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Cobey Black / 1922-2014

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Isle celebrity columnist rubbed elbows with stars

A newspaper writer, Black was interested in high achievers

By Michael Tsai

Gifted with a keen intellect and driven by insatiable curiosity, columnist Cobey Black captivated readers of the Hono­lulu Star-Bulletin and The Hono­lulu Advertiser with smartly written and painstakingly procured glimpses of thousands of the day’s most popular and accomplished entertainers, intellectuals and politicians.

Black died at her Diamond Head home Thursday at the age of 91.

Through Black’s popular “Who’s News” and “Cobey” columns, local readers gained rare insight into the lives of everyone from Elvis Pres­ley to the Dalai Lama, Lucille Ball to Susan Sontag, U.S. presidents to yo-yo wizards.

“Cobey was egalitarian,” said veteran Hawaii journalist Denby Fawcett, a longtime friend of Black. “It didn’t matter who you were or where you came from as long as you were interesting. And she could pull something of substance, something interesting, out of almost everyone she met.”

And as her long and illustrious list of achievements and experiences attests, she was at least as substantial and interesting as the celebrities she profiled.

Margaret Bell Cobey was born in Washington, D.C., and educated at Welles­ley College in Massachusetts.

After graduating in 1944, Cobey moved to Cali­for­nia to pursue an acting career. She eventually joined a USO troupe on a tour of Europe.

While in Paris, she ran into an old friend from home, Army officer Edwin Black, whom she would later marry. Politically, the two were polar opposites, Cobey a liberal who supported socially progressive causes and Ed a dedicated patriot with conservative values. Yet, friends and family agreed, the two were deeply in love and steadfastly loyal to each other.

Back in the U.S., Black leveraged her writing skills into a job as women’s editor for the Washington Daily News, a post she held from 1947 to 1950. She was entertaining an offer to become a style writer for the Washington Post when her husband was reassigned to Hawaii.

Black was reluctant to move but changed her mind once she visited Oahu.

“She came to take a look, and that was it,” said daughter Noel Ackerman. “She saw how beautiful everything was and never wanted to leave.”

Hawaii was on the cusp of historic change when Black, then 31, arrived in 1954. Statehood was on the near horizon, Big Five control was being usurped by a Demo­cratic Party energized by returning war veterans, and the advent of cheap jet travel was about to transform the local economy.

Black recognized Hawaii as a site of rare cultural, historic and social intersection and saw in its appeal to traveling celebrities an opportunity to fill a niche.

Shortly after she arrived in Hawaii, Black approached Star-Bulletin Editor Bill Ewing and talked her way into writing a celebrity column.

Making good on her promise to secure interviews with visiting celebrities wasn’t easy, but Black’s earnest, down-to-earth approach proved highly effective in getting even the most resistant public figures to grant her a few minutes. Many of her tales became the stuff of local journalism legend. She wore down a reclusive Robert Mitchum as he sat at the bar in the Moana Hotel, lay on the grass to interview a prone and unwilling-to-move Marlon Brando, even coaxed a wary Henry Fonda to re-enact his famous Tom Joad speech from “The Grapes of Wrath.”

“She was a genuine person,” said friend Judy Murata. “There was no BS, no game-playing, no manipulation. It was just her. If she had an agenda, it was simply to get to know you.”

Black relied on a network of Wai­kiki bellhops and desk clerks to get the skinny on who was staying where, but her interest was never in scandal or salaciousness. Friends say she was fascinated by the qualities that high achievers possessed and delighted in sharing stories of hard work and accomplishment.

Few readers would have guessed that Black accomplished such feats while also caring for six children.

Daughter Star Black recalled nights when, roused from sleep, she and her siblings would be herded into the family car so Black could drop off her latest column before deadline.

Given the nature of Black’s work, it was no surprise for the children if they came home to find Secret Service agents in the living room, or Danny Kaye cooking in the kitchen, or Jack Lord freshening a cocktail at the bar, or their father playing chess with nuclear scientist Edward Teller. They didn’t flinch when the received postcards informing them that their mother was visiting a camel market with Sir Edmund Hillary or learning the finer points of snake wrangling.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better mother,” said youngest son Brian. “She had a great way of instilling a sense of pride and hard work without being obvious about it. We always wanted to live up to a higher standard because of her.”

Though she first came to public notice through her column, which continued to run into the mid-1980s, Black was also a successful author, penning well-reviewed books on Princess Pau­ahi Bishop and legendary kumu hula Iolani Lua­hine. Her 2002 book “Hawaii Scandal,” published when she was 79, is considered one of the definitive texts on the infamous Thalia Massey rape case.

She was working on a collection of columns about prominent African-Americans at the time of her death.

At her former Kahala home, she threw parties that might have made Gatsby blush but also opened her home to countless people in need of a place to stay.

“She enjoyed the adrenaline of life,” said son Bruce.

Cobey Black is survived by sister Betty Senescu, daughters Star Black and Noel Ackerman, and sons Nicholas, Bruce and Brian. Funeral arrangements are pending.31-b1-Black-151

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Sandra Kehaulani Maio Acedillo

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March 24, 2014
Sandra Kehaulani Maio Acedillo, 71, of Waianae, a U.S. government fry cook, died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons James Maio and Harry Acedillo Jr., daughter Quonelle Opunui, brothers Earl and Conrad, sister Yvonne Viernes, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Paradise Chapel, Waianae. Services: 7 p.m. Burial: 11 a.m. Friday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire. Online condolences: leewardfuneralhome.com.

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Marina Sybille Katharina Stampf Alofaituli

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Feb. 10, 2014
Marina Sybille Katharina Stampf Alofaituli, 55, of Germany, formerly of Hilo, a retired nurse and a jewelry designer, died in Germany. She was born in Bottrop, Germany. She is survived by husband Norbert Fries, sons Andy Ahuna-Alofaituli and David Lohman, and four grandchildren. Scattering of ashes: 11 a.m. Saturday.

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CAROL MARIA (OANIA) ANDREWS

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3-31 CAROL ANDREWSCAROL MARIA (OANIA) ANDREWS Au revoir ma ch�rie amour Carol Andrews of Keauhou, Hawaii, passed away at her home on March 23, 2014 after a yearlong courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born February 25, 1954 in Bacarra, Philippines to Sergio and Paulina Oania immigrating to Hawaii in 1963. Carol graduated from Aiea High School in 1972 with honors and from the University of Hawaii, with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry where she was on the Dean’s List for four years. She had a remarkable career working in the defense electronics business to provide our military with new and improved capabilities on future battlefields. She began her career at Rockwell International as a research scientist and then over the next 27 years worked for different defense electronics companies before starting her own consulting practice in 2004 and then retiring in 2013. She returned to Rockwell in 1989, where she met Michael Andrews and they married in August 1992 in Santa Barbara, CA. Their jobs allowed them to live in Corona Del Mar, CA and Old Towne Alexandria, VA (the two of them living separately on the West and East coasts for 2 1/2 years). Carol and Mike shared the same interests in traveling, cooking, and gardening. They spent yearly Christmas vacations on the Big Island where Mike proposed in 1991; as Carol was a dedicated Francophile, they traveled almost yearly to France where she made use of her knowledge of French. In 2004 they decided future retirement lay in Kona so, they bought land in Keauhou, developed a blueprint and their dream home was completed by 2007. Carol single-mindedly planned what their house would be from antique travertine floors to its terra-cotta rooftops. They retired to their dream home in May 2011. They began to enjoy the good life of snorkling, playing golf, gardening, and watching beautiful Kona sunsets while dining on their favorite gourmet home-cooked meals. She is survived by husband, Michael Andrews of Keauhou; brothers, Renato (Lydia) Oania of Cerritos, California, Ruben Oania of Mililani; sisters, Alejandra (Jojo) Aczon, Merlinda Oania, Flordelis Oania all of Aiea; a niece and numerous nephews. A private Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held at their home on April 12 from 11:30 – 2:30. Please RSVP Mike at amichaelandrews@aol.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Kona.

Merledeen Nell Chandler

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March 9, 2014
Merledeen Nell Chandler, 64, of Lahaina, a homemaker, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by sisters Junie Lee, Diane Desa and Geraldine Cole. Private services. Online condolences: nakamuramortuary.com.

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Eugene DeGuzman Ciubal

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March 21, 2014
Eugene DeGuzman Ciubal, 86, of Wailuku, a Maui Land & Pineapple Co. security guard, died at home. He was born in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is survived by wife Nenita, son Benjamin, daughters Leorenda Celario and Angie Short, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. April 7 at Nakamura Mortuary. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. April 8 at the mortuary. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park. Online condolences: nakamuramortuary. com.

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Sister Jeanne Cordeiro

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March 20, 2014
Sister Jeanne Cordeiro, 94, ofHonolulu, a teacher for more than 50 years, died in Honolulu. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by brother Roland. Visitation:8 a.m. Thursday at Malia o ka Malu Convent, 1117 4th Ave. Rosary:9:30 a.m. Mass:11:30 a.m. Inurnment:1 p.m. atHawaiian MemorialPark Cemetery.

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ROMEO B. “ROMY” CORPUZ

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ROMEO B. ROMY CORPUZ Age 66, of Honolulu, HI, passed away March 1, 2014 in Honolulu. Born December 11, 1947 in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife, Jovita Corpuz; sons, Ronnie (Cheryl) Corpuz, Noel (Mydee) Corpuz, Romeo Corpuz, Jr., James Corpuz; mother, Flora B. Corpuz; brother, Eddie (Glenda) Corpuz; sister, Vinnie Pastor; 5 grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday (April 4) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; (20 South Kukui St., Honolulu) Wake Service 7:00 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Saturday (April 5) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; Mass 10:00 a.m. Burial 12:00 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Flowers Welcome.

Florendo Domingo

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March 6, 2014
Florendo Domingo, 85, of Hono­lulu, a machine operator for Matson and the Army Reserve, died in Honolulu. He was born in Kohala, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Pacita; sons Floyd and Elmer; brothers Onofre and Francisco Aquino; sisters Benilda Agustin, Perlita Aquino, Lily Cabral and Encarnation Abuan; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Kalihi. Services: 11 a.m. Burial:
1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Vincenza Eli

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Feb. 26, 2014
Vincenza “Midge” Eli, 71, of Waianae died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Frederick Jr. and Thomas; daughter Cecilia Eli-Naone; brother EarlSeminavage; sisters Audrey Eli, Shirleen Oili, JacquelineBarfield, Ines Eldert and Kathy Peabody; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation:8:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services:10 a.m. Burial:1:30 p.m. at Mililani MemorialPark. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Toshiko Endo

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Feb. 27, 2014
Toshiko Endo, 88, of Lanai City, a Dole Pineapple Co. researcher, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by son Michael M.; daughters PatriciaM. Campbell, Christine S. Endo and Kathleen S. Takamoto; brother Takashi Kamasaki; sister Emiko Yang; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation:10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services:11:30 a.m. Inurnment:12:30 p.m. April 7 at Maui MemorialPark. Online condolences:hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Michael Kalama Evans

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March 19, 2014
Michael Kalama Evans, 59, of Hilo, a contractor, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Tina F.; sons Michael K. Jr. and Nainoa Evans, and Kaltin Fujiwara-Evans; daughters Angela, Micole and Mina Evans, Marcel Thomas and Mandi Komatsu; father James; brothers Jim, George and Kaleo; sisters Puanani, Sheila and Malia Evans, Anna Ater, Blossom Johnston, Mahealani Edwards and Loke Evans-Bautista; and 11 grandchildren. Visitation: 3:30 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo. Services: 5 p.m. Casual attire.

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Gaspara Jadormio Flora

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March 19, 2014
Gaspara Jadormio “Soledad” Flora, 99, of Waipahu died in Waipahu. She was born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by sons Rodrigo and Constante; daughters Lourdes Bagaoisan, Cecilia Flora Orodio, Milagros Jaramilla, Zenaida Godsey and Ellen Wright; 16 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. Visitation:9:30 a.m. Thursday at Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church, 94-1260 Lumikula St., Waipahu. Mass:11 a.m. Burial:1:30 p.m. atMililani MemorialPark. Casual attire.

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BETTY KEIKO HAYASHI

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BETTY KEIKO HAYASHI 86, born in Wahiawa, Hawaii, resident of Rolling Hills Estates, California, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 6, 2014. A private funeral service was held on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Green Hills Memorial Park. She is survived by her loving husband Dr. Harry Hayashi, daughters Karen (Steve) Anderson, Harriet (Michael) Lucero, Kathy (Yeung) Chan, Flora (Ken) Lee, son Albert; and eight grand- children: Sarah, Michael, April, Matthew, Kyle, Ryan, Lauren and Kurtis. She is also survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives living in Hawaii.

Shiro Hirayama

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March 16, 2014
Shiro Hirayama, 94, of Paukaa, Hawaii, a retired Hicks Homes carpenter and an Army veteran who served in World War II, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. He is survived by numerous nephews and nieces. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Helen Atkins Hunt

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Jan. 23, 2014
Helen Atkins Hunt, 95, of Palm Springs, Calif., a retired elementary school principal at Island Paradise Academy, died. She was born on Oahu. She is survived by sons Ernest and Robert, daughter Dorothy Trinidad Hunt, sister Alice Ryan, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Scattering of ashes at a later date. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Rodney Kealiimahiai Burgess III

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March 10, 2014
Rodney Kealiimahiai Burgess III, 71, of Waimanalo, retired owner of Rod Burgess Realty, died inCastle Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Chad, Eric, Kawika and Kona; daughters Danielle Cunha, Hualalai Cabral and Eala Burgess; mother Margaret; brothers Reynard and Randall; and eight grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Aloha attire.

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James MacLean Dunn III

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March 16, 2014
James MacLean “Kimo” Dunn III, 54, of Kahului, a Maui County heavy equipment operator, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born on Oahu. He is survived by daughters Rebecca Kaio and Christin Kalama; parents James “Bozo” Dunn Jr. and Carolyn “Linda” Roback; stepfather William “Billy” Roback; brothers James M. “Jimmy” Dunn IV and William “Moku” Roback; sisters Rene’e Miller, Michele Perkins and Christabel Dunn; grandmother Genevieve L. Herbert; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Paul Y.K. Low

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March 9, 2014
Paul Y.K. Low, 88, of Hono­lulu, a ship surveyor with the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard ship repair unit and an Army veteran, died in Hono­lulu. He was born in Hono­lulu. He is survived by son Stephen; daughters Barbaranne Miller, Paulette Tuchscherer and Marilyn Matsuda; sister Edna Loo; and nine grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday at Valley of the Temples chapel. Services: 10:30 a.m. Inurnment: 11:30 a.m. at the cemetery. Casual attire. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com. Incorrect information given in an obituary Saturday.

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Violet Fernandez Ma‘e

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March 22, 2014
Violet Fernandez Ma‘e, 97, of Hilo, a retired classroom cleaner at Waiakea High School, died at home. She was born in Paia, Maui. She is survived by son Ronald Monteiro; daughter Joyce Branco; brother Lawrence Fernandez; sisters Roselyn Victorine, Amy Butler and Shirley Kealoha; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hilo Stake Center, 1373 Kilauea Ave. Services: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, section four. Casual attire.

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Raymond Sumio Maneki

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Feb. 23, 2014
Raymond Sumio Maneki, 83, of Honolulu, a retired assistant news editor for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and anArmy veteran, died at home. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by sons Wayne S. and Christopher S., daughter Lisa M. Baxa and sister Marjorie K. Determan. Private services.

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Ruth Hatsuko Matsuda

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Jan. 6, 2014
Ruth Hatsuko Matsuda, 99, of Kaimuki, a retired marketing department supervisor for Sears Roebuck & Co., died in St. Francis Hospice. She was born in Honokaa, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Albert S. and Thomas K.; daughters Geraldine Y. Uesugi, Bessie F. Ogawa, Frances C. Ishikawa, Esther M. Higa and Elaine S. Matsuda; brothers Hideo, Charles and Harry Higa; 16 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Margaret Soares Medeiros

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Feb. 22, 2014
Margaret Soares Medeiros, also known as “Aunt Margie” and “Gramma Ranch,” 90, of Hilo, a homemaker, died in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Honokaa, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Rodney Acia, and John “Johnny Boy” III and Alika Medeiros; daughters Diana Aukai and Shirley Kanehailua; brother Donald; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo. Mass: 10 a.m. Celebration of life: noon Saturday at AJA Veterans Hall, 361 Haihai St. Inurnment: 11:30 a.m. April 7 at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.

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Ruth C. Nakamoto

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March 19, 2014
Ruth C. Nakamoto, 92, of Waimea, Hawaii, a homemaker, died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by sons Ronald, Ray and Alan; daughters Ilona Haggerty, Mae Ikeda, Doreen Nakamoto and Viola Alfson; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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TOSHIAKI NISHIDA

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TOSHIAKI NISHIDA Age 94, of Honolulu, passed away February 26, 2014 at St. Francis Hospice. Born October 16, 1919 in Honolulu. He is survived by nephew, Jensen Kono. Private services were held.

Mary Mae Perreira

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March 13, 2014
Mary Mae Perreira, 80, of Makawao, Maui, died in Henderson, Nev. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by sons Jeffrey and Robert Jr., daughter Cheryl, brother Clement, sisters Dorothy and Bernice, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. April 8 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Makawao. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at the church cemetery. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Incorrect information published in an obituary Saturday.

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George Quillin

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March 11, 2014
George Quillin, 87, of Stow, Ohio, formerly of Hawaii, a corporate attorney for Goodyear, died, He was born in Akron, Ohio. He is survived by sons George E. and David, daughters Michelle Webb and Amy Quillin, brother Dan, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services in Stow. No flowers. Donations suggested to charity.

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Lionel Ribellia

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Feb. 26, 2014
Lionel “Lino” Ribellia, 89, of Beaverton, Ore., a retired KJ Lillie Sheetmetal and Quality Sheetmetal employee, died in Oregon. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by sons Ronald R., Patrick A. and Richard L.; daughter Donna Mae Ribellia-Abreu; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Visitation:6 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services:6:30 p.m. Burial:11 a.m. Friday at Mililani Memorial Park.

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Edith Takako Nomura Sanborn

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March 26, 2014
Edith Takako Nomura Sanborn, 84, of Lahaina, a former jewelry store manager, died at home. She was born in Puukolii, Maui. She is survived by son William; daughters Naomi Perry, Aileen Trout, Williet Anthony and Debbie Fernandez; brother Etsuo Nomura; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Services at a later date.

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Richard Hideo Shimamoto

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Feb. 28, 2014
Richard Hideo “Hisa”Shimamoto, 93, of Wahiawa, a Friendly Home Builders proprietor, died in Wahiawa. He was born inWaialua. He is survived by sons Mike, Steve and Mark; sister Betty Migita; and six grandchildren. Visitation:9:30 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services:10:30 a.m. Burial:11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

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