Archive for June 30th, 2012

Romualdo Saoit Acosta

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May 31, 2012
Romualdo Saoit Acosta, 76, of Waipahu, a DoubleTree Alana Hotel retiree, died in Honolulu. He was born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Rosario A.; sons Jose, Selmar and Emmanuel; daughters Abelina Almachar, Carmenchita and Rizalina Acosta, and Zenaida Ramos; brothers Ruperto, Dalmacio, Rodney Sr. and Leodigario; sisters Juliana Gattu, Eugenia Bermudez, Apolonia Agarma, Regina Mentac and Nena Lacar; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 10:30 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers welcome.

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Paul Kamoku Aiona

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June 24, 2012
Paul Kamoku Aiona, 43, of Hilo, a mechanic and mason, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Moana, hanai son Sean Sakado-Calvo, hanai daughters Seante and Shevelle Sakado-Calvo; brother Isreal; and sisters LindyAnn Aiona and AnnaLynn Tailan. Visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Dodo Mortuary. Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Scattering of ashes to be held at a later date. Casual attire.

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Robert Abaya Cortezan

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May 1, 2012
Robert Abaya “Bobby” Cortezan, 79, of Honolulu, a retired musician and cruise-ship entertainer and an Army veteran, died at home. He was born in Koloa, Kauai. He is survived by sisters Josephine “Jo” Duvauchelle, Mabel “Aunty Jean” Pacarro and Mary Alice “Mamie” Powelson. Visitation: 3 p.m. Thursday at Koloa Union Church, 3289 Poipu Road. Services: 4 p.m. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to a favorite charity.

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William Rodrigues Costa

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June 10, 2012
William Rodrigues Costa, 95, of Honolulu died at home. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by nephews Donald and Michael D. Dos Santos, Richard Newberg, Johnny and Craig Ruiz, Stewart and Brian Harbottle, Arin K.K.K. Adams and Jerry Adams Jr.; and nieces Donna D.S. and Amber A.E. Adams, Doris Ruiz, Edna Shea, Diana Hartley, Brenda Samuel and Marilynn Aki. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Kelala Kuokalanikolohia Durante

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June 20, 2012
Kelala Kuokalanikolohia Durante, 35, of Waianae, a self-employed handyman, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by companion Melissa Kealohi, son Micah Akiona, daughters Kayla and Mariah Kealohi, parents Gerald Richard and Kalae Durante, brothers Alika Durante and Hoku Sylva, sister Chyann Sylva and grandmother Matilda Richard. Visitation: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oahu Cemetery Chapel. Services 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers. Incorrect information in an obituary published Friday.

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Loida Flores Fayloga

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June 6, 2012
Loida Flores Fayloga, 53, of Honolulu, a Kapiolani Medical Center registered nurse, died in Honolulu. She was born in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by daughter Lauren, mother Rosalinda, brothers Lorenzo and Boyett, and sisters Evelyn Cimatu and Cristeta Owan. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Eulogy: 9:45 a.m. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Joseph Nihipali Jr.

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June 11, 2012
Joseph Nihipali Jr., 54, of Hauula, a city heavy-equipment operator and an Army veteran, died in Kailua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Michele; sons Kevin and Akiro; parents Joseph and Grace; brother Leonard; sisters Debra Nihipali, Deanne Silva and Lorrie Taylor; grandparent Mayrose Adolpho; and four grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. July 7 at Hauula Congregational Church. Celebration of life: 11 a.m.

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Daniel Colon Pagan Jr.

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June 3, 2012
Daniel Colon “Danny” Pagan Jr., 59, of Honolulu, a roofer and self-employed handyman, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughters Kelli M. and Bianca R.; sisters Valerie Lopes, Josephine “Joey” Hernandez and Colleen Kama; and a grandchild. Visitation: 9 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Program: 11:30 a.m. Services at noon. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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CLARA KOBASHIGAWA

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CLARA KOBASHIGAWA
Age 86, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away June 7, 2012 in Honolulu. Born March 15, 1926 in Pearl City, Hawaii.
She is survived by husband, Isamu Kobashigawa; daughters, Lorraine (Paul) Asano, Doreen (Ronny) Higuchi; sister, Betsy Oshiro; 4 grandchildren.
Private services were held.

Moheni Lakatani

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June 23, 2012
Moheni Lakatani, 71, of Kaaawa, a Hawaii state prison guard, died in Honolulu. He was born in Tuapa, Niue Island. He is survived by wife Tiana; sons Jackson, Marvin and Miko Lakatani, Aunuua King-Lakatani, Raleigh Talia-Lakatani and Manu Tauala-Lakatani; daughters Harriett Taito-Lakatani, Ijeva Matavele-Lakatani, Leatrice Tuigamela-Lakatani, Tiana Kennar Lakatani and Pinky Vole-Lakatani; brothers Sani Elia, Posimani, Pete, Jackson, Kristo, Panapa and Sam; sisters Make Suini Cummings, Elama and Trinity Lakatani, and Fou Maae; 28 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hauula makai chapel. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples. Additional information for an obituary published Friday.

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Herman Lariosa

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June 20, 2012
Herman Lariosa, 80, of Kapolei, a retired chief boatswain with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research ship Townsend Cromwell, died in Kapolei. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Rosaline S., daughter Cynthia L. Young, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 6:45 p.m. Burial: 10 a.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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ROGER THOMAS MADDY

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ROGER THOMAS MADDY
6-14-12
56, of Honolulu, a cook at Koa Pancake House in Kaneohe, died. He was surrounded by his family Spring Maddy (Todd Kalahiki Jr.), Harmony- Joy (Brandon) Abelaye, Elise Maddy & 6 grandchildren. Private scattering.

DOUGLAS JOSEPH MCKAY

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DOUGLAS JOSEPH MCKAY
June 17, 2012
Douglas Joseph McKay, 56, of Waipahu, a US Army Retiree, died in Neunkirchen, Germany where he lived for many years. He was born on March 14, 1956 in Ewa, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Erika; son Douglas Jr.; mother, Juanita McKay; brothers, Ronald (Colleen) McKay, Duncan (Joann) McKay, Leslie McKay; sisters, Lorraine (Peter) Villafuerte, Jr., Mary (Hiram) Barboza; 12 nieces and nephews; 11 great-grand-nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held at Pfarrer Brandl in Germany and private services will be held here.

Juliana Peralta Mendoza

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May 28, 2012
Juliana Peralta Mendoza, 89, of Ewa Beach, a Hawaiian Building Maintenance retiree, died in Aiea. She was born in Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines. She is survived by sons Johnny, Marcos Jr. and Modesto; daughters Norma Dacanay and Helen Eusebio; sister Pilar Barrozo; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. July 9 at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. July 10 at the mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Thomas Matthew Moore

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June 20, 2012
Thomas Matthew “T.M.” Moore, 88, of Waianae, a retired deputy flight chief and a Navy veteran, died in Aiea. He was born in Louisiana. He is survived by sons Scotty and Todd, daughter Ashley Lopes and four grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 11:30 a.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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KATSUE “ELLEN” NAKANO

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KATSUE “ELLEN” NAKANO
89, of Kailua. Born October 16, 1922 in Honolulu, passed at Castle Medical Center on May 5, 2012. Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Survived by daughter, Brenda Tomuro (Fujio) and sons, Bryan (Lei) and Dennis; 7 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; brothers Frank and Steven Tsuchitori; sisters, Marion Nishida, Alice Kurihara, Jeanette Hew, Aileen Makiya and Lily Tsuchitori. Katsue was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years to Tatsumi “Tom” Nakano. All her life, she was hard working, generous and kind. You will be missed. Private services held.

Bert LeRoy Nunes

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June 23, 2012
Bert LeRoy Nunes, 68, of Kapaa, Kauai, a retired tour director at Island Holiday Tours and a Navy veteran, died at home. He was born in Kilauea, Kauai. He is survived by son Brandon; mother Sarah; brothers Leslie, Mervin and Wendell; sister Beverly P.; and two grandchildren. Services to be announced at a later date.

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ALEXANDER L. PICKENS

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Honolulu Arts Educator and Philanthropist Leaves a Legacy of Fundraising
ALEXANDER L. PICKENS
1921 – 2012
Dr. Alexander L. Pickens, Professor Emeritus, College of Education, University of Hawai’i at Manoa and former Assistant to the Dean for College Development, passed away peacefully at his home on June 23, 2012. Ardent and longtime supporters of fundraising, Pickens and his wife, Frances established an endowment fund, named the Frances M.J. & Alexander Pickens Scholarship Fund in Secondary Education. Today, the college’s development office is dedicated to him for his work in establishing a successful scholarship program that continues to grow each year. He is survived by his wife Frances, numerous former students, and friends who continue to support the arts in education by giving back to their communities: an attribute he modeled throughout his lifetime in service to others.
Beginning his career as a public school teacher, Pickens earned a BA in English from Southern Methodist University, an MA in Art from North Texas State University, and an EdD in Fine Arts from Columbia University. He taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia before settling in Hawai’i in 1962.
An associate professor of art education at the College of Education, Pickens was promoted to full professor in 1969. He would additionally serve as Assistant to the Dean for College Development, a position he helped to create in 1989. Investing his own resources and encouraging others to do the same, Pickens obtained funds to commemorate the college’s 50th anniversary in 1981. He would continue to raise money for scholarships and endowments until his retirement in 2001.
“I give because of the need,” Pickens said in a 2011 interview. “From what I have seen over my 39 years with the college, the students are very responsible. Many of them are single parents, most have part-time jobs, and some are supporting parents and grandparents. The College of Education is still very important to me and my wife, and our desire is to support its future.”
In 1989, Pickens was honored with a Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching. Among his numerous other awards and achievements, he was given the Award of Excellence for Commitment and Service to the college’s alumni association in 1996 and the College Benefactor Award in 2008.
Throughout his career, Pickens served as an art education consultant who organized, designed, and raised funds for art exhibitions and projects. He worked steadily through summers and spent his sabbatical leaves in the 1970s and 80s researching art history at Yale; conducting Smithsonian Institute study tours in Greece and England; and visiting schools in Morocco, Egypt, and Kenya.
Active in the community, Pickens served on the Board of Directors for the Honolulu Theater for Youth from 1997 to 2001 and sat on the Boards of Directors for the Honolulu Symphony from 1998 to 2010 and Chamber Music Hawaii from 2002 to 2012.
A celebration of life will be held in Honolulu in mid-August to honor Alex and his accomplishments. Donations in memory of Alexander L. Pickens may be made to: Chamber Music Hawai’i and sent to P.O. Box 61939, Honolulu, HI 96839. For more information about concerts and music education experiences offered statewide go to chambermusichawaii.com or email info@chambermusic hawaii.com. Donations may also be made online through the website.

Mitsuo Suzuki

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June 12, 2012
Mitsuo Suzuki, 92, of Honolulu, a retired insurance agent at Occidental Life/TransAmerica, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Jonathan and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Peter T. Vorfeld

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March 29, 2012
Peter T. Vorfeld, 75, of Waimanalo, a Pacific Machinery heavy agricultural and construction equipment retiree, died in Honolulu. He was born in Waipahu. He is survived by wife Esther Green; daughter Victoria Kukuruda; stepson Jason Green; stepdaughters July and Jody Green, and Jennifer Taddai; stepmother Judy; brother Ted; and nine grandchildren. Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Monday at 41-1009 Laumilo St., Waimanalo. Scattering of ashes to follow at Waimanalo Beach, fronting the residence. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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MAILE MAHEALANI EMILIA WATTERS

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MAILE MAHEALANI EMILIA WATTERS
Maile Mahealani Emilia Watters was granted her angel wings on June 22, 2012. In her final days, she was surrounded in love by family and friends that Maile touched throughout her short, yet memorable life. Maile was born on May 29, 1987 in Orange, California and had more than her fair share of challenges. Though her life was short she made a real difference and impacted many lives without realizing it. Maile was appointed by the Governor to serve on the State Council on Mental Health. She was awarded the Youth Advocate of the Year in 2009 by the Mental Health America of Hawaii. She served as a Youth Representative for numerous groups and involved in multiple conferences and events as a guest speaker. Her life story resonated with everyone, from policy maker to peers – Maile was and continues to be a true HERO! Her life’s journey gives HOPE to all of us and serves as a reminder of how precious life is and that each of us have a reason for being here. The challenge is to find what your purpose is for this life. Her beautiful smile, unselfish love and sense of humor brought much JOY to her loved ones. Maile is survived by: husband and son, Marc and Ethan Watters; loving parents, Gino Daguio , Carol and George Medina; two sisters, Anela Torres (husband Carlos) and Emmie Daguio; Grandfather, Andy Daguio. We invite you to join us in celebrating her life on Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 at New Hope Leeward (94-050 Farrington Hwy, A1, Waipahu, HI 96797), visitation at 9:00am, and the service at 10:00am. This is what Maile wrote about her own life, you’ll recognize it if you have ever been on her Facebook page. “My life is one heck of a journey, since the day I was born I always wanted to give up, but God made me stronger than that. I fight some sort of battle every day, whether it be eating healthy, resting, thinking positive, or trying to stay strong for my son and husband. No one will understand my pains and struggles or what it takes for me to accept and deal with life’s challenges. I’m a very complicated person on the inside, but on the outside you wouldn’t be able to tell that I’m as sick as the docs say, but I am and this is my life. A battle, a fight to stay alive and still try to be a happy person with a positive attitude. I’d rather not waste my time on the negatives anymore. I’d rather spend each minute of the day, every day to its fullest. Well, take care everyone and GOD BLESS.”

MAILE MAHEALANI EMILIA WATTERS

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MAILE MAHEALANI EMILIA WATTERS
Maile Mahealani Emilia Watters was granted her angel wings on June 22, 2012. In her final days, she was surrounded in love by family and friends that Maile touched throughout her short, yet memorable life. Maile was born on May 29, 1987 in Orange, California and had more than her fair share of challenges. Though her life was short she made a real difference and impacted many lives without realizing it. Maile was appointed by the Governor to serve on the State Council on Mental Health. She was awarded the Youth Advocate of the Year in 2009 by the Mental Health America of Hawaii. She served as a Youth Representative for numerous groups and involved in multiple conferences and events as a guest speaker. Her life story resonated with everyone, from policy maker to peers – Maile was and continues to be a true HERO! Her life’s journey gives HOPE to all of us and serves as a reminder of how precious life is and that each of us have a reason for being here. The challenge is to find what your purpose is for this life. Her beautiful smile, unselfish love and sense of humor brought much JOY to her loved ones. Maile is survived by: husband and son, Marc and Ethan Watters; loving parents, Gino Daguio , Carol and George Medina; two sisters, Anela Torres (husband Carlos) and Emmie Daguio; Grandfather, Andy Daguio. We invite you to join us in celebrating her life on Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 at New Hope Leeward (94-050 Farrington Hwy, A1, Waipahu, HI 96797), visitation at 9:00am, and the service at 10:00am. This is what Maile wrote about her own life, you’ll recognize it if you have ever been on her Facebook page. “My life is one heck of a journey, since the day I was born I always wanted to give up, but God made me stronger than that. I fight some sort of battle every day, whether it be eating healthy, resting, thinking positive, or trying to stay strong for my son and husband. No one will understand my pains and struggles or what it takes for me to accept and deal with life’s challenges. I’m a very complicated person on the inside, but on the outside you wouldn’t be able to tell that I’m as sick as the docs say, but I am and this is my life. A battle, a fight to stay alive and still try to be a happy person with a positive attitude. I’d rather not waste my time on the negatives anymore. I’d rather spend each minute of the day, every day to its fullest. Well, take care everyone and GOD BLESS.”

Karen Lee Wibly

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June 22, 2012
Karen Lee Wibly, 58, of Kailua-Kona, a deli chef in the food industry, died in Kealakekua, Hawaii. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio. She is survived by brothers Rick and Bill Wollet, and sisters Ashley King and Gretchen Belley. Private services.

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Benjamin Shinichi Yamada

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June 17, 2012
Benjamin Shinichi Yamada, 97, of Kaneohe, a time keeper accountant at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, an Army veteran who served in World War II with the 100th Battalion and a Purple Heart recipient, died in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Thelma T. Private services.

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