Obituaries for July 7
Thomas Tsutomu Araki, 86, of Honaunau died June 26 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Olaa, he was a coffee farmer, restaurant cook, aikido instructor, musician, fish cutter, former security guard for Kona Hilton Hotel, custodian for Honaunau School and a U.S. Army veteran. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, July 20 at Central Kona Union Church in Kealakekua. Service at 10 a.m. For information call 989-5141. Survived by companion, LeeAnne Alu of Napoopoo; hanai daughter, Zorana (Gary) Acol of Las Vegas; sisters, Laura (Yoshi) Yano of Kealakekua and Betsy (Robert) Ban of Captain Cook; brother, John (Annie) Araki of Honolulu; two hanai grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Carolina “Carol” Bufil, 75, of Honomu died June 12 at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Laupahoehoe, she was a manager/collections agent for the Frank Huff Collection Agency and was known for her pasteles. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 12 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8-9 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Mass at 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by husband, Edward E. Bufil Sr. of Honomu; son, Edward E. (Tracy) Bufil Jr. of Pepeekeo; daughters, Wendy (John) Wisniewski and Tanya (Todd) Pataray of Hilo; brothers, Bernard (Marilyn) Billena of Papaikou, Richard (Patsy) Billena of Mililani, Oahu, and Roland Billena of Kapehu; sisters, Loretta Nitura of Waipunalei, Adeline Saldua of Papaikou, Trinidad (Henry) Real of Keaau, Gloria Sanchez of Honokaa, Erlinda Walker of Hilo and Darlene (Jerry) Domingo of Papaaloa; brother-in-law, Jesus Erquiza of California; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
John Yasumitsu Iwane, 96, of Captain Cook died June 12 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Koloa, Kauai, he was a retired county agent for the University of Hawaii Extension Service, board chairman of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, and member of Kona Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, Farm Bureau, 4H Club and Christ Church Episcopal. Visitation 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at Christ Church Episcopal in Kealakekua. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, Robert Iwane of Honolulu and Robin (Cindy) Iwane of Captain Cook; brothers, Jitsuo (Aiko) Iwane of Washington and Harold (Irene) Iwane of Molokai; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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