Archive for March 31st, 2017

Juaquin “Jack” Amorin

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89, of Lawai, Kaua`i, died on March 18, 2017. He was born on May 15, 1927. Private Services.
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Alfredo Martin Asuncion

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86, of Pearl City, Hawaii, died in Pearl City on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. He was born in Paia, Maui. Visitation: 8:30 a.m.; Services: 10:30 a.m on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Mililani Mortuary, Makai Chapel. Burial: 1:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.
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CONCHITA ABAYA BELMONTE

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CONCHITA ABAYA BELMONTEAge 87, of Aiea, HI, passed away February 20, 2017 in Aiea. She was born December 8, 1929 in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She was retired from the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Philomena Catholic Church. She is survived by son, Patrick (Decy) Belmonte; daughters, Marilyn (Abe) Roldan, Cecilia (Roberto) Gerardo, Mindy (Robert) Ulep; grandsons, Zachary Belmonte, John Paul & Jason Roldan, George & Kevin Gerardo, Robert Allen Ulep, and Robert Clem; granddaughters, Taylor Belmonte and Crystal Lynn Ulep; great-grandson, Jayden Roldan; great-granddaughter, Jaylene Roldan. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Tuesday (April 4) at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Salt Lake. Mass 10:30 a.m. Burial 1:00 p.m at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, Kaneohe. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

FRANCISCO MANGLALLAN BRACEROS

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Age 85, of Kapolei, HI, passed away February 20, 2017 in Waialua. He was born October 7, 1931 in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He retired from Waialua Sugar Plantation in 1993. He is survived by wife, Ursula C. Braceros; sons, Rudy Braceros, Rolando (Ofelia) Braceros, Kingsley (Rebecca) Braceros, McArthur (Gina) Braceros, Madison (Ahmel) Braceros, Francis Braceros Jr.; daughter, Mercedes (Abner) Corpus; brother, Isabelo (Virgie) Braceros; sister, Virginia Asis; 12 grand- children and 10 great-grand- children. Visitation 8:30 a.m., Wednesday (Apr. 5) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral service 10:00 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

Barbara Ann Leinani Brown

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Leinani Brown 78, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. She was born in Hononlulu. Visitation: 5:00-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary Chapel.
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Florenda “Flora” Ganotise Elefante

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88, of Aiea, Hawaii, died in Aiea on Monday, February 27, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Mililani Mortuary, Mauka Chapel. Services: 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 6 at Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial: 1:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.
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Jose Liwanag Encarnacion

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81, of Kailua, Hawaii, died in Kailua on Thursday, March 2, 2017. He was born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Visitation: 9:00am; Services: 11:00am on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
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Patsy Anne Kinoulu Kanahele Hicks

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88, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on Sunday, February 5, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Services: 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel of Kamehameha Schools.
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Florence “Boss” Luana Kalilikane

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68, of Waimea, Kauai, died in Honolulu on Sunday, March 12, 2017. She was born on Molokai, Hawaii. Celebration of Life: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Home Pumehana, 290 Kolapa Pl., Kaunakakai, Hawaii.
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Clara S. Kondo

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94, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on Saturday, March 18, 2017. She was born in Honolulu.
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Felito LaBoy, Sr.

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95, of Honokaa, Hawaii,, died in Honokaa on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Celebration of Life to be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
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Wai Yeung Lam

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95, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. She was born in China. Visitation: 10:00 a.m.; Services: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Borthwick Mortuary, Mauka Chapel. Burial: 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Young Wah Liu

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97, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on March 9, 2017. He was born on July 28, 1919. He is survived by his wife, Shuk Kwan Ho Liu; sons, Raymond Liu, Edmund (Edwina) Liu and Edward (Jocelin) Liu; daughter, Gladys (Worth) Kawamoto and four grandchildren. Private service held. Arrangements Provided By: Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary

Adeline K. Lum

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93, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 9:00 a.m.; Services: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Borthwick Mortuary, Maunakea Chapel. Burial: 1:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Apisa Mark “Peter” Maaele

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Age 39, of Waipahu, passed away March 19, 2017. He was born January 3, 1978 in Pago Pago, Am. Samoa. He was an artist who, because of disabilities, painted by using his mouth to hold his brushes. He was a former musician with Soul Free, a church organist and a tour boat operator. He is survived by his father, Mark Maaele; brother, Thomas "Masi" Maaele; sister, Laura Mortrud. Services will be held Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Visitation 11:00 a.m.; service 12:30 p.m. with burial to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements Provided By: Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary

Masao Masutani

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89, of Pearl City, an Army veteran and a retired accountant for Shell Oil Company and the City and County of Honolulu, passed away on March 3, 2017 at home. He is survived by his wife, Alice; son, Brian (Cindy); daughter, Gail (Tracy Nishikawa) Masutani; sister, Jean Hamada; and grandchildren, Mark and Alissa Masutani, and Kyle and Connor Nishikawa. Private services held. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

Arthur A. Rutledge, Jr.

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62, of Pahoa, Hawaii, died in Pahoa on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. He was born in Honolulu.
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Pita Sala

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Pita SalaLa manuia Le Malaga PaPa The Lord has called home one of his children, an angel of music, dance, love and laughter. Pita Sala, 75, passed away surrounded by family on March 10, 2017. Pita's gifts and his passions guided his wide-ranging career. Known for his keen ear for music, Pita travelled with his "Ma`ulu`ulu of Polynesia" show group across the South Pacific, the Orient, Europe, and the U.S.. Part of the original International Market Place show group, he also performed at the Kahala Hilton, the Royal Hawaiian, and at Duke Kahanamoku's as a guitar player for top performing artists. Leader of the only Polynesian group promotions team, Pita represented Hawaiian and Aloha Airlines throughout the world. His love of travel took him to South Pacific Island Airways as their Station Manager, Aloha Airlines as City Manager in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Duty Manager for Hallmark Aviation Services. His compassion led him to Hawaii Job Corp. where he guided education and vocational training programs for economically disadvantaged youths of Samoan and other Polynesian ancestry. Pita also taught Samoan cultural dance and storytelling at the University of Hawaii for 10 years. He retired as the Manager of the Kahale O`Kameha`ikana Resource Center at Kuhio Park Terrace, managed by Realty Laua, for the State of Hawaii. Pita was born on July 23, 1942 in Fagasa, American Samoa. A graduate of McKinley High School and Woodbury College, Pita often said that his six years of service to his Country in the Air Force were some of the best years of his life. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Luana Sala; sons David (Mae) Sala , Kahekili (Kim) Gomez , Kealii (Tara) Gomez; daughters Charlotte (Duane) Sugioka, Charleen Bueno, Tamar (Jeff) Hoapili and Sianiu (Colin) Mattos; 18 beautiful grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; brothers Lelu (Amanda) Alapati, John (predeceased), Mamea (Amy), and Masiano (Epi) Sala; sister Lurieta (Lepupa) Fale. Predeceased by sister Rita and brothers John and Fa`ata`a (Ainoama) Manu. His Life's Celebration will be held at Kawaiaha'o Church on April 6, 2017. Visitation: 8:30am; Services:10:00 am. Private Burial at The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Raymond Rivera Santiago, IV

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40, of Waianae, HI, died in Waianae on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 5:00 p.m.; Services: 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel.
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Randall A Smith

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61, of Hilo, Hawaii, died in Hilo on Saturday, March 18, 2017. He was born in Waterloo, Iowa. No Services.
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Mark Allan Swegler

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63, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, died in Kaneohe on Thursday, March 16, 2017. He was born in Tamuning, Guam. Services: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Oahu Mortuary Chapel.
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Matsuo Takabuki

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Matsuo Takabukiwas born in Haleiwa on February 25, 1923, to first-generation immigrants from Japan. He was a 1940 graduate of Waialua High School and attended the University of Hawai'i before volunteering for military service. From 1943 to 1945, Takabuki served with the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and fought in Europe during World War II. He met the former Ayako "Aya" Saiki in 1943 during a weekend pass from military training in Chicago. Aya had been sent there to work for the government and support the war effort after first being sent to live in an internment camp in her home state of California. Matsy and Aya married in Chicago in 1946 and enjoyed 61 years of marriage before Aya passed away in 2007. Takabuki earned his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1949. Upon his return to Hawaii, he served as an attorney for the Territorial Department of Labor from 1949 until 1952, when he went into private practice, working with businessman Chinn Ho on some of the largest financial and real estate deals in Hawai'i at the time, including the iconic Ilikai Hotel. Takabuki was former Hawai'i governor John Burns' campaign manager and became his closest and most trusted advisor. Takabuki was part of the Democratic political revolution in Hawai'i, led by Burns, and included future U.S. senators Dan Inouye and Spark Matsunaga and future Hawai'i Supreme Court Chief Justice and Kamehameha Schools trustee William Richardson. Takabuki and other returning veterans worked with Burns and the Democratic Party to bring about social and economic reform. Takabuki served as the chairman of the Democratic Party state convention in 1956. He was also elected to the Honolulu City Council, then known as the Board of Supervisors, and served for 16 years. Takabuki's appointment to Kamehameha Schools' Board of Trustees in 1971 was not without controversy. Some said the appointment smacked of political cronyism; others lamented the fact that Takabuki was not of Hawaiian ancestry. More than 1,000 protesters marched in Waikiki against his appointment, and Kawaiaha'o Church chimed its bells in protest. Despite harsh criticism and threats, Takabuki said he would not back down because of his loyalty to Governor Burns and the Supreme Court Justices who appointed him. As many who knew him recounted, Takabuki was fiercely loyal to his friends and those who believed in and supported him. This loyalty stemmed from deep rooted Asian values of obligation and duty, reinforced by experiences in combat with other members of the 442nd. As Trustee, Takabuki was recognized as being a financial genius who helped evolve Kamehameha Schools from a land-rich, cash- poor organization to the multi-billion-dollar charitable educational trust it is today. Under his leadership, Kamehameha Schools entered into a partnership with Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs, with Kamehameha Schools investing approximately $500 million in Goldman between 1992 and 1994. By the time Kamehameha Schools sold its final stake in Goldman in 2002, the investment had generated proceeds of more than $2 billion for the trust. During his tenure at Kamehameha Schools, Takabuki was a strong supporter of extending more of the school's educational resources beyond its single Kapalama campus, including bringing early childhood education programs and pre-school services to the neighbor islands. His strong belief in education as the foundation upon which lives are built and dreams are fulfilled was perfectly aligned with Princess Pauahi's desire for her people. Upon his 1993 retirement at age 70 as required by the probate rules governing the trust, it was Takabuki's desire that a scholarship fund be established for post graduate education for students of Hawaiian ancestry. To date, over $550,000 has been awarded to enable these students to achieve their educational goals. By the time Takabuki retired from the trust after more than two decades, he had become a beloved "kupuna"-even his once harshest critics gave praise and extended warm appreciation for what he had done for the Hawaiian people. Upon his retirement in 1993, the Kawaiaha'o Church tolled its bells in tribute. Takabuki would later say that was one of the most meaningful tributes that he had ever received. In 1998, Takabuki documented many of his experiences in a 237-page autobiography entitled "An Unlikely Revolutionary: Matsuo Takabuki and the Making of Modern Hawai'i". Takabuki is survived by three children, Glen, (Carolyn), Beth (Chris) and Anne Takabuki, and seven grandchildren, Chad, Todd and Cody Takabuki; Kristen, Justin and Remi Yamamoto, and Aysia Takabuki. Described by his family as "A loving and devoted father and grandfather", Takabuki is dearly remembered by them for his strong work ethic, good nature and hearty laugh. "Dad was committed to providing opportunities for his family and all of the children of Hawai'i. His legacy, and the message he leaves for future generations is, that as long as you are willing to work hard, there is no limit---you can strive for and achieve your "Impossible Dream". Takabuki certainly did, and the children of Hawai'i today and for generations to come will be the beneficiaries of his dedication and hard work. Services were held at the Kamehameha School Chapel. Donations were made by the family to the 442 Regimental Combat Team Foundation and the Pauahi Foundation benefiting early childhood education and literacy programs. Arrangements Provided By: NUUANU MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY LLC

Nancy Yoshie Taketa

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96, of Honolulu passed away on March 1, 2017 in Honolulu. She was born in Honokaa. She was a beautician for Beaute Box and Tropic Beauty Salon. She is survived by her son, Ernest (Carolyn) Taketa, daughter, Lynn (Pankaj) Bhanot, grandson, Ernest Taketa Jr and grand- daughter, Charmaine Taketa. Private services held. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

Richard Takeshi Tamanaha

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71, of Kaneohe, a retired low voltage electrician for Pacific Systems Engineering and for Island Sound, passed away on March 7, 2017 at Queen's Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Brandon (Jessica); sisters, Jean Avery, Joyce Kozuma, Monique Tamanaha and Mervlyn Fujii; and grand- daughter, Emily. Visitation is at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Service is at 6:00 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

Sallie Saitupuitutuila Moea’i Mane – Tuiagamoa

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Sallie Saitupuitutuila Moea'i Mane - Tuiagamoa71, of Leone, American Samoa died in Honolulu on March 27, 2017. She was born June 11, 1945 in Faleniu, American Samoa. Visitation 5:00pm - Service 6:00pm on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary. Both Interment at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and additional services in Leone, American Samoa will be held at a later date. By our Mother's request there will be no FA'A SAMOA. Arrangements Provided By: NUUANU MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY LLC

Angel “Junior” Guira Ulep, Jr.

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53, of Aiea, Hawaii, died in Aiea on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. He was born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Kalihi. Burial: 11:30 a.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.
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THEODORE “TEDDY” CONSTANTINO VALLESTEROS

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THEODORE Age 45, of Waipahu, HI, passed away February 17, 2017 in Ewa Beach. Born July 8, 1971 in Honolulu, HI. CEO of Treazure Bullyz, a member of New Hope, Leeward and member of the VW Club. Previously worked as a journeyman electrician. He is survived by wife, Raylynn Vallesteros; daughter, Mailani Ahsing; sons, Jensen Vallesteros, Jaydon Vallesteros, Jordan Vallesteros; 3 granddaughters; 1 grandson; step-daughters, Debory Vistante, Raylissa Vistante, Rayzohn Vistante; step-sons; Johnavan Vistante, Josiah Vistante, Jonah Vistante, Jaycobi Vistante, Deizel Vistante; parents, Teodoro A. & Ofelia C. Vallesteros; sister, Jennifer V. Cacal; brothers, Guillermo C. Vallesteros, Rosario C. Vallesteros. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 5) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; wake service 6:30 pm. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Thursday (April 6) at St. Joseph Church (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu); mass 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers welcome.

Janet Kozaki Yamaguchi

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96, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on Monday, March 6, 2017. She was born on Maui. Private Services held.
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Gladys Fusako Yap

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Gladys Fusako YapAge 78, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, passed away at Castle Medical Center in Kailua, on March 11, 2017. She was born at Kahuku Hospital on August 9, 1938. Preceded in death by husband, Lawrence Yap. She is survived by daughters, Teri Lynn (Moki) Yoshikawa, Sheri Lee (David) Tongg, and Billie Jo Yap; grandchildren, Ian, Lawrence, and Alisa Yoshikawa, Brian, Paul (Kelly), and Kevin Tongg; siblings, Walter Fujimoto, Priscilla (Ernest) Cabael, Miriam Fujimoto, Henry (Jo-Ann) Fujimoto, Galan Fujimoto, and Ted (Arleen) Fujimoto; and sister-in-law Rosemary Fujimoto. Services will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at St. Ann's Church in Kaneohe. Visitation 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Service/Mass 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.

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