Obituaries for May 20
Takeo Tsuji, 91, of Hilo, died May 10 at his home. Born in Kalopa, he was retired from the state Department of Transportation Highways Division. He was also a World War II U.S. Army veteran and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Friends may call from 4-5 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. No koden. No flowers. Survived by daughters, Maureen (Carlton) Young and Kathleen de Silva, both of Hilo; son, Bruce Tsuji of Hilo; sisters, Beatrice (Hikoji) Nakaoka of Honolulu and Ruth Galloway of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Gladys Tanaka of Hilo, Kimie (Miki) Shikuma of Honolulu and Lily (Masami) Inaba of Hilo; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Willie Kapahikaua Kalei, III, 57, of Hilo, died April 21. Born in Fort Dix, N.J., he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, 82d Airborne Division. He also worked as a community builder facilitator for the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, a case manager for the Hilo Family Guidance Center, a youth development specialist for the Salvation Army Family Intervention Services, a men’s anger management facilitator for family crisis shelter, and an irrigation manager for the Ka’u MacNut Farms. He was a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha, the Kamehameha Canoe Club, the Panaewa Hawaiian Homelands Community Association, the Panaewa and Keaukaha Farmers Association, the Panaewa Neighborhood Watch, and the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Hilo. Community service work included the 3rd Circuit Court’s Families in Transition program, the Parent Project, the Kamoleao Laulima Community Resource Center project. He was also a coach for canoe paddling, girls soccer and Pop Warner football. Visitation from 5-6 p.m. Friday at the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, 1407 Kapiolani St, Hilo; celebration of life at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church; memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Scattering of ashes at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 2 at Kamehameha Canoe Club, Hilo. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Donnalyn N. Kalei of Hilo; sons, Trace K. Kalei of Orchidland, William K. Johns of Hilo and Edward M. Johns of Bangkok, Thailand; daughters, Hope N. Kalei of Orchidland, Heather N. Kalei of Waimea and Jacqueline K. Johns of Hilo; mother, Bernadette “Lani” (Erwin) Chase of Hawaiian Paradise Park; brother, Samuel (Kathy) Kalei of Honolulu; sisters, Katherina (Ron) Mendenhall of New Mexico, Mary Francis Kalei of North Carolina, Iwalani Kalei of Hilo and Barbara Jean (Robert) Nesbitt of Hawaiian Acres; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Ty Tsugio Motobu, 53, of Hilo, died April 23 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Hilo, he was a former manager for Consolidated Theaters, Minit Stop and Kamaaina Distribution. Friends may call from 4-5 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Michelle Motobu of Hilo; daughters, Theresa (Bernard) Hay of Mililani, Oahu, and Taya Motobu of Hilo; mother, Chiemi Motobu of Hilo; mother-in-law, Diana Kealoha of Hakalau; sisters, Chana (Paul) Motobu of Fremont, Calif., Mari Motobu of Honolulu; brothers-in-law, Arnold (Thuy) Martines of Honolulu, Nolan (Michelle) Martines of Hilo, Dayton (Brandy) Kealoha of Washington and Brandon Kealoha of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Lori Martines and Leenette (Hawaii) Kealoha, both of Hilo; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Gaile Anne Ermitano Prugh, 60, of Hilo died May 13 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker. A memorial gathering to be held. Survived by daughter, Haunani (Lesly) Ermitano of Puna; brothers, Keith (Rosie) Ermitano of Spokane, Wash. and Glennon Ermitano of Hilo; sisters, Claudia Pine of Haina, Jo-Nell (Gigi) Palacio of Laupahoehoe, Pamela (Billy, Jr.) Kahakua of Mountain View and Sharon (Eric, Sr.) Fontes of Hilo; sister-in-law, Laura Ermitano of Fairfield, Calif.; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Paul M. Imaino, 88, of Hilo died May 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired revenue officer with the Internal Revenue Service and was the owner of Paul Imaino Tax Service. He was a former resident of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. He was also a member of the Japanese Golf Club, Pirates Golf Club, Club Wednesday, National Society of Public Accountants, National Association of Tax Practitioners, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Private family services were held. No flowers and no koden. Survived by wife, Alice Imaino of Hilo; son, Wayne I. (Gay) Imaino of San Jose, Calif.; daughters, Abigail “Binkie” Imaino of California, Janice S. (King) Pon of Hilo and Joyce A. Imaino of Hilo; brothers, Tadashi Imaino of Hilo, George (Lorraine) Imaino of Kent, Wash., Robert (Setsuyo) Imaino of Kaneohe, and Richard K. Imaino of Campbell, Calif.; sister, Violet (Raymond) Mimaki of Hawaii Kai; eight grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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