Archive for April 22nd, 2018

Rober Edward Rae Andrews, Jr.

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

69, of San Jose, California, died on December 4, 2017 in San Jose. He was born on August 23, 1948 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Celebration of Life: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Oahu Cemetery Chapel.
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Toyoko Arakaki

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

95, of Honolulu, passed away on March 28, 2018 in Waipahu. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by sons, Charles Yukio (Joy) Hokama and George Norio (Deedee) Hokama; daughters, Ruby Nakamura and June Arakaki; and by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her daughter, Florence Kazuko Gibo. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary

HARRIET AUKAI BALAI

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

HARRIET AUKAI BALAI86, of Makaha, passed away on March 18, 2018 in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Harriet is survived by her son Raymond Kalani Balai; daughter Clara Leialoha Yokono; brother Raymond Ho'okano; 7 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Visitation: 9:00 a.m.; Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at Mililani Memorial Park and Mortuary, Downtown Chapel, 20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu. Burial: 1:00 p.m. at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, 45-349 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe. Aloha/casual attire.

Hilario N. Bautista

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

51, of Honolulu, died in Straub Hospital on April 8, 2018. He was born in Mayantoc, Tarlac. Visitation: 5:00pm Services: 6:00pm on Thursday, April 26 at Ballard Family Moanalua Mortury.
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Juan-Diego “Chico” Bernard

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

67, of Pepeekeo, died in Pepeekeo on April 15, 2018. He was born in Loma Hoby, Primavera, Paraguay.
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Tristisse Elizabeth Boissiere

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

61, of Kapaa, Kauai, died on April 13, 2018 at her home in Kapaa. She was born on December 25, 1956 in California. Burial to take place in California.
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Jose R. Burgos

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

79, of Wahiawa, HI, died in Waipahu on February 23, 2018. He was born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Private services.
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Deborah “Debbie” Lynn Henriques Cabral

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

58, of Captain Cook, died in Holualoa on March 26, 2018. She was born in Kealakekua. Visitation: 9:00 a.m. Mass at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Honaunau.
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ROBERT “BOB” WAH KWON CHANG

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

ROBERT 79, passed away on February 5, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Robert was born on September 19, 1938 in Honolulu to Koon Kau and Alice Chang. Bob spent his career playing the clarinet and saxophone in the Royal Hawaiian Band and the 111th Army Band and selling produce. Bob is survived by his wife Louella and daughters and their families Cory-Ann, Michael, Alyson and Aiden Wind and Stacey, Tino, Cristian and Gabriella Gonzalez both of Portland, Oregon. Bob is also survived by sister Evelyn Chang and brother Richard Chang both of Kaneohe and predeceased by brother Arthur Chang. Private services were held at the Hawaii State Veteran's Cemetery in Kaneohe.

May S.C. Chun

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

99, of Honolulu, HI, died in Honolulu, HI on April 5, 2018. She was born in Honolulu. Private services.
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Jean Umeyo Chun

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

82, of Honolulu, passed away on January 27, 2018. Born in Honouliuli, she was a retired school teacher at Pearl Harbor Elementary. She is survived by her husband, Allan Chun; daughter, Melissa (John) Vecsey; grandson, Jack; son, Matt; sister, Ruby Otake; nephews, Ty and Clinton; niece, Felice Tolentino and Mary Eve Morikawa; sister-in-law, Jean (Cordell) Chun; nephew, Peter; niece, Lori Ann Chun. Visitation from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Nuuanu Congregational Church; service 11:00 a.m. No flowers. Casual attire. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary

Victoria Teriong Cypher

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

85, of Fort Stockton, died in Fort Stockton on April 1, 2018. She was born in Palau. Services: 11 on Saturday, April 28 at First Presbyterian.
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Caroline Nabarrete Dacumos

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

91, of Waipahu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on April 14, 2018. She was born in Honolulu.
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Sweet Leinaala Dela-Cerna

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

76, of Kahului, Maui, died in Wailuku on March 23, 2018. She was born in Honopou, Maui. Visitation: 9-11am Services: 11am on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Norman's Mortuary Wailuku. Cremation will follow.
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Odetta Doublet

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

Odetta DoubletOdetta "Simmie" "Anne" Doublet, 80, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died on April 5, 2018, in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 20,1937, to Violet "Popo"and Wah Hong Young. Preceded in death by her sister, Winifred Young and brother Harris Young. She is survived by sisters Adrienne Gregory and Harriet Torres; daughter Yvette Doublet-Weislak (Dale); grandchildren, Jolie Sky, Logan, and Anya; great grandson, Grayson; son, Charles Doublet; 101-year old uncle, Richard Lau, and hanai daughters Lisa Montoya and Jacinta "Utu" McDermott. A graduate of St. Francis High School, 1956, and Honolulu Business College, 1958. A keypunch operator, she worked for Water and Power in Los Angeles from 1960 to 1970. She returned home to Hawaii and worked for PRI for 23 years, from 1971 to 1993, when she retired. She loved spending time with her grand- children, attending weekly mass at Sts. Peter and Paul, watching sports, and eating out with her family and friends. For the last year, she enjoyed living at Kalakaua Gardens. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Honolulu. Visitation: 8:30am. Mass: 9:30a.m. Family request no flowers please. Arrangements Provided By: Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary

Gerald J. Espiritu

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

65, of Lihue, Kauai, died in Koloa, Kauai on March 26, 2018. He was born in Lihue, Kauai. Visitation: 9:30am Services: 11am on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.
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Tiafau Aaitalaluma Austin Tuitele Faletufuga-Asiata, “Auuright!”

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

Tiafau Aaitalaluma Austin Tuitele Faletufuga-Asiata, TIAFAU AAITALALUMA AUSTIN TUITELE FALETUFUGA-ASIATA, AUURIGHT! 65 years old, welcomed on earth on March 9, 1953; welcomed to Heaven on March 26, 2018. Austin was born in Pava'iai, American Samoa. Son of Faletufuga Fuifui Asiata and Foloolela Tuitele Faletufuga. Austin was a devout, committed and faithful member of the Pacific Islander's United Methodist Church, committed to serving God in unison with his fellow members. Austin served as the Lay Leader or "Ta'ita'i" for over 20 years. Austin was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army where he served 20 years, retired, and dedicated 25 years thereafter to Sheraton Princess Ka'iulani Hotel and 15 years to Doubletree Alana Hilton Hotel. Austin is survived by his wife Fuaoloa Manaea Faletufuga, son Austin Jr. Semi Faletufuga (Deirdre) and daughters Molly Marie Logonamanufa'alava Faletufuga-Asiata Lua (Kalani), Josephine Salevalasi Faletufuga Asiata-Tofaeono (Emanuel) and Lupelele Segaula Sisi Faletufuga-Asiata. Austin has now joined his other son Rodney Fa'alolo'iaoolelagi Manaea whose Sun Set in 2004. Austin has 3 grandchildren; Chase Elisaia Faletufuga, Cameron Daniel Faletufuga, Chyanne Fuaoloa Togalei Tofoipupu Faletufuga. Austin has 6 brothers and 4 sisters; Sina Faletufuga Looney (deceased), Gata'e Faletufuga Atia'e, Malua Faletufuga (deceased), Faletufuga Jr. Faletufuga (deceased), Salatielu Faletufuga, Fa'atuiolemotu Fuifui Roberts, Nofoali'i Fuifui, Toetu Fuifui, Filemoni Fuifui, Susanna Fuifui Collins. Services will be on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Pacific Islander's United Methodist Church at 2106 Palolo Ave.; visitation 9:00 am services 10:00 am, burial 2:00 pm at Hawaii State Veteran's Cemetary in Kaneohe. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

Henry Eugene Figueroa, Jr.

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

Henry Eugene Figueroa, Jr. HENRY EUGENE FIGUEROA, JR. Age 50, of Tucson, Arizona and formerly of Waimanalo passed away in Tucson on April 9, 2018. He was born in Kailua, Oahu and was a Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant with 25 years of service as an Aircraft Armament SYS Craftsman. He is survived by wife Jenny; children Koa, Keli'i and Lilly; parents Moana and Henry; siblings Brenda, Brandon and Cheryl Konohia; grandmother Esther. Visitation 1 p.m., Service 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at St. George Catholic Church in Waimanalo. Burial at a later date in Tucson, Arizona. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

Margaret ” Busy Wee” Loretta Fonseca

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

86, of Waimanalo, died in Waimanalo, Hawaii on March 26, 2018. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Services: 10:30 a.m.on Friday, April 27, 2018 at St. George Catholic Church. Burial: 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Felix Fajardo Gumera

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

60, of Honolulu, died in Kuakini Medical Center in Honolulu on April 5, 2018. He was born in Davao, Del Sur, Philippines. Visitation: 5 p.m. Services: 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary-East Chapel. Burial: 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Valley of the Temples.
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Katherine Kimie Hagi

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

98, of Pearl City, died in Pearl City on January 23, 2018. She was born in Honolulu. Private Services was held.
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NEPHI HANNEMANN

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

NEPHI HANNEMANNRemembering
Nephi Hannemann
“The Polynesian Man”
FEBRUARY 6, 1945 – MARCH 31, 2018

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Ala Moana Hotel Garden Lanai, where Nephi performed for many years

Waikiki headliner and show business celebrity Nephi Hannemann, 73, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of March 31 in Los Angeles, where he had relocated to be with his daughter, Noelle, and grandchildren. Hannemann was the brother of former Honolulu mayor and tourism executive Mufi Hannemann.

Nephi, of Samoan, German, and English heritage, was born in American Samoa to Gustav and Faiaso Soliai Hannemann. Of royal lineage, the Hannemann’s maternal grandmother was the daughter of King Misipope Su’apai’a, once the ruler of the largest island in the South Pacific, Savai’i. Their paternal grandmother’s sister was Queen Makeleta, the last Queen Tui Manu’a of Samoa. Their maternal grandfather was Paramount Chief Pinemua Soliai, whose father Muliufi, was a signatory to the deed of cession between the United States and what is today known as American Samoa.

The Hannemann family moved to Hawaii from Guam in 1953. Nephi attended elementary schools in Manoa and Kalihi, Dole Intermediate School, and Farrington High School, graduating in 1962. He was the quarterback of the Governors’ football squad, where he began a lifelong friendship with classmate Ed “Skippa” Diaz. The 6’4″, 230-pound athlete went on to become an all-conference quarterback at Ricks College in Idaho and then transferred to the University of Hawaii to continue playing football until he traded his cleats for a career in show business.

Nephi liked to remind his kid brother, Mufi, that he was the first head of the City and County back in 1970, decades before Mufi became mayor. H e was referring to his band, dubbed Nephi and the City and County, which performed at Dan’s Den on Keeaumoku Street during his nascent years in show business. Nephi and a cousin, Gordon Broad, put together the quintet immediately after he had been offered the gig. But they needed a name. One evening, while the two were driving around town, they saw a city street cleaner at work and decided they’d call themselves City and County.

They were joined by bassist Imaikalani Young, guitarist A.W. Smith, and drummer Lee Gonsalves, all versatile singer-musicians. They immediately amassed a great local following and he joked that once the band started performing at Dan’s Den and later the Jade East, “There hasn’t been one fight in here.” He may have been joking, but it was also a testament to his ability to entertain and captivate an audience with his singing, wit, and sincere desire to perform.

Nephi had the good fortune of performing during the heyday of live entertainment in Waikiki. He recalled one night in 1968, he and a “bunch of his buddies were making a lot of noise” at the Don Ho show at the fabled Duke Kahanamoku’s. Ho challenged the group to sing, and Nephi, true to his nature, accepted the dare.

Don was so impressed he made Nephi a part of his showbiz ohana. Eventually he struck off on his own and that’s how City and County came to be. His debut album, “Nephi, The Polynesian Man,” was a big hit locally. Over the course of his long career, he would entertain at venues like the Imperial Showroom, Naniloa Crown Room, Ala Moana Hotel Garden Lanai, Ilikai Canoe House, the International Market Place, Oceania Floating Restaurant, and Hilton Hawaiian Village. He played Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and DisneyWorld, and even took his troupe to perform in Massachusetts at Harvard University when Mufi matriculated there.

When he opened his first major showroom at the Ilikai’s Canoe House in 1973, Ben Wood stated that Nephi, “The Polynesian Man,” had “overnight developed into one of Waikiki’s brightest stars.” Wayne Harada labeled him “Mr. Excitement.” He brought flair and creativity to his nightclub act. His show at the Ala Moana Garden Lanai, for example, was a contemporary Polynesian and Las Vegas revue at its finest, backed by an all-star cast of musicians, dancers, and back-up singers that ranked with the best. And, of course, Nephi’s voice, patter, dance, and panache made his show a must-see for tourists and locals alike. One was quick to notice and be impressed with the tremendous influence of his parents, family, faith, and heritage on display when he paid homage to them throughout his show. His contemporaries were the marquee names of the 1970s and beyond, who were also some of his closest friends: Dick Jensen, Iva Kinimaka, Sam Kapu, Loyal Garner, Melveen Leed, Jimmy Borges, Teddy Tanaka, and the Society of Seven, to name a few, not to mention the legendary Don Ho.

Nephi loved to sing. His signature tune was a song he arranged, “Samoan MedleyLet Me Hear You Whisper/Siva Siva,” a love song that mother Faiasowho he said was the only music teacher he ever had or neededtaught the family. But he especially enjoyed composing. A family favorite was one he penned with Iva Kinimaka, “Christmas Time Again Aloha,” which he, Iva, and brother Mufi regularly performed at Honolulu City Lights.

The versatile entertainer was a co-producer of the Charo show, produced luau shows at Sea Life Park, and also teamed up with Loyal Garner, Dick Jensen, Iva Kinimaka, and Melveen Leed at one time to perform as “HVB-Hawaii’s Very Best.” He acted in a Disney film, “Castaway Cowboy,” with James Garner and Vera Miles, and was in several episodes of the original “Hawaii 5-O,” “One West Waikiki,” and “McCloud.” He published a business and travel magazine when he resided in Kihei called Maui Quarterly, and enjoyed writing screenplays and other material.

The Hannemann family remembers Nephi as “the Rock,” who provided strength in times of adversity. Says Mufi, “We would look to him for advice and inspiration. He would have been an awesome chief back in the day of warring factions because he was highly intelligent and a strategic thinker.” He skipped a grade in Hawaii when his family moved here because he excelled in the classroom.

He was also known for being very generous and always willing to help family members and friends at a moment’s notice. Sister Nua, who lived with Nephi, wife Kathy, and daughter Noelle, recalls that upon the passing of their mother when she was just a teenager, “He was so caring and loving and tried his best to fill the void of my momma. When I had my own family and kids, we leaned on my big brother a lot.” Noelle said, “My dad absolutely adored me and I always felt it. He was one of a kind, always there for my kids and me, flying out to California as often as he could for weeks on end and we never wanted the time to end. My dad was the best!”

Nephi is survived by his daughter, Noelle, for whom he composed “Baby’s Lullaby,” and his three grandchildren, Samanu, 14, Soliai, 13, and Sinalei, 5, and grandniece Billie, 19.

In addition to brother Muliufi Mufi, he is survived by brother Albert Miller, sisters Lady Va Maughan and Gafanua Nua Memea, and many loving nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters in law. He was predeceased by mother Faiaso and father Gustav, brother Gus Afimutasi, sister Cecelia Titi, and wife Kathleen.

A memorial service will be held at the Santa Monica LDS Stake Center in California on April 30, where Nephi attended church. He will be laid to rest at the Laie Cemetery on May 11, next to father Gustav and Sister Titi.

Michael K.L Hee

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

69, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, died in Kaneohe on Monday, April 9, 2018. He was born in Honolulu. Celebration of Life: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Key Project, Kahaluu.
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Carol Ann Hendricks

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

77, of Waimea, Hawaii, died in Waimea, Hawaii on April 17, 2018. She was born in San Diego, California. Celebration of Life: 12:00 p.m. with service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Ulu La'au Waimea Nature Park.
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Shigeo Higa

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

Shigeo Higa92, of Waipahu died suddenly and peacefully at home, February 20, 2018. Born in Paia, Maui, April 16, 1925 to parents Chozen and Goze Higa. Worked for Federal Government on Okinawa as an Assistant Fire Chief, retired in Hawaii 1980. He enjoyed gardening, sports, and was a great handyman. Preceded in death by son Mark (Lynne) Higa and his sister, Yoshiko Shimabukuro. He is survived by wife: Yoshiko Higa; Sons: Earl Higa, Lincoln (Phyllis Smith) Higa and Gerald (Lillian) Higa; Grandsons: Scott and Matthew Higa; Step grandchildren: Mikah, Meiki, Leileen and Pia Rojas; Step great-grandsons: Andrew and Ethan Burgos and Johnathan Escasa; Brothers: Shigeru and Takashi (Karen) Higa; Sisters: Kay Nohara, June Aoki, Sadaye Toma, Kiyoko Yamamoto, and Amy (James) Kishaba. Visitation: 5:30 p.m.; Services: 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary, Mauka Chapel.

Rose Laumania Hirota

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

Rose Laumania Hirota ROSE LAUMANIA HIROTA 95, of Hale`iwa passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family on March 14, 2018. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God sustained her through her life. A stalwart member of the pineapple industry, where she was employed by Libby, McNeil and Libby for 30 years. Dole Cannery for 10 years and Dole Fresh Fruit for another 10 years. Being a strong believer in our Almighty God, she exemplified her strong Christian values to her loved ones and friends. She was a devout and life long member of Lili`uokalani Protestant Church. She is survived by her daughters; Gertrude Ann (Florencio) Cabacungan, Lehua (Norman) Yates, C. Kuulei (Reuben) Kaio and son, John (Eileen) Hirota; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband, Mamoru Hirota and daughter Margaret Hiroko Hirota. Services will be held on April 28, 2018, at Lili`uokalani Protestant Church, 66-090 Kamehameha Highway, Hale`iwa. Visitation: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.; "Celebration of Life" Service: 11:00 a.m.

Susie Shizue Hodge

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

98, of Manoa, a retired Fort Ruger Market sales clerk passed away on March 17, 2018. She was raised on Lanai. She is survived by sisters, Sakae Loo and Nastuko Minami; and by brothers, Tokucho Ige and Thomas Nobuyoshi Ige. She was predeceased by her sisters, Kathleen "Kay" Kiyoko Iori, Aiko Abe, Fumiko Hokama, and her brother, Yukio Nakama. Visitation is at 5p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. The service begins at 6 p.m. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

Toshie Itamura

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

95, of Waipahu, died in Waipahu, Hawaii on March 31, 2018. She was born in Makaweli, Kauai. Private Services Held
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Reiko Ito

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

89, of Hilo, died in Honolulu on March 31, 2018. She was born in Hilo. Visitation: 2:00 p.m. Services: 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Hilo Meishoin.
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George Kamahaku Kulani Kaeo Jr.

Posted On April 22nd, 2018 -

75, of Kailua, died in Kailua on March 19, 2018. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii. Visitation: 5:00pm Services: 6:00am on Saturday, April 28 at Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary.
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