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DR. PHILIP LIU

Posted On September 30th, 2014 -

DR. PHILIP LIU Dr. Philip Liu, 73, of Quincy, MA, and Honolulu, HI, died in Boston, MA on September 20, 2014. A memorial service will be held at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City on October 5, 2014, at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, a tax deductible contribution may be made to: Dr. Philip Liu Fund for Medical Education, c/o Hawaii Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813. For obituary information, www.dolanfuneral.com

JOHN BURNETT KRAMER

Posted On September 30th, 2014 -

JOHN BURNETT KRAMER John Burnett Kramer, born on October 13, 1921, Honolulu, Hawaii to Joseph George and Marie Victoria (Estrella) Kramer and died on September 19, 2014 at Hawaii Kai ARCH in Kuliouou. He was preceded in death by his wife Manuela (Calaycay) Kramer and son Michael Wayne Kramer. He is survived by daughters Nona (Herb) Wilson, Volcano, HI, Marie (Doug) Johnson, Honolulu, HI and sons Matthew (Lou) Kramer, Chandler, AZ, and Ricky (Carol) Kramer, Makawao, HI, 12 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren. His greatest joy in those later years occurred when he was visited by his children and grandchildren either in person or via Skype. John’s extensive business career began with Gaspro. He held various positions as an auditor and ended his career as Vice President of Investments and Securities with Prudential Bache. His side career in music also brought him much success acquiring awards for two gold albums (Exotica with Martin Denny and Taboo with Arthur Lyman) and one gold record (Yellow Bird with Arthur Lyman). His achievements as a self- taught musician with the bass fiddle as his primary, but certainly not his only instrument, took him from backyard luaus to the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Visitation will occur at Borthwick Mortuary on Mauna Kea Street, between the hours of 0900 and 1000am after which we will celebrate his life with a program featuring family and friends. Please join us for brunch and talk story from 1100 to 1200 then travel to the beautiful windward side and Hawaiian Memorial Park for burial at 1pm. Aloha attire please.

ALBERT “AL” ARATA ANDOW

Posted On September 30th, 2014 -

ALBERT AL ARATA ANDOW Age 87, of Kailua, passed away September 13, 2014 in Kailua. Born August 13, 1927 in Kona, Hawaii. Owner of Ethel’s Delicatessen; U.S. Army Veteran. He is survived by wife, Jan T. Andow; son, Andrew (Kathy) Andow; daughters, Naomi (Raymond) Kanna, Ramona (Gary) Andow-Azumi, JoAnn (Peter) Andow-Watts; sister, Yoshiko Maeda; 8 grand- children; 2 great-grandchildren. Private services were held.

BENILDA FELIX BATACAN

Posted On September 30th, 2014 -

BENILDA FELIX BATACAN Age 76, of Waipahu, HI, passed away September 8, 2014 in Waipahu. Born October 29, 1937 in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Graduate of Ilocos Norte High School Class of 1955. She is survived by husband, Filemon A. Batacan; son, Jaysen F. Batacan; daughters, Victoria (Mark) Hodge, Beverly Judy (Cliff) Villanueva; sister, Trinidad Domingo; 6 grand- children; 3 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct 5) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church (94-675 Farrington Hwy. 96797); Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Betty Valente

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 2, 2014
Betty Valente, 82, of Pipersville, Pa., formerly of Hawaii, died in Pipersville. She was born in Urania, La. She is survived by daughters Teresa Syslo and Margaret Sison; brother Kenneth Boyett; five grandchildren, including caregiver Nova Sain; and 11 great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Linda Joy Tom

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 15, 2014
Linda Joy Tom, 67, of Mililani died in Honolulu. She was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is survived by husband Clifford; sons Kam and Mark; brothers Merle, Steve, Mike and Todd; sisters Karen Surdukan, Kristi Brown and Carol Tom; and two grandchildren. Private services.

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Clarence Moniz Tavares

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 23, 2014
Clarence Moniz “Sonny Vick” Tavares, 84, of Makena, Maui, owner of Sonny Vicks Paving Co., died in Hale Makua Kahului. He was born in Kula, Maui. He is survived by wife Harriet; son Clarence A.; daughters Leona and Darlene Tavares, and Sharlene Allancastre; brother Richard M.; sisters Audrey Kissel and Madeline Yamada; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Friday at Ballard Family Mortuary-Kahului. Services: 7 p.m. Cremation to follow. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Holy Ghost Church, Kula. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Patrocinio P. Pasion

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 9, 2014
Patrocinio P. Pasion, 87, of Pearl City, died in Queen’s West Medical Center. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Rufina E.; sons Raffy P., Christopher E. and Jason E.; daughter JoAnne E.; sisters Florentina P. Ellazar, Maria P. Rondero and Evergelista P. Ugot; and four grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Pearl City. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial at noon at Valley of the Temples.

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Harry Tsutomu Okamoto

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Aug. 8, 2014
Harry Tsutomu Okamoto, 88, of Waipahu, an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Lanai City. He is survived by wife Emiko “Emi,” son Harry T. Jr. and daughter Doreen Shiono. Private services.

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Joyce S. Nakagawa

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Aug. 31, 2014
Joyce S. Nakagawa, 66, of Wahiawa, a Honolulu Police Department retiree, died in Kapolei. She was born in Wahiawa. She is survived by brothers Ira and Bruce. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Warren Hiroaki Matsuda

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Aug. 31, 2014
Warren Hiroaki Matsuda, 78, of Honolulu, a retired bellman for Hilton Hawaiian Villlage and an Army veteran, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Ruby S., son Kyle H., daughter Kari H. Gomban, sister Esther Y. Hokyo and two grandchildren. Visitation at noon Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 1 p.m. Casual attire.

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Andres J. Manalo Sr.

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 16, 2014
Andres J. “Andy” Manalo Sr., 79, of Waialua, a Marine Corps veteran, Haleiwa Service retiree and owner of Rainbow Bridge Gift Shop, died in Waialua. He was born in San Francisco. He is survived by wife Pettra; sons Andres Jr. and Thomas; daughters Denise Alameida, Kathleen Takemoto and Patricia Manalo; brothers Leon, Isabello, Pastor and Louis; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Edith Shigeko Ichiriu

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 8, 2014
Edith Shigeko Ichiriu, 77, of Pukalani, Maui, a retired assistant director of nursing for Maui Memorial Medical Center, died at home. She was born in Makawao, Maui. She is survived by husband Edwin; daughters Eunice Weik, Lois Lum and Sheriann Yamaguchi; and sisters Esther Tyan and Ethel Walley. Private services. Online condolences: nakamuramortuary.com.

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Lillian E. Ford

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Aug. 29, 2014
Lillian E. Ford, 90, of Wahiawa died in Wahiawa. She was born in Burlington, N.J. She is survived by son Richard, daughters Violet Horton and Shirley Ramos, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private services.

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James Hunt Fleming

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 17, 2014
James Hunt Fleming, 81, of Kailua, formerly of Maui, a nuclear engineer at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and a Navy veteran, died in Kaneohe. He was born in San Francisco. He is survived by wife Joan, brothers John and Wray, sons David and Bruce, daughters Marcy and Leslie, and five grandchildren. Celebration of life 4 p.m. Dec. 27 at Kaneohe Yacht Club. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to D.T. Fleming Arboretum or the Nature Conservancy. Online condolences: oahumortuary.com.

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Mildred Kam Chew Dung

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Aug. 9, 2014
Mildred Kam Chew “Milly” Dung, 91, of Honolulu, a retired Honolulu Gas Co. customer service representative, died in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Robert K.W.; sons Ricky and Russell; brothers Francis, Clarence and Richard Lum; and two grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Private inurnment. Aloha attire. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to the American Heart Association.

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Gerald E. De Lima

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 23, 2014
Gerald E. “Gerry” De Lima, 67, of Hilo, a retired switch technician for Verizon and a Navy veteran, died in Kaiser Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Carol, daughter Chrissy Blakeney, brothers Duane and Jack, and two grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Services: 7 p.m. Casual attire.

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Wilbert Anthony Cummings Sr.

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 16, 2014
Wilbert Anthony Cummings Sr., 71, of Lihue, a retired truck driver, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Lihue. He is survived by sons Wilbert Jr., Darren, Kurt and Kalani Kai; daughter Leiala; stepdaughters Jocelynea Rivera and Sheena Millare; brother Kenneth; sister Agnes Apo; 19 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9-11 a.m. Oct. 4 at Garden Island Mortuary, Lawai. Services to follow. Cremation and scattering of ashes at a later date. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Sophie Debra Julie Vaitu’u Coleman

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 22, 2014
Sophie Debra Julie Vaitu’u Coleman, 61, of Mililani died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by mother Sophie G.; brothers L. Mike Coleman II and Paul C. Eubanks; and sisters M. Hedy Coleman, Ellie J.C. Liu and Sharon A. Pau’u-Coleman. Private services.

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Keith Kenichi Ballesteros

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Aug. 12, 2014
Keith Kenichi Ballesteros, 64, of Kailua-Kona, an auto mechanic, died in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Laupahoehoe, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Alverna, sons Keith Jr. and Landon, daughter Kayla, brother Jimmy, sisters Juliet Rivera and Joanne Kobayashi, and three grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Papaaloa, Hawaii. Services: 10:30 a.m. Celebration of life gathering to follow at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Ricky Teru Kaipo Akiyama

Posted On September 29th, 2014 -

Sept. 11, 2014
Ricky Teru Kaipo Akiyama, 44, of Wailuku, a carpenter, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. He is survived by sons Kainalu and Kapena, mother Betty Jean and sister Jeannine. Services at a later date. Online condolences: nakamuramortuary.com.

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BENJAMIN MOTAS

Posted On September 28th, 2014 -

BENJAMIN MOTAS BENJAMIN MOTAS, of Kailua, passed away on September 13, 2014 at the age of 79. Born in Pahala, HI he was a US Air Force veteran. Ben mentored many youths and adults through his work at the Boys and Girls Club of Honolulu, Hawaii Juvenile Detention Home, and the University of Hawaii, at Manoa. Preceded in death by parents: Vicente Najarda Motas and Elena Vallejo Motas; brother: Jose Motas. Survived by his wife: Barbara Motas; daughter: Debra Santiago; step-children: Christine (Earnest) Vasconcellos, Steven (Linda) Ennis, and Leslie Kealoha; brother: Vicente (Shirley) Motas, Jr.; sister: Maria (Merle) Grosskopf. He is also survived by grandchildren: Timothy Richardson; Torrey Santiago; Sienna Santiago; Heidi Benson; Tanya Kanani Benson; Barbara Leimomi Ennis; Natalie Keahi (PC) Taylor; Mary Kealoha; and great-grandchildren: Thaddeus Santiago; Cooper Benson; Angus Benson; Kristen Kawena Ennis; Katherine Kaku-Ennis; Brenson Ennis; Tejah Taylor; Mina Mamoe; Olivia Kealoha- Zimmerman; Ezra Zimmerman; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Private services will be held in October. Friends may send condolences to P.O. Box 449, Eleele, HI 96705 or post online at www.oahumortuary.com. Arrangements are being handled by Oahu Mortuary.

Mike Wagner aka Michael and or Fikey

Posted On September 28th, 2014 -

MVNP-29242-Mike-Wagner-3col-x-8-v5_final_hiresMIKE WAGNER AKA MICHAEL AND OR FIKEY (he could be feisty at times) Mike Wagner was born on October 1, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, to Jim and Sence Wagner. As a youngster, Mike showed an early aptitude for thoughtfulness (he was a loving son and an affectionate brother to his sister, Penny and his brother, Jim), as well as a gift for clear-sightedness (he was born with a passion for the visual arts). A 1977 graduate of the University of Illinois in Chicago, Mike spent several years working as a graphic designer before discovering that advertising art directors are valued, not only for their design skills, but also for their ability to think. After embarking on his advertising career at Cole & Weber in Seattle, Mike joined Ogilvy & Mather in Honolulu, Hawai’i. He became an Associate Creative Director at Milici Valenti Ng Pack in 1991 and remained a revered member of the MVNP family for 23 years. Mike was humble and self-effacing (his mantra was, “it’s only advertising”) but he couldn’t help winning his fair share of awards. A Clio finalist, he was also honored by the One Show, the New York Art Directors Show, Communication Arts, and Hawai’i's Pele Awards among others. In 1995, he was named “Hawai’i Advertising Person of the Year” by the Honolulu Advertising Federation. Mike graduated life on planet Earthwith honorson August 18, 2014. He is now pursuing post-graduate work in a galaxy not so far away. He is deeply missed by his beloved partner Bill Matsumoto and their parrot Edamame, his family, his dog Mochi, and a legion of friends who loved him with all their hearts. There will be a memorial celebration of Mike’s life held on the beach at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, October 1st, from 1pm to 3pm. His ashes will be spread at sea within sight of Diamond Head. In lieu of flowers, feel free to honor Mike with a donation to either the Human Rights Campaign or the Hawaiian Humane Society.

JOHN R. LACY

Posted On September 28th, 2014 -

09-28 JOHN R. LACYJOHN R. LACY JOHN R. LACY, 71, of Honolulu, Hawaii, partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, passed away at his home on September 22, 2014. John was born in Dallas, Texas and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from San Diego State University in 1966. After graduating from San Diego State University he entered the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant and worked as an air craft maintenance officer and achieved the rank of captain. While in the Air Force he earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1971, and after completing his service he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1973. Soon after graduating from law school, he joined the Goodsill firm as a civil trial lawyer and continued with the firm in this capacity for over 40 years, during several of which he was actively involved in firm management. Well known in the legal community for his work in admiralty law, he represented major shipping and cruise lines. He was a highly skilled and respected trial lawyer and also handled aviation, product liability and business dispute cases. Among the many honors John received, he was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was recognized each year for many years in Chambers & Partners USA, Honolulu magazine’s Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers In America� and Super Lawyers. Most recently he was named Best Lawyers’ 2014-15 “Lawyer of the Year” for Admiralty and Maritime Law in Honolulu. John and his wife Elizabeth have long been involved in community activities and supported several charitable organizations. John loved the ocean and enjoyed travel and art. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Lacy, brothers Jerry Wayne and Joe Paul, and cousins Cynthia Mayfield and Phyllis Mayes. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his memory to the Honolulu Museum of Art. Private services.

Daniel Keong Fo Tyau

Posted On September 28th, 2014 -

9-28 673030 Daniel TyauDANIEL KEONG FO TYAU September 20, 2014 Danny Tyau, 85, of Honolulu, a retired electrical general foreman passed peacefully. He was born on Oahu and was a graduate of Kaimuki High School. He is survived by his wife Evelyn (Tom), children Michael and wife Susan (Leu), Wesley and wife Deanne (Ho), Richard, Laurie and Dr Michael Hayes of Massachuttes, 6 grand children and surviving siblings Dennis and Sybil. Memorial service to be held at Borthwick Mortuary, Mauka Chapel on October 1, 2014; visitation 9:00-10:00 am; service at 10:00; burial at Hawaiian Memorial at 1:00 pm. Aloha attire.

JOHN “Mr. C” KALILI CASSON

Posted On September 28th, 2014 -

09-28 JOHN CASSONJOHN MR. C KALILI CASSON On August 31st 2014, surrounded by his loving family, our Papa flew on the wings of angels to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Affectionately called Mr. C; John Kalili Casson was born on September 2nd 1929 in Lahaina, Maui to the late Julia Lei Puahala and Maxwell lwa Casson. He enlisted in the newly formed Hawaii National Guard and later served his country during the Korean Conflict as an Army infantryman. Upon his return, he worked as a trolley/bus driver for HRT, MTL and retired from OTS after a combined 33 years of service. Mr. C married Rebecca “Ruby” Repoyo and made their home in Makakilo where they resided for 45 years. His eighty-four years of life was blessed with a devoted wife of 53 years and his children Roxanne (Albert) Bruhn, Elmer (Guia) Solidum, Jr., John (Ann) Casson, Jr., Jill (Danny) Casson, and Malia Casson; his 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; his brother David I’l and his sisters Irene Mitte and Henrietta Puahala. Preceding him in death were his siblings: Maxwell lwa Casson, Jr., Clarence Casson, and Julia Kuulei Tirrell. The memory of Mr. C’s gentle spirit and humble bearing will live on in the hearts of his many cousins, nieces and nephews who loved him very much. Services will be held at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Friday (Oct 3); Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in Kaneohe at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Please visit [http://john.casson.muchloved.com] to sign the guestbook and to share a memory of our Papa. A hui hou, Ke Akua Pu!

MARIA SOUZA “AUNTY MOLLY” CARVALHO

Posted On September 28th, 2014 -

MARIA SOUZA AUNTY MOLLY CARVALHO Age 94, of Honolulu, HI, passed away September 12, 2014 in Honolulu. Born March 11, 1920 in Hanamaulu, Kauai, Hawaii. She is survived by nieces, Phyllis Silvas, Rosemarie Manago, Sharon Blackstad, Patricia Kualii, Bettylou Carvalho, Marsha Carvalho, Sandra Chang; nephews, Stanley Carvalho, Bernard Carvalho Sr., Jimmy Roy Carvalho, Wendell Marques, Bobby Carvalho, Sonny Perreira, Allen Perreira; numerous grand- nieces & grandnephews. Vistation 9:30 a.m., Wednesday (Oct 1) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire.

ELDER PABLO C. SAUSAL

Posted On September 28th, 2014 -

ELDER PABLO C. SAUSAL Age 82, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away September 3, 2014 in Ewa Beach. Born January 25, 1932 in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte, Philippines. He was a minister in the Philippines and Hawaii for the Church of God. He is survived by sons, Beethoven (Josephine) Sausal, Samuel (Mary Ann) Sausal, Junny (Imelda) Sausal; daughters, Hydie (Tito) Sanchez, Phebe (Salvadore Jr.) Oliverio, Genita (Rodergo) Fuentes; sister, Sofia Berjame; 18 grand- children; 3 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (October 1) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow 1:00 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Flowers Welcome.

JINEI SHIROMA

Posted On September 28th, 2014 -

JINEI SHIROMA Age 89, of Pearl City, HI, passed away August 9, 2014 in Honolulu. Born May 30, 1925 in Kahuku, HI. Jinei was retired from the Federal Government. He is survived by wife, Stella Shiroma; son, Howard Shiroma; daughters, Alison Luhn, Stephanie Shiroma; sisters, Hazel Toyama, Matsue Higa. Private Services to be held.

YUKIE MINATOYA

Posted On September 28th, 2014 -

YUKIE MINATOYA Age 91, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away August 12, 2014 in Kapolei. Born December 23, 1922 in Holualoa, HI. She is survived by son, Don (Louise) Minatoya; daughters, Dale Minatoya of Pleasant Hill, CA, Ann (Keith) Yasuda; sister, Tsuyako Hokama; 7 grand- children. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Oct 4) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow 1:00 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.


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