Obituaries for June 2


Tomas Joseph Francisco Calapit, 40, of Pahoa died Wednesday, June 13, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he worked at a flower nursery and he also was a member of the Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Friends may call 7:30-9:30 a.m.; Mass at 9:30 a.m. Casual attire; Burial at Pahoa Catholic Cemetery. Survived by daughter, Mary Jane Calapit of the mainland; mother, Flordelina Calapit of Pahoa; brothers, Eugenio (Marites) Calapit, Alfonso Calapit and John Calapit of Pahoa; sisters, Asuncion (Shaun Bannigan) Calapit of Honolulu, Evelyn Calapit of Philippines and Healani Lorena (Cisco Babas Jr.) Calapit of Pahoa; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Valerie “Aunty Val” Gene Kailimai, 55, of Hilo died at the Hilo Medical Center on Wednesday, June 27. Born in Honolulu, she was a homemaker and private child care provider. Friends may call at the Nalani & Clayton Hose residence, 1486 Ala Kula St., phone 315-7427, in Hilo on Saturday, July 7, at noon for a celebration of life. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Jay Kailimai of Hilo; sons, Topo (Aisha) Kailimai of Hilo, and Kainoa (Ashlee) Kailimai of Hilo; daughter, Tynsl Kailimai of Hilo; brother, Robert “Bo” (Terri) Tai of Arizona; sisters, Brenda (Kent) Bowman of Beaverton, Ore., Karen (Kalani) Moke of Hilo, and Toni (Lorenzo) Agpawa of Las Vegas, Nev.; mother-in-law, Abbie Kailimai of Honomu; brother-in-law, Wes (Pearl) Kailimai of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Gail Kaapuni of Honomu, and Henrietta Kailimai of Honomu; four grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.

Eleanor Kapapakaniau Kalama, 67, of Waimea died June 30 at her residence. Born in Makawao, Maui, she was a homemaker, retired courtesy clerk, member of Hawaiian Civic Club and Annunciation Catholic Church Waimea. Visitation 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea. Service at 10:30 a.m. Flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Matthew (Laurie Ann) Kalama of Hilo, Lincoln (Vanessa) Kalama of Waimea; daughter, Genoa (Shar Marquez) Kalama of Honokaa; brothers, Martin (Terry) Purdy of Hilo, Leslie (Tamara) Purdy of Waimea; sister, Kulia (Earl) Griffith of Jewell Ridge,Virginia; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Earl Satoru Kato, 62, of Hilo died June 22 at his residence in Hilo. Born in North Kohala, he was employed as a machinist at Arakaki Mechanical LLC in Keaau. He was a member of the A.J.A. Bowling League. Visitation Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo from 9-10 a.m.; Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire; No flowers. Survived by mother, Toshiko Kato of Kapaau; brothers, Stanley (Nora) Kato of Kaimuki, Roy (Dolorita) Kato of Mililani, Rex (Mary) Kato of Hilo, and Roger (Debra) Kato of North Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters, Janice Kato of Honolulu and Rae (Donn) Tamaribuchi of Honolulu; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.

Amy Gamble Lannan, 95, of Hilo died at home on Wednesday, June 13. Born in McKeesport, Penn., she was a retired cattle rancher and co-founder of the Tasha Ohana Animal Sanctuary in Hilo. Private services held. Donations may be made to the Tasha Ohana Animal Sanctuary, 374 Alaloa Road, Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by daughters, Lucile (Michael) Rosen of San Francisco, Calif., and Laurie Lannan of Hilo; son, Lance Patrick (Jackie) Lannan of Alberta, Canada; brother, Payton Gamble of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.

David Rush Miller, 70, of Pepeekeo died Wednesday, June 27, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was a professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Hilo for 44 years and the chairman of the Humanities Division for eight years. He also trained as a mediator for Kuikahi Mediation Center. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo; Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kuikahi Mediation Center, 101 Aupuni St., Suite 1014B2, Hilo, Hawaii 96720. Survived by wife, Martha Miller of Pepeekeo; son, Benjamin Miller of Colorado; daughters, Ula Anderson of Pepeekeo and Leah (Bill) McLeod of Mountain View; sister, Heidi Gross of Pennsylvania; brothers, Ted (Marcia) Miller of Mountain View and Fritz (Jackie) Miller of Oregon; four grandchildren; nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.

Judith Ann Leimomi Kepilino Ahia Oliveira, aka Aunty Momi, 72, of Pahala died June 26 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a homemaker and member of the Halawai Family. Friends may call from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Pahala Club House on Maile Street across from KAHU Radio Station; Funeral service at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 511, Pahala, HI 96777. Survived by daughters, Norma Oliveira of Pahala, Lovelyn (Patrick) Alapa’i and Angie (Leonard) Avenue, both of Kona; son, Demetrius Oliveira of Pahala; sister, Jane Querubin of Honolulu; brothers, Don (Barbara) Ahia and Johnny (Tee) Ahia, both of Honolulu; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Rebecca “Becky” E. Rocha, 80, of Pahoa died Saturday, June 16, at Kohala Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired seamstress. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hawi, 55-440 Hawi Road; Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by daughter, Georgette Nishimura of Hilo; sons, William (Laurie) Rocha of Kohala, Stanford (Sonia) Rocha of Kohala and Shawn (Cheryl) Rocha of Kohala; daughter-in-law, Deborah (Lionel) Chartrand of Hilo; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.