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EARL MCDANIEL / 1928-2014

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Longtime broadcaster created the “Perry and Price” show

by Erika Engle

Earl “The Pearl” McDaniel, the former general manager of KSSK AM-FM who made a name for himself during the formative years of rock ‘n’ roll, died Wednesday night in Arizona at age 85.28-b10-earl-mcdaniel1-mug

McDaniel had cancer surgery two years ago, according to longtime friend Don Barrett, but the cause of his death was not released.

McDaniel prepared an email for his daughter to send to friends upon his death which began, “I died today,” and spelled out his last wishes, including that he be cremated and have no funeral. In the email he thanked friends for their contributions to his life and made it clear he wanted no sad songs sung for him.

McDaniel had a talent for promoting radio stations, rock concerts and, on one occasion, a parade.

He had the idea in 1983 to get KSSK morning radio host J. Akuhead Pupule, or Aku, to tell listeners to come out for a parade April 1. Thousands of people lined up along the usual route from Ala Moana Boulevard into Waikiki. The radio station aired audio from a televised parade with commentary as if it were a live event. There was no parade. It was an April Fools’ Day joke. Bomb threats were among the angry calls made to the radio station that day and for some time thereafter.

McDaniel is credited with creating the “Perry and Price” morning radio team of Michael W. Perry and Larry Price, which succeeded Aku following his death in 1983 and remains Hawaii’s No. 1 radio show today.

He also is credited with the $1 million giveaway to not only retain the late Aku’s listeners, but also to help cement top ratings for his new morning team. Some 4 million entries were received for the contest, though Oahu’s population at the time was about 700,000.

McDaniel will long be remembered for his truisms, which his former staffers still recite.

On marketing, McDaniel would say, “It’s all tinsel and foil, and underneath all that tinsel and foil, there is real tinsel and foil,” said Suzi Mechler, McDaniel’s longtime executive assistant.

McDaniel would tell reluctant advertisers, “Something terrible happens when you don’t promote: nothing.”

“I still use that line today,” Mechler said.

He also had a soft side. When Mechler’s son was born with a potentially lethal heart problem, McDaniel made sure her health insurance premiums were paid even though her three-month maternity leave stretched to eight months. “I would have worked for that man for free,” she said.

In his pre-Hawaii broadcast days, McDaniel worked in Los Angeles in the 1950s and ’60s at big-time stations including KPOP and KFWB when AM radio stations ruled the airwaves and were making the transition from pop music to rock ‘n’ roll.

McDaniel was credited with being the first to play “Heartbreak Hotel” on the radio and was sent to Las Vegas to present Elvis Presley with the gold record onstage. McDaniel “produced and presented live stage shows with the major rock stars of the era. He also had the first record hop/dance show on L.A. television,” according to Barrett.

In a recent email to Mechler, McDaniel wrote, “If I were to have an epitaph, it would be, ‘Earl McDaniel … from 1928 to 2014, he lived.'”

He is survived by two daughters and was preceeded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ellie. In keeping with McDaniel’s wishes, no service is planned.

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Al Chase: 1942-2014

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Longtime writer had straightforward style
By Cindy Luis

Retired Honolulu Star-Bulletin sports writer Al Chase was known for his attention to detail, accuracy of statistics and a straightforward style of writing that reflected his New England upbringing. Baseball and soccer were the perfect sports for him to cover, games played between the lines with honor and rules.

Much like a soccer player taking a penalty shot, Chase didn’t hesitate when it came to making a call as the official scorekeeper at University of Hawaii baseball games or when falling in love. Less than a year after he met UH student Lydia “Lee” Hironaga, the two were married in 1968.

They were together until Thursday when Al died at Kaiser Hospital following a long battle with a blood disorder. He would have been 72 next Tuesday.

On Thursday, Lee Chase laughed at the memories of the brief courtship, which was punctuated by Al’s surprise proposal during a rainstorm in the middle of cane field near Honomu on the Hamakua Coast.

“My father loved him from the beginning,” Lee Chase said of the late Chikara Hironaga. “When we came back in and told him we were getting married, he said that Al was a ‘gooda boy.’

“And he was. Just a kind man, a heart of gold, a wonderful husband and father and grandfather. He loved his two grandchildren and tried very hard to hang on. At least they got to know him.”

Chase instilled a love of soccer in his oldest grandchild, Noah, who was a year old at the time of his grandfather’s retirement in 2007.

During his retirement party in the newsroom, Chase said one number stood out: 39. That was the number of years he had been married as well as worked at the Star-Bulletin.

Alan Reed Chase was born April 1, 1942, in Boston and was raised in Mansfield, Mass. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in physical education and a minor in East Asian Studies. While a student, he helped form the UH men’s soccer club team and competed in men’s leagues for a number of years.

Chase also taught and coached soccer at several Oahu high schools, including Kalani and Kailua.

In 2009, he was named the 35th recipient of the Wilbur Snypp Award by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for outstanding contributions to college baseball. Chase, who began covering UH baseball in 1968, introduced the first NCBWA poll in the 1970s and established the criteria the NCAA now uses for the annual active and retired baseball coaches career lists.

He also served as NCBWA vice president and his name is on the Snypp Award plaque at the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas.

In addition to his wife, Chase is survived by daughter Lisha Moffat; son-in-law Gavin; grandchildren Noah and Maya; brother Philip Chase, sister Corinee Tozier, and niece Sarah Chase.

Services are pending.

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David Torres Alvarez

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March 22, 2014
David Torres Alvarez, 84, of Kaneohe, a retired MTL bus driver, died in Kailua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Robert, Barney, Duane, Lincoln and Herbert; daughters Davealyn Alvarez, Agnes Cooley, Paulene Staszkow and Melissa Shimomura; stepson Stephen; stepdaughter Herminia Peters; brothers Benjamin and Angelino; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Visitation: 10:30 a.m. April 4 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Nuuanu Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

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Evangeline Alias Cabiles

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March 1, 2014
Evangeline Alias “Edna” Cabiles, 72, of Waipahu, a Fujiya Ltd. retiree, died in Honolulu. She was born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by husband Juan D., son Eddie, daughters Ofelia Simpliciano and Salve Lumauag, brother Artemio Alias, sister Milagros Cablayan, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at St. JosephCatholic Church, Waipahu. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Merna Young Sik Castro

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March 13, 2014
Merna Young Sik Castro, 75, of Honolulu, an Outrigger Hotel room control clerk, died in Honolulu. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by sons Reginald K., Lawrence K. Jr. and Alvin K. Jr.; daughters Debra White, Rene Yamamoto, WandaMae Akiu, Sheila Veltre and Valarie, LoriAnn and Tasha Castro; brothers Harry Kwon and Paul Young Sik; sister Grace Eugenio; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Ellen Kam Toe Chang

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March 21, 2014
Ellen Kam Toe Chang, 96, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Robert S.H.; daughters Charlotte S.J. Lee and Wanda S.W. Mukai; brothers Cheong, Hon and Richard Lum; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Taoist services Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Visitation: 9 a.m. Inurnment: 11 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Incorrect information in an obituary published Thursday.

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Summer Cho

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March 12, 2014
Summer Cho, 95, of Honolulu, an Air Force officer and teacher, died in Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born in Holualoa, Hawaii. He is survived by sons Dr. Colin and Dr. Clinton, daughter Caren Walsh, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Angeline Dolores Cordeiro

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Feb. 27, 2014
Angeline Dolores “Cookie” Cordeiro, 68, of Wahiawa died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Andrew DeMello; daughters Laurie Naki, Antonette DeMello and Roberta Taei; father Raymond “Spike” Sr.; brothers Raymond Jr. and Anthony; sister Theresa C. Schlemmer; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Aloha or casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Marlaena Louise Dehn

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March 17, 2014
Marlaena Louise Dehn, 34, of Ewa Beach, a homemaker, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Minneapolis. She is survived by daughter Mikaela I. Juneski, mother Mara L. Dehn-Altstatt, father Michael L., brothers Todd Dehn and Brian Altstatt, sister Melanie L. and grandparents Joseph Bilotta and Irene Murk. Services in Minnesota. No flowers. Donations suggested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Minnesota chapter.

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Sharon K. Escobar

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March 23, 2014
Sharon K. Escobar, 63, of Wailuku, a Roberts Hawaii bus driver, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Puunene, Maui. She is survived by husband Fausto K. Jr., sons Fausto K. Escobar III and Kahiki Delapinia, daughters Shayna Vierra and Clara Kailihou, brother Matthew Kailihou and two grandchildren. Services at a later date. Online condolences: nakamuramortuary.com.

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Glen Norman Felton

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March 17, 2014
Glen Norman Felton, 88, of Kawaihae and Kamuela, Hawaii, a contractor and an Air Force veteran who served during World War II, died in Honolulu. He was born in Moscow, Idaho. He is survived by wife Erestine, sons Larry Felton and Dean Osborne, daughter Katherine Woodburn, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services pending.

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Charles D. “Charlie” Fox, III

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CHARLES D. CHARLIE FOX III Charles D. “Charlie” Fox, III of Honolulu, Hawaii, died February 14, 2014, after a long illness. A Celebration of Life will be held at Kahala Nui, 4389 Malia Street, Honolulu, on Thursday, April 10 from 12 pm – 2 pm (Aloha Attire). Charlie graduated from the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia Law School. He served in the Navy on active duty from 1951-1954, including combat in Korea, and was in the reserves from 1957-1977. He achieved the rank of Captain, USNR. Charlie practiced law in his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia from 1957-1998. He was a former General Counsel of the Association of Naval Aviation. Charlie served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation from 1991-1998, and was appointed an honorary trustee. Charlie held an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Tusculum College and he was a longtime trustee of the Warren W. Hobbie Charitable Trust. Charlie and his wife of 62 years, Preston, started the Smithfield-Preston Foundation to support the Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, Virginia and they, along with others, helped to start the Lahainaluna High School Foundation. He was active in too many organizations to list, lending his expertise and enthusiasm to all. Charlie is survived by wife, Preston; sons, Charles D. “Skip” Fox IV (Beth) and Frank P. Fox; grandchildren, Quent, Elm, Anna and Sam; and brother, Carter V. Fox. Memorial donations may be made to: -UVA Law School Foundation, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-1738 -Lahainaluna High School Foundation, P.O. Box 11617, Lahaina, HI 96761 -Smithfield-Preston Foundation, P.O. Box 11531, Blacksburg, VA 24062-1531

PETER I. KANESHIGE

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3-28 Peter Kaneshige PhotoPETER I. KANESHIGE 59, of Honolulu, HI, died on February 21, 2014 in Honolulu, HI. He was born in Honolulu, HI. He is survived by his son, Nathaniel Kaneshige; daughter, Nicole Kaneshige; father, Isamu Kaneshige; mother, Carole S. Kaneshige and brother, Jay Kaneshige. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Punahou School, Thurston Memorial Chapel at 5:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an educational fund for Nathaniel and Nicole payable to: The Kaneshige Family Trust, 98-1277 Kaahumanu St. Ste 115 Aiea, HI 96701. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services LLC.

Paul T. Kobayashi

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Jan. 26, 2014
Paul T. Kobayashi, 83, of Wahiawa, a former Leilehua High School principal and an Army veteran, died in Ho-nolulu. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by numerous nephews, nieces and hanai family. Private services. Donations suggested to Leilehua High School or charity.

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Wayne Marcelino Lopez

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March 23, 2014
Wayne Marcelino Lopez, 63, of Kalaheo, Kauai, a retired maintenance employee for the state Department of Transportation Harbors Division, died at home. He was born in Waimea, Kauai. He is survived by wife Sharon, mother Virginia and sisters Lucille Lopez and Vicky Soares. Visitation: 9 a.m. April 12 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kalaheo. Mass: 10 a.m.

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Richard Moss

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March 22, 2014
Richard “Rick” Moss, 64, of Honolulu, president of Moss Engineering, died in Honolulu. He was born in Petaluma, Calif. He is survived by wife Valerie, daughter Lian, son Logan, mother Lorraine and sister Donna Berg. Celebration of life: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Waialae Country Club.

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Shizue Nagao

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Feb. 19, 2014
Shizue Nagao, 102, of Honolulu, a retired linen supervisor at Princess Kaiulani Hotel, died at home. She was born in Paauhau, Hawaii. She is survived by son George H., four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Helen Rosete Nagtalon-Miller

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March 2, 2014
Helen Rosete Nagtalon-Miller, 85, of Kaneohe, a retired state educator and a civil activist, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by husband Robert L.R. Miller. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. April 4 at Hawaiian Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Inurnment: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Sadako Nakai

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March 20, 2014
Sadako Nakai, 89, of Ewa Beach, a homemaker, died in St. Francis Hospice West. She was born in Puunene, Maui. She is survived by daughter Louise K. Fukumoto and three grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Richard Satoshi Nakamura

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Feb. 26, 2014
Richard Satoshi Nakamura, 83, of Keaau, Hawaii, owner of Nakamura Sales and Service and an Army veteran, died in Kaiser Medical Center. He was born in Olaa, Hawaii. He is survived by daughter Susu Chow; brothers Haruo and Roy; sisters Shizue Fujiyama, Sumie Abe and Alice Oie; and two grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences: hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Sandra Esther Quixley

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March 18, 2014
Sandra Esther Quixley, 60, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, a time-share sales representative in Australia and Hawaii, and a model and photographer, died at home. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is survived by husband Ronald Kurtz and numerous hanai sisters. Services at a later date. Donations suggested to North Hawaii Hospice, 65-1328 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, HI 96743.

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Lucas Freitas Rapozo

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March 25, 2014
Lucas Freitas Rapozo, 98, of Lihue, a retired Matson Navigation district manager, died at home. He was born in Lihue. He is survived by wife Daisy L.; son Wayne; daughters Lynn Miller, Marilyn Kunukau and Louise Souza; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lihue. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Edralina Guzman Reyes

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March 4, 2014
Edralina Guzman “Elling” Reyes, 82, of Honolulu, died in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Luna, La Union, Philippines. She is survived by sons Joseph Guzman and Francisco G. Reyes, daughter Andrea R. Rivera, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Hisako Sato

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March 18, 2014
Hisako Sato, 100, of Wailuku, formerly of Lahaina, a former Baldwin Packers employee, died in Kula Hospital. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by daughters Frances Teshima and Patricia Okimoto, eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Private services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Madeline Margaret Silva

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March 13, 2014
Madeline Margaret Silva, 84, of Kaneohe, a homemaker, died in Aloha Nursing & Rehab Centre. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Joseph, David, Ralph, Jeffery and Russell; daughters Sheila, Cynthia, Yvonne and Gilberta; 38 grandchildren; and 47 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Greenhaven Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Warren Byeng Sun Soh

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March 22, 2014
Warren Byeng Sun Soh, 78, of Kahuku, a retired Honolulu Fire Department captain, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Joy Prescott-Soh; sons Nathan, Princeton and Thurston Soh, and Louis Prescott; daughters Punani Nawahine, and Mimo and Shelby Pearl; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. April 4 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kahuku chapel. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Laie Cemetery. Aloha attire. Online condolences: woolseymortuary.com.

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Harriet Chang Sparks

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Feb. 1, 2014
Harriet Chang Sparks, 89, of Kaneohe, a retired real estate broker, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Stafford and Harrison Mew, daughters Roberta Shimabukuro and Cynthia Okada, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services held.

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Wayne K. Tanaka

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March 16, 2014
Wayne K. Tanaka, 54, of Pearl City died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brother Russell and sister Joanne Tanahara. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Cas-ual attire.

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FLORENCE I. M. TOKIOKA

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FLORENCE I. M. TOKIOKA Age 98, of Pearl City, HI, passed away March 18, 2014 in Aiea. Born June 13, 1915 in Puuloa, HI. Member of Pearl City Hongwanji. She is survived by sons, Wallace (Rose) Tokioka, Glen (Patricia Ann) Tokioka; daughter, Gayleen Fujimura; sisters, Yoshiko Ebisu, Stella Uno; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grand- children. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 2) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

Eleanor S. Waltjen

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March 13, 2014
Eleanor S. Waltjen, 88, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Honolulu. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by son Jon; daughters Jackie and Debbie Waltjen, Steph Kamakeeaina, Gwen Harrington, Bobbie Antonio, Brenda Ohlheiser and Diane Dizon; brother Phil Carvalho; sisters Peggy DeLaura and Marian Kaomea; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: noon. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com. Incorrect information in an obituary published Thursday.

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