Archive for February 27th, 2014

Jean Mitsuko Haraguchi (Honma)

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JEAN MITSUKO HARAGUCHI (HONMA) 84, died on February 22 in her home in Reno, NV. Born in Honolulu, she went to St. Francis School of Nursing and was an ER nurse for many years. She and husband Sueki raised 3 children in Torrance, CA, then moved to Reno 9 years ago. She is survived by husband Sueki, daughter Gayle (Sam) and son Mark; all of Reno; son Gary of Grants Pass, OR and granddaughter Raelynn Gardner of Los Angeles. She is also survived by brothers George (Bernie), James (Yuri) and Harry (Miki) Honma of Hawaii. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jean’s name to a charity benefitting animals or children. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Torrance later this year. Jean will be greatly missed.

George Castagnola: 1932-2014

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Restaurateur inspired wave of Italian eateries in Hawaii
By Gary T. Kubota

A chef whose Manoa Valley restaurant served as the training ground for restaurateurs of Italian cuisine on Oahu for decades has died.

George “Cass” Castagnola died Feb. 2 with relatives by his side in New Jersey. He was 81.

Castagnola, born in Manhattan, was the son of Italian immigrants and operated a successful restaurant in New Jersey. He would close his restaurant for a week or two in February while vacationing in Hawaii, his son George Jr. said.

“He finally had enough of bad weather,” George Jr. said.

George Jr. said Castagnola worked with a friend at Michel’s to open Castagnola’s at Manoa Marketplace in 1984 and continued operating it until 1990, when he sold it.

George Jr. said his father brought whole containers of food from Italy.

“‘It’s not so much the recipe as it is the ingredients’ was my father’s mantra,” the son said.

At one point Castagnola operated six restaurants but tired of it and made his exit.

The restaurant was so good that celebrities including Don Ho and Tom Selleck were frequent visitors, George Jr. recalled.

“Frank Sinatra had him ship meatballs to Cali­for­nia,” he said.

Castagnola once turned down a reservation by President Richard Nixon because the arrangement would cause an inconvenience to regular customers, and his regular customers came first, he said.

“It wasn’t political,” George said.

Castagnola’s became a template for a style of Italian restaurant popular to an entire generation and more, according to a food critic.

Some people who worked for Castagnola eventually opened their own restaurants, including Verbano, Paesano and Assaggio.

The memorial for the restaurateur is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Elks Club in Waikiki. The service will take place from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

“His ashes are being brought here to be spread in the ocean at Waikiki Beach,” George Jr. said.

Castagnola is also survived by son John, daughter Barbara, a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.

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Franklin Schowengerdt: 1936-2014

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Physicist recognized isles’ value to space research
By Joie Nishimoto

Franklin Schowengerdt, regarded as a visionary leader of space research programs in Hawaii, has died of cancer in Alexandria, Va. He was 77.

Schowengerdt, a physicist and former program director at NASA, was the founding director of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, also known as PISCES.

He was also U.S. vice chairman of the Japan- U.S. Science, Technology and Space Applications Program (JUSTSAP).

His career included teaching positions at the Colo­rado School of Mines, Cali­for­nia Institute of Technology and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

In a tribute written last week, former Gov. George Ari­yo­shi called Schowen­gerdt “a man of diverse talents and impeccable vision.”

The state Legislature also recognized Schowengerdt’s career, saying his efforts at JUSTSAP and PISCES helped to make space exploration more sustainable as well as more affordable through international partnerships.

Jim Crisafulli, director of the Hawaii Office of Aerospace Development, said he worked with Schowengerdt “for decades” and that Schowengerdt worked assiduously to advance Hawaii’s engagement in space research, making the state a major contributor to and beneficiary of global space enterprise.

“He recognized the unique assets of the state — being in the Pacific and so close to the equator as well as Hawaii’s moon-Mars-like terrain,” Crisafulli said. Rocket launches are more efficient near the equator because they take advantage of the earth’s angular momentum.

Crisafulli said Schowen­gerdt was also passionate about opening up job opportunities for aspiring scientists in Hawaii.

A memorial service will be held May 8 in Arlington. Schowengerdt died Feb. 12.

He is survived by wife Ellen, daughter Anna, son John and brother Richard.

Contributions can be made to the Frank Schowengerdt Memorial Fund at the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s PISCES account, No. 125-9480-4, through the University of Hawaii Foundation.

The donations will help to provide opportunities and scholarships for students to pursue studies in space research.

“I believe it is incumbent upon our community to both honor and realize Frank’s vision by supporting the ongoing efforts of the University of Hawaii, local industry, our visionary Legislature and the state Office of Aerospace Development to expand and diversify our spaceward quest,” said Ari­yo­shi, U.S. adviser to JUSTSAP. “In so doing, we will assuredly enable a more compelling and rewarding future for the people of Hawaii Nei.”

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Ruby Pagaduan Astronomia

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Feb. 5, 2014
Ruby Pagaduan Astronomia, 54, of Ewa Beach, a Waikiki Parc Hotel employee, died in Aiea. He was born in Isabela, Philippines. He is survived by wife Frulinda G., son BJ, daughter Russell, mother Susana and brothers Benny and Danilo. Visitation: 6 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 91-1004 North Road, Ewa Beach. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Rodney James Choy

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Feb. 18, 2014
Rodney James Choy, 62, of Pearl City, a retired Hawaiian Dredging & Construction Co. senior estimator, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sister Jeri M.C. Tugman, brothers Jon M. and James D. Cabreros, and companion Lisa Roncali. Visitation: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire.

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Wallace N. Enovijas

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Feb. 24, 2014
Wallace N. “Wally” Enovijas, 64, of Wailuku, a chef at Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar & Grill, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by sons Casey K. White, and Kyle and Sean Enovijas; brother Erenest; sisters Yolanda Milano and Rosaland Enovijas; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Door of Faith Church Wailuku. Services: 11 a.m. Private scattering of ashes. No flowers. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Fusae Fujii

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Jan. 31, 2014
Fusae Fujii, 91, of Honolulu, a retired Watumull’s sales associate, died in Kuakini Geriatric Care Inc. She was born in Mountain View, Hawaii. She is survived by daughter Janie L. Mishima, caregiver and son-in-law Dennis Mishima, a grandchild and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Kevin Haruki Hadano

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Feb. 7, 2014
Kevin Haruki Hadano, 56, of Aiea, a Pacific Hi-Tak employee, died in Aiea. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by father Haruzo, mother Eiko and sisters Michele M. Hadano and Carolyn R. Scully. Private services.

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Antonio Trinidad Jimenez

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Feb. 6, 2014
Antonio Trinidad Jimenez, 91, of Hanamaulu, Kauai, a draftsman, architect and retiree from Kauai Stores Ltd. and Foodland, died at home. He was born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is survived by sons Manny, Ernest, Abraham, David, Samuel and Jesse; daughters Flora Jasmin, Freddie Kelly, Ruth Yata and Esther Riopta; 23 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. March 8 at Kauai Veterans Center, Lihue. Celebration of life: 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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Michael Lee Joseph

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Aug. 29, 2013
Michael Lee Joseph, 57, of Anaheim, Calif., owner of an auto detailing business, died in Anaheim. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Carol Ann R., sons Michael Jr. and Brandon, daughters Meleana and Kiana, and three grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Keawe Hale, 85-1149 Waianae Valley Road. Scattering of ashes: 5 p.m. at Waianae High School, ocean side. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Isaac Hart Jr.

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Feb. 8, 2014
Isaac Hart Jr., 87, of Honolulu, a Hawaii State Hospital nurse, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. He was born on Maui. He is survived by sister Winona M. Morita. Private services.

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David K. Kaanana

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Feb. 18, 2014
David K. Kaanana, 56, of Honolulu, an Air Force veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Helen, brothers James and Allen, and sisters Kathy Smith and Malia Morrow. Private scattering of ashes. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Alexander Makaala Kealoha

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Feb. 15, 2014
Alexander Makaala Kealoha, 67, of Waianae died in Pali Momi Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Janice K. Brown-Kealoha, son Spencer, daughters Stacy and Sabrina, brother Enoch, sister Lois and six grandchildren. Private services.

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Ellen Keiko Kubo

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Feb. 1, 2014
Ellen Keiko Kubo, 75, of Hilo, a retired clerk for the state Department of Transportation and retired secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, died in Life Care Center of Hilo. She was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. She is survived by son Dean; daughter Gwen; and brothers Harry, Kenneth, Leabert and Harold Matsuo. Visitation: 4 p.m. Tuesday at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo. Services: 5 p.m. Graveside committal services at noon Wednesday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Lei and flowers welcome.

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Betty JoAn Metcalf

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Feb. 7, 2014
Betty JoAn Metcalf, 75, of Carson City, Nev., formerly of Kailua, died at home. She was born in Caldwell, Kan. She is survived by husband Norman, son Tom, daughter Teresa Lyon and five grandchildren. Celebration of life to be held in Nevada.

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John Mendonca Monica

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Feb. 18, 2014
John Mendonca Monica, 76, of Ewa Beach, a Millard Wire Co. retiree, died in Honolulu. He was born in Paco De Arcos, Portugal. He is survived by wife Emilia C., daughters Maria Monica-Kaanapu and Aida M. Ramirez, brother Cesar, sister Isabel Camara and two grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Burial: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Karl Toru Murai

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Feb. 23, 2014
Karl Toru Murai, 75, of Honolulu, a retired personnel specialist at Hickam Air Force Base, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughter Melanie and sisters Amy Buckalew and Joyce Toy. Services: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Leon Andrew Muresan

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Feb. 16, 2014
Leon Andrew Muresan, 62, of Hilo, formerly of California, a retired California State water treatment operator, died at home. He was born in Bolton, England. He is survived by wife Vicki, son Brandon, daughter Faith, brother Alec and sisters Vanda Moore and Sylvia Pani. Private services. Condolences may be sent to Vicki Muresan, P.O. Box 1529, Hilo, HI 96721.

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Toichi Okada

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Feb. 16, 2014
Toichi “Putt Putt” Okada, 91, of Pearl City, a retired Hawaiian Dredging & Construction Co. general foreman, died in Nuuanu Hale. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Miyako, daughters Geraldine M. Lee and Jane M. Okada, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Geraldine Perry Sala

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Oct. 20, 2013
Geraldine Perry Sala, 77, of Burbank, Calif., a homemaker, died in Burbank. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by stepdaughter Michele La Bonte, sister Alberta Arola and two grandchildren. Private services held in California.

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ALFREDO “FRED” “PIDONG” VALDEZ BARTOLOME, SR.

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ALFREDO FRED PIDONG VALDEZ BARTOLOME, SR. Age 81, of Waipahu, HI, passed away January 30, 2014 in Aiea. Born April 22, 1932 in Barangay #12, Laoag City, Philippines. Retired from Sheraton Waikiki Hotel; member of Local Union #5; Laoagenous Association of Hawaii; and Bethel Chapel. He is survived by wife, Antipas T. “Paz” Bartolome; sons, James (Lily) Bartolome, Bernard (Emelyn) Bartolome; daughter, Betty (Armold) Peralta; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grand- children; brother, Alex (Delia) Bartolome; sisters, Evangeline Lagman, Maisy (Florencio) Pidong, Natividad (Pedro) Beltran, Veronica (Nelson) Pagurayan, Norma (Noly) Laroya. Visitation 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday (March 4) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Wednesday (March 5) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Dennis Kealii Na-o Sr.

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Feb. 22, 2014
Dennis Kealii Na-o Sr., 62, of Waianae, a cleaner, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Dennis K. Jr. and Andrew A.; daughters Alberta Na-o and Alexandria Afo; brothers Daniel, Albert, Kela and David; sisters Liliann Kimoto, Leilani Sabog, Iris Chinn and Sweetheart Na-o; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private scattering of ashes.

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Bertha Mae Vieira

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Feb. 12, 2014
Bertha Mae Vieira, 84, of Kailua, a Wailana Coffee Shop hostess, died. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by sons David Jr., Wayne and Keith; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Paul F. Viloria

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Feb. 12, 2014
Paul F. Viloria, 76, of Mililani, a Hale Koa Hotel retiree, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Lapo, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Private services and burial held. Updated information for an obituary published Wednesday.

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Dalbert Ka’ahanui Wakinekona

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Jan. 9, 2014
Dalbert Ka’ahanui Wakinekona, 69, of Makaha died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Lillian; sons Joseph R. and George K. Kaeo; daughter Raynette Walker; brothers Alfred, Robert and John Kupo, and Ezekiel Wakinekona; sisters Delphine Bates, Margaret Cerna and Elee Lonoae’a; five grandchildren; a hanai grandchild; and six great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8 at Oahu Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

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