Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

Oberiano “Bay” Sojot

Posted On November 25th, 2017 -

Oberiano 86 of Ewa, Hawaii, passed away on November 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Juanita "Lillian" Sojot; His children; Rodney (Anita), Jon (Rose), Wanda "Tita", and Terri. Seven grandchildren; Thirteen great grandchildren; and his sister Angela Daclison. Visitation: 9:30 a.m.; Mass: 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Church, 91-1298 Renton Road, Ewa. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park Cemetery. Reception to follow at Immaculate Conception Church.

Dr. John C. Burgess

Posted On November 25th, 2017 -

Dr. John C. BurgessOctober 29,1923-May 14, 2017 Dr. John C. Burgess, 93, of Lanikai, Hawaii, passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii after being in failing health for several years. John C. Burgess was born in Providence RI to Helen and Kenney Burgess. He attended Brown University for undergraduate studies, graduating in 1944 with a BS in engineering. He enlisted in the submarine service and was appointed a Lieutenant to serve as a communications officer on the USS Flounder (SS-251), a diesel electric boat of the Gato class during its last three war patrols mostly off of Indochina until the end of the war. He was in Manila just after it was liberated from the Japanese. He was an instructor, teaching, and research assistant at Stanford University, Brown University, and the University of Puerto Rico from 1946-1953. He was married to Frances on June 21, 1953 in San Mateo, CA. From 1953 to 1961, he was a lecturer at Stanford and the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. He was awarded a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in 1955. Following graduation he worked at SRI International and United Technologies in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1966 he and his family moved to Hawaii, where he was a full professor and Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering department at University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus. He later chose to relinquish the chairmanship to concentrate on teaching, becoming a tenured professor and retiring in 1995. During his tenure at UH, he was President of the College Faculty Senate from 1969-1971. He was an active member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), joining in 1957 and elevated to Fellow in 1978. He chaired the first three joint meetings of the ASA and the Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ) in 1978, 1988 and 1996, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation in 1996 from the ASA, as well as Medal of Special Merit from the ASJ, also in 1996. He also enjoyed flying gliders in California, backpacking in Hawaii and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, flower and nature photography, and experimenting with growing bananas in the back yard. John C. Burgess is survived by his wife, Frances, his children Elizabeth A. Mazik, John K. Burgess, William C. Burgess, and two grandchildren. There will be a private family ceremony at the family burial plot near Boston, MA. In lieu of flowers, a gift to the Nature Conservancy or the Sierra Club in his name would be welcome. Arrangements Provided By: Ultimate Cremation Services LLC

Walter Masato Nakagawa

Posted On November 25th, 2017 -

85, of Honolulu passed away on November 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Doris, sons, Chris (Toddi) and Scott (Jenny), and five grandchildren. Visitation will be at Nuuanu Memorial Park at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, with services at 11:00 a.m. inurnment will be at Punchbowl Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

Bernice Chiyo Baquering

Posted On November 25th, 2017 -

98, of Honolulu, passed away 11/10/2017. She was born 7/23/1919 in Lawai, Kauai and was a retired housekeeping supervisor for the Sheraton Moana-Surfrider Hotel. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband Rosendo Baquering and daughter Nancy Jordan. Survived by sons, Brett and Bart; daughters, Karen Crozier, Phyllis Fleming, Camilla Crowder, Michelle Martin, Odette McCoy; sisters, Sumiko Shimabuku, Katherine Uejo, Janice Gampon; 21 grandchildren, many great- and great-great grandchildren. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, 12/02/2017, at Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu. Mass 11:00 a.m. Arrangements Provided By: Diamond Head Mortuary

Walter Joseph Fairfax, III

Posted On November 24th, 2017 -

Walter Joseph Fairfax, IIIWalter Joseph Fairfax, III, beloved father and grandfather, treasured brother and uncle, passed from this life peacefully in Newport Beach, California on October 5, 2017, after an extended battle with cancer. He was 75 years old. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 22, 1942 to Walter and Elizabeth Fairfax. Raised in West Covina, California, Walt graduated from West Covina High School and attended Mt. San Antonio College, earning an associate's degree in business. He spent his early working years in finance, real estate and restaurant ownership and the last twenty years of his career as a small business owner in the aerospace industry, retiring in 2003. Walt enjoyed traveling and he loved sports, especially basketball. Throughout his life, Walt was an avid golfer, boater and fisherman. He spent a good portion of his retirement years living in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he enjoyed golfing with his friends and taking his boat out to sea. He was an active booster club member for the University of Hawaii Men's Basketball Program. He was a generous and loving father and grandfather who loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed attending his grandchildren's activities, events, and performances. He is survived by his daughter Deborah Glenn (John) of Rancho Cucamonga, his son Kevin Fairfax (Carrie) of Newport Beach and seven grandchildren: Andrea Glenn, Alexandra Kolowena (Mitchell), Alana Glenn, Kathryn Glenn, Christopher Glenn, Sophia Fairfax and Julianna Fairfax. He also leaves brothers David Fairfax, Ronald Fairfax (Pamela), Guerin Fairfax and a sister, Bernadette Fairfax as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on November 12th, at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar with a celebration of life harbor cruise following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walt's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the University of Hawaii Men's Basketball Program.

Frances Miharu Fukuda Ogasawara

Posted On November 24th, 2017 -

Frances Miharu Fukuda Ogasawara88, having lived a long and wonderful life passed away peacefully on October 30, 2017 at Maunalani Nursing & Rehab Center. She was born on October 3, 1929 in Honolulu. Graduated from McKinley High School (Class of 1947) and Honolulu Business College. She is survived by her husband, Herbert; son, Bert (Cynthia); daughters, Valerie (Robert) Kidani, Cynthia (Bradley) Nelson; six grandchildren, two great-grand- children; sister, Dorothy Fujimoto and nephews and nieces. Visitation 5 pm on Friday (Dec 1) at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services begins at 6 pm. Interment at Punchbowl Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary

Karel A. Ling

Posted On November 24th, 2017 -

Karel A. Ling KAREL A. LING On the morning of Friday November 3rd, 2017, Karel A. Ling was called home to our Heavenly Father. Karel was born in Bend, Oregon on March 23rd, 1940. She met her husband Kenneth K. M. Ling (deceased), while attending Linfield College where she graduated with a BA Degree in Social Work. Both Karel and Kenneth used their Social Work degrees to help many challenged youths during their tenure at Palama Settlement. Karel went on to work at the Hawai'i Children's Justice Center, and Koolau Boy's Home (Hawaii Youth Correctional Center). Karel retired in 2002, from Marine Corps Base Hawaii - Communications Department. Karel loved her fellowship with Kailua Christian Church, her group bible studies with classes from Bible Institute of Hawaii, and being a member of the Windward YMCA Y's Men's Club, donating her time in helping others. Karel is survived by her three sons - Scot (Pauahi), Mark (Rennie), Lance (Shana), two daughters - Heidi Cummings (Walter Jr.) and Heather Bernal (Eric Sr.). She is also survived by her siblings - Karon Chapman, Robert Reed, Val Reed, and Rick Reed. Karel has 16 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at Borthwick Mortuary, on Maunakea Street, on Friday December 1st, 2017. Visitation and viewing at 9:30am, Service at 10:30am with lunch to follow. Burial will be on the same day at Hawaiian Memorial Park at 2pm. Aloha Attire requested.

Edwin M. Kunitake

Posted On November 24th, 2017 -

72, passed away on October 17, 2017. Born in Puunene, Maui, he retired in 2013 after working 46 years at the Sears Service Center and a TV technician. One day at work, a good friend called out 'Moose' and Edwin turned around. That 'name' was his from that day on. He enjoyed golfing and playing softball with co-workers and friends. He loved to read about and watch all sports and was a faithful Giants fan. He also enjoyed traveling with his family every year and saw a Giants game in San Francisco in 2009. After retiring, he liked to pass his time solving the daily Sudoku puzzles and playing Candy Crush-both of which he became good at. Edwin was a man of few words, who loved his family and was very proud of his son. He is survived by wife, Susan and son, Keith. Brothers - Clifford (Nancy) and Stanley (Rita). Sisters - Jane (James Tanaka), Joan (Bert Murai), Norene Wang and Arlene (Nathan Akiyoshi). Sister-in-law - Anne (Glenn Teruya). 12 nieces and nephews and 15 grandnieces and grandnephews. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary

JERRY B. NORRIS

Posted On November 24th, 2017 -

JERRY B. NORRIS- So Loved & Missed! - Me Ke Aloha Pumehana, Your wife, Merrie Carol

Patrick Yoshikatsu Kaya

Posted On November 23rd, 2017 -

Patrick Yoshikatsu Kaya, 92, of Wahiawa passed away on November 10, 2017. He was born in Spreckelsville, Maui. He was a Korean War Veteran with 27 years of service in the Army. Pat is survived by his wife, Patsy (Toba), a sister, Jane Kurisu, of Wailuku, Maui, and was predeceased by brothers Setsu and Masa and sister Sally (Kaya) Inouye. Pat is also survived by three children, Kevin, of Lakeland, FL, Craig, of Tacoma, WA and Sharon, of Gettysburg, PA, 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Private services held. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary

Pedro Alonzo Bonsilao

Posted On November 23rd, 2017 -

Pedro Bonsilao, age 84, of Crystal River, Florida formerly of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away on October 31, 2017 in Ocala, FL. Pedro was born on December 15, 1932. He was a retired Self-Employed Electronic Technician. Survived by his wife, Evangeline Del Pilar Bonsilao, his five children: Judith Stepaniak (William Paul), Janet Bonsilao, Jocelyn Adams (Curtis Todd), Antonio Bonsilao (Carissa), and Allan Bonsilao; his six grand- children and three great grand- children. Private cremation took place under the direction of Brown Funeral Home and Crematory in Lecanto, FL.

Miyoko Okaji

Posted On November 22nd, 2017 -

94, of Kailua, Oahu formerly of Pepeekeo, passed away on October 27, 2017 in Waipahu. She was born on September 10, 1923 in Hakalau. She is survived by daughters Karen (Earl) Nishioka and Lorna (Bruce) Koike; brother Thomas (Rosemary) Kawamoto, sisters Shizue Iwashita and Masae Okamoto; 2 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary

WILLIAM GOON SEONG MAU

Posted On November 22nd, 2017 -

99, of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away on October 20, 2017. He was born September 24, 1918 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Mau was a retired Administrator from the Department of Labor - State of Hawaii. Survived by daughter Carolyn (Jack) Kanemaru, 2 sons Marshall (Jan) Mau and Ryan (Allison) Mau, 2 grandchildren John and Jaclyn Kanemaru, 2 great grandchildren Sean and Jordan Kanemaru, brother Walter Mau and beloved pet dog AB. Thank you for being our Dad. Always in our hearts. Private services held.

Marilyn H.Q. Lum

Posted On November 22nd, 2017 -

Age 92, of Honolulu, passed away November 4, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. Survived by her daughter, Valerie W.F. Simmons; sons, Nelson W.K. and Stanton W.S. Lum; brothers, Francis and Henry Chun; sisters, Gwen Yuen, Gloria Oda and Dorothy Chinen; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Visitation 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Oahu Cemetery Chapel; Service at 6:30 p.m.; Aloha attire. Arrangements Provided By: Leeward Funeral Home

FRANCIS DEN SUMIDA

Posted On November 20th, 2017 -

Francis Sumida passed away November 9 in Honolulu. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, Corey (Denise); daughter, Andrea Murakami (Scott); and brothers Melvin and Dennis Sumida. Also surviving him are four grandchildren: Emma and Jessa Sumida and Camryn and Logan Murakami. Visitation will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary, East Chapel. Services will follow at 5 p.m. Casual attire, no flowers. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

Ken Hideo Miyaji

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

66, of Moiliili, a Vietnam War Army veteran and owner of Blinds of Hawaii, passed away on October 6, 2017 at Tripler Army Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by his wife, Edean; sons, Shane and Shannon; daughter, Leisha (Mark) Cunningham; brother, Wayne (Claire); sisters, Bobbi Kanemoto and Kats (Stan) Doi; and by granddaughters, Emily and Ellie. Visitation is at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. The service begins at 4:00 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

Jean Reiko Samura Lukela

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

86, passed away on Nov. 2, 2017. Born in Wailea, Hawaii, she was a housewife and longtime parent volunteer at Kamehameha Schools. Wife of the late Henry Noa Lukela, survived by daughters Debra (Paul) Suyat of Honolulu and Donna (Lawrence) Mahuna of Hilo. Brother Kazuto (Winnie) Samura of Honolulu and sister- in-laws Diana Samura of Honolulu and Topsy Samura of Hilo. Step- son Henry Lukela, Jr. 7 grand- children. 1 great-grandchild. Services will be held at Nuuanu Memorial Park on Saturday Dec. 2, 2017. Visitation at 4:30pm. Services at 5:30pm. Aloha attire. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

Suzanne Carroll Thiessen

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

Suzanne Carroll Thiessen1935-2017 Suzanne Carroll Thiessen, 82, passed away peacefully on October 4. She was a 50-year resident of Hawaii. Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Suzanne is remembered as industrious, artistic, stylish, witty, energetic, and politically-engaged. Born to Arthur and Eunice Reasoner in Muncie, Indiana on June 5, 1935, she was the third of four children. She was raised in Flint, Michigan, with brothers Vaughn, Jack; and Timothy. Suzanne graduated June 1953, from Central High School in Flint. She competed on the girl's track, softball and basketball teams. She was a musician who sang and played piano. As a college freshman, she attended the Flint campus of the University of Michigan. Sophomore year, Suzanne transferred to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. There, she majored in art and joined the Alpha Phi sorority. While on a blind date, she met the love of her life, Wayne Thiessen, a Californian, who was in Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and Naval R.O.T.C. After Wayne graduated in 1955, they married and began a union of 60 wonderful, adventurous years together. They moved to Virginia where Ensign Thiessen was posted to the Norfolk Naval Base. When Wayne was discharged from the U.S. Navy four years later, they relocated with their toddler daughters Michelle and Kimberlee to nearby Williamsburg. During the 1960s, while Suzanne was a fulltime homemaker, the family grew with three more children: Bradford, Douglas and Tamara. On weekends, Suzanne helped manage the family art shop, Gallerie Internationale, selling paintings, jewelry, and fine gifts in historic Colonial Williamsburg. She also attended classes at William & Mary College to continue her undergraduate education. Then, she got involved in politics when Wayne ran for U.S. Congress. In late 1967, Hawaii beckoned as Wayne was offered a position with a naval contractor in Pearl Harbor. The Thiessens moved to Hawaii Kai. Suzanne raised their sun & surf-kissed children while helping at Koko Head Elementary School and campaigning with Wayne when he ran for the U.S. Senate. The following year, baby Patricia was welcomed into the family. In 1970, the Thiessens moved to Saipan, in Micronesia where Wayne was appointed as the Chief of Transportation. The family spent the next ten years between Saipan, Guam, and a home-base in Honolulu. Suzanne helped found a kindergarten in Saipan and began an extensive seashell collection. Later, when Wayne launched Transoceanic Navigation Company - a shipping service serving Hawaii and Micronesia - she worked with him in the office. In 1982, Wayne became the harbor master in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Suzanne spent some years in the kingdom, and then back to Honolulu and work for Maui Divers selling jewelry. After the Middle East, Suzanne and Wayne moved to Washington, D.C. where she finished a government relations certificate program at George Washington University. She worked as a senior program coordinator for the Close-Up Foundation - her favorite job of a lifetime - where she assisted senior groups who visited the U.S. Capitol. During the sunset years of their careers, Suzanne and Wayne managed several hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area. Afterwards, they retired permanently in Honolulu. For 40 years, Suzanne volunteered at the Holy Nativity Church Thrift Store in Aina Haina. In later years, the store became the center of her social life. Suzanne is pre-deceased by her parents, brothers and husband. She is survived by six children: Michelle Aschwald (Howard) of San Rafael, CA; Kimberlee Miller (Richard) of Honolulu; Bradford Thiessen (Becky) of Honolulu; Douglas Thiessen (Pauline) of Irvine, CA; Tamara Brown (Christopher) of Fresno, CA. and Patricia Halvorsen (Kit) of Honolulu. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Suzanne is interred with her husband at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. The memorial service was private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Episcopal Relief & Development. Info: episcopalrelief.org

KATSUMI YAMADA

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

KATSUMI YAMADAKatsumi "Kats" Yamada, 70, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2017 at Queen's Medical Center. Katsumi managed and owned a transportation called Caravan Island To us between years 1974 to 1998. After closing his business, he started his career as a funeral director at Nu'uanu Memorial Park and Mortuary. He was also a former member of the Hawaii Kendo Federation Board of Directors and chief instructor of Kenshikan Kendo Club. He is survived by wife Hiroko Yamada; son, Jack (Shiho) Yamada; daughter, Karen (Frodel) Tolentino; sister, lkuyo (Haruo) Kyoshi and granddaughter Rhyse Tolentino. Funeral service 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Nu'uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Visitation 2:00 p.m. Casual attire. Arrangements provided by: Nu'uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

LEWIS “LOUIE” HUNTINGTON HUBBARD

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

LEWIS 78, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2017, surrounded by family. Born December 16, 1938 in Waialua, Hawaii. He was the second oldest and only son of four children born to Emma (McClellan) and Lewis Hubbard. He attended Kamehameha Schools and graduated in 1956. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he graduated with a bachelors and masters degree in industrial arts education. He worked as an industrial arts and technology teacher and bus driver, with 40 years of service to Kamehameha Schools. He loved his job and enjoyed teaching and mentoring his Hawaiian students. Louie met and married his wife, Barbara (Kobus) in 1969. They made their home in Pupukea, where they raised their two daughters, Lori and Lani. He was very active in the lives of his four grandchildren. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Barbara Ann (Kobus) Hubbard. Survived by daughters, Lori M. (Siaosi) Saelua, Lani K. Hubbard & Scott Humber; sister, Lela Hubbard; grandchildren, Ka'ena Humber, Kaleo Humber, Jodi Saelua, Josh Saelua. Celebration for Louie will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Mililani Memorial Park Mauka Chapel. Visitation 5:30pm, services commencing at 6:30pm. Aloha Attire. No flowers, but lei welcome to adorn a lei tree.

Beverly Noa

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

Beverly Noa BEVERLY NOA KENNEY Beverly Kauiokanahele Rivera Noa Kenney passed away after a three year battle with cancer on October 19, 2017. Born June 14, 1933, in Los Angeles, California to Benny Rivera and Victoria Miller, Beverly was raised in Honolulu where she graduated from Farrington High School. At the age of six, she was introduced to hula by Aunty Louise Beamer and later studied under the revered 'Iolani Luahine. At the age of 18, Bev was crowned Miss Hawaii 1952 and traveled throughout the continental US promoting Hawaii and sharing her hula magic. Her professional career started as a featured dancer at Don the Beachcomber's in Waikiki. Beverly has graced the stage in top showrooms in Hawaii including the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Tapa Room, The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and the Halekulani where she shared the stage with Ed Kenney and some of Hawaii's most notable singers and dancers. She became a favorite model for Kamehameha Garment Company and Alfred Shaheen and became the Hawaii Visitor Bureau's "poster girl" which won her national recognition and acclaim. Beverly's love for fashion led her fashion career to be part of the first Calvin Klein and Chanel retail teams in Hawaii. With all her professional success, her greatest accomplishments in life are her two children and family. She married Fred Noa, Sr. and had her firstborn son, Fred Noa, Jr., a principal at Bluerock Partners. Later married singer Ed Kenney Jr., and together they had their son, chef and restaurateur, Ed Kenney. Beverly Noa Kenney is survived by sons Fred (Ginger) Noa and Edward (Spanky) Kenney and grandchildren Celia and Duke Kenney. A celebration of her remarkable life will be held on Saturday, November 25th at Waialae Country Club. Reception: 8:00 a.m.; Program: 9:00 a.m. Lei are welcome.

DENISE AKIKO (MURAKI) TANAKA

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

DENISE AKIKO (MURAKI) TANAKAOn Thursday, October 26, 2017, the rainbow over Kaneohe, O'ahu got a little more colorful as Denise Akiko Tanaka (Muraki) joined the angels above who were waiting there to hold her hands. She fought the bravest and most courageous mother's fight against breast cancer for four years. Denise will always remain close and deep in the hearts of her husband, Gregg Tanaka, and their two little children, Brenon and Keira. She was the daughter of Clifton and Sharon Muraki and sister to Scott and Kristi Muraki. Harold & Carol Tanaka and Darcie & Donn, Reynn, Torie and Kai Hoshide will miss their daughter-in-law, sister-in-law and aunty. Hawaiian Electric Industries and their leaders will miss their dedicated General Counsel and Charitable Foundation Administrative Assistant. All of her family and friends will miss her constant bright smile, giggles, and happiness while with her husband and children at each holiday event or while just throwing the fishing poles out at the beach. Services will be held on Saturday November 25, 2017 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Visitation: 11 am; Service: 12 pm. Aloha attire. No flowers.

WILLIAM A. BEE, SR.

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

WILLIAM A. BEE, SR.Passed away at his home in Hilo, Hawaii at the age of 80 years old on October 18, 2017. He was born on May 2, 1937. He was survived by his Children William A. Bee Jr., Anthony J. Bee, Katherine James, Carleen Lim and Gary Bee. William was preceded in death by his wife Sharon Bee (2016) and his son Wayne A. Bee (2016). At our Father's request, no service will be held. "Give a dog a bone"Willie.

REIKO OKANO

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

REIKO OKANOReiko Okano, 94, of Honolulu, passed away peacefully at home on Nov 5, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Perhaps the many tragedies in Reiko's youth made her strong. Born and raised in Tokyo, her mother died when she was 9; at 13, her father suffered a stroke; at 17, Reiko's only sister fell ill and passed away, then her father died. At 18, a clerical job would afford her a modest apartment, but when WW2 broke out, fire bombs fell on Tokyo destroying her apartment and place of work. She was 22. The war ended and Americans occupied Japan. Reiko fell in love with Teiji Frank Okano, a handsome American soldier from Seattle. However, Americans were forbidden to marry Japanese citizens. Teiji had filed a marriage request but after 2 yrs of romance, was transferred back to the US and eventually honorably discharged. Reiko waited while Teiji reenlisted, in a continued effort to reunite in Japan. Instead, he was deployed for the Korean War. Marriage was now possible, but being in Korea, he asked his brother, George, based in Tokyo, to stand in for him and married Reiko by proxy. 2 yrs passed before they were reunited but in the end, they were happily married for over 70 yrs. Life in Japan was good with 3 children. They enjoyed a vibrant social life, drinking, dancing, and bowling. From flower arranging to classical Japanese dance, Reiko thrived. She invested in stocks and real estate, and even opened a cafe, while Teiji worked for the Army/Air Force Exchange. In 1967, the US started closing military bases and Teiji was transferred to New Jersey, then, Louisiana. There were "Whites Only" signs and no Asians in sight, and Reiko didn't speak a word of english or drive. After 2 yrs, the next transfer to Hawaii was perfect, halfway between Tokyo and Seattle. Golfing together until 82 and playing poker weekly till 89, her annual trips to Las Vegas with Teiji and Cathy ended at 90 when she also quit smoking as a pact with her granddaughter. Reiko was also an avid reader and loved gardening. She helped raise 3 granddaughters and cooked daily, often for a family of 10, with children, grandchildren, and their partners. Everyone loved her tonkatsu, sukiyaki, okonomiyaki, and other specialties. She complained about all the cooking and cleaning but it never stopped her from preparing the next delicious meal or keeping an impeccably clean home. Thank you Mom for nourishing all of us and for being such a pillar of strength throughout our lives. We will miss you and will take care of Dad till he joins you. Reiko is survived by her husband, Teiji; children, Patrick (wife, Taehee), Catherine, and Joyce; granddaughters, Mariko, Remy, and Kenna Reed; and great granddaughters, Riley, Aya and Hilina'i.

Tamae Fujii

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

Tamae FujiiA nurse and homemaker, died October 10, 2017 at Arcadia Retirement Residence. She was 97. Born January 20, 1920 in Ola'a, Hawai'i to parents Taichi Takaue and Haru Morimitsu Takaue, she attended Hilo High School before moving to O'ahu, where she graduated from The Queen's Hospital School of Nursing. While working at Queen's, she met a young eligible physician, Takeo "Toots" Fujii. Despite his wish for her to stay in Honolulu, she could not pass on the opportunity to pursue postgraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. However, in the end, Toots's persistent letter writing convinced her to abandon her studies to be with him. Returning to Honolulu, she married Toots, assisted him in his growing private practice, and began raising a family in Manoa. Family and friends remember Tamae for her active life, including making ceramics, traveling, line and ballroom dancing, swimming, cooking, and baking. She was known for her Spam musubi, custard and lilikoi chiffon pies, Toots's favorites. She was a member of Kuakini Auxiliary and Central Union Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Takeo Fujii, a sister, Hisako Hirai, and a brother, Yuji Takaue. She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Chun (Richard) and Muriel Fujii, and a son Gregg Fujii (Tracey). She is also survived by three grandchildren, Emily and Erin Chun, and Thomas Amano, as well as two nieces, Gene Uno and Carol Paik. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

DAVID BONIFACE PAAHANA, SR.

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

DAVID BONIFACE PAAHANA, SR. DAVID BONIFACE PAAHANA, SR. 80, of Waipahu went home to the Lord Nov. 2, 2017 in Waipahu. He was born on Maui. David was an aircraft mechanic in the Hawaii Air National Guard at Hickam Air Force Base. He retired as Senior Master Sergeant 154 Squadron after 40 years of service. Survived by wife Brenda (Rivera) Sons David, Jr (Darlene) Paahana, Steven Paahana and Sonny (Nani) Clifton, daughter Sherry Clifton (Cris Caughill) Kimberly Chun and Roxane Hernandez, 9 grandchildren & 6 great- grandchildren; Brothers Donald (Mary) Paahana & Dennis (Gina) Paahana; Sisters Patsy Tolentino and Marilyn (Ron) Cozo along with many nieces & nephews. Mass 10 am, Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017 at St. Joseph Church of Waipahu, followed by a Life Celebration at 5:30pm Mililani Mauka Chapel, Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017.

Milton “Nappy” Kanaha Napuunoa, Sr.

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

Milton 75, of Mililani, died in Honolulu on Saturday, November 4, 2017. He was born in Honolulu. A celebration of life and scattering of ashes will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 8:30 am-11:30 am at the Waikiki Elks Lodge #616 2933 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815. Valet service available. Arrangements Provided By: Ultimate Cremation Services LLC

ALICE H. FUJITA

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

ALICE H. FUJITA86 of Honolulu, HI passed away on Oct. 6, 2017. She is survived by Son: Ricky Daughters: Lynne (Gary) Fujita- Chung, Linda Murakami, Dianne Fujita. 5 Grandchildren & 2 Great Grandchildren. Sister: Florence (Richard) Furushima. Visitation 10:00 a.m.; Services 11:00 a.m. on Friday November 24, 2017 at Mililani Morturary - Downtown Chapel. Burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday Nov. 25th at Mililani Memorial Park.

Gerard Luis Tambalo

Posted On November 19th, 2017 -

70, of Honolulu, passed away on November 27, 2017. Born in Honolulu, he was a supervisor for the State of Hawaii Hawaii Housing Authority. He is survived by his wife, Lois; son, Jarrett (Dorsil) Tambalo; step-sons, Lee and Lyle (Amanda) Leonard; step-granddaughter, Stella; brother, Jerry (Nell) Tambalo; sisters, Jean (Albert) Ah Yuen, Gloria Tambalo, and Pearla (Wayne) Kouchi. Visitation from 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary; service at 5:00 p.m. Aloha attire. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary

Rona Kimiko Kasashima

Posted On November 18th, 2017 -

63, of Honolulu, passed away on October 15, 2017. Born in Honolulu, she was a secretary for Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA) Statistics Department. She is survived by her husband, Calvin; daughter, Rachel; mother, Jean Nagaoka and sister, Jodie Masuda. Visitation from 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary; service 4:00 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire. Arrangements Provided By: HOSOI GARDEN MORTUARY

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