Archive for February 22nd, 2014

Eric Bercovici /1933-2014

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

By David Colker / Los Angeles Times

Screenwriter Eric Bercovici knew he was not the first choice to adapt “Shogun,” the blockbuster 1975 novel by James Clavell about an English seaman marooned in 17th-century Japan. Bercovici, who worked on the Paramount lot, read the novel anyway.

“I knew right away how to adapt it,” he said in a 1981 Los Angeles Times interview. “But damned if I would tell them.”

Other writers fell by the wayside, and he was called to meet with Clavell, who had creative control over a proposed TV miniseries based on the book. Bercovici told him that major plot points and characters would have to go. Clavell was not receptive.

Until the next day when they met again. Clavell handed Bercovici a paperback copy of the novel with whole sections torn away. “He took out everything I suggested wouldn’t work,” Bercovici said. “I wrote the script from it.” The result was one of the highest-rated productions in TV history and prime-time Emmys for both men.

Bercovici, 80, died Feb. 9 at his home in Kaneohe. The cause was a heart attack, his son Luca said.

In addition to writing, Bercovici produced “Shogun,” which was the biggest hit of his career. It took nearly six months to shoot the 12-hour miniseries in Japan. Translation problems and cultural clashes abounded, and Bercovici did not always resolve them in the most diplomatic manner.

The residents of a neighborhood near where a key night sequence was being filmed lodged so many complaints with police that it appeared production there would have to shut down. Not even pleas from famed actor Toshiro Mifune, one of the stars of the miniseries, mollified the neighbors. Then Bercovici caught a break.

“Happily, President Jimmy Carter came to Tokyo at that time, and every single policeman in Japan went to protect him,” Bercovici said in a documentary, “The Making of ‘Shogun.’” “So if the neighbors were calling in complaints about our noise, there was no one to answer the phone.”

“Shogun,” starring Richard Chamberlain and shown over five nights in 1980, got mixed reviews. But the ratings were higher than for any other miniseries up to that time with the sole exception of “Roots.”

Bercovici said the success of the show belied naysayers who said audiences would not accept devices such as the use of untranslated Japanese in some sequences. “I think it has demonstrated that the television audience is much more discerning and sophisticated than they have been given credit for,” he said in a 1980 Times interview. “Rather than the usual TV fare we all know and love, the audience does want programs of a higher quality.

“And I say with no modesty whatsoever that I consider ‘Shogun’ high quality.”

Bercovici was born Feb. 27, 1933, in New York, the son of screenwriter Leonardo Bercovici, who worked on films such as “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947). He studied theater at Yale, but his early career was interrupted when his father was blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

Eric Bercovici worked on several films in Europe, returning in 1965 to the U.S. where he wrote episodes of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “I Spy” and others. He wrote the 1968 film “Hell in the Pacific” (co-starring Mifune) and a handful of other films, but almost his entire career was in television.

He also wrote crime novels. The income from them was slight compared with his TV work, but he said that didn’t matter. “When you write scripts, the minute you write ‘fade out’ all these people — directors, producers, studios, sometimes other writers, networks — enter your life,” he said in the 1981 Times interview. “When you write a book, you are all these people.”

Bercovici is survived by his wife, Chiho; sons Luca, Hilary and Jacob; half-brothers Adam and David; half-sister Christina; and two grandchildren.23-B4-BERCOVICI-OBIT_LA_LONG

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Haruo Aruga

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 2, 2014
Haruo Aruga, 83, of Wahiawa, an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honohina, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Dorothy T.; son Tracy; brothers Hiroshi, Isao and Mitsugi; sister Chieko Fujimoto; and two grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Joel Caccam Bajit

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Feb. 16, 2014
Joel Caccam Bajit, 22, of Lihue, a McDonalds Lihue crew member, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Lihue. He is survived by parents Leonides O. and Juliet C., and sister Charlene Manglallan. Visitation: 9 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Lihue Public Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Estefania Bonilla

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Jan. 26, 2014
Estefania Bonilla, 88, of Honolulu, a retired Honolulu Poi Co. packer, died in Honolulu. She was born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by son Hilario; daughters Consuelo Chreene, Cion Battulayan, Ludy Tabalanza and Carmen Dona; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Kalihi. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. March 1 at the church. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

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MARJORY SUEKO CHEE

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

MARJORY SUEKO CHEE Age 82 of Waipahu, HI, passed away January 22, 2014 in Aiea. Born November 6, 1931 in Waipahu, HI. She retired from the warehouse at the Dole Company. Also, a member of Ben Franklin Sr, Craft Club, Pearl City. She is survived by husband, Frederick K.T. Chee; daughters, Aileen Chee, Cheryl I.W. (Breene) Harimoto; son, Derick (Gloria) Chee; sisters, Alyce Kuba, Elaine Tokita; 5 grandchildren and 1 great- grandchild. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 24) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual attire.

Denise Kehaulani Delizo

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Dec. 29, 2013
Denise Kehaulani Delizo, 50, of Ewa Beach, a homemaker, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughter Noelani, hanai son Maximus, hanai daughter Keikilani, brothers Don and Del, sisters Valerie Lopes and Veronica Delizo, and two grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel West Oahu. No flowers.

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Dionicia Dagdag Derige

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Jan. 29, 2014
Dionicia Dagdag “Ining” Derige, 89, of Waipahu, a retired employee of Schofield Barracks Guest House and Del Monte Fresh Produce, died in Waipahu. She was born in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by son Ernesto, daughters Erlinda Malano and Carmen D. Nguyen, sister Filomena C. Allagones, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Waipahu. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha or casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Therese Lynn Foster

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 9, 2014
Therese Lynn “Theri” Foster, 61, of Kaneohe, a U.S.Department of Defense financial management analyst for the commander, Navy Region Hawaii, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Camp Lejeune, N.C. She is survived by husband David R. Stachelski, brothers Henry McElderry and Carl Joyce, and sister Trudy. Celebration of life at a later date. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Charles Fox

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 14, 2014
Charles Fox, 84, of Honolulu, a retired attorney and a Navy veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Virginia. He is survived by wife Preston W., sons Charles D. IV and Frank, brother Carter and four grandchildren. No services.

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Michael Shawn Kelii Ho

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Feb. 14, 2014
Michael Shawn Kelii “Mike” Ho, 38, of Hawaii Kai, a state Department of Public Safety adult correctional officer at Halawa Correctional Facility, died in Aiea. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Kanoe H., son Logan Blair K. and father Raymond K.L. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. March 1 at Maunalua Bay, Hawaii Kai. Celebration of life: 10:30 a.m. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire. Lei welcome. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Linda Naomi Jones

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 11, 2014
Linda Naomi Jones, 64, of Kapolei, a retired jeweler, died in Aiea. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Noelani and Melonie Germano, brother James D., sisters Winona Weaver and Pricillia Soto, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 9 a.m. Thursday at New Hope Kapolei Ministry Center, 94-155 Leoole St. No. 201, Waipahu.

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Louis Marques Vivas Jr.

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 11, 2014
Louis Marques Vivas Jr., 74, of Honolulu, a mason, died in Sandy, Utah. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Faye; sons Louis Mark III, Bruce and Matt; daughters Rachel Reganhardt and Loulukea Saltzman; brother Gerald Bobby; and seven grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Additional services: 12:30 p.m. March 1 at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Burial: 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Wilma LaVerne Kamakea

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 3, 2014
Wilma LaVerne Kamakea, 79, of Honolulu, a customer consultant, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughter Seelyn P.K. Kawewehi, sons Richard K. Jr. and Kurtis K., and nine grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Burial: 11 a.m. Friday at Valley of the Temples. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome. Donations suggested to the American Heart Association or National Kidney Foundation. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Debbie Ann Mokihana Kaohu Kanekoa

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 4, 2014
Debbie Ann Mokihana Kaohu Kanekoa, 51, of Kaaawa, a Delta Airlines employee and former Hawaiian Tel employee, died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Colson; sons Ikaika and Kaleo; daughter Lilinoe Rezentes-Kaohu; father Alvin Kaohu; stepfather Ward Lemn; brothers Alvin Kaohu Nishimura, Harry Lemn, and Kapena, Hekili and La’a Kaohu; sisters Wendy Macaluso and Mary Kahele; and two grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Koolau Baptist Church. Services at noon. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences: woolseymortuary.com.

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Caroline Kapuras Kuilipule

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 7, 2014
Caroline Kapuras “Dingi” Kuilipule, 72, of Kailua-Kona, an executive housekeeping manager for Waiakea Villas and Naniloa Hotel, died in Kona Community Hospital. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Preston; daughters Lynn Iokepa, Leslie Strength and Laura Hundley; sons Joel Hundley and Gerry Quilliopo; brothers Robert and George Kapuras; sisters Helen Hu, Priscilla Robia and June Barr; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No services.

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Ailean C. Lau

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 15, 2014
Ailean C. Lau, 87, of Honolulu, a vital-statistics clerk at Kapiolani Medical Center, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Lance, daughter LaVerne Yamada, brother Ernest Chung, sister Kathleen Kang and five grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Aloha or casual attire. No flowers. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Yasumori Mabuni

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 11, 2014
Yasumori Mabuni, 97, of Mililani, a retired state janitor for the University of Hawaii at Hilo, died in Wahiawa General Hospital. He was born in Pahoa, Hawaii. He is survived by son Clayton T., daughters Charlotte Ann H. Locke and Genevieve A. Goto, brothers Yasuki “John” and Yasujiro “Benny,” two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Richard Wayne Palea Mokuohai

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Nov. 16, 2013
Richard Wayne Palea Mokuohai, 63, of Kailua-Kona, a landscaper, died in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He is survived by brothers Francis Mokuohai, and Moody and Jonathan Castillo. Celebration of life: 11 a.m. March 1 at Honaunau Beach. Casual attire.

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Tadao Nago

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 3, 2014
Tadao Nago, 79, of Hilo, a Pan American Airlines employee and an Army veteran, died in Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. He was born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii. He is survived by son Stuart; daughters Stephanie Heimlich, Kaalokalawaia Lovett and Kameolani Leong; brothers Yoshio and Tetsuo Brad; sister Mildred Tamaye; former wife Janice Uyeno; and three grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com.

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Reginald Nobuo Nakama

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Jan. 31, 2014
Reginald Nobuo “Bobby” Nakama, 91, of Honolulu, a retired McCabe Hamilton & Renny stevedore and an Army veteran, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by three brothers and two sisters. Private services.

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Yoshiaki Ogata

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 13, 2014
Yoshiaki “Sharkey” Ogata, 85, of Hilo, a retired assistant air traffic control chief at Hilo Airport, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by daughters Lea Kaneta-Ogata, Wendy Takanishi and Audrey Ogata; brother Dr. Roger; sisters Yaeko Watase and Yachiyo Masuda; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. No services. Scattering of ashes at a later date. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Lyndon Keiji Onaka

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Jan. 27, 2014
Lyndon Keiji Onaka, 55, of Bend, Ore., a pianist, composer and musician at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Bend Country Club, died in Kailua-Kona. He was born in Kona, Hawaii. He is survived by daughter Lyndsie R., mother Rose and sisters Roslyn Peterson, Stephanie McGee and Cathy Agena. Private services.

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Jane Satoko Ota

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Jan. 29, 2014
Jane Satoko Ota, 85, of Hilo, a homemaker, died in Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Yoshinori; daughters Cheryl Takeuchi and Wanda Nakamura; sons Darren and Darrell; brother Robert Minamoto; sisters Hagie Kaya, Ellen Iwasaki and Eunice Kimura; and six grandchildren. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Dorothy Masako Otsuka

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 12, 2014
Dorothy Masako “Dot” Otsuka, 83, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Honolulu. She was born in Kau, Hawaii. She is survived by daughter Cenda-Michelle “Mimi” Kunimitsu; sons Curt, Carl and Cy; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Lisa Leianna Oura

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 10, 2014
Lisa Leianna “Brandi” Oura, 49, of Laie, formerly of Hauula, will be remembered in services 11 a.m. March 1 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hauula makai chapel. She was born in Kailua. She is survived by mother Vendella, brothers Harvey and Clifton Alapa, and sisters Linette Hunter, Alicia Gable, Valerie Vierra and Doreen Ramseyer. Visitation: 9 a.m. March 1. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences: woolseymortuary.com.

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Federico R. Palacio

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 14, 2014
Federico R. Palacio, 90, of Numila, Kauai, a McBryde Sugar Co. seed cutter, died in Garden Isle Healthcare. He was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by sons Rey, Vincent, Benjamin, Valentino and Edwin Palacio, and Aurilio Mina Jr.; daughters S. Kuulei Aloha Mina and Donna Lau-Laranio; 51 grandchildren; 95 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Garden Island Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Candelaria Visaya Pasion

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 2, 2014
Candelaria Visaya “Candy” Pasion, 86, of Honolulu and Kauai, a child care assistant for the public elementary school foster grandparent program, Oahu Nursing Facility housekeeper, Hawaii Prince Hotel maid and former Holiday Mart maintenance employee, died in Honolulu. She was born in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by daughters Adelaida Pasion-Rivera and Mary Ann Pasion-Fontanilla, brothers Pablo and Ariston Visaya, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. March 1 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. Services: 10:45 a.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Carl De Wayne Percell

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -


Death Notices
Jan. 19, 2014

Carl De Wayne Percell, 70, of Kaneohe, a retired construction superintendent for W.E. Lyons Construction Co. in Oakland, Calif., died in Kaneohe. He was born in Livermore, Calif. He is survived by wife Sharon O., daughter Robin McLean, brother Donald, sister Louise Wagner and two grandchildren. Celebration of life at a later date. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Eula May Pettingill

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 19, 2014
Eula May Pettingill, 87, of Naalehu, Hawaii, a food service employee, died in Kona Community Hospital. She was born in Coffeeville, Miss. She is survived by husband Kent, sons Clinton Lake and Chuck Beck, and three grandchildren. Visitation: 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kau Ward, Naalehu. Services: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Naalehu County Cemetery. Casual attire.

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Erik Rasmussen

Posted On February 22nd, 2014 -

Feb. 17, 2014
Erik Rasmussen, 77, of Honolulu, former owner of Worldwide Store Fixtures in Honolulu, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Kolding, Denmark. He is survived by wife Ligaya, daughter Cindy, sister Jytte Nielsen, a grandchild and four great-grandchildren. Private services.

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