Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

BERNICE TOMOMI NAKATANI

Posted On May 14th, 2014 -

BERNICE TOMOMI NAKATANI Age 92, of Waipahu, HI, passed away April 6, 2014 in Waipahu. Born June 18, 1921 in Honolulu. She was a member of the Pearl City Hongwanji and the Waipahu Konkokyo. She is survived by daughter, Joan (Michael) Sasaki; sons, James J. (Sharon) Nakatani, Don S. (Malva) Nakatani, Guy Y. Nakatani, Dale T. (Lynn) Nakatani of WA; 7 grand- children; 2 great-grandchildren. Private Services held.

LUZ “LUCY” EGAN ABANES

Posted On May 14th, 2014 -

5-14 LUZ ABANESLUZ LUCY EGAN ABANES Age 72, of Mililani, HI, passed away April 9, 2014 in Ewa Beach. Born November 13, 1941 in Makati, Philippines. After earning her Bachelor’s in education and additional special education certifications, she taught all over Oahu, including Leilehua High, and Wahiawa and Wheeler Elementary Schools. She covered all subjects for adults and children, but pre-schoolers were her favorite. She loved singing, dancing, and traveling. Luz passed peacefully in Ewa Beach on April 9, 2014, surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fortunato Capistrano Egan and Celestina Barcelona Santos; sister Adelaida Egan Ortiz; and brothers Luisito, Bienvenido, and Ramon Santos Egan. She is survived by husband of 46 years, Patrocinio “Pat” Agpaoa Abanes; daughter, Angelica Egan Abanes-De Mello (Nicholas Charles De Mello); son, Alvin Egan Abanes (Michelle Yee); grandchildren, Aliyah and Cameron; sister, Natividad Egan Ramboyong; brothers, Ricardo and Romeo Santo Egan; many relatives and friends. Celebration of Life 5:30 p.m. Monday (May 19) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Tuesday (May 20) at St. John Apostle & Evangelist Catholic Church, Mililani); Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. For additional information, please visit www.abanes.net.

LEONIDA “AIDA” FORNILOZA AMORE

Posted On May 13th, 2014 -

5-13 LEONIDA AMORELEONIDA AIDA FORNILOZA AMORE Age 89, of Honolulu, passed away May 7, 2014 at Tripler Army Medical Center. Born March 3, 1925 in San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines. She is survived by daughters, Elena Amore Bland, Myrna Amore Ordinado; son, Quirino “June” (Fina) Amore, Jr; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grand- children; 1 great-great-grand- child. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Sunday 5/18 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 6:30 p.m. Committal Service 1:00 p.m. Tuesday 5/20 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Gloria Jean Ballenti Andrade & Sidney Earle Andrade, Sr.

Posted On May 13th, 2014 -

5-13 629156 GLORIA & SIDNEY AndradeGLORIA JEAN BALLENTI ANDRADE SIDNEY EARLE ANDRADE, SR. Gloria Jean Ballenti Andrade, 66, of Henderson, NV went to heaven on April 8, 2014. She is reunited in eternal rest with her late husband, Sidney Earle Andrade Sr. who passed away on April 25, 2011. They are both survived by their three children Sidney E. Andrade Jr. (Melanie), Donovan M. Andrade, Leona K. S. Andrade and 3 grandchildren; Malia, Kiana, and Tiare Andrade all of Henderson, NV. Gloria is survived by her siblings; Lucy (Walter) Figueroa, Vivian Quizon, Josephine (Joe) Menke, Andrew (Cynthia) Aliser, and Jerry Navarro. Sidney is survived by his siblings; Cynthia Santana, Ronsten Andrade, and Daryl Andrade. There will be a Celebration of Life held at the Manoa Grand Ballroom on Thursday May 15, 2014 at 10:00am. Condolences may be sent to P. O. Box 90796 Henderson, NV 89009.

LEONA “LEE” LEINA’ALA BALINBIN

Posted On May 13th, 2014 -

5-12 & 5-13 LEONA BALINBINLEONA LEE LEINA’ALA BALINBIN Age 66, of Kailua, passed away April 11, 2014 in Kailua. Born December 3, 1947 in Honolulu. Retired telephone operator of Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel. She is survived by husband, Julian “Bing” D. Balinbin; step- children, Jodie (Tony) Makue, Sharlynn (Brian) Ash, Jaime Balinbin, Olivia (Luckie) Mullen; hanai-daughters, Irma (Robert) Medina, Baby; sister, Hana “Puni” Peahi; 22 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Saturday 5/17 at Kailua Pentecostal Church, 298 Kakahiaka St., Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.

LEONIDA “AIDA” FORNILOZA AMORE

Posted On May 13th, 2014 -

LEONIDA AIDA FORNILOZA AMORE Age 89, of Honolulu, passed away May 7, 2014 at Tripler Army Medical Center. Born March 3, 1925 in San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines. She is survived by daughters, Elena Amore Bland, Myrna Amore Ordinado; son, Quirino “June” (Fina) Amore, Jr; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grand- children; 1 great-great-grand- child. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Sunday 5/18 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 6:30 p.m. Committal Service 1:00 p.m. Tuesday 5/20 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Gloria Jean Ballenti Andrade & Sidney Earle Andrade, Sr.

Posted On May 13th, 2014 -

GLORIA JEAN BALLENTI ANDRADE SIDNEY EARLE ANDRADE, SR. Gloria Jean Ballenti Andrade, 66, of Henderson, NV went to heaven on April 8, 2014. She is reunited in eternal rest with her late husband, Sidney Earle Andrade Sr. who passed away on April 25, 2011. They are both survived by their three children Sidney E. Andrade Jr. (Melanie), Donovan M. Andrade, Leona K. S. Andrade and 3 grandchildren; Malia, Kiana, and Tiare Andrade all of Henderson, NV. Gloria is survived by her siblings; Lucy (Walter) Figueroa, Vivian Quizon, Josephine (Joe) Menke, Andrew (Cynthia) Aliser, and Jerry Navarro. Sidney is survived by his siblings; Cynthia Santana, Ronsten Andrade, and Daryl Andrade. There will be a Celebration of Life held at the Manoa Grand Ballroom on Thursday May 15, 2014 at 10:00am. Condolences may be sent to P. O. Box 90796 Henderson, NV 89009.

LEONA “LEE” LEINA’ALA BALINBIN

Posted On May 13th, 2014 -

LEONA LEE LEINA’ALA BALINBIN Age 66, of Kailua, passed away April 11, 2014 in Kailua. Born December 3, 1947 in Honolulu. Retired telephone operator of Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel. She is survived by husband, Julian “Bing” D. Balinbin; step- children, Jodie (Tony) Makue, Sharlynn (Brian) Ash, Jaime Balinbin, Olivia (Luckie) Mullen; hanai-daughters, Irma (Robert) Medina, Baby; sister, Hana “Puni” Peahi; 22 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Saturday 5/17 at Kailua Pentecostal Church, 298 Kakahiaka St., Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.

MITSUKO YAMAMOTO

Posted On May 13th, 2014 -

MITSUKO YAMAMOTO Age 95, of Haleiwa, HI, passed away April 1, 2014 in Waipahu. Born June 16, 1918 in Mountain View, HI. Mitsuko was the co-proprietor of Haleiwa Service Station. She was a member/treasurer of the Waialua Hongwanji; member of the Haleiwa Shingon Mission. She is survived by son, Calvin K. (Kathy) Yamamoto; daughters, Florence (Samuel) Inouye, Janet (Gary) Fujimoto, Gilberta (Arlen) Sugita, Aileen (Kenneth) Ching, Alycia Ibarra, Darlene (Vernon) Nishimura; 17 grand- children; 9 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Saturday (May 17) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m.

TOMMY TAMOTSU MIURA

Posted On May 13th, 2014 -

TOMMY TAMOTSU MIURA Age 91, of Pearl City, HI, passed away March 26, 2014 in Honolulu. Born March 8, 1923 in Waipahu, HI. Retired electrician for the Federal Government, also a veteran for the United States Army 442nd Infantry. He is survived by daughters, Mary Ann (Larry) Yonamine, Dori Ann Saito; grandson, Ryan Yonamine. Private services were held.

WILLARD IRVING BROWN

Posted On May 12th, 2014 -

WILLARD IRVING BROWN Willard Irving Brown (24 September 1920 – 19 April 2014) died peacefully at his home in Hau’ula, Oahu, Hawaii. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Ray Clark Brown and Alzie Gertrude (Hayward) Brown. On 24 May 1942 he married Priscilla Doe in Wollaston, Massachusetts. He attended schools in Boston, MA, Boston University, and Pasadena City College. He was a first lieutenant in the Signal Corps during World War II and based on the Pacific Island of Saipan. After the war he had a career working in binderies and printing companies in Boston and Los Angeles. He was very active in his church singing in the choir, overseeing the Sunday school, and other roles. He was known as a man of integrity and a hard worker and passed these values on to his children. He worked very hard to ensure his children valued education and all attended and graduated from college. He was extremely talented as a writer and published a non-fiction book on World War I. His skill with words also was expressed through frequent clever puns and crossword puzzles. His knowledge and insistence on correct grammar (as well as puns) was passed on to his children. Willard valued giving back to the community and supported a number of charities. He and Priscilla loved traveling and were able to tour many places around the world after their retirement. He is preceded by his wife of 67 years, Priscilla. He is survived by his five children, Stephen Farwell Brown (Judy), Douglas Seagrave Brown (Maria), Gerald Clarke Brown (Leah), Sandra Elaine (Brown) Welch (Stanley), and Peter Ross Brown (Daceli), as well as 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great- granddaughter. He is also survived by his brothers Russell Hayward Brown and Roland Clark Brown and a sister Claire Farwell (Brown) Popesco. The family will hold a celebration of life in Old Orchard, Maine on Willard’s birthday, September 24th, 2014. Old Orchard is where Willard and Priscilla first met. An incurable romantic, he always referred to her as “the love of my life.” Before being stationed in Saipan in 1945, he was stationed in Honolulu, where he wrote loving cards to Priscilla, dreaming of a time when they could walk the beaches there together. 60 years later, he got his wish, and the two of them lived their last years together in Hau’ula.

SIXTO “COSME” CONSTANTINO

Posted On May 12th, 2014 -

SIXTO COSME CONSTANTINO Age 86, of Honolulu, passed away April 28, 2014 in Honolulu. Born April 10, 1928 in Paniqui, Tarlac, Philippines. A former individual tax preparer and member of the Paniquian Association of Hawaii. He is survived by wife, Estrella Constantino; children, Mercy (Ruben) Valdez, Larry (Sonia) Constantino, Robert (Ederlina) Constantino, Emilie C. Asidera, Froilan Constantino, Andrew Constantino; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday 5/16 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 6:30 p.m. Visitaiton also 9:00 a.m. Saturday 5/17 at St. John the Baptist Church, 2324 Omilo Lane, Mass 10:30 a.m. Burial 12:00 noon at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Flowers Welcome. Casual/ Aloha Attire.

LEONA “LEE” LEINA’ALA BALINBIN

Posted On May 12th, 2014 -

5-12 LEONA BALINBINLEONA LEE LEINA’ALA BALINBIN Age 66, of Kailua, passed away April 11, 2014 in Kailua. Born December 3, 1947 in Honolulu. Retired telephone operator of Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel. She is survived by husband, Julian “Bing” D. Balinbin; step- children, Jodie (Tony) Makue, Sharlynn (Brian) Ash, Jaime Balinbin, Olivia (Luckie) Mullen; hanai-daughters, Irma (Robert) Medina, Baby; 22 grand- children; 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Saturday 5/17 at Kailua Pentecostal Church, 298 Kakahiaka St., Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.

CHARLOTTE HATSUMI MURAKAMI

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

5-11 CHARLOTTE MURAKAMI -cOLORCHARLOTTE HATSUMI MURAKAMI God called Charlotte home on April 18, 2014, Good Friday, at the age of 74. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her immediate family. Charlotte was born on March 20, 1940. She was the only child of Shizuo and Umeno Onishi of Aiea. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and the University of California at Berkeley. She met her husband Arthur T. Murakami in 1963 and they married in 1964. She taught English at Kalani High School until the birth of her daughter Janice in 1968. She followed Jan throughout her school days and spent many years volunteering at Punahou School as room parent, PFA board member and during Jan’s junior year she chaired the Punahou Carnival and went on to be PFA President during Jan’s senior year. After Jan’s graduation she worked for the East West Center, Child and Family Service and for the Governor’s Office of Children and Youth as their Youth Affair’s Officer until she retired to care for her father. She made caring for her family her top priority. She cared for him until his passing and then shortly after she became a grandmother to Jarret and then Jordan. She cherished her time with them and they were her pride and joy. Later she and Art moved from their home so she could be closer to her mother to care for her. Charlotte was always caring for someone be it her husband, parents, or grandsons. She was a friend to many and was always there to share a laugh, lend an ear, or give a hug. Charlotte was truly selfless in her love for others. She will be missed, but never forgotten. She is survived by husband, Arthur, daughter Janice Furuta, son-in-law Jason Furuta, grandsons Jarret and Jordan Furuta, and mother, Umeno Onishi. Memorial Services will be held May 17, 2014, their 50th wedding anniversary. Visitation 1pm; service 2pm at Thurston Memorial Chapel, Punahou School. No flowers, please.

LORAINE M. DAIKOKU

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

LORAINE M. DAIKOKU Age 67, of Waianae, HI, passed away April 20, 2014 in Waianae. Born August 4, 1946 in Honolulu, HI. She is survived by daughters, Melissa S. Rodrigues, Shayne (Aurelio, Jr.) Ader; brother, Norman Daikoku; sister, Judith Lau; 4 grandchildren. Celebration of Life 6:30 p.m. Friday (May 16) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (85-574 Old Plantation Rd., Waianae). Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

DONALD MARION COOK, SR.

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

DONALD MARION COOK, SR. Age 78, of Mililani, HI, passed away April 3, 2014 in Mililani. Born October 14, 1935 in Honolulu, HI. Retired Sergeant First Class United States Army. He is survived by sons, Donald Cook, Jr., Corbin (Kimberly) Cook, Darren (Deborah) Cook; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grand- children. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Thursday (May 15) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Friday (May 16) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Prayer Service 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:30 a.m. at Schofield Post Cemetery. Casual Attire.

KAZUTOSHI MITO

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

KAZUTOSHI MITO Age 89, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away April 2, 2014 in Wahiawa. Born September 21, 1924 in Waialua, HI. Kazutoshi was a retired truck driver from Dole Plantation. He is survived by wife, Lillian Mito; daughters, Cheryl Mito, Valerie Mito, Suzanne Mito; sisters, Hatsuko Awaya, Akiko (Atsushi) Saito, Mae (Francis) Funakoshi. Private Services were held.

Mary Rowley Mooney

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

MARY LOUISE ROWLEY MOONEY Mary Louise Rowley Mooney passed away April 14th, 2014, at home, with family and dear friends by her side. Born September 15th, 1931, in Ravenswood, West Virginia, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Coit and Margaret Rowley, and her oldest son, Tom Mooney. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 61 years, Brigadier General Harley F. Mooney; children Meg Brulatour, Beth Loy, John Mooney and Frank Mooney; daughter-in-law Robin Thornton Mooney, sons-in-law Lon Weingart and Craig Loy; siblings Libby Knotts, Ken Rowley and Margie Simpson; grandchildren Annie and Mary Brulatour, Francis Mooney, and Rachab Mooney Van Vreeswyk; two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Always outgoing, with a generous spirit and a genuine interest in others, Mary had many wonderful friends, in particular, Mimi Thies; Trini, Jack and Isabel Parsons; and the Marvelous Mahjongg Matriarchs. Mary also maintained close contact with several of her Alpha Xi Delta sorority sisters, and was the 2013-14 Honolulu Alumnae Panhellenic Association delegate. In high school and college, Mary spent summers as a lifeguard, swimming instructor and camp counselor; she was a cheerleader in high school and a member of West Virginia University’s synchronized swim team. She met Harley on a blind date at WVU; after they married in 1953, his Army career took them all over the United States, including two tours in Hawaii. Even with five small children, Mary found time to become an accomplished seamstress and tailor; she called herself a hobbyist but she was truly an artist, especially skilled in all forms of needlepoint. She made beautiful hanging tapestries and rugs, using her own patterns. Later, she worked with stained glass, creating large exquisite pieces that now grace the homes of all her children. After Harley retired from the Army, the family settled in Charleston, WV. Mary got her real estate license but couldn’t shake the wanderlust. She organized several fantastic family road trips, including one that culminated in a week-long reunion in the glorious Colorado Rockies, an event that mirrored the trip Coit and Margaret Rowley had made with their four children some forty years before. Another once-in-a-lifetime experience was Mary’s grand tour of North America with her oldest daughter and three granddaughters: From the northeastern U.S. into and across Canada to the Pacific Northwest and California, finally heading home via a southerly route. Along the way, the travelers visited the incredible Corn Palace of Mitchell, South Dakota and the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming; they walked along the blue ice of a glacier and through the ruins of a thousand-year old pueblo; and paid their respects at Mount Rushmore and at Graceland. At the age of 66, Mary decided to truly explore the globe by traveling to various places and living in destination for months at a time. She enjoyed her solo expeditions but took special pleasure in sharing her experiences: Her granddaughters spent their summer vacations in Ireland and Australia; her youngest daughter joined her in Spain, Greece and France; her sons often talk about adventures with Mary in New Zealand, Mexico, and England. Even during her world travels, Mary frequently came back to Hawaii. Her family had always loved life in the islands; it felt like home. In 2006, she settled down for good Well, except for the occasional “road trip” to the mainland, and some brief ventures abroad. Her last big excursion, with two dear friends, took her to Italy shortly after her 80th birthday. Otherwise, she remained in Oahu for the rest of her life, her door ever open to a steady stream of family and friends. That she chose Hawaii as her final destination makes perfect sense to all who knew and loved her; Mary “lived aloha” every day of her life. In lieu of flowers, Mary’s family requests that her memory be honored through donations to Islands Hospice at 1301 Young Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 (Attn: Jackie Dunn); Islandshospice.com`

CLARA K. GILMAN CHOO ALAMEIDA

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

CLARA K. GILMAN CHOO ALAMEIDA Age 101, of Waialua, HI, passed away April 29, 2014 in Wahiawa. Born October 26, 1912 in Waialua, Oahu. She is survived by son, Jere Francis (Carleen) Choo; daughter, Patricia McDermott- Sagon; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 5 great- great-grandchildren; sisters, Lillian K. Gilman, Edna L. (Jim) Stewart; brother, Douglas K. Gilman, Sr. Visitation 10:00 a.m. Wednesday (May 14) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

ALVIN K. S. LEONG

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

ALVIN K. S. LEONG Alvin Kwock Sun Leong, a kind, generous and gregarious person, foodie who loved to cook, harmonica player and sports fan (especially of his children and grandchildren), died on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was 89. Most important to “Al” (or “Dugan,” for those who knew him during his career), were his family, food (and lots of it, especially when he was the cook), sports (in which his children or grandchildren participated and Univ. of Hawaii and Punahou sports), engaging in conversation with strangers (especially tourists), dancing, and harmonica playing. In his younger days, he was a spectacular yo-yo player. He played a rockin` harmonica, by ear. Al retired after working as an identification clerk at OCCC and for the State of Hawaii. He was a past-president of the Leong Soong Duck Tong and a member of the Bingham Tract Broncos. Al is survived by his children: Liane (Randall) Murch, Donna (Robin Uyeshiro), Craig (Miyo Yamamoto), and Brenda (Samuel) Beadles; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; companion Shirley Atkin of Pella, Iowa; sister Eloise; and brother Edmund. Al requested a Rock-N-Roll Send-Off! Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Diamond Head Mortuary Chapel. Visitation 9:30-10:15; Service 10:15; lunch to follow. Private burial. He asked everyone to be happy – so in his honor, Wear Happy Colors! No flowers. The family thanks Dr. Glenn Uto, who gave Al the best last 10 years he could have asked for, and Al’s kind and patient caregivers: Kristell, Emy, Lynne, Marcie and Kim. Aloha `Oe Kung Kung! Until We Meet Again! For more info, see: http:// kungkung.munchloved.com

WILLIAM WAH HONG YOUNG

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

5-11 WILLIAM WAH HONG YOUNGWILLIAM WAH HONG YOUNG 7-13-1916 – 4-23-2014 97 years old from Honolulu, a veteran Army Master Sergeant of World War II joined His Lord on April 23, 2014. He retired at the age of 50 to enjoy ALL the MANY PLEASURES of LIFE. He is survived by a family of sister-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews. Celebration of His Life Diamond Head Chapel – May 13th, 2014 Viewing – 9:00am Service – 9:45am Burial – 10:30am Diamond Head Memorial Park

MASATO “LEFTY” KATEKARU

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

5-11 MASATO KATEKARUMASATO LEFTY KATEKARU October 1, 1924 – April 8, 2014 89, of Aiea passed away peacefully at Pali Momi Medical Center. Born in Ewa and raised in Waianae. One of seven children to Kame and Uto Katekaru who immigrated from Okinawa. He was an Army veteran and retired from the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard with 39 years of service. Enjoyed his retirement taking up ballroom dancing, ceramic classes, gardening, bowling, and keyboard lessons. Up to the time of his passing, he was bowling with the Aiea Makule Bowling League at Aiea Bowl. Enjoyed traveling to Japan, Okinawa, Canada, California, New York, and Las Vegas and several cruises. Belonged to the Hawaii United Okinawa Association and was a member of the Nishihara Chojin Kai where he shared his love of playing the keyboard at the annual New Year’s party. He was recognized as the clubs Uchinanchu of the Year Honoree this past January. He is survived by wife, Haruye Katekaru, son, Lance (Maile) Katekaru, daughter, Cora (Jonathan) Cho and grand daughters Stephanie and Sherilyn Cho and Nicole Katekaru. Also survived by brother Herbert (Deanna) Katekaru, sisters Yoshie (Harry) Asato and Kay Shimabukuro. Precedent in death daughter, Jessie Katekaru and brother, Luke Katekaru. He lived a wonderful life full of love and laughter surrounded by his family and friends. Private services were held.

DR. CLIFFORD KOTARO KOBAYASHI

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

5-11 DR. CLIFFORD KOBAYASHIDR. CLIFFORD KOTARO KOBAYASHI Dr. Clifford Kotaro Kobayashi was a gardener and a fisherman. He was a physician, a teacher, a devoted husband, a loving father and friend. He drew his final breath just before dawn on Sunday, April 6, grandchildren by his side. He was 94. Clifford became the second board certified pediatrician in Hawaii. He was an old fashioned doctor who made house calls, often accepting saimin and smoked meat as payment. He was as passionate teaching infant nutrition to new mothers as he was about providing practical community education to medical students. Clifford was instrumental in starting the Premature Infant Demonstration Center at St. Francis Hospital and served as the Center’s director for years. He helped establish and chaired the residency program at Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital, and he participated in a feasibility study to create a two-year medical school at the University of Hawaii. Cliff later became a Professor of Pediatrics at the John Burns School of Medicine, and an Instructor of Pediatrics at Queen’s and the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. His dream of becoming a doctor began with his own near-fatal bout of pneumonia as a child. He admired the Wailuku doctor who never abandoned hope, and he learned that “so important [is] the love parents have for a child.” Clifford lived most of his life in Honolulu, but Maui was home. His paternal grandparents–Kyutaro and Towa Kobayashi–arrived in 1891 aboard the Miike Maru. Kyutaro interpreted for laborers at the Makawao Courthouse and within three years he and Towa left the plantation to raise racehorses and operate the Kobayashi Hotel across from the Paia Mercantile. Clifford’s father, Nobuichi, was the oldest child, and eventually ran a movie theater and N. Kobayashi Auto Supply on Hana Highway. Clifford would play the pianorola during the silent movies, and when Nobuichi secured Hawaii’s first Pepsi-Cola and Nehi Beverages franchise, Cliff and his brother Harry washed bottles by hand. Nobuichi married Michiyo Iwamoto–the daughter of shibori and bonsai artisans–and Clifford was the firstborn of six children. He went to Paia School, he rose to the rank of Eagle Scout in Paia’s Troop 10, and after graduating from Maui High in 1938 spent two years at the University of Hawaii before transferring to the University of Iowa. With his Martin ukulele in tow, Clifford rode steerage from Honolulu to San Francisco before boarding a train to Iowa City. On December 7, 1941, Clifford was a medical school freshman. He would say, “I felt like a man without a country.” Although his ancestry barred him from military service, his Iowa classmates and professors embraced and defended him–many were children of German immigrants who faced similar intolerance during World War I. Clifford returned to Honolulu for his internship at Queen’s Hospital, and when he met student nurse Catherine Kwon, it was love at first sight. Five months after V-J Day, Clifford and Cathy married at The Cathedral of St. Andrew. Despite his World War II exclusion from the military, Clifford was Honorably Discharged as a U.S. Air Force (Korean War) Major in 1955. He was a lifelong gardener and fisherman. In Paia, he scaled rocks for pipipi and opihi, fashioned homemade spears and goggles, and netted lobsters. He spent countless hours whipping for barracuda, papio, and omaka. He pulled catfish out of the Iowa River, shrimped in La Paz, and fished the waters of Fiji and Kiritimati. Cliff planted mango and fig trees that sprawl and blossom to this day in Paia on the same acreage where his grandparents’ home once stood. In his final days, he dreamed of ulua, he sang Mario Lanza tunes and closed his eyes to hum Puccini arias. He pulled his granddaughter’s hand to his chest and softly whispered, “what a story.” He is survived by his wife of 69 years Cathy, daughters Mary (Maj. Gen. Tim) Lowenberg, Susan (Bob) Schwab, Dr. Barbara Kobayashi, and Rita (Joe) May. His memory will be cherished by grandchildren Cathy Malia Lowenberg, Dr. Christine Schwab (Dr. Mike Klevay), Dr. Jennifer Schwab, Stephen Schanzenbach, David Schanzenbach, Sean May, and great-grandchildren Madeleine and Nora Klevay. He leaves siblings Constance Yamamoto, Buddy Kobayashi, and Prof. Victor Kobayashi. Cliff is missed by his beloved cat, Kiko. The family is deeply grateful to the staff of St. Francis Hospice/The Sister Maureen Keleher Center who brought dignity and comfort to Cliff’s final days. Clifford’s ashes will be inurned at The Cathedral of St. Andrew following a 1:30 Service on Saturday, May 24, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Cathedral of St. Andrew–the church where Cliff and Cathy began their journey, one that remains a beacon of hope, tolerance, and love.

PHILIP GERARD NELSON, C.P.A.

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

PHILIP GERARD NELSON, C.P.A. Philip Nelson, 82, of Honolulu, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2014. A graduate of Mission Church High School in Boston, he joined the Air Force in 1951 and served honorably until 1955. After graduating from Bentley College in Boston, he moved to Honolulu. He earned the title of Certified Public Accountant in 1962. He married Loretta Bailey in 1968 and was a devoted husband. He enjoyed a successful career as an accountant, was a staunch Democrat and will be greatly missed by those he leaves behind. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Loretta and is survived by his sisters Mary Fitzgerald, Margaret Habermas and Regina Campbell and his brother John Nelson as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in June in Honolulu. No flowers.

WILLIAM KAHALEWAI KA’AI SR.

Posted On May 11th, 2014 -

WILLIAM KAHALEWAI KA’AI SR. 85, of Aiea, HI passed away April 18, 2014. Born December 13, 1928 in Molokai, HI. Retired heavy equipment operator with Hawaiian Dredging & Construction, Oahu Construction and Ben Hayashi Ltd. He was a member with the Operating Engineers Local Union #3. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Louise Anna Bertha; sons, William K. Ka’ai Jr. (Pua), Howard I. Ka’ai (Helen); daughter, Rochelle Ka’ai De Costa (Melvin); sisters, Lucille Naehu (Gordon), Blance Kaeka; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son, Gary W. Ka’ai. Visitation on Monday, May 19, 9:30am at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services at 10:30am. Burial at 1:00pm. Casual attire.

HAROLD L. “KIMO” KIMHAN

Posted On May 10th, 2014 -

5-10 HAROLD L. KIMO KIMHANHAROLD L. KIMO KIMHAN 85, Of Waikiki a retire HPD Police officer passed away at Straub Hospital on Easter Sunday April 20, 2014. Kimo lived life on his terms the whole way! He was a HPD officer for 25 years. Kimo is survived by his brother James, his sister Bea, children Harrison, Beverly, Duke, Crystal, Miles, Kenny and 11 Grand children and 4 Great grandchildren. Services for Kimo will be held Monday June 9th at 1030 am at Punchbowl National Cemetery.

DOROTHY WATRY UPHOUSE

Posted On May 10th, 2014 -

DOROTHY WATRY UPHOUSE (97), of Honolulu, passed away May 5, 2014 at Hawaii Kai Retirement & Assisted Living. She was born in Worthington, Minnesota and raised on a farm where milk and vegetables were fresh. She graduated from Saint Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester as a registered nurse. She worked at the Mayo Clinic, and then was recruited to the Northern Illinois College of Optometry where she met her future husband, Dr. Sam Uphouse. They eventually moved to Hawaii in 1955 and opened Aloha Optical Company together, a successful business serving customers for 40 years. She is survived by daughter, Barbara Wong (Dennis), and grandchildren, Pomaikai and Scott, and step-grandchild, Adam (Chelsie), along with 3 step-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by son, Dr. William Uphouse (Dr. Gwen Naguwa), and husband, Dr. Sam Uphouse. A big MAHALO to Hawaii Kai Retirement and Assisted Living’s wonderful and caring staff! Also, a big MAHALO to Dr. Nina Hayashi, Dr. Albert Leung, Dr. Thomas Maeda and Dr. David Fujimoto. Your kindness will not be forgotten! Visitation is Friday, May 16, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Borthwick Makai Chapel, with a service at 5:30 p.m. A private burial at Punchbowl will take place later.

PUNAMAI “MIKE” ATOFAU

Posted On May 10th, 2014 -

5-10 PUNAMAI ATOFAUPUNAMAI MIKE ATOFAU 76, passed away on May 1st, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. He was born on December 23, 1937, in Leone, American Samoa, 1 of 8 children to Kelemete Atofau and Talimeli (Ungaitafa) Tuitele. Punamai came to the United States in 1960, he married the love of his life, Nancy Coen, in November of 1961. Our husband, dad, and grandfather will be remembered for his love of God and family first, old cars, anything “antique,” watching professional wrestling, and his favorite animals, eagles and tigers, like those at the Point Defiance Zoo. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy; children, Nancy (Johnnie) Wilson, Elizabeth Atofau, Anthony Atofau, Cynthia (Tino) Clark, Maggie (Lene) Amosa, Naw Aung; ten grand- children, Courtnie Wilson, Jourdyn (Jeremy) Penley, Sean Hart, TaQuia (Duana) Clark, Khrystina (Will) Pedro, Khrystian Clark, Kayla Clark, Kendra Clark, Esthlene Amosa, Matthew Aung; and two brothers, Fiavivini and Kelemete Atofau. He was preceded in death by his five siblings. Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Monday, May 12, 2014, at Mountain View Funeral Home Celebration of Life Center Aspen Chapel. Visitation will be from 5pm to 8pm, Sunday, May 11, 2014, at the Funeral Home.

BERNARDO “DAVID” BENIGNO

Posted On May 10th, 2014 -

5-10 BERNARDO BENIGNOBERNARDO DAVID BENIGNO Age 87, of Mililani, HI, passed away April 2, 2014 in Mililani. Born April 4, 1926 in Parut, Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Retired Army Master Sergeant. He is survived by wife, Griselda “Grace” Benigno; sons, David Benigno, Van (Trudy) Benigno, Damian (Chiyo) Benigno, Bernardo (Laura J.) Benigno, Gabriel (Jennifer) Benigno; daughters, Anita “Gail” (Max) King, Lydia (Al) Auge, Bernadette (Howard) Dicus, Jennifer (Adrian) Chetronie; brother, Francisco (Consolacion) Benigno; sister, Romula “Roming” (Felix) Dela Cruz; 15 grand- children; 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 14) at the Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Prayer Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Thursday (May 15) at St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church (95-370 Kuahelani Ave., Mililani); Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.

HIROSHI AZEKA

Posted On May 10th, 2014 -

5-10 HIROSHI AZEKA B&WHIROSHI AZEKA Age 82 of Hanalei, HI passed away April 2, 2014 at home. Born on July 21, 1931 in Hanalei, HI. He retired as the Director of Facilities Services from Kauai Community College. He also worked as a Building Inspector for the State of Hawaii. After retirement he farmed taro in Waipa Valley. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War where he earned his Purple Heart. He was very active in many organizations such as the Kauai County Farm Bureau, Korean War Veterans, Hanalei Nihon jin kai. He was the Project Manager in the building of the Kauai Veteran’s Center in Lihue and a Veteran dedicated to community service. He is survived by daughters Lynn (Robert) Hatke of Seattle, Fran (Karl) Miyake of Kapaa and Faye (Chris) Neves of Honolulu; granddaughter Aedan Azeka; sister Ayame Katsumoto of Honolulu, brother Clifford Azeka of Honolulu, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial Services will be held on May 17, 2014 at Kapaa Hongwanji at 2:00pm. Casual attire is suggested. Internment will be at a later date at Hanalei Japanese Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran
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