Archive for September 8th, 2013

ALVIN MITSUO FUKUMOTO “FUKU”

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ALVIN MITSUO FUKUMOTO FUKU 70, of Honolulu, passed away on September 2, 2013 at Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu and retired as a welder supervisor for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Shop 26. He is survived by wife, Gail; sons, Darryl (Jessica), Wade (Luana), Jon (Lori-Ann); daughter, Wendy (Kyle) Fukumoto-Watanabe; brothers, Stanley and Benjamin; sisters, Barbara Fujimoto and Karen Chun; 11 grandchildren. Memorial service Sunday, September 29, 2013: Visitation 11 a.m., Service begins 12 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Rose V. Alip

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Aug. 20, 2013

Rose V. Alip, 71, of Kailua-Kona, a retired Hilo Medical Center paramedical assistant and former bus driver at Laupahoehoe Transportation Co. and Bragado Bus Service, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born in Waipio Valley, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Leroy; sons Leroy Jr., Robert and Dwayne; daughter Carrie Pung; brother John Ventura; sisters Josephine Amaral, Priscilla Hetrick, Carmen Green and Antonia Balicanta; 20 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Honokaa. Services: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Honokaa County Cemetery. Casual attire.

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Robert Hung Chew Au

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Aug. 20, 2013

Robert Hung Chew “Bob” Au, 86, of Honolulu, a retired First Hawaiian Bank senior vice president and senior credit manager, died in St. Francis Hospice, Nuuanu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Kiyono H., son Glenn D. Young, daughter Michelle M.M. Young and sister Lily Y.Q. Yuen. Visitation: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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CLARENCE HIROYOSHI AWAYA

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CLARENCE HIROYOSHI AWAYA Clarence Hiroyoshi Awaya passed away on Sunday, August 18. He had taken one brave step at a time every day during his nine month illness. Clarence was born on July 5, 1941 to Asayo and Sadame Awaya. Clarence was the youngest of eight children and one survives; Setsuko Awaya Okuda. Clarence attended Fern Elementary, Kalakaua Intermediate and graduated from Farrington High School in 1959. He attended Graceland College for one year, transferred to the University of Kansas and in 1965 he graduated with a degree in music education. His primary concert instrument was clarinet. His musical passions were inspired by his string bass, jazz and KU jazz ensembles. In 1964, Clarence was invited to be the bassist for the KU Brass Ensemble. That group was invited to participate in a State Department tour to Central Asia for three months. He met Helen whose parents were Norwegian immigrants. They married in 1968 and their 45 year marriage was a testament to the power of young love to bring race and culture together in America. Mr. Awaya began teaching music and band at Nanaikapono in 1965. He formed and directed the Nanakuli Boys Choir. That group participated in 1966 at the debut of “THE FESTIVAL ODE; The Waters of Kane” composed by George Barati. The newspaper reviewer said “One of the most starling performances of the evening was that of the Nanakuli Boys Choir singing “The Hawaiian Bird-Catching Song”, a collaboration between George Barati and Ruell Denney. The youngsters, directed by Clarence Awaya, grasped the polytonal lines, and sang with gusto and understanding. There should be a message for our educators somewhere in this”. Mr. Awaya became the band director on Nanakuli High School in 1970. During that decade he also taught a jazz performance class at Leeward Community College and served as choir director at Christ Lutheran Church in Mililani. In 1980, Mr. Awaya joined Hajime Kuwada as a band director at Aiea Intermediate. Classes and concerts were accomplishments for students who from Mr. Awaya learned the inner sounds of believing in themselves. During that decade he also directed the Mililani Chorale and the Choir at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu. Clarence gave of himself through rigor and compassion to thousands of students, practice upon practice, note by note, phrase by phrase, one more time, year upon year. Mr. Awaya retired from the Department of Education in 1995. He then unretired and taught at Lutheran High School of Hawaii, directed a 7:00am jazz class and worked the rest of the day with Arnold Alconcel and the Castle High School Band classes. Clarence was instinctively generous, helping others with needs that he anticipated before they did. Helen and Clarence really retired in 2001 and traveled to many places to make many memories until 2012. His daughters who were also his Aiea Intermediate Band students: Elsa Marie (Joseph) and Emily Deanne Awaya Leong (Brandon) always knew he was the best father in this world. His granddaughter, Peyton Marie thought “Pops” was nothing short of a super hero. God bless his soul in the music of the spheres. You can hear his echo in the starry quiet night skies above Oahu. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to nurture music appreciation at your children’s and/or grandchildren’s schools. For more information about his memorial service, please email: Popsandhisgirls1@yahoo.com

Michael Andrew Bignami

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July 13, 2013

Michael Andrew “Koa” Bignami, 25, of Hawaii, a photographer and videographer, died in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by father Gary S., mother Lezlie Ann, and grandparents Peggie J. Taylor and Barbara Bignami. Services and scattering of ashes: 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at 68-544 Crozier Drive, on the corner of Crozier Drive and Olohio Street, Mokuleia Beach. Potluck to follow. Aloha or beach attire. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to nami.org or Al-Anon International. For more information about services, email nami@808nami.com.

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Betty Chew Wan Chang

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Sept. 1, 2013

Betty Chew Wan Chang, 93, of Honolulu, a retired Sears catalog sales supervisor, died in Hawaii Kai Retirement Community. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Diane Chung, Marcia Vogl and Lorri Chang; sisters Alma Yee, Eunice Kyle, Gertrude Chun and Brenda Pang; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 10:30 a.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Donations suggested to 4-H Alumni Association. Online condolences: hawaiifuneralservices.com. Incorrect information in an obituary published Saturday.

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Donald Wayne Fritzler

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Aug. 22, 2013

Donald Wayne “Don” Fritzler, 73, of Mililani, a retired Air Force master sergeant, died in Honolulu. He was born in Racine, Wis. He is survived by daughters Lena Fritzler and Christine Quintinita, brother William, sister Vickie Guse and a grandchild. Private services.

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CORNELIA MACUROY GAGARIN

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CORNELIA MACUROY GAGARIN Age 101, of Waipahu, HI, pased away July 26, 2013 at Las Vegas. Born November 14, 1911 in Philippines. She is survived by son, Carlos M. (Juanita) Gagarin; 6 grandchildren; 15 great-grand- children; 7 great-great-grand- children. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 13) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:45 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 14) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Prayer Service 10:15 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Leilehua Vivencia Racelis Galvez

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Aug. 21, 2013

Leilehua Vivencia Racelis Galvez, 90, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, a homemaker and retired secretary for the government and Department of Education in Guam, died at home. She was born in Waialua. She is survived by sons David and Dani, daughters Debra Morrison and Diane Bobek, hanai daughter Michiko Tarumi, brothers Redro Jr. and Ben Racelis, sister Aloha Carvalho, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wesley United Methodist Church, north of Kahala Mall. Services: 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Additional information for an obituary published Aug. 25.

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Parsha Kahea Green

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Sept. 5, 2013

Parsha Kahea Green, 72, of Waipahu, a retired Hawaiian Equipment Co. executive secretary, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by hanai son Bowser, hanai daughter Kitty, brothers Richard B. and Wayne M., and sisters Halaki Morrow and Jennifer “Nohea” Green-Stan. Visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Oahu Cemetery Chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Private inurnment. Aloha attire. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96826.

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Alipate Halaifonua

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Aug. 22, 2013

Alipate Halaifonua, 77, of Honolulu, an Imua Landscaping Co. Inc. tree trimmer, died in Honolulu. He was born in Vaini, Tonga. He is survived by son Sionetalanoa, daughter Matileti Havea, brothers Uhaone and Metui, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at St. Augustine By the Sea Catholic Church, Waikiki. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial at noon at Sunset Memorial Park, Pearl City.

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ICHINO HAMADA

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ICHINO HAMADA Age 100, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away August 22, 2013 in Honolulu. Born October 22, 1912 in Waialua, HI. She was a owner of Hamada Store in Wahiawa. She is survived by sons, Shogo “Albert” (Catherine) Hamada, Robert Y. (Elaine) Hamada; daughters, Barbara H. (Harry) Sasahara, Masayo “Rose” (Moseley) Mahi, Jean H. (Eugene Okino) Hamada, Shirley Fujie Hamada (In-Law); 16 grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; 1 great-great- grandchild; sister: Kinue Harabe. Visitation 5:15 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 12) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:00 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

Tsuneo Hirano

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Aug. 12, 2013

Tsuneo “Sam” Hirano, 83, of Mililani, a retired Schofield Auto Hobby Shop supervisor and an Air Force veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Chikayo; sons Earl, Michael and Albert; daughter Shirley Hirano-Dias; sister Mabel Fukumoto; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Theresa Lihilihiokeanuenue Springer Hohu

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THERESA LIHILIHIOKEANUENUE SPRINGER HOHU Aunty Theresa, Kona ma ka mokupuni o Keawe, one of eight children, was born in Kailua-Kona September 18, 1925 to Mary Malia O Ke Kea Aiu Springer and Malcolm Springer. She graduated from Konawaena High School. She was the widow of Edmund W. Hohu. Theresa was employed with the Hawaiian Telephone Company for nearly 40 years starting as an operator retiring as an executive secretary. She was a talented musician, skilled Hawaiiana artisan, quilter, lauhala weaver, doll and clothing designer, and seamstress. Aunty Theresa passes away peacefully last Friday at the Hilo Medical Center. She brought joy and happiness to all she encountered. Her services will be held Saturday, September, 14, 2013, in Hilo at the Kuhio Chapel, Keaukaha with visitation beginning at 9 AM, funeral service at 10 AM. Private burial. The family requests Aloha Attire and that flowers be omitted.

Theresa Lihilihiokeanuenue Springer Hohu

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THERESA LIHILIHIOKEANUENUE SPRINGER HOHU Aunty Theresa, Kona ma ka mokupuni o Keawe, one of eight children, was born in Kailua-Kona September 18, 1925 to Mary Malia O Ke Kea Aiu Springer and Malcolm Springer. She graduated from Konawaena High School. She was the widow of Edmund W. Hohu. Theresa was employed with the Hawaiian Telephone Company for nearly 40 years starting as an operator retiring as an executive secretary. She was a talented musician, skilled Hawaiiana artisan, quilter, lauhala weaver, doll and clothing designer, and seamstress. Aunty Theresa passes away peacefully last Friday at the Hilo Medical Center. She brought joy and happiness to all she encountered. Her services will be held Saturday, September, 14, 2013, in Hilo at the Kuhio Chapel, Keaukaha with visitation beginning at 9 AM, funeral service at 10 AM. Private burial. The family requests Aloha Attire and that flowers be omitted.

Lenora K. Kaaukai

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Sept. 3, 2013

Lenora K. “Nora” Kaaukai, also known as Elizabeth Akiona Kaaukai, 73, of Puueopaku, Hawaii, an assistant baker at the former Hatada Bakery in Hilo, died in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by son Louis; daughters Lisa Ann P. Kaaukai-Cole, Melanie K. Kaaukai and Michelle K. Kaaukai-Perreira; sister Eunice Sewall; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Haili Church, 211 Haili St., Hilo. Celebration of life: 9:30 a.m. Private urn committal services. Aloha attire. Flower lei welcome.

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THOMAS ANGUS KENNEDY

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THOMAS ANGUS KENNEDY Thomas Angus Kennedy, 58, of Honolulu passed away on August 25, 2013. Originally from Manchester, NH, “TK” had lived in Honolulu since 1979, working in the insurance industry. He enjoyed playing golf, riding his motorcycle and cheering for the Boston Red Sox. TK was predeceased by his father, Angus Kennedy, and is survived by his wife Dorothea (Dotty) Tsipopoulos, his mother, Barbara Kennedy of Manchester, NH, his two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Nancy Kennedy of Bedford, NH, Donald and Dottie Kennedy of Hampton, NH, and his nieces and nephews, Kelsey Kennedy of Bedford, NH, Justin and Jessica Svirsky of Hampton, NH, and Andrew and Lauren Kennedy of Honaunau, HI. TK will be remembered for his love of life, great sense of humor, and sharp, irreverent wit. A Celebration of Life will be held at Murphy’s Bar & Grill on Saturday, September 14 from noon to 4 p.m. Condolences may be made online at: www.ThomasAngusKennedy.com

BING HONG LEE

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BING HONG LEE Bing Hong Lee, 79, of Honolulu, owner of Liliha Market, died at Kuakini Hospital. He is survived by wife Lydia Sau Ngor; son Gordon; daughter Teri-Ann Tanaka; brother Bing Chuck; sister Yuk King Wong and four Grandchildren. Visitation: Friday, Sept. 13 at 10am at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Service 11:00am. Burial: 1pm at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetary, Kaneohe. Casual Attire.

PATSY OYADOMARI MIYASHIRO

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PATSY OYADOMARI MIYASHIRO Age 89, of Waipahu, HI, passed away August 11, 2013 in Kapolei. Born April 4, 1924 in Kahuku, HI. An active member of the New Hope Central Oahu Church. She is survived by son, Clifford (Cheryl) Miyashiro; daughters, Patricia (Edward) Miyahira, Carol Miyashiro; daughter-in- law, Shirlene Miyashiro; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grand- children. Visitation 10:00 a.m. Friday (Sept. 13) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Burial 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Richard Yoshiteru Morishima

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Aug. 31, 2013

Richard Yoshiteru Morishima, 75, of Lahaina, a retired carpenter, died at home. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by brother Edward Sr., and sisters Jane Kusuno and Norma Jean Fujise. Private services and scattering of ashes. Online condolences: nakamuramortuary.com.

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David Allan Murray

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Aug. 30, 2013

David Allan Murray, 86, of Pukalani, Maui, an Army veteran who served in World War II and a retired captain and corrections officer at Olinda Honor Camp, died in Hale Makua Kahului. He was born in Hana, Maui. He is survived by wife Amy T., sons Calvin and Jeff, daughter Debbie Gonsalves, nine grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Pukalani Baptist Church. Services: 11 a.m. Inurnment: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences: nakamuramortuary.com.

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Kay K. Nishimura

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Aug. 6, 2013

Kay K. “Kathy” Nishimura, 90, of Mililani, a former employee at Oahu Lumber Co., died in Aiea. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Ralph, daughter Raldeen, brother Saburo Takamura and three grandchildren. Visitation: 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. No flowers.

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William Kenneth Puha

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Sept. 2, 2013

William Kenneth Puha, 74, of Paia, Maui, a retired Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. driver trainer, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by wife Charlotte A.N.; son Wayne K. Sr.; daughters Tami N. Puha, Babette D. Kahalekai and Wendi K. Ho‘opai; hanai sons Tom “Dude” Hanks and Freddy Waikiki; brother Joseph Lanoza; sisters Luana Helm, Ruthie Farrish and Auria Richards; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Private scattering of ashes. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Irene Smith

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Aug. 30, 2013

Irene Smith, 85, of Haleiwa, a retired nurse at Kahuku and St. Francis hospitals, and a Navy ensign, died in Haleiwa. She was born in New Haven, Conn. She is survived by sons Michael A., David A., Frederick T. and Kyran O.; daughters Maris van der Lee, Catherine L. Phelps and Judith L. Barber; brother Thomas O’Brien; and 12 grandchildren. Committal services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. In lieu of flowers and monetary offerings, donations suggested to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

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Leimomi Lucille Smith

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Aug. 16, 2013

Leimomi Lucille Smith, 72, of Keanae, Maui, a homemaker, died at home. She was born in Hana, Maui. She is survived by husband Benjamin Sr.; sons Benjamin Jr., Kaholowaa and Valentine K.; daughters Ui Visaya, and Leihua, Mele and Leialoha Smith; brothers Walter, Joseph and Dennis Kekiwi; sisters Isabel Kaha and Lani Loe; and 14 grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences: nakamuramortuary.com.

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Isaac Nakooka Sr.

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Sept. 4, 2013

Isaac “Ike” Nakooka Sr., 76, of Lahaina, a heavy-equipment operator, died at home. He was born in Kona. He is survived by companion Marge Strong, son Isaac Jr., daughters Noelani Bailey and Maile Consulation, brother Moses Takaki, sisters Janet Quihano and Lana Quedding, 10 grandchildren, 11 hanai grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Friday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 7 p.m. Scattering of ashes: 10 a.m. Saturday at S Turn Park in Lahaina. Casual attire. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Philibert Gabriel Secretario Sr.

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Aug. 13, 2013

Philibert Gabriel Secretario Sr., 83, of Lahaina, a former heavy-equipment operator at Pioneer Mill, died in Hale Makua in Kahului. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Trecita; son Philibert Jr.; daughters Wanda Pavao, Beverley Genovese, Cindy Balboa and Maka Secretario; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Maria Lanakila Church. Mass at noon. Cremation to follow. Private scattering of ashes. Aloha attire. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Kenneth Anthony Torres Sr.

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Sept. 1, 2013

Kenneth Anthony Torres Sr., 79, of Wailuku, an Army veteran and a retired supervisor at the state Department of Accounting and General Services painting division, died at home. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by sons Kenneth Jr. and Anthony, daughters Terry Lynn Jarnesky and Reinette Barnett, sister Paulette Medeiros, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Makawao Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries. com.

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Dolly Jane Davis Stevens

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July 30, 2013

Dolly Jane Davis Stevens, 60, of Waimea, Hawaii, a homemaker, caregiver and New Beginnings Assembly of God pastor, died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. She was born in Pahala, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Strickland; son Isaiah; daughters Romona Stevens and Anginette Palacol; hanai sons Onipaa, Kaimi and Kukini; hanai daughter Keola; brothers McKinley Jr. and Melvin Davis; sisters Juann Kai, Lena Mae Davis-Natividad, Angie Okimoto, Velma Tanaka and Rochel Davis; and hanai brothers Rudy and Nelson Kaupu. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Kahilu Town Hall (Mana Christian Ohana Church), Waimea. Services: 10 a.m. Private urn committal services. Casual attire.

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Judith Kimie Tsutsui

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Sept. 5, 2013

Judith Kimie Tsutsui, 83, of Ewa Beach, a clerk, died in Honolulu. She was born in Lahaina, Maui. She is survived by husband Hidemi; daughters Jeanne Keuma, Julie Tsutsui and Jodene Arakaki; brothers Hiroshi and Seie Chinen; sisters Fusako Chinen, Mitzi Yoshimoto and Nancy Okuda; and five grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Kalihi Union Church, 2214 N. King St. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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