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Elizabeth M. Tkachenko

Posted On December 11th, 2013 -

Nov. 14, 2013
Elizabeth M. Tkachenko, 93, of Honolulu, a retired Kaukau Corner waitress, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Richard, daughter Alice Clay, 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 2:15 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

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Aiko Taira

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Nov. 3, 2013
Aiko Taira, 85, of Waipahu, a church minister of education, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Waimea, Kauai. She is survived by brother Sachio and sister Chiyoko. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Melvin Everett Spencer Jr.

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Nov. 19, 2013
Melvin Everett Spencer Jr., 79, of Honolulu, a financial consultant, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Shigeko, sons Melvin E. III and Michael S., and three grandchildren. Visitation: 4 p.m. Sunday at Kaumakapili Church, 766 N. King St., Honolulu. Services: 5 p.m. Aloha attire. Lei only. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Steven Gordon Keaka Rodrigues

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Dec. 4, 2013
Steven Gordon Keaka Rodrigues, 39, of Kihei, Maui, a Villas at Kenolio maintenance employee, died in Kahului. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by wife Jonna Marie “Kanani”; sons Elijah, Brayden, Jonaven and Kainoah; daughters Shanda Kamalii, and Leila Marie and Hayden Rodrigues; parents Sonia and Leonard Kekona; brothers Paul-Michael Rodrigues, and Salter and Thomas Kekona-Rodrigues; sisters Gordene and Paula-Marie; and a grandchild. Visitation: 5 p.m. Sunday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 7:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Dayne Kawika Ortiz

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Nov. 2, 2013
Dayne Kawika Ortiz, 18, of Honolulu, a Farrington High School student, will be remembered in celebration of life services 11 a.m. Saturday at Farrington High School gymnasium. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents Darren K. “Bully” Sr. and Charmain, brother Darren K. Jr. and grandparents Season and Lolita Servantes, Robert M. Jr. and Margaret Sison, and Daniel Ortiz Sr. Visitation: 10 a.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Donations may be made at any Bank of Hawaii to the Dayne Ortiz Memorial Fund. Online condolences: leewardfuneralhome.com.

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Lenora Torres Lubguban

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Nov. 29, 2013
Lenora Torres Lubguban, 85, of Waipahu, a retired custodian at Waianae Intermediate School, died in Pearl City. She was born in Ewa. She is survived by numerous nephews and nieces. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church, 85-786 Old Government Road, Waianae. Mass: 10 a.m.

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George M.C. Lim

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Nov. 25, 2013
George M.C. Lim, 82, of Mililani, an Army veteran, died in Mililani. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Kara Miller-Lim; son Patrick; daughter Diann N.L. Makino; brothers James Lim and Kenneth and David Kim; sister Helen Uehara; and four grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6 p.m. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Edison Kapiohu Keomaka

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Nov. 25, 2013
Edison Kapiohu Keomaka, 82, of Kailua, an ironworker and director of training for the Hawaii Masons & Plasterers, died. He was born in Waipio. He is survived by wife Lilian; daughter Alda; brothers Joseph Keomaka, Anthony Martin, Clyde Agres, John Chu Hing and Edward Pascua; sister Paulette Kato; and two grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at Oahu Cemetery Chapel. Services: 11 a.m. Aloha attire. Additional information for an obituary published Monday.

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James Eugene Hartzell

Posted On December 11th, 2013 -

Dec. 4, 2013
James Eugene Hartzell, 74, of Haiku, Maui, a retired Polli’s Restaurant chef, died at home. He was born in Modesto, Calif. He is survived by brother Garry L. and sister Jackie Hartzell-Heinrich. Celebration of life at noon Saturday at the top of the pasture above the lavender farm on Waipoli Road, Kula, Maui. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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Victor Garo Sr.

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Nov. 9, 2013
Victor “Papa” Garo Sr., 86, of Wahiawa, a retired Del Monte Fresh Produce machinist, former owner of Rosa’s Lounge in Wahiawa and an Army veteran who served in the Korean War, died in Wahiawa. He was born in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by companion Patricia A. Acoba, son Victor Jr., daughters Ida Maryott and Doreen G. Provost, sister Marciana Quidez, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Monday at the mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Emmeleen Haunani Keyes Contrades

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Nov. 14, 2013
Emmeleen Haunani Keyes “Chic” Contrades, 74, of Nanakuli, a retired Hawaii Pacific Monarch Hotel executive housekeeper, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Daniel W. Sr.; son Daniel W. “Kaniela” Jr.; daughters Rainnette Nagasako, Ginger and Lorna Contrades, Danielle Padilla, Emmeleen Eiser, and Sheila Kapua; brother Michael Keyes; sister Mavourneen “Midge” Keyes; 24 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation noon-1 p.m. Sunday at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel, Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus. Celebration of life to follow.

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Thomas Koolani Clarke

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Nov. 26, 2013
Thomas Koolani Clarke, 83, of Honolulu, a U.S. Customs officer and an Army sergeant, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Dorothy; sons Randall K., Raylan T. and Thomas K.; daughter Ramona A.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Celebration of life on Sunday at the family residence, 2752-G Pali Highway. For more information, call Raylan at 225-5452.

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Josephine Vincent Cabral

Posted On December 11th, 2013 -

Nov. 11, 2013
Josephine Vincent “Josie” Cabral, 86, of Honolulu, a Pearl City swimming pool manager for the city Department of Parks and Recreation, died in Honolulu. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by daughters Yvonne Marandola, Naomi Motoshige and Karen M. Cabral; brother Peter P. Vincent; sister Malia Apio; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1525 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

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Rosario Donato Cabal

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Nov. 14, 2013
Rosario Donato Cabal, also known as “Yayong” and “Rose,” 94, of Wahiawa, a Dole Plantation employee and mess hall retiree at Schofield Barracks, died in Wahiawa. She was born in Ivana, Batanes, Philippines. She is survived by son Oscar D., daughters Machellie C. Rabanal and Lilian C. Barsana, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 1403-A California Ave., Wahiawa. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Cary Miles Barreto

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Dec. 8, 2013
Cary Miles Barreto, 57, of Paauilo, Hawaii, an airport fire equipment operator at Kona Airport, died in Honolulu. He was born in Long Beach, Calif. He is survived by sisters Julie Barreto and Ramona Cutri. Services: 1 p.m. Friday at Kona Airport fire station.

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Angeline Kawailani Hueu Apo

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Nov. 20, 2013
Angeline Kawailani Hueu Apo, 83, of Waianae, a retired Princess Kaiulani Hotel housekeeping supervisor, died in Waianae. She was born in Hana, Maui. She is survived by sons Matthew K., Jonathan K. and Wade L. Mano; daughters Darylene K. Alboro and Reginamae K. Martin; stepdaughter Melvina Kanaha; brother Jacob Hueu; sisters Irene Kalawaia and Laura Mohika; 26 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Serafin Abelaye

Posted On December 11th, 2013 -

Dec. 1, 2013
Serafin “Bones” Abelaye, 65, of Pearl City, a former Specialty Builders contractor, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Trinidad; brothers Joseph Jr., Melvin, Brian, Clyde and David; and sisters Miriam and Yolanda Kikawa. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City. Mass: 10 a.m. Graveside inurnment services: 12:45 p.m. Monday at Nuuanu Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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CRYSTAL HISAE NITTA

Posted On December 10th, 2013 -

CRYSTAL HISAE NITTA Age 64, of Kailua, passed away on November 29, 2013, in Kuakini Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a self-employed beautician, dba Crystal’s Hair Salon. She is survived by her brothers, Alan M. (Anne) and Myron N. (Karen) Nitta and sister, Carolyn Y. (Wesley) Uemoto. Private services held.

EUNICE YUEN OY KONG LAU

Posted On December 10th, 2013 -

EUNICE YUEN OY KONG LAU 92 of Honolulu, Hawaii died December 2, 2013 at the Hale Ho Aloha Nursing Home. She was born August 2, 1921 in Lilong, China. Eunice Lau, the late owner of Gum Chew Lau Noodle Factory, lived in Kaimuki, on the island of Oahu for the past 65 years where she and her husband raised three children. Throughout her life, work, and participation in the Christian Chinese Church Community, Eunice gained a diverse group of friends, and hanai family. Many people helped her when she first moved to Oahu; in return, she lovingly and generously reciprocated by assisting others in need. During her retirement years she learned and excelled at various crafts such as knitting and crocheting, making dish scrubbies and baby hats for the hospital, neck and haku lei- making, using flowers, feathers, money, even recyclable materials. Her garden bloomed with cigar flowers and pikake. She kissed babies, played mahjong, cooked and ate delicious food, traveled the world and lived life to the fullest. Towards the end she suffered from diabetes progressive kidney failure. She opted not to receive dialysis treatment, rather fearlessly awaiting death. At the age of 92, she died at 12:30 a.m. on December 2, 2013, at Hale Ho Aloha on Pacific Heights Road, with her only granddaughter Dory Jay, and daughter Victoria at her side. She will be remembered by many. A hui hou kakou Eunice. She is survived by Son: Foster K.C. Patricia Young) Lau; Daughter: Victoria L. (Donald) Kong; granddaughter: Dory Jay G.F. Kong. Visitation Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Diamond Head Mortuary Chapel. A Funeral Service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Graveside services will be held at 12:45 p.m. at the Diamond Head Memorial Park. The family requests that aloha attire be worn for the services.

ISAMU KOBASHIGAWA

Posted On December 10th, 2013 -

ISAMU KOBASHIGAWA Age 86, of Pearl City, HI, passed away November 21, 2013 in Honolulu. Born March 1, 1927 in Honolulu, HI. He is survived by daughters, Lorraine (Paul) Asano, Doreen (Ronny) Higuchi; sister, Sally Nakata; 4 grandchildren. Private Services were held.

ROSARIO “YAYONG, ROSE” DONATO CABAL

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12-10 ROSARIO CABALROSARIO YAYONG, ROSE DONATO CABAL Age 94, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away November 14, 2013 in Wahiawa. Born March 11, 1919 in Ivana, Batanes, Philipines. A dedicated employee of Dole Plantation who retired from the mess hall at Schofield Barracks. A devoted and loyal parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows, Roman Catholic Church, Wahiawa and also an active member of the Wahiawa Filipino Catholic Club. Preceded in death by her loving husband Sixto “Itong” Moral Cabal, son Rolando “Ben” Donato Cabal, parents Bernardo C. Cataluna & Josefa G. Donato, brother Severo M. Cataluna. She is survived by son, Oscar (Irene Acosta) Donato Cabal; daughters, Machellie (Roger) Cabal Rabanal, Lilian (Jose) Cabal Barsana; 10 grand- children; 11 great-grand- children. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 15) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10:00 a.m. Monday (Dec. 16) at Our Lady of Sorrows Church; (1403 A California Ave., Wahiawa) Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

VICTOR “PAPA” GARO, SR.

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VICTOR PAPA GARO, SR. Age 86, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away November 9, 2013 in Wahiawa. Born July 24, 1927 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Retired machinist at Del Monte Fresh Produce. Former owner of Rosa’s Lounge in Wahiawa. U.S. Army veteran Korean Conflict. He is survived by faithful companion, Patricia A. Acoba; son, Victor (Elaine) Garo, Jr.; daughters, Ida Maryott, Doreen G. Provost; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Marciana Quidez. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 15) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Monday (Dec. 16) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 10 a.m. Burial 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

AIKO TAIRA

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AIKO TAIRA Age 85, of Waipahu, HI, passed away November 3, 2013 in Kaneohe. Born August 18, 1928 in Waimea, Kauai. Minister of education for 25 years. She is survived by brother, Sachio (Tokie) Taira; sister, Chiyoko Taira. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Saturday (December 14) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 10:00 a.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

Michael Edward Yasui

Posted On December 10th, 2013 -

Nov. 9, 2013
Michael Edward Yasui, 65, of Pearl City, owner of Frame Masters, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Jacquelyn K., son Andrew E., daughters Shannyn K. and Vanessa K., brother Daniel Y., sisters Patricia M. Teeuw and Dianne N. Ishida, and two grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 10:30 a.m. Aloha attire. Incorrect information in an obituary published Sunday.

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Saturnino Villafuerte

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Nov. 21, 2013
Saturnino Villafuerte, 79, of Honolulu, a retired city emergency medical technician and a Hawaii Kai Golf Course employee, died in St. Francis Hospice. He was born in Puukolii, Maui. He is survived by wife Dolores; son Shawn; daughters Lee Ann and Teresa Villafuerte, and Vanessa Kahalewai and Deneen Kawamoto; brother Phillip; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Mass: 10:45 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

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Richard Antone Torres Sr.

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Nov. 27, 2013
Richard Antone “Torres Twin” Torres Sr., 65, of Ewa Beach died in Aiea. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Richard A. Jr. and Jonah M. Sr.; daughter Antoinette M.; brothers George, Ronald, Daneile and Nathan Torres, and Mathew Milo; sisters April Moniz, Iveene Dugue, Victoria Torres and Nelenette Nunies; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Pray for Sex Beach, Waianae. Celebration of life to follow at the family residence. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Toshio Tokunaga

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Oct. 18, 2013
Toshio “Charlie” Tokunaga, 86, of Pearl City, a retired customs inspector and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by wife Tamie “Betty,” sons Ken A. and Don T., daughter Vera S. Iwasaki, brother Akira and a grandchild. Private services.

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Yasuko Tanaka

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Nov. 5, 2013
Yasuko Tanaka, 91, of Honolulu, a retired Noelani Elementary School cafeteria baker, died in Oahu Care Facility. She was born in Makaweli, Kauai. She is survived by sons Steven K., Arnold M. and Daniel H.; daughter Claire M. Hasegawa; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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John Isamu Tamanaha

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Nov. 2, 2013
John Isamu Tamanaha, 96, of Honolulu, a retired carpenter, died in Los Angeles. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by son Philip; daughters Karen Fujioka, Velma Smith, Beryl Inouye and Naomi Tramblie; sister Florence; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Bernadette Vierra Rodrigues

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Dec. 6, 2013
Bernadette Vierra Rodrigues, 93, of Wailuku died at home. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by sons Ronald and Colin, daughters Colette Chow and Mary Beth Santos, brother Philbert, sister Irene Cambra, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

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