Obits for April 15


Gerald K. Akina, 69, of Waimea died April 11 at the North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Kohala, he was a heavy equipment mechanic and member of the Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea. Friends may call 8-9 a.m. Saturday at the Annunciation Catholic Church; memorial Mass at 9 a.m. Urn burial to follow at the Waimea Catholic Cemetery. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Judith Akina of Waimea; sons, Gerald Akina Jr. and George (C.J.) Akina of Dayton, Tenn.; daughters, Shelia (Robert) Greaves of Ventura, Calif., Geraldine (Jeoff) Leitner of Cool, Calif., Nadine (Harold) Lynch of Las Vegas; stepsons, Jay Ontiveros of Waimea, Jesse Lee (Evelyn) Ontiveros of Pepeekeo, Jerry Ontiveros of Waimea, Jason (Susan) Ontiveros of Waikoloa; sisters, Alice Kaneao of Kona, Eleanor Kahule of Honolulu, Genevieve (James) Hoopai of Kohala; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Louise Hancock Ano‘ipua King Furtado, 75, of Keaau died April 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was retired from the State of Hawaii as a social worker at the former Waimano Home and Hospital on Oahu, an at-home caregiver and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pahoa Ward, in Orchidland. Scattering of her cremated remains will follow at the Hilo Bayfront area. Casual attire. Survived by son, Jack (Jane) Furtado of Hilo; daughter, Lauren “Pinky” Furtado Figueroa of Keaau; sister, Nina (Ron) Yoshida of Mililani, Oahu; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Gwendolyn “Kaili” Kaaua, 64, of Hilo and Kailua-Kona, died March 10 on Oahu. Born in Oahu, she was a Hilton Waikoloa Village general cashier and clerk at the Hawaiian Homestead Hilo office. Friends may call 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Berean Bible Church, 420 Lama St., Hilo. Survived by sons, Arthur N. Mahoe Jr. of Kona, Kalani Mahoe of Kailua, Oahu, Kamaka Mahoe of Waikoloa, Tyson Kaaua (Kimi) of Kona, Blue Kaaua (Kuniko) of Austin, Texas; brothers John, Paul Jr. and Harlon Dean, Herb Panoke; sisters, Winifred Hodges and Gemey Pearl Sebarre; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday April 21, 2012 at Hawaii Berean Bible Church 420 Lama St. Hilo, HI.

Yasuko Okajima, 93, of Hilo died April 5 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pepeekeo, she was retired from the Hawaii County as a starter at the Hilo Municipal Golf Course, a member of the Lehua Women’s Golf Club, AJA Women’s Golf Club and the Hawaii Island Golf Association. Friends may call 9-10 a.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, Robert (Marsha) Okajima and David (Mary) Okajima of Hilo; daughter, Jeri (Kent) Kimura of Hilo; brother, Teruo (Tamayo) Nagami of Hilo; sister, Mikako (Kiyoshi) Hamakawa of Hilo; brother-in-law, Eiichi (Michie) Okajima of Hilo; sister-in-law, Janet Yasuda of Waipahu; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Opal Belle Plumsteel, 97, of Kailua Kona died April 6 at Hale Hoola Hamakua. Born in Roswell, N.M., she was a retired waitress, seamstress and former member of the Eastern Star and a World War II riveter for Douglas Aircrafts in California. Services pending. Survived by daughter, George Ann Green of Kailua-Kona; son, Clinton (Francine) Graves of Danville, Calif.; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Gilbert Saragossa, 86, of Honolulu, died April 5 at The Queen’s Medical Center. Born in Hamakua, he was a public relations representative for the Shorebird Restaurant. Graveside service at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. No flowers; aloha attire. Survived by sons, Glenn Saragossa and Richard Saragossa; daughters, Gilda Peterson, Kimberly Ledesma and Jennifer Saragossa; brothers, Clyde Saragosa and Charles Saragosa; sisters, Margie Carter, Betty-Ann Fernandez, Molly McRight, Evonne Seyer, Mona Costa and Dianne Quinones; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.

Thomas Kealiikapu Spencer Sr., 83, of Keaukaha died April 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Puueo, he was a retired federal Crash Crew firefighter on Wake Island, a caretaker with the county Department of Parks and Recreation, former employee of Yamada and Sons, member of Keola No Na Kupuna of Keaukaha and head of the Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Court for 49 years. Friends may call 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; funeral at 6 p.m. Friends may also call at Homelani Memorial Park; graveside committal service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Sidney (Karan) Spencer of Redlands, Calif., Thomas Spencer Jr. of Las Vegas; daughters, Hannah (Christino) Caravalho, Harriet (Harvey) Arima, Charlotte (Walter) Nakoa and Vanessa Spalding, all of Hilo, Claudia (Donald) Skinner of Puna; sisters, Oinah (Henry) Anakalea of Hilo, Mary Dennison of Las Vegas; 10 grandchildren, two hanai grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces & nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.