Archive for September 19th, 2012

Tranquilino Molina Transfiguracion

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Aug. 13, 2012
Tranquilino Molina Transfuguracion, 79, of Waipahu, a coffee farmer, died in Honolulu. He was born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Leonila, daughters Mila Juan and Angelita Estira, brother Eugenio, sisters Josefina Cercita and Forferia Boromeo, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Services: 10:15 a.m. Burial: noon at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Yoshie Tanaka

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Aug. 8, 2012
Yoshie Tanaka, 91, of Pearl City died in Aiea. She was born in Kapoho, Hawaii. She is survived by son Randal, daughter Naomi Tanabe, brother Nobuchika Santo, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Helen June Sternthal

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Sept. 16, 2012
Helen June Sternthal, 73, of Waianae died in Makaha. She was born in Philadelphia. She is survived by sons William Hutto and Julian Sternthal; daughters Donna Foster and Debora Tandal; brothers Mike “Mickey,” Robert and William McCarthy; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 87-227 St. Johns Road, Waianae. Services: 11 a.m. Scattering of ashes to follow. Aloha attire.

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Daniel Lucas Sellona

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Sept. 9, 2012
Daniel Lucas “Danny” Sellona, 46, of Waianae, an Xpress Trucking employee, died in Waianae. He was born in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by mother Leonida L.; brothers Frederick “Fred,” Glenn and Gary “G”; and sister Amelita “Amy.” Visitation: 6 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 7 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Janet Yasue Ruiz

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Sept. 10, 2012
Janet Yasue Ruiz, 90, of Koloa, Kauai, a retired Kukuiula Store clerk, died at home. She was born in Koloa. She is survived by son Roland; brothers Randy, Ted, Gary and Gaylord Fukumoto; sisters Myra Muramoto, Gladys Yoshii, Helen Hirano and Namoi Masaki; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at Kauai Veterans Cemetery. Services: 11 a.m. Burial to follow.

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Mitsuo Nozaki

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Sept. 13, 2012
Mitsuo Nozaki, 89, of Hanapepe, Kauai, a retired carpenter and an Army veteran who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Battalion Headquarters Company, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Hanapepe. He is survived by wife Irene; sons Paul, Sidney and Lyle; daughter Nancy; sister Hannah; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 1 p.m. Saturday at Hanapepe United Church of Christ. Services: 2 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Talitiga Mauai Sr.

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Sept. 10, 2012
Talitiga Mauai Sr., 58, of Waipahu, an Army veteran, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. He was born in Olosega, Manua, American Samoa. He is survived by son Talitiga M. Silifaiva Jr., brothers Faamanu M. and Pao M.M. Silifaiva, sisters Faafofoga M. Jose and Lepepania M.S. Matavao, and four grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waipahu ward. Services: 11 a.m. Committal services: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire.

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Sandra Shimoe Marcos

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Sept. 8, 2012
Sandra Shimoe Marcos, 72, of Ewa Beach died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Fernando B.; sons Timmy, Darryl, Anthony and Theodore; daughters Marlene Santiago, Flora Patton and Fay Salvador; brothers Keith “Masa” and Ernest Kawamoto; sisters Doris Ishimine and Diane Kuwaye; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 7 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Robert Longhi

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July 30, 2012
Robert “Bob” Longhi, 79, of Lahaina, founder of Longhi’s Restaurant, was remembered in private services. He died in Wailuku. He was born in Torrington, Conn. He is survived by sons Peter and Charlie; daughters Gabrielle and Genafer Longhi, and Carol O’Leary; and six grandchildren.

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Stanley K.M. Kong

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Sept. 9, 2012
Stanley K.M. “Kongie” Kong, 76, of Honolulu, a retired United Airlines employee, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Sachie A. Visitation: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kaimuki ward. Services: 5 p.m. Burial: 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Online condolences: hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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John Piwa Kaanapu III

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Sept. 9, 2012
John Piwa Kaanapu III, also known as “Big John” and “Buzzy,” 74, of Honolulu, a retired city bus driver and a veteran of the Hawaii National Guard and Army Reserve, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by companion Glory Pascual; sons John P. IV, William S.C.P. “Billy” and Willard K.; daughters Ululani K. Fong, Kathleen L. Kaanapu and Noelani K.C. Mori; sisters Phyllis J. Zeller, Charlene Kaanapu and June Nicholls; and 14 grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Tuesday and 1 pm. Sept. 26. Burial: 2:15 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Online condolences: hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Harry Hiroo Hashimoto

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Sept. 15, 2012
Harry Hiroo Hashimoto, 84, of Honolulu, a retired general contractor, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. No known survivors. Visitation: noon Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 1 p.m. No flowers.

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Richard Junio Hamada

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Sept. 14, 2012
Richard Kunio Hamada, 92, of Honolulu, a retired federal government general foreman at Fort Shafter and an Army veteran who served in the 100th Battalion in World War II, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife July N., daughter Janice Clements, sister Amy Watanabe and four grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. No flowers.

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Emilio Calucag Ganiron

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Aug. 26, 2012
Emilio Calucag Ganiron, 85, of Waipahu, a retired city employee, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Solsona, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Pacita A., sons Alfredo and Emilio Jr., daughters Ermilinda Baguio and Aimee Ganiron, 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Waipahu. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Charlotte Alice Vorfeld Fleener

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Sept. 15, 2012
Charlotte Alice Vorfeld Fleener, 98, of Waimea, Hawaii, a homemaker and Amfac secretary, died in Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. She was born in Kahuku. She is survived by sons Michael C. and John R., daughter Joanne Fleener Coon, brother Robert Vorfeld, nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Private services. Donations suggested to St. James Episcopal Church, 65-1237 Kawaihae Road, Waimea, HI 96743.

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Susan Anne Ault Finch

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Aug. 27, 2012
Susan Anne Ault Finch, 81, of Oroville, Calif., died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Linda Carey, Heather Gray, Patricia Houston and Sheila Manzagol; and eight grandchildren. Services on the mainland. Donations suggested to Daughters of Hawaii. Incorrect information in an obituary published Friday.

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Joseph Tavares Ferreira

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Sept. 16, 2012
Joseph Tavares Ferreira, 90, of Hilo, a retired Hawaiian Telephone Co. switchman, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by sons Wesley, Alan and Mark; daughters Leona Hale, Gayle Bruce and Pamela Chinen; sister Mildred Cervantes; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Leonard Ah Ping Chun

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Sept. 7, 2012
Leonard Ah Ping Chun, 97, of Honolulu died at home. He was born in Wahiawa. He is survived by sons Marc and Cullen; daughters Wilma Lucas and Robin Chun-Hunter; brother Joseph; sisters Eleanor Fern, Florence Diamond, Faith Inouye, Grace Chun, Jeanette Naki and Lily Lee; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Thurston Chapel, Punahou School. No flowers. Donations suggested to Central Union Adult Day Care.

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Betty Chee Ching

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Sept. 14, 2012
Betty Chee Ching, 94, of Honolulu, a retired Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard supply clerk, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Edyson “Kapua” and Carleton K.L., brother William Chee, sister Rose Young, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services: 12:15 p.m. Private inurnment. Aloha attire. No flowers. Online condolences: hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Glenn Takeji Azama

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Aug. 21, 2012
Glenn Takeji Azama, 61, of Honolulu, a heavy equipment mechanic and an Army veteran, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brother Harris K. “Tolo” and sisters Naomi H. Takara, Pauline K. Muronaka, Nancy S. Yeda, Eleanor A. Hu and Jane M. Hokama. Private services.

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Terry Yasukichi Arakaki

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Sept. 11, 2012
Terry Yasukichi Arakaki, 91, of Kailua, a retired U.S. Postal Service carrier and an Army veteran, died in Aloha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Hanamaulu, Kauai. He is survived by wife Nancy S., son Terance Y., daughters Carol H. Steever and Sandy S. Honda, brother Thomas, sister Nancy Muraoka and two grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Private burial. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Monetary offerings welcome. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Jack F. Afuso

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Sept. 4, 2012
Jack F. Afuso, 100, of Kapolei, a retired self-employed gardener, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by wife Elsie; sons George, Alvin, Glenn and Gary; daughters Joanne Fujikami and Naomi Imai; brother Johnny; sister Lillian Ikeda; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Stanley G. Harlan

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STANLEY G. HARLAN
August 21, 1922 –
Sept 12, 2012
Stanley G. Harlan, 90, of Kaneohe, a retired AT&T electrical engineer and Navy Mechanic died peacefully in his home. Stanley was a dedicated member of the Honolulu Elks Club, President of The Classic Birds of Paradise Thunderbird Car Club, and The Hawaii Yacht Club. Loved by all, he is survived by wife Billie Harlan, a sister, four children Bob, Stan, John, Karen and seven grand-children. A public service will be held on Thursday September 20, 2012 at the Honolulu Elks Club, 2933 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu at 9 A.M. Aloha attire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Elks Club.

ROBERT KEKUMU ELLIS

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ROBERT KEKUMU ELLIS
88, passed away on September 10, 2012 after a lengthy illness. A private family graveside inurnment service was held at Diamond Head Memorial Cemetery.
Robert Kekumu Ellis, Bob or Kumu as family called him, was the eldest of seven children born to William Ellis and Maraea Pihaleo Ellis at Nawiliwili, Kaua’i on February 19, 1924. He graduated from Kauai High School where he was an active student leader, talented artist, violinist and thespian and was elected Student Body President in his senior year.
After high school, Bob was a University of Hawaii ROTC cadet on December 7, 1941, and was immediately pressed into service with the Hawai’i Territorial Guard. After the emergency was deemed over, he worked as an Instrument Maker at Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard until drafted. After he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Ground Forces Pacific, he enrolled at Harvard University from which he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Bob’s first job after college was as a civilian Military Occupational Standards Job Analyst operating out of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He conducted time-motion studies for all the newly created military jobs, including various levels of rocket scientists at White Sands in New Mexico, and other new positions at sites around the country. After two years, this project was complete and military job descriptions for all newly created jobs were adopted and became operative.
Following that special assignment, Bob was hired by the Washington Daily News. Within a few months, he participated in a national test being circulated by IBM for a proposed publications project. Of those who participated nationally screened, Bob was one of five top candidates selected for special training by IBM with Scripps-Howard Publishing Company. IBM selected Bob to take their specialized training and hired him to implement the “first ever” project to computerize Scripps-Howard publishing sites in Cincinnati, Denver, Memphis and Washington,
D.C. Quite a challenge and responsibility for a Hawaiian boy from Kaua’i! He directed the installation and personally programmed operational capabilities in all four cities. His job done, Bob left for other opportunities.
After the IBM/Scripps Howard project was over, Bob was hired by the Washington Post and started experimenting with computerizing art and graphics to be used in advertisements for various media. Talented as an artist, Bob was involved in the early computer technology which became more fashionable and interesting to use in news and magazine ads. A side benefit was brushing elbows with consulting customers like Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and others. Before retiring, he trained the next generation of computer professionals in the potentials for creativity in the field.
The exciting things that he was doing, mostly on the leading edge of technical advancement, the accessibility of outstanding theatrical and stage shows, fast paced developments in a variety of fields, and much more captivated Bob, so his return trip from Harvard to Hawai’i after graduation was delayed for approximately 40 years. Therefore, Bob had to be satisfied in the interim with ono Hawaiian food and Hawai’i news through the mail or visiting relatives and friends. Auwe! Finally, Bob returned home in the year 2003 and resided in Moanalua Valley with his widowed sister.
We celebrate the life of Robert Kekumu “Bob” Ellis who in his quiet, unassuming, creative way has made significant contributions in every field of his interest and involvement. This modest and self-effacing bright Native Hawaiian has shown all who follow what exciting and significant contributions we can make to benefit us all when we strive for excellence in performing while having fun in the excitement of living.
Friends will remember the different facets of this complex, highly intelligent free spirit who enjoyed every talent with which the Almighty blessed him.
He is survived by siblings: Winona Ellis Rubin, Edith U. Ellis, Patrick H. Ellis of Honolulu and Dorothy Ellis Zeffiro of Lihue, Kauai; nephew, William Ellis Zeffiro and his family, Keola B. (Kyla) Zeffiro, Jordyn Zeffiro, of Lihue, Kauai, nephew: Frank (Laurie) Zeffiro III, of Torrington, Connecticut, and niece, Winona (Shane) Nelson, Seth and Mia, of Boise, Idaho. Also surviving are numerous William Ellis ‘ohana.

MARY TAGLE ELLASOS

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MARY TAGLE ELLASOS
Age 94, of Waialua, HI, passed away September 13, 2012 in Waialua. Born September 15, 1917 in Koloa, Kauai, HI. Predeceased by sons, Alfred Boncalesa Kilantang, Jr., Frederick Russell Kilantang.
She is survived by sons, Errol Eugene (Lynnette) Kilantang, Gilbert Wayne (Lori Ann) Kilantang; daughters, Barbara Jean (Richard) Orillo, Carmencita May (John) Isabelo, Donna (Raymond) Imbo; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation 9:00 a.m. Tuesday (September 25) at St. Michael Catholic Church (67-390 Goodale Ave., Waialua); Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Jennifer Hing Wai Wu Chan

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JENNIFER HING WAI WU CHAN
Age 62, died in her home on September 13, 2012. She was born under communist rule in China on August 26, 1950, and the youngest of six children. She endured persecution and ridicule as the child of a “land owner” and was forbidden from pursuing a university education.
In 1972, at the young age of 22, she escaped China and received amnesty in Hong Kong. While there, she worked a number of demeaning jobs to save enough money in order to create a better life for herself. By 1974 she received a coveted opportunity to immigrate to Honolulu, Hawaii. When she first stepped foot on American soil, she didn’t speak a word of English and had less than a hundred dollars to her name.
Jennifer toiled in the restaurant business for more than 35 years and learned how to speak English by phonetically studying menus and conversing with customers who quickly grew to love and admire her. Through her courage, hard work, and perseverance Jennifer went on to own and operate a number of restaurants in Hawaii: Chan’s Dim Sum and Wonton Restaurant and Chan’s Chinese Restaurant on South King Street, Chan’s Gourmet Buffet on Nimitz Highway, and Little Village Noodle House in Chinatown. To date, Little Village has won more than 20 awards for outstanding service and cuisine including numerous Hale Aina and Ilima awards. The restaurant has also been positively reviewed by the New York Times, Zagat, Fodor’s, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Jennifer was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in November 2008 and fought courageously against the disease for almost four years. She relocated to New York City in 2010 to begin receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital. While there, she underwent two stem cell transplants, but ultimately lost her battle against cancer. Jennifer was brought back to Hawaii to spend her remaining days and passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family.
Jennifer Hing Wai Chan touched the lives of every single person she encountered and will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, doting grandmother, lifelong friend, and a respected leader. She will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, please give generously to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center:
http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/jenniferchan or at 1-866-815-9501.
Public visitation will take place at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea Street, on September 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. The memorial service will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by burial at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, 47-200 Kahekili Hwy, at 2:30 p.m.
Jennifer is survived by husband Kenneth, son Brian, daughter Janna, daughter-in-law Aimee, brothers Paul and How Ming Wu, sisters Qing Xiang and Qing Hung Wu, and grandchildren Ellie and Connor.

LEONARD S. GONSALVES

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LEONARD S. GONSALVES
Age 68, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, passed away September 3, 2012 in Kona. Born August 11, 1944 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A member of the Navy League and the Koa Puna Motorcycle Club. Retired from the State Department of Corrections.
He is survived by spouse, Anita Gonsalves; daughter, Teresa Gonsalves; sons, William S. Gonsalves, Michael J. (Malia) Gonsalves; 7 grand-children.
Visitation 9:15 a.m. Monday (September 24) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church; (91-1004 North Rd., Ewa Beach) Mass 11:30 a.m. Committal Service 2:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

ELAINE NORIKO SAKAITANI

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ELAINE NORIKO SAKAITANI
Age 93, of Honolulu, HI, passed away August 22, 2012 in Honolulu. Born May 20, 1919 in Ewa Plantations, Ewa, Hawaii. A Nutritionist at the Palama Settlement, and a volunteer for Meals On Wheels.
She is survived by sisters, Alice Nakano and Laura Bingo of CA.
Private Services were held.


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