Archive for April 27th, 2011

Margarita R. Agcaoili

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April 8, 2011
Margarita R. Agcaoili, 80, of Koloa, Kauai, a retired Koloa School custodian, died at home. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by son Dean; daughter Florence Travis; brothers Emilio, Emiliano and Domingo Resurreccion; sisters Marcelina Juan, Librada Reyes and Felonila Pascua; and four grandchildren. Visitation: 2 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, Koloa. Services: 3 p.m.

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Anthony “Akoni” Fox Akana

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ANTHONY “AKONI” FOX AKANA

Anthony “Akoni” Fox Akana died at age 54 on March 25, 2011 at his home in Ainakoa surrounded by family and friends. Akoni was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and was a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. He moved to Maui which was his first love, where he lived for 35 years and was the Executive Director of Friends of Moku’ula Lahaina, Maui. He is also a Kumu Hula and composed many songs and chants.

He is the last of the three sons including Kainoa and Francis that preceded him and is survived by his parents, Kainoa (Skippy) and Frances Akana, sister-in-law; Andrea Akana, Nieces & Nephews, Aunties & Uncles; and dear friend Shirley Kahai from Maui.

A service was held in Maui on April 23rd at Moku’ula Grounds. Services in Honolulu will be held at Oahu Cemetary in Nuuanu on April 30th, 2011. Visitation 9:00am, Service at 10:30am with burial to follow. Lunch will be served there on the Lanai. Casual attire.

Casandra Nalani Paaluhi Figueroa

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April 24, 2011
Casandra Nalani Paaluhi Figueroa, 61, of Hilo, a homemaker, died at home. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by daughters Jendi Saldana, Jenea Respicio and Tisa and Siani Figueroa; brother Edwin Paaluhi; sisters Mary Andreasen, Elaine Nakatani and Patricia Morimoto; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. tomorrow at Dodo Mortuary. Celebration of life: 6 p.m. Additional visitation:
8 a.m. Friday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hilo Stake Center. Services: 10 a.m. Casual
attire.

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Wendell Kai Mun Ho

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April 16, 2011
Wendell Kai Mun Ho, 70, of Ewa Beach, a retired welder at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and owner of Regalo Bakery, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Ruby; daughter Robin; stepson Christian Nalumen; stepdaughter Magnolia Nalumen; brothers Daniel and Damien; sisters Beatrice Silva, Mary Quemado and Flora Kaai; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Chapel. Services: 9 a.m. Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

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Jose Estrera Jr.

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March 24, 2011
Jose “Joe” Estrera Jr., 71, of Waianae, a retired production controller at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Waipahu. He is survived by wife Brenda; son Ronald; daughters Veronica and Charisse Estrera, and Felicia Kaopuiki; sisters Bernadette Estrera and Kathy Jasmin; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 11 a.m. Casual attire.

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Gary Makoko Kawaoka

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March 20, 2011
Gary Makoko Kawaoka, 68, of Honolulu, a Hawaiian Electric Co. design planner, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Ethel T. Visitation: 1 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 2 p.m. Casual attire.

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Sachio Koyada

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March 12, 2011
Sachio Koyada, 83, of Pearl City, a Kuakini and Queen’s medical centers retiree, and an Army veteran, died in Pearl City. He was born in Waipahu. He is survived by wife Gloria; son Dwight; daughters Linda Yoshida, Wanda Koyada and Joyce Foster; brothers Masao and Yoshio; sisters Margaret Tanabe and Florence Oh; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10 a.m.

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Hinako M. Kuboyama

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April 25, 2011
Hinako M. Kuboyama, 80, of Eleele, Kauai, a retired clerk at the Kauai County Drivers Licensing Section, died in Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. She was born in Makaweli, Kauai. She is survived by son Russell, daughter Leila, brother Shigeru Murakami and sister Myrtle Shinagawa. Visitation: 3 p.m. Sunday at Kauai Soto Zen Temple, Hanapepe, Kauai. Services: 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Lawrence LIT LAU, Jr. M.D.

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Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary

LAWRENCE LIT LAU, JR, M.D.

He was born in San Francisco on September 4, 1924 and died March 7, 2011. He said the most significant part of his life was his army training and service. After graduating from Punahou School, 1942, he enlisted at age 17 at Stanford University recruiting office, did basic training at Fort Ord, and was trained as a medical corpsman in Texas. Soon thereafter, he was on a troop ship, without convoy, to the swamps and jungle in New Guinea, where he was a malaria specialist. He was subsequently transferred to a field hospital, was on the second wave to the beach during the Philippine invasion, spent the night on the beach under heavy fire and was immediately sent to the prison camp holding American prisoners of war from Correigidor and Bataan. He said the freed prisoners were a pitiful sight, the silence was eerie. No cheering. Only smiles. The colonel said, “clean them up.” At the field hospital, he said, there were “broken bodies”, “severed limbs”, the horrors and smell of gangrene, disposing of the severed or amputated limbs, and comforting young boys like himself, who were calling for their mothers.

He was in Japan with his unit, which was part of the Invasion Army and soon called the Army of Occupation. He was very touched by the kindness of the Japanese civilians and the beautiful country.

He returned to Stanford University (1948, B.A. in Biology and Classics; 1952, M.D.). His name is on the wall of the new Medical School building entrance, for “substantial and consistent” donations. He did his internship at San Francisco General Hospital, residencies at University of Denver Hospital, Mennonite Hospital, and Michael Reese Hospital (Chicago). He spent 5 years in private practice at Chock-Pang Clinic and 29 years with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at its Waipahu Punawai Clinic, which he helped to open. He later served as chief physician for several years. His retirement was spent traveling, visiting his daughters, and reading. He was actively involved in a number of charitable organizations. He delivered meals-on-wheels daily to elderly or homebound residents in Kalihi. The Special Olympics was also very important to him, and he was a longtime supporter. He also supported organizations for veterans and numerous Boys and Girls clubs.

He is survived by his wife Alana Wai Lan (nee Wong), sister Nancy Ann (Penny) Ling of Singapore and Wisconsin, daughters Honorable Laurie Lau (Cairns) of Manhattan, NY and Lisa Lau (Ming) of Bryn Mawr, PA, and two grandchildren, Matthew and Emily Ming.

Stephen Mellor

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April 13, 2011
Stephen “Heph-zi-bah” Mellor, 60, of Ocean View, Hawaii, a teacher, died in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He was born in Hyannis, Mass. He is survived by wife Ryoko, sons Mason and Mercury, daughter Melissa, brother Glenn and a grandchild. Celebration of life: noon Sunday at the family residence, Ocean View. For information, call 939-9292.

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Sumie Sasaki Miller

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April 13, 2011
Sumie Sasaki Miller, 90, of Honolulu, a retired R Baird & Co. sales representative, died. She was born in Waialua. She is survived by sons John W. and Robert L. “Larry,” and three grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Sunday at Shinshu Kyokai Mission, 1631 S. Beretania St. Services: 11 am. Casual attire. No flowers.

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James Hideo Murakami

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April 5, 2011
James Hideo “Jimmy” Murakami, 77, of Honolulu, a retired Federal Aviation Administration air traffic specialist and an Air Force veteran, died in Maunalani Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Shirley S., son Kevin M., daughters Vickie S. Shiroma and Lori H. Murakami, and a grandchild. Visitation: 11 a.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services at noon. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Hidemi Nakao

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April 21, 2011
Hidemi Nakao, 84, of Kahului died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by wife Aiko, son Glenn, sisters Grace Rauschenburg and Yukimi Shoda, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Bible Church, Kahului. Services: 11 a.m. No flowers.

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EVELYN PAINTER

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EVELYN PAINTER

An inveterate traveler, Evelyn Painter took her final departure on April Fools’ Day. Her previous travels included destinations on all continents as well as the North Pole. She made Hawaii her home in 1968. She loved the islands and worked to keep them and their waters beautiful. When not traveling or enjoying the flora and fauna of Hawaii, she frequented musical, theatrical and dance performances: homegrown and imported. She never went anywhere without a book, usually one borrowed from the Hawaii Public Library, Mililani Branch. She loved stories (other people’s and her own), puzzles and poker. Her family and friends miss her zest for life and great laugh. I imagine we may hear some good stories from her when we join her.

Elena Bolusan Ramelb

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March 27, 2011
Elena Bolusan Ramelb, 87, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. She was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by sons Feliciano, Willie and Joven; daughters Juliana Villanueva, Connie Catacutan and Tina Cabalang; brothers Jose, Patricio, Mariano and Benigno Bolusan; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, 20 S. Kukui St. Services: 6:30 p.m. Casual attire.

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Mark James Reeves

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April 21, 2011
Mark James Reeves, 61, of Kailua-Kona, a carpenter and an Army veteran, died in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in San Diego. He is survived by mother Marcheta Weeks. Graveside services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

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Mineichi Saiki

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March 18, 2011
Mineichi Saiki, 102, of Wailua Houselots, Kauai, a state custodian, died in Garden Isle Health Care. He was born in Makaweli, Kauai. He is survived by son Alvin, daughter Arlene Harada, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Private services. Incorrect information in an obituary published Monday.

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Agnes Asing Silva-Martin

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April 11, 2011
Agnes Asing Silva-Martin, 97, of Honolulu died in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by daughter Bino Alexion, brothers Albert and Gabriel “Sonny” Silva, sisters Irene Moreno and Margie Cryar, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Services: 1 p.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. Additional information for an obituary published Monday.

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Wilson Pearson Sullivan

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March 29, 2011
Wilson Pearson Sullivan, 44, of Keaau, Hawaii, an ACR Water Hauling trucking supervisor and retired longline fishing captain, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Charlotte and brothers James, Charles and Billy. A truck convoy begins 10 a.m. Sunday at the Hilo Bayfront canoe landing area. Services: 3 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers and lei welcome.

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WESTLEY TSUGIO TAGAMI

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary
Mauka Chapel

WESTLEY
TSUGIO TAGAMI

Age 55, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away April 7, 2011 in Wahiawa. Born February 13, 1956 in Honolulu, HI. Westley was a 1974 graduate of Leilehua High School. He was the owner of Wesport and coached youth baseball.

He is survived by wife, Patricia Tagami; son, Ricky Tagami; father, Hisashi Tagami; brother, Ivan Tagami; stepdaughter, Samantha Mazzulla of FL; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

Visitation 4:30 p.m. Saturday (April 30) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire/Baseball uniforms.

Westley Tsugio Tagami

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April 7, 2011
Westley Tsugio Tagami, 55, of Wahiawa, owner of Wesport, died in Wahiawa. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Patricia, son Ricky, father Hisashi, brother Ivan and stepdaughter Samantha Mazzulla. Visitation: 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Casual attire.

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Helen Tsurue Takara

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March 26, 2011
Helen Tsurue Takara, 81, of Honolulu, a J.C. Penney waitress, died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband George I., daughter Sandra N. Nishida, brother Shunso Kono and sister Beatrice M. Kuba. Private services. Incorrect information published in an obituary Saturday.

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Richard Sadaji Takasaki

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RICHARD SADAJI TAKASAKI
93, Retired Educator

Richard Sadaji Takasaki, 93, retired Educator, passed away in Honolulu on April 15. Born and raised in Honolulu, Richard graduated from McKinley High School (Class of ’36) and was an avid and life long learner, educator, voracious reader and dedicated sports fan.

Richard held degrees from the University of Hawaii, Columbia, Harvard and Brandeis Universities. He served the State of Hawaii as Chief of Research & Statistics and Chief Budget Examiner; the City & County of Honolulu as Director of Finance; the University of Hawaii: as VP, Business Affairs, Professor of Social Work, Acting President, Chancellor; the East West Center as VP, Administration and the Bishop Estate as Director of Finance.

He also served the community holding numerous roles including Hawaii Humane Society, Campaign Chair; Kamehameha Schools, Board of Governors; Liliuokalani Trust Child Welfare Dept, Advisory Committee Chairman, City & County Planning Commission and the Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Board of Directors, amongst others.

Richard was married to the late T. Rose (Hara) and is survived by brother George (Betty); sister, Roberta (Jimmy) Uesugi; beloved dog, VeePee III, and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews and loving colleagues and friends.

He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed for his ever present sense of humor, unfailing loyalty and optimistic spirit.

Services: May 1 at 10 am. Hosoi Mortuary, 30 N. Kukui St. Aloha attire.

Richard S. Takasaki

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April 15, 2011
Richard S. Takasaki, 93, of Honolulu, a retired University of Hawaii educator and an Army veteran, died in Kahala Nui. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brother George and sister Roberta Uesugi. Visitation: 9 a.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire.

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Lorna Yaeko Tsuruda

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April 3, 2011
Lorna Yaeko Tsuruda, 54, of Aiea, a Rescue Safety Pacific Inc. sales representative, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Calvin, son Carson, daughters Jana and Dana, parents Richard and Ruth Arakaki, and brother Guy Arakaki. Visitation: 10 a.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services at noon. Casual attire.

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Henry Woltag

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April 11, 2011
Henry Woltag, 90, of Honolulu died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Portsmouth, England. He is survived by wife Lara; son Adam; daughters Lydia and Cherisse Woltag, and Tisha Zachary; sister Celia; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Private services.

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ALVERNA ULULANI Y.K. YUEN

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ALVERNA ULULANI Y.K. YUEN

Alverna Ululani Y. K. Yuen, 82, of Alewa Heights passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 17, 2011. Born and raised in Pauoa, she graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy, Class of 1947. After high school, she worked for her father’s auto parts company. She married Kenneth who was her husband for 59 years and they raised four sons.

Alverna volunteered at Maryknoll Grade School where she and best friend, Lucille Druecker started Maryknoll’s first snack bar. She was an avid sportswoman, competing as a ranked badminton player, and playing tennis and golf with friends and family members. She loved to fish, cook, sew, and play cards with friends and her grandchildren. Her home became the central location for get-togethers and celebrations. She enjoyed preparing a weekly dinner for family members living in Hawaii and looked forward to their company.

Once the demands of homemaking subsided, Alverna returned to work as an Executive Secretary with Brewer Environmental Industries (BEI) where she would retire after 20 years of employment. During her years at BEI, she was a member of the Professional Secretaries International. She enjoyed following BEI’s softball teams during their annual neighbor island tournaments.

During her retirement years, she and Kenneth made about 3 trips yearly to visit her sons, grandchildren, nieces and nephews living on the mainland. These trips often included side trips to Las Vegas. She became a member of Halau Hula Kamamolikolehua and enjoyed performing with the troupe. She opened her home to her halau members for practices.

Alverna worshiped at Blessed Sacrament Church where she was baptized, confirmed and married. She is survived by husband, Kenneth, sons, Kevin, Chris (Norine), Kent (Lynn) and Kenn (Kimberly), grandchildren Sondra, Alika, Ryan, Garrett, Derrick, Kainoa and Keahi, sisters Audrey Vance and Alexa Hashimoto, brother Alexander Ho and hanai sister, Catherine Dela Pena.

Alverna’s warmth, kindness and love will be dearly missed.

Catholic mass celebrated on Friday, April 29th at 3:30pm at Blessed Sacrament Church Followed by Visitation at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Celebration of Life at 6:00pm

Inurnment at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl on
Monday, May 2nd at 8:30am

Aloha Attire / No Flowers


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