Archive for May 29th, 2011

Robert Acoba

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May 13, 2011
Robert Acoba, also known as “Bobby” and “Mr. Magic,” 71, of Pearl City, a magician and bartender, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. He was born in Makawao, Maui. He is survived by wife Rosie A.B.; sons Jon T., Riley L. and Corey R.; daughters Jodee K. Acoba-Suganuma and Christine R. Acoba; mother Katie; brothers Edwardo and David; and a grandchild. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

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Seniu Chancheck

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May 21, 2011
Seniu Chancheck, 70, of Honolulu, a Kapiolani Car Express retiree, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Western Samoa. He is survived by wife Elena; sons Michael Laulusa, Seniu Chancheck, George Roberts and Seniu Chancheck Jr.; daughters Imeleta Mcarthur, Maria Sutton, Mareta, Elena and Imeleta Chancheck, and Doreen Faavi; mother Pepe Chan Cheuk; brothers Kenneth Keneti and Tuialii R. and Peter Chan Cheuk; sisters Faamita Ah Boon, Silia Brown, Mokiana Bernard, Tilomai Lilomaiava, Tasileta Siutu, Sera McCarthy-Pita, Paula Chan Cheuk, Epifania Smith, Makerita Wright, Lesina Fonoimoana and Sera Jr. Moss; 34 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church, 1614 Monte St., Honolulu. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. No monetary offerings.

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BERNARD CHU KIN CHING

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BERNARD CHU KIN CHING

Bernard Chu Kin Ching of Nuuanu, 72, a retired HPD Officer and former Loss Prevention Director for Sears Hawaii, passed away May 25, 2011, surrounded by family and close friends. Born in Honolulu and a widower, he was the youngest of five children. “Bernie” graduated from then St. Louis College in 1956 and was part of the 12th HPD recruit class in 1960. At HPD, “Detective Ching” was once part of an elite undercover unit that answered only to the Police Chief and was a noted expert on “Yakuza” in Hawaii, once testifying before the U.S. Congress. Bernard was a frequent actor on the original “Hawaii Five-0,” making numerous appearances during the hit show’s 12 year run. After 25 years at HPD, he worked for Sears Hawaii and retired after two more decades of dedicated service. A gifted chef, he once operated his own restaurant in McCully. At home, he loved to entertain and often prepared elaborate 9-course Chinese dinners, something friends and family still talk about. Bernard will be deeply missed and remembered as a loving father, a tireless worker, and a loyal friend. He is survived by his five sons: Kenneth, Kevin, Michael, Shawn, and Jason; siblings Dorothy, Laura and Samuel, and five grandchildren. Services will be held on Friday, June 3, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church, Ko`olau Country Club, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The family graciously requests no flowers.

GAYLE “GIBBY” N. FUKUTOMI

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary
Mauka Chapel

GAYLE “GIBBY” N. FUKUTOMI

Age 60, of Aiea, Hawaii, passed away May 14, 2011 in Aiea. Born December 4, 1950 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Gayle was an employee of the State in various departments including Dept. of Transportation and Human Services.

She is survived by mother, Janet Fukutomi; sisters, Denise Fukutomi, Lynn (Alvin) Matsumura, Joann (Norman) Morinaga, Paula Fukutomi; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Thursday (June 2) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m.

Alan Kunio Hirao

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May 25, 2011
Alan Kunio Hirao, 45, of Kailua, a former mechanic for Honda Windward and the city, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Kimberly, daughters Ashley and Kristyn, father Wilfred “Kuni,” brother Michael, sister Stephanie Kuhns and two grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Casual attire.

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Zacarias Castro Chichioco Jr.

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May 19, 2011
Zacarias Castro Chichioco Jr., also known as “Zack,” “Junior” and “Jun,” 45, of Kahului, a former maintenance supervisor at Aston Mahana in Kaanapali, Lahaina, died at home. He was born in Tarlac, Philippines. He is survived by wife Marites S. “Tess”; son Zacarias S. “ZJ”; daughter Zo’e M.S.; mother Florenda; brothers Aselo, Bey, Boy and Bernie; and sisters Marvi Cruz, Odjie Inigo, Beng Virgino and Rosanna Alviedo. Visitation: 6 p.m. June 6 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Kahului. Mass: 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 10 a.m. June 7 at the church. Services: 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Laura M.N. Kealalio

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LAURA M.N. KEALALIO

95, of Honolulu, died May 17, 2011. Born in Honolulu, the youngest of eight children, she was raised in Kakaako, and grew up working in her parents’ grocery store. After graduating from McKinley High School, she traveled to Watsonville, California to attend Beauty School. She was licensed as a beautician and cosmetologist in both California and Hawaii. In 1963, she ended her work career as a mail clerk at the Queen’s Hospital and soon forged a new career as grandmother, baby-sitter and frequent visitor to The Cal.

Laura was preceded in death by her husband Joe “Blurr” Kealalio. Undaunted, she whole-heartedly supported his endeavors as a union organizer and negotiator in the early years of Hawaii’s labor movement.

She is survived by sons, Norbert and Wayne (Sandra) Kealalio; daughters, Izetta (Richard) Iwata and Odetta (Edwin) Fujimori; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Visitation 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 31st at Borthwick Mortuary Mauka Chapel; service: 11:00 a.m.; burial 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. No flowers. Aloha attire.

Thelma Keliihaaheo Lopez

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May 9, 2011
Thelma Keliihaaheo “Aunty Tiny” Lopez, 75, of Kaneohe, a caregiver, died at home. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by sons Jerry, Lambert and Darryl Gonzales, and Buster, Brian and Eric Lopez; daughters Lynette Santos, Renetta and Twila Lopez, Brenda Davis and Kim P.; 22 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Episcopal Church. Services: 10:30 a.m. Private burial. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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VIRGINIA BROOKS MACDONALD

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VIRGINIA BROOKS MACDONALD, FAIA 1918 – 2011

Virginia Brooks Macdonald, FAIA passed away on May 9, 2011 at the age of 92. She was living at The Berkshire, an assisted living facility in Berkeley, CA, where she enjoyed the daily visits and companionship of her devoted friend, Jack Murphy. Born in Denver, Colorado in 1918, she moved with her four children from Ohio to Hawaii in 1958 after separating from her husband Paul Sherwood Brooks. In 1975, she married acclaimed volcanologist Gordon Macdonald, who passed away unexpectedly from cancer in 1978. From 1981 until 1999, she was married to Pacific historian Russ Apple. She lived in Hawaii until relocating to California in 2004.

She leaves a legacy in Hawaii that includes founding and operating Camp Timberline from 1963 to 1967; writing the 1974 legislation for the Na Ala Hele trail system (“Trails For Walking”) while employed with the State Department of Business and Economic Development; her successful 22-year architectural practice on the Big Island of Hawaii that began in 1978 when she turned 60; becoming a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1999; and publishing a nationally recognized book of her architectural work and passive solar design philosophy in 2005 when she was 87.

She is survived by her sister Mary Seaver of Estes Park, CO; her sons Philip Brooks of Berkeley, CA; Bill Brooks of Kailua, HI; Mike Brooks of Grapevine, TX; her daughter Anne Hormann of Pasadena, CA; stepsons Kuahiwi Apple of Ambridge, PA; James (Kimo) Macdonald of Kailua, HI; Duncan Macdonald of Lanikai, HI; Bill Macdonald of Volcano, HI; John Macdonald of Auckland, NZ; and her seven grandchildren.

She will be remembered for her love of Hawaii and the practice of architecture, good family times when she and Russ lived on Pukeawe Circle in Volcano, and her unfaltering spirit and strength of will. Her service will be held privately.

MARILYN KU’ULEI LEE MIKA

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ANOTHER ANGEL IN HEAVEN
MARILYN KU’ULEI LEE MIKA

On Thursday April 28th, Marilyn Ku’ulei Mika, passed away at St. Francis
Hospice in Nu’uanu. Born and raised in Hilo, Marilyn epitomized the aloha spirit. Her kindness and generosity were boundless. She was the sweetest, most warm hearted person who touched many lives with her love and
compassion. Marilyn worked for Kika, Inc. for 25 years and was the hardest
working employee and the backbone of the company. Her loyalty and
dedication were unsurpassed. We have lost a very dear friend, however our
memories of Marilyn will be cherished forever.

Marilyn’s family and faith were the cornerstones of her life.
She also loved flowers and leis. A special lei tree will be present at the funeral services for those who would like to bring a lei in her honor.

June 3, 2011 Friday
Nu’uanu Memorial Park and Mortuary
2233 Nu’uanu Avenue (below the Royal mausoleum)
East Chapel
9 am visitation
10 am services
11 am refreshments
2 pm interment of ashes at the Veteran’s Cemetery
at Hawaiian Memorial Park

Mary (Margie) Jardin Molina

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MARY (MARGIE) JARDIN MOLINA

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on May 12, 2011, at the age of 92. She was born in Paia, Maui and resided on Oahu for most of her adult life. She retired from Sacred Hearts’ Academy after teaching Home Economics for 25 years. She enjoyed seeing her many former students around town and remembered them well. Prior to her retirement, she was very active in church and community organizations as well as the University Extension Service. Mary found great joy in doing intricate arts and crafts projects which she shared with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Tony Molina. She is survived by daughters, Kathy Rowe (Val), Carol Pregill, Barbara Kooker (Rick), Rose Marie Lopez; grandchildren, Kelley Ann Chun (Andy), Anthony Rowe, Michael Pregill (Lily), Marc Lopez, Kate Beyer (Adam); great-grandchildren, Lucas Chun, Gabrielle Chun.

She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at The Queen’s Medical center. She will live on in our hearts forever.

VISITATION FROM 10:00 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, AT ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH; FUNERAL MASS AT 11:00 AM. INTERNMENT TO FOLLOW AT DIAMOND HEAD MEMORIAL PARK.

MaryEllen MaileLehua Louisian Nakoa

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May 14, 2011
MaryEllen MaileLehua Louisian “Suki” Nakoa, 75, of Honolulu, a retired Lanai High and Elementary School head custodian, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born on Lanai. She is survived by husband Theodore “Buddy,” sons Jonah and Ernest, daughters Belinda Nakoa-Patinio and Rebecca “Maile” Nakoa-Allin, sisters Charlotte Holsomback and Herminia Morita-Laney, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at United Gospel Fellowship, Mililani. Services: 10 a.m. Additional services: 8 a.m. June 9 in Koele, Lanai. Burial: noon at Lanai Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences: www.borthwickoahu.com.

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Maria Concepcion Acosta Ocariza

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May 14, 2011
Maria Concepcion Acosta Ocariza, 74, of Kahului, a retired seamstress at the former Maui Prince Hotel in Kihei, Maui, died at home. She was born in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines. She is survived by hanai son Carlo Dominguez; sisters Celerina O. Arreola, Leocadia O. Padilla, Consuelo and Floradima Ocariza, Rosalinda O. Rafanan, Imelda O. Ronquilio, Perlita O. Manaligod and Wilhelmina O. Chisholm; and a hanai grandchild. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at Christ the King Catholic Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park, Wailuku. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Rhoda Ann Ohashi

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May 23, 2011
Rhoda Ann Ohashi, 48, of Makawao, Maui, a cashier and clerk at Kaiser Permanente, Maui Lani Clinic, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born on Lanai. She is survived by husband Dave D., sons Brandon and Devon, daughter Misty, father Richard Sabino, mother Glenda “Lee” Sabino, brothers Richard “Glen Boy” and Ric-Shane Sabino, and sisters Sandra Tokunaga and Richelle Aperto. Visitation: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 7 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Lei only. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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LEROY GILES RATHBURN

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LEROY GILES RATHBURN

Lt. Commander, USNR (Retired) and retired Deputy Manager and Chief Engineer of the City & County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply died on April 30, 2011. A veteran of WWII and the Korean War. Born in Honolulu on August 18, 1923, he grew up in Kahuku where his grandfather managed Kahuku Ranch. A member of Kahuku High School’s second graduating class, he served as student body president, played on the football team and in the school band. On December 7, 1941, as a University of Hawaii freshman, he was conscripted into the Hawaii Territorial Guard. In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and as a member of the V-12 Officers Training Program, attended the University of Redlands and Columbia University. At Columbia, he played the saxophone in the Midshipman’s Marching Band. He served on a minesweeper in the Pacific after being commissioned and, at the end of WWII, returned to the U or B; graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1949. In 1950, he was recalled to active duty; serving on the Hospital ship, USS Repose, in Pusan, Korea. Upon completion of naval duty, he returned to work at the Board of Water Supply until his retirement. He was an enthusiastic, golfer throughout his life; making two-holes-in-one while playing. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth H. Rathburn; daughter, Gaye, of California. His son, Roy A. Rathburn predeceased him. Other survivors include his brother, William B Rathburn; sister, Ione R. Ryan, nieces and nephews. Private
services held. Those wishing may donate to their preferred charity in Leroy’s memory.

Eleuterio R. Redor

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April 18, 2011
Eleuterio R. Redor, 87, of Ewa Beach, a retired Del Monte plantation worker, died in Honolulu. He was born in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Felomena; sons Elpidio, Manuel, Archie and Charles; daughters Lolita Guitang, Ahmel Braceros and Vilma and Emma Redor; 23 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: www.hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Christopher Robert Rogan

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May 24, 2011
Christopher Robert Rogan, 49, of Kailua-Kona, formerly of Honolulu, a Delta Airlines ground crew member, died. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is survived by fiancee Ana L. Magana, father John and brothers John L. and Scott. Services: 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael’s Church, Kailua-Kona.

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“ALEX” L. ALEJANDRO ROSALES

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“ALEX”L. ALEJANDRO ROSALES

“Alex” L. Alejandro Rosales, 48, of Waikele died on Monday, May 16. Alex was born in Petaluma, California and was the eldest of eight children. His mother, Pat Rosales, a retired nurse took care of him in his final days. Alex loved to entertain and share his love for cooking with everyone he met. He often shared inspiring quotes and loved to watch and play along with the show “Jeopardy”. He will be sorely missed but will forever be in our hearts.
He is survived by daughter Josalyn; son Jeremy, mother Pat Rosales; brothers Jaime, Kevin, Brian, Allen; sisters Anna Kastner, Cynthia Meixsell, Michelle; two grandchildren, and nine nieces and nephews.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Friday, June 3rd at Kailua Beach Park Pavilion.

Paul Takashi Tomita

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May 12, 2011
Paul Takashi Tomita, 61, of Honolulu, a JC Penney warehouseman and former Love’s Bakery employee, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Edna K., brothers Rodney K. and Brian M., and sister Colleen K. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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PAULA V. VEA

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary
Makai Chapel

PAULA V. VEA

Age 87, of Waipahu, HI, passed away May 1, 2011 in Honolulu, HI. Born June 30, 1923 in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. A member of Couples for Christ and St Joseph Catholic Church Waipahu.

She is survived by sons, Gerardo (Maria Corazon) Vea, Hilario (Rebecca) Vea of Tacoma, WA, Chris (Yolanda) Vea of San Francisco, CA, Romeo (Renee) Vea, George (Vilma) Vea of Salinas, CA; daughters, Antonina Derige, Dionie (Constantino) Dela Cruz, Marina (Orest) Saikevych; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

Visitation 6:00 p.m. Thursday (June 2) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Friday (June 3) at St. Joseph Church (94-675 Farrington Highway, Waipahu) Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Anson Anibo Willy

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May 15, 2011
Anson Anibo Willy, 7, of Honolulu, a Kalihi Waena Elementary School kindergartner, died in Kapiolani Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by father Edsin Billy, mother Tarinta, brothers Ason Billy and Andrik Willy, and sister Andrea Billy. Visitation: 5 p.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional services and burial to be held at a later date in Micronesia.

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MING CHUNG YOUNG

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Mililani Downtown Mortuary
(20 S. Kukui St.)

MING CHUNG YOUNG

Age 87, of Kailua, passed away April 30, 2011 at Queen’s Medical Center. Born October 10, 1923 in Guang Dong, China.

He is survived by daughters, Carol L. H. Young, Alisa (John) Matsuoka of New Zealand, Jackie (Todd) Sanehira; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Visitation 10:00 a.m. Saturday June 4, 2011 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Taoist Service. Casual Attire.


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