Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category


Posted On December 2nd, 2017 -

November 22, 2017 66, of Kaneohe, a retired Driver's License Clerk for the City & County of Honolulu, died in Queen's Hospital. Born in Honolulu. Survived by husband Michael, daughter Kristi (Jeff) Kang, son Kevin (Nena) Mitchell, brother Thomas Suyemoto, and four grandchildren. Services Friday, December 8 at Borthwick Mortuary. Visitation 10:30 a.m. Services 11:30 a.m. Lunch to follow. Burial 3:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of monetary gifts please make a donation to The American Cancer Society.

Robert Hiroshi Yoneshige

Posted On December 1st, 2017 -

60 of Honolulu, passed away November 15, 2017. Born in Honolulu. He was a Retail Manager for the ABC Stores. Survived by wife, Joanne Yoneshige; son, Jared Yoneshige; daughter, Jaclyn Yoneshige; one grand- child; Mother, Florence Yoneshige; brother, Dana Yoneshige; sisters, Jane Watanabe, Deborah Swanson; nieces and nephews. Visitation 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 9, 2017 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary; Memorial service 5:30 p.m.; Casual attire. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

Eleanor Yukimi Oyakawa Taketa

Posted On December 1st, 2017 -

96, formerly of Maui and Hawaii Kai passed away in Las Vegas on August 8, 2017. Private funeral services were held on Maui. She was born on Feb. 28, 1921 in Lahaina and retired as secretary of Lahainaluna High School. She leaves behind sons David (Barbara) of Las Vegas and Corwin (Cindy) of Oahu, daughter Carol ( Andrew) Miyasato of Oahu and daughter-in -law Eileen (Wilfred-deceased) of Maui, brother Wayne Yeiki Kaneshiro of Gardena, California, 9 grand children and 10 great grand children.

Charles Masayuki Kajihiro

Posted On December 1st, 2017 -

Charles Masayuki Kajihiro82, of Aiea passed away on November 25, 2017 in Aiea surrounded by his family. He was born on January 16, 1935 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a retired program analyst supervisor for the Navy PWC Pearl Harbor for 42 years. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife Mary; sons, Dave (Grace), Derek, and Steve; grandchildren, Ken, Ryan, Erin, and Jacqueline; sister, Alice Morita. Visitation 12 p.m. on Thursday (Dec 7) at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. Inurnment service on Friday (Dec 8) at 9:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha Attire. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary

Robert James Gage

Posted On November 30th, 2017 -

71, of Aiea. Passed peacefully on November 20, 2017. He was born in New Jersey. An entrepreneur. He is survived by his wife, Lynette; son, Sean; step children, Sherri Osako, Rick (Pat) Osako, Erica (Alfred) Tarazon; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, William (Maureen); Aunty, Janet Vigorita; his best friend, Dobie. Services will be held on Dec. 4, 2017 (Mon.) at Hosoi Garden Mortuary, visitation 5 p.m. service at 6 p.m. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary


Posted On November 29th, 2017 -

FLORA KINUE YAMASAKI FLORA KINUE YAMASAKI TAKEKAWA Flora Kinue Yamasaki Takekawa, age 90, passed away on October 20, 2017, at her home in Kailua surrounded by her family. Born on April 12, 1927, at the New Mill sugar plantation near Ele'ele on Kaua'i, she grew up in Kukui'ula and graduated from Kaua'i High School in 1945. She continued her studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa where she obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. After marrying Claude Takekawa in 1950, Flora went on to a fulfilling 37 year career with the Hawai'i State Department of Education, including 20 years as a teacher and principal at Kailua High School. After retiring in 1987, she enjoyed traveling the world with Claude and spending time with her family in their Maunawili home. She was preceded in death by Claude and is survived by sons Roy (Kristine), Kevin (Sally), John, and Paul (Lynn Yempuku); grandchildren Sarah (Voltaire Sinigayan), Stacy, Hannah, Keoni, and Mia; great-grand daughter Kolby Kinue; and brother Thomas (Tsugi) Yamasaki. In lieu of flowers and koden, the family requests donations be made in Flora's name to Hospice Hawai'i, 860 Iwilei Road, Honolulu, HI, 96817 ( At Flora's request, a private service was held.


Posted On November 29th, 2017 -

70, of Honolulu, a retired Wilson Elementary School Teacher, passed away November 9, 2017 in Honolulu. Survived by husband, Glenn Higuchi; daughter, Cori (Doug) Muraoka; son, Marc (Chie) Higuchi; 2 grandchildren; sisters, Deborah (Rodney) Aihara and Gail (Glen) Sakagawa. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. Sunday December 3, 2017 at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary, East Chapel. Service begins at 4:00 p.m. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

Lois Masako Shin

Posted On November 29th, 2017 -

57, of Kaneohe, died in Honolulu, Hawaii on Tuesday October 31, 2017. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by her husband Darren Shin; children; Starr Shin, Rayna Tacuban and Lawrence Tacuban; sisters; Joan Takazono and Nora Nagahisa. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Key Project in Kahaluu, Hawaii.

Deborah Keiko Sekine

Posted On November 29th, 2017 -

64, of Honolulu, passed away on October 28, 2017. Born in Honolulu, she was a data processing systems analyst for the City and County of Honolulu. She is survived by her husband, Andrew; sister, Gail (Oren) Sugita; niece, Tysha Konishi; nephew, Gavin Sugita; and mother, Yaeko Isa. Private services were held at Makiki Christian Church. The family requests no gifts. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary


Posted On November 29th, 2017 -

CHARLOTTE SCHALLIt is with a heavy heart to say farewell to the love of my life, my wife of 52 years, Charlotte Schall who passed away on November 16 after a long battle with cancer. She was born on January 5, 1937 in Riedern, Switzerland. Joining me, Peter H. Schall, in my sorrow are our daughter Michelle Schall, her partner Joseph Torres, our grand- daughter Malia, in Switzerland her sister Lilly, her brothers: Robert, Christian, and Rene, and their families, and her cousin Esther Schaer-Haesler. Charlotte will always be in our hearts, and we all share many years of beautiful memories. A Celebration of Life and a Last Aloha to Charlotte will be held on January 5, 2018.


Posted On November 29th, 2017 -

LILLIAN BOYD MYERSborn on November 28, 1922 in Boston Massachusetts, passed away peacefully and comfortably with her family by her side at her home in Reno, Nevada on November 20, 2017. Lil studied at the Melrose Hospital, Melrose Massachusetts from 1941-1944 graduating with her Registered Nursing Diploma. She entered the Army Medical Corps to serve in WWII. While in the Army stationed in Hawaii she fell in love with her husband Pierce, who was an Army Air Corps pilot. They married in 1947 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage together and raised five happy children while living in locations around the world as a military family. She was preceded in death by her father Thomas Archibald Boyd, mother Annie Florence, brothers Harry, Garrett & James and her husband Pierce M. Myers, Jr. and one grandson. Lil is survived by her children, Susan Miller (Bob), Janice Olsen (Rich), Pierce III (Jessie), Gary (Elaine), and Doug (Julie). She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Memorial services will be held at Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Lillian had requested that donations be made to The Woman's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC. To donate, please go to and search for 20-4-20.

Jerome Kimo Robarts

Posted On November 29th, 2017 -

61, of Honolulu passed away on November 12, 2017. He was born in Honolulu to Betty Claire Decker and Alfred Earl Robarts. He is survived by his daughter, Teaira Robarts of Laton, California; three grandsons, Nathan Jr., Joseph, and Edward Swanson, of Rohnert Park, California; and two sisters, Noenoe K. Silva of Honolulu, and Claire L. Silva of Sierra Vista, Arizona. Visitation at 12:00 and Services at 1:00 on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Kailua.

Lee, Robert Y. H. and Lee, Molly K. H.

Posted On November 29th, 2017 -

Lee, Robert Y. H. and Lee, Molly K. H. LEE, ROBERT Y. H. March 5, 1918- November 16, 2017 LEE, MOLLY K. H. May 23, 1921- July 13, 2006 Robert Y. H. Lee was born in Hilo, Hawaii on March 5, 1918. He married the love of his life, Molly K. H. Ko on January 27, 1940. They were inseparable until July 13, 2006 when Molly passed away after 66 years of marriage. They shared their love of life with everyone they met. Robert and Molly did everything together (golfing, bowling, playing cards, traveling...) Robert was a devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, and Uncle. He was loved by everyone who knew him. Robert passed away peacefully at home with family at his side on November 16, 2017. He is survived by his three children, Robert Jr. (Pearl), Charles (Mabel), Jewel Tedrick (John); Grandchildren, David Tedrick (Kathy), Steven Lee (Emi), and Liana Lee; Great Grandchildren, Tristan and Piper Lee, as well as his sister Mary Jane Lee, his brothers Donald Lee (Elaine) and John Lee and many nephews and nieces. Robert lived a full and happy life and always brought laughter and love to everyone. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and remain in our hearts and thoughts forever. At his request no formal services will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Posted On November 29th, 2017 -

Benjamin Sao 83-Mana, Kauai. Kahuku 54 & Korean Vet. Peacefully passed on 11/21 in Honolulu. Survived by wife -Sylvia Tubal, sons - Maynard, Don, Derek, Malcom, Dean, daughters-Joey, Liane, Sandy and 18 grandchildren. Memorial Service will be in California.


Posted On November 29th, 2017 -

STEVEN PULAWABorn on March 4, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on October 29, 2017 at Avalon Care Center. He is survived by sons, Steven K. Pulawa (Rebecca), Nathan A. Pulawa; daughters, Heather M. Pulawa, Maile I. Pulawa; 3 grandchildren, Taleina Hinalea Ume Murata, Thalia Mokihana Pulawa, Scarlet Roselani Pulawa; brothers, Wilford K., Lawrence L., Herbert S.; sisters, Marian K. Fifitanuia, Joyce K. Sang, Lavenda J. Saberon (Ata), Maydell Osterloh, Roberta M. Palakiko Westbrooks (John). Visitation: 9:00am-11:00am; Services: 11:30am-12:30pm, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - 45-150 Waikalua Rd., Kaneohe Chapel. Burial: 1:00 pm at Greenhaven Memorial Park.


Posted On November 28th, 2017 -

LEIMOMI CYNTHIA SPROAT76, of Honolulu passed away on October 26, 2017, at Aloha Nursing And Rehabilitation Center. She was born on February 10, 1941 in Honolulu. Survived by Sons John, and Brian (Melissa) Pursel, Grandchildren Jason, Cherilyn, and Nathan, Brothers Gustaf (Adeline) Sproat of France, Ramon (Zelda), Edwin (Late Norma), David (Linda), Aunts, Cousins, Nieces, and Nephews. Lemomi graduated from Kamehameha High School in 1959, as the class Valedictorian, and was employed as a secretary for the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, and court clerk for Judge Richard Au in the First Circuit Court, State of Hawaii, retiring in the late 1990s. She was a member of the Calvary Chapel Church until her passing. Graveside funeral service will be on Friday, December 01, 2017, at Diamond Head Memorial Park, at 10:30 AM.


Posted On November 27th, 2017 -

49, of Aiea, Hawaii, passed away on September 14, 2017 in Hon., HI. She was born in Hon., HI. She is survived by son, Tyler Fujimoto; parents, Dennis and Linda Makinodan; sister, Shari Makinodan; and nephew, Jacob Torres. Visitation: 5:00 p.m. Services: 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Inurnment: 11:00 a.m. at Valley of the Temples.

William Edward Kerbox

Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

William Edward Kerbox93, of Lahaina, passed away on November 17, 2017 at his residence surrounded by love. Although we are heartbroken, we are grateful to have had him in our lives. We will remember him as a kind, gracious, loving, and positive man with a great sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Kerbox and his children - Bill Kerbox, Jr., Robbie Kerbox, Buzzy Kerbox, Debbie Sawyer, and Tom Witthans. Barbara and Bill were blessed with 11 grandchildren, Alec, Chase and Kea Lani Kerbox; Angela and Christina Sawyer; Kody, Kasey, and Kyler Kerbox; Sienna, Bryn and Ryan Witthans. A memorial service will be held from 2pm-3pm on Wednesday, November 29, at the rec center located at 150 Puukolii, Lahaina, Hawaii.


Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

91, passed away on Thursday, 10-19-17. She was born in Kilauea, Kauai. She is pre-deceased by her husband, Clement Tsutomu Hamasaki, and her daughter, Blanche Massey. She is survived by sons: Wesley (Jill) Hamasaki, Craig (Lori) Hamasaki, and Glenn Hamasaki of Tucson, Arizona. Daughter: June Kobashigawa. Sister: Violet Hamada. Grand- children, Great-Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews. Special acknowledgement and appreciation to Caregivers, Emerson and Lilibeth Badua and Mariquit Delong. Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea Street, Hon., HI 96817, Mauka Chapel, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Casual attire. Visitation at 4:00 p.m. Service 5:00 p.m.

Siu Fun Young Chan

Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

Age 86, passed away at Straub Clinic & Hospital. She is survived by son, George Chan; daughter, Sandra Ritte; brother, Thomas Young; sister, Germaine Young; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grand- children also nieces & nephews. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC


Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

VIRGINIA (GINGER) REAY TORNBOMAfter a long and wonderful life of 93 years, Virginia (Ginger) Tornbom, beloved mother, Tutu, loyal friend, and educator, passed away peacefully at home at Hawai'i Kai Retirement Community on November 1, 2017. Ginger was born Virginia Hessick in Florence, Colorado, and grew up in Huntington Park, California. She attended University of Southern California from 1942-1944, and completed her education at Long Beach State in 1958. After living in Laguna Beach, California for 24 years, Ginger and her then husband George Reay moved to Hawai'i in 1969. She taught 2nd & 3rd grade at Punahou School for 18 years, loving the school, and fondly remembered each of her students throughout her life. She married Stan Tornbom in 1974. They spent their summers in Bend, Oregon and traveled extensively. In Ginger's 48 years in Honolulu, she was a member of the Unity Church, P.E.O. Chapter B, the Caledonian Society, and the Outrigger Canoe Club. For the past 14 years she resided at Hawai'i Kai Retirement Community. She remained vital mentally and physically, including contributing to the HKRC news and was on the new resident welcoming committee. She is survived by 3 daughters, Laurinda Hadsell, Cindy Reay, and Gina Hart (Bruce); stepdaughters, Ramey Wolf (Charles) and Laurie Parkinson (Graham). Her greatest gifts and joys in life were her grandchildren, Holly Hadsell El Hajii (Moumen), Geordan Purdy, Brandon Purdy (Pamela Reeves), Kahea Hart (Claudia Cox), and Makena Hart (Rachel), as well as her 11 great- grandchildren. Her enthusiasm and love of life will be greatly missed by her family and many longtime friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Ginger's memory to P.E.O. Project for Continuing Education and Punahou School. Celebration of life at Thurston Memorial Chapel, Punahou School on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Visitation 2:30 p.m. Service 3:00 p.m.

David hall kalus

Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

David hall kalusRadio newscaster - DJ , contractor, bridge builder, teacher, artist, surfer and fisherman, after a brave 9-year battle with cancer died August 31, 2017 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He was 67. David, the son of a Marine and a teacher was the youngest of four children and spent his childhood between California and Hawaii. He was in high school when his dad got orders for Barber's Point. He sold the winning Angus steer he had raised as a 4-H member and, with his family, moved to Hawaii. Surfing with his brother Gary and friends, the ocean became his playground. But it was not all play. There was school to attend (Campbell High Class of '68) and in the summer he flung pineapples in Dole's field and, loving animals, worked with Dr. James Higa at his veterinary hospital. After high school graduation, he earned an FCC license in LA and moved to the Big Island, then back home to Oahu, broadcasting in both places. In a move to Oregon, his velvet voice could again be heard on the radio. The entrepreneur bug bit and he organized a cement finishing business in Klamath Falls. A bridge building concern lured him into a supervisory position and he became a bridge builder. After two falls, he retired from the danger and began teaching the art at the Northwest College of Construction. When the Rotary Club asked for his help, David's students, under his tutelage in three terms, embellished a spectacular fountain in Heritage Park in Scappoose, Oregon. During his fight with cancer, along with his teaching, he found peace sketching birds, fishing, and kayaking with his grandson and friend Ron. Nature loving, hard working, he was a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. Everyone loved David. He had an awsome charisma, an unbelievable sense of humor and a smile that would warm your heart. Growing ponytails to be cut off and donated for a cancer kid's loss was only one example of his always caring for others. David's incredible kindness has touched many lives in different ways. David is survived by his wife Linda; his son Troy (Meghan); his daughter Maile and grandson Tavian; brothers Jim and Gary (Anita); sister Janet (Tom); and father, Lt. Colonel Thomas Kalus and mother, Dr. Janet Kalus. Braving a rain/snow downpour, on October 21, 2017, 80 people attended a "Celebration of Life" in Oregon and some of David's ashes were scattered, as he wished, in the river bordering his friend's ranch where he spent many happy years camping and fishing with family and friends. There will be a private service here, as he also wished, and more of David's ashes will be scattered from a catamaran near Diamond Head at 9:00 a.m. on December 9, 2017. To honor David's memory, please make a donation in his name to the

Barbara L.M. Rego

Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

Barbara L.M. RegoOf Wahiawa went home to the Lord on November 3, 2017. She passed on peacefully surrounded by her family at the age of 68. Born in Pahoa, Hawaii and raised in Haleiwa, Oahu, she was a dedicated schoolteacher who devoted 37 years to teaching and mentoring special needs students at Wahiawa Elementary School. A loving and loyal wife, mother, Mama, and true friend, she embraced and touched the lives of everyone she met with her variety of "aloha spirit", kindness, generosity, and selflessness. Barbara is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Gerald J. Rego. She is survived by daughter Tezra Lee, sons Jason and Kevin Rego, grandchildren Andrew "Kekoa" Egnew and Abrielle Lee, hanai sons Walter Espiritu, Winfield Alambatin, and Ryan Choy, brother Albert (Un Ok) Ah Hee, Jr, nephew Daniel Ah Hee, and numerous other relatives and close friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:00 p.m. on December 9, 2017 at 228 Kilea Place, Wahiawa. Casual attire.

Benjamin Franklin Dillingham III

Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

Benjamin Franklin Dillingham Ill was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 23, 1945, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Dillingham II. A fifth generation descendent of New England missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands, he attended Punahou School in Honolulu, and later St. Mark's School in Southborough, Massachusetts. He holds the distinction of being the first sports manager ever named to the St. Mark's School Athletic Hall of Fame. Ben attended Harvard College, where he majored in Economics and managed teams in football, hockey and lacrosse, graduating Cum Laude in 1967. He earned six letters in athletics and was Vice President of the A. D. Club. Ben then pursued an MBA at the Harvard Business School. With his MBA in hand, Ben became a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. He received the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for his service in Vietnam. Additionally, Ben was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his work on the XM-1 Main Battle Tank. After serving eight years, and with the rank of Captain, he returned to civilian life in San Diego. After several years at General Dynamics, Ben became the Chief Financial Officer for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board. Under his stewardship, the first light-rail transit system was established in San Diego. In 1986, Ben became Chief of Staff to San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor, and after she left office, continued to manage her affairs. Ben shared his life with three life partners - first, Dannis Grady Whorton, then Fredrick Stann Libby, and finally,Johnny Richard Beck. Each lost his battle with AIDS. Throughout his life and through these relationships, Ben was an influential community leader, and a strong advocate of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights. Ben served with distinction on many charitable Boards of Directors over the years, including the San Diego AIDS Project, AIDS Foundation San Diego, San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, and Episcopal Community Services. Ben was also a member of the San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council and Chair of the San Diego County Treasury Oversight Committee. Ben was repeatedly recognized for outstanding community service. He was the San Diego LGBT Pride Grand Marshall and Man of the Year. He also received the Harvey Milk Memorial Award, the Human Rights Award, the Crystal Torch Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the Episcopal Community Services Award for Social Justice, and the Humanitarian Award from the City of San Diego Human Relations Committee. As a measure of the high esteem in which he was held within the community, the LGBT Veterans Wall of in the San Diego LGBT Community Center was co-named for him. There is today a Benjamin F. Dillingham Ill LGBT Leadership Award and the Ben F. Dillingham Community Fund. Ben passed away at home from pancreatic cancer on November 16, 2017. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Andrews Dillingham, his sister Mrs. Hugh Watts (Ceseli) Foster, his brother Henry Gaylord Dillingham II and his sister Mrs. Stuart Harold (Lorie) Rosenwald, treasured in-laws, delightful nieces and nephews and their offspring, and many good friends and colleagues. Ben was noted for his iron integrity, generosity of spirit, and dedication to the city of San Diego and the LGBT community. His loss will be felt by many, and he will be remembered for having lived a varied, accomplished, and committed life.

James “Jim” Messner

Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

James 75 of Kunia, passed away on October 29, 2017. Born in Cherryvale, Kansas. He served as a journalist in the Navy for 30 years and later as the Public Affairs Officer for the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Survived by his daughters, Christina (Darren) Seu, Kathleen (Eric) Geiger; four grandchildren, Shelby, Reese, Aiden, Evan; sisters Artie Hopkins, Sandy Blackburn; brother Vern Messner; Memorial gravesite service 10:30 am Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific; Casual attire. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC

Robin T. Takara

Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

Robin Takara, 59, passed on Nov. 6, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Noreen; sons, Graysen and Travis; daughter, Tammy (Corey); 2 grandchildren, Rendi and Liam and mother, Caroline. Visitation: 8:30 am; Service: 9:30 am on Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 at New Hope Oahu, 290 Sand Island Access Rd.

Helene Kiyoko (Sato) Tanaka

Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

Helene Kiyoko (Sato) Tanaka HELENE KIYOKO (SATO) TANAKA July 18, 1925 - September 27, 2017 Helene had a long, rich life as a loving and compassionate person. There are so many words to describe her vibrant personality but she was most fulfilled as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and dear friend. Helene grew up in Kakaako as the youngest of six children to parents who immigrated from Japan at the turn of the century. She attended McKinley High School and then the University of Hawaii graduating in 1946 with a major in social work. She continued her post-graduate education at University of Connecticut School of Social Work. In New Haven, Connecticut she met WWII veteran Harry Toshio Tanaka who was enrolled at Yale Law School on the GI Bill. After Harry graduated, they married and settled in Honolulu, where Harry clerked for a federal judge and then entered the practice of law. Helene's parents, Natsu and Kakutaro (Kakuzo) Sato joined Harry and Helene in their Aina Haina home where the extended family grew to include children Lynne and Alan. Helene's life was defined by service to others, as a social worker for Department of Social Services and the International Institute, which provided services to immigrants, as a caregiver to her parents, as a devoted room mother, and as a Sunday School teacher at Waiokeola Congregational Church, where Harry and Helene were life-long members. After Harry retired, in addition to traveling and convivial gatherings with friends, among their greatest joys was spending time with their children and grandchildren. In addition to her husband Harry, she is survived by children Lynne Toyofuku (Robert), Alan (Joni), and grandchildren Stephen Toyofuku and Christopher Tanaka. She is also survived by brother Takashi Sato (Edna) and many nieces and nephews. Helene's life will be celebrated in a service at Waiokeola Congregational Church on Saturday, December 16, at 2:30 p.m.


Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

DENNIS SETSUO NIIMIDennis Setsuo Niimi, 70, of Mililani, Hawaii, passed away on September 6, 2017 in Wahiawa. He was born on May 4, 1947 in Honolulu and graduated from Mid-Pacific Institute and Occidental College. Dennis retired as Vice-President International/GTE Hawaiian Tel/Verizon Hawaii. Survived by wife, Gail T. Niimi; sister Betty (Howard) Matsushige; nephews; Dickson Maruyama, Cary and Brian Matsushige, Scott Oishi and Marc Nakashima; niece, Janice Boyles-Kelson. Visitation from 9:30 a.m. and Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Mililani Memorial Park, Mauka Chapel. Casual or Aloha attire. No flowers.

Philip Thomas Sylvester

Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

Philip "P.T." Thomas Sylvester, 80, of Hawaii Kai, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Retired GTE Hawaiian Tel. Predeceased by 4 brothers and 1 sister. He is survived by wife Rosa; son, Gregory; grandchildren Tyler and Kayla; 1 brother and 6 sisters. Visitation: 10:00 am, Mass: 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Friday, December 1, 2017. Followed by scattering at the Honolulu Elks Lodge at 2:00 pm. Casual attire. No flowers. Arrangements Provided By: Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary

Janie Marie Chambrella

Posted On November 26th, 2017 -

Mrs. Janie Marie Chambrella, 78, passed away in her home in Kapolei on October 27th. The funeral will take place on November 30th. Services will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church located at 91-1004 North Road, Ewa Beach. A requiem mass will be celebrated immediately after the viewing and lunch will follow in the church hall. The burial will take place at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe at 1:00 p.m. Mrs. Chambrella was born in Upper Pa'ia on the island of Maui. Her husband, Michael G. Chambrella passed in 1997. She is survived by her two sons Wayne and Michael, her daughter-in-law, Mary and her two grandsons Makoa and Keanu. She will be dearly missed.

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