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Helen Geracimos Chapin

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HELEN GERACIMOS CHAPIN
October 6, 1926 – June 9, 2012
Helen Geracimos Chapin passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2012 after a several years of declining health.
Born in Honolulu in 1926, the daughter of Greek immigrants Pota Demetrak and George Geracimos, Helen was both the product of and witness to immense social and cultural change in the Hawaiian Islands and the nation. From barefoot days in Waikiki, to horseback riding on the Big Island where her Uncle George Lycurgus ran the Hilo Hotel and the early Volcano House, to Punahou School, to her first foray into journalism at the Hilo Tribune-Herald, Helen was truly a daughter of Hawaii. These early experiences shaped Helen’s lifelong interest in multiculturalism, ethnic history, and journalism. She attended the University of Hawaii, but left for the Mainland before finishing her undergraduate degree. In 1957, having survived a bout of polio in the 1954 epidemic, she came back to Honolulu with two young daughters, to live with her mother and finish her B.A., in English literature.
Ukulele in hand, she returned to the mainland for graduate school at the University of New Mexico, which provided the educational program in literature she sought, along with the opportunity to support her family. In Albuquerque, she met and married Henry (Hank) Chapin. They went on to have two sons. Helen taught English literature at the University of New Mexico, at Kentucky State University, and at Wilmington College in southwestern Ohio, and completed her doctorate at Ohio State University. Throughout these years, she was active in the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, from founding the Scott County (Kentucky) Improvement Association and integrating a Brownie troop in Georgetown, Kentucky, to working with Quakers in Yellow Springs, Ohio, against the War. In the meantime, she became interested in the literature of American ethnic immigrants, in her own ethnic roots, and – as an early feminist – in the changing role of women.
In 1978, spurred by the illness of her mother, Helen fulfilled her wish to come home to Hawaii. She found a new role for herself at a then-small college – now a major local university – called Hawaii Pacific; at HPU, she was able to spread her wings and re-enter professional life in Hawaii with great enthusiasm. In 1979, the Hawaiian Journal of History published Helen’s article “From Sparta to Spencer Street: Greek Women in Hawaii.” She taught literature and mythology, administered HPU’s off-campus programs on local military bases, and rose to the position of Dean and Vice President before “retiring” in 1995.
The following year, Shaping History, Helen’s landmark study of the role of newspapers in Hawaii, was published by University of Hawaii Press. Helen continued to participate actively in civic and professional organizations, serving as President of the Hawaiian Historical Society and editor of the Hawaiian Journal of History, President of the Oahu Alliance for the Mentally Ill, President of the Media Council, a member of Pen Women, and of the Society of Professional Journalists, which named her to its Hall of Fame in 2002. A second major publication, A Guide to Newspapers of Hawaii, 1834 – 2000, was released by the Hawaiian Historical Society in 2000. It was distributed to school libraries throughout Hawaii, and for years thereafter, Helen received requests from high school students for help with their Hawaiian history projects.
She is survived by her husband Hank and her four children (Georganne Chapin of Upper Nyack, NY; Julia Bozzo (Michael), of Bellingham, WA; Henry E. (Chip) Chapin and Nicholas King Chapin, both of Honolulu); three grandchildren (Ernesto Echeverria, Gina Bozzo, and Deanna Bozzo); her niece Jill Smyth of Kailua, HI, and nephew John Wassman of the Big Island; and many other nieces and nephews and beloved family members and friends on Oahu, in Hilo, and on the Mainland. Her sister, Constance (Connie) Geracimos Wassman preceded her in death.
Helen will be remembered as a person who was at once an accomplished scholar, a loving mother, wife, cousin and “auntie,” and wonderful friend and mentor to many. A celebration of her life will take place at 3 pm, Saturday, June 16, at the King Kamehameha V Judiciary Center, 417 South King Street, Honolulu.
People wishing to make donations in Helen’s honor may do so to the Helen G. Chapin Scholarship Fund, Hawaii Pacific University, 1164 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 ; or the Hawaiian Historical Society, 560 Kawaiahao Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. No flower deliveries, please, on Saturday.

Lai Fong Ching

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June 1, 2012
Lai Fong Ching, 88, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Honolulu. She was born in Chung Shan, Canton, China. She is survived by daughter Jackie Lai. three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Epifania Palacay Curammeng

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June 7, 2012
Epifania Palacay Curammeng, also known as “Fanny” and “Paning,” 80, of Makaweli, Kauai, a Kay O’Kauai and Iolani Sportswear seamstress, died in Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. She was born in Ewa. She is survived by daughters Esther V. Carpenter, Elmafania Curammeng, Norma Lynn Browning, Mercedes M. Fujimura and Maryalice Curammeng-Park; hanai daughters Dina Hall and Diane White; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Garden Island Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Leonardo G. Espinueva

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May 16, 2012
Leonardo G. “Espi” Espinueva, 85, of Aiea, a Hawaiian Electric Co. retiree, died in Waipahu. He was born in Waimea, Kauai. He is survived by sons Tiki, Stephen, Dexter and Lester; daughters Trudy L. Arakaki, Lei Endo and Puanani Claveran; brothers Francisco “Jackie” and Domingo; 21 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Lorraine Katsue Fujimoto

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May 12, 2012
Lorraine Katsue Fujimoto, 93, of Wahiawa died in Wahiawa. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by sons Glenn and Wayne, brother Tatsuto Harada, sisters Jane Nakagawa and Yoshika Kami, and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Janet Harue Fukunaga

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June 7, 2012
Janet Harue Fukunaga, 85, of Keaau, Hawaii, a homemaker, died in Keaau. She was born in Pahoa, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Clarence M., sons Carlton and Keith, sisters Michiko Oyama and Umeyo Hayashida, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Rufina Tactay Garcia

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May 22, 2012
Rufina Tactay Garcia, 88, of Kaneohe died in Kaneohe. She was born in Cabugao, Philippines. She is survived by husband Rosauro F.; sons Rosauro Jr., Fernando T., Ramon and Angel; daughters Corazon Cabrera, Carolina Villamayor, Josephine Cadiz and Mercedes Garcia; 25 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Monday and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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SADAO HERBERT HIRAKAWA

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SADAO HERBERT HIRAKAWA
Age 79, of Pearl City, passed away on June 2, 2012. Born in Kealia, Kauai, he was a U.S. Air Force retiree and a retired Hickam Air Force Base maintenance foreman. He is survived by his wife, Nobue; sons, Chris (Jayne) Hirakawa and Stanley (Denise) Hirakawa; grandchildren, Kyle (Shawna), Keri, Cody, Andrew, Kaitlyn and Madilyn; great-grand-children, Jayden and Jacie; brothers, Takeo, Yutaka (Laraine) and George (Tsuruko) Hirakawa; sisters, Betty Higa and Asayo Nishihara.
Visitation from 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary; memorial service 6:00 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire.

Sadao Herbert Hirakawa

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June 2, 2012
Sadao Herbert Hirakawa, 79, of Pearl City, a retired Hickam Air Force Base maintenance foreman and an Air Force retiree, died. He was born in Kealia, Kauai. He is survived by wife Nobue; sons Chris and Stanley; brothers Takeo, Yutaka and George; sisters Betty Higa and Asayo Nishihara; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Betty Yoneko Take Hsu

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May 3, 2012
Betty Yoneko Take Hsu, 84, of Mililani, formerly of Okinawa, died in Mililani. She was born in Tokyo. She is survived by husband David, sons Douglas and Mitchell Y. Shue, and four grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 10:30 a.m.

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Yoshio Ichiyama

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May 29, 2012
Yoshio Ichiyama, 95, of Honolulu, a Lewers & Cooke sales representative and an Army veteran, died in Maluhia Hospital. He was born in Hono-lulu. He is survived by wife Chikayo, sons Scott T. and Blake S. and sister Ruth F. Private services.

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Aiko T. Ida

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June 5, 2012
Aiko T. Ida, 79, of Kaneohe died in Castle Medical Center. She was born in Yamagata, Japan. She is survived by sons Anthony and Arthur Camp, and Michael and Richard Ida; daughter Lorraine Shimokawa; brothers Yoshimi Takata and Yoshinori Wada; sisters Chiyoko Mense and Toshiko Saito; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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RICHARD S. IMAN

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RICHARD S. IMAN
Age 75, of Waialua, Hawaii, passed away May 26, 2012 in Ewa Beach. Born December 6, 1936 in Waialua, Hawaii. An avid fisherman and a retired Honolulu City & County surveyor.
He is survived by sons; Rick (DeeDee) Iman, Mark Iman, Lance Iman; daughters, Darlene (Michael) Moran, Shirley (Darrin) Kaya; 11 grand-children; brothers, Donald Iman, Robert (Dreena) Iman, Darrel (Rosie) Caldino; sister, Princella (Angelo) Canionero.
Visitation 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 19) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

Frances Foon Kyau Jay

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March 7, 2012
Frances Foon Kyau Jay, 75, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. She was born in Puunene, Maui. She is survived by sons Russell, Vernon and Michael; daughter Susan Ishizu; brother William Hew; sisters Christine Uyehara, Aileen Gok, Florence Ching, Annie Hew and Barbara Hakim; and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Donna Marie Joiner

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June 8, 2012
Donna Marie Joiner, 50, of Ewa Beach, a registered nurse at Straub Clinic & Hospital, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by husband Alan J.; brothers Stanley, Jerry and Donald Viquelia; and sisters Anita Salvador, Geraldine Bolosan and Debbie Zanders. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Mitsugi Kobayashi

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June 5, 2012
Mitsugi Kobayashi, 88, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaii state auto mechanic, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Lihue. He is survived by son Dean, daughter Christine, brother Harry and sister Lillian. Private services.

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Lawrence Kai Keong Lam

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June 1, 2012
Lawrence Kai Keong Lam, 58, of San Francisco, a Visa associate tech support analyst, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Jason, Steven and Leland; brothers Albert and Peter; and sister Virginia. Visitation: 10 a.m. Sunday. Services: 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to American Heart Association. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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James Hiroshi Matsunaga

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May 31, 2012
James Hiroshi Matsunaga, 88, of Honolulu, a retired recreational director for the U.S. Pacific Fleet submarine force special services and the city Department of Parks and Recreation, and an Army veteran, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Alice N., son Douglas H., daughters Adele N. Kim and Susan L. Matsunaga, and sisters Mary Kishimoto and Alice Toyama. Private services.

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GLENN TOKUSHI MATSUURA

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GLENN TOKUSHI MATSUURA
64, of Londonderry, Vermont, passed away May 29, 2012 in Darthmouth – Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.
A Bartender by Trade, He worked for many Taverns, Inns, Lodges & Resorts in Vermont. He was born in Waialua, Oahu. He is survived by brother, Reed H.; niece, Sonyei Hijirida; nephew, Kalani and grandniece, Sachiko.
Visitation 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday June 16, 2012 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary; Memorial service 6 p.m.; Casual attire. NO MONETARY GIFTS (NO KODEN).

Donald Beach McGinnis

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June 5, 2012
Donald Beach “Dongo” McGinnis, 84, of Maalaea, Maui, a retired self-employed contractor and a Navy veteran who served on the USS Missouri during World War II, died at home. He was born in Lima, Ohio. He is survived by wife Barbara; sons Michael, Timothy, Thomas and Kelly; sister Peggy Anderson; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Finau Fatafehi Namoa

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June 4, 2012
Finau Fatafehi Namoa, 71, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., died in Lake Elsinore. He is survived by wife He’ione V.; son Siaki; daughters Afu H. N. Taufa, Losana T. N. Hala and Litia M. and Ofa T. U. Namoa; brothers Solomone, Fevaleaki T., Vilisoni and the Rev. Tevita L.; sisters Losimani C. Vane, Ana M. Vea, Taufa I.K.H. Mafi, Salote F. Uhila, Fuatofa V. Sa and Ofa K. Taufa; and 10 grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. today and 8 a.m. Saturday at Ala Lani Methodist Church, Kahului. Services: 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday. Burial 10:30 a.m. at Maui Memorial Park. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Maria Rodrigues

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May 13, 2012
Maria “Mia” Rodrigues, 37, of Wahiawa, a Seal Masters of Hawaii administrative assistant, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Lucan K., sons Xavion Goings-Yoro and Legend Rodrigues, daughter Michilynn Yoro-Roque and mother Aurora Yoro. Visitation: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Wake services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 1403 California Ave., Wahiawa. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Julia Rodrigues Rosado

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May 30, 2012
Julia Rodrigues Rosado, 89, of Waianae, a homemaker, died in St. Francis Hospice in Ewa Beach. She was born in Koloa, Kauai. She is survived by daughter Anna Alcantra, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 11 a.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services at noon. Burial: 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Israel Ikaika Rozkiewicz

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May 27, 2012
Israel Ikaika Rozkiewicz, 31, of Kailua-Kona, a musician, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Tawny, daughter Izzy-Ann M., and sisters Bernadette Urban, Rozlyn and Nani Rozkiewicz and Johnelle Beach. Visitation at noon today at A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home, Kailua-Kona. Graveside services at a later date.

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Joseph Lawrence K. Kamai Sr.

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May 13, 2012
The Rev. Joseph Lawrence K. Kamai Sr., 81, of Kapolei, a retired Honolulu Police officer, a Victoria Ward security retiree and a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Korean War, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Donald J., Joseph Jr., Kevin and Jonny; daughter Sharon Fujii; brother Rocky; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Charlotte Jean Thompson

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June 4, 2012
Charlotte Jean Thompson, 96, of Kilauea, Kauai, a homemaker, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in New Castle, Pa. She is survived by daughters Margaret Ann Thompson and Suzanne T. Pond, brothers Robert and William Confer, and two grandchildren. Celebration of life at a later date in Kilauea.

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Kikuji Tojio

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June 2, 2012
Kikuji Tojio, 87, of Honolulu, a retired taxicab driver, an Army veteran and an honorary member of the 100th Infantry Veterans Club, died. He was born in Kukaiau-Hamakua, Hawaii. He is survived by brother Edward A. and sisters Toshie T. Fukushima and Nancy Kegami. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Janet Fujiye Uehara

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May 11, 2012
Janet Fujiye Uehara, 89, of Waipahu, a retired McInerny Co. cosmetics buyer, died in Honolulu. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by son Bryan, daughters Geraldine Nagatoshi and Nadine Okumura, brothers Takeshi and Kenji Ii, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Fumiko Upshaw

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May 31, 2012
Fumiko Upshaw, 89, of Kaneohe, a retired Hyatt Hotel seamstress, died in Castle Medical Center. She was born in Kimberly, Idaho. She is survived by daughters Linda Knock and Tina Roback, brothers Joseph and Jiro Muratsuchi, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Troy Dennis Vail

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June 6, 2012
Troy Dennis Vail, 55, of Kailua-Kona, a retired truck driver and co-owner of the former Salty Waters Business, died in Life Care Center of Kona. He was born in New York City. He is survived by wife Doreen, son Robert McClay, daughters Nicole Vail and Kerry Reeves, a brother, two sisters and eight grandchildren. Private services.

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