Archive for April, 2015

ABREU, MELVIN “BUDDY”

Posted On April 5th, 2015 -

$nameABREU, MELVIN BUDDY ABREU, Melvin “Buddy”, age 94, of Troy, MI, died January 7, 2015. Buddy was born in Makawao, Maui, HI. Buddy was a notable football player in high school (St Louis), college (UH), Army-Air Force during WWII playing for the military service football team in games with such notables as Sammy Baugh, Leon Hart, etc., and thereafter in professional football for the Hawaiian Warriors. He worked in insurance & sporting goods sales in Hawaii relocating to Michigan in 1995. He is survived by five children: Larry (Beth-Ann) Burgess, Liane (John) Spolyar, Lani Lippert, John Kimo (Joan) Abreu and Jacci Abreu; also survived by many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. He donated his body for medical science education in the great state of Michigan.

Faima, Molimau “Moli”

Posted On April 24th, 2015 -

FAIMA, MOLIMAU MOLI April 02, 2015 Molimau “Moli” Faima, 60, of Honolulu, a U.S Postal Service Distribution Clerk and Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Utulei, American Samoa. He is survived by wife Valarie; daughter Nicole; son Matthew; brothers Epati Faima, Masina “Mike” Suesue, Suesue F. Suesue, Alan Suesue, Eddie Talafili, Faima Talafili, Aputia Tela and Lemigao Atoe; sisters Ta`alolo Suesue, Tiresa Pagofie, Talita Leuluai, Pafuti Tela; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Moeaputia F. Suesue and Taupule T. Suesue. Visitation: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Borthwick Mortuary Makai Chapel. Services: 11:00 am. Burial: 2:00 pm at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

BRUNSKI, NEVENKA “NINA”

Posted On April 11th, 2015 -

4-11 NEVENKA BRUNSKI -BRUNSKI, NEVENKA NINA Nevenka Brunski, 68 of Hawaii entered into rest suddenly while on vacation in Georgia on April 1, 2015. Born in Croatia on April 25, 1946 a daughter of the late Franjo and Ana Yurkas Brunski. She leaves behind her son Nicholas, sister Ljubica (Jure) Zdencaj, sister-in-law Katerina Brunski and many great nieces and nephews. She was also the cherished aunt of Sonja, Yasmine & Vicki Zdencaj, Gordan, Boris and Danny Brunski, Katerina, Julie, Melanie & Sophie Mastrokolos. She was predeceased by her sister Ana Mastrokolos and brother Ignac Brunski. Nina worked as senior management executive for Hawaiiana Management Company from 1987 until her retirement in 2012. Funeral services and burial took place in Connecticut. For online condolences please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.

M. OLIVIA GIBSON / 1924-2015

Posted On April 1st, 2015 -

Island sister moved by love to help others with speech

Pat Gee / Pgee@staradvertiser.com

Sister Olivia Gibson

Sister Olivia Gibson

Sister M. Olivia Gibson, of Saint Francis of the Neumann Communities and a retired speech teacher in Hawaii schools, has died. She was 90.

A news release from the Sisters of St. Francis said Gibson, who celebrated seven decades with the Neumann Communities in 2013, was a longtime speech pathologist, enabling “many nonspeakers and poor speakers … to speak with clarity and confidence.” It continued, “By her own admission, the secret to her success was love.”

Gibson died March 19 at Saint Francis Convent.

Her efforts and dedication served as inspiration for a movie produced by Universal Pictures, “Change of Habit” (1969), which starred Elvis Presley and Mary Tyler Moore.

Born in Harrison, N.J., Gibson entered the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1942.

She received a bachelor’s degree in humanities (English) from LeMoyne College in Syracuse and a master’s degree in speech pathology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Gibson served as the moderator of the drama department of The Convent School and Maria Regina College in Syracuse.

During visits to California and various other places, she met Hollywood actors Olivia de Havilland, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Brian Keith, Angela Lansbury and Ruth Warrick, the release said.

As a speech teacher, she worked in schools in New York, New Jersey and Florida. In Hawaii, Gibson worked at Saint Joseph School in Hilo, Sacred Heart School in Lahaina and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pearl City.

From 1994 to 2009, Gibson served as office manager in the Spiritual Services Department at Saint Francis Medical Center in Honolulu. In recent years, she served as a community and prayer minister at Saint Francis Convent.

Gibson is survived by nephews Glen and Wayne Wallace; niece Elisa Latkovich; and cousins Rana Keane, Donald Keane, Stephen Keane and Marie Elbert..

Services will be held Monday at Saint Francis Convent, 2715 Pamoa Road. Visitation is set for 9 to 11 a.m., with the liturgy of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. and inurnment at Diamond Head Memorial Park at 2:15 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Neumann Communities, St. Francis Convent, 2715 Pamoa Road, Honolulu 96822-1885.

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Nedward Kaapana: 1948-2015

Posted On April 11th, 2015 -

Musician was key to old-style revival
By John Berger

Nedward “Nicky Boy” Kaapana, fraternal twin brother of slack-key master Ledward Kaapana, died April 3 in Hono­lulu. He was 66.

Ledward Kaapana announced his brother’s death on Facebook.

“It is a sad time for me since I’m on tour and far away from my family,” Kaapana wrote. “I just want all my ohana be strong and support each other. It is sad when you lose someone in the family … RIP brother Ned. Mahalo Ke Akua God is love.”

The twin brothers spent their early years on Hawaii island apart. Nedward Kaapana was raised by their grandfather in Pahala. Ledward Kaapana grew up with their parents in Kala­pana. They worked together as professional musicians in their midteens and played at the Islander Inn in Hilo and at the Kona Inn Hotel. They also lived for a while in Cali­for­nia and played music with their cousin Kalei Kaluna in Los Angeles.

Back in Hawaii the brothers teamed up with another cousin, Dennis Pavao, and a new trio jelled. They called it Hui ‘Ohana (“Family Group”). Hui ‘Ohana spent several years working in Wai­kiki and recorded seven albums between 1972 and 1977. Hui ‘Ohana broke up in 1978 but reunited for a series of concerts and two additional albums in 1987.

Lea Uehara, a record company executive and Hoku Award-winning record producer, described Nedward Kaapana as “the quintessential Hawaiian musician.”

“In its heyday Hui ‘Ohana was in the vanguard of the revival of old-style Hawaiian music. Ned’s steady and distinctive bass line and his soulful baritone was integral to Hui ‘Ohana’s music, as was Dennis’ falsetto and Led’s guitar. He was largely missing from the music scene in recent years, but our memories and his musical contributions live on.”

Kaapana released a solo album in 1996 and an album with his oldest brother, George “Keoki” Kaapana Jr., in 2002. Nedward Kaapana played bass with Hui Ohana and played guitar and ukulele as well on his solo albums.

Slack-key guitarist Makana recalled him as “one of the Hawaiian music greats.”

“Mahalo for your unique, crazy finger style that always made for fun listening. I’ll always remember you with joy and gratitude.”

Dennis Pavao died in 2002.

Hui ‘Ohana received the Hawai‘i Academy of Re­cording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 for the group’s achievements between 1972 and 1978, and for their 1987 reunion.

In addition to brother Ledward, Nedward is survived by wife Lianna Kaapana, son Kalae Kaapana and sisters Lei Kaapana Aken, Lehua Kaapana Nash, Trudy Kaapana Kuilipule and Rhoda Kaapana Kekona.

George Kaapana, two other brothers and another sister predeceased him.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Nedward Kaapana, left, Dennis Pavao and Ledward Kaapana made up the Hawaiian music group Hui ‘Ohana. Nedward Kaapana, who was the trio’s bassist, died April 3 at age 66. (Star-Advertiser Archive / Aug. 8, 2010)

Nedward Kaapana, left, Dennis Pavao and Ledward Kaapana made up the Hawaiian music group Hui ‘Ohana. Nedward Kaapana, who was the trio’s bassist, died April 3 at age 66. (Star-Advertiser Archive / Aug. 8, 2010)

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DOUG JAGO / 1950-2015

Posted On April 25th, 2015 -

Presentation manager had passion for fashion26-B5--Doug-Jago

By Rosemarie Bernardo / rbernardo@staradvertiser.com

Doug Jago’s eclectic sense of style drew the attention of many.

“Some would call him eccentric. Some would call him fashion-forward. Some would call him unique,” said Al Tomonari, retired general manager of Neiman Marcus who worked with Jago since the inception of the department store’s opening in September 1998. “Doug had his own sense of style. He was able to carry that off with his great personality.”

Jago, visual presentation manager for Neiman Marcus, died in Honolulu on April 16. He was 64.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jago earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa in Florida. He worked at Bloomingdale’s before he moved to Cincinnati and then Los Angeles where he got a job offer to work in visual merchandising at Liberty House in Hawaii.

Jago moved to Oahu in 1991 and worked at the department store before he moved to Neiman Marcus to be part of its visual merchandising team.

Friends and relatives said art was his life’s passion. Along with his creative visual displays, Jago also loved fashion design and acrylic painting.

Close friend Carlos Trahan said he would take broken plate pieces that people typically would throw away and transform them into elaborate jewelry pieces.

Over the past several years, Jago painted more than 120 pieces. They have been sold at a gallery in Palm Springs, Calif., and at showings in Honolulu.

Jago’s geometric and dimensional paintings can be viewed on his website,

babejago.com, named after his mother whose nickname was Babe.

Along with canvases, he painted on clothing, creating his own unique, personal style to match with accessories such as his huge eyeglass collection. Said Nei-

man Marcus’ merchandise manager, Lucy Chelini: “He would find these great jackets and paint on them. Truly, he did wear his own art.”

Said Trahan: “When he had a favorite piece of clothing he didn’t want to throw away, he embellished on it by painting over it.”

Jago also devoted his time to many charity events where he brought his artistic talent to centerpieces and decor.

“Doug was always a person that stepped up and had a positive attitude, whether it was store-related projects or whether it was helping out in the community with the nonprofits,” Tomonari said. “He was always willing to help in any way that he could in the community.”

Jago’s cousin, Stewart, described him as fun-loving and carefree.

“He had one of those magnetic personalities,” Stewart said. “Everybody he met seemed to like him immediately. I never knew of anyone who spoke badly about him or didn’t like him. He just had that kind of vibrant personality.”

Friends and relatives said he will be best remembered for his warm personality, willingness to help and personal style.

Services are pending.

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WARREN PAUL ‘DOC’ BERRY / 1935 – 2015

Posted On April 2nd, 2015 -

Longtime Punahou educator, writer was ‘ahead of his time’

By Gary T. Kubota / gkubota@staradvertiser.com

When he wasn’t teaching at Punahou School, Warren Paul “Doc” Berry wrote books about nature and environmental sustainability, served as an editor on independent projects and worked with directors and major institutions to produce films about Hawaii.adbase:Output:Asa-B-NONEXX_8_11-15.qxp

“He taught me about collaboration … how to be generous and graceful,” said award-winning filmmaker Edgy Lee.

“Doc showed me how to make it work when you’re working with others on a creative basis. He was such a great influence on so many people.”

With his daughter, Nina, at his side, Berry died from complications due to Parkinson’s disease at his home in Kaneohe on March 15. He was 79.

Born in Lincoln, Neb., Berry received a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and taught at Punahou from 1962 to 1996.

In the late 1980s Berry worked with two other Punahou officials to start a senior course that combined the study of economics with volunteering at nonprofits on Oahu. The economics program continues today, with seniors volunteering at more than 40 nonprofits.

Outside of Punahou, Berry wrote several books, including “In the Wake of Dreams: Reflections of Hawaii,” a portrait of Hawaii’s endangered natural environment.

He co-wrote the award-winning documentary “Paniolo o Hawaii: Cowboys of the Far West,” with Lee serving as director and producer.

Also, Berry and Lee co-wrote the documentary “Waikiki: In the Wake of Dreams.” In addition, Berry was one of the writers of the documentary “Life or Meth: Hawaii’s Youth and Ice.”

Berry was the producer of “Your Body, Your Mind,” a 96-part TV series for KHET/

PBS, in conjunction with the Hawaii Medical and Hawaii Medical Service associations.

At the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center, Berry co-wrote China’s first textbook on globalization, said co-author, Dean Neubauer, a former consultant for the global think tank Rand Corp.

“He ended up being one of my closest friends and golf partners,” said Neubauer, a retired UH vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“He knew how to write.”

William M. Tam, a deputy director of the state Land and Natural Resources Department in the Abercrombie administration, said Berry was talking about “environmental sustainability” before the phrase became popular.

“He would ask the questions people didn’t ask. … Doc was one of the most remarkable, compassionate persons I’ve ever met,” said Tam, a 1966 graduate of Punahou School.

“He was a man way ahead of his time and a consummate teacher.”

Berry sat on the boards of the Hawaii Writing Project, State Film Board, and Hawaii Educators For Social Responsibility.

On Jan. 10, 2013, he received a proclamation from then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who recognized his contributions to Hawaii and declared the day “Doc Berry Day.”

Berry is survived by his daughter Nina, a Los Angeles writer.

Services will be April 12 at 3 p.m. at Thurston Memorial Chapel on the Punahou School campus. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Paul “Doc” Berry Endowed Fund, care of Punahou School, which supports faculty professional development with an emphasis on sustainability.

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HARRY KATSUHARU FUKUHARA / 1920 – 2015

Posted On April 23rd, 2015 -

U.S. military intel officer worked to help rebuild Japan after WWII

Star-Advertiser staff

Harry Katsuharu Fukuhara, an American of Japanese ancestry who served as a high-ranking U.S. military intelligence officer in post-World War II Japan, died April 8 in Honolulu. He was 95.

Harry K. Fukuhara Fukuhara, of Honolulu, who rose to the rank of colonel, worked as a U.S. military officer attached to the 33rd Infantry Division fighting against the Japanese military during World War II, at the same time as his mother and three brothers resided in Japan, according to the U.S. Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.

After the war he was reunited with his family and worked to help rebuild Japan.
Son Mark Fukuhara said, “Dad was proud to play a role during his 48 years of working for the U.S. Army in active duty and federal civil service in developing Japan and U.S. relations as strong allies after the two countries fought as enemies during World War II.”

Harry Fukuhara was inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame in 1988.

He also received the Order of the Rising Sun 3rd Class, Gold Ray with Neck Ribbon, from the emperor of Japan.

Fukuhara was born in Seattle.

Fukuhara is survived by sons Mark and Brian, daughters Pam Tsuzaki and Shary Fukuhara-Hashimoto, and eight grandchildren.

Private services will be held in Honolulu, and public services in San Jose, Calif.

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Henry Yokimo Abe

Posted On April 28th, 2015 -

April 11, 2015
Henry Yokimo “Son” Abe, 88, of Ewa Beach, formerly of Honolulu, a retired JohnstonAtoll custodian, retired Hawaii Tuna Packers mechanic and an Army veteran, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Henry Y. Jr., Richard S. and Steven M.; daughter Christine L.; brothers William, Milton, Robert and Stephen; sisters Pauline Wood, Beatrice Emperado and Elaine Taparra; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Mary Louise Abing

Posted On April 1st, 2015 -

March 28, 2015
Mary Louise Abing, 64, of Waipahu, a fine-artist painter, died in Waipahu. She was born in Burlingame, Calif. She is survived by husband Chester N., daughter Christine L., brother Russell Pfandler and sisters Pauline and Laura Pfandler, Diane Bollinger and Patty Drake. Open house: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at her residence, 94-1118 Pohu Place, Waipio Gentry. Services: 11:30 a.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Condolences: oahumortuary.com.

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CARISSIMA KAIUMALUKILIOHUOKALANI ABREU

Posted On April 14th, 2015 -

CARISSIMA KAIUMALUKILIOHUOKALANI CHOW ABREU Age 37, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away February 24, 2015 in Seattle, WA. Born December 19, 1977 in Kailua, HI. She was a registered nurse at Kapiolani Medical Center. She is survived by husband, Frank Abreu; sons, Austinn Nagao, Frank Kingston Abreu, Frank Kingsley Abreu; mother, Therese M. Kele; step-father, Rudolph Kele, Jr.; sister, Nicole K. (Chevis) Rivera; grandparents, Alfred V. Chow, LaVerne L. Chow. Visitation 8:30 a.m., Saturday (Apr. 18) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Memorial service 9:30 a.m. Inurnment to follow 10:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Carissima Kaiumalukili­ohuokalani Chow Abreu

Posted On April 15th, 2015 -

Feb. 24, 2015
Carissima Kaiumalukiliohu­oka­lani Chow Abreu, 37, of Wahiawa, a Kapiolani Medical Center registered nurse, died in Seattle. She was born in Kailua. She is survived by husband Frank; sons Austinn Nagao, and Frank Kingston and Frank Kingsley Abreu; mother Therese M. Kele; stepfather Rudolph Kele Jr.; sister Nicole K. Rivera; and grandparents Alfred V. and LaVerne L. Chow. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 9:30 a.m. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Yolanda D. Abrisce

Posted On April 12th, 2015 -

March 7, 2015
Yolanda D. “Yogi” Abrisce, 49, of Pearl City, a former executive assistant, died in Pearl City. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Jason T., son Ryan E.D. Raquepo, mother Salvacion G. Dela Cruz, brothers Fernando D. Kuan and Ricarte A. Dela Cruz, and sister Darlene Ragasa. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10:30 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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Angelito E. Abut

Posted On April 22nd, 2015 -

April 8, 2015
Angelito E. Manuwai Abut, 70, of Honolulu, a retired construction worker, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Bryon Bigrigg; daughters Monalisa Gonda-Schull, Bernadette Doolittle, Philomena C. Fely Abut and Alysha Alkire; brothers Michael E. Abut and Isidoro and Clarence Gabriel; sisters Eleanor DeJesus, Carmelita Jean Lumauag, Florence Matsukado, Fely Gabriel and Leah Castillo; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Celebration of life and scattering of ashes: 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Fort DeRussy. Casual attire. Loose flowers or lei welcome. Condolences: oahumortuary.com.

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DONALD BADON ACOHIDO

Posted On April 22nd, 2015 -

Screenshot 2015-05-26 11.28.36DONALD BADON ACOHIDO Age 79, of Aiea, HI, passed away March 12, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Born December 7, 1935 in Honolulu, HI. Member of Pearl City Lions Club. Retired Real Estate Broker. He is survived by spouse, Christina V. Acohido; sons, Glen S. Acohido, Mark (Patti) Acohido; daughter, Crystal Acohido; brothers, Ben (Anita) Acohido, Ernest (Rose) Acohido; sisters, Carol Lim, Celina (Malcolm) Lynch; 5 grandchildren. Visitation 10:00 a.m., Monday (Apr. 27) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral service 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Donald Badon Acohido

Posted On April 23rd, 2015 -

March 12, 2015
Donald Badon Acohido, 79, of Aiea, a retired real estate broker and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Christina V., sons Glen S. and Mark, daughter Crystal, brothers Ben and Ernest, sisters Carol Lim and Celina Lynch, and five grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Gloria Rasalan Agno

Posted On April 10th, 2015 -

Feb. 6, 2015
Gloria Rasalan Agno, 63, of Ewa Beach, a housekeeper for Aqua Skyline Island Colony Hotel, died in Honolulu. She was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by two sons, three brothers, three sisters and eight grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Kalihi. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 10 a.m. April 18 at the church. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Alejandra Viejo Agtang

Posted On April 18th, 2015 -

March 26, 2015
Alejandra Viejo Agtang, 65, of Honolulu, a farmer, died in Honolulu. She was born in Masingal, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by daughter Rowena; sons Arnold and Alex; sisters Doloras Lau, Josefa Abad, Frances Alexander, Maryjane Cabato, Leslie Tuquib and Lani Sardinha; brothers Eduardo and Sonny Tuquib; and three grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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ROOSEVELT U. AGUILLIO

Posted On April 6th, 2015 -

ROOSEVELT U. AGUILLIO Roosevelt U. Aguillio age 78, retired CMSGt of United States Air Force. He is formerly of Waipahu and past away in Roseville, California. Born in Kealia, Kauai. Son of Juan and Teodora Aguillio. He is survived by wife Nancy of Rocklin, California, sons Rudy (Elisa), Roger Calhoon (Sue), David Calhoon (Debbie), granddaughter Sachi brother Chriscistomo, sister Lillian and numerous nephews and nieces. Chief Aguillio is a 30 year veteran of the United States Air Force, serving his country all over the globe. Originally enlisting in the United States Navy, he had a distinguished career in the Air Force where he earned several medals including Meritorious Service, AF Commendations, Good Conduct, NCOS Professional Education, Expert Marksmanship, National Defense Service and Outstanding Service. He served as senior NCOS for 20 years of his service rising to the top rank of CMSGt, as well as touching many lives as a first sergeant for 10 years. His teachers discovered he was gifted student and encouraged his mother to enroll him in private school. Rudy excelled at St. Louis High School and chose to serve his country like his brother and sister. He had a passion for service and for people. He technically only spoke 1 language, but he could alway speak “your” language. A gifted leader, he retired from the service only to then continue another lengthy career in the civil service. He loved sports and playing golf. Rudy was also an accomplished sports official. He loved softball and officiated NCAA, HS and ASA, including the 1996 Olympic Team Tour. A truly a giving and genuine man, he loved his family friends and God.

Rosemary Ahuna

Posted On April 19th, 2015 -

April 9, 2015
Rosemary Ahuna, 72, of Hilo, an employee of the former Robert’s Bakery, Food Fair Lunch Shop and Bags Snack Shack, died at home. She was born in Pueblo, Colo. She is survived by husband Lani, sons Dwayne and Raymond Wemple, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8 a.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service: 10 a.m. Burial at noon at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.

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Lappo Aiti

Posted On April 22nd, 2015 -

April 10, 2015
Lappo Aiti, 53, of Kailua-Kona, a maintenance employee, died in Nakamaru Hale. He was born in Ailuk, Marshall Islands. He is survived by wife Kiomi Alfred; sons Linton and Lines Kaious, and Allen Langneo; daughters Rosylie Edward, Elma Langneo, Emita River and Mona Alfred; brothers Brown, Hilai and Anious Kaious; and sisters Valerie Kaious, Litty Alfre and Autry Janer. Visitation: 3 p.m. Saturday at Naalehu County Cemetery. Graveside services: 4 p.m. Casual attire.

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David Yoshio Aka

Posted On April 6th, 2015 -

Feb. 26, 2015
David Yoshio Aka, 100, of Honolulu, a retired state accountant, died at home. He was born in Huelo, Maui. He is survived by wife Mitsue; sons Gary, Raymond and Steven; daughter Lorraine Sakino; brothers Roy and Roichi; sisters Bernice Hashimoto and Janice Okudara; and four grandchildren. Private services.

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Earlene Marie Albano

Posted On April 30th, 2015 -

March 20, 2015
Earlene Marie Albano, 82, of Waianae, a retired Nanaikapono Elementary School teacher, died in the Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu. She was born in Scotland, S.D. She is survived by son Kalani Tom, daughters Janet Albano and Bobbie Tom, brothers Erwin and Herbert Soria, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Steven Alconcel

Posted On April 19th, 2015 -

April 13, 2015
Steven Alconcel, 52, of Kihei, Maui, a commercial truck driver, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Melissa; sons Dominic and Kaleb; daughters Nadine Yoneda and Jasmine, Tisha and Kaley Alconcel; mother Florence Barientos; stepmother Gloria; brothers Larry, Peter and Danny; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Nakamura Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Condolences: nakamuramortuary.com.

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Vidal F “Al” Alfonso

Posted On April 4th, 2015 -

VIDAL F. AL ALFONSO Age 86, of Waipahu, HI, passed away March 19, 2015 in Aiea, HI. Born March 4, 1929 in Honolulu, HI. Retired from Hickam Air Force Base. He is survived by spouse, Kiyomi Karen Alfonso; sons, Michael T. Alfonso, Vidal K. Alfonso; daughter, Cynthia S. (Ernest) Bernard; brother, Alfred Alfonso; sisters, Victoria Levoit, Magdalena Ranion, Soledad (Albert) Aquino; grandchildren, Burgundy M. Alfonso, Austin M. Alfonso; great-grandchildren, Ryan M. Alfonso, Kylie J. Pasion. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Wednesday (Apr. 8) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu). Memorial service 6:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers, please.

Vidal F. Alfonso

Posted On April 5th, 2015 -

March 19, 2015
Vidal F. “Al” Alfonso, 86, of Waipahu, a Hickam Air Force Base retiree, died in Aiea. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Kiyomi K.; sons Michael T. and Vidal K.; daughter Cynthia S. Bernard; brother Alfred; sisters Victoria Levoit, Magdalena Ranion and Soledad Aquino; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, 20 S. Kukui St. Service: 6:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Norman Arsina Aludino

Posted On April 11th, 2015 -

March 28, 2015
Norman Arsina Aludino, 51, of Hawi, Hawaii, a Fairmont Orchid Hotel engineer and co-owner of Sonny’s Place Restaurant in Hawi, died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was born in Kapaau, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Millicent; sons Desi and Aaron Saragosa; daughters Charmaine, Carla and Erika Saragosa; brothers Wade and Eric; sisters Mary Botelho, Vivian Fisher and Grace Miller; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 8 a.m. April 18 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hawi. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Trinidad Paras Ambrosio

Posted On April 5th, 2015 -

March 19, 2015
Trinidad Paras “Trini” Ambrosio, 91, of Wahiawa died in Wahiawa. She was born in Makaweli, Kauai. She is survived by daughters Charlene Smith, Rosemary Loftis and Estrella Raquino; son Michael; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Dorene Kau’ilani Lee Amina-Ako

Posted On April 4th, 2015 -

March 12, 2015
Dorene Kau’ilani Lee Amina-Ako, 57, of Waianae died at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. She was born in Ewa Beach. She is survived by sons Manuel V. III, Maxwell V. and Malcolm V. Ako; Herman and Haena Kalani, Kaipo Amina-Kalani, Danson Flores-Ako, Likeke Kawa’a, Johnathan Kanui, Ramone K. Molina, Shane Batalona Sr. and William Joshua; daughters Miulang, Ku’uipo and Jubilee Amina, Jasmine Kealoha, Bernice and Aaliyah Joshua, Ku’ulei and Kauilani Kalani, Ashley Mainaaupo, Jessica Molina-Hoffman, Devin Ako and Arcenette Batalona; sisters Alice, Michelle, Stephanie and Lorraine Amina, Rina Kawa’a, Joyce Kahue and Tatiana Kaneholani; brothers John III and Hiram Amina, Daniel Kaneholani, Victor Kawa’a and Darren Dana; and 22 grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday at Moanalua Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Celebration of life and scattering of ashes: noon April 11 at Cash & Carry, across from Maili 7-Eleven, 87-720 Farrington Highway, Waianae. Additional scattering of ashes: noon April 18 at Puako Paniau Beach. Blue and white aloha attire.

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Haruye Anamizu

Posted On April 23rd, 2015 -

March 22, 2015
Haruye Anamizu, 94, of Honolulu, a retired Honolulu Iron Works account clerk, died in Hale Nani Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by brother Thomas. Private services.

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