Obituaries for March 31
Rosita Bareng Acia, 74, of Keaau died March 25 at home. Born in Olaa, she was a retired cafeteria worker for Hilo High School. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Graveside service 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4 at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2, section A. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Anthony (Jeanine) Acia of Kurtistown, Joey Acia and Emelio Acia III of Keaau; daughter, Rose L. Rose of Kahului, Maui; brothers, Venancio (Judy) Laguisan and Ernest Laguisan of Oahu; sisters, Esther (James) Hodges of Dothan, Ala., Julieta Blufuss of Minnesota and Margaret Laguisan of Oahu; hanai sons, Jason Liwai and Shane Madriaga of Kurtistown; brother-in-law, Frank (Susan) Acia of Maui; sisters in-law, Rosemarie Torres of Mountain View and Margie (Domingo) Bachiller of Hilo; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Charlotte Ewalani Malendres, 68, of Orchidland died March 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kapoho, she was a Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co. retiree and member of Sure Foundation Church. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 7 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by son, Blaine “Kalani” (Charla) Malendres of Orchidland; daughter, Charlene P. Malendres of Hilo; hanai son, Kupono (Jan) Kaluna of Waikoloa; brothers, Herbert (Bonnie) Kaluna Jr. of Arizona, Eugene (Gloria) Kaluna of Hilo and Charles (Lyndette) Kaluna of Honolulu; hanai brother, Wesley (Barbara) Kobayashi of Hawaiian Beaches; sisters, Caroline (Achi) Ahin and Kathleen (Solomon) Paio of Pahoa; sister-in-law, Maxine Kaluna of Waikoloa; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Neri Taalolo Faamaligi Moevao, 47, of Hilo died March 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in American Samoa, he was a Neighborhood Place of Puna community outreach worker, substitute public school teacher, co-owner of Triple Threat Fights, volunteer boxing judge, MMA trainer and matchmaker. Celebration of life 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Liliuokalani Park. Oahu celebration of life 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Waimanalo Beach Park Pavilion. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Lovina Moevao of Hilo; daughter, Nerissa Moevao of Hilo; stepsons, Keelan Garcia and Loran Colon of Oahu; sister, Fualilia (Siala) Taito of Oahu; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Moses “Moke” Patrick Rodrigues, 49, of Paauilo died March 17 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, he was a Parker Ranch heavy equipment operator and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8-9:30 a.m. Friday, April 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park lehua section. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Roberta Rodrigues of Paauilo; daughter, Hailey Rodrigues of Paauilo; mother, Rita Rodrigues of Paauilo; sisters, Elaine (Jerry) Carvalho of Hilo and Eloise Rodrigues of Paauilo; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Sadamu Tsubota, 92, of Pahoa died Feb. 20 at Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Pahoa, he was a business owner, including S. Tsubota Inc., the former Puna Tavern and “Drip n Dry” laundromat, manager of Singer Sewing in Hilo and Kapaa, Kauai, a World War II U.S. Army interpreter for Military Intelligence Service and member of Puna Lions Club, Puna Hongwanji Mission, Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai, Kyu Pahoa Kumiai, Pahoa Senior YBA, East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, and Hilo Interpreters Club. Visitation 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by son, Russell (Nancie) Tsubota of Tempe, Ariz.; daughters, Suzan (Clyde) Nakashima of Las Vegas and Hazelynn (Roy) Amano of Hilo; brothers, Teruto (Kiyoko) Tsubota and Katsushi “Duce” (Haruko) Tsubota of Okinawa, Japan; sister, Tatsuko Hayashikawa of Pahoa; brother-in-law, Harold (Sharla) Kamoto of Kaimuki, Oahu; sister-in-law, Doris Shimizu of Honolulu; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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