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  • Posted: Sep 22 2017 - 8:49am

    Leatrice “Aunty Sa” Sachiko Ogata, 87, of Hilo died Aug. 31 at home. Born in Pahoa, she was retired from S.H. Kress Store and THY &Associates, a member of Tenrikyo Kaka‘ako Church, Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Komohana Kumiai, Kumamoto Doshi Kai, Big Island Ballroom Dance Association and Orchid Isle Dance Club. Private services held. No koden (monetary gifts). No flowers. Survived by daughter, Amy (Glenn) Okino of Hilo; grandson, Clive Okino of Hilo; brothers, Terry (Miyoko) Sato of Honolulu and Roy (Akiko) Sato of Kurtistown; sisters, Yasuko Honda of Mililani, Oahu, Elaine Soga of Hilo, Eiko Eileen Kajiyama of Pahoa and Barbara Tsukamoto of Honolulu; brother-in-law, Harold Ogata of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Grace Nishii of Keaau; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 21 2017 - 12:06am

    Irene Marjorie Puaokalani Abrojena, 77, of Kealakekua died Aug. 31 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, she was a food waitress at the former Ho Fa Inn, Teshima’s Restaurant and the former Kona Surf Resort. Visitation 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Kahikolu Congregational Church in Napoopoo. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Gary (Linda) Abrojena of Antioch, Calif., Daniel (Lydia) Abrojena of Milolii, Mario (June) Abrojena of Ocean View, Ernest (Maggie) Abrojena of Captain Cook, Abel (Julie) Abrojena of Opihihale and Danford (Pomai) Abrojena of Kealakekua; daughter, Irene (Olin) Caban of Antioch; brother, Nelson (Deena) Kahele of Captain Cook; hanai brothers, Garciano Sesson and Milton Decalio of Pahala; sisters, Evangeline Kim of Kapolei, Oahu, Daisy Chiantano of California, Carol (Donald) Laa of Hilo and Janette Evans of Michigan; hanai siters, Rosin (Moses) Takaki of Aiea, Oahu, and Felisha Kaniho of South Point; brother-in-law, Jon Kaneta of Kailua-Kona; sisters-in-law, Carol Kahele of Milolii, Stevelyn Grace of Hookena, Dora Helena of Milolii, Sarah Kahele of Hilo, Val Spencer Poaha of Oahu and Lucille Sesson of Pahala; 31 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 20 2017 - 12:05am

    Todd Aaron Czerwinski, 46, of Kapaau died Sept. 9 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Santa Monica, Calif., he was a fruit, vegetable and livestock farmer at Marcus Farms and past member of Kawaihae Canoe Club. Private services at a later date. Survived by mother, Grace Czerwinski of Waimea; an uncle, aunts and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 19 2017 - 12:06am

    Harold “JR” Rapozo, 67, of Mountain View died Sept. 1 at home. Born on Kauai, he was a heavy equipment mechanic and U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran. Hawaii Island celebration of life noon-pau Sunday (Sept. 24) at Wailoa State Recreation Area (large pavilion). Committal services 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, 45-349 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, Oahu. Oahu celebration of life 3 p.m.-pau Saturday, Oct. 21, at FITTED Hawaii Warehouse, 754 Pohukaina St., Honolulu. Survived by wife, Margaret “Muggy” Irvine-Rapozo of Puna; sons, Keola (Bailee) Nakaahiki of Honolulu and Kumai Irvine of Hilo; daughters, Leila (Duncan Jr.) Castro of Hilo, Raynette Kaopua and Momi Rapozo of California; brother, Joseph Rapozo of Kauai; sisters, Diane Basque of Oahu, Charlene Sherwood of Hilo, Julie Rapozo, Bernadette Rapozo and Sheena Archer of Oahu; eight grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Austin “Aus” Miller Dwight, 54, of Hilo died April 27 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Los Angeles, he was a Walk On Wood flooring installer. Pot luck celebration of life 1 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 24) at Puhi Bay in Hilo. Casual attire. Online condolences: homelaniememorialpark.com. Survived by daughter, Rachel Alvarez of Los Angeles; parents, Samuel and Rosemary Dwight of Carson, Calif.; sisters, Jeanette Rose (Paul) Abbott of Utah and Janet Wright of Torrance, Calif.; brother, Samuel Dwight of Torrance; companion, Gina Nozoe-Martin of Hilo; hanai son, Paul Martin of Hilo; hanai daughter, Summer Martin of Hilo; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

  • Posted: Sep 17 2017 - 12:05am

    Israel “Iz” Aiona, 65, of Hilo died Aug. 15 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired courier for Fed Ex, U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran and elder for the Waiakea Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 23) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Genevieve Aiona of Hilo; son, Jacob (Melanie) Aiona of Kilauea, Kauai; daughters, Hauoli (Bill) Aiona, Kanoa Aiona and Lehua (Brent) Remmers of Hilo; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 16 2017 - 10:21am

    Yong Mi Omiya, 68, of Waikoloa died Sept. 6 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale. Private services. She was born in Seoul, Korea. Survived by husband, Kenneth S. Omiya of Waikoloa. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 15 2017 - 12:06am

    Iris Josephine Kauiholani Baczkiewicz, 59, of Volcano died Sept. 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kapapala Ranch, Ka‘u, she was a rancher. Private services held. Survived by husband, Steve Baczkiewicz of Volcano; Brothers, Daryl (Jessie) Ke Sr. of Pahala and Wesley (Amy) Ke of Oahu; sisters, Paulette Ke and Dee (Deidre) Perreira of Hilo, Faybien (Herbert) Waltjen of Pahala, Rayven (Roland Sr.) Grace of Pahala and Kekai (John) Dow of Kona; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 12:05am

    Ivan Milford Cook Jr., 77, of Mountain View died Sept. 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Long Beach, Calif. He was a retired manufacturing engineer and manager for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, U.S. Navy Vietnam-era veteran, volunteer for the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, volunteer foster caregiver for Hawaii Island Humane Society and member of Hawaiian Island Pond Society and Lions Club. No service information. No flowers. Memorial donations to Hawaii Island Humane Society, P.O. Box 939, Keaau, HI 96749 or Friends of Panaewa Zoo, P.O. Box 738, Keaau, HI 96749. Survived by wife, Karla Cook of Mountain View; sisters, Dorothy Frische of California and Nancy Cook Johnson of Texas; hanai siblings, Kim and Jose Archuleta of Keaau, Will Yoeman and children of Mountain View, Linda Baptista of Mountain View, Eddie Baptista of Mountain View, George and Sandra Curtis of Honomu, Barbara and Joe Walsh of Orchidland and Dean Gonsalves and children of Pahoa. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 13 2017 - 12:05am

    Skip P. Dahlen, 77, of Holualoa died July 14 in Kailua-Kona. Born in Spokane, Wash., he was an entrepreneur, coffee farmer, outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. No services. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by wife, Adriana Dahlen; their son, Christopher, and daughter, Paulina; his children, Wally Dahlen of Hailey, Idaho, Kandice Backman of Spokane, Jeff Dahlen of Chicago, D’Arcy Brown of Fort Myers, Fla., Hans Dahlen and Dar Dahlen of Eugene, Ore.; sisters, Joan Harris and Bobbee Joy Rattray; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

  • Posted: Sep 12 2017 - 12:05am

    Sarah Ku‘ulei Ha‘aheo Ho‘oulu i‘ae ‘O Kawaiola Akiona, 21, of Waimea died Sept. 2. Born in California, she was a 2013 graduate of Honokaa High School, cashier at Waimea Coffee Co., server/cashier at Charley’s Thai Kitchen Waimea and recently self-employed. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 16) at Honokaa Hongwanji Hall. Celebration of life and luncheon to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by daughter, Ava Estelle of Waimea; companion, Kodi-Dean Springer of Waimea; mother, Kelsie Ann DeRego of Honokaa; father, Paul Akiona IV of Kona; sister, Ka‘i Akiona of Honokaa; brother, Makana (Jessica) Akiona of Waimea; grandparents, Keith and Arma-Lee Kaniho of Waimea and Paul and Mary Akiona III of Maui; a niece and a nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 11 2017 - 10:58am

    Estrelia Tagayuna Alleman, 61, of Hilo died Aug. 23 in Hilo. Born in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, she was a housewife and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 14) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Joseph “Joe” Alleman of Hilo; hanai daughters, Jocelyn Uclusin of London and Susan Molina of Hong Kong; brothers, Osmundo (Francisca) Tagayuna, Pedro (Neda) Tagayuna and Romeo (Loida) Tagayuna of the Philippines; sisters, Octaviana (Gavino) dela Cruz, Argentina Marquez and Juanita (Pedro) Uclusin of the Philippines; sister-in-law, Emaricia Tagayuna of the Philippines; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 11 2017 - 10:49am

    Wendy Lou Fountain, 55, of Keaau died Sept. 1 at home. Born in Massena, N.Y., she was an art teacher for Keaau High School and Seton Catholic High School, Plattsburgh, N.Y., U.S. Army veteran and member of Church of the Holy Apostles, Hilo, and Christ and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Champlain, N.Y. Memorial service with Eucharist 11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 16) at Church of The Holy Apostles, 1407 Kapiolani St. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Rob Fountain Jr.; children, Ian Fountain, Erin Busch and Elizabeth (Peter) Warneck; mother, Catherine Simms; brothers, Jerry Simms, Warren Simms, Joseph (Helen) Simms and Craig O’Gallagher; sisters, Kathy (Bill) Henry and Karen Schmidt; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 9 2017 - 12:06am

    Clara Vivian Cruz, 78, of Paauilo died Aug. 28 at home. Born in Paauilo, she was a retired cafeteria worker/custodian/substitute teacher at Paauilo Elementary and Intermediate School and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa and Paauilo Senior Citizens. No services. No flowers. Memorial donations to any Hurricane Harvey relief fund. Survived by husband, Vicente Cruz; daughters, Lynn (David) Kikau, Kiana Kikau and Benita (Murray) Salazar; son, Vincent Cruz; sister, Ethel (Danny) Jose; brother, Richard (Violet) Carvalho; grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Sep 8 2017 - 12:06am

    Marcella Maxine Ashenfelter, 94, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 26. Born in Boise, Idaho, she was a legal secretary. Memorial services 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kailua-Kona. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by daughters, Judy Wood of Kailua-Kona, Laura Scholz of Ocean View and Jerry Simler of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.