Obituaries for June 30
Marcelino “Celine” H. Altura, 84, of Honokaa died June 24 at home. Born in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a cover seed tractor operator for the former Honokaa Sugar Co. and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 5 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honoka. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at the church. Mass at 10 a.m.; Mass at 10 a.m. Burial at Honokaa Catholic Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Trinidad Yadao Altura of Honokaa; sons, Reynaldo (Amanda) Altura of California and Ronald Altura of Honokaa; five grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Steven Barro, 52, of Naalehu died June 19 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Pahala, he was a lunch wagon and restaurant owner, U.S. Navy veteran and member of Naalehu Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at Naalehu Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial at Naalehu Community Cemetery. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by son, Blake Barro of Honolulu; parents, Phillip and Loretta Barro of Waiohinu; brothers, Stewart Barro of Alaska and Anthony Barro of Waiohinu; sisters, Debbie Gacayan of Nevada and Liane (Willy) Kilmede of Waimea; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
John Marcellus Kaleiopu, 89, of Keaau died June 14 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired electrician for Dole Cannery on Oahu and former deacon and usher at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Kaimuki, Oahu. Services held. Survived by daughter, Prudence Tomimatsu of Hilo; sons, Timothy (Rose) Kaleiopu and Robin (Keiko) Kaleiopu of Oahu; three grandsons and two great-granddaughters. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Jerry Kuuleialoha “Indian” Kamalii, 60, of Hilo died June 5 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a former field worker for Oneloa Papaya Co. Services held. Celebration of life to be announced. Survived by brothers, Harry K. (Norma) Kamalii Jr., Henry K. Kamalii and Barry K. Kamalii of Hilo; sisters, Leatrice L. Kamalii, Marilyn M. Kamalii and Jolana L. (Ryan Fukui) Colobong of Hilo; one aunt; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Loren Hiromu Mochida, 66, of Keaau, died June 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honokaa, he was director of agricultural operations for W.H. Shipman Ltd., a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran and member of Puna Hongwanji Mission, Waiakea Lions Club, Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawaii, Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, Big Island Bird Hunters Club and Keaau Ag Lots Community Association. Visitation 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Ann Mochida of Keaau; son, Mark (Jeanette) Mochida of Mililani, Oahu; mother, Margaret Mochida of Honokaa; brothers, Aldon (Susan) Mochida of Wailuku, Maui, and Ivan (Stephanie Lee) Mochida of Paukaa; sisters-in-law, June (Gary) Hiraki and Kathryn (Rodney Chinen) Mochida of Hilo; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Trina Kuuleilani Rocha, 36, of Waimea died June 18 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Kohala, she was a deli manager at Healthways II and member of Annunciation Catholic and the Mana Christian churches. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea. Mass at 10 a.m. Luncheon and fellowship 3 p.m. at Kamehameha State Park in Kohala. Casual attire; lei welcome. Survived by companion, Fred Peals of Waimea; parents, Sonia (Galigo) and Stanford Rocha of Kapaau; brother, Tony Rocha of Las Vegas; sister, Sandi Rocha of Kapaau; maternal grandmother, Belina Galigo of Waimea; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Katsuko “Helen” Otani, 97, of Hilo died June 10 at her residence. Born in Puunene, Maui, she was a retired papaya packer for the former Mr. Papaya Company. She was a member of the Hilo Hooganji Mission, “Club 50” Seniors Bowling League, and Kaumana Mauka Kumiai. Private services held. No flowers. No koden. Survived by son, George (Lei) Otani of Hilo; daughter, Pearl Yoshie Lueftner of Hilo; brothers, Robert (Jean) Ishihara and Richard (Michiko) Ishihara, both of Oahu; sisters, Thelma Botelho, Lillian Ho and Sue Tanabe, each of Oahu; daughter-in-law, Jean Otani of Hilo; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Joseph “Joe” Anthony Nieves, Jr., 23, of Hilo died June 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a cook for Don’s Grill. Private services held. Survived by mother, Cassandra Lokelani Cho; sister, Au’tumn Cho-Kikau; brother, Melvin Kikau, Jr.; grandparents, Marciana and Kenneth Armstrong, and George Cho; great-grandmother, Jeanny Cho; fiance, Maria Salmeron; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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