Archive for March 3rd, 2011

DOUGLAS K. AKIYAMA

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Mililani Downtown Mortuary
(20 S. Kukui St.)

DOUGLAS
K. AKIYAMA

Age 63, of Pearl City, Hawaii, passed away February 14, 2011 in Pearl City. Born December 11, 1947 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

He is survived by wife, Hyok Ja Akiyama; sons, Robert (Jennifer) Akiyama of CA, Soon Akiyama of WA; daughter, Melanie Shin; 2 grandchildren; sister, Geralyn Akiyama; numerous nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Visitation 10:00 a.m. Sunday (March 6) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; Memorial Service 10:30 a.m.

Harry Teruo Arakaki

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Feb. 21, 2011
Harry Teruo Arakaki, 89, of Pearl City, a retired Hawaiian Telephone Co. telephone technician and a Navy veteran, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Roy M., Stanley M. and Ronald M.; daughters Jane M. Choi and Liane M. Arakaki; sisters Haruko and Betsy C. Higa, and Janet Y. Kaneshiro; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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James Anthony Kwan Sau Dang

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Feb. 25, 2011
James Anthony Kwan Sau Dang, 86, of Salt Lake City , formerly of Honolulu, a retired Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. heavy-equipment operator and an Army veteran, died in Salt Lake City. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by wife Pauline; sons Robert and David; daughters Patricia Domingo, Karen Fitisemanu and Paulette Takata; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services to be held in Utah.

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Bettye L. Douglass

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Feb. 22, 2011
Bettye L. Douglass, 86, of Texas, formerly of Hawaii, died in San Antonio . She was born in West Palm Beach, Fla. She is survived by husband Owen, daughters Susan E. Cutting and Terri D. Jones, and four grandchildren. Services held in San Antonio.

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Stella Keala Hoohuli Enos

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Jan. 26, 2011
Stella Keala Hoohuli Enos, 75, of Nanakuli, a licensed practical nurse at the former St. Francis Medical Center in Liliha , died in Hawaii Medical Center West. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Doris Enos-Branigan, Garnet Clark, Rose P. Enos-Ceniza, Diane and Melanie Enos, and Violet Hoohuli; brothers Joe, Josiah and William Hoohuli; sister Mabel H. Wright; 23 grandchildren; and 39 great- grand-children. Visitation: 2 p.m. Saturday at Moanalua Mortuary. Services: 3 p.m. Cremation to follow. Additional information for an obituary published yesterday.

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Mary Minnie Maunu Akamu Feliciano

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Jan. 20, 2011
Mary Minnie Maunu Akamu Feliciano, 64, of Kapaau, Hawaii, died in Honolulu. She was born in North Kona. She is survived by sons Shannon Feliciano and Kainalu and Kekoa Po’okela Akamu Feliciano , and Chad Kalele; daughters Petriss Croft, Shanell and Shunya Ku’ulei Feliciano, P. Ka’ala Kahalioumi, Penny Andrade, Pilialoha Kalele and R. Amoo Kainoa; brothers Herbert Jr. and Samuel Maunu, Eddie and Jesse Kaona, and Billy, Charles and Robert Palakiko; sisters Emily Kamaka, Helena K. Bromaghin, Kamaile Kalima and Suzanne Hinch; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private services. Incorrect information in an obituary published Tuesday.

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Helen Fumiko Fukuda

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Feb. 21, 2011
Helen Fumiko Fukuda, 83, of Aiea, a retired secretary for the U.S. Naval Supply Center, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Keith Y.; daughters Karen Y. Tanaka, Joan K. Inocelda and Janice G. Fukuda; brothers Masao, Yoshinobu and Albert K. Yamato; eight grandchildren; and a great- grandchild. Visitation: 5 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m.

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Nobue Fukuhara

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NOBUE FUKUHARA
Feb. 5, 2011

88, of Honolulu, a retired Kramer’s seamstress, died at Hale Nani Nursing Center. She was born in Kohala, Hawaii.

She is survived by sons Glenn and Ryan, daughters Lynn Furusawa and Shirley Fukuhara, brothers Takeo and Terrance Harada, sister Mineko Ito and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on February 28 at the Diamond Head Mortuary and burial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Alfred Sup Hong

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Feb. 11, 2011
Alfred Sup Hong, 92, of Honolulu, a Hong’s Enterprise partner and an Army veteran who served in World War II, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Vera Hong, daughter Ceseli Lee, sisters Loretta and Evelyn Wong, and three grandchildren. Visitation: 11:30 a.m. Monday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 12:30 p.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

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PETER KAIU AKIONA JR.

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PETER KAIU AKIONA JR.

Peter (“Dad”, “Papa”, “Uncle Peter”, “Capt. Pete) Kaiu Akiona Jr., age 85, passed away on Friday, February 11, 2011 at his Waimanalo home. He was born on December 7, 1925 to Peter Sr. and Julia Akiona in Honolulu, Hawai’i. A 1976 retiree of the Honolulu Fire Department as a Rescue Captain, he took great pride in beautifying and working his homestead land. He especially enjoyed golfing, traveling and gathering with family and friends.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, he is predeceased by his wife Deborah and survived by his 7 children; Byron, Rowen Kekuewa, Aaron, Kevin, Adryn, Peter III, and Debbi Eleneki; 25 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Josephine Crow, Ramona Teves, Lorraine Kaniho, Dorothy Kekuewa, Veronica Samera, Shirley Hering, Paul Akiona and Lorna Terry, nieces; nephews; and friends.

His welcoming arms will be missed. A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kaneohe, O’ahu. Visitation begins at 10:00 a.m., services at 12:00 noon. Gravesite services to follow at 2:00 p.m. in the nearby Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

Modesto Tamayo Cruz Jr.

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Feb. 3, 2011
Modesto Tamayo Cruz Jr., 74, of Pearl City died in Aiea. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Julia M.; sons Herman, Modesto III, Arnel and Noel; daughters Venie Lee, Leah Cruz, Rowena Vessiropoulos and Gemma Atti; brother Dr. Victor; sisters Dr. Josefina Cruz-Soto and Mercedes Boan; and 12 grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 1525 Waimano Home Road. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Katherine Jane Sabanal Mercado

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Feb. 13, 2011
Katherine Jane Sabanal “Kathy” Mercado, 78, of Waipahu, a homemaker, died in Aiea. She was born in Waimalu. She is survived by sons Ben and Mateo Leal, and Jose, Dale and Dewelle Mercado; daughters Kris Tingkang, Julie Kitajima, Jo Ann Chaves and Euhenia Pangelinan; brothers Edward Sabanal and Harry Cruz; 24 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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EVANITA SUMNER MIDKIFF

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EVANITA SUMNER MIDKIFF

Was born June 8, 1922 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, and died on February 25, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was 88.

She was the oldest daughter of George Wilson Sumner and Eva Elise Helene Focke Sumner, and granddaughter of Anita Alejandra Neumann Focke Lloyd and great-granddaughter of Paul Neumann, attorney general for King Kalakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani. Although Paul Neumann was only the Queen’s attorney general for 36 hours, he was her personal attorney until his death in 1901. He served as her personal representative, and with Prince David Kawananakoa traveled to Washington D.C. in February of 1893. He and Prince David successfully kept Hawaii from becoming a Territory of the United States under President Grover Cleveland. That changed in 1898 when McKinley took office. He also successfully negotiated a pension for the Queen and Princess Ka’iulani to live on. In 1895, Paul Neumann defended the Queen at her trial.

Her father, George Wilson Sumner, was from Indiana, a Naval Submariner, and attended the US Naval Academy, came to Hawaii with the Navy, and became President of American Factors (now known as AmFac). He died of a heart attack in 1963. His ancestor originally came to America as Louis Crocketagne, a French Huguenot, settled in Virginia, served as a Captain in the colonial militia (pre-Revolutionary War), and his family eventually migrated west to Indiana. Another of her ancestors was Martha Crockett, Davy Crockett’s first cousin.

Her mother, Eva Elise Focke Sumner, was born in Honolulu in 1898. Mrs. Sumner served as Regent of the Daughters of Hawaii and as President of the Garden Club of Honolulu, and was a Director of the Garden Club of America, and was a Board member of the Pan-Pacific Board of the Metropolitan Opera. Her great-grandfather was Paul Neumann, an attorney (originally from East Prussia, Germany) who trained in San Francisco and came to Hawaii with Claus Spreckels, the German sugar baron. Eva’s grandmother was born in Acapulco, and was German, Mexican Indian, and Spanish. Eva’s mother, Anita Alejandra Focke Neumann Lloyd, grew up in Honolulu, and Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a poem about her when he saw her at one of King Kalakaua’s balls.

Evanita was the oldest of three children. Her brother was George W. Sumner, Jr., and her sister is Elisabeth Sumner Erdman. She attended the Valley School and Punahou School. One year, her parents took her out of Punahou and she spent a year studying at Chateau Marie Josee in Gstaad, Switzerland. She was a tremendous athlete at Punahou. She swam and was a champion swimmer, having won the Waterhouse Cup, dove, rode horses, played tennis, and was a ROTC sponsor, on the rifle team. After her graduation, her grandmother planned to take her to Europe for a year before college, but World War II broke out in Europe, so she spent a year in Dana Hall School, a boarding school in Massachusetts, before attending Vassar. She spent two years at Vassar before the Pearl Harbor bombing in 1941, and immediately came home to Hawaii after the attack. She served in the WARD (Women’s Air Raid Defense). Due to her father’s Navy connections, her family home became an unofficial place where Navy officers were welcomed. She had an active social life, and was asked for her hand in marriage several times.

She married Robert Richards Midkiff in 1948, a fourth-generation descendant of missionaries on his mother’s side and a descendant of schoolteachers on his father’s side. His father became a trustee of the Bishop Estate, after serving as the principal of Kamehameha Schools, and as a teacher at Punahou. She raised five children, Mary, Robin, Shelley, Robert Jr., and David. In 1950, they moved their first two babies to their house on Kahala Beach.

She was always energetic and active, and loved to travel, especially to Europe. She once sold World Book encyclopedias to finance a trip around the world with the three girls, and later became a successful real estate agent, but gave it up when it became evident that it was interfering with her golf game. She was an excellent golfer, and won several awards in her division, and achieved a remarkable record of three holes-in-one. She played regularly on Tuesdays at Waialae Country Club, and before that, she was a regular at Oahu Country Club. She took up running in her fifties, and regularly came in second in her age bracket in many 10-K races. When she gave up running, she walked regularly every day for several miles.

She was a remarkable volunteer, and was involved in many community organizations. She served as Regent of the Daughters of Hawaii for two years, and chaired the Publications Committee, coordinating the publishing of several books, including a major book on koa furniture. She was co-chair of the Ali’iolani Hale History Center Restoration, President of the Junior League, a long-time member of the Garden Club of Honolulu, and served on many golfing committees. She was a passionate and articulate community volunteer.

When her Kahala house burned to the ground in 1970, she supervised the rebuilding of a lovely new home in the same spot. She wrote about her unpleasant experience with the insurance company in a Honolulu magazine article, “Your House Burns Down – and Where’s Your Friendly Insurance Man?”. Later, when a friend died of lung cancer, she wrote another article, “Death Begins at 40” for the same publication. When she and the Apua Gang attended a Rolling Stones concert, she wrote a funny article called “It’s Only Rock and Roll”. Writing came easily to her.

She was glamorous and independent, and her photograph appeared many times in various publications. Her social network included the Apua Ale and Sail Gang, a group of friends who grew up together and maintained their Punahou connection all their lives. With many children trailing beside her, she took up golf on the Kahuku golf course. The Apua Gang children all became friends, and the parents taught them to sail and gave them a large extended network of connections. As her parents had done before her, her home became the scene of many wonderful parties. She and her husband decided to take disco dancing lessons, and invited their friends to join them at their house in Kahala for those lessons. There were so many parties given for her friends and for her children, and most of those parties ended with rolling up the rug and lots of dancing. She danced hula, and danced a wonderful “Makee Ailana” and “Papalina Lahilahi”.

She is survived by numerous family members, including her loving husband of sixty-two years, Robert Richards Midkiff; and five children, Mary Lloyd Midkiff Fiedler, Robin Starr Midkiff, Shelley Sumner Midkiff-Borunda, Robert Richards Midkiff, Jr., and David Wilson Midkiff; and her six grandchildren, Jennifer Cooke Fiedler, Julia Wright Fiedler, Alejandra Sumner Lili’uokalani Borunda, Erich Atherton Deines, Anita Starr Deines, Gabriel Itzcoatl Borunda, and her sister Elisabeth (Betsy) (Mrs. C. Pardee Erdman). She was pre-deceased by her brother George W. Sumner, Jr. (Bebe Moody).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in her name to the Daughters of Hawaii, 2913 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, or to Punahou School, 1601 Punahou Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822, for the Robert R. ’38 and Evanita S. ’39 Midkiff Endowed Fund to support Early Childhood Education, or to any charity of your choice.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2011 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Square, 96813, with a private interment service at the Mission Houses Cemetery.

Deborah Bishop Pannabecker

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Jan. 13, 2011
Deborah Bishop Pannabecker, 84, of Honolulu, a Leeward Community College retiree, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born in New York. She is survived by daughter Leslie Bloss and two grandchildren. Services: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Nativity Church (Episcopal), 5286 Kalanianaole Highway. Donations suggested to the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) or National Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org) .

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Susumu Sakaida

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Feb. 7, 2011
Susumu “Tonti” Sakaida, 86, of Aiea, a retired journey general mechanic of CPC Del Monte Kualapuu, Molokai, and an Army veteran who served in World War II with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, I Company, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. He was born in Kaunakakai. He is survived by sons Dane and Eric, daughter Grace McKnight, brothers Seichi and Manabu, and 10 grandchildren. Visitation: 2 p.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 3 p.m. Inurnment at a later date at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers. Incorrect information in an obituary published yesterday.

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Wallace Kealiiokalani Beck Sr.

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Feb. 22, 2011
Wallace Kealiiokalani “Wally” Beck Sr., 88, of Hilo, a retired Hawaii County district overseer, an Army veteran who served during World War II and the Vietnam War, and a Hawaii National Guard veteran, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Kamaoa, Hawaii. He is survived by son Wallace K. Jr., hanai sister Susan Pua, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Hilo Stake Center, 1373 Kilauea Ave. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.

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Jaime Oscar Nono Cabico Sr.

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Feb. 17, 2011
Jaime Oscar Nono Cabico Sr., 60, of Waipahu, a Team Clean Inc. general cleaner, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. He was born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is survived by wife Anselma; sons Oscar Jr., Nelson, Justine and Bryn; daughters Ma. Bernadette, Ma. Gene-vieve and Clare Cabico, and Ma. Grace Ramos; brother Domingo; sister Gliceria Oliver; and 11 grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Monday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church, Waipahu. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

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John E. Lopes Sr.

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Feb. 20, 2011
John E. Lopes Sr., 85, of Honolulu, a retired federal government firefighter and an Army veteran, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Setsuko, sons John E. Jr. and Michael, daughters Lynnette Kilantang and Candace Donohoe, brother Domingoes Jr., sisters Rachel Pacheco and Ethel Seguirant, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Church. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Inurnment: 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

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KEIKO TAKEHARA

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary

KEIKO TAKEHARA

Age 70, of Mililani, Hawaii, passed away February 12, 2011 in Ewa Beach. Born January 29, 1941 in Osaka, Japan.

She is survived by daughter, Keily (Glenn Sasano) Takehara-Sasano; mother, Uto Nishihira; siblings, Mieko Iha, Yoshihiro (Tomiko) Nishihira, Masako (Genyasu) Maeshiro, Kazuko Nishihira, Shizuko (Matsuo) Ooshiro; 2 grandchildren.

Private services were held.

Alice Julie Marie Wilding

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Feb. 19, 2011
Alice Julie Marie Wilding, 103, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Honolulu. She was born in Quebec, Canada. She is survived by daughters Lorraine Freitas, Brenetta Tracey and Sheila Makahanaloa; three brothers; 12 sisters; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Monday at Star of the Sea. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples.

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Tadashi Yamaji

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Feb. 13, 2011
Tadashi “Tad” Yamaji, 91, of Honolulu, a retired contractor doing business as T. Yamaji Contracting, died. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by wife Janet F., daughter Sandy Ogawa, brother Joseph Y. and a grandchild. Visitation: 3 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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