Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

TAMADA, YUKIKO

Posted On February 21st, 2016 -

TAMADA, YUKIKO TAMADA, YUKIKO, age 87 passed away on February 12, 2016. Beloved mother of Theodore Kiyoshi (Jill) Tamada; grandmother of Paige Yukiko and Cary Kiyoshi Tamada; great-grandmother of Wrenn Maya Tamada and is survived by many other relatives. She will be remembered by family and friends for her warm and giving spirit. Memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2:00pm at Fukui Mortuary" Chapel in the Garden", 707 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, California. www.fukuimortuary.com (213)626-0441

MAMORU SAWAI

Posted On February 20th, 2016 -

MAMORU SAWAI Age 89, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away February 3, 2016 in Wahiawa, HI. Born June 16, 1926 in Kipapa, Oahu, HI. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired as a tool room supervisor for Standard Oil Company of California. He is survived by daughter, Dayle (Dennis) Kurokawa; daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Sawai; brother, Satoru (Barbara) Sawai; sisters, Mitsuru Sawa, Sumako Sawai, Chikako (Yoshitsugu) Nishimura; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Private services were held.

Mitsuko “Miki” Powell

Posted On February 20th, 2016 -

$nameMITSUKO MIKI POWELL Jan. 10, 1933 - Feb. 20, 2014 Yokohama Honolulu The passage of two years have not diminished my rememberance of you. Miki, I shall love you- each day for the rest of my life. "Herb" "Kume" Kobayashi

MELITA “MELY” FORTIN FAJOTINA

Posted On February 20th, 2016 -

MELITA MELY FORTIN FAJOTINA Age 65, of Honolulu, HI, passed away January 18, 2016 in Honolulu. Born September 20, 1950 in San Felipe, Zambales, Philippines. Retired June 2, 2014 from Queen's Medical Center. Member of Teamsters Union. She is survived by husband, Isagani Fojotina; daughter, Melissa Anne H. Fajotina; brothers, Jose M. Fortin, Tomas (Librada) Fortin, Dominador (Delia) Fortin, Armando (Fedeline) Fortin; sister, Florviminda Ripotola; granddaughters, Graciela Villa-Fajotina, Melinda Villa-Fajotina. Visitation 6:00 p.m. Thursday (Feb 25) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Friday (Feb 26) at St. Philomena Catholic Church (3300 Ala Laulani Pl., Honolulu); mass 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. Mililani Memorial Park. Casual/Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

HERBERT TAKAO OTA “TAKA”

Posted On February 20th, 2016 -

HERBERT TAKAO OTA TAKA November 18, 1929 - January 28, 2016 Dad was a Kauai-born, 1949 Kapaa HS alumnus who served in Hawaii National Guard. A certified welder who worked in Enewetak, Pearl Harbor Shipyard, and construction sites statewide. An avid diver/fisherman, he loved and respected the water. He had a wacky sense of humor, loved to tell stories, and enjoyed a good laugh. Survived by sister Flo "Nano" Kato, devoted wife Patsy Ota, daughters Jo Ann Ota-Young (Brian Young) and Lila Ota (Javier Sologuren), grandkids Bryson & Marisa Au, nieces and nephews. Heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Philip Foti & nurse Barbara, Dr. Linda Chiu, and St. Francis Hospice. Many thanks to Long's KBay Pharmacy for kind service, and to the Windward Mall coffee "club" for friendship, coffee by the gallon, and delicious treats. Memorial at Parker United Methodist Church on February 23, 2016. Visitation at 9:30 am. Service at 10 am. Burial Valley of the Temples at 1 pm. Casual Attire. If desired, donations to St. Francis Hospice or favorite charity.

VIRGINIA PATY MOTT-SMITH MACISZEWSKI

Posted On February 19th, 2016 -

VIRGINIA PATY MOTT-SMITH MACISZEWSKI Virginia "Ginny" Paty Mott-Smith Maciszewski of Kailua, Hawai'i, passed away on January 11, 2016 in Kailua. Ginny was born on May 16, 1939, and spent her childhood on Maui, Kauai, Hawai'i, Taiwan, and Oahu because her father was a sugar cane industry engineer and consultant. She was a true kama'aina girl who was quietly proud of her family's deep roots in Hawai'i. She was a descendant of Dr. John Mott-Smith, who served the Kingdom of Hawai'i under King Kamehameha V, King David Kalakaua, and Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani. She was also a descendant of the Paty family. Ginny graduated from Punahou School, and then attended Michigan State University, where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Upon her graduation from Michigan State in 1961, Ginny returned home to Hawai'i and worked as an executive secretary for Castle and Cooke and C. Brewer & Co., and then as the court clerk and personal secretary for First Circuit Court Judge Frank McKinley. She married attorney Felix Maciszewski in 1965, and the couple had three children. Ginny served the community as a member of the Junior League of Honolulu, Honolulu Symphony's Women's Association, Hawaii Opera for Youth, Kainalu Little League, and in several other capacities. For the last 33 years, Ginny was the Secretary of Punahou School's Thurston Memorial Chapel. She embodied kindness, grace, optimism, generosity, sincerity, elegance, and class. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, she truly "lived aloha" and will be missed by everyone who knew the radiance of her beautiful smile and warm personality. Ginny's parents, Robert Hartwell Mott-Smith and Evelyn Hiemark Mott-Smith, and brother Endre Mott-Smith predeceased her. She is survived by her husband Felix, daughters Colleen (Kai) Fischer and Teresa, son Mike (Michelle), and grandchildren Sierra Fischer, Tyler Fischer, Austin Fischer, and Marek Maciszewski. A service for family and friends will be held at Punahou School's Thurston Memorial Chapel on Sunday, February 28 at 2:00p.m. In lieu of flowers, Ginny's family kindly requests donations in Ginny's name to Punahou School to support programs led by the Chapel and Luke Center for Public Service, or to the Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart & Vascular Institute for amyloidosis treatment and research. Ginny's family will attend a private Memorial Mass for her at Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Kailua.

JAMES ICHIRO WAKAFUJI

Posted On February 19th, 2016 -

JAMES ICHIRO WAKAFUJI Age 83, of Aiea, passed away on February 11, 2016. Born in Honolulu, he retired as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He served as Ho'opono Director of Blind Services and President of Lanakila Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Wakafuji is survived by his wife, Betty T. Wakafuji; son, James M. (Kim) Wakafuji; daughters, Karen Velador and Kelly K. (Kelly) Tobita; seven grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; sisters, Edith H. (Eiichi) Tanaka, Mildred M. Sasahara, Janet K. (Gerald) Kimura and Sharon K. Wakafuji. Visitation from 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary; service 3:00 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire.

FLORENDO DUMBRIQUE AGCAOILI

Posted On February 19th, 2016 -

FLORENDO DUMBRIQUE AGCAOILI Age 85, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away January 25, 2016 in Wahiawa. Born July 4, 1930 in Manila, Philippines. He is survived by sons, Florendo (Imelda) Agcaoili, Jr., Josue (Antonia) Agcaoili, Samuel (Marygrace) Agcaoili; daughters, Noemi (Oscar) Juan, Loida (Manuel) Cabigting, Carol (Patrick) Morey; 14 grand- children; 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:00 p.m. Tuesday (Feb 23) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; prayer service 7:00 p.m.

BERNARDO DELA ROSA DACANAY

Posted On February 18th, 2016 -

BERNARDO DELA ROSA DACANAY Age 76, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away January 18, 2016 in Honolulu, HI. Born August 19, 1939 in Santa Maria, San Vicente, Philippines. He was a retired sales and purchasing agent for Midpac Lumber. He is survived by wife, Norma M. Dacanay; daughters, Cheryl (Albert) Santiago, Cherry Ann (Brian) Ahlo, Charlayne (Raymond) Ranchez; 14 grandchildren. Visitation 5:00 p.m. Wednesday (Feb 24) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; wake service 6:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Thursday (Feb 25) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; funeral service 10:00 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

HENARU FLORES CALAUSTRO

Posted On February 18th, 2016 -

HENARU FLORES CALAUSTRO Age 89, of Pearl City, HI, passed away January 16, 2016 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born May 22, 1926 in Honomu, HI. He was a retired worker for the City & County of Honolulu Wastewater Treatment Plant in Honouliuli. He is survived by wife, Conchita Calaustro; son, David Calaustro, daughters, Aileen (Lorenzo) Abrazado, Gwendolyn (Junya) Kasoga; brother, Joseph (Chris) Calaustro; sister, Patricia "Pasing" (Leonard) Keao; 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:00 p.m. Monday (Feb 22) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; wake service 6:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:00 a.m. Tuesday (Feb 23) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; prayer service 10:00 a.m. Committal service 2:00 p.m. Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

ANNIE “KINA” ESPIRITO

Posted On February 18th, 2016 -

ANNIE KINA ESPIRITO Age 96, of Waianae, HI, passed away January 19, 2016 in Waianae. Born March 18, 1919 in Honolulu, HI. She is survived by daughters, May Wright, Marcilina (Thomas) Kato; son, Gregory Espirito; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grand- children. Visitation 8:30 a.m. Tuesday (Feb 23) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; funeral service 10:00 a.m. Committal service 1:00 p.m. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

BRUCE T ERICKSON

Posted On February 18th, 2016 -

Aloha, The following is a letter from Bruce T Erickson who died Monday morning, February 8, 2016. Instead of an obituary notice, by this letter, he wanted to let his family and friends know they should be happy for him. Passion, enthusiasm, aloha, and joy were his strengths. And there was a lot of humor behind those bright blue eyes. He told everyone he was the luckiest guy in the whole world. He was a "free spirit" who loved doing things his way. Aloha 'Oe, Bruce Bruce T Erickson, 10/12/34-2/8/16. Photo by Bob Lansdale Dear Family and Friends, It's February 8, 2016, and I'm on the final leg of my bucket list of travels. If you haven't heard, I've kicked the bucket! What a long and wonderful journey it's been starting with my entry into this world in Portland, Oregon on October 12, 1934. My dad, Dr. Harold Erickson, was a preacher man, so with my parents and sisters, Priscilla and Joyce, we moved a lot. Most of my early school years were spend in Rockford, Illinois before I went to California for junior college and then I doubled back to Denver, Colorado where I worked at General Rose Memorial Hospital as a medical photographer. The best and most important thing I did in Denver was to marry a beautiful native Hawaiian, Jackie Mahi, my good friend and the love of my life. Without knowing what Hawai'i was like, I moved to Honolulu, got an art degree from UH, worked as a designer, and then started the photography department at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. After several years at BPBM, I left there in 1975 so we could start our travel odyssey first by backpacking in Japan and Korea. We had planned to be on the go in Asia and the Pacific for 2-3 years. We stayed in youth hostels, red-light district sleeping rooms, Buddhist temples, conscientious objector flop houses, ryokans, in our tent during a mountain snowfall and on the beach during a tropical storm, in an abandoned beach shack where other "roomless" vagabonds hung out, under pine trees while our rickety country train stopped overnight, and finally friends let us stay in their old-style tatami-mat Tokyo apartment. In our Korean orphanage-hostel we were awakened early every morning by 2 American Hare Krishnas chanting their Hare Rama. Water in southern Korea was scarce. After traveling for a week without a bath we were filthy so we checked into a Korean spa. 2 hours was all we could afford to get cleaned but the manager thought we were there for an afternoon of hanky-panky. Traveling on the cheap in Japan and South Korea was the beginning of our lifelong worldwide treks. A few standout travel events include: testing newly made hunting bows and arrows by the Tanzanian Hadzabe tribe, one of the last nomadic hunter-gatherers in the world (jaws dropped when Jackie hit the target); during the autumn solstice, we crouched inside an old Irish tomb and watched a ray of sun creep inwards from the entryway and then light up ancient carvings at the back of the tomb (chicken-skin); in Burma, the 2 of us were privy to an impromptu Burmese harp and classical singing performance in the small home of one of Myanmar's famous village of musicians; we've trespassed onto many "Keep Out" properties and been rewarded with an invitation into an aging Irish manor which was the site of a movie staring Maggie Smith, and we've poked around decrepit slave cabins while sweating laborers cut cane by hand in a poor-man's Louisiana plantation; and in Peru, we were awed as sunrise caressed the amazing ancient city Machu Picchu. There's been more, so much more that we've seen and done on our travels. After more than a half century of traveling we've visited nooks and crannies all over the world and had so many amazing experiences that in recent times we've looked back and wondered, "Who were those crazy, but lucky adventurous people?" I love photography, especially the drama of black and white photos. I like doing it myself and enjoy what others have done in the past and present. Mahalo to my photography friends who were very gracious in allowing me to join them for my final photo exhibition last month. It's been disappointing that Hawai'i hasn't developed a love of photography enough so that people who do artistic photography can make a living doing what they love. I also love history...Hawaiian history, the history of technology, the history of photography, the history of people. Can't learn enough. I am always curious, always wondering. Annual trips to The Daguerreian Society's Symposium are a must. This is where I meet up with my photo-history mates. We go crazy over a unique or beautiful Daguerreotype picture but we also drool over a great thermoplastic or leather case. Our Daguerreian Society Annual is a highly professional publication which, in addition to fascinating articles about all aspects of historical photographs and their makers, often include collections of the finest daguerreotypes in the world. I've written a few articles for the Dag Annual including one about a daguerreotype of our Hawaiian Princess Kalama who was misidentified as a famous black American woman. Jackie thinks this organization has got to be one of the most esoteric. Probably so, but we have such a good time meeting every year. I'll miss not seeing my longtime photo-historian and antique photo collector friends. Music is a necessity, not an option, for me. From the time I wake up till even after I fall asleep I need music. Classical, jazz, blues, R & R, and metal...I love them all. I can't thank enough violinist Iggy and pianist Chris and the Chamber Music Hawai'i Spring Winds Quintet, our classical musician friends, whose music soothed but excited me and brought me back to life after I left the hospital. Now a note about golf. I suck. But I do enjoy the whole affair of spending fun times with good buddies. It's where I get to ride around with Jackie for 4 hours while I whack, putt or whiff the ball lots and lost of times. Best thing to happen recently is the national move to "Play it forward." Doing it from the red tees allow us makule guys to have a decent chance of getting it on in regulation. So now I can beat Jackie...sometimes. And finally, one of the most important things we have done is to donate our "Hilo Bay" oil painting by the very honorable 19th C. Hawaiian hero, Joseph Nawahi, to the people of Hawai'i through the ownership and care of Kamehameha Schools. Our donation of the painting is the most valuable gift we've ever given and received back a thousand-fold. We were so fortunate to have found the painting in the first place, then to live with it in our home, and finally to give it away as an inspiration to the present and future generations of Hawaiians. . Bruce and Jackie Mahi Erickson donate their painting by 19th C. Hawaiian hero, Joseph Nawahi Hawai'i is my home. Ku'u home. Absolutely. I love this place and the people, our family and friends. One of the best things about traveling is coming home where the skies are blue, the trades keep us cool and special Hawai'i fragrances greet us when we land. Hawai'i no ka oi. On October 6, 2015, when the doctors thought I was going to die, I decided my end wasn't going to happen in the hospital. I was going home. Even though bedridden, how fortunate I was to have had more than 4 months to enjoy our cozy home, to feel the warmth of aloha and hugs by family and friends, and to get well enough to celebrate my 81st birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. I even had enough hope so that up to a few days ago I ordered a bunch of stuff online. I should have paid for RUSH shipping. On May 1, 2015, we celebrated our 50th anniversary! I still can't believe it! I'll say it again...Boy, was I the lucky one! I have no regrets. It's been a fabulous adventure and I've had a fantastic life. I love you all, my family, my Ohana, my friends. Aloha pumehana, Aloha "Oe. BRUCE ("Beeper" to Jackie...private joke) Volcano, Hawai'i Photo by Jackie Mahi Erickson)

ALEJANDRO TUZON ALVAREZ

Posted On February 17th, 2016 -

ALEJANDRO TUZON ALVAREZ Age 85, of Waipahu, HI, passed away January 21, 2016 in Waipahu. Born November 24, 1930 in Philippines. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Oahu Sugar Company. He is survived by wife, Pacita D. Alvarez; sons, Isidro (Vicky) Alvarez, Floyd (Helen) Alvarez, Alex (Virginia) Alvarez, Valeriano (Stacy) Alvarez; daughters, Cecilia Dalere, Leticia Bautista, Agrifina (Ralph) Germann, Zenida (Leslie) Andrade; sisters, Romana Alvarez, Antonia Alejo; 19 grand- children; 17 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb 23) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (Feb 24) at St. Joseph Catholic Church (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu); mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. Mililani Memorial Park.

DANIEL KAM WAH KOP

Posted On February 17th, 2016 -

DANIEL KAM WAH KOP Daniel Kam Wah Kop, 85 years old, passed away on January 13, 2016 at The Queen's Medical Center. He was the eldest son of the late Guinea (Lily) Kop and, like his golf professional father, Danny did achieve some recognition as a golfer. He graduated from St. Louis College in 1948 and continued his education at the University of Hawaii, achieving his B. S. degree in 1953, majoring in marine zoology. He was then employed by Pan American Airways as an aircraft mechanic for over 32 years. Survivors include his wife, Tamae "Terry", daughter, Danile, sons Guidan and Brandan (Gail). Others include his brother Wendell (Melba), and sister Linda (Cenric) Lee-Ho. His memorial service will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Diamond Head Memorial Chapel, with visitation at 10:00 A.M. and service at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be at a later date.

GEORGE YOSHIHARU “BIG FEET” GINOZA

Posted On February 16th, 2016 -

GEORGE YOSHIHARU BIG FEET GINOZA Age 80, of Mililani, HI, passed away January 19, 2016 in Mililani. Born February 11, 1935 in Lahaina, Maui, HI. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired data processing manager for Better Brands. He is survived by wife, Carol Y. Ginoza; daughters, Gayle (Patrick) Uchima, Lorene (Glen) Gokan, Lisa (Eric) Nakamoto, Denys (Lance) Kazama; sons, Troy (Jamie) Furutani, Sean (Lisa) Panquites; brother, Stanley (Nora) Ginoza, sisters, Bessie (Nobu) Nakayoshi, Alice Imano, Dorothy (Harry) Arakaki; 12 grandchildren. Private services were held.

HANAKO “DORIS” HIROE

Posted On February 16th, 2016 -

HANAKO DORIS HIROE Age 93, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away January 3, 2016 in Wahiawa, HI. Born July 6, 1922 in Kapehu, HI. She was the owner of Modern Barber Shop. She is survived by sons, Garrick T. Hiroe, Russell (Kelly Souza) Hiroe; daughters, Gail (Peter Lenhart) Takeuchi, Carol (Ralph "Toshi") Segawa; brothers, Shiro Nagai, Seichi (Fusayo) Nagai; grandchildren, Christopher Hiroe, Cody Segawa, Triston Souza; numerous nieces & nephews. Private Services were held.

LESLIE M. NISHIMURA

Posted On February 16th, 2016 -

LESLIE M. NISHIMURA Age 72, of Aiea, HI, passed away December 11, 2015 in Aiea, HI. Born August 23, 1943 in Hilo, HI. He was a retired accountant. He is survived by wife, Susan Nishimura; daughter, Kami Nishimura; sister, Merle Lam; brother, Rodney (Linda) Nishimura. Visitation 9:30 a.m., Saturday (Feb. 20) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Memorial service 10:30 a.m.

SARAH LEIMOMI JAGGERS

Posted On February 16th, 2016 -

SARAH LEIMOMI JAGGERS Age 64, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away January 23, 2016 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born April 18, 1951 in Waipahu, HI. She was a senior electronic banking representative for Hawaii National Bank. She is survived by son, Joshua K. Jaggers; sister, Jane H. Donner; brothers, Alan (Tina) McAngus, David (Debbie) Montero. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Saturday (Feb 20) at Door of Faith Church (1161 Young St., Honolulu); Celebration of Life 10:00 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

KUUALOHA SAFFERY CALLANAN

Posted On February 15th, 2016 -

KUUALOHA SAFFERY CALLANAN Age 89, of Mililani, HI, passed away January 10, 2016 in Pearl City, HI. Born October 22, 1926 in Honolulu, HI. She was retired from the Federal Government and was a Living Treasure of the Liliuokalani Protestant Church. She is survived by son, Michael (Mary) Mullen; daughters, Nani-Jay (Robert) Lavin, Jamie K. (Walter) Parker; sisters, Sarah Bell, Kuulei McClung, Leihua (John) Nuuhiwa; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grand- children; 2 great-great-grand- children. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Friday (Feb 19) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; memorial service 10:30 a.m. Committal service 2:00 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

KEALII “LI’I BIRD” IKAIKA PETERS-PASIGAN

Posted On February 15th, 2016 -

KEALII LI'I BIRD IKAIKA PETERS-PASIGAN Age 23, of Honolulu, HI, passed away January 28, 2016 in Honolulu. Born June 21, 1992 in Honolulu, HI. He was employed at Swissport Airport. He is survived by parents, Luaao Peters, Jr. and Kimberly Pasigan; brother, Kaleikaumaka Peters-Pasigan; paternal grand- mother, Eleitino Amituanai Iuli Peters; maternal grandparents, Sally & Gaylen Garan. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Saturday (Feb 20) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu); prayer service 11:00 a.m, program 11:30 a.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

BRADLEY T. KOKI

Posted On February 15th, 2016 -

$nameBRADLEY T. KOKI Age 62, of Mililani, passed away on January 18, 2016. He was born in Honolulu and was an Art Teacher and Class Advisor at Maryknoll High School. He is survived by his wife Tisa Koki; son, Kaaimalani Koki; daughter, Kuulehua (Dan) Lorenzo and three grand- children; parents, Dolores & Thomas Koki; brother, Derek Koki; sisters, Susan (Danny) Higa and Robin Honjo. Memorial Services will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Visitation at 3:45 p.m., Mass will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Susan Eileen Jones

Posted On February 14th, 2016 -

SUSAN EILEEN JONES Susan's life-long passion was early childhood education. This energized her throughout her life, as a student, teacher, mother, planner, foundation officer, and consultant. She died on January 25, 2016 following a long illness. She was 68. The youngest of three children, Susan grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. She received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education in 1969 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she met her husband, Michael, to whom she was married for more than 40 years. While an undergraduate, Susan insisted on doing her student teaching in Chicago despite being told that student teachers were not sent to Chicago schools. After graduation she taught first grade in a Chicago inner city school. While teaching, she obtained a Masters in Education in Inner City Studies from Northeastern University. She later taught in public schools in Highland Park, New Jersey until the birth of her daughter, Amanda. After moving to Hawaii in 1976, Susan organized a playgroup for children in the condominium development and served as a director and in various offices in the condominium board of directors. After her son, Ethan, was born, she held various teaching positions in public and private schools in Hawaii. In 1989, she received a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on early childhood education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Susan then worked as a senior planner at Homeless Aloha doing analyses and writing proposals to address homelessness. She later worked for more than a decade as the program officer for education at the Hawaii Community Foundation. This job involved writing and reviewing proposals and helping public and private agencies develop proposals and plans to support and improve education. Susan's commitment to improving educational opportunities for children was also evident in her numerous volunteer efforts. She helped found the Good Beginnings Alliance--now known as the Hawaii Children's Action Network--which coordinates statewide efforts on early care and education. The Hawaii State Senate recognized her for these efforts in July 2002. Another enduring interest was education for girls and improving the status of women in general. This interest led her to help start the Hawaii Women's Fund while at the Community Foundation. She also found time to volunteer with the Parent Participation Nursery School, Girl Scouts, Ahuimanu Elementary School, and the Hawaii Intergenerational Network. Among those who will miss Susan are her spouse Michael and daughter Amanda of Kaneohe, son Ethan of Sacramento, sister Elizabeth Trotter of Ohio, and many extended family and friends. Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Eileen Post and her brother, John Post. A memorial service will be held on February 20 at 2 P.M. at the Valley of the Temples chapel in Kaneohe. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Hawaii Children's Action Network or the Women's Fund of Hawaii.

Ruby Sadako Suenishi

Posted On February 14th, 2016 -

RUBY SADAKO SUENISHI Ruby Sadako Suenishi, 92 of Duluth, GA formerly of Vancouver, WA and Honolulu, HI, a retired homemaker died at home on November 22, 2015. She was born in Pu'unene, HI. She is survived by sons Stanley (Karen) Sakuma, Gary (Carole) Sakuma, Burt (Diane) Suenishi, Karl (Doreen) Suenishi, Neal (Barby) Suenishi; Daughters Lucille (Paul) McKlendin, Faith (Mel) Ito, Sheila (Fred) Sohl, Iris (Drake) Fujimoto; Sisters Agnes "Aggie" Amuro and Winifred "Winnie" Fujimoto. 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Private services were held.

WILLIAM KAM MING CHEE

Posted On February 14th, 2016 -

$nameWILLIAM KAM MING CHEE William K. M. Chee, 94 years old passed peacefully on January 31, 2016. He was born in Honolulu, graduated from McKinley High School in 1931, University of Hawaii in 1943 and New York University Law School in 1952. Before attending law school, he was a real estate broker, the owner of beauty shops and the founder of Hawaiian Beauty Products LTD. As an attorney he specialized in real estate matters. He was also a real estate appraiser and developer. He was married to May Chun Chee (a beautician & ceramicist) for 66 years before she passed away in 2009. His daughter Karen Chee Thompson (a flight attendant) also predeceased him in 2002. He is survived by 4 sons, William S. Chee, Robert J. Chee, Richard K. Chee and Steven M. Chee; and his sister Rose Chee Young. Also surviving are 4 grandsons, 3 grand- daughters and 4 great-grand- children. At his request, a private service was held on February 10, 2016.

James Sei Hamana

Posted On February 14th, 2016 -

JAMES SEI HAMANA James Sei Hamana, beloved husband, devoted father, and patriotic soldier, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was eighty-seven years old. He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Bernice Emiko (Maruyama) Hamana and four sons and their families: Bruce Seiichi, his wife Yoko, and children Erika and Kevin (Kyoto, Japan); Randal Seiji Hamana, his wife Terry, and son Christian James (Honolulu, Hawaii); Carlton Seizo Hamana, his wife Severita (Salinas), and son Justin Neel (Orlando, FL); and Kerry Seishi Hamana, his wife Nida Malabanan, and children Kasey, Ryan, and Jordan (Oakland). One of eleven children, he leaves behind four sisters. In Hawaii, Yvonne Muramoto, Ellie (Thomas) Komori, Shirley Ako and Myrna (Robert) Araki. James Hamana was born in Heeia (the old fish camp), Kaneohe, Hawaii, on October 9, 1928 to Hatsuzuchi & Kana Hamana. He graduated from Benjamin Parker High School. Jim's ashes will be interned at the Kaneohe Veteran's Cemetery on Tuesday, February 16th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in his name to the American Cancer Society (earmarked for bladder cancer research).

HOWARD FUSAO KAWAGUCHI

Posted On February 14th, 2016 -

HOWARD FUSAO KAWAGUCHI Age 95, of Haleiwa, HI, passed away Dec. 29, 2015 in Wahiawa, HI. Born Sept. 29, 1920 in Kona, HI. A member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team- Engineer Company, an aikido sensei-3rd Dan, and retired carpenter with the State of Hawaii. He is survived by wife, Katherine H. Kawaguchi; sons, Ray (Katherine) Kawaguchi, Ernest Kawaguchi, Dean (Michelle) Kawaguchi; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Private services.

GERALD TOSHIAKI NISHIMORI and WINIFRED VILLAMOR TORRICER NISHIMORI

Posted On February 14th, 2016 -

$nameGERALD TOSHIAKI NISHIMORI WINIFRED TORRICER NISHIMORI Gerald, Age 80, of Kalaheo, Kauai, passed away January 8, 2016. Born in Waimea, Kauai. 30 years at Foodland, Big Save and retired from Safeway. US Army Sgt. (Veteran) Korean War. Preceded in death by his loving wife Winifred. Sister, Agnes Ward of CA. Winifred, age 67, of Kalaheo, Kauai, passed away April 10, 2012. Born in Wahiawa, Hawaii. U.S. Postal Service, 40 yrs. Sisters, Gail Lorenzo, Margaret Mishina; brothers, Elpidio, Gregory and Julian Torricer. Children: Jerilyn Chang; Elwin Nishimori; 6 grandchildren. Visitation 9:30 AM, February 20th at St. Philomena Church, 3300 Ala Laulani St. No flowers.

Jeffrey “Ron” Supnet Calpito

Posted On February 14th, 2016 -

JEFFREY RON SUPNET CALPITO Age 75, of Honolulu, passed away January 31, 2016 in Honolulu. Born Nov. 27, 1940 in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Was employed at Cutter Ford and Pflueger. He is survived by wife, Gladys Calpito; son, Jonathan (Marian) Calpito; daughters, Madeleine (Blair) Akana, Jennifer Dela Cruz; step-mother, Gloria T. Calpito; sisters, Ophelia (Tony) Diez, Norma (Jim) Wilson, Carol (Mario) De Ocampo, Rosalinda (Rolando) Macalma, Cal Calpito; step-brother, Melecio (Rosa) Calpito; step-sisters, Anna (Romel) Marquez, Mia (Joseph) Raquel; 7 grandchildren; 2 great- grandchildren. Visitation 10:00 AM Friday Feb. 19 at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 N School Street, Mass 11:30 AM. Burial 2:00 PM at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers, please.

W. Keli’i Brown Jr.

Posted On February 14th, 2016 -

$nameW. Keli'i Brown Jr. Celebration of Life May 7, 1966 - December 19, 2015 W. Keli'i Brown Jr., known for his joie de vivre, commitment to Hawaiian culture and tireless efforts on behalf of the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau, died peacefully in his sleep on December 19, 2015. He was 49 years old. Born in Hilo, Hawai'i, he grew up on O'ahu, where he graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1984. He received his community college degree from Leeward Community College (now the University of Hawai'i West O'ahu) before earning his B. S. degree from Brigham Young University in Utah in 1990. Brown forged an illustrious career in public relations and was known as the consummate professional. His respect for Hawaiian language added precision and authenticity to his work, through which he helped position Maui in global surveys as the "best island in the world." Beginning at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where he was public relations manager, he made his way to Maui via his home island, Hawai'i, where he was public relations director at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Ka'upulehu. It was on Hawai'i Island that he met Jim Crowell, his husband. He then moved to Maui to join the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau as its public relations and promotions director. Brown also shared his aloha spirit as a wedding officiant and joyously helped marry couples using western and traditional Hawaiian protocol. Nicknamed "Boy," Brown had many rare gifts and was a devoted friend to many. While impeccable about language and protocol, he was hilariously irreverent, renowned for his rapier wit and candor. While traveling extensively to promote Maui, he became adviser, educator, host and friend to the countless people he met along the way. Brown remained an active alumnus of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, which he fondly called "the mother ship," and maintained a lifelong commitment to the legacy of Bernice Pauahi Bishop. He was a proud and regal Hawaiian. Brown is survived by his husband, Jim Crowell; parents, JoAnn and Kenneth "Nainoa" Perry; sisters Whendy K. Brown (Ashley Stephens) and Donna Makaiwi (Daron); nieces Sara-Ann "Okalani" Ganeau-Brown, Serena "Kapu" Makaiwi-Pascual (Kevin), and Rachel "Hina'ea" Makaiwi Tuiososopo (Ana); nephews Joshua "Nainoa" Makaiwi (Kealani) and Jacob "Kala" Makaiwi, as well as numerous aunties, uncles and cousins. Brown is also survived by his beloved dog, Divaleilehua, and was predeceased by a week by his father-in-law, Glenn "Pops" Crowell, for whom he was a loving caregiver. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bailey House Museum on Sunday, February 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Off-site parking is available at the Yokouchi Estate. There will also be street parking surrounding the venue and at the state and county parking lots. Parking at Bailey House Museum is reserved for handicap and immediate family with parking passes. Visitation and light refreshments are scheduled from 10 a.m. - Noon. The official program takes place from Noon - 1 p.m., with the final visitation at 1 p.m. Lunch to follow.

VINCENT SAMUEL BONGIORNO

Posted On February 14th, 2016 -

VINCENT SAMUEL BONGIORNO Age 68, of Waipahu, HI, passed away January 29, 2016 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born February 13, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a United States Army veteran. He is survived by wife, Teresita Bongiorno; daughters, Rose Hiu, Cheryl (Fred) DeAngelo, Brandy (Troy) Antonelis; sister, Roseann Voigt; grandchildren, Cole, Maya Rose and Cruz. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Friday (Feb 19) at St. Joseph Catholic Church (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu); program 10:30 a.m., mass 11:00 a.m. Committal service 1:00 p.m. Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran