Obituaries for August 7
William “Willz” Pelekane Konanui Jr., 37, of Pahoa died July 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a pest control worker at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and was a member of the All Inu Volleyball Team. Visitation 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 5 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by fiancée, Prudence U’ilani Cabreira of Pahoa; daughter, Mahieu‘ilani Konanui of Pahoa; son, Wai‘oluokekai Konanui of Pahoa; parents, William and Alethea Konanui of Pahoa; brother, Wendal (Ronnie) Konanui of Henderson, Nev.; sisters, Carrie (Lloyd Tagalicod) Konanui and Helena (Conrad Arriola) Konanui of Pahoa; maternal grandfather, John Pai of Bonita Springs, Fla.; parents-in-law, Paul and Pamela Cabreira of Hawaiian Paradise Park; brothers-in-law, Scotty Cabreira of Pahoa and Patrick (Kathy Ann) Cabreira of Hilo, Preston (Kimberly) Cabreira of Las Vegas; uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Christine Alexis Rabena Laeda, 20, of Mountain View died July 21 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, she was a student at Oregon State University, worked at Manono Mini Mart and played basketball for Keaau and Hilo high schools, Big Island All-Stars, Papaikou Cougars, Hilo Women’s League and Showtime team. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday at Keaau High gym. Service at 7 p.m. All-night vigil to follow at family home in Mountain View. Visitation again 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the school gym. Service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park Ilima section. Survived by father, Romy C. (Marylou Bartolome) Laeda of Hilo; mother, Sharon G. Rabena of Mountain View; brothers, Kevin John Laeda of Hilo, Preston Shane Laeda and Aasin Jayden Laeda of Maui; step-sister, Alexia Bartolome-Robinson of Hilo; paternal grandparents, Merlito and Felicina Laeda of Paauilo; maternal grandmother, Marylou Rabena of Mountain View; maternal grandfather, Reynaldo (Perlita) Rabena of Maui; uncles, aunts and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Richard Yet Chu Lee, 92, of Volcano, died July 27 at home. Born in Kohala, he was a retired farmer. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Service at 10 a.m. Survived by wife, Yuke Quai Lee of Volcano; son, David N.F. (Grace) Lee of Kahuku; brothers, Robert (Roberta) Lee of Volcano and Joe Lee of Hilo; sisters, Elizabeth Lee, Loretta Lee and Violet Lee of Kapaau, Daisy Mak of Hong Kong, Nancy Van Cleave of Kurtistown; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
Felipe Cardines Mejia, 82, of Green Sands subdivision died July 30 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in the Philippines, he was a retired laborer and foreman for Mac Farms of Hawaii. All-night vigil 5 p.m. Friday at family home on Kaalualu Road in Green Sands, second road on left, first house on right. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Naalehu. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Naalehu Community Cemetery. Luncheon at the family’s residence in Green Sands. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Chrissie C-Mejia of Green Sands; sons, Lawrence Mejia, Oscar Castaneda and Wilson Mejia, of Green Sands, Reynaldo (Merlyn) Mejia of Seattle; daughters, Delicia (Rosendo) Mapanao of Seattle, Zenaida (Ben) Pimentel of Naalehu, Megan (Roy Jr.) Kunishige and Melissa Mejia, of Green Sands; brothers, Phillip (Ann) Mejia of Kurtistown, Franklin Mejia and Benjamin (Charlene) Mejia of Oahu, Alan (Pearla) Mejia of Honaunau and Ben (Emily) Bolaoen of Waiohinu; sisters, Francine (Bob) Weller of Honalo, Verna (Gary) Kneeland of Ocean View, Merl (Don) Villegas and Sandra (Gary) Tamondongof Pahala, Carol Javar of Naalehu, Vivian (Cisto) Hondonero of Waimea, Shirley Trieschmann of Seattle; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Namiko Masaoka Santiago, 91, of Hilo, formerly of Hakalau, died July 23 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired teacher’s aide at Hilo Union School. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 7 p.m. Graveside urn committal service 9 a.m. Monday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Robert Santiago and Norman (Tina) Santiago Sr. of Hilo; daughter, Marylou Santiago Abregana of Hilo; brother, Horace (Cecelia) Masaoka of Hilo; sister, Chieko Masaoka Medeiros of Hilo; 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Daniel Webster Stevens Jr., 73, of Discovery Harbour, died July 30 at home. Born in Pittsburgh, he was a retired grocery store manager in California. Burial at a later date in Pittsburgh. Survived by wife, Elizabeth A. Stevens of Discovery Harbour; daughters, Deedy Stone, Karyn (Louis) Villa, Christine (Glenn) Liljeblad and Sally (Nathan Kunkle) Stevens of California; sons, Jay (Vicki) Malloy and Daniel Webster Stevens III of California; 10 grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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