Archive for July 25th, 2010

Mary Ann Baybado

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July 20, 2010
Mary Ann Baybado, 58, of Lahaina, a Lahaina District Court judicial clerk, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Ronald; son Justin; daughter Jana Boteilho; brothers Jorge Jr., Melvin and Marcy Martinez; sisters Fely Martinez and Ivey Jo Akuna; and a grandchild. Visitation: 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church in Lahaina. Mass: 7 p.m. Thursday. Burial: 11 a.m. Friday at Maui Veterans Cemetery.

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Juan Castillo Bermundo

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July 11, 2010
Juan Castillo Bermundo, 81, of Kaneohe, a Construction & General Laborers Union Local No. 368 construction laborer, died. He was born in Talipuge, Santa Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is survived by wife Lilia; stepson Bernard Kiyabu; daughter Jeanette Browning; stepdaughters Bella Kope and Ivy Fernandez; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Esther L. Chu

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July 15, 2010
Esther L. Chu, 91, of Honolulu, a retired Board of Cooperative Educational Services senior staff psychologist in Westchester County, N.Y., died in Honolulu. She was born in Beijing. She is survived by sons the Rev. Ernest D. and Dr. James A. Chu and two grandchildren. Services held. Incorrect information given in an obituary Friday.

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Ernesta E. Coloma

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July 11, 2010
Ernesta E. Coloma, 89, of Hilo, formerly of Laupahoehoe, died in Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. She was born in Sinait, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by sons Dr. Carmelito Arkangel Jr. and Clint Coloma; daughters Maleen Martin, Bernadette Redding and Michele Nako; brothers Bill, Donald and Lee Enriques; sister Pat Goss; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation: 4:30 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Laupahoehoe. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Urn committal to follow at church cemetery. Casual attire.

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Thelma Duarte

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July 15, 2010
Thelma Duarte, 80, of Kaneohe, a Hale Nani Nursing Home nurse’s aide, died. She was born in Puna, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Richard; son Joseph; daughter Jan Teves; sister Debra; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery.

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LOIS MARIE FRASER

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In Loving Memory

LOIS MARIE FRASER

Lois Marie Fraser a graduate of the U. of Conn., and a Physical Therapist in Honolulu for 45 years passed away on Jan. 4, 2010.
She was so loved. Her kindness, caring, and dedication touched many people.
She donated her body to the Univ. of Hawaii Medical School.
Her ashes will be interred with her parents at City Memorial Cemetery at a later date.

MATSUE NAKAYA FURUTANI

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MATSUE NAKAYA FURUTANI

Age 93 of Makaweli, Kauai passed away on July 15, 2010. She was born on June 8, 1917 in Makaweli. She was a retired housekeeper for
the late Selwyn Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband Takeshi “Punchy” Furutani. She was also predeceased by her parents Ensaburo and Kane (Yamamoto) Nakaya, as well as her siblings: Choshi (Mitsuyo Yokoyama) Nakaya; Takeo (Helen Koga) Nakaya; Asato (Tsukie Matsumoto) Nakaya; Kazue Nakaya; Umeyo (Tameyoshi) Takaki; Yoshiko (Sakae) Osaki; Masako “Alice” (Elmer F.) Olson; and Kikue (Tamotsu) Kunishige.

She is survived by daughter Edith (Hamid) Shams of New Jersey and
sons Henry (Rachel Maeda) Furutani of Lihue and Carl (Laurie
Kamishita) of Kaneohe. Her six grandchildren are: Marissa (Jeffrey) White of Stuttgart, Germany; Nicole Shams of Brooklyn, NY; Marci Furutani of St Louis, MO; Shelly (Joseph) Cassler of Honolulu; Jamie Furutani of Kaneohe and Kelsie Furutani of Fort Collins, CO. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation at 2:00 PM Sunday. August 1, 2010 at the Waimea Honpa Hongwanji with service at 3:00 PM. Casual attire is suggested and flowers omitted.

GEORGE “BUCK” WOODSON ASHFORD, JR.

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GEORGE “BUCK” WOODSON ASHFORD, JR.
July 22, 2010

George “Buck” Ashford, Jr., well known attorney, beloved father, and loyal friend to many in Hawaii’s legal, sailing and tennis communities, died July 22, 2010 at Queens Hospital in his 75th year. As an extraordinary advocate, friend and mentor, Buck was larger than life. He changed many, many people’s lives. He will be remembered for fighting tirelessly for truth and justice and was always willing to lend a hand to everyone who needed help.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, daughters Kathryn Nichols, Lisa Solberg, Robyn Lanman, Georgianne Faucette, and Maile McPherson, sons Michael McPherson, George W. Ashford III, Michael Ashford, brother Ned Ashford, sister Betsy Huckins, and 17 grandchildren.

A gathering to remember Buck will commence at 10:00 a.m. with light refreshments and program of remembrance at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 28th at the Kaneohe Yacht Club. Details @ www.caringbridge.org/visit/buckashford

Clarence Francis Cordeiro Jr.

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July 14, 2010
Clarence Francis Cordeiro Jr., 58, of Kahakuloa, Maui, a former Pukalani Chevron manager and mechanic, died in Kahului. He was born in Puunene. He is survived by parents Clarence and Hattie Sr.; sons William and Joseph Perreira; daughter Kimberly; brother Alan; sister Barbara Kahoohanohano; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Thursday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Thomas Tomiyoshi Kawano

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July 18, 2010
Thomas Tomiyoshi “Tom” Kawano, 94, of Waimea, Hawaii, a founder of Tom Kawano Inc., died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was born in Hiroshima, Japan. He is survived by wife Amy; sons Wendell and Ray; sister Harriet Iwai; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 4 p.m. Thursday at Kamuela Hongwanji Mission. Services: 5 p.m. Casual attire. In lieu of monetary offerings or flowers, donations suggested to North Hawaii Community Hospital, 67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea, HI 96743.

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JOANN “AUNTY JO” G. KILAR-SHIMONO

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary
Mauka Chapel

JOANN “AUNTY JO” G. KILAR-SHIMONO

Age 62, of Mililani, Hawaii, passed away July 2, 2010 in Aiea. Born April 5, 1948 in Aiea, Oahu. She was a good and faithful servant of the Lord and a loving, nurturing wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, aunty, sister, and friend. She has risen to join her beloved son, Corey Y. Onaka.

She is survived by husband, Michael M. Shimono; son, Paul J.M. Onaka; daughters, Elgine M. Onaka and Kerry M. Onaka; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brothers, Earl (Trudy) Kilar, Glenn (Pua) Ayau; sisters, Barbara Aguiar, Renee Ayau-Tyler, Jamie Ayau; mother, Mildred Chaves Ayau.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Thursday (July 29) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Flowers Welcome.

ALVIN SHIGERU KIRA

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary

ALVIN SHIGERU KIRA

Age 58, of Honolulu, HI, passed away July 10, 2010. Born May 7, 1952 in Honolulu. He was an estimator for A Glass Co; also an avid golfer.

He is survived by wife, Mihee Kira; sons, Carlon (Im) Kira, Jamey (Devonnee) Kira; daughters, Stacie Kira, Jennalyn Kira; mother, Shizuko Kira; brother, Wesley (Christine) Kira; 4 grandchildren.

Private services were held.

Caroline Kalama De Lima

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July 20, 2010
Caroline Kalama De Lima, 93, of Kahului, a homemaker, died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Abner K., John K. and Ashford K.; daughters Erma L. Tanigawa and Carol-Marie Ka’onohi Lee; 14 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park.

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David Van De Loop

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July 18, 2010
David “Dutch” Van De Loop, 61, of Wahiawa, a warehouse technician, died in Wahiawa. He was born in Racine, Wis. He is survived by mother Rosemary Vandeloop; brothers Jeffrey, Thomas and Curtis Vandeloop; and sisters Victoria, Nancy, Andrea, Angela and Mary Vandeloop. Services: 2 p.m. today at Kaiona Beach Park, Waimanalo. Scattering of ashes to follow. Aloha attire. Incorrect information given in an obituary yesterday.

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KAM SUNG TOM, M.D.

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Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, LLC

KAM SUNG TOM, M.D. – Physician and Author

Kam Sung Tom, M.D. passed away of natural causes on July 3, 2010. He was born on December 9,1915, to Tom Young and Tom Au Mew-Ngan. He was the eldest son and one of ten children. He graduated from St. Louis College in 1932 and earned degrees from the University of Hawaii in 1937 and Loyola University School of Medicine in 1939. He received his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology in Chicago at Cook County and the University of Illinois Research and Educational Hospitals. After finishing training in 1944, he volunteered and served with the US Seventh Army in Europe.

He returned to Honolulu to start his medical practice in 1946. He was the first Asian-American certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the first formally trained obstetrician and gynecologist to practice in Hawaii. In 1949 he married Marjorie Chun-Hoon, and together they raised four sons. They both loved entertaining, and their guests included military personnel, politicians, visiting physicians, students, and family and friends. He enjoyed golf at the Waialae Country Club.

He was an Emeritus Professor at the University of Hawaii Schools of Medicine, served as a consultant for Tripler US Army Hospital, and was a member of numerous civic and professional organizations. Among his many achievements was the establishment of a residency program in OB-GYN at Kapiolani Medical Center, being elected President of the Honolulu County Medical Association, being recipient of the Stritch Medal from Loyola University School of Medicine, and being honored as the 2001 Model Chinese Father of the Year.

Perhaps his greatest achievement, and the one for which he may be most remembered, was being author of the book, “Echoes from Old China”. With the publication of the book, which was recommended reading at at least one prestigious university, he fulfilled a life long dream of passing on and keeping alive the traditions and culture of China.

He is survived by four sons, Lawrence, Douglas, Allen, and Curtis; seven grandchildren; one brother, William; and two sisters, Gladys Chun and Helen Yee.

Services were private. Donations suggested to Hawaii Chinese History Center; Kapiolani Health Foundation, OB-GYN Residency Program; Palolo Chinese Home; and University of Hawaii Foundation, OB-GYN Residence Research Day #125-2720-4 – In memory of Dr. Kam Sung Tom.

HANAKO “MAY” MATSUMOTO

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary
Makai Chapel

HANAKO “MAY” MATSUMOTO

Age 94, of Waialua, HI, passed away July 14, 2010 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born April 16, 1916 in Waialua, HI. She was a retired sales clerk from Coronet in Wahiawa.

She is survived by sons, Carl (Harriet) Matsumoto, Ivan (Harriet) Matsumoto; daughters, Frances (Alfred) Infante, Gail (Clifford) Mikami; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marion (Sadao) Isobe, Betty Yamamoto; nieces & nephews.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (July 28) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Memorial service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

Hanako Matsumoto

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July 14, 2010
Hanako “May” Matsumoto, 94, of Waialua, a retired Coronet sales clerk in Wahiawa, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Waialua. She is survived by sons Carl and Ivan; daughters Frances Infante and Gail Mikami; sisters Marion Isobe and Betty Yamamoto, 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Pansy Wiwo’ole Hua Medeiros

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July 2, 2010
Pansy Wiwo’ole Hua Medeiros, 80, of Honaunau, Hawaii, a Honokua Post Office postmaster, Kona Ohana Poi co-founder, C and P Farms co-founder and lauhala weaver for the former Machado Store, died in Kona Community Hospital. She was born in Honaunau. She is survived by sons Solomon Alani and Clarence Jr., Lolana, Jim and David Medeiros; daughters Lorna Takizawa and Violet Mamac; brother George Hua; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Friday at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Honaunau. Visitation: 8 a.m. Saturday at the church. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial to follow in church cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Robert Kealaikahiki Mossman

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June 25, 2010
Robert Kealaikahiki Mossman, 73, of Waianae, a retired Honolulu Fire Department firefighter, died in Lahaina. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Priscilla K.; sons Bowe H. and Blade K.; daughters Lisa W. Akee and Leslie K. and Desiniel M. Mossman; brothers Bruce, Stephen, Dee, Jon and Francis; sisters Lalani Segool, Kehaulani Akiona, Kim Lan Simmons-Conan, Sui Lan Holland and Jo Ann Jackson; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 3 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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MR. ALLEN MASAMI NAKAMURA

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MR. ALLEN MASAMI NAKAMURA
July 18, 2010

Allen Masami Nakamura, 89, of Honolulu, who retired from Meadow Gold Dairies and American Mutual Underwriters passed away peacefully.

Survived by daughter Cynthia Medeiros, sons Randal and Lloyd, sisters Tsuruko Tamura Machiye Shinzawa, and 4 Grandchildren.

He was a member of the DAV, 442nd Veterans, Company L and the UH Aha Hui O Koa Anuenue.

Visitation from 3pm Monday, July 26 services at 4pm at Hosoi Mortuary. Casual attire. No Flowers.

Gayle Leinaala Nishimura

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July 16, 2010
Gayle Leinaala Nishimura, 61, of Lahaina died at home. She was born in Puunene, Maui. She is survived by husband Norman; son Nory; daughter Jade Jackman; brother Gary Vasconcellos; and three grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m.

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BRUCE W.K. PEDRO

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary
Makai Chapel

BRUCE W.K. PEDRO

Age 41, of Wahiawa, Hawaii, passed away July 10, 2010 in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Born February 14, 1969 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He’ll be remembered as an excellent cook.

He is survived by father, Aneti Pedro, Sr.; grandmother, Gladys Clark; brothers, Aneti (Joyce) Pedro, Jr., Jon (Sara) Pedro of Kona, James Pedro; sisters, Diane Pedro of Lihue, Sania (Kaulana) Renaud of Lihue, Senetima Pedro; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation 9:00 a.m. Wednesday (July 28) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Service 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers Welcome.

FRANCISCO LOPEZ SOMERA

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary
Mauka Chapel

FRANCISCO
LOPEZ SOMERA

Age 80, of Waipahu, Hawaii, passed away June 30, 2010 in Waipahu. Born December 3, 1929 in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Retired steward from Hilton Hawaiian Village; member of Cabugao Sons & Daughters of Hawaii and Sto. Domingo Association of Hawaii.

He is survived by wife, Herminia Tagata Somera; daughter, Emyrose (Dionel) Abara; sons, Manolito (Corazon) Somera, Richard Somera; 5 grandchildren.

Visitation 6-9 p.m. Wednesday (July 28) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Thursday (July 29) at St. Joseph Catholic Church; (94-675 Farrington Hwy) Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Dionicio Sarme Sr.

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July 21, 2010
Dionicio “Don” Sarme Sr., also known as “Brother Don the Fisherman,” 80, of Waimea, Hawaii, a commercial fisherman, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel security guard, Hale Kea cook and Army veteran who served in Korean War, died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Martha; sons Mark L., Chech Jr. and Russell; hanai son Anthony Alego; hanai daughter Wanda Milar; stepdaughter Luana Keanaaina and Livia Graef; brothers Joseph “Sep” and Manuel “Manning”; sisters Jovita Cox, Mary Kagawa and Sue Aranado; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.

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Lolita B. St. Sure

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July 22, 2010
Lolita B. St. Sure, 84, of Wailuku, a retired waitress, died in Hale Makua Health Services, Wailuku. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by daughters Uilani Carpio and Joy-Ann Baker; and five grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Valley Isle Memorial Park in Haiku.

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CHARLES W. VAUSE

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CHARLES W. VAUSE

Age 82, born August 19, 1927, passed away on July 10, 2010 at Hawaii Hospice in Palolo. He was an Army Veteran, a retired Honolulu Fire Department Captain and a retired USDA employee. He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara; 2 sons, Charles Jr. (Wendy), and Scot Vause; 1 sister, Eunice of Benicia, CA.; 2 grand-children, 2 great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday July 29, 2010 at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Visitation from 9:00 – 10:15 AM; service to follow from 10:15 to 11:00 AM. Inurnment to be held at 1:00 PM at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Casual Attire.

MICHAEL TATSUSO YAMAMOTO

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MICHAEL TATSUSO YAMAMOTO
June 6, 1940 to June 10, 2010

Michael T. Yamamoto, 70, passed away June 10, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM, where he resided for the past 11 years. He was born June 7, 1940 to Jack and Irene Yamamoto in Honolulu, HI. He taught science and mathematics at Campbell High School before being recruited as a research assistant and technician at the University of Hawaii Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Michael retired as the owner of Innoventions II. After retirement, he seriously began his writing career by contributing articles to a publication for home shop machinists. He also authored several books including “Waipahu … Recollections from a Sugar Plantation Community in Hawaii” in 2005 and “Teaching Me to Teach Myself: What Every Education Should Include” in 2007. One of Michael’s favorite hobbies was oil painting. He enjoyed and specialized in painting Southwestern desert scenes. Another favorite hobby was inventing things; he constantly tinkered in his home shop on metal-working projects.

Michael is survived by his wife Karen of Albuquerque, NM, son Scott of Eugene, OR, and daughter Kelly of Oakland, CA. He is also survived by his aunt Nina Sylva of Aiea, Hi, and cousins Randall Sylva of Houston, TX and Neal Sylva of Kapolei, HI.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Kalihi Union Church, 2214 North King Street. Casual attire. No flowers, please. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to either Hawaii’s Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu Street, Waipahu, HI 96797 or to a favorite charity.

MICHAEL TATSUSO YAMAMOTO

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MICHAEL TATSUSO YAMAMOTO
June 6, 1940 to June 10, 2010

Michael T. Yamamoto, 70, passed away June 10, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM, where he resided for the past 11 years. He was born June 7, 1940 to Jack and Irene Yamamoto in Honolulu, HI. He taught science and mathematics at Campbell High School before being recruited as a research assistant and technician at the University of Hawaii Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Michael retired as the owner of Innoventions II. After retirement, he seriously began his writing career by contributing articles to a publication for home shop machinists. He also authored several books including “Waipahu … Recollections from a Sugar Plantation Community in Hawaii” in 2005 and “Teaching Me to Teach Myself: What Every Education Should Include” in 2007. One of Michael’s favorite hobbies was oil painting. He enjoyed and specialized in painting Southwestern desert scenes. Another favorite hobby was inventing things; he constantly tinkered in his home shop on metal-working projects.

Michael is survived by his wife Karen of Albuquerque, NM, son Scott of Eugene, OR, and daughter Kelly of Oakland, CA. He is also survived by his aunt Nina Sylva of Aiea, Hi, and cousins Randall Sylva of Houston, TX and Neal Sylva of Kapolei, HI.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Kalihi Union Church, 2214 North King Street. Casual attire. No flowers, please. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to either Hawaii’s Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu Street, Waipahu, HI 96797 or to a favorite charity.


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