Edwin Akio Hoshida, 79, of Hawi died Dec. 17 at Kohala Hospital. Born in Kohala, he was a retired auto mechanic, former scout master for the Boy Scouts of America, U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran, former Hawaii Army National Guardsman and member of Big Island National Guard Retirees Association and American Legion Kohala Post No. 4. Visitation 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at Gospel of Salvation Church in Kokoike, Kohala. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Graveside urn committal service at noon Monday, Jan. 7 at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kona. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Margaret Hoshida of Hawi; daughter, Naomi Hoshida of Hawi; sons, Earl Hoshida and Aric (Shaelyn) Hoshida of Hawi; brother, Stanley (Lynn) Hoshida of Las Vegas; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Lawrence “Hawaiian Eye” Kahikina, 88, of Southbridge, Mass., formerly of Laupahoehoe, died Dec. 25. Born in Hilo, he was a retired construction worker, member of Teamsters Union Local No. 170 and served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II. Services held. Survived by wife, Jeanne C. (née Lamothe) Kahikina; daughters, Michele S. (John) Morrill, Gisele C. Kahikina and Cheryl J. (Carlos) Marcano of Southbridge, Donna Miller of Sturbridge, Mass.; sons, Troy M. Kahikina of Southbridge and David (Charlene) Kahikina of Sturbridge; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Morrill Funeral Home, Southbridge, Mass.
Matthew Don Kester, 56, of Hawaiian Beaches died Dec. 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Chicago, he was a forklift operator. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at Hilo United Methodist Church. Memorial service at 11 a.m.. Casual attire. Survived by parents, Don and Barbara Kester of Hawaiian Beaches; brother, Scott R. Kester of Hawaiian Beaches; sisters, Lucy Lombardi of Waxahachie, Texas, Jenny (David) Dodson of St. John, Mo., and Amy Davis of St. Charles, Mo.; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Thomas “Tommy” Edward Ravey, 62, of Hilo died Dec. 19 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he worked for Big Island Stevedores and was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Keola (Angie) Ravey of Hilo and Ka‘ainoa (Arika Sanchez) Ravey of New Mexico; daughters, Debra Ann “Leilani” (Kahealani Wailani Nihipali) Ravey and Tommie “Lehua” (Blake Ragocos) Ravey of Hilo; mother, Annie Ravey of Kalapana; sisters, Joanne (Tad) Tamala, Beverly “Leilani” Gonsalves, Winona “Wini” (Mike) Hooser, Annette “Netta” (Giles) Nakamoto and Dennilu “Ipo” (Poncho Sampedro) Carvalho; brothers, Joel “Kalani” (Jan) Ravey and Joe “Felix” Ravey of Honolulu; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Kelly L. Rita, 40, of Keaau, formerly of Kauai, died Dec. 16 at Hilo Medical Center. Born on Kauai, he was a licensed insurance agent and partner in R & R Productions and RX Inc., and had worked as a finance manager for local car dealerships. Visitation 8-10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by daughter, Hayden Kapuamailani Nachor-Rita of Hilo; stepdaughter, Faith Nachor of Hilo; mother of the daughters, Pamela Nachor of Hilo; ; mother, Priscilla (John) Lopez of Puna; father, Richard (May) Rita of Oahu; sister, Liana (Darren) Vegas of Kauai; four nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.