Archive for September 24th, 2017

Myrna Fernandez Acosta

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78, of Pearl City, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on September 11, 2017. She was born in Pagsanjan, Philippines. Visitation: 9:00 a.m.; Services: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Valley of the Temples. Burial: 1:00 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.
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Pedro Gano Agmata

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Pedro Gano AgmataAge 78, of Waipahu, passed away September 14, 2017. He was born in Brgy #8, San Antonio, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, and was a retired fieldworker for Oahu Sugar Plantation and a former groundskeeper and landscape maintenance man at Kamehameha Schools and Ultimate Innovations. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cleta Agmata. Pedro is survived by his wife, Dionicia Balisacan Agmata; children, Estela Agmata (Rey) Pagdilao, Margierose (Constante) Sanchez, Efren Agmata; sisters, Felipa Ventura and Violeta (Ernesto) Barroga; sisters-in-law, Maria Barroga Agmata and Flora Agmata; 5 grandchildren. Visitation 5:30-9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary; prayer service 6:00 p.m. Additional visitation 9:30-11:00 a.m. Monday, October 2, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church-Kalihi. Mass 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements Provided By: Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary

Michael Kaleo Aken

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33, of Nanakuli, Hawaii, died in Ewa Beach on September 17, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 5:00 p.m.; Services: 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Fisher of Men Ministries Church, Nanakuli Ave. Waianae.
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Nolan Louis Almodova

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Nolan Louis Almodova68, of Honolulu, Hawaii. Born April 27, 1949. Passed peacefully on June 30, 2017. Visitation: 10:00am at Oahu Cemetery Chapel. Services: 11:30am. Burial at sea: 4:00pm.

Antonio “Tony”

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V. Bermijo 88, of Lahaina, Maui, died in Sunnyvale, California on July 2, 2017. He was born in Hana. Memorial Service: 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Maria Lanakila Church, Lahaina.
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Ryan Jay Arakaki, “RJ”

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RYAN JAY ARAKAKI, RJ 44, of Honolulu, a sales associate for Costco Hawaii Kai, passed away on September 3, 2017 at Straub Clinic and Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by his father, James; and sister, Ame Arakaki. Visitation is at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. The service is at 10:00 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

Reynold “Rey” Crispin Aranio

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82, of Puhi, Hawaii, died on September 13, 2017. He was born on April 7, 1935 in Koloa, Hawaii. Visitation: 8:00 am; Mass: 10:00 am on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Church. Inurnment to follow at Lihue Cemetery.
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Virginia Kelekolio Borthwick

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67, of Honolulu, Hawaii died in Honolulu on August 22, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Celebration of Life: 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Maili Beach Park. Scattering of ashes to follow.
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Howard Kenji Chibana

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Howard Kenji Chibana, 63, passed away on August 11, 2017 in Gardena, California. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii to Minoru and Sumie Hayashi Chibana. After graduating from Kaimuki High School, Howard worked for 25+ years for McDonalds in various Waikiki locations. He is survived by his sister Kathleen Long and niece Meredith Sumi Long. Services will be held on Sept 30, 2017, 3pm, at Jodo Mission in Makiki. Reception to follow. Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions McMillan Center 310.792.7580

Josephine K. Kailikini Fergerstrom

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90, of Kailua Kona, died in Kailua Kona on August 31, 2017. She was born in Hawaii. Visitation: 8:00 am; Services: 10:00 am on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Big Game Fishing Club Honokohau Harbor. Burial: 11:30 am at Kona Memorial Park.
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Paul Fernandez

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Paul FernandezPaul Fernandez, 94 of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away at home on August 29, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born on June 17, 1923, graduated from Roosevelt High School Class of 1942. Served briefly in the Army Air Force, Honolulu Fire Department and eventually began his own business; PF Electric Typewriter and Central Parking Service spanning 60 years. Paul served as President of the Kalihi Business Association. He was very active in the community and in Lions Clubs International. He was a charter member of the Moanalua Lions Clubs International in 1961, became a District Governor in 1971 and on to International Director from 1973-1975. Paul was the ambassador of Aloha and made many friends in all his travels throughout the world with Lions International. Paul will be remembered for sharing his Aloha through his selfless efforts improving the quality of life serving the community through volunteering and Lionism. Paul was a dedicated husband, a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by Wife Patricia. Sons; Vernon (Betty), Alan (Paz), Paul Nolan (Florence), Ryan (Merri), Myron (Sarah). Daughter; Charlene. Sisters; Winona Foulks, Leatrice Cazinha. Grandchildren; 19. Great Grandchildren; 14. Nieces and Nephews. Services will be held in Private. Arrangements Provided By: Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary

Larry Masayuki Fujimoto

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100, of Honolulu, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2017, while under the compassionate care of The Villas and Islands Hospice staff. He was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He was the co-owner of S & F Trading, Co., Inc. After retiring that business, he worked for and retired from American Customs Brokerage, Co., Inc. He is survived by his wife, Grace K.; sons, Gary M. and Noel M. (Wendy); daughter, Sharyn K. (Dennis) Sekine; brother, Edwin (Marjorie); sister, Mildred Morimoto; eight grandchildren, seven great-grand- children, and many nieces and nephews. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

Derek Hiroki Funayama

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47 of Honolulu. Passed away on September 7, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. Survived by father, Hiroshi; mother, Charlotte; brother, Ryan; grandmother, Alyce Funayama and Loving Sugai and Funayama families. Visitation 5 p.m. on Friday, September 29, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary, service 6 p.m. no flowers, casual attire. Derek had a generous soul, he will be truly missed. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

MURRAY C. GRUNE

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MURRAY C. GRUNEPassed away peacefully at home on Monday, September 4, 2017. Born in Hilo on May 26, 1926, to Martin Frederick and Ella Murray Grune. He grew up in Honolulu but would stay in Lanikai in the summers where he learned to love the ocean and all forms of fishing. Murray graduated from Roosevelt High School with the Class of 1944 and joined the US Navy, serving on Midway Island as an airfield fireman until the end of World War II. After the war he returned to Honolulu, enrolled at the University of Hawaii Manoa and graduated from UH Manoa with a BA. He went on to graduate school at Stanford University and received a Masters Degree in Economics. When Murray was at the UH, a mutual friend introduced him to a young lady from Northern California, Marjorie Maas, who was vacationing in Honolulu. They subsequently reunited at Stanford when Murray was working on his Master's Degree and Marjorie on her Undergraduate Degree. After graduating, the two were wed in Burlingame, California in 1951. They returned to Honolulu where Murray had received an employment offer to enter the management training program at Castle & Cooke, Inc. Murray settled into a career at Castle & Cooke Terminals, Ltd., where he rose in the ranks to President in the mid-1970s. In 1984 Murray had the opportunity to lead a leveraged buyout of Castle & Cooke Terminals, Ltd. from Castle & Cooke, Inc. and Hawaii Stevedores, Inc. (HSI) was formed to continue the important work of loading & unloading vessels calling at the ports of Hawaii. Murray worked with many business and labor leaders over his long career in the maritime industry and served on various boards. One of the boards he became very passionate about was the Iolani School Board on which he served for more than 20 years. Murray really enjoyed working with his hands, whether it was building cabinets in his wood shop or helping friends and neighbors; he was a real 'handy man' that loved tinkering with anything mechanical. Murray always loved the ocean and was never without a boat. Over the span of his life he owned various boats culminating in his commissioning of the last 'haole sampan' ever built in Hawaii, the 41 foot Nalu Kea, which he helped build alongside Hisao Murakami and his son Keith Murakami. Murray enjoyed fishing and cruising in the Nalu Kea with family & friends. On various trips, the Nalu Kea transited the Hawaiian Island chain from Kaula Rock, off Niihau, all the way to South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Nalu Kea operates out of Honokahau Harbor today. Murray was predeceased by his Sister DJ and brother Freddy. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marj, his daughter Caryn Wagner (Paul) and sons Randy (Anna), Martin (Melanie), Sterrett (Jennifer), and seven grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at Kahala Nui between 4:00 and 5:30 on Friday, September 29. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Iolani School and/or St. Francis Hospice.

CARMA MIEKO HAGEN

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CARMA MIEKO HAGEN19, of Mililani, died in Kaneohe on July 22, 2017. She was born in Sacramento, California and graduated from Mililani High School in 2016. "Carmelita", as mom sometimes called her, is survived by her mother Neille Fujimoto (Irvin) Oba; father Eric Hagen; sisters, Paige (Jimmy) Kil & Megan Phung; half-brothers, Ian & Troy Hagen; step-siblings, Tasha & Irvin Oba; uncle Keo Fujimoto; paternal grandmother Polly Hagen; maternal grandparents Miles Tsuyoshi & Joan Fujimoto. A Celebration of her Life will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Mililani Mortuary, Mauka Chapel. Visitation: 10:00 a.m.; Service: 11:30 a.m. Casual attire. A private inurnment will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Florence Machiye Higa

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91, of Kaneohe, a retired registered nurse for the Hawaii State Hospital, passed away on August 9, 2017 at Pohai Nani Care Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons, Malcolm (Beverly) and Gordon (Sherie). Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

Walter G.S. Ho

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96, of Aiea, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on August 14, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. Services: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Community Church of Honolulu, Nuuanu Ave. Inurnment: 1:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.
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Sueko Iha Inafuku

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Sueko Iha Inafuku94, of Pearl City, passed away on August 12, 2017. Born in Koloa, Kauai, she was a retired seamstress for Alfred Shaheen Fashions. Preceded in death by husband, Seikichi "Jack" Inafuku; daughter, Jane Inafuku; brothers, Busho, Taro, Soei, Masao, and Thomas Iha; sisters, H. Nakachi and Helen Miyashiro, she is survived by her son, Calvin; daughter, Lorraine (Melvin) Muramoto; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and sister, Sally Miyashiro. Private services held. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

Nathan-Nailiili Elia Irvine

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42, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, died in Kaneohe on August 14, 2017. He was born in Wailuku, Maui. Visitation: 5:00 p.m.; Services: 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Kalihi Union Church.
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Alaalafaga Jennings

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47, of Wahiawa, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on August 12, 2017. She was born in American Samoa. Visitation: 9:30 a.m.; Services: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Mililani Mortuary, Mauka Chapel. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.
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Henry Kalani Kaili, Sr.

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74, of Wailuku, Maui, died in Wailuku on September 12, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 8:00 a.m.; Services: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at St Ann's Church, Waihe'e, Maui.
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Lana Libby Kaolelopono

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60, of Honolulu, died in Honolulu on August 28, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 9:00am; Services: 10:15am on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Oahu Cemetery Chapel.
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Anthony Kalaemaka Kekona, Sr.

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Kekona, Sr. 86, of Wailuku, Maui, died in Wailuku on September 11, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 8:00 a.m.; Services: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Ballard Family Mortuary, Kahului. Celebration of Life: 12:00-4:00 p.m. September 30 at DT Fleming Beach, Lahaina.
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Alexander Theodore Kowalski, Sr.

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90, of Pukalani, Maui, died in Pukalani on September 13, 2017. He was born in Ohio. Visitation: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Ballard Family Mortuary, Kahului. Visitation: 10:00 a.m., Mass: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26 at St Joseph Church, Makawao. Burial: 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26 at Maui Veterans Cemetery.
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Blossom Kealiiaukai Joshua Kunewa

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Blossom Kealiiaukai Joshua KunewaBeloved Wife, Mother, Grandma and Puna Nui, passed away on August 28, 2017 at Queens Medical Center at the age of 91. Blossom was born on May 2, 1926 in Honolulu, Hawai'i to Isaac and Rose Joshua. She grew up in the teachings of hula with her mother, as well as with Mary Ho, Henry Pa, and Tom Hiona. Blossom would begin performing in the 1930's with her sisters Lorraine, Gladys and Tweedie. At that time, they performed with their father's group, The Moana Entertainers. In the '40's and '50's, she would go on to entertain in Waikiki and at the Waikiki Sands as one of the renowned Joshua Sisters. From the 1960's to the early 2000's, hula would take her around the world as she performed and/or taught hula throughout the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Japan and Asia. She met her husband, Allan, while he was in the Army. It was during his 3-year tour of duty in Frankfurt, Germany that she put together a group of Hawaiian musicians and dancers. They performed hula and shared the Hawaiian culture and aloha spirit throughout Europe. Blossom was a Kumu Hula with her mother and sister at their Magic Hula Studio on Kalakaua Avenue, and was a Judge at both Keiki Hula and Merrie Monarch. Her mother created the cellophane skirt which Blossom and her sisters grew up making, both to perform with and to fulfill orders from other studios. She taught at the University of Hawai'i from 1997 - 2002. She was a proud member of, and Entertainment Director and noted Kumu for, The Ahahui Kaahumanu Chapter 1, Honolulu. Blossom lived a full life of great friendships, performing, teaching and traveling, but what she held most precious was her husband and family who continue to love, admire, respect, and honor her. Blossom is survived by her husband of 67 years, Allan Sr.; Son, Allan Jr. (Laura); Daughters, Alohalani Jones, Beverly "Cookie" (Reggie) Maldonado, Barbara "Candy" (Malo) Seleni, Rose-Mary "Michelle/Shelly" Randazzo, 16 Grandchildren, 30 Great-Grand children, 3 Great-Great Grandchildren, her sister, Lorraine Daniels, and many loved nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Diamond Head Mortuary. Visitation: 3:00-4:00 p.m. Service: 4:00-5:00 p.m. Celebration and Reception to follow. Arrangements Provided By: Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary

Dr. Ernest Duterte Libarios Jr

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Dr. Ernest Duterte Libarios Jr. Known to family and friends as "Niki," passed away at the Queen's Medical Center on August 19, 2017, at the age of 47. Niki was born to Shirley and Ernest Libarios Sr. September 22, 1969. He attended Haha'ione and Pearlridge Elementary Schools and 'Aiea Intermediate School before attending St. Louis School, from which he graduated. He earned an A.A. from Leeward Community College, a B..Ed. In elementary education from the University of Hawi'i at Manoa, an M.S. in counseling psychology from Chaminade University, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Hawai' at Manoa. Niki began his career as an elementary school teacher at Kai'iulani, Salt Lake, and Pearlridge Elementary Schools. He transitioned to higher education and worked as a academic advisor at Honolulu Community College and later at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He eventually became the director of the Office of Student Academic Services at the College of Education. Niki was the recipient of numerous local and national awards and was also an active member with various professional and non-profit organizations. He was also very engaged with his daughters' lives and activities. He was the gym dad, and both girls loved going shopping with him. He also loved to cook (and eat) and to teach his girls to cook. Most importantly, Niki was a family man. He married his college sweetheart, Laurie, in 1988, and both eventually were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Joy (15) and Faith (10). Family time was a priority for Niki. Whether it was exploring and traveling to a new national park every year or just sitting down outside and talking, his family was his priority. He was an active member of New Hope O'ahu where he and his family volunteered with the church's Children's Ark Sunday School every month for years. Niki is remembered my many as a fun-loving, energetic, optimistic, and generous man. Niki is survived by his wife, Laurie Toma Libarios; daughters, Joy Libarios and Faith Libarios; father Ernest Libarios Sr.; brother, Jason Libarios (Jackie); nieces, Alexis Libarios and Alaina Libarios. He is also survived by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of relatives and long-time friends. Celebration of Life Services to be held at New Hope Oahu - Sand Island Saturday, September 30, 2017 Visitation: 8:00 a..m. Celebration of Life: 9:30 a.m. **carpool strongly recommended** Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Please visit: https://drnikilibarios.wordpress.com/

LILLIAN ISOBE MAKUA

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LILLIAN ISOBE MAKUA72 of Honolulu passed away peacefully at Queens Medical Center with family at her side on August 9, 2017. She was born on September 12, 1944 to Takeshi Isobe and Tadami Harano in Wailuku Maui. She is a graduate of Maui High, class of '62 and the University of Hawaii, class of '67. She worked as a public school math teacher, Asian food sales representative for Mum's Taisei and Nishimoto Trading Co and more recently volunteered at Straub Medical Center. She was preceded in death by both parents and her brother Glen Isobe (Ione). She is survived by her husband Charles Makua, daughters Temujene Makua (Jared), Cherise Makua (Cyrus), Liane Nakamura (Keith) and son Travis Nimii (Judith), sister Elaine Kurosawa (Shige) and brother Alan Isobe (Rhoda) and 8 grand children and many nieces and nephews. Private services were performed by Tensho Kotai Jingukyo of which she was a proud practicing member. All monetary gifts will be donated to various charities Lillian supported.

JAMES D.K. MANUWA

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JAMES D.K. MANUWA1958-2017 59, of Honolulu, HI passed away from Multiple System Atrophy, a rare brain disease, which he bravely fought for over 12 years. Born in Palolo, and raised in Ewa Beach, James was a graduate of Campbell High School class of '76. He attended Santa Ana College, and served a short time in the Marine Corp. James served the Honolulu community as a substance abuse counselor for the Sand Island Treatment Center for over 30 years. James is survived by his wife Carole, son James "Keali'i", daughter Kawehi (Marc) Au, step-daughter Heather LeMay, brother Gordon, sisters - Patty Girl (Vera Vierra), Cindy (Richard) Callejo, Tammy (Joe) Waligura, Ernestine, and 5 grandchildren. The Manuwa Ohana invite you to share in his memory on Sept. 30 at 5:30 pm at the Mililani Mortuary - Mauka Chapel. Burial at sea at a later date. See www.milianimemorial.com/notices/James-Manuwa.

Harry Hisaki Matsuda

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92, of Honolulu, a Korean War Army veteran, and a retired construction inspector for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and a retired internal services officer for Central Pacific Bank, passed away on August 19, 2017 in Aiea. He was born on Kauai. He is survived by daughter, Hilda M. (Clyde) Min; sister, Tokie Blackman; and grandchildren, Christina and Christopher. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

Antone “Tony” Medeiros

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96, of Papaikou, Hawaii. died in Hilo on August 29, 2017. He was born in Papaikou. Visitation: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo. Services: Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 29 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Papaikou. Burial: to follow at Kalaoa Catholic Cemetery, Papaikou.
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