Archive for November 11th, 2012

Kathleen Marion Kelly

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KATHLEEN MARION KELLY
63, died peacefully on October 25, 2012 at St Francis Hospice in Nu’uanu, Honolulu, after her long struggle with breast cancer. KK was born February 20, 1949 in New York. She proudly graduated from Interlochen School of the Arts in Michigan, and earned her Nursing degree from the University of Hawaii. She worked tirelessly as an RN at St. Francis and Straub Hospitals in Honolulu for over 25 years. She was predeceased by her parents John M Kelly Jr, and Marion Anderson Kelly, and throughout her life she shared their activism in many causes including civil rights, the environment, working conditions, and Hawaiian land issues. She is survived by her sister, Colleen, niece Corey Smrekar, nephew Dana Smrekar, and grandniece Maggie. As desired, her body was donated to the University of Hawaii Medical School. A family gathering will be held on Sunday, November 18. Donations in her honor can be made to St. Francis Hospice or Revolution Books.

James Toshiichi Kunichika

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JAMES TOSHIICHI KUNICHIKA
The family of James Toshiichi Kunichika is deeply saddened to announce his passing on October 30, 2012 at the age of 97. James was born on January 1, 1915 in Ko’olau, Kaua’i. In 1937, he moved to Honolulu and held a variety of jobs before starting the James T. Kunichika Painting Company where he worked tirelessly for over 50 years. In 1943, he married Katherine Hayami Fujita, his wife of 61 years. Through his dedication and hers, his company and their family thrived. James and Katherine were lifetime members of the Hawai’i Kotohira Jinsha-Dazaifu Tenmangu. They were also active members of the Honpa Hongwanji Hawai’i Betsuin, the Izumo Taishakyo Mission, the Daijingu Temple of Hawai’i, the Hiroshima Kenjin Kai and the Kaua’i Hana Club. Along with his wife, he was a charter member of the Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai Bon Dance Club. One of his overriding passions for nearly 80 years was singing Obon songs in the Iwakuni style. James became the lead singer and performed almost every summer at Obon festivals in Hawai’i. He also performed in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. In Iwakuni, Japan, his mother’s hometown, James was honored by government officials for his contribution to the perpetuation of the Iwakuni cultural heritage. In 2006, the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai’i honored James with their Living Treasure Award which acknowledged his significant contributions and standing as a cultural treasure of Hawai’i. He received numerous additional awards and recognition for his contribution in preserving the Japanese culture, one of which was the 2003 Pan-Pacific Festival Silversword Award for cultural excellence. Recordings of his singing are housed in the Bishop Museum, the University of Hawai’i, the State of Hawai’i Culture and Arts Foundation, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. Recognized as a Master Artist by the Hawai’i Folk Arts Apprenticeship Awards program, he received a grant from the State of Hawai’i Culture and Arts Foundation to train an apprentice in the Iwakuni tradition of Japanese song. He mentored many students, some of whom continue to carry on his legacy by performing at Obon festivals. He is survived by sons Kenneth (Janice) and Miles (the late Priscilla); daughters Caroline (Ronald) Miyata and Evie (Alan) Kobayashi; grandchildren John, Michael, Scott, Kimberlee and Jamee Kunichika; Kristi (Greg) Chung, Kelli (Erik) Yamamoto and Matthew Miyata; Brent, Kathi and Kelli Kobayashi; great-grandchildren Kristen, Kelsey and Justin Yoshikane; Christopher Chung and Leif Yamamoto; great-great-grandchild Zeke Yoshikane; and brother Robert Kunichika. THE SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2012 AT 6:00 PM, WITH VISITATION BEGINNING FROM 5:00 PM.

GAYLE A. GOSHI

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GAYLE A. GOSHI Age 54, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, passed away October 17, 2012 in Ewa Beach. Born September 1, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is survived by spouse, Marvin H. Goshi; brothers, Dean Kagemoto, Reid (Catherine) Kagemoto; sisters, Lynne (Scott) Ono, Jodie (Byron) Nagasako. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday (November 16) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire.

KEN YEE

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KEN YEE
Ken Yee, the second son of Yee Kam Chong and Wong Kam Oi passed away peacefully on October 29th. Born in 1913, he grew up on a duck farm near Ala Moana with his twelve siblings. After graduating from McKinley High School, he won an electrician apprenticeship at Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard, where he learned his trade working on submarines and battleships. In his early twenties, he earned enough money to buy his first car and drive across country, exhibiting a passion for adventure and a sharp curiosity that characterized his entire life. He was married to the love of his life, Nancy Wong, for 65 happy years. In 1948 he started his own marine electrical service company, KEMS Inc., which handled all of the electrical work for Matson Navigation and other shipping lines. Nancy and Ken were close partners in business and life. They became avid ballroom dancers and travellers. Deeply interested in Chinese history and culture, they co-edited “Chinese Pioneer Families of Maui, Molokai and Lanai,” a collection of oral histories telling the early Chinese immigrant experience in Hawaii. After retirement at the age of 62, Ken returned to school. He bought a bicycle so he could ride to classes at the University of Hawaii where he earned his B.A. in Chinese and his M.A. in Asian Studies. A talented scholar, fisherman, craftsman, and cook, his greatest joy remained his family. His survivors include children Roy, Sylvia and Susan Yee, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren as well as two brothers, Don and Arthur, and three sisters, Violet Schmidt, Florence Smith, and Lily Sutherland. A memorial will be held in the spring. Donations may be made to Palolo Chinese Home (www.palolohome.org) or to McKinley High School Foundation for college scholarships (1039 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96814).

Flaviano “Danny” Labaya

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FLAVIANO DANNY LABAYA
10.29.12 80, a retired weatherman for NOAA, passed away in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii. He is survived by wife, Betty; son Jonathan; daughters Paula “Poppy” Harris, Jerri Webster, Abigail Tubera, Betsy Blandov, Anna Labaya, Jeana Miller, Rebecca Navarro; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 great- great grandchild.

PAUL MASAHIDE TAKAEZU

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PAUL MASAHIDE TAKAEZU
Age 92, of Honolulu, passed away on October 12, 2012. Born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, he was a retired insurance agent for All American Life and Atlas Insurance Agency. He was a life member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Livorno Chapter. He is survived by his wife, Betty Fumiye Takaezu; sons, Russell (La Vonne) and Blake Takaezu; daughter, Paula (Steven) Oishi; seven grandchildren; brother, Michael Takaezu; sisters, Miriam Takaezu, Estelle Yagi, Betty Miyachi and Eloise Fukuji. Visitation from 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary; memorial service at 3:00 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire.

LEILANI ANN TIMMONS

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LEILANI ANN TIMMONS Age 65 of Kapolei, passed away on October 12, 2012 in Ewa Beach. Born May 17,1947 in Chester, PA. She is survived by husband, Walter Timmons; sons, Steven (Daverine) Timmons, Timmy (Vilma Sue) Timmons; daughter, Kai Timmons; brother, Rodger (Rona) Wilson, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Friday (November 16) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Casual Attire.

Bienvenido M. Ven

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Nov. 2, 2012
Bienvenido M. “Ben” Ven, 80, of Kahului, a retired surveyor, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Pagayan, Ballesteros, Philippines. He is survived by wife Julia T.; sons Alexander Tesorio, and Allen and Abraham Ven; numerous brothers and sisters; and a grandchild. Visitation: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Christ the King Church, Kahului. Mass: 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at the church. Services: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 10:30 a.m. at Maui Memorial Park. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Clara Shizuka Takamura

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Oct. 28, 2012
Clara Shizuka Takamura, 87, of Kahului, a Maui Land and Pineapple Co. lab technician, died in Hale Makua, Kahului. She was born in Kahului. She is survived by sons Craig and Cary, daughter Brenda Tatsuhara, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Adrian Silva Jr.

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Oct. 15, 2012
Adrian “JR” Silva Jr., 75, of Waianae, a retired Air Force machinist and a retiree from Kaiser Cement and HPOWER, died in Aiea. He was born in Waianae. He is survived by wife Shirley Ann; sons Anthony, Henry and Adrian; daughter Debora; brother David Ledo; sisters Annie DeCambra, Patricia Yomes and Lee Ciacci; and 10 grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Committal services: 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

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Asako Oye Oho

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Oct. 20, 2012
Asako Oye Oho, 92, of Wahiawa, a former employee at Waialua Hospital and Wahiawa Clinic, died in Mililani. She was born in Waialua. She is survived by sons Kennard, Wynne and Neil; sisters Toshiko Tomasa, and Helene and Takako Oye; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services held. No monetary offerings.

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Baltazar Campanano Molina

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Oct. 28, 2012
Baltazar Campanano Molina, 90, of Waipahu, a member of the Special Philippines Scouts, died in Waipahu. He was born in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Clarina; sons Glicerio and Elmer; daughters Ruth, Lily Ann, Mariza, Jenneline and Joanne; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional services: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 21 at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Louis Malang

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Feb. 10, 2012
Louis “The Legend” Malang, 71, of Tacoma, Wash., a retired salesman and a retired Navy corpsman who served in the Vietnam War, died in Seattle. He was born in Mare Island, Calif. He is survived by son Robert, daughters Heather and Jo’Nell, brothers Larry and Terry, sister Jo-Nelle Johnson, grandpar-ent Esther and a grandchild. Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Wah Kwan Leong

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Oct. 27, 2012
Wah Kwan Leong, 99, of Honolulu, a Robins Red Coach retail salesman, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Wing Yee “Winnie,” son Alvin, daughters Lorianne Siu and Marianne Leong, and two grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Peggy Miyoko Jones

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Oct. 4, 2012
Peggy Miyoko Jones, 92, of Honolulu died in Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Rodney and Michael Kauhane, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Susan Belle Jenson

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Nov. 2, 2012
Susan Belle Jenson, 59, of Haiku, Maui, an artist and educator, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Santa Monica, Calif. She is survived by husband Martin; daughters Melekai, Moana and Nani; and brother Henry Talifer. Family services to be held at a later date. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Vicenta Irene J. Jacinto

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Nov. 2, 2012
Vicenta Irene J. Jacinto, also known as Irene Jacinto, 74, of Paia, Maui, a Maui Pineapple Co. retiree, died. She was born in Isabela, Philippines. She is survived by hanai daughter Jennifer Jimenez; brothers Reymundo, Patricio and Leonardo “Nardo”; and a hanai grandchild. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Norman’s Mortuary. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Church, Paia. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Ichio Hirata

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Oct. 26, 2012
Ichio Hirata, 95, of Lahaina died at home. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by daughters Sharon Murashima and Lynette Miyamoto, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Helen Weisner Hartle

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Nov. 4, 2012
Helen Weisner Hartle, 87, of Haiku, Maui, an educator in Hawaii and New York, died in Kahului. She was born in Coraopolis, Pa. She is survived by son Joseph F., daughter Mary E. Rostetter, sisters Ann Arena and Mary R. Waldron, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church, Makawao, Maui. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial: 11:30 a.m. at Maui Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Philip Huakini Haake

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Nov. 1, 2012
Philip Huakini Haake, 90, of Kihei, Maui, a retiree from the Maui Police Department and AMFAC Properties in Kaanapali, Maui, and a Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II, died at home. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by son Kirk, brother Alvin, a grandchild and a great-grandchild. Donations suggested to Hospice Maui. Private services.

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Elizabeth K. George

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Oct. 12, 2012
Elizabeth K. George, 92, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Francis and Charles; daughters Mary and Catherine; sisters Annie Mendiola, Emile Neves, Mary Decosta and Catherine Chang; and a grandchild. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Koltyn Lee Shinobu Pu’lil-o-pukalani Dixon

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Oct. 30, 2012
Koltyn Lee Shinobu Pu’lil-o-pukalani Dixon, infant son of Kallen Dixon and Bridget Ramos of Ewa Beach, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is also survived by grandparents Ervin Jr. and Meshell Dixon, and David and Lori Rodrigues; and great-grandparents Procisso and Carol Sator, Ervin and Margret Dixon Sr., Patricia and Berth Book, Lawrence Book Sr., and Lydia Gaylor. Private services.

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Manuel Gomes Corregedore Jr.

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Nov. 8, 2012
Manuel Gomes Corregedore Jr., 72, of Lihue, a retired counselor at the state Office of Veterans Services and an Army retiree, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Makaweli, Kauai. He is survived by wife Lana M., son Marcel, daughters Claudia Lensgraf and Audrey Moore, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 4 p.m. Friday at Kauai Veterans Center, Lihue. Celebration of life: 5 p.m.

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The Rev. Nicholas B. Christoff

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Nov. 5, 2012
The Rev. Nicholas B. Christoff, 73, of Honolulu, a minister and director of Christians Singles International, died in Nuuanu Hale. He was born in Illinois. He is survived by son Nicholas “Niko” Matthew, daughter Sarah N., brother Theodore “Ted” and sister Blanche Stavretis. Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Donations suggested to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Waikiki. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Robert H.L. Au

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Sept. 20, 2012
Robert H.L. Au, 84, of Waipahu died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Ellen N.; son Roland; daughters Deborah L. Labang, Gwen L. Breeze and Natalie L. Hara; brother Henry; sisters Chew Y. Lum, Audrey Au, Betty Leong, Clara Chun and Eunice Denyes; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Violet Q.Y. Akaka

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Oct. 30, 2012
Violet Q.Y. Akaka, 85, of Kaneohe, a Liberty House saleswoman, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Aaron, Godfrey, Joseph Jr. and James; daughters Sheryl Chalfin, Annie Oury, Josephine Kruse and Susan Corichi; sisters Elizabeth Pimental and Nancy Ching; 32 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Kawaiahao Church, Honolulu. Services: 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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