Obituaries for March 25
James Kaheakamana’ookaleookalani Beckley, 74, of Hilo died Saturday, March 9, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Mauna’ala, The Royal Mausoleum, Nuuanu, Oahu, he was a former teacher and storyteller, among various other jobs. He also served as King Kamehameha Celebration Commissioner for the Island of Hawaii, president and chairman, Ahuena Heiau Inc., and was a member of the Prince David Kawananakoa Civic Club, the Kona Hawaiian Civic Club, Lauhala O Kona, and was parade chairman for the Gatorade Ironman-Triathlon Races. Visitation from 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the Hilo Stake Center, 1373 Kilauea Ave.; Funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Additional services to be held on Oahu. Visitation to be held from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Apr. 1, at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary; Service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 2, at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary; Service at 10:30 a.m.; Burial to follow at noon at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Aloha attire, no flowers. Survived by spouse, Theresa Kalama Beckley; sibling Francis Ohelo; five step-children and spouses; 24 grandchildren; and many uncles, aunties, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.
Kai Kunitomo, 20, of Honolulu and Kona died March 18 at Queen’s Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a student at Honolulu Community College. Visitation from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Kona Hongwanji; Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire, no flowers. Survived by father, Bryan Kunitomo of Kona; mother, Beverly (Bimo) Akiona of Kona; brothers, Kiley (Miho) Nakagawa of Kona, Pono Kunitomo of Kona; sister, Mia Nakagawa of Honolulu; paternal grandparents, Stanley and Gladys Kunitomo of Kona; maternal grandmother, Patsy Adachi of Hilo. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary.
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