Archive for January 5th, 2011

Lillian Koch Bailey

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Dec. 29, 2010
Lillian Koch Bailey, 85, of Kailua-Kona, a Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii employee, died in Life Care Center of Kona. She was born in Quincy, Ill. She is survived by husband Robert, sons Russell and Matthew, sister Anne Reed, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to American Cancer Society of Kona.

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Jabina Benjamin

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Dec. 11, 2010
Jabina Benjamin, 26, of Kailua-Kona died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. She was born in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is survived by daughters Lucy and Maria Navarro; mother News; brother Hamen; sisters Berijen Peter, Tine and Hemry Benjamin, and Salome Johnson; and grandparent Lumeto Tibeler. Graveside services: 3 p.m. Saturday at Naalehu Community Cemetery, Naalehu, Hawaii. Burial to follow. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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LETITIA “LETI” RUTH BISE

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary Mauka Chapel

LETITIA “LETI” RUTH BISE

Age 49, of Kapolei, Hawaii, passed away December 14, 2010 in Kapolei. Born February 23, 1961 in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Active member of the Ewa Community Church. A public health nurse for 23 years in Central Oahu. A very detail-oriented person.

She is survived by husband, Kerry Bise; sons, Matthew Bise, Nicholas Bise; parents, Samuel and Joy Cabebe; brothers, Joel Cabebe, Jonathan (Pamela) Cabebe; sisters, Deborah Braceros, Kori (Stephen) Knapp; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Visitation 4:30 p.m. Sunday (January 9) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Monday (January 10) at Ewa Community Church; (91-1256 Renton Rd., Ewa Beach) Memorial Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 11:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha Attire. No flowers, please.

Psalm Nonohelani Cavasso

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Dec. 27, 2010
Psalm Nonohelani Cavasso, 24, of Waimanalo, a Hydro Mulching office assistant, died in Waimanalo. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by parents Cam and Tula, brothers Shem and Shiloh, and sisters Summer and Annalea. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Friday at First Assembly of God, Red Hill. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples.

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Josepha Castillo Domingo

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Dec. 6, 2010
Josepha Castillo “Josie” Domingo, 61, of Aiea, a Marine Surf Hotel assistant executive housekeeper, died in Honolulu. She was born in Sampaloc, Manila. She is survived by daughter Jodi Ajirogi, brother Philip and sisters Florentina T. Gamiao and Edna Sabalburo. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Monica Jennings Driscoll

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Dec. 30, 2010
Monica Jennings Driscoll, 92, of Honolulu, proprietor of Catherine’s Anticipation Shop, died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons John and Michael, daughter Katherine Zoellner, sister Patricia J. Campbell, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Inurnment: 1 p.m. today at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

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CLIFF EBLEN

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Celebration of Life of

CLIFF EBLEN

Clarence “Cliff” Eblen, founding General Manager of Hawaii Public Radio, died with his family around him in Honolulu in the early morning, Saturday, December 11, 2010. He was 86 years old. Eblen was recruited from WHA-TV and Radio in Madison, WI to become the first Program Manager and a founding member of Hawaii Public Television in 1966. In 1980, he became Hawaii Public Radio’s founding manager with a total staff of two.

Eblen, who insisted that HPR be incorporated as a nonprofit community licensee, oversaw the station’s first sign-on the morning of November 13th, 1981, from a temporary and condemned building at UH Manoa’s lower campus and oversaw the capital campaign in 1987 to purchase HPR’s permanent home at 738 Kaheka Street. The HPR network expanded in 1988 to include KKUA on Maui and KIPO 89.3. Eblen led HPR as President and General Manager from 1980 until1992 when he retired. Following retirement, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Board where he was a consultant (FY 1992-1993) and Special Gifts Coordinator (FY 1993-1994).

In addition to his broadcast experience, Eblen was appointed to numerous community boards and commissions, appeared in local theater productions (The Odd Couple, Little Foxes, Gridiron Shows) and was cast as Jasper of the FBI in the first season of the original Hawaii 5-0.

Eblen graduated from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati OH and served in the US Army during World War II in the Philippines and Okinawa. He earned his BA in political science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and joined the WHA-Radio staff as a technician and on-air personality.

Eblen is survived by his wife Carol, four children: Wendy Sherwood of Sidney, Australia, Paul Eblen of Honolulu, Lani Egbert of Santa Cruz, CA, and Janet Eblen of Honolulu, plus six grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Marie Gaudielle of Tucson, AZ and brother Dr. Jack Eblen of New York City.

A memorial is set for 3:30 p.m. visitation, 4:30 p.m. service and reception following at Nuuanu Memorial Park on Saturday, January 8, 2010.

Bernadette Lani Evangelista

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Dec. 3, 2010
Bernadette Lani “Bernie” Evangelista, 43, of Waianae died in Leeward Integrated Health Services. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Norman J. Jr.; sons Ernest, Kaleo and Kalani Ramos; daughter Brandette Ramos-Labenia; stepson Jonathan; stepdaughter Jamie-Lee; parents Felix and Lily Labenia; mother Anna Martin; brothers George, Eric and Ernest Staudinger; sisters Doreen “Kalani” Liborio and Anna “Peewee” Hartsook; stepbrother Benny “Bonnie” Paclib; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Moanalua Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m.

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Al Haynes

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Dec. 28, 2010
Al Haynes, 64, of Kapaa, Kauai, a watershed manager for the San Lorenzo Valley Water District in California, died at home. He was born in San Francisco. He is survived by wife Su, sons Aaron and Bret, father Alfred W. Sr., brothers Anthony and Edward, sisters Patricia and Beatrice, and three grandchildren. Celebration of life: 4 p.m. Saturday at the family home in Kapaa.

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Kikuye Ishitani

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Dec. 9, 2010
Kikuye Ishitani, 88, of Waianae, a retiree from Tamura Superette, Waianae, died in Honolulu. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by sons Carl, Ken and Ross; sister Helen Kumagai; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Asako Kato

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Dec. 28, 2010
Asako Kato, 91, of Wailuku, a retired Maui Memorial Medical Center admitting clerk, died in Hale Makua, Kahului. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by daughters Lillian Yoshizawa and Helene Shiigi, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Friday at Wailuku Hongwanji Mission.

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WALTER I.M. KAU

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WALTER I. M. KAU

90, died in Hawaii Medical Center East on 20 December 2010. At his bedside were his only son, Philip, his daughter-in-law, Claire, and granddaughter, Megan. Walter, born in Honolulu, lived a long and happy life. His experience with the piano started at the age of nine and culminated some 81 years later. Walter debuted his musical gift at an organ recital held at St. Andrews Cathedral as a teenager. After graduating from McKinley High School, he married his wife, Esther, who predeceased his death by 11 years.

Walter served in the U.S. Navy around the time of World War II. And eventually was afforded the opportunity to attend one of the most prestigious music schools in the country at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music where he obtained his B.A. in music. He developed a large piano studio with a multitude of assistant instructors working under his tutelege. His devotion to the church never ceased as
He was the organist for St. Clement’s Church for over 50 years.

Walter’s Organ House was the exclusive distributor of the Allen Organ. His teaching of piano and organ has spanned some three generations. He was passionate about cooking, mahjong and became a respected master bridge player. He also developed an expertise and art in cultivating narcissus bulbs that bloomed incredible flowers which he proudly shared with both family and friends. Perhaps his greatest legacy, along with his music, is mentoring via positive thinking, kindness and compassion for others. He was also an avid ballroom dancer and instructor. After retirement from St. Clement’s, he traveled extensively and enjoyed entertaining on the keyboard and plying his dancing skills.

Walter is survived by his son, W. Philip (Claire K.) Kau, his sister, Bernice Kau, and brother, Robert “Bobby” Kau. He was fortunate to have twin granddaughters, Megan K. Kau and Kristen S. Kau who resides in Wisconsin.

Visitation from 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church service at 11 a.m. Burial at 12 noon at Oahu Cemetery. Flowers to be omitted. Casual attire.

Gil E. Lumangay

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Dec. 22, 2010
Gil E. Lumangay, 84, of Waipahu, a retired carpenter, died in Honolulu. He was born in Taguding, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is survived by wife Teodora; son Gil Jr.; daughters Leilani and Sandra P. Lumangay, and Lezel Ames; and three grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Monday at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park Chapel. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: noon at Valley of the Temples.

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Zachary Major Manago

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Dec. 17, 2010
Zachary Major “Zach” Manago, 18, of Honolulu, a Hawaii Pacific University student, died in Wahiawa. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents Dennis M. and Daphne L., brothers Michael and Nicholas, sister Jan Dunhour and grandparent May Tome. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, Red Hill, 3400 Moanalua Road. Services: 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Alfred Michael Masini

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ALFRED MICHAEL MASINI

Age 80, passed away on Monday November 29, 2010 Born in Jersey City, NJ, Television Programming Creator/Executive Producer. Founder, CEO President of TeleRep Inc.

Survived by wife: Charlyn; sister, Melba Marvinny; nieces Margo Brower Lorna Marvinny; Honda Family; Walter & Ruth Honda; Deborah Dean Dawn Dane Dara Nakagawa; Michele Edwin John Celeste Koyama; Katrina Benny Blake Gavin Mateo; and numerous friends.

Private services.

Served in the Air Force in the Korean War Veteran as a First Lieutenant Creator & Executive Producer of memorable hit shows: Entertainment Tonight, Star Search, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, Solid Gold, 32 award-winning mini-series & numerous TV shows.

Donations may be made to WWW.ALMASINI.COM or Hawaii Community Foundation: Alfred M. Masini Fund 1164 Bishop St. Suite 800 Honolulu, HI 96813

Rennette McLaughlin

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Dec. 26, 2010
Rennette McLaughlin, 41, of Las Vegas, an employee at United Airlines in San Francisco and San Diego, died in Las Vegas. She was born in San Mateo, Calif. She is survived by husband George, daughters Savannah H. Rose and Gabriella Kealohilani, sons Kingston G. Hanale and Maverick Kekoa, parents Edrick and Healani McDade, and brother Reggie. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Keanae, Maui. Casual attire.

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Otome Miyahira

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Dec. 22, 2010
Otome Miyahira, 88, of Kahului, a retired Ah Fook’s Supermarket fish department employee, food preparer and cook, died in Hale Makua, Kahului. She was born in Waikapu, Maui. She is survived by sons Robert, Thomas and Dennis; sisters Usako Nakata, Sumiko Hamahiga and Kiyoko Teruya; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Mark Nobuo Nishijo

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Dec. 28, 2010
Mark Nobuo Nishijo, 61, of Kahului, a Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. drip irrigation systems filter servicer and a Home Depot employee, died at home. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by mother Masako, brother Alan and sister Gwen Kunishige. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission. Services: 10 a.m.

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Wallace Mitsuo Nitta

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Dec. 30, 2010
Wallace Mitsuo “Wally” Nitta, 83, of Waimanalo, owner of Rocky Road Products Inc., died in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Frances; sons Dickey, Kyle, Ross and Albert; daughters Elva and Carole; brother Francis; sister Edith Kagawa; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation: 4 p.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 5 p.m.

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Harry Mitsugi Oda

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Dec. 12, 2010
Harry Mitsugi Oda, 88, of Honolulu, a retired real estate agent and an Army staff sergeant who served in World War II, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by son Curtis M., daughters Lynette M. Kam and Dorene S. Marumoto, brother Kenneth A., sisters Alice Higashi and Chieko Endo, and five grandchildren. Private services.

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Virginia Ortiz

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Jan. 3, 2011
Virginia “Virgie” Ortiz, 96, of Numila, Kauai, a homemaker, died in Hale Kupuna Heritage. She was born in Utudo, Puerto Rico. She is survived by sons John and Benjamin, sister Emma Frietas, four grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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Concepcion Narciso Pascua

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary Makai Chapel

CONCEPCION NARCISO PASCUA

Age 82 of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, passed away December 1, 2010 in Kapolei. She was born March 16, 1928 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

She is survived by her daughters, Eunice (Carlito) Eslava, Dinah (Romigio) Hernandez of San Francisco; son, Samson (Janet) Pascua of Dallas; 3 grandchildren.

Visitation 10:00 a.m. Saturday (January 8) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Funeral Service 11:30 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire, Flowers Welcome.

Hernando Rambas Ramones

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Dec. 12, 2010
Hernando Rambas Ramones, 86, of Honolulu, a former C.S. Wo & Sons employee, died at home. He was born in Pahala, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Roselani K.; son Carlton; daughters Colleen Imamura, Charmaine Kahele and Corinna Bayley; sister Rosita Pablo; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. No flowers.

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Etuale Sua

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Dec. 16, 2010
Etuale Sua, 74, of Waipahu, an Army veteran, died in Tripler Army Medical Center. He was born in American Samoa. He is survived by wife Faleupolu; sons Jerome, Apolosio, Etuale Jr., Nelson, Alomalietoa, John and Edward Sua, and Ryan Sousa; daughters Tina “Veti” and Emalata; brother Vaiuli; sister Eulalia Clark; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park.

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Masako Tamanaha

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Dec. 18, 2010
Masako Tamanaha, 90, of Kaneohe, a retired Dole Cannery trimmer, died in Aloha Nursing & Rehab Centre. She was born in Kaneohe. She is survived by sons Kenneth K., Glenn K., Roy K. and Gary K.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation: 3 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Thelma Tomoko Nitta Tokairin

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Dec. 22, 2010
Thelma Tomoko Nitta Tokairin, 80, of Honolulu, a retired state and city real property section supervisor for the Honolulu tax offices, died in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by husband Bert S., son Dr. Donn S., brother Masaharu Nitta, sister Bertha Tahira and two grandchildren. Visitation: 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 1:30 p.m. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Ronald Rikio Tomi

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RONALD RIKIO TOMI

69, of Sherman Oaks, California, died at his residence on December 12, 2010. He was a retired teacher/counselor at North Hollywood High School.

He is survived by parents, Yasumori “Harold” and Dora Tomi; brother, Edwin (Ruby) Tomi; nephew, Darin (Amy) Tomi; niece, Darcy (Darryl) Yamamoto; grand nephews, Dylan and Dustin Tomi.

Visitation 10 a.m. Sunday (January 9) at Hosoi Garden Mortuary, service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Malia Maluhia Kuuipo Vea

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Dec. 30, 2010
Malia Maluhia Kuuipo “Mia” Vea, 16, of Kailua-Kona, a Kealakehe High School student, died in Kohala Hospital. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by parents Ika Jr. and Linda; sisters Kanani and Kalehua; grandparents Ika Sr. and Puanani Vea, Randall and Florine Elarco, and Phyllis Elarco; and great-grandparents Miriam Elarco and Dora Regidor. Visitation: 8 a.m. Saturday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kailua-Kona. Services: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawi Community Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Teri T. Yoro

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Dec. 10, 2010
Teri T. Yoro, 46, of Kapolei, an Aloha Shoyu Co. accounting supervisor, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Wahiawa. She is survived by fiance William Godsey; sons Gerold Yoro and Bryson and Bronson Godsey; daughter Tiffany Kasoga; mother Marietta Garcia; brother Jay; sisters Michelle Spalding, Alicia Yoro and Leona Birano; and stepbrother Ernie Kalaukahi. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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