager. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by husband, William Chu of Honolulu; daughter, Yvonne (Spencer) Oliver of Hilo; sons, Peter (Andrea) Chu of San Diego and Barry Chu of Waikoloa; brothers, Robert (Judy) Chang of Honolulu and Luke (Alice) Chang of San Francisco; sisters, Anita Ni of Hamburg, Germany, Mimi Fan of Honolulu and Pansy (Wayne) Wilson of San Diego; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.