Oliver “Ollie” J. Amend, 85, of Hilo died Wednesday, Oct. 23, at home. Born in Seward, Alaska, he was a milkman, worked construction and was on the Seward Volunteer Fire Dept., Ambulance Corp. and City Council. He also served as maintenance facilitator overseer at New Hope Christian Fellowship. Visitation Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hilo, followed by a memorial service and celebration of life at 11 a.m. Survived by wife, Cecelia Amend of Hilo; daughter, Nancy (Randy) Amend of Alaska; son, Oliver Jr. (Sarah) Amend of Alaska; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family at New Hope. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Pa‘ani Edward Armstrong, 40, of Hilo died Oct. 6 in Kailua. Born in Honolulu. Celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 17 at the Armstrong residence, 916 Komohana Drive in Hilo. Survived by mother, Dannette Manlani Armstrong; and sister, Nanea Armstrong Wassel.
Wan Tian Huang, 99, of Hilo died Thursday, Oct. 17, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in China. Visitation from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo; Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima Section. Survived by daughters, Shun Fun Wong Woo of Honolulu and Shun Nuen Wong Leung of Hilo; son, Shun Kwan (Yuk Wah Li) Wong of Hilo; daughters-in-law, Yan Ying Chen of Hilo and Miao Yee Tong of Honolulu; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.
Chandler (Lani) Kahawai, 52, of Santa Fe, N.M., died Sunday, Oct. 27. Born in Hilo, he worked with the U.S. Post Office. Services to be held Thursday. Condolence line will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by services starting at 1 p.m. at the Santa Fe Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1352 San Juan Drive, Santa Fe, NM, 87505. Burial to be held at 3 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM, 87501. Reception to follow burial at the Santa Fe Vineyard Christian Fellowship. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested for his wife to help defray funeral costs: Debbie Kahawai, 29 Calle Prado, Santa Fe, NM, 87507. Survived by wife, Debbie Kahawai of Santa Fe, N.M.; sons, Paul (Melissa) Lopez, Chandler Kahawai, Joshua Kahawai and Jordan Kahawai; daughter, Janelle Lopez; four grandchildren; father, Charles Kahawai of Hawaii; father-in-law, Paul R. (Grace) Nuanes; siblings, Charlene (Yoshi) Inouye, Carl (Ahulani) Kahawai, Chanley (Kelly) Kahawai, Anthony (Patricia) Moya, Stanley (Priscilla) Moya, Andrew (Marina) Nuanes, Richard Nuanes, Arnold Moya; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Kahawai, Sylvia Nuanes, Lori Nuanes, Bea Nuanes and Anna Moya; Hawaiian sister Kalani (Bill) Hawn; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Norma Marion Kekuluiki (Auwae) Kema, 71, of Hilo died Monday, Oct. 21, at home. Born in Keaukaha, she was a homemaker and member of Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha. Visitation from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo; Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, Keaukaha; Funeral Mass at noon; Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Section 7. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Norman Kema of Keaukaha; sons, Kealii (Ulu) Vincent of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Jon Paul Keala Vincent of Las Vegas, Nev.; hanai son, Jeremy (Michelle) Hough of Hawaii Kai, Oahu; hanai daughter, Kuuipo (Willy) Ganal of Keaau; sisters, Maile Mauhili of Keaukaha, Henrietta (John) Miranda of Keaukaha, Jewellyn Mary Leialoha of Panaewa, Leilani Balai of Waianae, Oahu, Charlotte (Bano) Keo-Tadlas of Las Vegas, Nev., and Rae Awai of Hilo; brothers, Henry (Geri) Auwae of Sacramento, Calif., Allen (Riva) Auwae of Gresham, Ore., Marks Auwae of Hilo, Duane Auwae of Hilo, Charles Auwae of Hilo and Ronald (Judy) Auwae Sr. of Waikoloa; brother-in-law, James Kimo (Lorene) Hough of Hilo; five grandsons; four granddaughters; five great-grandsons; four great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.
Irene D. Minor, 94, of Hilo died Saturday, Oct. 12, at Pohai Malama Hospice of Hilo. Born in Lowell, Mass., she was one of the first “Winnie the Welders” and “Rosie the Riveters” at the Fore River Shipyard in Boston. She was a sergeant in the Woman’s Army Corps. (WACS) in Europe during WWII. She was also the member of the American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hilo Elks Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, Hawaii Humane Society and past president of the Hilo Woman’s Club. Memorial service to be held at the Church of The Holy Apostles on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Visitation at 10 a.m., service at 10:30 am. Survived by sons, Edward Jr. (Sally) Minor of New York, David Minor of Hilo; daughter, Andrea Minor of Nevada; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Casual attire. No flowers. Donations may be made to Hospice of Hilo, Shriners Hospital for crippled children or the Hawaii Humane Society. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.
Bartholomew Allen Mwarey, 30, of Takotna, Alaska, died Oct. 22 in Alaska. Born in Hilo, he was a self-employed handyman. Friends may call from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church; Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by father, Bartol Mwarey of Metlakatla, Alaska; mother, Serelina Mersai Mwarey of Pahoa; brothers, Richard Mwarey of Kona, James Avey of Pahoa; sisters, Serena Mwarey of Pahoa, Elena Snodgrass, Delayna Mwarey, Mandilea Oyagak-Mwarey, and Lianna Mwarey, all of Metlakatla, Alaska; numerous stepbrothers, stepsisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.