Obituaries for November 17
Itsuko Sugai, 88, of Hilo died Nov. 5 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center in Hilo. Born in Kohala, she was a retired housekeeper at Hilo Hospital. Private services held. No flowers. No koden. Survived by sons, Ted (Sharon) Sugai and Myles Sugai, both of Hilo; one granddaughter; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Margaret Shizue Ushijima, 86, of Hilo died Nov. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Laupahoehoe, she was a retired attorney. Visitation from 3-4 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Holy Cross (440 W. Lanikaula St.). Celebration of life at 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. No koden. Survived by sister, Katherine Kinue Johnson of San Diego; brothers, Edward Sadao (Edith) Kunishige of Gardena, Calif., and Albert Naomi Kunishige of Coos Bay, Ore.; sister-in-law, Yaeko Kunishige of Hilo; numerous nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Ronald “Bones” “Juju” Futoshi Saiki, Jr., 71, of Keaau died Nov. 3 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired linesman for Hawaii Electric Light Co.. and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Visitation from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo. Funeral service at 4 p.m.; cremation to follow at Dodo Mortuary. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Raymond (Jasmin) Saiki of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Kalani Saiki of Keaukaha, Keala (Carol) Saiki of Arizona, Collin Wasti of Honolulu and Kaipo (Kaysha Mendiola) Saiki of Waiakea Uka; daughter, Renee Saiki Abraham of Keaukaha; step-mother, Donna Saiki of Keaukaha; sisters, Lei Andrade of Hilo and Luana Kawelu of Waiakea Uka; brother, Bo (Millie) Saiki of Hilo; seven grandsons; four granddaughters; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Benjamin “Hamin” Acosta Dela Cruz, 64, of Waimea died Nov. 3 at Hale Ho’ola Hamakua. Born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was a former farm hand for Hirako Farms. Visitation from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Honokaa. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m.; burial to follow at Honokaa Catholic Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by mother, Margarita Dela Cruz of Waimea; brothers, Alfredo (Leticia) Dela Cruz of Papaaloa and Jeff (Liza) Dela Cruz of Waimea; sisters, Clarisa (Vance) Honda of Waimea, Delia (Wilfred) Gaspar of Paauilo, Lucia (Alberto) Gullaba of Washington and Chita (Ryan) Arai of Waimea; seven nephews; 10 nieces; 16 grandnephews and grandnieces; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Harukichi Nakamoto, 79, of Hilo died Nov. 2 at home. Born in Pahala, he was the retired owner of H. Nakamoto Painting Contractor. Private services held. Survived by sons, Derek (Joy) Nakamoto and Dale (Lisa) Nakamoto, both of Hilo; daughters, Lynn Shindo of Hilo and Zina (Troy Perry) Lee of Wailuku; brothers, Michitaka (Daisey) Nakamoto of Hilo and Saneyuki Nakamoto of Maryland; sisters-in-law, Margie Sakata and Helen Nakamoto, both of Honolulu; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Elmer A. Silva, 90, of Hilo died Nov. 7 at the North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, he was a retired transportation services manager with the former Andrews Trucking Co. in Hilo. He was also an Army veteran and a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Friends may call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by burial at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by sons, John T. D’Silva and Robert T. D’Silva, both of Riverside, Calif.; daughter, Mary Ann McMillian of San Antonio; four grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Luana Kanani Holokahi Hook, 72, of Hawi died Oct. 26 at Castle Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Kohala Ward). Visitation at 9 a.m. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Aloha attire. Burial at Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery Park in Kaneohe. Survived by husband, George K.K. Hook of Hawi; sons, Jared (Zaclyn) Hook of Kona, Jeremy (Lara) Hook of Hawi and Jacob (Mary) Hook of Hawi; daughters, Deanne (Jason) Ah Sing of Hawi, Heather Hook of Hawi and Brianne (Philip) Richter of Kaneohe; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
James “Jimmy,” “Uncle Boy” David Kalili, Jr., 64, of Kahaluu, died Sept. 12 at Nakamaru Hale. Born in Honaunau, he was a former state Parks and Recreation maintenance worker, a rock wall mason, professional football player and a little league and high school football coach. Celebration of life from noon-9 p.m. Nov. 24 at Kahaluu Beach Park. For information, call 747-0042. Survived by mother, Mary Kalili of Makaha; sons, Kawika Piko-Kalili of Eugene, Ore., and Kimo (Maile) Piko; daughter, Kalei (Robert Burdman) Kalili-Burdman of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Stephen (Paula) Kalili of Makaha, Fabian (Pearl) Kalili of Honolulu, Sebastian (Pua) Kalili of Waimea and Jerome (Sonya) Kalili of Honaunau; sister, Anela (Douglas) Kalaiwaa of Salt Lake City; 16 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Edison Akina, 53, of Mountain View, died Nov. 6. He was born in Honolulu. Private services held. Survived by spouse, Sharon Ka‘ahu; mothers, Valerie Sephton and Betty Akina; father, Lot Loka Akina; daughter, Valerie (David) Ka‘ahu; brothers, Lloyd (Debrah) Akina, Russell Akina, Lot Loka (Kim) Akina III, Troy (Kaui) Oliveira and James (Christine) Sephton Jr.; sisters, Jacqueline (Tom) Cline, Kimeberly (Micheal) Ullrich and Jennifer Boatwright; one grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
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