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Obituaries for October 9

George Iwao Arai, 84, of Hilo died Sept. 24 at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Papaikou, he worked at the former Dole Cannery on Oahu, former Paramount Grill and was a U.S. Army veteran. Private services. No flowers; no koden. Survived by sisters, Tsuruko Daimaru of Hilo, Evelyn (Hiroshi) Inouye of Paukaa; brother, Herbert (Setsuko) Arai of Kaneohe, Oahu; sister-in-law, Susan Arai of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Mary Jane “Jana” Ballesteros, 77, of Honokaa died Sept. 24 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Kalopa, she was a retired custodian for Honokaa High and Intermediate School, a member of the Red Hat Society at Hale Hoola Hamakua and a board member of the Resident Council at Hale Hoola Hamakua. Friends may call 10-11 a.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; funeral at 11 a.m.; burial to follow at Honokaa County Cemetery. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by husband, Benjamin Ballesteros of Paauhau; daughters, Jackie Belanio of Honokaa, Sylvia (John) Yadao of Paauilo, Beryl Ann (Wernher) Acido of Spanaway, Wash., Audra (Charlie) Silvano of Kalopa; brothers, Felix (Loretta) Embernate and Robert (Julie) Embernate of Honokaa, Franklin (Leilani) Embernate of Kailua-Kona, Rudy Embernate of Waikoloa; sister, Linda (Kazu) Takamine of Honokaa; sister-in-law, Geraldine Embernate of Hilo; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Kanae Inouye Kita, 87, of Hawi died Sept. 30 at home. Born in Waimea, she was a retired housekeeper for the former Westin Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, proprietress of the former Kita Store in Hawi and member of the Hawi Jodo Mission. Friends may call 3-4 p.m. Sunday at the Hawi Jodo Mission; memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by son, Ken (Michelle) Kita of Hawi; daughter, Clorinda Herron of Kailua-Kona; brother, Larry (Amy) Inouye of Waimea; sisters-in-law, Elsie Inouye of Honolulu, Janet Inouye of Las Vegas; three grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Kunio “Naka” Nakahara, 83, of Hilo died Sept. 28 at Pohai Malama Hospice Facility. Born March in Olaa, he was a retired plan designer from Hawaii Electric Light Co., a retired sergeant first class with the Hawaii Army National Guard and member of Puna Hongwanji Mission, Big Island National Guard Retirees Association and Hauoli Community Association. Private services. No koden; no flowers. Survived by wife, Terumi Nakahara of Hilo; daughter, Glynis (Van Okamura) Nakahara of San Francisco; brothers, Sueo Nakahara of Laurel, Md., Shigeru Nakahara of Westminster, Calif., Jitsuo (Pat) Nakahara of Bothell, Wash.; sister, Fumie Sayegusa of Torrance, Calif.; brothers-in-law, Koae Fuse of Kurtistown, Hisashi (Alice) Oshiba of Irvine, Calif., Masaaki Oshiba and Yoshito Oshiba of Hilo, Edward (Helen) Oshiba of Harbor City, Calif.; two grandchildren, Malia and Ruby; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


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