Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

LAI YUNG KAM

Posted On November 5th, 2014 -

LAI YUNG KAM Lai Yung Kam, 90, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaii State Department of Education diagnostic social worker passed away October 25, 2014 at home. She is survived by daughters Melanie (Reynold) Ito, Lissa Kam, April Kam, Kellie (Arlan) Chun; son Jeffery (Jayne Motooka) Kam; grandchildren Merynn Woo, Tyler Ito, and Riley Kam. Visitation 11:30 a.m. Monday (Nov. 10) at Diamond Head Mortuary; Services 12:45 p.m.; Burial 2:00 p.m. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Islands Hospice Foundation in their Mother’s honor. The loving care they provided enabled her to live each day to the fullest in the comfort of her home surrounded by family. Casual attire.

MEI JEAN WONG CHING

Posted On November 5th, 2014 -

MEI JEAN WONG CHING Age 81, of Honolulu passed away on October 17, 2014 in Honolulu. Mei Jean was born July 27, 1933 in Waialua, Hawaii. A graduate of Waialua Class of 1951, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Illinois Library School. A member of St. Philomena Church and the Senior Club Ala Puumalu Community Center in Salt Lake. Mei Jean is survived by her husband, Andrew B.S. Ching; daughter, Melanie C. (David) Lui; one granddaughter, Kristen Lui; brother, Deacon Lauren (Hazel) Wong; brother-in-law, Kenneth C.W. Kwock. VISITATION WILL BE FROM 9:30 – 10:30 A.M. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2014 AT ST. PHILOMENA CATHOLIC CHURCH. EULOGY AT 10:30 A.M. FUNERAL MASS AT 11:00 A.M. BURIAL TO FOLLOW AT 2:00 P.M. AT NUUANU MEMORIAL PARK. NO FLOWERS. CHARITABLE DONATIONS SUGGESTED TO ST. PHILOMENA CHURCH OR TO CATHOLIC CHARITIES HAWAII IN HER MEMORY.

ROSEMARY KIM OSHIMA

Posted On November 5th, 2014 -

ROSEMARY KIM OSHIMA Rosemary Kim Oshima, 96, of Honolulu, passed away peacefully at home. She is survived by son Leighton (Mazie Hirono), daughters Lynette K. Oshima and Lauren K. Miyashiro (Milton), two grand- children Malia Oshima Paul (Scott) and Courtney Miyashiro, two great grandchildren Kainoa and Mehana Paul, sister Mary S. B. Goo and many nieces and nephews. Private services were held.

LI’AMANAIA “LEE” AFUVAI

Posted On November 5th, 2014 -

$nameLI’AMANAIA LEE AFUVAI Beloved husband, devoted father and grandfather, faithful brother, adored uncle and cousin, and dedicated friend, LI’AMANAIA “Lee” AFUVAI peacefully went to Heaven in the early evening on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at his family home in Kailua, Hawaii at the age of 75. Born April 12th, 1939 in Aua, American Samoa to Li’ava’a Mauga Afuvai and Fa’asala (Alo Noa) Afuvai. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne and his daughters Lisa Afuvai, Colleen (Nathan Solidum) and Louanne (Leonard Tobera), his brother Ma’i (Cheryl Quadlander) and sister Fa’afaleai “Fale,” eleven grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. Lee was also the father figure to his many nieces and nephews. Lee was a respected and loved business man in Waikiki for three decades and most famously known during the epic era of disco as the head of “The Point After” in the seventies. In the eighties he started his career in state government working for Governor Waihee and continuing on to serve in the Cayetano and Lingle administrations. Lee is best known for taking care of people and did so without recognition or fanfare. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, November 12th at Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kaneohe from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Services will follow at 12:00 noon and burial at 2:00pm. Aloha attire. Lee’s wishes were no Fa’a Samoa.

STANFORD WADE PAPAS

Posted On November 5th, 2014 -

STANFORD WADE PAPAS Age 59, of Mililani, formerly of Chicago, IL & Olympia, WA, passed away October 9, 2014 in Waianae, HI. Born February 23, 1955 in Ewa, HI. Army veteran, former Pearl Harbor Naval Base police officer, custodian of Bethel & Thurston County School Districts, WA, 6th degree chief instructor of Universal Kempo Karate School. He is survived by mother, Margaret Maldonado of Olympia, WA; step-father, Antonio Maldonado of Olympia, WA; brothers, Alfred (Kirby Cleveland) Papas of Olympia, WA, Earl Papas, Patrick (Kikue) Papas; sister, Mary Ann (Roland) Abregano; nieces & nephews. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Monday (Nov. 10) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

PELAGIO V. BALLESTEROS

Posted On November 4th, 2014 -

PELAGIO V. BALLESTEROS Age 94, of Waialua, HI, passed away October 8, 2014 in Waialua, HI. Born June 1, 1920 in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by daughters, Pacencia B. Giron, Lolita (Roque) Agtarap of Philippines, Relina Ballesteros, Orlita Ballesteros; brother, Antonio (Martina) Ballesteros; 15 grand- children; 10 great-grand- children. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Sunday (Nov. 9) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10:00 a.m., Monday (Nov. 10) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Black & White Attire.

LEONORE GALLANT

Posted On November 4th, 2014 -

$nameLEONORE GALLANT Leonore Gallant age 93 of Honolulu, passed away on October 31, 2014. Survived by her daughters Jo-Anne Gallant Willis, Hudson Falls, New York and Renee’ Gallant McKay, Kirkland, Washington and sons Michael (Rusty) Gallant, La Crosse, Florida and Peter Gallant, Saint Johns, Florida, 11 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Born in Indiana Harbor, Indiana November 23, 1920. Moved to Honolulu in 1945 to work for the United Seamen’s Service, later worked for the Morrison Knudsen Construction Company, and the Hawaiian Telephone Company. Received a Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii, Retired as a high school teacher having taught English at Castle and Kailua High School. Received the Mayor’s award for community service. In April 2013, moved to Saint Johns Florida from Honolulu to live with family. Was cremated. A celebration of life will occur with family and close friends at a later date.

SU CHON KIM

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

$nameSU CHON KIM A second-generation Korean- American, Su Chon was born in Waipahu and brought up in Honolulu, where she graduated from both the Saint Andrew’s Priory School for Girls and the University of Hawaii. For many years, she was a teacher at the Ala Wai Elementary School, where she was a beloved friend to many of her students and to many of her fellow teachers. Su Chon was also the much-beloved and admired mother to three children – Glenn, Michael and Susan. She will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know and love her.

HELEN “NEKE” MAY PIILANI KAMANA

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

HELEN NEKE MAY PIILANI KAMANA Age 73, of Waianae, HI, passed away October 3, 2014 in Ewa Beach. Born September 22, 1941 in Honolulu, HI. Retired from Hawaiian Studies, DOE & Ewa Limu Project. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Waianae Ward. She is survived by sons, Walter (Phyllis) Kamana, Lopena (Anela) Kamana; daughters, Muilun Kamana, Pearl (Tel) Kamana, Patricia (Joseph) Kamana; hanai-daughter, Bridgett Hanaike; brother, Harry Kaai; sisters, Martha (Wala) Kahookele, Frances Kaai; 2 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Friday (Nov. 7) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

OWEN SOY HUNG LOUI

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

$nameOWEN SOY HUNG LOUI Owen Soy Hung Loui, 103, passed away on August 3, 2014. He was born on May 5, 1911 in Honolulu, to Koon Chan and Leong Shee Loui, the sixth of nine children. He grew up in Nuuanu and Kaimuki, attended Lili’uokalani School, and graduated from McKinley High School in 1929. Foregoing college to help his family, he worked as a bookkeeper, then accountant for 19 years, gaining experience at Young, Lamberton and Pearson, CPAs. In 1946, while taking a CPA review course in New York, he met his future wife, Marjorie, a Columbia U graduate student from Sacramento, CA. He opened his own accounting firm, Owen Loui and Co., CPAs in 1948. He was elected president of the Hawaii Society of CPAs in 1966-1967. He and Marjorie had 6 children and were married for 50 years. He is survived by his children; Peter (Lorraine Ota), Jacqueline (Steve Spielman), Elizabeth (Russell Tom), Katherine (Neal Akamine), and Paul (Masanna Sy) of California; grand- children Christine, Sarah, Matthew, Tyler, and Madeline Loui, Elysse and Kaitlyn Tom, and sisters Mildred and Lucille Louis. He was an avid sportsman, playing on the Chinese Amateurs baseball team in the 1930s. He became a Hawaii top-ranked tennis player, coaching mens tennis at the UH in the 1930s and 40s. He also coached in the Kahala Little League. As a teenager he started caddying at Waialae Golf Course when it opened in 1927, joined the Longwood Golf Club, and was an Ala Wai Golf Course regular. Playing golf almost daily into his 90’s, he walked the course and carried his golf bag. It was his favorite pastime. He was an avid reader and enjoyed working in his yard. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie in 2001, son Timothy in 2004, sisters Berthie, Rose, Helen, and Lillian Louis, and brothers James and Leighton Louis. A private graveside service was held at Diamond Head Memorial Park on November 1. Condolences and remembrances may be sent to 940 Noio Street, Honolulu, HI. 96816, or www.forevermissed.com or emailed to louio001@hawaii.rr.com. Donations can be made in his memory to a favorite local charity.

JASON TOMOYASU

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

JASON TOMOYASU Age 62, of Pearl City, HI, passed away October 2, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Born February 16, 1952 in Honolulu, HI. A Boy Scout leader and soccer coach. He is survived by spouse, Faith Tachino Tomoyasu; son, Cory James Hideo (Lina) Tomoyasu; daughter, Tara Lei Tomoyasu; sisters, Gail Osakoda, Laura Tenn, Marcia (Alec) Glassford; 2 grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Friday (Nov. 7) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Burial 11:00 a.m., Saturday (Nov. 22) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

IRENE AURORA DARAOG

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

IRENE AURORA DARAOG Age 93, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away October 11, 2014 in Wahiawa. Born April 14, 1921 in Dingle, Panay, Philippines. She is survived by sister, Magdalena Phillips; nephew, David Biacan; niece, Donna King. Visitation 10:30 a.m. Thursday (Nov 6) at the Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Eulogy 11:30 a.m., Prayer Service 12:00 p.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

WESLEY KEE SEN WOO

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

WESLEY KEE SEN WOO Age 80, of Honolulu, HI, passed away October 15, 2014 in Honolulu. Born May 31, 1934 in Pepeekeo, HI. He is survived by sons, Frederick Woo, Clayton Woo; daughters, Phyllis Woo Holland, Jocelyn (Randall) Kimura, Lorri Worthy, Tammy (Joe) Reardon; brother, Carlton (Barbara) Woo; sisters, Loretta (Daniel) Kawaiaea, Georgette (Lodrito) Baligad, Sharilyn (Harold) Kama; 6 grandchildren. Visitation 10:00 a.m., Friday (Nov. 7) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St. Honolulu). Memorial Service 11:00 a.m.

Aileen Hatsuko Chun

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

Chun Aileen HAILEEN HATSUKO CHUN of Pearl City, passed away on October 9, 2014. Born July 13, 1943 in Honolulu, she was raised in Hilo and was married to Joseph W.L. Chun (deceased) for 41 years. She is survived by daughters Joleen Chun and Cherilyn (Michael) Evangelista, brother Burton (Carol) Tomita, granddog Kika, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a retired medical office administrator, and enjoyed her golden years with the Guang Zhong Chinese Music Club, See Dai Doo Society, cultivating her orchids, baking and spoiling her granddog. A celebration of her life will be held at Hosoi Garden Mortuary on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm. Visitation at 5:30 pm. No flowers, please. Casual attire.

EMILIO “MEL” BAPTISTA DIAZ

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

$nameEMILIO MEL BAPTISTA DIAZ Age 88, of Ewa Beach, passed away at home on October 16, 2014. Mr. Diaz suffered a stroke on October 1. He was born May 22, 1926 in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines to Norberto and Juanita Diaz. Mr. Diaz was married to the late Realonda Pagdilao Diaz. He is survived by daughter, Myrna-Lyn (Peter) Abang; by son, Norbert Michael; grand- children Stephen and Michael (of Oregon), and Emily-Rae (of Arizona); siblings Resurreccion Diaz (Fortunato) Pecpec, Victor (Fermina) Diaz, Clarita (Dominador) Diaz, Peregrina (Francisco) Diaz, Juan (Victoria Diaz) Sarian, Helen (Andres) Pagdilao and Socorra (Artemio) Pagdilao; many nieces and nephews. Mr. Diaz was retired from the U.S. Army with 22 years of service, the U.S. Army Officers Club restaurant system, and as manager of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Restaurant. He attended and received an A.S. degree from Leeward Community College, was a member of the Ewa Community Church, the Badoc-Pinili Association, the Wednesday Senior Bowling League at Barbers Point, honored as a 100+ pint donor at the Blood Bank of Hawaii, and the Ewa Plantation Singers as their male chaperone. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Thursday (Nov. 6) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral Service 6:30 p.m. Inurnment 10:30 a.m., Saturday (Nov. 8) at Mililani Memorial Park, Waipio. The family requests that you wear your favorite blue-color attire.

NATHAN “DANNY” YOUNG

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

NATHAN DANNY YOUNG 56, formerly of Kaneohe, HI, passed away on Wednesday, Sept 10, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. He was a 1976 graduate of Castle High School. He is survived by father, Nathan S.K. Young, son Justin Quartermaine; daughters Riva Young and Samantha Young; brothers Mike George and Tony Young; sisters Debbie Maxilom, Michelle Stilletto and Shellie Deponte, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by mother Jackalyne Feiloakitau.

JOYCE MISAKO NAKATA

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

JOYCE MISAKO NAKATA Age 71, of Aiea, HI, passed away October 17, 2014 in Aiea, HI. Born May 29, 1943 in Honolulu, HI. She is survived by spouse, Ikuo Nakata; son, Lance (Kathleen) Nakata; daughter, Lori S. (Emet) Domingo, Jr.; 4 grandchildren. Private Services held.

DAVID ARTHUR LERPS

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

DAVID ARTHUR LERPS Colonel David Arthur Lerps, USMC (RET), died on October 21, 2014 after a long and valiant struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 28, 1931, he spent his early years in Eastchester, New York and was an honors graduate of Duke University where he was Commandant of the Naval Battalion and participated in every sport, winning distinction as quarterback of the 1954 Blue Demons Football Team. His flight training at NAS Pensacola prepared him for many years in the Marine Air Wing. During his 30 year military career, he served three tours in Japan and flew 312 missions in Vietnam in 1968, where he was awarded 23 Air Medals and nominated for a Distinguished Flying Cross for valor in an especially dangerous mission to the DMZ. He later served in strategic planning at the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC, was both student and teacher at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces while gaining his MBA at George Washington University. He concluded his active duty as Chief of Staff, LFTC Pacific Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado. Upon retiring from active duty in 1984, he was appointed Chief of Staff at the Academy of the Pacific, a post he held for 18 years. After retiring from AOP, he became a student once again, studying Shakespeare and music at The University of Hawaii. He was a board member of Hawaii Opera Theater and member of the Hawaii Wagner Society. He was an ardent ocean canoe paddler, a board member of the Lanikai Canoe Club and coordinator of the Duke Kahanamoku Long Distance Canoe Race for four years. Even with the decline in mobility, and speech, and loss of the ability to swallow, he never lost his love for opera, sports, for his family, Catholic faith and Marine Corps. As life-long friend John Schwarz wrote, “Dave never really left the Corps..’once a Marine always a Marine…’ He was “SEMPER FI” a Marine to his final breath!” Dave is survived by Mary, his wife of 55 years, his children Kathy Lerps, Karen Pittman, Robert Lerps, six grandchildren: Vito and Dylan Higgins, Ashley Snow, Amber Lerps, Kylie and Kassidy Barker; and a sister Ann Falkenberg and brother Kurt Lerps. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John Vianney Church in Kailua in January 2015 followed by interment of his ashes in the National Military Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Donations are suggested to the Michael J. fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

DIONICIA “TACING” ATUELAN GALDIANO

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

$nameDIONICIA TACING ATUELAN GALDIANO Age 76, of Pearl City, passed away October 20, 2014 in Pearl City. Born October 9, 1938 in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Retired from Outrigger Hotels. She is survived by husband, Melchor Galdiano; sons, Rogelio “Roger” (Marivic) Galdiano, Jeremias (Sherliza) Galdiano of CA; daughter, Noralyn (Dut Nguyen) Galdiano of FL; brothers, Patricio (Seniang) Atuelan of P.I., Pedro (Dominga) Atuelan of Canada, Aniano (Velma) Atuelan of P.I.; sister, Apolonia Atuelan of P.I.; 6 grandchildren. Visitation 6:00 p.m. Wednesday 11/5 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:00 a.m. Thursday 11/6 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Valley of the Temples.

Jason Minoru Uesato

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

JASON MINORU UESATO Jason Minoru Uesato passed away at the age of 54 on September 22, 2014. Jason was born on October 11, 1959 in Honolulu. A ’78 graduate of Castle High School, Jason also attended UH and Intl Bible College, and played with Heartstrings. He has touched many lives with his music and has been known as an accomplished guitarist. He is survived by parents, Robert (Bobby/Susumu) & Jean (Nakama); sister Denise; nephew Blaize; and niece Kymmie Nakamura. We will be celebrating his life at Hosoi Garden Mortuary on Saturday, November 8, at 1 pm. Visitation at 12:00 noon.

BENJAMIN D. B. FONG

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

BENJAMIN D. B. FONG Age 81 of Aiea, passed away Oct. 11, 2014. Born in Honolulu. Retired Officer for City Bank. Survived by wife, Wanda Fong; sons, James (Raynette), Benson, Timothy “Mikie”, Matthew; daughters, Eleanore Fong – Severance, Anjulie (Raymond) Afalava, Clarelyn (Donovan) Calhau; 7 grand- children; brother, Francis (Genny) Fong; sister, Clarice (Harvey) Choy; Visitation 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 11, 2014 at ST Elizabeth Church in Aiea (99-312 Moanalua Road); Eulogy 11:30 a.m. and mass at 12noon; burial to follow at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery at 2 p.m.

DIANE T. MEDEIROS

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

Diane T  MedeirosDIANE T. MEDEIROS 70, of Kailua, Oahu died October 26, 2014. She was born April 4, 1944 in Honolulu. Diane was a proud graduate of St. Francis School. She is survived by her husband Justin Medeiros Sr; sons Justin Jr (Venus), Karl (Kainani) and Clint; 7 grandchildren Justin III (Tyler), Gregory, Ekela, Kai’a, Tia, Kekailiko and Kylea; father Joseph Vierra Sr and mother Helen F. Vierra- deceased; brother Joseph Vierra Jr (Patti); sisters Angela Tavares (Gil) and Yvonne Vallies-deceased (Bill). Services on Saturday (Nov. 8) at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Kailua; visitation 11 a.m., eulogy 12 p.m., mass 12:30 p.m. with burial to follow 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

LIONEL TSUNEO “TIGER” SAKAI

Posted On November 2nd, 2014 -

LIONEL TSUNEO TIGER SAKAI Age 74, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away October 7, 2014 in Wahiawa. Born December 13, 1939 in Waialua, HI. He is survived by son, Brian Sakai; daughters, Corinne (Jeff) Miyashiro, Rochelle (Lance) Sakai-Tabe, Roxanne Sakai; brothers, Harvey Sakai, Ralph Sakai, Kenneth Sakai; 3 grand- children. Visitation 9:30 a.m., Friday (Nov. 7) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

CAROLINE CALUYA RAVELO PASCUA

Posted On October 31st, 2014 -

CAROLINE CALUYA RAVELO PASCUA Age 81, of Waipahu, HI, passed away October 5, 2014 in Honolulu. Born January 29, 1933 in Paia, Maui, HI. She was a retired Realtor from H.K. Horita Realty, a Million Dollar Club member and owner of Carol & Us Gift Shop, Pearl City. She is survived by son, Al Raymond (Gail) Pascua; daughters, Gaile (Gary) Coduti, Charlene (Buz) Hazelwood, Queenie Pascua, Geraldine “Geri” Ann Pascua; brother, Adam (Janet) Ravelo; sisters, Josephine Sagucio, Rose Baqui; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Wednesday (Nov. 5) at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church (99-312 Moanalua Rd., Aiea); Mass 11:00 a.m. Committal Service to follow 1:00 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Celebration of Life 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov 5) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel.

GLORIA TAGALICOD PARKER

Posted On October 30th, 2014 -

GLORIA TAGALICOD PARKER Age 68, of Waianae, passed away October 19, 2014 in Kapolei. Born September 26, 1946 in Cacadiran, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Retired from U. S. Dept. of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s office as a Legal Assistant. She is survived by husband, John P. Parker; sons, David (Maile) Strong, Jr., Scott (Sandra) Strong, Christopher Kornegay, Jason (Grace) Kornegay; brother, Regino (Lani) Tagalicod; 8 grand- children. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Tuesday 11/4/14 at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel, Waipio, Service 11:30 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

FRANK TAMOTSU SASAOKA

Posted On October 30th, 2014 -

FRANK TAMOTSU SASAOKA Age 80, of Kaimuki, passed away on October 19, 2014. Born in Puunene, Maui, he retired after serving as Principal at Wahiawa Intermediate, Radford High and Kaahumanu Elementary Schools. He served as the Honolulu District Coordinator for the A+ Program for 22 years. He is survived by wife, Janet, son Byron (Michelle) Sasaoka, daughters Laurie (Marvin) Yonamine and FayAnne (Davin Pang) Sasaoka, sister Amy Wong, 5 grand- children Amber, Rachel and Evan Yonamine, and Brenton and Garrison Sasaoka. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, November 3, 2014, at Diamond Head Mortuary in Kaimuki. Funeral service to follow at 6 p.m.

ELIZABETH CALURIO PONGASI

Posted On October 29th, 2014 -

ELIZABETH CALURIO PONGASI Age 89, of Aiea, HI, passed away October 3, 2014 in Honolulu. Born January 28, 1925 in Ewa, HI. Retired waitress from Coco’s and Forty Niner’s. She is survived by daughters, Yvonne Angut, Cynthia (Jimmie) Paulino, Victoria (Earl) Guillory, Gloria Pongasi, Carmen Guillory, Leona Pongasi-Critchlow, Patricia Pongasi-Goldson; sons, Anthony (Leilani) Alcover, Billy (Betty) Alcover; 23 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Monday (Nov. 3) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Continued Visitation 8:30 a.m., Tuesday (Nov. 4) at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church (99-312 Moanalua Rd., Aiea). Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.

ATSUSHI “TOOTSIE” OKATA

Posted On October 29th, 2014 -

ATSUSHI TOOTSIE OKATA Age 88, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away October 4, 2014 in Waipahu. Born February 25, 1926 in Ewa, HI. He is survived by daughters, June (Lloyd) Higa, Lynn (Daniel) Ventura; brothers, Toshio Okata, Yoshito Okata, Koichi (Lila) Okata; sisters, Chizuko Yasuhara, Alice Nagamatsu; sister-in-law, Hiroko Okata; grandchildren, Nicole Higa, Jaimie Ventura, Laine Higa, Cody Higa, Jayci Ventura, Bryson Higa; great-grandson, Landon Meyer; caregiver, Cynthia Pablo. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Monday (Nov. 3) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Memorial Service 6:00 p.m. Aloha Attire. No flowers, please.

RUDY RAMONES RIVERA

Posted On October 29th, 2014 -

RUDY RAMONES RIVERA Age 68, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away September 30, 2014 in Ewa Beach. Born June 5, 1946 in Bago, Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He retired from Society Painting Company, Pearl City. He is survived by wife, Linda L. Rivera; daughters, Rhonda (Bradley) Rivera Hayashida, Sherrle “ShaSha” B. Rivera; brothers, Robert (Londrina) Rivera, Mario Jr. Rivera, Arthur Rivera; sisters, Natividad (Aurelio) Bolosan, Susan Rivera; 1 grand- daughter. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Sunday (Nov. 2) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Family Service 6:00 p.m. Prayer Service 7:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m., Monday (Nov. 3) at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa (712 N. School St., Honolulu). Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

RONALD TANAKA KUPELE

Posted On October 28th, 2014 -

RONALD TANAKA KUPELE Born August 21, 1950 – September 30, 2014 “Ron”, 64 of Kuliouou, Musician, Songwriter, passed away with dignity & courage. Survived by Son, Robbie (Tina), Grandchildren, Lauren, Brenna & Kaylee. Brothers, Michael Tanaka, Dayton Kupele, Sisters Rosemary (Bob) Nishi, Sandy Gillis & Kealani (Gene) Gillis. Celebration of Life on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, Maunalua Bay from 1-4pm. 2:00pm Services.


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