Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

PAUL S. KENNEDY

Posted On August 25th, 2013 -

PAUL S. KENNEDY Rev. Paul S. Kennedy “Papa Paul”, age 79, Honolulu Hawaii passed away at home on August 20th, 2013. He was born on 7/28/1934 to Bishop Harry S. Kennedy and Katharine K. Kennedy in Denver, Colorado. He was convinced he was the favorite son amongst his four brothers, Bruce, David, Joel and Mark who all moved to Hawaii in 1944. He was married to his loving wife of 50 years, Rebe H. Kennedy on November, 18th, 1963. Paul attended ‘Iolani School and graduated in 1952 and went on to earn a B.A. from Trinity College and a Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In between, he served for three years as a jet bomber pilot for the Strategic Air Command in Arkansas. From 1963-1966 he was co-director for Project LIFE in Guatemala during which time he was ordained in the Episcopal Church and served as diocesan coordinator as well as welcomed his first and favorite child, Raquel. He moved his small family to Mexico City in 1968 to serve as chaplain and instructor in sociology at the St. Andrew’s Seminary in Mexico City during which another favorite child was born, Paul Che. In 1970 the family moved to Tucson, AZ to continue his passion for learning in Urban Anthropology. Here, his final favorite child was born, Ian. Papa Paul’s passion for teaching and love of Hawaii brought him back to Oahu in 1970 where he started his career at his alma mater, ‘Iolani School. Here he greatly impacted the lives of many during his time as a Teacher, Counselor & Head of Admissions. He retired in 1996 after 26 years of dedicated service. After his retirement, he was heavily involved with the Hawaii Literacy Society as a volunteer teacher and trainer as well as a part time teacher of AP Psychology at ‘Iolani School. Papa Paul had a deep love of sports, especially playing tennis, and was an avid supporter of all the ‘Iolani Sports teams as well as any team his grandchildren played on. He is survived by his loving wife, Rebe Kennedy, three children, Raquel Leong, Paul Che Kennedy & Ian Kennedy and five grandchildren, Timothy & Daniel Leong and Connor, Julia & Kai Kennedy and walking partner, Scooby. We will miss him dearly, especially his sense of humor. We love you, Papa. The funeral will be a private family service with ashes scattered at sea. A Eucharist Service open to all will be held in Paul’s honor on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 9am at St. Alban’s Chapel, ‘Iolani School. In lieu of flowers the family requests that gifts be made in his honor to ‘Iolani School. All gifts will be directed to the Scholarship Fund.

THOMAS LEO HORNER, SR.

Posted On August 25th, 2013 -

CAPT. (USN RET.) THOMAS LEO HORNER, SR. 97, of Honolulu, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2013. He retired as Chief of Staff COM14, CINCPAC Fleet, Pearl Harbor and Senior Account Executive at Insurance Associates Inc. He was a veteran of WWII, Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was born in Mohall, N. Dakota. He is survived by wife, Philomena T. Horner; sons, Thomas M. and Thomas L., Jr. Horner; daughters, Sandra M. Bourquin and Michele A. Horner; brother, Paul Horner; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Star of the Sea Church. Mass 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire. No flowers.

DAVID SEIGO YAMASHIRO

Posted On August 25th, 2013 -

DAVID SEIGO YAMASHIRO David Seigo Yamashiro, age 83, of Kaneohe, HI, passed away July 21, 2013 at Tripler Army Medical Center. Born in Makaweli, Kauai and graduated from Waimea High School. David proudly served in the United States Army and Air Force (retired). He is survived by his wife Momoye; daughter Lyris (John) Kaneshiro; son Daniel (Cindi) Yamashiro; grandchildren: Derrick, Biena and Damian Kaneshiro, Dane and David Yamashiro; great grandson Baron Kaneshiro- Hanzawa; sisters Chikako Yamashiro, Haruno Souza, Margaret Oshiro, Sueno Honma, Dora (Sutemi) Yamamoto, Rachael Yamashiro and Marjorie (George) Honjiyo; and sister-in-law June Yamashiro. Memorial Service: 11:00 am, Saturday, August 31 at Borthwick Mortuary. Visitation: 9:30 am. Additional parking available at Kukui Plaza. Casual attire/no flowers please. Burial: 2:00 pm, Tuesday, September 3 at Kaneohe Veterans Cemetery.

William Henry Crawford, Jr.

Posted On August 24th, 2013 -

WILLIAM HENRY CRAWFORD, JR. William “Bill”, born to William Sr. & Alice Crawford was the eldest of three children. Educated for 21 years in San Francisco, he came back to Hawaii to head Fireman’s Fund Insurance. He was interested in helping people and one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 42 years until his death on July 20th. He is survived by wife, Gay Napihaa-Crawford; brother, Richard Crawford and sister, Charlene Gomes also nephews, nieces, grand niece, grand nephews, cousins and father-in-law, Moses Napihaa. Visitation 12 p.m. Saturday, August 31 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services 1:00 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

VIOLA KU’ULEI QUINN

Posted On August 24th, 2013 -

VIOLA KU’ULEI QUINN Age 82, of Honolulu passed away August 6, 2013. Born May 16, 1931. A graduate of Maryknoll High School, she was active with the Manoa- Punahou Catholic Community. Survived by sons, John, William; daughters, Tisa Koki, Ida, Moana, Maryanne DeSilva, Viki Ventura; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Visitation 8:30 to 9:45 am Tuesday (August 27) at St. Pius X Church; Mass 10:00 am Graveside service 9:00 am Wednesday (August 28) at Diamond Head Memorial Park.

JERRY CARL KITAY

Posted On August 24th, 2013 -

JERRY CARL KITAY Jerry Carl Kitay, 75, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 14, 1938, passed away August 20, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii where he resided. He was the son of Belle Kitay. He spent his childhood in San Diego, and later lived in Los Angeles, CA. He received his B. A. Degree from the University of The Pacific, Stockton, CA and his Masters Degree from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA. He was a Marriage & Family Counselor, also a professor at the University of Hawaii, and a Businessman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Roybark Kitay and mother, Belle Kitay. He is survived by his daughter, Jill Pargoe of Honolulu; son Chad Kitay of Ramona, CA; two grandchildren, Logan and Harper Bledsoe of Honolulu; a sister, Phyllis Eckland and brother, Lee Kitay of California. Services will be held at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24th.

WALTER HIROSHI INOUYE

Posted On August 23rd, 2013 -

WALTER HIROSHI INOUYE Age 85, of Kaneohe, HI, passed away August 3, 2013 in Waipahu. Born April 15, 1928 in Hanapepe, Kauai. He is survived by wife, Helen S. Inouye; son, Neil Inouye; daughters, Juli (Troy) Torigoe, Jill Inouye, Carol (Greg) Jardon, Sharon Kalahiki; brothers, Roy Inouye, Alan Inouye; sisters, Helen Horikawa, Miki Okamura, Janet Shimonishi; 6 grand- children. Private services were held. No koden, please.

CRISPINA ASUNCION RECAIDO

Posted On August 23rd, 2013 -

CRISPINA ASUNCION RECAIDO Age 90, of Waipahu, HI, passed away July 31, 2013 in Honolulu. Born March 20, 1923 in Gabu, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. A retired Consolidated Theaters custodian. Also an active member of Alii Baptist Church and Nakoa Mission. She is survived by sons, Ador (Annie) Recaido, Noli (Chita) Recaido, Romulo (Nancy) Recaido; daughters, Rosalinda, Latonio, Magdalena (Dean Cabato) Baltazar; 18 grand- children; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Marcos Ansagay of Philippines; sisters, Caridad Agtarap of Philippines, Sally Jacinto of Philippines. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Sunday (August 25) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Monday (August 26) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Funeral Service 9:30 a.m. Burial 1:00 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual Attire.

ENRIQUE CORPUZ ANCHETA, SR.

Posted On August 23rd, 2013 -

ENRIQUE CORPUZ ANCHETA, SR. Age 88, of Mililani, HI, passed away July 31, 2013 in Mililani. Born June 21, 1925 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. A retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant and retired Pearl Harbor supply supervisor. He is survived by wife, Remedios R. Ancheta; sons, Robert Ancheta of Kauai, Ronald (Michelle) Ancheta of Maui, Raymond Ancheta of Maui, Dexter (Melissa) Ancheta of CO; daughters, Mildred Darlene Crowe of AZ, Teresita (Michael) Riis of CA; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grand- children; brother, Bernardo (Gloria) Ancheta. Visitation 5:00 p.m. Monday (August 26) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Tuesday (August 27) at St John Apostle & Evangelist Catholic Church; (95-370 Kuahelani Ave., Mililani) Mass 10:30 a.m. Committal Service 1:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual Attire.

JOHN DOUGLAS KEAULANA, JR.

Posted On August 23rd, 2013 -

JOHN DOUGLAS KEAULANA, JR. August 4, 2013, at 44, John Douglas Keaulana, Jr. was called home to our heavenly father. Born in Honolulu. A welder mechanic. Survived by his wife of 20 years, Sherry Pokakaa, Father John Keaulana, Sr. , Mother Cynthia Ng-Rodrigues, Brother Jason Keaulana, Sister Marlo Pepe’e and many nieces, nephew, uncles, aunties, cousins & friends. Celebration of Life, 10:00am August 25th @ Nanakuli Beach Park (Leeward Kai Halau) Scattering of ashes to follow. Call 216-2329 for information.

KAZUKO SINOTO

Posted On August 23rd, 2013 -

KAZUKO SINOTO Mrs. Kazuko Sinoto was born in Japan to parents Shigeomi and Kinuko Sato. She came to Hawai`i in 1957, gained permanent residency in 1966, and became a US citizen in 1982, upon the passing of her father, to sponsor her mother to live in Hawai`i. On Monday, August 5, 2013, following roughly two-months of illness, she passed away surrounded by her loving family at home. She was 85-years old. She is survived by her husband of 64-years, Yosihiko Sinoto; son, Akihiko (Lucindy); and three grandsons, Luke Kaneko, Laurent (Brandy), and Leigh. Kazuko came to Hawai`i in 1957 with her son to join her husband. She was a housewife for about 5 years after which she began to work at the Bishop Museum bookstore and gift shop. She continued at the shop until 1976 when the Hawai`i Immigrant Heritage Preservation Center was established at the Museum and she became one of its staff members. Her interest turned to researching the heritage of Japanese immigrants to Hawai`i. From that time, she embarked on a 37-year occupation of collecting, cataloging, and curating various objects acquired from the general public. At the Center, she coordinated the mounting of several exhibits dealing not only with Japanese, but also other ethnic immigrants to Hawaii. In 1985, to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the first arrival of Japanese contract immigrants to Hawai`i, a pictorial history book was published by Bishop Museum. This book, co-authored by Dr. Franklin Odo and Kazuko Sinoto, resulted from her 8-years of research reviewing historic Japanese language newspapers. She researched and compiled the photographs, other illustrations, and prepared the captions. Kazuko also translated the Japanese language edition of the publication. A travelling exhibit was prepared and presented in the home prefectures of the Japanese immigrants and Kazuko accompanied the exhibit. Following her tenure at the Museum, she became an independent consultant and continued her work on Japanese immigrant history in Hawai`i. She also lectured on the subject of immigrant history to various groups in the community and to visitors. She was also a founding member of the Joseph Heco Society of Hawai`i. Recently, her efforts had been focused towards the completion of a digital catalogue of the Bishop Museum Hawai`i Japanese Immigrant Collection comprising more than 13,000 items including objects, documents, books, and photographs. She was also working towards an illustrated and annotated catalogue of selected items for publication. Her work in compiling the heritage of Japanese Immigrants to Hawai`i has received recognition both in Hawai`i and Japan. Her family fondly remembers her love of plants and flowers that she cultivated and cared for tirelessly in her garden at home. She was also an accomplished cook who would prepare the Osechi ryori or New Years feast for her family every year. A private service will be held. The Bishop Museum has established a “Hawai`i Immigrant Heritage Preservation Fund” in honor of Kazuko Sinoto. Should you wish to provide a donation, please address it to the Bishop Museum specifying this fund. The funds received will aid in the continuation of immigrant-related research and educational programs. The Sinoto family wishes to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who provided support and encouragement through many kind words and deeds during this difficult time.

LILY KILIPOHE CHUNG

Posted On August 22nd, 2013 -

LILY KILIPOHE CHUNG Age 87, of Waipahu, HI, passed away August 7, 2013 in Honolulu. Born August 22, 1925 in Ewa, Honolulu. Retired from Kamehameha Schools, and there after became a entrepreneur. She is survived by sons, Jonah Pua Chung, Jr., Sam Akiona Chung, Gene Kwaihok Chung; daughter, Pearl Miulana Sale; sister, Martha Kapehunui O’ Kalani Aki; many grand- children, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Monday (August 26) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

GRACE COEN TUI

Posted On August 22nd, 2013 -

GRACE COEN TUI Age 87, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away July 29, 2013 in Ewa Beach. Born April 1, 1926 in Faga’alu, American Samoa. A member of the Wahiawa Christian Center. She is survived by spouse, John Tui; sons, Edward (Tuana’i) Fa’asoa, Eric (Nani) Fa’asoa, Elliot (Melissa) Fa’asoa; daughters, Theresa (Tavita) Tua’au, Elaine (Norman) Medenos, Maryanne (Fagaese) Siaosi, Iolina Tautalatasi, Elizabeth (Aaron) Williams, Eugenie (Fomai) Faitau, Bertha (Mariota) Sola, Florence Oliver, Eta (Simi) Manuma; brothers, Norman Coen, Tom (Florence) Coen; sisters, Eleanor Hire, Joyce (Tom) Monis, Anita (Steve) Strayer; 38 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 3 great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 8:30 a.m. Tuesday (August 27) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 9:00 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire.

DALE SHIZUKO MAEMOTO-WOODRING

Posted On August 21st, 2013 -

DALE SHIZUKO MAEMOTO- WOODRING Age 64, of Waianae, HI, passed away July 12, 2013 in Waianae. Born March 18, 1949 in Honolulu, HI. An active member of Waianae and Aiea Communities and Bethany Assembly of God in Aiea. She is survived by husband, Harry Woodring; daughters, Tamarra Oliver of NC, Tanya Coler of OH, Trisha (Jeff) Longwell of NC, Barbara (Ray) Caraballo of NC; 15 grand- children; 3 great-grandchildren; brothers, David (Kwi Suk) Maemoto, Stephen Maemoto; sisters, Claire Freitas, Velma (Roger) Woodring. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Saturday (August 24) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Memorial Service 10:30 a.m. Burial 1:00 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

HARRY MASATSUGU NAKAMURA

Posted On August 21st, 2013 -

HARRY MASATSUGU NAKAMURA Age 88, of Pearl City, HI, passed away July 30, 2013 in Honolulu. Born September 1, 1924 in Honolulu. He is survived by sons, Heston (Tess) Nakamura, Daniel (Eri) Nakamura; daughter, Iris (Kevin) Kinerney; brother, George (Winifred) Nakamura; sister, Joyce (John) Hirasaki; 3 grandchildren. Visitation 10:30 a.m. Sunday (August 25) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 South Kukui St., Honolulu). Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. Casual Attire.

LILIAN Y. NAGAJI

Posted On August 20th, 2013 -

LILIAN Y. NAGAJI Age 77, of Mililani, HI, passed away July 30, 2013 in Wahiawa. Born July 5, 1936 in Honouliuli, Oahu. A devoted volunteer with Waipahu Hongwanji Adult Day Care Center. She is survived by husband, Michael Nagaji; sons, Martin (Kathy) Nagaji, Dan (Carole) Nagaji; daughters, Natalie (Brian) Dibert of PA, Pamela (Mason) White of WA; 6 grandchildren; sister, Mildred Yasui. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday (August 23) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:00 p.m. Casual Attire.

RONALD PATRICK QUIDANGEN

Posted On August 20th, 2013 -

RONALD PATRICK QUIDANGEN Age 71, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away August 7, 2013 in Wahiawa. Born November 16, 1941 in Honolulu. He was an oblate at the Benedictine Monastery, Waialua. He is survived by brothers, Walter Mapa, Albert (Violet) Sabanal; sisters, Mabel Kuratani, Loretta Crowder, Katherine (Alfred) Biroan. Visitation 10:00 a.m. Friday (August 23) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; (20 South Kukui St., Honolulu). Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

NAGARA MATO

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

NAGARA MATO Age 65, of Aiea, Hawaii, passed away July 28, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born April 1, 1948 in Nagoya, Japan. She is survived by husband, Wayne Mato, Sr.; sons, Michael (Kristie) Mato, Marc (Deona) Mato, Wayne (Stephanie) Mato; brothers, Setsuo Matsubara, Hiromu Matsubara; sister, Sayuri (Yasuhiro) Hori; 5 grand- children; nieces & nephews. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Wed. (8/21) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Memorial Service 10:30 a.m. Burial 11:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual/Aloha Attire. No Flowers, Please.

FELICIDAD BANEZ

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

FELICIDAD BANEZ Age 88, of Aiea, HI, passed away July 28, 2013 in Aiea. Born April 17, 1925 in San Fernando La Union, Philippines. She is survived by daughter, Leticia F. Yagin; brother, Samuel Banez; 3 grand- children; 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (August 21) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10:00 a.m. Thursday (August 22) at St Elizabeth Church; (99-312 Moanalua Rd., Aiea) Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

ELAINE LIAWAHINE KAAHANUI GOMES AKA “LIA” & “MARY ELAINE”

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

ELAINE LIAWAHINE KAAHANUI GOMES AKA LIA MARY ELAINE 73, of Kaneohe, passed away July 21, 2013 at Queen’s Medical Center. Born in Honolulu. Retired at Queen’s Medical Center-Queen Emma Clinic. She is survived by daughter, Robertha Pohaikealoha (Steve) Yamaguchi; grandson, Shawn Akio Yamaguchi; grand-daughter, Sherri Pohaikealoha Yamaguchi; brothers, Robert, John, Chris Kaahanui & John Nuuhiwa; sister, Annie Dow-Leslie. Visitation 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, East chapel; services at 11 a.m. Burial at 2:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Aloha attire and flowers are welcome.

WILFRED “WILLIE” SATORU NAKAKURA

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

WILFRED “WILLIE” SATORU NAKAKURA Wilfred “Willie” Satoru Nakakura passed peacefully on July 9, 2013 at Kapuna Wai Ola. He was born on July 27, 1935 in Honolulu. Son of the late Lincoln and Thelma Nakakura, Willie grew up in the Kalihi area and attended Saint Louis School. Upon graduation, Willie attended the University of Portland from 1953 to 1955 and returned home to finish his schooling at the University of Hawaii, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreation in 1959.

Willie was the president of Nakakura Construction Co., LTD from 1965 to 1979. In 1979, Nakakura Construction merged with Japan-based company Tokyu Construction to form Pan-Pacific Construction Inc., where he filled the president’s role until 1993.

During his life, Willie served on many boards and committees, including the following: Navy League (member), Nuuanu YMCA, Aloha Athletic Club (member), Moanalua Golf Club (president and director), Pacific Palisades Community Association (member), General Contractors Association of Hawaii (president and director), Construction Industry Legislative Organization (chairman and legislative chairman), Hawaii State Contractors Council (member), Association of State Licensing Agencies (national director), Contractor’s License Board (member), Easter Seals VIP Telethon/Taste of Honolulu, Contractor’s License Board (vice president), POI Coalition – People Oppose Initiative (co-chair), Saint Louis School Education Foundation (board of director) and Sand Island Business Association (member). In addition, Willie served on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii State Sheriff Association for 25 years.

Among his many leisure interests, sports topped the list, specifically golf. Willie was a member of Mid-Pacific CC and Moanalua GC. He also played baseball and softball games in which he was known for his nasty change-up. Can’t forget Las Vegas! Willie and May frequented “the 9th island” regularly. During the last decade, lots of family fun and memories were created, especially the ones his sons, daughter-in-laws and grandkids took him on. Indeed, Willie lived a good life!

Willie is survived by his wife, May Asayo Nakakura; sons Derek (Bo) and wife Terry, Dean and wife Cheryl, and Darin and wife Kimberly; brother Stanley Nakakura, sister-in-law Jean, sister Molly Morita, brother-in-law Mike, sister Eleanor Iwamoto, brother-in-law Robert, five grandchildren: DJ Willie, Jayson, Asia (and husband Ronson Honeychurch), Summer and Drew; one great grandchild, Conner Kelly; his many nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles and comrades; and Coco, Willie and May’s beloved dog.

Willie Nakakura’s family is eternally grateful for all the support and love received from family members, friends and colleagues during this time. The family would also like to acknowledge all the healthcare professionals who touched the lives of Willie and his family during the final days of his life.

Services will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Services follow at 11. Casual attire

CORNELIO ” CORNIE” LAOAN

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

CORNELIO CORNIE LAOAN Age 92, of Waipahu, HI, passed away July 24, 2013 in Wahiawa. Born September 13, 1920 in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by son, Jose (Crisanta Erorita) Laoan; daughter, Arcelie (Canuto) Dela Cruz; daughter-in-law, Consolacion Laoan; 11 grand- children; 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Thursday (August 22) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Prayer Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Friday (August 23) at St Joseph Catholic Church; (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu) Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

WILFRED “WILLIE” SATORU NAKAKURA

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

WILFRED “WILLIE” SATORU NAKAKURA Wilfred “Willie” Satoru Nakakura passed peacefully on July 9, 2013 at Kapuna Wai Ola. He was born on July 27, 1935 in Honolulu. Son of the late Lincoln and Thelma Nakakura, Willie grew up in the Kalihi area and attended Saint Louis School. Upon graduation, Willie attended the University of Portland from 1953 to 1955 and returned home to finish his schooling at the University of Hawaii, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreation in 1959.

Willie was the president of Nakakura Construction Co., LTD from 1965 to 1979. In 1979, Nakakura Construction merged with Japan-based company Tokyu Construction to form Pan-Pacific Construction Inc., where he filled the president’s role until 1993.

During his life, Willie served on many boards and committees, including the following: Navy League (member), Nuuanu YMCA, Aloha Athletic Club (member), Moanalua Golf Club (president and director), Pacific Palisades Community Association (member), General Contractors Association of Hawaii (president and director), Construction Industry Legislative Organization (chairman and legislative chairman), Hawaii State Contractors Council (member), Association of State Licensing Agencies (national director), Contractor’s License Board (member), Easter Seals VIP Telethon/Taste of Honolulu, Contractor’s License Board (vice president), POI Coalition – People Oppose Initiative (co-chair), Saint Louis School Education Foundation (board of director) and Sand Island Business Association (member). In addition, Willie served on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii State Sheriff Association for 25 years.

Among his many leisure interests, sports topped the list, specifically golf. Willie was a member of Mid-Pacific CC and Moanalua GC. He also played baseball and softball games in which he was known for his nasty change-up. Can’t forget Las Vegas! Willie and May frequented “the 9th island” regularly. During the last decade, lots of family fun and memories were created, especially the ones his sons, daughter-in-laws and grandkids took him on. Indeed, Willie lived a good life!

Willie is survived by his wife, May Asayo Nakakura; sons Derek (Bo) and wife Terry, Dean and wife Cheryl, and Darin and wife Kimberly; brother Stanley Nakakura, sister-in-law Jean, sister Molly Morita, brother-in-law Mike, sister Eleanor Iwamoto, brother-in-law Robert, five grandchildren: DJ Willie, Jayson, Asia (and husband Ronson Honeychurch), Summer and Drew; one great grandchild, Conner Kelly; his many nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles and comrades; and Coco, Willie and May’s beloved dog.

Willie Nakakura’s family is eternally grateful for all the support and love received from family members, friends and colleagues during this time. The family would also like to acknowledge all the healthcare professionals who touched the lives of Willie and his family during the final days of his life.

Services will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Services follow at 11. Casual attire

HARRIET HARUKO PALMERO

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

HARRIET HARUKO PALMERO Age 86, of Waianae, HI, passed away July 20, 2013 in Honolulu. Born February 21, 1927 in Honolulu, HI. A member and acting secretary at Sacred Heart Church, Waianae. Retired from the Ford Aerospace Tracking Station, Kaena Point. A shorthand teacher for Adult Education, Waipahu High School. A member of the Legion of Mary, Sacred Heart Church. She is survived by sons, Michael Palmero, Phillip (Priscilla) Palmero, Timothy (Jonnelle) Palmero; daughter, Laurie (Roy) Robins; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grand- children; 1 great-great-grand- child. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Friday (August 23) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Committal Service 2:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual/ Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.

James J. Lennon

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

JAMES J. LENNON Jim passed away on July 16 after a yearlong battle with prostate cancer. Born 9/9/45 in NYC, he grew up in River Edge, NJ & graduated from SUNY Maritime College in 1967. After shipping out for a few years, he worked in Marine Insurance in CA & HI. He lived in Hawaii from 1973-98. Five years ago, he and girlfriend Karen Cope retired to La Cruz, Mexico. His siblings Joe, John and Peggy, and family and friends will greatly miss his warmth, humor and love. Jim’s ashes will be scattered in Kailua Bay, HI and Bay de Banderas by La Cruz.

PAUL JOSEPH GOUVEIA

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

PAUL JOSEPH GOUVEIA Paul Joseph Gouveia, age 67, of Pauoa Valley passed away on July 19, 2013. Born on May 11, 1946, Paul retired from the Pearl Harbor Shipyard Shop 38 and was a retired president of the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club. He is survived by son, Douglas Muraoka; sister, Paulette (Moses) Hepa; nephews, Christopher Hepa, Jason (Lisa) Hepa; niece, Shelly (Ryan) Montalbo; and grandnieces, Marissa, Jordyn, and Shawna Montalbo, Macy Coleman, and Rileigh Hepa. Services will be held at Hosoi Garden Mortuary on Saturday, August 24. Visitation at 12:30 p.m. Services at 2:00 pm. Luncheon to follow.

ARLENE M. (MINATOYA) “KITTY” WATANABE

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

ARLENE M. (MINATOYA) KITTY WATANABE Born Pasco, WA on 4/16/36 & passed at home on 8/4/13 in Kihei, Maui with family. “Kitty” grew up in Pasco, 3rd child of 5 born to Kahn & Chiyoko Minatoya. Family call her Machi, the most daring, forward thinking, hip & modern spirit of the family. As an RN she spent 9 years at Good Samaritan, Portland, OR & began her 27 yr career at Queens as an OR nurse in 1978. She helped develop the Endoscopy Dept. & ended her career as a head RN for the Neurosurgical team before retiring in 2005. Kitty spent her life caring for others & giving back. 3rd generation Japanese from an era of strong backboned & hard working women, her legacy will be one that touched many lives & set a path for those to follow. Left behind are daughter Diane Pool & Tae Murphy, grandsons: Chris Pool & Guy Watanabe, Jr, Kihei, Maui; d-in-law: Maria Watanabe, San Diego, CA; sisters: Jean Kozawa, Portland, OR, Brenda Kupfer (Mike), Kennewick, WA; Aunt Mary Munekiyo (104 yr), Kennewick, WA; adoring nieces, nephews, cousins, & special friends Robert & Magdalena Simon, Portland, OR. Celebration of Life at Valley of the Temples Chapel (left on top hill) 8/26/13 Visitation 11a, Service 12p, Lunch 1-3p.

LORETTA JEAN ABELL CORNETT-HUFF

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

LORETTA JEAN ABELL CORNETT-HUFF June 16, 1932 – June 20, 2013 Educator, Adventurer, Mentor, Friend, Wife, and Mother to Many. Education was her passion; she was a prospector of potential. Her legacy lives on in thousands of students she honed from the rough into brilliant sparkling gems. Services will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Kailua, 780 Keolu Drive on August 24, 2013 at 5:30 PM. In Lieu of Flowers, make Donations to Emmanuel Episcopal Church.Bring a smile and a story.We will be celebrating her life.

HENRY ROY BECKLUND

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

HENRY ROY BECKLUND Retired Captain in the US Marine Corps, or “Papa” as he was lovingly called by his family, was called to Heaven and passed peacefully at his home on July 30, 2013. Roy was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on June 24, 1921, He was raised in North Arlington, New Jersey; came to Hawaii during WW2 and married Peggy Christian, He managed Lihue Store, then Kaumakani Store, and moved to Oahu to work in insurance for C Brewer & Company, then his own insurance agency, then selling real estate with Peggy thru her agency, Prestige Properties. He loved the ocean, travel and golfing with the Ono’s. He has joined his wife Peggy and is survived by five children, Linda Martin, Margaret Williams, Walter, Albert and Roy Becklund; five grandchildren, Alison Pahia, Leo Williams, Gary Martin and Andrew and Malia Becklund; nine great-grandchildren, Robert, Chaz and James; Leo and Samantha; Nicholas, Pepper, Amber and Melissa and a great-great-grandchild, Tatum. He was a remarkable man always with a smile and a song in his heart. His positive outlook brought out the best in everyone who knew him. A short service will be held at Punchbowl Cemetery on August 20, 2013.

MARLENE MICHALSKI

Posted On August 18th, 2013 -

MARLENE MICHALSKI Marlene, a world class realtor, passed away on August 11, 2013. She was born in Wetaskiwin, Canada and attended graduate Nursing School at McGill University in Montreal. She worked as a head nurse at Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton before moving in 1960 to Honolulu where she married John, a university professor and started a new profession as realtor and later vice president with Dolman Associates and continuing her career as a vice president with Coldwell Banker Pacific. To enhance her interior decorating skills Marlene earned a diploma from LaSalle Extension University. Marlene is survived by husband John and sisters Rena and Beverly. Marlene developed an international clientele here and while on her voyages around the world with her husband. The International Travel News awarded her and her husband the coveted “ITN 100 Nations Award” in recognition of having traveled to at least 100 independent nations. Private services will celebrate her life as her ashes will be scattered off of Waikiki.


- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran