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Chino Montero: 1962-2014

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Hoku-winning artist helped boost the work of top isle musicians
By John Berger

Chino Montero — Hoku Award-winning guitarist, falsetto vocalist, and an inspirational figure for one of Hawaii’s most influential ukulele players — died Friday of a heart attack after a short illness. He was 52.

Montero had been best known in recent years for his work backing other performers, most notably Amy Hanai­ali‘i Gilliom, and as the member of two all-star groups, Palolo (with Nathan Nahinu and Troy Fernandez) and Manoa Madness (with Nahinu, Ioane Burns and Hale­haku Seabury).

He won a Hoku Award in 2011 as a member of a third all-star group, Amy Hanai­ali‘i and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i, after having worked as a recording studio sideman on several proj­ects that won Hoku Awards for the artists who hired him to back them. Ironically, the year he won a Hoku, Montero had stepped outside the ballroom just before the winner of the Island Music Album category was announced and was not able to join the other members of the group in their televised acceptance speech.

“Kawena,” an original song from his long-awaited solo album, “Made in Hawai‘i,” which was released last fall, is a finalist this year for Song of the Year. Montero is also a finalist for Favorite Entertainer of the Year, the only Hoku Award category where the winner is determined by public vote. Voting for Favorite Entertainer continues through May 12.

The winners of the 2014 Na Hoku Hano­hano Awards will be announced at the 37th Annual Na Hoku Hano­hano Awards Show on May 24 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

“At least he went out on a high note,” Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts board member Cindy Lance said Friday morning, adding that Montero had been in top form — and a hit with the audience — Tuesday when he played at HARA’s Mele Mei Luncheon, the first in a series of special events leading up to the awards show.

David Mario “Chino” Montero was born and grew up in Palolo. He was 11, a student at Jarrett Intermediate, when he met Nahinu and Fernandez. Nahinu remembers it as an instant friendship cemented by their shared love of the ukulele.

“Troy Fernandez and I met him at the same time, the same day, because of our playing of the ukulele,” Nahinu said Friday morning. “He was my brother in arms all these years, and he wouldn’t want it any other way than for us to keep it going.”

Fernandez, a founding member of the Ka‘au Crater Boys in the 1990s and one of the greatest ukulele virtuosos of his generation, named Montero as the person who first inspired him to think of the ukulele as a lead instrument rather than as part of the rhythm section.

“In intermediate (school) we used to always carry our ukes around,” Fernandez told the Hono­lulu Star-Advertiser several years ago. “Eighth grade was when we started to learn three-part harmony. Chino was the one doing all the solos, but he got me thinking — that and listening to Peter Moon tapes.”

Montero is survived by son Noah Rico Lac­ba­yan, daughter Charise, mother Lorita Montero, brother Dana, sister Dawn and eight grandchildren.

Funeral plans are pending.

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Chino Montero, Hoku Award-winning guitarist and vocalist, was called an inspiration by ukulele virtuoso Troy Fernandez.

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Hilda Aluma Aagenes

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April 29, 2014
Hilda Aluma Aagenes, 85, of Kailua died. She was born in Ucross, Wyo. She is survived by sons Dwight and Cliff Kawulok; daughters Sandy Plott and Lynn Watts; brother Rubeun and William; sisters Lydia, Freida, Barbara and Dorothy; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Private services. Online condolences: oahumortuary.com.

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Lorenzo Enanoria Arancon

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March 29, 2014
Lorenzo Enanoria “Doggie” Arancon, 83, of Hilo, a retired Army motor pool driver and office equipment repairman who served in the Vietnam and Korean wars, died in Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by brothers Inocentes “Cenes” and Raymond, and sisters Chiquita “Chickie” Allen, Pearla Gammon and Sandra “Sandee” Ichiyama. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Committal services: 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Louise Luika Borsella

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April 20, 2014
Louise Luika “Auntie Lou” Borsella, 90, of Kaunakakai, a retired Federal Aviation Administration secretary, died in Kaunakakai. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Alan B., daughters Blanche Howe and Paulette Borsella, 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 10 a.m. May 10 at Kalaikamanahou Church, Molokai. Services to follow. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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ENRIQUE J. CANAS

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ENRIQUE J. CANAS Age 92, of Mililani, HI, passed away March 27, 2014 in Mililani. Born November 23, 1921 in Alice, TX. A retired Colonel with U.S. Army. Also, retired field director with American Red Cross. He is survived by wife, Sachiko Canas; sons, H. Ray (Aileen) Canas, Robert Lee (Sue) Edson, David A. Edson; step- son, Jeffrey (Carol) Takano; daughter, Barbara J. (Wes) Jones; step-daughter, Akiko (Clyde) Harada; 12 grand- children; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Alfredo Canas. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Monday (May 5) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Prayer Service 10:30 a.m. Committal Service 2:00 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Aloha Attire.

Vernon Koon Mung Ching

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March 26, 2014
Vernon Koon Mung Ching, 88, of Honolulu, a retired upholsterer and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Eunice, son Jason R., daughter Carolyn S. Dennison and a grandchild. Private services. Online condolences: hawaiifuneralservices.com.

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Matsuko Fukushima

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April 14, 2014
Matsuko Fukushima, 89, of Hilo, a retired office clerk for Stationers’ Corp. of Hawaii in Hilo, died in Life Care Center of Hilo. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Sadami; sons Calvin and Harvey; daughter Laraine Heirakuji; brothers Itsuo, Haruo and Teruo Kitamura; sister Norma Oshiro; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Private services. No flowers.

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Robert Galveso

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April 4, 2014
Robert Galveso, also known as “Bobby” and “Bob,” 59, of Kailua, a retired maintenance employee at Costco Hawaii Kai, died in Kailua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Kathleen; daughters Danielle, Jamielin and Hannah; and sisters Susan St. Germain and Erlinda “Linda” Texeira. Visitation: 10 a.m. May 9 at Hope Chapel Olomana, 1020 Keolu Drive, Kailua. Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Florence Miyoko Harada

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April 11, 2014
Florence Miyoko Harada, 92, of Kailua, a retired Outrigger Reef Hotel housekeeper, died in Aloha Nursing & Rehab Centre. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Kenneth Y. and Howard T., daughters Kathleen H. Honda and Gail M. Sakaida, brother Raymond Yamada, sister Ethel Asao, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Wesley Kazuo Hayama

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April 29, 2014
Wesley Kazuo Hayama, 59, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Naomi, brother Dr. Dale F. and sister Sandra R. Shimabukuro. No services. No monetary offerings.

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Ellen Au Yuk Chan Hee

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April 16, 2014
Ellen Au Yuk Chan Hee, 96, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Robert, Donald and Wilfred; daughters Diana Kutsunai, Vivian Lee and Winifred Hee; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Taoist services: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Lin Yee Chung Association Manoa Cemetery. Casual attire.

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George Masao Horike

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April 27, 2014
George Masao Horike, 76, of Hilo, an AT&T computer technician, died in Life Care Center of Hilo. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Sun Ok Cho, sons Regan Horike and David Nahuina, stepson Matthew Cho, daughter Leslie Kang and sisters Mildred Paltin and Jane Horike. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Eugene Anthony Mico Jr.

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April 6, 2014
Eugene Anthony Mico Jr., 53, of Honolulu, a security guard and a musician, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Christine K., stepmother Teresita, brother Alexander Lloyd and sister Connie Galvez-Megee. Services pending. No flowers.

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Antone Lawrence Souza Jr.

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April 13, 2014
Antone Lawrence Souza Jr., 76, of Waianae, a retired forklift operator for Del Monte Fresh Fruit, died in Aiea. He was born in Waipahu. He is survived by sons Clyde Ishikawa, Gary Lagapa and Romeo Baniaga; daughters Lynette Baniaga and Jerri Towne; brother Lawrence; sisters Patricia Clement and Veronica Siebel; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Program: 11 a.m. Services at noon. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Derwin Nobuyuki Kakugawa

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April 19, 2014
Derwin Nobuyuki Kakugawa, 56, of Honolulu, an assistant vice president, trust operations office at Central Pacific Bank, died in Oahu Care Facility. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Robin S., son Reece E., daughters Dara M. and Jana M., mother Hitoye Adams and sisters Iris Alley, Lori Kakugawa and Kristel M. Dunn. Visitation: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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George Kakela Kanoa

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April 23, 2014
George Kakela Kanoa, 57, of Waimanalo, a former Asplundh Tree Service laborer, died in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Victor John “John” Sr., Lawrence “Larry” Sr., David Sr. and Henry “Hanalei” Sr.; and sister Leo. Celebration of life: 10 a.m. May 9 at Kaiona Beach Park. Scattering of ashes: 11:45 a.m. Bring swimwear.

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Edmund K.C. Lee

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April 17, 2014
Edmund K.C. Lee, 80, of Kailua, a former manpower analyst at Hickam Air Force Base, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Natalie, son Norman, daughter Debra, brothers Alfred and Ernest, and sister Vivian Park. Private services.

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Florence Michiko Makimoto

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April 18, 2014
Florence Michiko Makimoto, 83, of Honolulu, a retired food service manager for Moanalua Elementary School, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Robert, sons Dean and Guy, daughter Lori, brother Stanley Sumida, sister Adeline Watanabe, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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Edna Jean Marsh

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April 19, 2014
Edna Jean Marsh, 84, of Holualoa, Hawaii, an administrative staff member at the Glendale College of Nursing and an acupuncturist assistant in La Crescenta, Calif., died in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born in Oregon. She is survived by husband Earle W., sister Jeniece Weltner and a grandchild. Private services.

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Kay Kisae Miletich

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March 25, 2014
Kay Kisae Miletich, 90, of Kaneohe, a retired sales associate for The Pocketbook Man in Honolulu, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by daughter Debra Ann Rawlins; brothers Makoto, Mitsugi and Stanley “Kayo” Kamemoto; sisters Ruth Okazaki and Joyce Endo; and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Dennis Kerry Morris

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April 24, 2014
Dennis Kerry Morris, 72, of Honolulu, a retiree of the Army Military Intelligence and Military Police, will be remembered in private services. He died in Honolulu. He was born in New York. He is survived by brother James M. Donations suggested to the Hawaiian Humane Society.

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Keith Timothy Kalani Paras

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April 3, 2014
Keith Timothy Kalani Paras, 50, of Waianae, a laborer, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Josiah Aleki, and Alapati and Kalani Scanlan; daughters Kehaulani Viela and Keshia Paras; companion Charmane Fisher; father Rudolph Orlando; brother Clyde Levi; sisters Selina Levi and Johnell Paras; six half brothers; six half sisters; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. May 10 at Moanalua Mortuary. Services: 11:15 a.m. Flowers welcome.

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Edison Navarro Reyes

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April 25, 2014
Edison Navarro “Eddie” Reyes, 68, of Captain Cook, Hawaii, a retired kitchen helper at Kona Community Hospital, died in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Pinili, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Linda Bagay, son Mark, daughter Nina Mahor, brothers Efren and Nelson, and sisters Precy Mahor and Josephine Reyes. Private services. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 1389, Kealakekua, HI 96750.

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Shizuno Sadanaga

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April 23, 2014
Shizuno Sadanaga, 95, of Papaikou, Hawaii, died in Pohai Malama. She was born in Mountain View, Hawaii. She is survived by son Garret, daughters Eileen Hirata and Marlene Oda, brother Mitsuo Nakayama and a grandchild. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Victor Sacro Delos Santos

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April 3, 2014
Victor Sacro Delos Santos, 87, of Ewa Beach died in Ewa Beach. He was born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Teresita, sons Thomas and Glenn, daughters Mercie Manahan and Joyce Delos Santos, and five grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

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Hanna Sayed

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April 26, 2014
Hanna Sayed, 91, of Lihue, formerly of New York City, a maker of handcrafted Hawaiian dolls, died. She was born in Vienna, Austria. She is survived by son Lee Most, daughter Mary Most, sister Ruth and three grandchildren. Celebration of life: 4 p.m. Sunday at Sun Village Recreation Room.

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Masato Shibasaki

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Jan. 14, 2014
Masato Shibasaki, 101, of Honolulu, a retired federal government supervisor, died in Hale Malamalama. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughter Sharon Amy Shibasaki and sister Kiyoko Sult. Private services.

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John Isamu Shiroma

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April 16, 2014
John Isamu “Bolo” Shiroma, 88, of Honolulu, a retired Honolulu Fire Department fire captain and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Waipahu. He is survived by wife Betty S.; daughters Marlene M. Shiroma, Patricia A. Lazarus and Cecelia J. Yamamura; sister Yoshino Teruya; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Kenji Tanaka

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April 15, 2014
Kenji Tanaka, 84, of Hilo, a McDonnell Douglas retiree, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Tokiko; daughter Janice; brothers Bruce, Walter and George; and sisters Setsumi Inouye and Grace Moriyama. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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Yoshino M. Tanaka

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April 18, 2014
Yoshino M. Tanaka, 95, of Honolulu, a retired dispatcher for the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sisters Katherine M. Yoshida, Thelma F. Nakagawa, Frances C. Asato and Joyce A. Mitsukawa. Private services.

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