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Kikuye Oshiro Toyama

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

99, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on April 29, 2017. She was born in Waipahu. Private Services held.
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John “Chunky” “Chip” Nelson

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

52, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, died in Ewa Beach on April 9, 2017. He was born in Millington, Tennessee. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Mililani Mortuary, Mauka Chapel. Services: 11:00 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.
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Kenneth Kazunari Kihara

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

Kenneth Kazunari Kihara93 of Honolulu, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2017. He was a retired owner of Aloha Plumbing Company, and a proud veteran who served his country being affiliated with the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). He enjoyed his retirement years teaching and singing karaoke with the Palolo Hongwanji Karaoke Club, and being surrounded by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. He was well loved and respected by all who knew him. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Doris. Survived by son, Dennis (Kanani) Kihara; daughters, Karen (Leroy) Hayashida, Renee (Glenn) Yamada; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; brother, Ronald Kihara. Please join us in the celebration of his life on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary. Visitation 2pm, service to follow at 3pm. No flowers. Casual attire. Arrangements Provided By: NUUANU MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY LLC

Kaylon K. Keomaka

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

30, of Kahului, Maui, died in Paia on May 18, 2017. He was born in Wailuku. Private Services were held.
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Emiliano “Bobby” Dias

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

82, of Wahiawa, Hawaii, died in Wahiawa on April 27, 2017. He was born in South Kona, Hawaii. Visitation: 10:30 a.m.; Services: 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Diamond Head Mortuary.
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Patsy Sachie Hookala

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

79, of Waialua, passed away on May 8, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Charles; Sons, Bryan (Cathy), Bruce (Tracy) and Blake (Mavis); Daughter, Kim (Ken); 11 Grandchildren and 14 Great-grandchildren. Her Celebration of Life will be held on June 1, 2017 with visitation at 5:30 p.m. and services at 6:30 p.m. at Mililani Mortuary, Mauka Chapel. Burial will be held on June 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Janelle A. David

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

43, of Wahiawa, Hawaii, died in Issaquah, Washington on April 17, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Visitation: 9:30 a.m.; Services: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Mililani Mortuary, Mauka Chapel.
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VIOLET INFANTE AYERS

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

VIOLET INFANTE AYERSViolet Infante Ayers, age 92, succumbed to heart failure on May 12, 2017. She was born in Honolulu and married Jack L. Ayers, Sr., a Marine veteran from Elkins, West Virginia. She retired from Camp Smith (USMC) after over 30 years as a household goods counselor. A lifelong devout Catholic she was most recently very active as a member of the Third Order of Mary, Legion of Mary, and several other prayer and volunteer groups at Sts. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church. She is survived by sons Patrick H. (Aupuni) Ayers of Kailua, Oahu and Jack L. (Elsie) Ayers, Jr. of Las Vegas, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Viewing will be at 10:00 am June 2, 2017 at Borthwick Mauka Chapel, 1330 Maunakea Street with prayer service in the Chapel. Lunch reception to follow. No flowers please.

Rachel Sada (Yokouchi)

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

and Harold (Susan) Yokouchi, sister Susan (Richard) Mizuta and grandsons Ben and Logan Rubasch. Private services.

CONSTANCE “LEHUA” ADELAIDE MALOTT ROSA

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

56, of Kaneohe died 4/1/17 at Straub Hospital. Born in Honolulu; survived by husband Kevin Roach; Children: Raven, Peter, Emily, John; mother Diana J. Rosa; Brothers: Bien, Leonard, Andrew, Stephen; preceded in death by father Leonard G. Rosa, 1st husband Kawika Malott. Celebration of life Friday 6/9/17; visitation 10am; service 11am at St. John Vianney - Kailua.

Ramona “Bay” Keonaonalaulani Mahalo

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

57, of Wailuku, Maui, died in Wailuku on April 22, 2017. She was born in Wailuku. Visitation: 6:00 p.m.; Services: 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Ballard Family Mortuary, Kahului.
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Paul Leslie Hummel

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

88, of Honolulu, died in Hale Nani Rehab and Nursing Center on Monday, March 13, 2017. He was born in Cedar Rapids, IA. Inurnment: 10:30 am on Friday, June 2 at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific-Punchbowl.
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Yoshie Kawamoto Kaneshiro

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

87, of Honolulu, a retired secretary for the University of Hawaii, passed away on April 23, 2017 at the Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Hakalau, Hawaii. She is survived by daughters, Sharon (David) Mols, Myra Brandt and Robyn (Robert) Kaito; brother, Thomas (Rosemary) Kawamoto; sisters, Miyoko Okaji, Shizue Iwashita and Masae Okamoto; and by four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

GORDON HEUNG ING CHANG

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

GORDON HEUNG ING CHANGJust before dawn on the morning of May 10, 2017, Gordon went to be with his Lord while in the arms of his beloved wife Kay of 46 years. He was born in Waipio Valley on the Big Island in 1933, the youngest of 5 children. The family moved to Hilo in 1941 when Hiilawe Falls flooded the entire Valley. He attended Hilo Union School, then Father Bray from Iolani High School in Honolulu came to Hilo to observe him and offered him a scholarship to play football as well as the advantage of a private school education. He was fortunate enough to live with Father Bray during high school. After graduating from Iolani (class of '52), he went to the Mainland, graduating in physical education from Willamette University in Oregon, later earning his masters from the University of Hawaii. He served in Korea during the Korean War and returned to Hawaii to work. He taught and coached at Hilo High School, Iolani, and retired from Castle High School as a Career Guidance teacher. In 1971 he married Kay, the love of his life, in Vienna, Austria. They enjoyed life together and traveled extensively. There was no bucket list. He will be remembered for his quick, contagious smile and generous heart, his sense of humor, and his love of sports, especially football. He loved the Lord and with Kay served well over 40 years at Hawaii Kai Church. Gordon touched many lives and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his devoted wife Kay; Sister Pearl Chong; Brother Delbert Chang; Nieces Sau Lin Kumasaki (Ken); Shirleen Rayoan (Leroy); Jean Okamura (Cleve); Shiela Ogawa (Keith); Sharon Hirota (Donn); Sandy Rosario (Darren); Nephews Gilbert Chang (Okyo); Jerry Chang; John Chong; Sister-in-Law Nan Blissett (Mark Mabee). Celebration of Life service will be Sunday, June 4, at Hawaii Kai Church, 265 Lunalilo Home Rd.; Visitation at 3:00 pm with Service at 4:00 pm. Burial will be the following day Monday, June 5, at 10:00 am in Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Charitable donations may be made to Hawaii Kai Church Early Learning Center.

Ellen Emiko Kobashigawa

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

81, of Aiea, Hawaii, died in Aiea on April 24, 2017. She was born in Hilo. Visitation: 2:00 p.m.; Services: 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.
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Edward K. Keo III

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

55, of Ka'a'awa, Hawaii, died at his home on May 16, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. Celebration of LIfe: 10:00 a.m.; Services: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Swanzy Beach Park, Ka'a'awa. Scattering of ashes to follow.
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Patrick K. P. Oda

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

Patrick K. P. Oda65, of Honolulu, passed away on May 8, 2017. Visitation: 5:00p.m.; Services: 6:00p.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 239 Palii St., Mililani, Hawaii 96789. Revelations 21:4 Arrangements Provided By: Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary

JOHN LUIS “PAPU” MARIANI

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

JOHN LUIS March 6, 1927- April 21, 2017 When it comes to unconditional love, John Mariani, our Papu, remains our inspiration and holds a special place in our hearts. He proudly worked for decades for the City and County of Honolulu. On top of that, he took other jobs on weekends to help put all four of his children through school. The work was hard. But he never complained. After 64 years of marriage, as his wife fought pancreatic cancer, he would make her three different breakfasts every dayand sit in a wooden chair by her bedside hoping she would eat, just a nibble was fine. When she passed away, he often put his own heartache aside, and chose to focus on making sure his children and grandchildren would be fine. He learned to cook new recipes by watching the food channel and thumbing through cookbooks. He tried his best to remember all of the kids' and grandkids' birthdays, promptly dispatching birthday cards from a stack of blank cards that his wife had left behind for him. And he reminded us all that family should always come first. In an ever-growing family, he was the peacemaker. He was always there for us. He showed us all how to love and care for each other, particularly when times were tough. He taught us what it means to truly support your family, in more ways than one. He was proud of his children and all they had accomplished, and prouder still of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, for all that he knew they would become. He loved life, but he loved his family even more. When cancer came his way, he made sure we all knew he would fight to get better. And he did. He was able to go to Las Vegas, one last time, to celebrate his 90th birthday. The night he passed away, we all knew he was right where he belonged: with Granny, his wife. Together. Again. Papu, give our Granny a hug from all of us. We are: His sisters, Dorothy Komomua, Rose Colon, and Nola Santiago; his son, Timothy Mariani; his daughters, Joan (Doug) Gomes and Jeanne (Richard) Mariani-Belding; his grandchildren, Angela Mariani, Namaka Kuroda, Kelley (Jerry) Martin, Kenney (Stephanie) Gomes, Kerrey Gomes, Kristie (Jay) Espiritu, Jake Belding, and Ikaika (Monica) Belding; and his great-grandchildren, Dax and Zan Martin, Khloe and Atom Gomes, Diego and Kaleo Espiritu, and Enoka Belding. Visitation will be on Friday, June 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Kaimuki. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Edith M.U. Chow

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

95, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Honolulu on May 17, 2017. She was born in Hanapepe. Visitation: 10:00 a.m.; Services: 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017 at Oahu Cemetery Chapel.
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Franklin M. Palani Olson

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

Franklin M. Palani OlsonKumu Hula Franklin M. Palani Olson passed away under the care of Hospice of St. Francis on April 27, 2017. He was born April 8, 1943 in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada and relocated to the United States with his parents Raymond and Adrienne (Daigle) Olson in 1947. He spent his formative years in Fargo, North Dakota where his love of dance and theater first began at the age of 8. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Marines and spent the next 3 years in Okinawa, Japan. During his tour, he studied their culture and language, mastering 17 Japanese folk dances. After his discharge he returned to Fargo. He moved to San Francisco in 1965 after receiving a scholarship with the San Francisco Contemporary Ballet. When the company relocated to New York he decided to remain in San Francisco, stay at his job with the VA and opened "Palani's Polynesian Dance Studio." After yearly vacations to Hawai'i he realized his love for Hawai'i and hula and in December 1974 bought a one-way ticket. With encouragement of Kumu Hula Joe Kahaulelio and his introduction to Loea Hula John Kaha'i Topolinski, Palani graduated as the first non-Hawaiian to attain the rank of Kuma Hula from Ka Pa Hula Hawai'i in traditional hula. After his 'uniki he opened his own hula halau, Ka Pa Hula 'Olapa. The school closed in 2006 due to his wife's illness (the late Wattie R.K. Char-Olson) remaining at her side until her death on August 18, 2016. Palani never forgot his roots or family and visited Fargo often. He is survived by his sister Cheryl Olson and four brothers; Steven (Deb), Neil, William (Sharon) and Todd (Julie). A Celebration of Life will be held on June 3, 2017 at Borthwick Mortuary. Visitation 9:30 a.m. with Service at 10:30 a.m.. Private inurnment at Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on June 7, 2017. ~ Aloha Attire ~

Iris Kiyome Ahue

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

61, of Honolulu, a retired teacher at Kaimuki High School, passed away on April 30, 2017 at the Palolo Chinese Home. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by her husband, Eldon; son, Jaydon; and sisters, Chris (Robert) Hee and Jeri (Wayne) Kawakami. Visitation is at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. The service is at 4:00 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

RANDALL “RANDY” YUTAKA KODAMA

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

Randy Y. Kodama of Honolulu passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the age of 49. He grew up in Waimanalo and graduated from Kailua High School in 1985. Randy loved cooking and was last employed at Diamond Head Market and Grill. Preceded in death by his father, Harold Kodama. Randy is survived by his beloved mother Lisa Hisako Kodama, sister Audrey (Joel) Kanemori, nephew Micah Kanemori, niece Kayla Kanemori, uncles, aunts and cousins. Private services held.

Shirley G. Han

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

The family of Shirley G. Han would like to announce her passing on March 11, 2017 at the age of 81 surrounded by her children. Shirley was born in Waukegan Illinois. The second of two daughters, born to Frances and Garland Garrett. She attended the University of Illinois and majored in nursing, later joining the Army nurse core. Her sense of adventure brought her to Honolulu where she worked at Leahi Hospital. There, she met her future mother in-law, a fellow nurse who would introduce her to her son, Howard - a marriage that would last over 51 years. She lived to see her cherished Chicago Cubs win the World Series - even in declining health, her elation was a joy to see. Shirley is survived by her husband, two daughters, grandson, many nieces, nephews, friends and in-laws. "We will miss you Mom, so very much." Memorial on Saturday Oct 7, 2017, call for details: 373.2991.

Robert T. “Sparrow” Igarashi

Posted On May 28th, 2017 -

Age 79, of Honolulu, HI, passed away on March 12, 2017 in Honolulu. Born December 20, 1937 in Puunene, Maui. Retired owner of No Ka Oi Printing. He is survived by wife, Jean Igarashi; son, Jason (Amy) Igarashi; daughter, Rae (Wendell) Lee; brother, Minoru (Ann) Igarashi, sister, Norma Taguchi; and grandson, Michael. Visitation: 9:30 a.m; Service: 10:30 a.m. on June 3, 2017 at Mililani Memorial Park - Mauka. Casual attire. No flowers.

Richard Fumio Yamashiro

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

68, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, died in Kailua on May 18, 2017. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Private Services.
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RICHARD BRUCE JOSEPH “BRUCE”

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

RICHARD BRUCE JOSEPH RICHARD BRUCE JOSEPH BRUCE Richard Bruce Joseph "Bruce", 87, died on his birthday, May 7, 2017 in his Kailua home. His intelligence and quiet wit are hugely missed. He was an excellent and long-time ear nose and throat doctor and surgeon, husband, father, grandfather, a solid tennis player, bridge player, world traveler and avid reader. Bruce loved to laugh with his family and friends and was always entertaining to be with. Bruce was born on May 7, 1930 in Whitewater, Kansas, the son of Donald Burdett and Florence Fuqua Joseph. He was a graduate of Whitewater High school and a 1951 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study French literature and history. Bruce married Janet Padgett on September 19, 1952, after which together they took a train to New York and sailed to Europe on "The Queen Mary" for a year in France. Bruce graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School, after which he did his internship in Tripler Army Hospital in Hawaii and ENT residency in Iowa. Bruce is survived by Janet, his wife of 64 years, and children; Kimberly Joseph Zilis, husband Paul Zilis, and Gary Allen Joseph, wife Yunah Lee Joseph; and grandchildren Gregory and David Zilis and Kailee Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Howard F. Joseph and twin sisters Joan "Jan" Williams of Lawrence, Kansas and Virginia "Ginnie" Hilbe of Schaan, Liechtenstein. Bruce and his family want to extend their sincerest thanks to Island Hospice, the network of caregivers during Bruce's last days, and our neighbors, who have been an invaluable source of warmth and support over the years.

Leaniva Gafoa Tagovailoa

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

65, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, died in Aiea on April 30, 2017. She was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Visitation: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Message of Peace Ministry, Fort Weaver Rd., Ewa Beach. Burial will be private at a later date.
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Rufino C. Villaruz

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

60, of Union City, CA, died in Union City on May 8, 2017. He was born in Phillipines. Visitation: 9 AM; Services: 10 AM on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Borthwick Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Burial: 1 PM at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Maynon Liloa Joaquin

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

96, of Honolulu, died in Honolulu on April 23, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Services: 11:00 am on Saturday, June 3 at Kahala Stake Center (Kaimuki Ward) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - 4847 Kilauea.
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Ana “Nicky” Maria Dominguez

Posted On May 27th, 2017 -

Maria Dominguez 64, of Hilo, Hawaii, died on May 16, 2017 at Pohai Malama. She was born in New York City, New York on July 25, 1952. A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
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