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MICHAEL PURDY / 1954-2015

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Dentist founded isle candy business

Michael Tsai / Mtsai@staradvertiser.com

2015 August 15 rec’d - OBT CTY - Michael Purdy, president & CEO of Island Princess, is pictured at the company's Kea'au processing plant. Courtesy Island Princess

Dr. Michael Purdy came to Hawaii to practice dentistry but will be best remembered as one of the state’s most popular purveyors of chocolates, nuts and toothsome confections.

Owner and founder of Island Princess, Purdy died on Aug. 9 at age 61.

Purdy grew up in Valsetz, Ore., and attended Oregon State University and the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center.

In 1983, Purdy and and his wife, Gwen, moved to Wailuku, where Purdy opened a dental practice.

Two years later, the couple founded the Maui’s Best retail store chain. The following year, Purdy started Island Princess, offering a line of gourmet chocolate-covered macadamia nuts and other confections. By 1988, Purdy had retired from dentistry to manage Island Princess full time.

“Michael Purdy was a self-made man with a tireless work ethic,” said Island Princess General Manager Jerry Kalua in a statement Friday. “He had a down-to-earth style that immediately made one feel comfortable when talking to him. He touched so many lives within the company, as well as within the local and international business community.”

Purdy’s entrepreneurial instincts and willingness to work hard were apparent early on.

At age 6, he washed cars and chopped firewood for money. At 12, he spent his savings to buy a lawn mower, which he used to start his own neighborhood mowing business. At 15, he lied about his age to get a job at a plywood mill, a job that helped pay for college and dental school.

Purdy is survived by his wife, Gwen; father Oswald; sisters Deborah Delaney and Kelly Stenberg; and brothers Kevin and Tim.

Private services will be held in Oregon.

Donations may be made to Providence Portland Medical Foundation, 4805 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97213. (Please note on check or donation: “In Memory of Michael Purdy.”) Online donations in memory of Michael Purdy can be made at oregon.providence.org. All donations will be directed to a cancer research project that Purdy participated in last year.

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PEREGRINA MARTINA “TINA” “LAGRING” SUBIA CANTERE

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PEREGRINA MARTINA TINA LAGRING SUBIA CANTERE GUILLERMO Age 70, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away July 16, 2015 in Wahiawa. Born January 30, 1945 in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She retired from Credit Bureau of The Pacific, Inc. She is survived by sons, Jerry (Darnelle) Cantere, Darren (Cheryl) Cantere, Hugo P. Cantere, Cary Cantere, Frank B. Guillermo, Buddy (Tish) Guillermo, Lambert Guillermo, Franklin Guillermo, Jr., Terrence Guillermo, Clarence (Lani) Guillermo, Prescott Guillermo, Benjamin Guillermo; daughters, Roxanne Rosa, Jimmy (Grady) Cantere, Marissa Guillermo, Barbara Jean Guillermo; 29 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; brothers, John R. (Wanda) Subia, Irwin I. Subia, Donald Subia; sisters, Consuelo (Lucien) Quijano, Estrella (Glenn) DeCoito, Caroline (Larry) Dupio. Visitation 5:00 p.m. Wednesday (August 19) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; funeral service 6:30 p.m. Committal service 10:00 a.m. Thursday (August 20) at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Juanita Leigh Chang

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June 12, 2015
Juanita Leigh Chang, 87, of Honolulu, a retired Liberty House cashier, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Cudahy, Wis. She is survived by sons Paul and Mark, daughter Beverly, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Private services. Condolences: hawaiianmemorial \0xADparkmortuary.com.

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Nancy Y. Ching

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Aug. 3, 2015
Nancy Y. Ching, 84, of North Las Vegas, a homemaker, died in North Las Vegas. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Lloyd; daughters Donna Ritts, Carol Nakamura and Sandra Davis; brother Wayne Kusaba; sister Ruth Yanagihashi; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at the cemetery. Condolences: hawaiianmemorial\0xAD parkmortuary.com.

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Sanghyon Choi

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Aug. 7, 2015
Sanghyon Choi, 77, of Wahiawa, a retired fisherman, died in Wahiawa. He was born in South Korea. He is survived by wife Lee Yong Ja and son Yunki Choi. Services in South Korea. Condolences: oahumortuary.com.

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Walter F.L. Chong

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June 22, 2015
Walter F.L. “Brother” Chong, 90, of Waimanalo, owner of Anuenue Acres in Waimanalo and an Army veteran, died in Kailua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Evelyn Z. “Eva” and son Robert A. “Bobby.” Private services. Condolences: diamondheadmortuary.net.

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Helen Jeanne Choy

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Aug. 2, 2015
Helen Jeanne Choy, 89, of Honolulu, a retired University of Hawaii at Manoa program coordinator for the Sociology Department, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born in Akron, Ohio. She is survived by husband Kenneth D.H., sons Ken and Bruce, sister Ila Sullivan, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Anastacio G. Ebia

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$nameANASTACIO G. EBIA Jan. 22, 1932 - Aug. 15, 2005 Love suffers long and is kind; Love does not seek its own. 1 Cor. 13: 4-5 Our Angel, Dad and Grandpa, we've all learned from your "Selfless Love." As you never expected anything; but the LOVE we had for you. LOVE YOUR FAM- Honey, Lala, Geda, B-Lee, Mark, Rendy, Carol, Nellie, Eleneki, Toot, Ryen, Reyson

Paul Yasuo Hirakawa

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July 6, 2015
Paul Yasuo Hirakawa, 75, of Pearl City, an Oahu Plumbing plumber, died in Aiea. He was born in South Hilo. He is survived by wife Jeannette, sons Ricky and Bruce, daughter Michelle MacBryer, brother Peter, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11:15 a.m. Condolences: hawaiian memorialparkmortuary.com.

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Takeshi Hiraki

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July 5, 2015
Takeshi Hiraki, 88, of Honolulu, a retired warehouse manager for Minarik Automation and Control in Los Angeles and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by six nieces and nephews. Private services and inurnment at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Condolences: oahumortuary.com.

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Ponira Terii Holzgrove

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Aug. 10, 2015
Ponira Terii Holzgrove, 78, of Keaau, Hawaii, a homemaker, died in Hospice of Hilo, Pohai Malama Facility. She was born in Tahiti. She is survived by son Teri’i D.; daughter Tania P. Miller; brothers Teri’i, Levi, Coco, Puru, Pierro and John Vehiatua; sisters Repeta Teariki, Raurea Peu, Paulette Temauri, Mirella Papai and Marita Vehiatua; and three grandchildren. Private services.

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Kirby Satomi Imai

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Aug. 8, 2015
Kirby Satomi Imai, 51, of Hilo, a chef at various restaurants on Hawaii island, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by son Kray; daughters Wrindie and Kashley; mother Vivian; brothers Keith, Ken, Kelly and Kirk; and three grandchildren. Visitation: 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo. Celebration of life: 5 p.m. Casual attire.

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Dorothy May Kulesa

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Aug. 4, 2015
Dorothy May Kulesa, 94, of Kailua, a retired federal government administrative assistant for the U.S. Army, died in Hawaii. She was born in New York. She is survived by sons John, Charles and Robert; daughters Kathleen Cummings and Mary LeBoeuf; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial in North Arlington, N.J. Condo\0xADlences: oahumortuary.com.

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EVELYN S. KURODA

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EVELYN S. KURODA Age 76, of Aiea, HI, passed away June 24, 2015 in Aiea, HI. Born May 29, 1939 in Honolulu, HI. Evelyn was a retired owner of Kuroda Radiator. She is survived by husband, Donald Kuroda, Jr.; son, Roy (Sheryl) Kuroda; daughter, Caroline Murayama; brother, George (Alice) Toyota; sisters, Gladys Toyota, Eleanor Graff, Harriet (Harry) Oda, Deanna (Alfred) Galestian, 4 grand- children. Private services were held.

Yuk King Lee

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July 19, 2015
Yuk King Lee, 87, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Palolo Chinese Home. She was born in Canton, China. She is survived by sons Clifton W., Andy and Stephen Chung; daughters Brenda M. and Shirley Chung; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Lewis Allen Mackinnon

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April 18, 2015
Lewis Allen Mackinnon, 89, of Honolulu died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Baltimore. He is survived by daughter Catherine Goff. Private services.

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Michael Tyler Moore

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July 1, 2015
Michael Tyler Moore, 23, of Laupahoehoe, Hawaii, a security officer, died in the Queen’s Medical Center-East. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Rina P., father Joshua, mother Wendy W., brother Mario Calabrese and sister Roxy Calabrese. Services held. Condolences: leewardfuneral home.com.

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Esther Toy Pang

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July 25, 2015
Esther Toy Pang, 94, of Honolulu, a retired Duty Free Shoppers administrative assistant, died in Honolulu. She was born in Milwaukee. She is survived by daughter Debra L.P. Chun and two grandchildren. Taoist services: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Graveside services: 12:45 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Condolences: diamondheadmortuary.net.

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Michael DeWayne Purdy

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Aug. 9, 2015
Michael DeWayne Purdy, 61, of Honolulu, president of Island Princess Hawaii, died in Honolulu. He was born in Oregon. He is survived by wife Gwendolyn, parents Oswald and Donna, brothers Tim and Kevin, and sisters Kelly Stenberg and Debra Delaney. Private services. Donations suggested to Providence Portland Medical Foundation, 4805 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97213; note “In Memory of Michael Purdy” on check, or donate online at oregon.providence.org. Condolences: oahumortuary.com.

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Veneranda Taong Rabang

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Aug. 4, 2015
Veneranda Taong Rabang, 74, of Honolulu, a business owner, died in Las Vegas. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by sons Cirilo T. Jr. and Ronald; daughters Beverlyn Gonsalves and Rose Pidot; brothers Geronimo Jr., Canuto, George and Paulino Taong; sisters Rosenda T. Evans, Maxima T. Guzman and Modesta T. Urmeneta; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Additional services: 8 a.m. Friday at St. Damien Catholic Church, 115 Ala Malama Ave. in Kaunakakai. Burial: 3 p.m. at Kapa’akea Cemetery. Flowers welcome. Condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Kakuichi Shimabukuro

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June 29, 2015
Kakuichi “Shima” Shimabukuro, 92, of Honolulu, a retired equipment specialist supervisor for the U.S. Army Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, and retired state Department of Transportation mechanic, died in Honolulu. He also was an Army vetern who served in World War II with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company C, 100th Battalion. He was born in Waipahu. He is survived by son Alan T., daughter Susan M. Morita, brothers Bill K. Shima and Dick R. Ede, sister Bettie S. Reque and three grandchildren. Private services.

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Billiamic Sibayton

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July 29, 2015
Billiamic “Bill” Sibayton, 89, of Keaau, Hawaii, a retired state Department of Transportation electrician for the Airports Division and an Army veteran who served in the Korean War, died in Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. He was born in Pahoa, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Miu Lin, sons Wilfred and Jeffrey, daughters Janice Arakaki and Debbie Ann Coyle, hanai daughter Caroline Porlas, brothers Joseph “Joe” and Patrick “Pat,” 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.

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Robert Masaji Sumitomo

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July 31, 2015
Robert Masaji Sumitomo, 65, of Honolulu, a retired city chief planner, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife June; daughters Meagan Yoneshige and Jillian Sumitomo; brothers Gary, John and Alan; sister Nancy Nunokawa; and a grandchild. Visitation: 3 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Incorrect information published in an obituary Friday.

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Toshiko Tomasa

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Aug. 5, 2015
Toshiko Tomasa, 98, of Kailua, a retired seamstress, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Leroy T. and Michael, daughters Loraine N. Oneha and Jill K. Hiatt, sisters Takako and Harumi “Helene” Oye, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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Thelma Tsuyuko Yasaka

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Aug. 3, 2015
Thelma Tsuyuko Yasaka, 84, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Poipu, Kauai. She is survived by husband Ernest K.; sons Russell M., Derek Y. and Craig T.; daughter Lyvonne C. Loui; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Private services.

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