Archive for April 27th, 2012

Lucio Cornelio Acob Barut

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April 4, 2012
Lucio Cornelio Acob Barut, 80, of Waipahu died in Aiea. He was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Esperanza R.; sons Camilo, Felix, Virgilio and Lucio; daughters Irene Duldulao, Adelaida Terencio, Norma Dechavez, Cerelyn Bagcal and Gliceria Ramones; sisters Lina Constantino and Susana Bucsit; 32 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Resurrection of the Lord Church, 94-1260 Lumikala St., Waipio. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers welcome.

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Lex A. Bautista

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April 10, 2012
Lex A. Bautista, 88, of Waipahu, a federal government civil engineer, died in Honolulu. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Liezl, son Dave, daughters Mary Ann Medrano and Christie Lyn Bautista, and three grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences: www.borthwickoahu.com.

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John Benauro Bigornia

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March 30, 2012
John Benauro Bigornia, 87, of Pearl City, a retired Army and Air Force Exchange Service employee and Army veteran who served as a Philippines Scout in World War II, died in Honolulu. He was born in Bangued, Abra, Philippines. He is survived by wife Maria Q.; sons Reynaldo, Alexander, Valentin and Danilo; daughters Myndah Gaborno and Laura Guillermo; brothers Alfredo and Joseph; sisters Terestia, Rosita and Florenda; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Monday and 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

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Joann K. Bosserdet

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April 16, 2012
Joann K. Bosserdet, 72, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. She was born in Owosso, Mich. She is survived by daughters Babette Hakala and Tammy Weishoff, parents Joe and Margaret Yarabek, brother Joe Yarabek Jr., sisters Janet Baxter and Joyce Yockey, and three grandchildren. Private services.

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Yvonne Haunani De Canto

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April 8, 2012
Yvonne Haunani “Nani” De Canto, 68, of Hilo, a retired paramedical assistant, Pearl City Mental Health Clinic outreach counselor and homemaker, died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son John III; daughters Dayna De Canto-Santiago, Desiree De Canto-Gardner and D’Vette De Canto; hanai daughter Shaena; brother Norman M. Puni; sisters Aloma Puni and Ava Krid-ler; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Hawaii island visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hilo. Services: 10:30 a.m. Oahu visitation: 9 a.m. May 5 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kalihi ward, 1723 Beckley St. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 522 Ponahawai St., Hilo, HI 96720.

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Bong Cho Chung

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April 22, 2012
Bong Cho Chung, 88, of Honolulu, a retired Coast Guard housing maintenance employee and Army retiree, died in Honolulu. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Sun Hwa; sons Glenn, Peter and Steven; brother Charles; sister Rose Ha; and seven grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church, 1639 Keeaumoku St. Services: 10:30 a.m. Committal service: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Online condolences: www.hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Christopher John Cipriani

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March 28, 2012
Christopher John Cipriani, 44, of Kalaheo, Kauai, a B.P. Construction carpenter, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Massachusetts. He is survived by companion Maria Bancroft, parents Richard Sr. and Susan, and brothers Richard Jr., David and Jeffrey. Services: 1 p.m. May 6 at Shipwreck Beach. Donations suggested to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

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RICHELLE “CHELLE” GAYLENE DOWNEY

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RICHELLE “CHELLE” GAYLENE DOWNEY

Age 42, of Maili, Hawaii, passed away April 2, 2012 in Honolulu. Born September 10, 1969 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

She is survived by mother, Martha McAnany; father, Richard Downey; sisters, Debra (Athan) Arquette, Donna-Lei Downey, Melodi (Joel) Kekauoha; grandfather, Francis Wilson.

Visitation 9:00 a.m. Wednesday (May 2) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers Welcome.

Mary Shinn Dreith

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April 18, 2012
Mary Shinn Dreith, 93, of Honolulu, a retired federal civil service secretary, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Albie; daughters Elizabeth Cahill and Susan Watson; sisters Mady Zawadski, Judy Pacarro and Lorraine Sun; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

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O’Brian Eselu

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O’BRIAN ESELU
August 12, 1955 – April 3, 2012

ALOHA NUI TO OUR KUMU, OUR BROTHER, OUR FRIEND.

Visitation and Service will be held for O’Brian Eselu this Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th at the Kalihi Stake Center at 1723 Beckley Street. Visitation will be on Friday from 5-9pm and on Saturday from 8:30-10:30am. Service will be on Saturday from 11-12noon. The burial to follow is a private family burial.

O’Brian Eselu was born to Ta’avili Savai’i Eselu and Penifea Afoa-Lutu Ta’afulisia and was raised in Halawa, O’ahu. He is survived by his brothers, Ipulasi, Raymond and Bruce; his sister Fern Pele; and his hanai brother Jim Mcknight. At an early age, his family fostered his love for music, and his love continued to grow and flourish through the years. Many wonderful musicians and hula exponents influenced him and his artistic work, and he eventually became a mentor to many young talents who came into his life. O’Brian always expressed his gratitude and appreciation to those who guided him and most especially to his Heavenly Father. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he was the director of the church choir and taught songs and dances for church programs and events. Prayer was important to him and it was integrated intimately within his daily life and practice.
He is a graduate of Aiea High School and was a member of the Aiea Swinging Singers. He was also the Entertainment Director of the Paradise Cove Luau and through his work at Paradise Cove, he developed the “We Are Samoa” program now administered by the Polynesian Cultural Center. O’Brian also volunteered with various organizations and was a valuable cultural resource for the people in his community. O’Brian was also a 1998 Na Hoku Hanohano award winner and has three CDs to his credit, “Ke Kumu”, “Maka” and “Aloha E” under Hiko No Records.

His love for hula grew when he teamed up with his long time friend Thaddius Wilson. Together, they started the group Na Wai Eha O Puna under the guidance of Aunty Verna Wilson and her mother, Grandma Keoho. After it’s closing, O’Brian went on to form his personal halau, Ke Kai O Kahiki, which has its home at Lanikuhonua. There, he taught the men of his halau as well as his special aunties whom he affectionately called, “my aunties.” Ke Kai O Kahiki continues today under the direction of La’akea Perry. His hula legacy also continues within the halau of two of his students, Tracie Farias Lopes (Ka La Onohi Mai O Haehae) and Brandon Iliahi Paredes (Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi). Over 30 years of hula and even more years of music, O’Brian will be missed but his legacy lives on through his loving family, his students and aunties of hula and many colleagues and friends. Aloha e!

Byron Gilesman Forsythe

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April 3, 2012
Byron Gilesman Forsythe, 80, of Mililani, a retired Pearl Harbor electrician and Air Force veteran, died in Mililani. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Trevor, brother Francis, sisters Jorgen Walk and Maile Riggin, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 9 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waialua Stake, 66-847 Kaukonohua Road. Services: 10:30 a.m. Committal services: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Eleanor Hatsuko Fukushima

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April 1, 2012
Eleanor Hatsuko Fukushima, 93, of Honolulu, a retired medical assistant for a private practice, died in Hale Pulama Mau. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by son Harvey Y., daughter Mary Jane T. Yagi, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Yasuko Gima

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April 15, 2012
Yasuko “Sugar” Gima, 85, of Honolulu, a state Department of education teacher’s aide at Lanai High and Elementary School, died. She was born in Lanai City. She is survived by sons Reynold M., Charles W. and Russell R.; brother Shigeto Minami; sisters Teruko S. Miyamoto and Keiko Kong; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Robert Mills Harris

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April 13, 2012
Robert Mills Harris, 67, of Kailua, a self-employed family law attorney and Navy veteran, died at home. He was born in Plainfield, N.J. He is survived by companion Charles W. Parks and sister Lynne Harris-Madeloni. Private services.

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Roy Yoshiharu Hirata

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April 13, 2012
Roy Yoshiharu Hirata, 68, of Honolulu, a self-employed auto glass installer doing business as Roy’s Auto Glass Shop and an Army veteran, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Darell M., daughters Jamie H. Hirata and Dayna M. Masatani, brother Richard K., sisters Kay K. Nonaka and Sue S. Tengan, and two grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Tokihide Ige

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April 10, 2012
Tokihide “Toki” Ige, 91, of Honolulu, a retired farmer for Ige Feed & Poultry Farm, died in Kaiser Medical Center. He was born in Peahi, Maui. He is survived by wife Carlota T., son Anthony J., daughters Barbara M. Yoshikawa and Gloria H. Ige, and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Elsie N. Iwamasa

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April 21, 2012
Elsie N. Iwamasa, 95, of Kahului, a retired Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. budget clerk, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, grandniece Diana P. McKeague and great-grandnieces Leina’ala and Noelani McKeague. Services: 9 a.m. Monday at St. Ann Church, Waihee. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Maui Memorial Park. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Charles William Lewis Jr.

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April 9, 2012
Charles William “Charlie the Tuna” Lewis Jr., 79, of Kailua, a retired Hawaiian Electric Co. superintendent, died in Kailua. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is survived by wife Francine; daughters Debra Dayondon, Marlene Nakai and Cindy Huihui; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

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George Rae Meisner Jr.

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April 23, 2012
George Rae “Sunny” Meisner Jr., 86, of Kealakekua, Hawaii, a retired mechanical engineer, Navy Reserve veteran and Merchant Marine officer who served in World War II, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Marc, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services at a later date. Donations suggested to Hospice of Kona, P.O. Box 4130, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

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Samuel Kama

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March 21, 2012
Samuel “Kamuela” Kama, 61, of Kawaihae, Hawaii, a master weaver and Navy veteran, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Elizabeth L.; sons Samuel Jr., Samson and Sanford; daughters Sandee and Samantha; brothers David, Peter, Raphael, Edmund and Elijah; sisters Elizabeth Kama, Odelia Kaupu and Jamie Fields; numerous hanai brothers and sisters; and 13 grandchildren. Services: 9 a.m. May 5 at Makaha Beach. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Kenneth Shizuo Komoda

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April 3, 2012
Kenneth Shizuo Komoda, 77, of Honolulu, a retired U.S. Postal Service clerk and Air Force veteran, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Russell and Troy, brother Suku, sister Ruth Nakamoto and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Hisae Lizabeth Leong

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April 6, 2012
Hisae Lizabeth “Liz” Leong, 79, of Kaneohe, a retired Schilling McCormick food merchandiser, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Gilbert, sons Greg and Daniel, sisters Miyo Yamashita and Jasmine Mar, and a grandchild. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: www.hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Friedrich F. Maag

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April 20, 2012
Friedrich F. Maag, 86, of Honolulu, a physician, died in Honolulu. He was born in Switzerland. He is survived by wife Reta. Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oahu Cemetery Chapel. Services: 11 a.m. Aloha attire. Donations suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice Hawaii.

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William Mathias Haleakala Makuakane

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April 8, 2012
William Mathias Haleakala Makuakane, 82, of Waimanalo died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Patrick and Moki-boy, daughter Patricia del Rosario, brother Jerry Perrault and sisters Elsie Ewaliko and Marscha Bush. Private services.

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Reynold Koji Matsukawa

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March 12, 2012
Reynold Koji Matsukawa, 93, of Kaneohe, a retired heavy-equipment operator and Army veteran who served in World War II, died. He was born in Kaneohe. He is survived by wife Sueko, sons Gene and Jack, daughter Pamela Medeiros and four grandchildren. Private services.

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Robert Katsumi Matsushita

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April 11, 2012
Robert Katsumi Matsushita, 81, of Kaneohe, a Nordic Construction Co. estimator, died in Kaneohe. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Gladys, son Keith, mother Florence Hasegawa, sister Pat Masumoto and two grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences: www.hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Osie Margaret Morris

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April 18, 2012
Osie Margaret Morris, 71, of Nanakuli died in Nanakuli. She was born in Futiga, American Samoa. She is survived by husband Terry; sons Kenneth E. and Kerry M.; brother Ulufaleilupe Fili Taala Fuimaono; sisters Sami Sooalo, Toefoi Tuionuu, Eseneiaso Ahto, Faaati Fuimaono and Katerina Rath; and nine grandchildren. Visitation:
8 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rita’s Catholic Church. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

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Tad Tadato Nagasako

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April 13, 2012
Tad Tadato Nagasako, 77, of Hilo, a retired Hawaii County deputy planning director and County Council legislative aide, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Janet, daughter Lori Arakaki and sisters Tamie Onouye, Ruth Frost and Debbie Shimabuku. Visitation: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo. Services: 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Gail K. Nishioka

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April 7, 2012
Gail K. Nishioka, 74, of Honolulu, a retired GTE Hawaiian Tel employee, died. She was born on Maui. She is survived by husband George, son Guy, daughters Glenda Cockett and Gerri Takayama, and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Michael C. Oyadomari

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April 20, 2012
Michael C. Oyadomari, 58, of Aiea, a retired automotive repairer for the Hickam Air Force Base 15th Transportation, died in Aiea. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Charmaine; daughters Leishelle Maialoha, and Mikelynne and Yvette Oyadomari; brother Eugene; sisters Debra Mashon, Michelle Shea and Phyllis “Fifi” Oyadomari-Herrod; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Private services.

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