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Obituaries for December 4

Joshua “Sonny” “Hale” James Kawelo Halemanu, 88, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 19. Born in Kaahuhu Homestead, Kohala, he was a retired fire captain with the Honolulu Fire Department, a member of the American Legion and a U.S. Army veteran. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kalahikiola Church in Kapaau for a 10:30 a.m. funeral service; burial to follow at the Kawelo Halemanu Family Cemetery, 55-1113 Aina Ui Road, Kaahuhu Homestead. Casual attire; flowers OK. Survived by daughters, Terrilynn (Gene) Teves, Maydine Halemanu and Goldie Maldonado; sons, Joshua (Karen) Halemanu, Ainsley Halemanu, Wendell Halemanu and Cornwell Halemanu; sister, Helene Duvauchelle-Halemanu of Molokai; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Landen Timothy Padamada, a newborn, died Nov. 19 at Hilo Medical Center. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by parents, Jhonross Padamada and Absity-Ann Carvalho-Cuba of Hilo; sister, Faith Padamada of Hilo; grandparents, Regina Raposas, Bradley Raposas and Edward Carvalho of Pahoa; great-grandmothers, Thomasine Deitch and Judith Carvalho of Pahoa; aunt, Jane Padamada of Hilo; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Shannon Louis Nobuyuki Okamoto, 37, of Keaau died Nov. 26 at the Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. Private services. Survived by two brothers, Shawn (Jenifer) Okamoto and Joseph Correa, both of Keaau; hanai brother, David Cushing of Hilo; two nieces, two nephews, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Elaine Hisano Kurokawa, 92, of Kamuela died Nov. 26 at her daughter’s home. She was born in Wailea. Private services held. No flowers or koden. Survived by daughters, Geraldine (Harold) Kraynek of Lake Forest, Calif., Jacqueline (Charles) Probst of Kula, Nadine (Gary) Demaree of Kawaihae and Lisa (Terrance) Jones of Kawaihae; sons, Kenneth (Beverly) Kurokawa of Kula, Reginald Kurokawa of Pukalani; brother, Jack (Eloise) Tagawa of Hilo; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Merrill Shigematsu Murakami, 73, of Hilo, died Nov. 23 at his home. Born in St. Louis, he was a retired youth counselor for the Salvation Army Interim Home. Private services held. No flowers and no koden. Survived by wife, May R. Murakami of Hilo; daughters, Joslyn (Alan) Tamura of Hilo, Kristi (Larry) Doran of Hawaiian Paradise Park and Lisha Gomez of Colorado; sons, Kevin Murakami of Hilo and Shawn Murakami of Honolulu; sisters, Lois Matsuda of Honolulu and Carol Pena of Virginia; sisters-in-law, Teri Hara of Hilo and Masako (Taro) Matsuura of Minnesota; five grandchildren, nieces, a nephew, cousins, aunts and an uncle. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

James Yukio Kaku, 86, of Hilo died Nov. 21 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Honaunau, he was a retired supervisor for Allied Aggregates and member of Pomaikai Softball Club. Private services held. No koden and no flowers. Survived by wife, Rose Kaku of Hilo; sons, Wendell (Yong) Kaku of Las Vegas and Stuart (Lisa) Kaku of Ewa Beach, Oahu; daughters, Jonell Uyeda and Lorna (Richard) Chinen, both of Hilo; brother, Donald Kaku of Waipahu, Oahu; sister, Doris Katano of Ewa Beach, Oahu; seven grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ralph M. Shiyama, 81, of Hawaiian Paradise Park died Nov. 28 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a former building inspector for the City and County of Honolulu and member of the Waiakea Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2629 Kilauea Ave.; memorial service and talk at 2 p.m. No flowers. Survived by wife, Evelyn Shiyama of Hawaiian Paradise Park; daughters, Julie (Henry) Kuboyama of Arizona and Connie (John) Nickerson of Oregon; sons, Benjie Shiyama of Honolulu and Kel (Shellie) Shiyama of Oregon; sister, Flora Murakami of Honolulu; and two grandsons. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


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