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Paul Lincoln Akana

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Aug. 28, 2010
Paul Lincoln Akana, 72, of Waimea, Kauai, a heavy equipment operator, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Waimea. He is survived by brother Kaipo; sisters Gwen Kawewehi and Harriet Char; stepchildren Leiko, Renee, Natalie, Jared and Macy; and six grandchildren. Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Saturday in Waimea (on the left side of Waimea by the sea) on the beach. Private burial at a later date.

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Karla Hesser Anderson

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Aug. 30, 2010
Karla Hesser Anderson, 71, of Kaneohe, a retired American Airlines supervisor, died. She was born in Ludwingshafen, Germany. She is survived by brothers Dr. Karl, Bernard and Norbert; and sister Alma Ching. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Nelles Chapel, Hickam Air Force Base. Graveside inurnment services to follow at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Victorino Pasion Bayudan

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Aug. 8, 2010
Victorino Pasion “Victor” Bayudan, 93, of Waipahu, a Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. retiree, died in Waipahu. He was born in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by son Segundino; daughters Paulina Pasion, Erlinda Verceluz Sr. and Lourdes Delos Santos; brother Bernardo; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary- Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 94-675 Farrington Highway, Waipahu. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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RACHEL B. CHUN

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RACHEL MEW YEE BOW CHUN

On the morning of August 31st, 2010, Rachel Mew Yee Bow Chun left home early in the morning to buy some green onions. She needed them to make Chinese pancakes for her sister, Margaret. Despite being in perfect health for her age, Rachel was suddenly taken by a heart-attack while waiting in her car at a stoplight. She passed instantly and without suffering. She left this world doing what she loved-driving to town on an errand for someone she loved.

Rachel Mew Yee Bow was born September 16th, 1923, to parents Chew Dung Bow and Ah On Lum Bow. With her brother, and four sisters Rachel grew up in a small home in Kalihi. Rachel was raised to be humble and without pretension and these qualities forever defined her personality. In 1942 she graduated from Farrington high-school and took a job in the office of the Hawaiian Gas Company. She worked there until meeting a man named Paul K.T. Chun. Paul was the son of Kim Chow Chun and Emma Kwock Chun, and had recently taken to the management of his family’s shoe store, Smart Shoe Shop, in downtown Honolulu.

On September 9th, 1945, Rachel Bow became Rachel B. Chun, and Paul and Rachel began the rest of their long lives together. From Paul and Rachel’s union came five wonderful children; they had Paula, Patsy, Randall, Pamela, and finally, Rodney. Alongside raising her five children, Rachel dutifully cared for Paul’s mother who lived with them till her death, and Paul’s father who stayed with them between trips back to China. The family started off in a modest house in Waikiki, but the family shoe store grew into a retail empire, and eventually the family settled in a more appropriately sized home in Aina Haina. Rachel and Paul would live there for the rest of their lives. As Paul’s health began to fail, Rachel was there to care for him before his death in 2007.

In 1962 the family opened the Waikiki Circle Hotel and Restaurant. Rachel managed the restaurant from the first day it opened its doors, till its closing, 30 years later, in 1992. To think back now, one cannot imagine a more perfect job for her. As manager, and occasional bartender, she was able to feed people, and listen to people, two things she was exceedingly good at. Her strong, calm personality made people feel safe and at home while they were within the walls of the Waikiki Circle Restaurant, and because of this she made many life-long bonds in her years there.

Rachel did not just make friends, she adopted people. Once you were part of her life there were certain things she would happily do for you. Not the least of which was delivery of her wonderful baked goods. The list of fantastic treats that came out of Mrs. Chun’s oven is long and mouth-watering, but it must be said that she made the absolute best chocolate cake. It is simply fact that her Midnight Chocolate Cake was the best in the world, and just one of your rewards for caring about her was the occasional delivery of this most wonderful of deserts. Near to the time of Chinese New Year you may have also been lucky enough to be given some of her Jai (the Chinese Monk food). It wasn’t too salty, it wasn’t too sweet, it had just the right amount of everything delicious; it was perfect and would grant you a whole year of good luck. However, the most significant thing that you could expect from Rachel once you were in her life was that she would always keep you in her thoughts, and she would never forget you. In her later years, without the restaurant to keep her busy, she would go shopping every day, and would keep a constant eye out for things that might bring joy to those closest to her.

To those who loved her, Rachel leaves her love, generosity, and strength of character. Over the course of her life Rachel became the center of a network of people who depended on her serene, always good-natured presence in their lives. In her immediate family she is survived by her 2 sisters, 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. However, this does not begin to touch on the countless people who came to think of her as a surrogate sister, mother and grandmother. Rachel simply inspired this sort of devotion in people. Part of it was that she showed such unwavering loyalty to those she cared about, part of it was how freely she gave what she could to those around her, part of it was that she forced you to laugh off your sadness and enjoy life for what it was, and part of it was that she was always there to feed you your favorite food. Rarely does the departure of someone from this world garner the vast outpouring of love, respect, and heartfelt grief that Rachel’s has. To see it is beautiful, heartbreaking, and finally cathartic for those who were closest to her. Rachel Chun lived the sort of life that anyone could be proud of and we will remember her purely with joy, and not sadness.

Saturday, September 11, 2010; 11:15-12:30 PM – Viewing; 12:30-2:00 PM – Services; 2:30 – Burial at Manoa Chinese Cemetary, followed by a meal to honor Rachel to be held at the Happy Days Restaurant in Kaimuki.

Rachel B. Chun

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Aug. 31, 2010
Rachel B. Chun, 86, of Honolulu, a retired Waikiki Circle Hotel Restaurant manager, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Rodney; daughters Paula Chun-Vetter, Patricia Tom and Pam Chun-Ganske; brother Ronald Bow; sisters Margaret Fong and Thelma Lee; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Star of the Sea Church. Services: 12:30 p.m. Burial: 2:30 p.m. at Manoa Chinese Cemetery. Aloha attire.

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Heidelinde Hanamoto

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Heidelinde Hanamoto, 69, of Ewa Beach, a retired custom decorating coordinator, died in Honolulu. She was born in Mackenbach, Germany. She is survived by husband George; daughters Marion Hanamoto, Danja Hayashi and Michelle Queja; mother Ella Hahn; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Kaimuki Christian Church, 1117 Koko Head Ave. Services: 6 p.m. Aloha attire.

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Daniel Kazuo Harimoto

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Aug. 16, 2010
Daniel Kazuo “Dan” Harimoto, 95, of Honolulu, a retired newspaper supervisor, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughters Dana K. Izumi and Dale M. Ball; brothers Thomas and Walter; sisters June Takasaki and Esther Ishikawa; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

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JERRY LEE JOHNSTON

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JERRY LEE JOHNSTON
April 16, 1937 – September 2, 2010

Beloved father and grandfather passed away in Reno, NV on Sept. 2, following a short illness. He was a proud veteran having served as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. JJ, as he was known to his children and grandchildren, was a 6’2 grizzly bear of a mountain man with a long and illustrious career as a professional golfer and member of the PGA. He began his golf career on the plains of Odessa, TX as a teenager. In the early 1960’s he made his way to southern California and was assistant pro at Annandale Golf Club. From there he moved to Hawaii as a young assistant pro at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, where he quickly earned the Head Pro position. It was there that he helped develop the Hawaiian Open golf tournament – the premier Hawaiian contest which is still played each year. He was honored to represent Hawaii along with Allen Yamamoto in the World Cup Tournament in Singapore in 1969. In 1970, he moved to Royal Kaanapali Golf Club as head pro where he developed a wonderful friendship with his friends with the same first name: Jean and Jean Haraga. The year 1980 brought JJ an opportunity to help design and develop two world class golf courses on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. He was hired as Director of Golf for the Mauna Lani Resort and it was here that his vision for the Senior Skins Game became a reality. Among his experiences there were playing with or hosting some of the greatest golfers of his generation like Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus. Though a Texan and mountain man at heart, he became a true “kamaaina” – native or long-time Hawaiian – through the rich relationships he developed and the golf family he loved in Hawaii – among them his most dear friends Neil “Buster” and Lei Bustamante and Charlie and Winona Park. JJ retired to Montana and settled in a valley in Whitehall. He loved his horses – especially his favorite one – “Casino , and enjoyed riding in the mountains and panning for gold. He later moved to Reno, NV where he enjoyed visiting with his dear Hawaiian friends – the Bustamantes – who he thought of as family and loved tremendously. Though he had a notable career as a golf professional, he was most proud of his children and grandchildren. He was an outdoorsman and had a love of nature, animals, horseback riding, and adventure that he passed along to them. He leaves behind daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Michael Penner, grandson Nicholas and his wife Mary, all of Oklahoma City, and granddaughter Samantha Penner of Houston, TX. Also daughter Jessica and son-in-law Paul Niles and grandchildren Jordan, Caleb, Chloe, and Alexis Niles, all of Elk Point, SD, daughter Melanie Johnston of Scottsdale, AZ and son Jerry Jr. of Las Vegas, NV. Aunt Mary Coulson and cousins Sue and Richard Coulson, all of Oklahoma City, and cousins Arty and Judith Davidson of Albuquerque, NM. Private family memorials will be held in Reno, NV and Elk Point, SD. Memorial donations may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 1575 Delucchi Lane, Suite 214, Reno, NV 89502

William Kahakui Pai Jr.

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Aug. 14, 2010
William Kahakui Pai Jr., 78, of Waimea, Hawaii, a retired Cyanotech process operator technician and an Army veteran, died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was born in Honokohauiki, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Mabel; sons William, Warren, Bradley, Brian and Bruce; brother Phillip; sister Annie Bailado; stepbrothers Delayne Pai and Jerry Jonah; stepsister Shirley Gibcumb; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kailua-Kona. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery, Kailua-Kona. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Sam L. Snider Jr.

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Sam L. Snider Jr., 80, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Honolulu, a retired Army sergeant first class, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Miami. He is survived by wife Marion; son Carlton; daughter Catherine Dingley; brothers Barry and Richard; sisters Claudia Burton, Gail Barnett and Sharon Price; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Inurnment: 2 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No monetary offerings.

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Trinidad Nani Kaonohi

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Aug. 31, 2010
Trinidad Nani Kaonohi, 80, of Pearl City, a Halekulani Hotel retiree, died at home. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by sisters Caroline Batalon, Adeline P. Giaquinto, Gertrude T. O’Brien and Evangeline L. Fox. Visitation: 6 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Monday at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Aloha attire.

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YOUNG BAE KIM

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Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St.)

YONG BAE KIM

Age 83, of Honolulu, passed away September 2, 2010 at Kuakini Medical Center. Born May 28, 1927 in Korea. Member of Chong Sung Yong Church.

She is survived by husband, Pong Ho Kim; sons, Shi Pyong (Hyun Min Park) Kim, Sung Hyun (Sung Hele) Kim, Sung Jun (Stella) Kim; daughter, Chong Suk (Joseph) Turner; one grandson; three granddaughters.

Visitation 10:00 a.m. Friday (Sept. 10) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 10:30 a.m. Inurnment 3:00 p.m. Monday (Sept. 13) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Casual Attire.

JOANN LEIKO KIRIU

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Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St.)

JOANN LEIKO KIRIU

Age 62, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away August 25, 2010 in Honolulu. Born March 10, 1948 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

She is survived by husband, Stephen Kiriu; daughter, Keri Ann Kiriu (Ken) Imamura; grandson, Kenny Kiriu; mother, Tomiko Minamoto; brother, Mark Minamoto.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Saturday (September 11) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Aloha Attire.

Damon Michael Marfori

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Sept. 2, 2010
Damon Michael Marfori, 42, of Kekaha, Kauai, a self-employed woodworker, died in Kauai Veterans Hospital. He was born in Santa Monica, Calif. He is survived by children Kaila and Noah; father Michael; mother Barbara Ryan; sister Denise Freed; grandmother Mary; former wife Elizabeth Lawlor; and companion Maria Valle. Services in California at a later date.

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Gerald A. Mariano

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Aug. 13, 2010
Gerald A. “Jerome” Mariano, 72, of Waianae, a Kaiser Medical Center-Moanalua environmental service technician and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Makaweli, Kauai. He is survived by wife Beverly; son Donovan K.K.; and sisters Margie Starman, Jeanette Johnson, Betty Lee and Jasmine Hardy. Visitation: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Oahu Cemetery Chapel. Services: 10:30 a.m. Inurnment: 2 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. Donations suggested to ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency). Incorrect information published in an obituary Sunday.

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Irwin Joseph Mayer

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Aug. 20, 2010
Irwin Joseph Mayer, 87, of Ewa Beach, a retired U.S. Postal Service postal carrier and Navy veteran, died in Mililani. He was born in New York City. He is survived by son John Mayer; daughter Deborah Garrow; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 11 a.m. Casual attire.

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THOMAS “TOM” TOMOKI MIZUNO

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary

THOMAS “TOM” TOMOKI MIZUNO

Age 90, of Pearl City, Hawaii, passed away August 29, 2010 in Pearl City. Born April 25, 1920 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tom was a member of the US Army 442nd “L” Company, and Asahi Baseball Team. He was a former employee of Orchid Isle Auto Center and Toyota, Inc. in Hilo.

He is survived by wife, Toyoko “Mildred” Mizuno; sons, Michael T. (Evie) Mizuno, Randall K. (Bobbie) Mizuno; daughters, Lois L. (Ted) Tabura, Janis T. (Walter) Saiki; sister, Sueko Sahara; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild.

Private services were held.

Ernette A.H. Napaepae

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Ernette A.H. Napaepae, 52, of Kaneohe, a retired hotel credit manager, died. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by mother Mazie and brothers Tom, John and Ernete. Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

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ANICETO CUBI PERUCHO

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary Makai Chapel

ANICETO CUBI PERUCHO

Age 98, of Aiea, Hawaii, passed away August 13, 2010 in Aiea. Born December 12, 1911 in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. A retired constabulary with Philippine Government and also at Pearl Harbor Assets Elementary School as a custodian; Founder of The Burgos Ilocos Norte of Hawaii.

He is survived by wife, Felomena D. Perucho; son, Rico (Rosanna) Perucho; daughters, Zenaida (Arturo) Dela Cruz of Los Angeles, CA, Bobbie (Ernest) Tambio, Edeliza Ridding of New Zealand, Norma Perucho, Rose (John) Lee; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren.

Visitation 9:00 a.m. Saturday (September 11) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Funeral Service 11:30 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

REMEDIOS AMBIDA QUIOCHO

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Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St.)

REMEDIOS AMBIDA QUIOCHO

Age 85, of Honolulu, passed away August 12, 2010 at Hale Nani Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Born August 1, 1925 in Puro, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Remedios was the former owner of Quiocho Adult Care Home.

She is survived by sons, Elvin Quiocho, Wilfredo (Angelita) Quiocho, John (Nelia) Quiocho; daughters, Justina (Juanito) Feria, Evelyn (Lawrence Jr.) Patoc; brother, Rudy (Rosita) Berjera; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Friday (9/10) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Wake Service 7:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday (9/11) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Funeral Service 11:30 a.m. Burial 1:00 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. No dark colors.

Jane Tsuruyo Sandobal

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Aug. 26, 2010
Jane Tsuruyo Sandobal, 88, of Waipahu, a retired assistant office manager and an IBM operator, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Aiea. She is survived by husband Pansobilla M. “Pete”; and daughters Elaine and Beverly. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 94-675 Farrington Highway, Waipahu. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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WADE KALANI SPILLNER

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary Makai Chapel

WADE KALANI SPILLNER

Age 43, of Waianae, HI, passed away August 23, 2010 in Honolulu, HI. Born August 29, 1966 in Honolulu.

He is survived by wife, Lois Spillner; sons, Bryson-Wade Spillner, Justin-Alexander Spillner; daughters, Presca Spillner Akau, Alexis (Austin) Spillner, Hallie Spillner; father, Alexander (Lisa) Spillner; mother, Winona (Maurice) Matsuzaki; brother, Kaimana Spillner, Michael (Kristle) Spillner; sisters, Naupaka Helenihi, Mokihana (Paul) Doane; 1 grandchild; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews & cousins.

Visitation Friday 9/10 5:30 p.m. at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Funeral service 7:00 p.m. Casual Attire.

Wade Kalani Spillner

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Aug. 23, 2010
Wade Kalani Spillner, 43, of Waianae died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Lois; sons Bryson-Wade and Justin-Alexander; daughters Presca S. Akau, and Alexis and Hallie Spillner; father Alexander; mother Winona Matsuzaki; brothers Kaimana and Michael; sisters Naupaka Helenihi and Mokihana Doane; and a grandchild. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 7 p.m. Casual attire.

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Haruji Taga

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Aug. 25, 2010
Haruji “Mac” Taga, 88, of Honolulu, a retired Punchbowl Fender Works auto painter, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Violet Y.; sons Mackay and Dennis; brother Charles M.; sister Patsy A. Hamada; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 11 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services at noon. Casual attire.

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Roy Yukio Tanahara

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Aug. 15, 2010
Roy Yukio Tanahara, 67, of Honokaa, Hawaii, a GTE Hawaiian Tel retiree and retired Hawaii Army National Guard major, died at home. He was born in Haina, Hawaii. He is survived by brother Larry; and sister Priscilla Iwasaki. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Judy K. Tanouye

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Aug. 28, 2010
Judy K. Tanouye, 58, of Kailua, a Hawaii Pacific University library assistant and caregiver, died in Hospice Hawaii Kailua. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by parents Shoichi and Harue; brother Gary; and sister Molly. Visitation: 5 p.m. today at Borthwick Mortuary, mauka chapel. Services: 6 p.m. Burial: 9 a.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Incorrect information published in an obituary Saturday.

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Pansy Kinue Warashina

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Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, LLC

PANSY KINUE WARASHINA

87 of Honolulu, passed away Aug. 25, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Retired Insurance Agent and a member of Soto Mission of Hawaii.

Survived by sons, Wayne J. Warashina, Bert T. Warashina, Jon H. (Annette) Warashina; daughters, Cheryl E. (Bryan) Hirokane, Ann M. Yakuma; 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; brothers, Richard F. Ooka, Yukio Ooka.

Visitation 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Sept. 12, 2010 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary; Memorial service 4 p.m.; Aloha attire.

Walter Hitoshi Watanabe

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July 24, 2010
Walter Hitoshi Watanabe, 87, of Waialua, an Army veteran who served in World War II, member of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, I Company, and recipient of two Purple Heart awards, died in Honolulu. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Bessie M.; son Stanford; daughters Marian Clingingsmith, Sue Oshita and Lisa Williams; brother Masashi; sisters Kikue Maruyama and Shimae Fukuda; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 5:15 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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JEAN JENNY (POPE) WILLIAMS

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JEAN JENNY (POPE) WILLIAMS

Jean Jenny (Pope) Williams passed away July 16, 2010 at the M. Sullivan Hospice facility in Ewa. She was born in Honolulu on September 10, 1916 to Franklin and Dai Pope. She attended Sacred Hearts Academy and was a 1935 graduate of Roosevelt High School.

Her great love of nature and the multitude of colors and textures found therein led her to develop her talent as a weaver and fiber artist in the early 1950’s. Many of her impressive hangings are displayed in buildings throughout the island, including the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts as well as in museums on the mainland. She was the last surviving founder of the Hawaii Handweavers Hui.

She is predeceased by her husband George T. Williams and sisters Dorothy Pope and Thelma Greig. Jean is survived by her son, George F. (Carolyn) Williams of Waialua, Hawaii and daughter, Lynn (Thomas) Higgins of Chicago, Illinois. Her grandchildren include Mary Nani (Chris) Lhotah of St. Louis, Missouri, Earl Higgins also of St. Louis, Missouri, Bill (Linda) Higgins of Palo Alto, California, Amy Kainoa (Derek) Cook of Mountain View, California and Ross Keoki Williams of Seattle, Washington. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on September 17 at 10:30 A.M. with the service commencing at 11:00 A.M. at St. Christopher’s Church in Kailua. A light lunch will be served following the service. Private internment will follow at the Punchbowl Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in her memory, please consider the Institute for Human Services (IHS) or St. Christopher’s Church.


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