Obituaries for April 4
Francisco “Chito” Asuncion, 71, of Kealakekua died Feb. 28 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a cook at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and the former Kona Lagoon Hotel. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Sunday, April 14, at Old Kona Airport Makaeo Events Pavilion. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Son Chito (Kahea) Asuncion of Pahala; daughters, Natalie Taketa and Desiree (Kimo) Asuncion of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Segundo (Linda) Asuncion of Lanai, Chris (Liz) Asuncion of Holualoa, Clare Asuncion, Mariano (Yvonne) Naldoza and Albert (Jai) Asuncion of Kailua-Kona; Paul (Julie) Asuncion and Cecilio Asuncion of Kealakekua, Eddie Asuncion of Ocean View; sister, Jane (Kip) Raiford of Fern Acres; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Jaime Vicente Del Rosario Sr., 90, of Kailua-Kona died March 7 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a retired bell captain for the Ilikai Hotel and the former Hyatt Regency at Waikoloa, a former sugar plantation worker; founder and member of the FIL-AM Golf Club; co-founder and senior advisor of the statewide Hawaii Golf Council, member of Knights of Columbus, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kailua-Kona Senior Citizens Group and U.S. Army and Hawaii National Guard veteran. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 74-574 Honokohau St., Kailua-Kona. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Erlinda Del Rosario of Kailua-Kona; sons, Roger (Sue) Del Rosario of Ohio, Frederick (Patti) Del Rosario of Honolulu, Dante Del Rosario of Hilo and Justin Rojas of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Gloria (Chuck) Garner of Honolulu and Kahala (James) Cromwell of Hilo; stepdaughter, Sherry Lelchuck of California; sister, Shirley Del Rosario of Mililani, Oahu; 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Thomas Kaiawe, 90, of Kapaau died March 7 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kaohe, South Kona, he was a retired heavy equipment operator-supervisor and pilot for Hamakua and Kohala Sugar companies. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Immaculate Conception Church in Holualoa. Service at 10 a.m. Burial 11:30am at Kona Memorial Park Cemetery. Survived by son, Thomas G. (Barbara) Kaiawe of Honolulu; daughters, Elizabeth (Burton) Freitas of Honolulu, Evelyn Kaiawe of Kona and Jane Kaiawe of Hilo; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Martha Meleka Rachel Bright Kakalia, 80, of Waimea died April 1 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a nurse’s aide at Kahanaola Convalescence Home. Inurnment at noon Monday, April 8, at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kailua-Kona. Casual attire; no flowers. Condolences to Minnie Spinney, P.O. Box 1043, Kamuela, HI 96743. Survived by sons, Earl Kakalia Jr. of Lahaina, Maui, Timothy Kakalia of Honolulu and Tristan Kakalia of Waimea; daughters, Marsha Kakalia Ireijo of Cool City, Calif., and Minnie Spinney of Waimea; sister, Lois (Bill) Bright-Rojas of Kaneohe, Oahu; seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Sadao “Sam” Tachibana, 88, of Mililani, Oahu, formerly of Pepeekeo, died March 7 at home. Born in Lanai City, Lanai, he was a retired auto mechanic for Orchid Isle Auto Center, member of Kinoole Baptist Church and a U.S. Army World War II veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company H, 2nd Battalion. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Private urn committal at a later date. Casual attire; no flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by daughters, Gail Tachibana of Honolulu and Merle (Michael) Yusi of Mililani, Oahu; sisters, Doris Kanemitsu of Kaunakakai, Molokai, Betsy (Larry) Irei of Honolulu and Dorothy English of California; brother, Walter (Sandra) Matsumoto of Makakilo, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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