Archive for August 8th, 2012

ROBERT BRADFORD MARTIN “BRAD”

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ROBERT BRADFORD MARTIN “BRAD”
1957-2012
Suddenly, unexpectedly, Brad Martin passed away Monday, July 30th. He left behind a family who loved him greatly, wife Robin, daughters Lauren and Kelly, sister Ann, brothers Peter and Steve, and a wonderful mother Nancy as well as a network of greatly valued friends and clients.
Brad attended Punahou School and the University of Kansas. He was a commercial insurance broker with Insurance Factors, an avid tennis player, golfer, and skier, and loved being on the water and at the beach.
Brad lived his 54 years with a spirit of adventure and a love of life and all those around him. His wife always teased him because whenever Brad mentioned someone, even someone she had never heard of in their 20 years of marriage, he said, “Great Guy!! A really good friend!” That is simply how Brad saw those he lived, worked and played with over the years.
Brad loved excitement of any kind. Venturing out with his daughters on their monthly adventure with his father daughter group, traveling to the far reaches of the globe, or simply rushing down the street to see what was causing the ruckus in the neighborhood all gave Brad joy. Camera and binoculars in hand, Brad was excited to tackle the world.
Brad has moved on now but all who love him know that his spirit is out there enjoying the next big event.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations can made to the Kapiolani Health Foundation, 55 Merchant Street #2600, Honolulu, HI 96813, or KapiolaniGift.org.

HILDGUND BUCKY

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HILDGUND BUCKY
1924 – 2012
Founder “Hildgund at Dawkins Benny Jewelers”
Hildgund Bucky, affectionately known as “Hildy” a long time resident of Honolulu for over six decades, peacefully passed away in her home on July 19, 2012 at the age of 88. Hildgund was born in Ludwigshafen, Germany on July 13, 1924. She started her education in jewelry and design, in Vienna and Mannheim. The art schools were closed until the end of the war, so the only chance of completing her education was to attend the trade school in Kaiserslautern at the Masters of Jewelry. In 1944 she graduated with a degree as a journeyman goldsmith in the midst of air raids.
After the war she worked at the American Red Cross in a resort town where the soldiers had R and R activities including arts and crafts. She had her tools and the family sterling she rescued from her home that was destroyed in the bombings. She used the silver to make rings for the soldiers with their initials and traded a carton of cigarettes for a ring. At that Red Cross she met and fell in love with her first husband, Arthur Joseph Weeks, a handsome Hawaiian soldier. They married on August 28, 1948 and with nerve, courage and some trepidation she started her journey to Hawaii.
Fortunately soon after arriving in Hawaii she was able to get employment at McKinley High School teaching an evening class in arts and crafts and textile painting. Hildgund traveled to Lanai once every two weeks to conduct a three hour class. She also had a home workbench made by her father-in-law and worked for Gump’s until the store closed. Then she found full time employment at Ming’s. At that time Ming’s only worked with ivory and sterling silver. Her boss, Mr. Moon got some pearls, jade and gave her carte blanc to created rings, earrings, and broaches in 14K gold. After seven years she began a fascination with black coral and used it with the pearls and jade in rings and pins.
While still working at Ming’s in 1959 her husband, Arthur, died in a drowning accident at the age of 33 leaving Hildgund with two little girls, Malulani and Laola.
She went to work for Maui Divers and after several years there, she opened a small shop in the Merchandise Mart Building in downtown Honolulu, known as Hildgund of Hawaii with her partner and fellow war bride Edith Park. She married Jack Zukerkorn during this time and had a son, Alan in 1964. She divorced Jack after four years and continued to build her business.
She purchased the Dawkins & Benny Co., established in 1873, in 1969 and renamed it “Hildgund at Dawkins Benny.” They had contracts with Hawaiian Telephone Co., many local businesses and schools for service pins and rings. She also made the Hawaiian bracelets, rings and Hawaiian Coat of Arms jewelry. Her clientele were primarily kamaaina. She had her workbench alongside five other jewelers at the store where she created her one of kind designs. Her specialty was redesigning old jewelry into unique, modern pieces. Customers would come in and explain what they wanted and she would draw it on paper for them. From there she would create her master pieces.
When Hildgund met Carl Bucky in 1977, she asked him to help her expand the company. They were married in 1982. Together they built a business that had five stores and an international reputation. They were partners in love, life and business. Hildgund retired in 1995 and in their semi-retirement they traveled the world many times over looking for Colored Gem. Carl died in 2002. Hildgund at Dawkins Benny is still operating in 6 locations in Hawaii. She continued to live in their apartment with occasional trips to visit her daughters in California and family in Europe.
A loving mother and Omi, she is survived by her daughters Malulani Eccleshall, Laola Simmons, and son Alan Zukerkorn; stepsons Bruce and Paul Bucky; grandchildren Kalei, Keaka, Molly, Samantha and Asher; great grandchildren Kamea, Mahina and Ryder.
Hildgund was a gracious lady who cared deeply for the Hawaiian people, their culture and history. She supported The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace. She first saw the palace after the war while being occupied by the military. It was her dream to see it returned to its original stature.
Her kindness, integrity, courage, and compassion will be remembered by everyone who knew her. She will be dearly missed and never forgotten.
Special thanks caregivers Gerhild Daida, Herta McGuire, Sue Gulledge, Nettie Tamale and Kim Rodriguez who provided such loving care to our mother for many years and to Bristol Hospice, Dr. Brett Flynn, Michelle Apana-Sargent, RN, and Mary Jane Miguel, CNA for providing excellent hospice care during the last eight months.
The memorial service and mass will be held on Monday, August 13, 2012 at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 North School St. Visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. mass at 11:00 a.m., burial to follow at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl at 1:00 p.m. Family and friends, please join us at 5:00 p.m. for a champagne toast to celebrate Hildgund’s life at Hildgund Jewelry of Hawaii at the Kahala Resort.
Flowers are welcome or donations can be made to Hildgund’s favorite charities, Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace – Honolulu, The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace and the Alzheimer’s Association – Aloha Chapter.

SUSAN A. CHAGGARIS

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SUSAN A. CHAGGARIS
Age 56, passed away on June 8, 2012 in Honolulu. Born Sept. 6, 1955 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Survived by companion, Gerald A., Aunt Rosemary, and closest friends, Michael C. and Rosemarie G. Private Services.

CYNTHIA SIU LEN CHEE

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CYNTHIA SIU LEN CHEE
Cynthia Siu Len Chee passed away peacefully at home on August 1, 2012. She was 82 years old. She was born in Ewa, the daughter of Harry K. F. and Elizabeth Naholowa’a Ching. A longtime resident of Ewa Beach, she graduated from Waipahu High School and earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. In 1952, she married Gordon K. S. Chee, who passed away in 1991.
A woman before her time, Cynthia challenged those around her to strive for perfection, “kulia i ka nu`u”. In an era when women increasingly sought professional careers, she found her niche through education. Whether as an instructor for the Foods of the Pacific Summer Program at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, as a teacher with the Department of Education (English, SPED, DPT, Resource) or as a volunteer with the Friends of Hokulea and Hawaiiloa, she loved to share the gift of learning.
She served as Vice President of the Hawaii State Teachers Association and was Hawaii State Director of the National Education Association.
She enjoyed traveling and new experiences, cooking and spending time with family and her beloved pets. She challenged her children, but was always supportive, encouraging and loving.
She is survived by her daughter, Elsbeth Chee, son, Howard “Puni” (Jaylene) Chee, daughter-in-law Cheryl (Greg) Chee, grandchildren Alyssa “Makamae, Amanda “Pualei”, Brandon and Kirra and siblings Lorraine (Frank) Mau, Ret. Col. Harry (Sylvia) Ching and Elena Crawford.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Mililani Memorial Park, Makai Chapel. Visitation from 5:30 p.m.
Donations may be made in her name to Hawaii Meals on Wheels.

PILIOTA APOSETOLO FAILAUGA

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PILIOTA APOSETOLO FAILAUGA
Age 81, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away July 26, 2012 in Ewa Beach. Born May 31, 1931 in Fitiuta, Manu’a, American Samoa.
She is survived by sons, Vaeoto’oto’o A. (Leano) Failauga, Ali’itaeaomai (Genevieve) Failauga, Namona (Fa’anati) Failauga, Suitonu (Quenana) Failauga, Monike (Akenese) Failauga, Aposetolo (Melissa) Failauga; daughters, Silafaga (Samuel) Ioane, Toetuua (Faifili) Taliulu, Gloria (Hans) Sua; 38 grand-children; 15 great-grand-children.
Visitation 8:30 a.m. Saturday (August 11, 2012) at Good Samaritan Worship Center (94-027 Waipahu Depot Rd., Waipahu); Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Burial will take place in Washington. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Joelyn Napua Ioane-Weatherholtz

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July 4, 2012
Joelyn Napua Ioane-Weatherholtz, 50, of Waianae died in Waianae. She was born in Wahiawa. She is survived by husband Andrew K. Weatherholtz, daughter Naomi, brothers John III and Jonah Ioane, and sisters Joanne “Nani” Ioane, Jocelynn “Momilani” Adams and Joycelynn McShane. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome. Incorrect information in an obituary published Tuesday.

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RICHARD HON SUNG PANG JR.

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RICHARD HON SUNG PANG JR.
July 3, 2012
Richard Hon Sung Pang, Jr., 69, of Waianae, a retired Honolulu Fire Department firefighter and Coast Guard veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by wife Josephine; sons, Richard III, Russell, Ryan, and Royden; stepsons, Robert, Dominique, Kevin, Frank, Richard and Tracy; daughter, Robin (Gary) Maganaris; stepdaughters, Sarah, Catharine and Susan; six grandchildren; 35 step-grandchildren; and 12 step-great-grandchildren; mother, Hannah (Bailey) Pang; sisters, Rose Kim (Adam Sr.) Sagon, Hannah (Robert) Idemoto, Elizabeth Flores, Lillian Pagan, Bertha (Richard) Drayson. Visitation: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11 at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:45 p.m. at Diamond Head Memoria Park. Online condolences: www.hawaiian memorialparkmortaury.com

Timothy Wee Kauhane

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July 13, 2012
Timothy Wee Kauhane, 52, of Honolulu, a journeyman floor layer, died in Honolulu. He was born in Wahiawa. He is survived by wife Patricia; sons Timothy “Kaipo,” Matthew and Abraham; daughters Shannon Averett, Momi Kauhane-Malrey and Rebekah Kauhane; mother Roselani Hall; brothers Gaylord Nishimura, and Gaylen and Stanton Kauhane; sisters Ruth Faafiti, and Williet, Juliet and Anne Kauhane; stepbrothers Henry, Richard, Lincoln and Carl DeVincent; stepsister Cecilia DeVincent; and four grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: Noon. Burial: 3 p.m., Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com. Additional information for an item published Sunday.

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Karen Levy

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Aug. 1, 2012
Karen Levy, 76, of Kihei, Maui, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Seattle. She is survived by sons Larry and Tom Dragland, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Scattering of ashes by canoe: 8 a.m. Friday, Kam III Beach Park, Kihei.

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Gary F. Malunao

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July 13, 2012
Gary F. Malunao, 57, of Aiea, a Navy veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Waipahu. He is survived by brothers Raymond Jr., Orlando, Glen, Gerald and Michael; sisters Tanyalynn Malunao-Barba and Bernadette Setik; and companion Paula Kahler. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Committal services: 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers. Incorrect information in an obituary published Monday.

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Mamori Nagao

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Aug. 1, 2012
Mamori “Mamo” Nagao, 83, of Lahaina, a retired Bank of Hawaii vice president of operations on Maui, died in Kahului. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Sue, sons James and Edmund, daughter Jeanne Beach, brother George, sisters Haruko Nakamura and Tokiko Hirota, and four grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lahaina Hongwanji. Services: 11:30 a.m. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Lahaina Hongwanji or American Cancer Society.

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Patricia Mitsuko Persons

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July 16, 2012
Patricia Mitsuko Persons, 85, of Waianae, a retail cashier, died. She was born in North Kohala, Hawaii. She is survived by sons A., Norman D., Roger N. and Kenneth W.; daughter Barbara Maglinti; sisters Tomiko See, Yukiko Ross and Sumi Ayling; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea St., Honolulu. Services: 10:30 a.m. Inurnment: 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

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YOSHIO “JOE” SHISHIDO

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YOSHIO “JOE” SHISHIDO
Age 84, of Honolulu, passed away on July 12, 2012 at Straub Clinic & Hospital. Retired from Pan American Airlines, Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu Plaza, and Holiday Inn at the Airport. He is Survived by wife, Ethel; son, Guy (Vera) Shishido; sisters, Takeno Honda, Chieko Machida, Ayako (Makoto) Nekoba, Miyako (Paul) Yano; sister in-laws, Jean Shishido, Jean Fukuki, Dorothy Toma, Mary Hanaoka; 3 grand-children; many nephews and nieces. Visitation 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 12 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary; service at 11:30 a.m.

NANCY JOHNSTON WALKER

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NANCY JOHNSTON WALKER
Nancy Johnston Walker, 90, died Friday August 3, in Honolulu after a short illness.
Born in the small town of Port Leyden, New York, on May 6, 1922, Nancy Georgianna Johnston was a happy surprise to her middle-aged parents and a beloved joy to her three older siblings. Her father, John Lord Johnston, operated the Johnston Pulp and Paper Mill, founded by his father, a country doctor who began the business as a way to supplement the “fees” his patients paid, which were primarily homegrown vegetables. Nancy’s mother, Georgia Mary Pomeroy of Utica, New York and Nancy’s many aunts on both sides were unusual women for the time: college-educated and professionals. Nancy was a direct descendent of, among others, Elder William Brewster from the Mayflower, famous revolutionary War General Seth Pomeroy, and decorated Civil War surgeon Henry L. Burritt.
An early and lifelong reader, Nancy skipped first grade in Port Leyden School; she graduated from the prestigious Emma Willard School in Troy, New York in 1939 and from Skidmore College in 1943. After college, she moved to New York City with college pal Miriam Lary of Maine, living in a series of walk-up apartments. While in New York, she worked at The American City Magazine, St. Bernard’s School, Save the Children, and The Town School. In the fall of 1945, she met Henry A. Walker, Jr. of Honolulu on a blind date arranged by her roommate. Henry, the third generation of his family to be born in Hawai’i, was serving on the U.S.S. Missouri, which was docked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Nancy was smitten by this handsome man, who sat cross-legged and barefoot on the floor of her apartment, serenading her with “Ku`uipo” on his ukulele. Shortly thereafter, Nancy’s roommate Miriam Lary married Nancy’s brother, making them sisters-in-law for the next 66 years. Nancy and Henry were married on a snowy March 10, 1946 in Port Leyden.
After additional time in New York, while Henry attended Columbia University, Nancy, who had never travelled west of Buffalo, courageously set forth for Honolulu, where she was to live happily for the next 65 years. She was married to Henry for 54 years until his death in 2000.
While raising two children (H. A. Walker, III “Ren” and Susan), Nancy worked tirelessly for her community. Foregoing the more glamorous causes of her peers, she devoted herself passionately to help children and families through volunteer work on behalf of Down’s syndrome, Head Start programs, Child and Family Service, St. Francis Hospital, Straub Hospital, and many others. She and her husband were jointly named Humanitarians of the Year by the Hawai`i Red Cross, in 1988. Nancy’s generosity of spirit, high moral character, and support of life’s less fortunate continue to serve as a model to her extended family.
An accomplished and gracious hostess while Henry Walker was Chairman and CEO of AMFAC, Inc., Nancy was friendly and polite to all, standing up for her beliefs even when it was socially awkward to do so. A true egalitarian, she believed in democratic principles and in the power of education to change lives. In recent years, she lived happily at One Kalakaua Senior Living, where she made good friends who provided her joy and comfort in her later years. Nothing in her long life provided Nancy more pleasure than spending time with her grandchildren, David and Peter Kowen, to whom she was an active and loving grandmother from the day they were born.
Nancy is survived by son Ren Walker of Kona, and his wife Brenda; daughter Susan Pomeroy Walker Kowen of Manoa and her husband Richard Kowen; grandson David Walker Kowen and his wife Tiare Salassa, currently of Minneapolis; and grandson Peter Kowen of Manoa. As a surrogate mother and grandmother to many, she was well-loved by nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews across the United States.
Nancy Walker was a true lady and a woman of substance; she loved her family and taught those around her the meaning of love. Hers was a life well-lived.
Burial will be private. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday August 11, 2012 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Institute for Human Services or Child and Family Service.


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