Archive for November 14th, 2010

Richard K. Ajifu

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Oct. 31, 2010
Richard K. Ajifu, 88, of Aiea, a retired city draftsman and an Army veteran who was a member of Infantry Company G, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and a recipient of a Silver Star and Purple Heart, died in Aiea. He was born in Ewa. He is survived by sons Glenn and Jon, hanai daughter Wanda Padasdao, sister Peggy Sakamoto, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, 20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu. Services: 10 a.m. Committal services: 1 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Shizuo Awa

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Oct. 13, 2010
Shizuo “Shu” Awa, 82, of Kailua-Kona, a commercial fisherman, laborer at the former J.M. Tanaka Construction Co. and an Army veteran, died at home. He was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. He is survived by son Gregory; daughters Alberta Yates, Puanani Lopez and Sadie Awa; brothers Harold and Eddie; sisters Gladys Nacis, Margie Amoguis, Ulu Llanes and Mae Minamishin; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club, Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona. Services: 11 a.m. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire. Loose flowers welcome.

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Phillip Akana Chun

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Oct. 5, 2010
Phillip Akana Chun, 61, of Waipahu, formerly of Lahaina, a maintenance worker and an Army veteran, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by son Akana, brother David and sister Geraldine Cyphers. Celebration of life and services: 10 a.m. Friday at Maui Veterans Cemetery, 1295 Makawao Ave., Maui. Additional services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Pu’u Ka Honua o Honokohau at Honokohau Bay, Maui. Scattering of ashes to follow. Lunch to be served. Casual attire.

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Victor Coelho

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Nov. 5, 2010
Victor Coelho, 92, of Kahului, a retired office equipment salesman, died at home. He was born in Paia, Maui. He is survived by wife Rosaline, brother Robert and sister Margaret Cravalho. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park, Wailuku.

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Barbara Reiko Desaki

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Oct. 29, 2010
Barbara Reiko Desaki, 73, of North Las Vegas, Nev., died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Ralph; brother Wilfred Takahashi; and sisters Helen Watarai, Yoshiko Yasui, Amy Kajiwara and June Ikezawa. Services: 3 p.m. Nov. 27 at Olivet Baptist Church, 1775 S. Beretania St., Honolulu. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Travis Vincent Kalani Diego

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Oct. 29, 2010
Travis Vincent Kalani Diego, 26, of Kahului, an Old Lahaina Luau server, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by father Peter, mother Kathleen C., sister Britney, and grandparents Emily Castillo and Fely Diego. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Friday at Christ the King Church. Mass: 7 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire.

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Richard S. Fernandez

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Oct. 28, 2010
Richard S. Fernandez, 84, of San Jose, Calif., formerly of Maili, an Army veteran and a retired Air Force civil service employee, died in San Jose. He was born in Aiea. He is survived by sons Arthur and Patrick Alcisto, and Marcus and Mike Fernandez; daughters Cindy Kerrigan, Roslyn Alcisto and Mitch Grieb; sister Dolores Drone; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services held in San Jose. Inurnment: February services pending at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

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George Joseph Shigeo Funai

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Nov. 4, 2010
George Joseph Shigeo Funai, 78, of Wailuku, a retired auto and heavy equipment mechanic and an Army veteran who served during the Korean War, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by sons Bryan and Keif, daughter Kathy, brothers Clayton Funai and Patrick Patten, sister Kelea Burns, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Norman’s Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Cremation to follow.

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Lorin Tarr Gill

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Oct. 1, 2010
Lorin Tarr Gill, 82, of Kaneohe, a retired environmental educator, naturalist and social worker, died in Pohai Nani Retirement Home, Kaneohe. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by hanai son Harry Lee Kwai. Services: 5 p.m. Saturday at Palama Settlement, 810 N. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu. Aloha attire. Donations suggested to Sierra Club Foundation, P.O. Box 2577, Honolulu, HI 96803.

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Delfina Unite Guerrero

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Nov. 8, 2010

Delfina Unite Guerrero, 81, of Lahaina, a retired cut seeder at Pioneer Mill Co. in Lahaina, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Ballesteros, Cagayan, Philippines. She is survived by sons Nehemiah and Natanael, daughters Lorna Beth Tobias and Delma Hoylman, and eight grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Norman’s Mortuary. Services: 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8 a.m. Friday at Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kahului. Services: 9 a.m. Burial: 10:30 a.m. at Maui Memorial Park, Garden of Meditation.

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Henry Kazuo Higuchi

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Nov. 1, 2010
Henry Kazuo Higuchi, 76, of Hilo, proprietor of the former Henri’s On Kapiolani restaurant in Hilo, died in Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, Hilo. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by brothers Harold and Albert; and sisters Tsutaye Nonaka, Kaoru Mikami, Setsuko Isa, Chizuru Sugawara and Carole Yano. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Ralph Tsuruo Hiranaga

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Oct. 31, 2010
Ralph Tsuruo Hiranaga, 85, of Kahului, a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service in Kahului, died in Hale Makua Wailuku. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by wife Kimie, son Russell, daughter June Yoshida, brother Tom, sister Lillian Sakuma and three grandchildren. Private services.

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Kaylene Hanauumikanoena Ho

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Nov. 1, 2010

Kaylene Hanauumikanoena Ho, 77, of Kailua, a retired Aloha Airlines reservations supervisor, died in Las Vegas. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Gerald; daughter Kay-Ella Dee; brothers Edward Jr. and Dave-Ray Toma; sisters Sarah Kanaiaupuni, Eleanor Riney and Brandy Lee Balmilero; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Casual or aloha attire. No flowers.

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Lionel E. Jaller

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Oct. 28, 2010
Lionel E. Jaller, 81, of Honolulu, a retired chemical engineer and an Army veteran who served during the Korean War, died at home. He was born in New York. Private services.

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Earl K. Jeremiah

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Nov. 9, 2010
Earl K. “Buster” Jeremiah, 78, of Keaukaha, Hawaii, an ukulele player and instructor, and founder and director of Na Mele O Na Opio and Na Lima Lele O Na Kupuna, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Ginger; sons Bryan, Rick, Stephen, Tracy, Bradley and Darren; daughters Alicia Jeremiah-Coombes and Kanoe and Darchelle Jeremiah; brother Douglas; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Kuhio Chapel, Desha Avenue, Keaukaha. Celebration of life: 7 p.m. No flowers.

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Phillip Jiminez

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Oct. 21, 2010
Phillip Jiminez, 73, of Waialua, a retired Wahiawa General Hospital maintenance worker, died in Wahiawa. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Gloria; sons Phillip Jr., Eddie, Kelvin and Kelwin; daughters Kuulei Womack, Rochelle Jiminez, Kimberlyn Bega and Gerly Lumayas; sister Mary Austin; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10:15 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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EDGAR KAUHIWAHIWA PRATT, JR.

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EDGAR KAUHIWAHIWA PRATT, JR.

Edgar “Joe” K. Pratt, Jr., age 57 was born to eternal life on October 14, 2010 in Honolulu. He is missed tremendously by many and will always be remembered as a loving and generous Husband, Dad, Papa, Brother, Uncle and friend.

Born in Honolulu, HI, to the late Edgar (Sr.) and Louise K. Pratt, Edgar was the third of seven children. Raised in Ka’alaea, he attended several schools on O’ahu including Wai’ahole Elementary and I’olani School. He was known as an outstanding athlete as well as a bright, young leader.

In 1971, he joined the military and was stationed in Italy, where he served his country as a national security officer providing support to US Army Garrison base in Vincenza.

After his military service, he returned to Hawai’i where he met the love of his life, the former Veronica Hipa. They married, had two beautiful children and settled in Kane’ohe where they shared so many great memories. This year, they would have celebrated 35 years of marriage.

In 1979, Edgar began a promising career at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. He started as a frontline laborer, moved up the ranks to Union Representative then to Supervisor and finally retiring as a Project Quality Engineer. He dedicated almost 34 years of his life to the federal government as a civil servant.

In 1986, while still employed by Pearl Harbor, Edgar felt the need to serve his community so he enlisted in the Honolulu Police Department as a reserve police officer.
He was passionate about this work because it allowed him to be an active participant in his community.

Over the years, he celebrated several milestones including the welcoming of his four beautiful grandchildren. He loved spending time with family and friends, diving, golfing, backyard luau’s and trips to Vegas. He was a cultural leader in his own right who loved passing on his Native Hawaiian customs and traditions to the next generation.

Edgar’s great and gentle spirit was and will always remain larger than life. He was many things to many people, and to his family he was always their loving, steadfast “rock”.

He will be remembered for his courage, sheer determination, inner strength, quiet compassion and steadfast loyalty. His legacy of love, dedication and selfless service will live on forever through those he touched.

He is survived by his wife, Veronica, daughters, Tina Marie Freitas and Sandra Ann
Kau’ionalani, Hanai Son, Barry Castillo, grandchildren, Jina Kapua, Edgar Josia, Preston and Kaulana, brothers, Dennis, Randy (Aiko) and Craig (Cheryl), sisters, JoAnn Pratt-Morales of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Geramie Pratt-Paglinawan (Daniel), Patricia Pratt-Holt of Killeen, Texas and numerous nephews, nieces, aunties, uncles and cousins. In honor of Edgar, the family will have a Celebration of his life on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm at 45-735 Wain?n?- St., K?ne’ohe. Services will start promptly at 5pm. For more information, please call (808) 234-9824.

JOHN ARTHUR GOMES, JR.

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JOHN ARTHUR GOMES, JR

John “Little Man” Gomes, 69, of Honolulu, passed away surrounded by his family on Oct. 19, 2010. A retired HECO supervisor, he is survived by wife Dianna; sons John III and David (Estrella); grandson Mason John; mother Mabel Gomes; brothers Jarry and James; hanai “kids” Stephen Mendenhall and Rosemary Sylva. John was an active Scottish Rite Mason 32∫ Knight Commander Court of Honor; a member of original “Bud Crew” BPOE Lodge 616 and OES Harmony #4.

Known for his quiet but clever wit, John was always quick to lend a helping hand. His gift of woodworking was shared through his many hand crafted Koa jewelry boxes, bracelets and hair ornaments. He took pride in his carpentry and masonry skills, as evident in his stone walls and other projects. His kindness, generosity and loyalty were well known. “Little Man” will be dearly missed.

Visitation: November 20, 10 am, Diamond Head Memorial Park; Service: 11 am; Interment: 2:30pm, Valley of the Temples. No Flowers.

Fernando Ribao Jr.

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Nov. 9, 2010
Fernando Ribao Jr., 83, of Pukalani, Maui, a retired shift supervisor at Maui Electric Co., Kahului Power Plant, and a plumbing contractor, died at home. He was born in Hana, Maui. He is survived by wife Rose; sons Kenneth “Bugsy” and Michael Sr.; daughters Charmaine Molina, Joanne Quintos and Linda Tavares; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Makawao Cemetery.

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William Keaweopala

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Nov. 1, 2010
William “Hussey” Keaweopala, 80, of Hilo, a retired Hilo Coast Processing Co. heavy equipment operator, died in Kau Hospital, Pahala, Hawaii. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by brother Robert “Papio,” sister Maude Amaral, stepbrother Jerry Miyamoto and stepsister Carol Laa. Private services.

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Harriet Louise Kenney

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Nov. 8, 2010

Harriet Louise Kenney, 88, of Kahului, former owner of Island Ice Co. and employee at Maui Divers Jewelry Co. and Conrad Jewelers, died in Hale Makua Wailuku. She was born in San Jose, Calif. She is survived by son Martin, daughter Nancy Gammie, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Christine Mildred Kort

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Nov. 11, 2010
Christine Mildred Kort, 95, of Kaneohe, a homemaker, died in Ann Pearl’s Nursing Home. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by sons Alvin A.F. and Stanley L., sister Margaret Jordan, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Haw- aiian Memorial Park. No flowers.

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Francis Chew Kun Luke

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Oct. 21, 2010

Francis Chew Kun Luke, 86, of Honolulu, a retired federal government mechanical engineer and an Army veteran who served in World War II, died in Arcadia Retirement Residence. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Dorothy Y., son Michael T., daughter Lisa S. and brother Stanley C.W. Private services.

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Barbara Jean Haunani Kawaa McDonald

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Oct. 24, 2010
Barbara Jean Haunani Kawaa “Babs” McDonald, also known as Charlene Nahinu, 60, of Pearl City, a state Department of Education bus driver, died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by companion Kendall “Bear” Goya; and sisters Abigail Sale, Delcie Doctorello and Beverly A. Ako. Visitation: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Additional visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Services: 11 a.m.

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James Waichiro Miller

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Nov. 9, 2010
James Waichiro Miller, 79, of Honolulu, a Chaminade University education professor, died at home. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by wife Jane; sons David, Mark, Paul, Jon and Peter; daughter Ruth Anne Magliozzi; brother John F.; sisters Grace Culio, Elaine Simmons, Pearl Santos, Lala Ostermeyer, Florence Andrzejewski, Jane Leite and Amy Chung; and six grandchildren. Celebration of life: noon Friday at Mystical Rose Oratory, Chaminade University. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Chaminade University and Shriners Hospital.

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GEORGE MIYACHI

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GEORGE MIYACHI
Public Affairs Officer, Federal Aviation Administration Passes Away
George Miyachi, Retired Public Affairs Officer, Pacific Region, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) passed away Monday Nov. 1, 2010 at age 81. His career began as a press photographer for the Hawaii Times, then as a photographer for the Naval Supply Center in Pearl Harbor. He is the recipient of Life Magazine’s press photo of the year award and his photos were widely published throughout his career. His press pass gained him access to photograph celebrities and political leaders, once walking and talking privately with President Truman on Coconut Island in Kaneohe Bay for over an hour. His photograph of the Iolani championship football team became Father Brays favorite and is showcased at Iolani. As a public affairs officer with the FAA he is credited in quelling a two year series of bomb threats against commercial jetliners by properly identifying the connection between Rod Serling’s movie “Doomsday Flight” and the rash of bomb threats during that period. George realized that when “Doomsday Flight” would play in a particular region, bomb threats would arise from the area the movie played. As a result of George’s insightful analysis the movie was pulled from national telecast and the bomb threats ceased. Turning planes around in mid-flight and searching those on the ground had cost the airlines millions of dollars over a two year period, not to mention the toll on terrified passengers. During his career with FAA, he handled the Air Traffic Controllers Strike for the Pacific Region under Ronald Reagan, speaking to the press on a on call basis for the entire crisis. He also assisted Jack Lord with the use of FAA facilities and control towers during the filming of the original “Hawaii 5-0” television series.
He served as a deacon at Olivet Baptist Church, Honolulu and First Baptist Church, Pearl City and was not ashamed to call Jesus Christ his Savior. (He met his sweet heart Stella at Olivet Baptist Church.) Selected 1983 Federal Civilian Retiree of the year for quality work for over 19 years and for motivating high school dropouts.
He is survived by his wife Stella Miyachi (Hidano), his son Randall Miyachi, (wife Susan) and Georgina Christine Christian, (husband John), and Ginny Lynn (deceased). Three grandchildren, David Miyachi, Christina Christian and Heidi Christian. His brothers Henry Miyachi (wife Emi), James Miyachi (wife Hannah) and Harry Miyachi (wife Ethel) and his sister Molly Honda (deceased)(husband Torao (deceased).
George was an supporter of the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Baptist Academy and National Cancer Society. Served as an commissioned officer in the Hawaii Army National Guard in Public Affairs.
He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his country, his wife, his children & grandchildren, his family, church and community. Aloha Oe George we will miss you! Until we meet again!
Memorial Service Saturday 11/20/10, at Waialae Baptist Church, 10:30-11:30 Visitation, 11:30 Memorial Service followed by Lunch, 2:15 Internment at Diamond Head Memorial Park

Larissa Deanna Shimoda Nakasone

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Sept. 30, 2010
Larissa Deanna Shimoda Nakasone, 40, of Kalaoa, Hawaii, an administrative assistant, died in Kona Community Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Andrew; son Jacob; daughters Deanna Shimoda-Nakasone and Adrian and Josslynn Nakasone; father Edlin Shimoda; mother Beverly Huddy; brother Martin Antonio; and sisters Rhonette Poepoe and Ramona Lariosa. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio. Services: 11 a.m. Casual attire.

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Harrietta Leihualani Naki

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Oct. 30, 2010
Harrietta Leihualani “Hank” Naki, 65, of Kaneohe, a former cashier at Holiday Mart, Daiei and Don Quijote on Kaheka Street, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by companion Douglas Kekoa; daughters Rhonda, Amber, Kimberly and Melanie; father William Jr.; brother Randy Drew; sisters Wilma Naki, Coralene Souza and Bernadette Carrick; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 9:30 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: noon at Valley of the Temples. Aloha attire.

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Nancine Kauiokipu Malina Okano

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Oct. 31, 2010

Nancine Kauiokipu Malina Okano, 59, of Wailua Homesteads, Kauai, died at home. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by husband Bryan; son Irai; daughters Margie, Misty and Ariane Okano, and Nancy Okano-Scheer; hanai daughter Penni Rubio; sisters Grace Kamai and Maggie Banquel; and 18 grandchildren. Private services.

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GORDON J. OLIVEIRA

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GORDON J. OLIVEIRA

Gordon J. Oliveira, 58 of Honolulu, former Tour Escort, Singer, Entertainer, and also known as Kane Oliveira to all his Kaneohe Elementary School students. He passed away at home surrounded by love with family October 16, 2010. He is in the Lords hands smiling and singing just as he will always be remembered. He is survived by his loving wife Reva, daughter Nichol, son-in-law Mike Dilda and two granddaughters, Kayla and Kiara his pride and joy. His parents John P. and Beverly J. Oliveira, an Aunt Jereen Thomas, Brothers Blaine, Daryl and John, and a Sister Coleen (Tania) Colunga, and his special Nephews, Nieces. Visitation 10am Friday, November 19, 2010 at St. Ann’s Kaneohe, Haiku Road. Program and Prayer Services to follow at 11am.


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