James “Kimo” Polani Ahu, 71, of Lower Moa’ula, Ka’u, died May 6 at home. Born in Pahala, he was a retired county Parks and Recreation supervisor and member of Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday, June 2 at Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Kimela Ahu, Dallas (Pocho) Olivera, Laurie Ann Mahelona, Shannon (Rollen) Alcoran and Kaleo (Chris) Alexander; son, Iokepa Ahu; brother, Robert Ahu Jr.; sister, Lorraine Pestano; sister-in-law, Elaine Ahu; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Luella Lou Lei Kama Cunningham, 58, of Pahoa died May 16 at home. Born in Kealakekua, she was a waitress at Queen’s Court Restaurant in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Visitation 10–11 a.m. Saturday, June 2 in the Moku ‘Ola Room at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Celebration of life at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Shan (Tracy) Yoshioka, Kuualoha (Tyson) Macanas and Keala (Jeremy) Enos of Hilo; son, Duane (Christina) Cunningham Jr. of Honolulu; brother, Hollis (Linda) Kama of Hilo; sisters, Emma (Kevin) Correa and Edna Kama of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Sandra Kama of Hilo; brother-in-law, David Cook of Hilo; 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Keida Fukushima, 90, of Hilo, formerly of Hakalau, died May 12 at Hilo Medical Center. He was a retired welder for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. No services. Survived by wife, Setsuko Fukushima of Hilo; son, Ken (Tinamarie) Fukushima of Hilo; sister, Margaret Nicholson of California; three grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Reynold “Pops” Mitoshi Kaetsu, 70, of Hilo died Feb. 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pahala, he was a retired truck driver for Eagle Distributors. Visitation 3-4 p.m. Friday, June 1 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Cynthia Kaetsu of Hilo; son, Reynold Masao Kaetsu of Hilo; daughter, Dr. Raechel (Ben) Torres of New Mexico; brothers, Elmer (Eileen) Yada of Pepeekeo and Melvin (June) Kaetsu of Hakalau; sisters, Florence (Masayuki) Kitamura of Hilo and Elaine (Raymond) Yano of Gardena, Calif.; two grandsons; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Dorothy S. Mayeda, 90, of Hilo died May 5 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a salesperson at Watamulls, a waitress at Hilo Municipal Golf Course restaurant and a homemaker. Visitation 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 3:30 p.m. No koden (monetary gifts). Survived by son, Peter (Jeanne) Okutani of Aiea, Oahu; stepsons, Steven (Allison) Mayeda and Wayne (La Fawn) Mayeda of Hilo; stepdaughters, Loreli (Stevan) Eberhardt of Waimea and Faye (Pono) Young of Waimanalo, Oahu; stepdaughter-in-law, Felicecema Mayeda of Hilo; brothers, Tadao (Sachiko) Kimura of Hiroshima, Japan, and Harry Mitsuru Kimura of Honolulu; 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Darren Takeshi Sakai, 46, of Waikoloa, formerly of Hilo, died May 24 at home. Born in Compton, Calif., he was a key account manager for Coastal Wine & Spirits. Celebration of life and canoe scattering of ashes at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at Anaeho’omalu Bay. No flowers. Contributions to Darren Sakai Trust, P.O. Box 385775, Waikoloa, HI 96738. Survived by wife, Lora Sakai of Waikoloa; parents, Nagao and Fumii Sakai of Kapolei, Oahu; sisters, Barbara (Chris) Miloe of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., and Beverly Sakai-Giddens of Kapolei; brother, Donald Sakai of Aloha, Ore.; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Benjamin Rodrigues, 83, of Hilo, died May 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired seafood cutter for KTA Super Stores. Private services were held. Survived by son, Mark (Kim) Rodrigues of Hilo; brothers, Joseph (Flo) Rodrigues of Florida and Abraham Rodrigues of the mainland; grandson, Sean Rodrigues of Honolulu; granddaughters, Nicole Rodrigues of Hilo and Antoinette Rodrigues of Hilo; and numerous cousins and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.
Henry “Jay” Abraham Kawaakoa, Jr., 44, of Pahoa, died May 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a commercial fisherman and was also a heavy equipment operator for Hamakua Sugar Company, Hawaiian Linen Supply, Loeffler Construction, Puna Certified Nursery, and Kaiulani 4. Memorial service at 12 p.m. June 2 at Pohoiki Beach Park. A potluck luncheon and scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Carolene “Carol” Kawaakoa of Pahoa; son, Hananiah Kawaakoa of Pahoa; daughter, Jaylene Kawaakoa of Pahoa; hanai son, Kainalu L. Kawaakoa; brothers, Peter (Rebecca) Piilani of Alaska, Reuben (Sharon) Piilani of Illinois, Michael (Francine) Gooman of Alaska and Kaiser (Diane) Piilani of Honolulu; sisters, Bobbin (Joe) Poaha of Honolulu, Emerald “Dolly” (Lee Pohaku) Maka of Ohio, Hattie (Alfred, III) Seals of Nevada, Sonja Miranda-Rivas of Nevada, Roxanne (Wayne) Spatz of Nevada and Shannon Kawaakoa of Hilo; hanai brothers, Prescott (Berna) Kawalima of Hilo and John (Lynn) Ramos of Pahoa; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.