Archive for January 22nd, 2014

Lorna U’ilani “La” Aukai

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

1-22-593261-Lorna-AukaiLORNA U’ILANI LA AUKAI Lorna U’ilani “La” Aukai, 49, of Papakolea died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is survived by Daughters Brendalyn Pumehana Keaunui- Rattley and Tequila Pomaikalani Aukai, Parents Lindsey Aukai Sr. and Ruth L. Kaneakua, Brothers Lindsey Jr. and Wallace II, Sister Lori Ann, and three Grand- children, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. Services: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 25, 2014 at Ka Hale Hoano O Ke Akua Church, 1760 Nalani St. in Kalihi. Purple aloha attire. No flowers. Private scattering of ashes at a later date.

LEONA TIMBREZA BISCO

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

LEONA TIMBREZA BISCO Age 98, of Mililani, HI, passed away December 26, 2013 in Wahiawa. Born April 11, 1915 in Philippines. She is survived by daughters, Nenita Chang, Nadene (Robert) Singelman; 7 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren. Private Services were held.

Colonel John Mahlon Bratton

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

1-22 595234-01-02 JOHN BRATTONCOLONEL JOHN MAHLON BRATTON The family of COL John Mahlon Bratton is saddened to announce his passing at the age of 65. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife, Saundra (Lynch) Bratton; Children: MSgt (R) John-David Bratton, Angela (Bratton) Whitley, Jenny Bratton, (CPT) Mahealani (Bratton) McFarland and (1LT) Lei-Aloha Bratton. Sisters: Eileen (Bratton) Tipton and Bonnie (Bratton) Kirby; Brothers-in-laws: Tex Tipton and Jim Kirby. There will be a Memorial Service for John on Sunday 26th January at 11:00 a.m. at Kuliouou Beach Park in Hawaii Kai. I invite you to join me as I spread John’s ashes in the Ocean to unite him with the Hawaii he loves so much with fond Aloha! -The Bratton Family

Avelina Gutierrez Dulay

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

Dec. 10, 2013
Avelina Gutierrez “Belen” Dulay, 91, of Hono­lulu died in Hono­lulu. She was born in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by daughter Edith Gudoy, sisters Paciencia Bonilla and Caridad Andres, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

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JAMES “KIMO” “HAWAIIAN” KENNETH FERREIRA

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

JAMES KIMO HAWAIIAN KENNETH FERREIRA Age 85, of Mililani, HI, passed away January 3, 2014 in Ewa Beach. Born July 1, 1928 in Honolulu, HI. Retired from Hickam Air Force Base as an aircraft engine mechanic. He is survived by sons, Kenneth (Mahealani) Ferreira, Alika (Charlotte) Ferreira, Tim (Caren) Ferreira; daughters, Debbie (Reggie) Zoller, Gail (David) Inafuku, Starnani (Dennis) Tomlinson, Wendy “Mopsie” (Solofa) Tuivaioge; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grand- children. Visitation 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Monday (Jan. 27) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Burial 10:00 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 28) at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.

EDNA FUNAYAMA

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

1-22 EDNA FUNAYAMA B&WEDNA FUNAYAMA Edna Funayama, age 68, passed away tragically on January 3, 2014. She was born in Puunene, Maui and was the youngest daughter of Gosuke and Asayo Funayama. In 1963, Edna graduated from Baldwin High School. During that time, Edna was “crazy for Elvis Presley.” She was an “independent, single, modern woman”. After graduating from Business College, she left Hawaii for life on the mainland. In the late 70’s, Edna returned to Hawaii. On May 31, 2000, after 29 years of service, she retired from her job as secretary to the Dean at the University of Hawaii, School of Medicine. Edna loved to travel and was fortunate to tour many places. Edna believed in healthy living and enjoyed her classes and friends at the YMCA. She belonged to a non-denominational church and believed in guardian angels and the spirit world. Edna is survived by her longtime companion and “roommate” of 33 years, Rev. Harley (Hal) Beagle, her brother Donald, her sisters Jane Shinoda (John), and Irene Arakaki (Tony). She is preceded by her parents and her brother, Warren Funayama. We fondly remember Edna’s strong positive spiritual nature and her willingness to help others in need. A celebration of her life will be held at Nuuanu Memorial Park on January 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. Please come in Aloha attire and wear a little purple in remembrance of her favorite color.

Song S. Hazama

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

Jan. 16, 2014
Song S. “Choi” Hazama, 68, of Wailuku died at home. She was born in Korea. She is survived by husband Thomas and brothers John and Du Sun Lee. Visitation: 1:30 p.m. today at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 2:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries. com.

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Gaudencio Igaya

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

Jan. 8, 2014
Gaudencio “Dean” Igaya, 52, of Kapaa, Kauai, a Sheraton Kauai Resort houseman, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines. He is survived by sons Frankie Sapa­la­zan and Jeffrey A. and Darryl A. Igaya; parents Severino and Saturnina; brothers Manuel, Roberto and Jose; and sister Josephine. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Garden Island Mortuary, Lawai, Kauai. Services: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Lihue Public Cemetery.

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Lowell Kalapa

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

1-22  591113-01  Lowell Kalapa 1-22-14To the memory of Lowell Kalapa, The board of directors for Pauahi Block A Non Profit Housing Corporation, DBA, Hale Pauahi Towers, wishes to acknowledge that we will forever be grateful to Lowell’s 28-years of service, 18 of which were served as board president. We are just one out of the many non-profit organizations that benefited by having Lowell on our board. We stand proud to have had Lowell as our president who has guided Hale Pauahi Towers to be one of the most successful affordable housing projects built in Honolulu and we publish this article as recognition to a dear friend. Lowell and Finances: Many people in the community are aware of how Lowell practiced and preached fiscal responsibility, both in the private and public sector. In our case he led a board of directors that insured every dollar was spent wisely and it brought back value to the building and residents. We are certain he would not approve of this expenditure of buying ad space in the paper; however, this is such a small gesture to recognize a man that gave so much to so many. Lowell and the Community: Lowell was a major contributor in bringing the community together for a common goal and their efforts were successful by being awarded the first Weed and Seed grant on Oahu. Lowell was associated with many of the non-profit organizations that donated their time and efforts working alongside the community to make this possible. The federally backed program brought hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Chinatown/Kalihi/Palama area. Hale Pauahi Towers was proud to be a part of this accomplishment. Lowell continued to take part in this program establishing two more Weed and Seed communities on Oahu. Lowell and Affordable Housing: Hale Pauahi Towers is a 396 hi-rise apartment complex, providing housing to over 1,614 people per year. In Lowell’s words as he once wrote in a letter to a federal agency: “It has always been our intention to provide safe and decent housing to those in our community who cannot afford the high cost of housing that plagues the Honolulu community. We are also committed to providing housing that meets a high standard of quality, a place that its residents could be proud that they live here and yet remain within their financial reach.” The board of directors, with Lowell as president, has been successful in this endeavor, providing to the community a quality apartment complex with reasonable rent. The board has never defined affordable by their requirement, which is to maintain 51% of the apartments for household at or below 80% of the area median income. The fact is the board recently defined affordable by setting the rental rates for 202 apartments at levels that would be affordable to households making at or below 35% of area median income, plus or minus depending if you use the 2013 HUD or Multifamily Tax Subsidy guidelines. For those interested in the specifics, the rent for a 1-bdrm is $643, the 2-bdrms is $771, and 3-bdrms is $891 and Hale Pauahi receives no subsidy in keeping rents this low. The board’s commitment to create affordable housing also extends to the remaining 194 market apartments, keeping the rents affordable for households making less than 60% of the area median income without benefiting from any type of low income tax credit subsidy. Lowell and Networking: Lowell accomplished so many good things such as recruiting qualified board members for organizations to bridging relationships throughout the community. A simple conversation with Lowell would be all it took to make things begin to happen. The following is just a few of the success he made possible: ” As acting Board President of Hale Pauahi Towers and Hale Kipa, a private non-profit organization that serves and supports youths in Hawaii, Lowell was successful in guiding Hale Pauahi Towers through the regulatory challenges in order to set aside a certain number of apartments to Hale Kipa to be used as transitional housing for homeless young adults. ” A school service learning project that shares the gift of reading came to fruition between two school organizations, St. Ann Model School in Kaneohe and the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Head Start program at Kuhio Park Terrace, which Lowell was associated with. Students in a classroom at St. Ann Model School aised over a thousand dollars each year by reading books for pledges and then use the money to purchase books that they personally deliver to preschool children in the Head Start program. This has been established for over 6-years and continues today. ” He helped in setting up workshops between Hale Pauahi Towers and the Public Housing Authority to discuss and demonstrate best practices for affordable housing. ” He was always coordinating and arranging tours at Hale Pauahi Towers for government agencies, non-profit organizations, developers and people interested in affordable housing. ” At the request of the U.S. Department of Justice and Salvation Army he arranged for housing for witnesses that were assisting the Attorney General Office in a high profile criminal case. Lowell and Hale Pauahi Towers: Hale Pauahi Towers has had only two presidents in the last 28 years. Lowell, without hesitation stepped into the role of president at the request of Valerie Trotter, the former president who spearheaded and oversaw the development of Hale Pauahi Towers. Ms. Trotter continued to be an active board member as vice president and was recently appointed director emeritus. Lowell had strong supporters on the board both past and present. The current board of directors consists of Mr. Emery Wong, Ms. Yvonne Izu, Mr. Bob Ogawa, Mr. Robert Tong Sr., and Ms. Jewell Tuitele. Lowell had a gift of communicating a clear and precise vision, empowering the people within the organization and making the board’s vision a reality. They have all volunteered countless hours in not only making Hale Pauahi Towers affordable but have also created an exceptional place to live and work. Lowell was well respected and comfortable with speaking with government leaders at the highest levels and equally admired by the employees at Hale Pauahi Towers. He cared highly about the employees, he would allow time to attend an employee’s child graduation luau, or visit during an employee potluck always showing respect and appreciation for their efforts. He got to know the employees and would boast of their accomplishments while he toured the property with public and private officials. Lowell and the void that he leaves: It seemed as if Hale Pauahi Towers was Lowell’s only involvement; however, the truth is he volunteered and devoted his life to so many other organizations sharing his passion and energy towards doing good in Hawaii. The board is honored to have had Lowell as our President and we will cherish the time we spent with him. We will certainly miss a dear friend.

Francisco Laborte

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

Jan. 13, 2014
Francisco Laborte, 79, of Kapaa, Kauai, a retired Paradise Ground Care landscaper, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Edgardo, Carlito and Ruel; daughters Alberta Damiles, Lolita Cain and Flordeliza and Concepcion Laborte; brothers Pablo and Joel; sisters Grace Glovasa, Solidad Ofamin, Fely Gelbolingo, Quirina Pilongo and Certeria Vicoy; 38 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Kapaa. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kapaa Public Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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ROBERT KOON WAH LEE

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

ROBERT KOON WAH LEE Age 95, of Honolulu, passed away January 4, 2014 in Honolulu. Born September 14, 1918 in Honolulu. Co-owner of Fong Fong Chop Suey Restaurant in Kaimuki; Prisoner of War during WWII; Oldest Member of Lung Doo Chung Sin Tong Benevolent Society. He is survived by wife, Mabel T. Lee; sons, Bobby T. Lee, Ronald M. (Gayle) Lee; daughter, Jan Lee (Marshall) Mau; 4 grandchildren. Private services were held.

ROBERT LEE MILBRAD

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

ROBERT LEE MILBRAD Robert Lee Milbrad, a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, passed away on 08 January 2014 in his favorite chair at home. He was 84 years old and lived in Kaneohe since his retirement in 1982. He had a wide variety of assignments over a 30+ year career including a regimental command and as a director, 12th Marine Corps District. He was primarily an artillery and infantry officer who served in both Korea and Vietnam. He is survived by wife, Candice Kim Milbrad, daughters Janice Nagle, Victoria Cooper, Melody Milbrad, and four grandchildren. He was born in Hoquiam, Washington in 1929, graduated from Olympia High School in 1947 and from the University of Washington in 1952. His decorations include the Bronze Star (with V), the Legion of Merit, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Silver Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and various others. He was a proud marine, devoted husband, loving father, and family man. He is and will always be missed. His inurnment will be held 3:00p.m., Friday January 24, 2014 at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

DAVID UN AH PANG

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

DAVID UN AH PANG Age78, of Honolulu, HI, passed away January 1, 2014 in Honolulu. Born March 4, 1935 in Waialua, HI. Retired military. He is survived by brother, Ah Ming Chun; sisters, Emily Akaka, Jenny Ah Pang, Hattie Holapa. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Monday (Jan 27) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu); Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Committal Service 1:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

John Sayles

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

Jan. 15, 2014
John “Jack” Sayles, 83, of Honolulu, a retired engineer and an Air Force veteran, died in Kailua. He was born in Chicago. He is survived by son Greg­ory, daughter Audrey Beatty and two grandchildren. Services and scattering of ashes: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Calvary by the Sea Church.

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Lester Bing Kun Yee

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

Jan. 15, 2014
Dr. Lester Bing Kun Yee, 100, of Honolulu, a general surgeon and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Winifred W.; sons Michael K.H., Dr. Lorrin K.C. and Dr. Arnold K.N.; daughters Susan F.K. Jong and Dr. Ellen F.T. Yee; sister Hazel Ching; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 8 a.m. Saturday at Central Union Church, Atherton Chapel, 1660 S. Beretania St. Services: 9 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers. Online condolences: borth­wick­oahu.com.

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- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran