Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

HARRIS HITOSHI NAKAMURA

Posted On January 18th, 2015 -

$nameHARRIS HITOSHI NAKAMURA Age 70, of Waipahu, HI, passed away November 28, 2014 in Waipahu. Born April 24, 1944 in Honolulu, HI. Proud President of Alii Flooring Inc. for almost 50 years. He is survived by wife, Nona Nakamura; sons, Malcolm Kaleo (Sarah) Nakamura, Tyler (Johnalyn) Nakamura, Stacey (Jennifer) Nakamura; brothers, Jarrel (Sharon) Nakamura, Ronald (Sharon) Nakamura; sisters, Carolyn (Arnold) Miyasaki, Ruth (Alex) Reola; 6 grand- children; nieces and nephews. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Saturday (Jan. 24) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Memorial Service 10:00 a.m. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

REV. DR. TAITETSU UNNO

Posted On January 18th, 2015 -

$nameREV. DR. TAITETSU UNNO Feb 5, 1929 – Dec 13, 2014 Rev. Dr. Taitetsu Unno, of Eugene, Oregon, passed away peacefully at home with his family. Emeritus Professor of World Religions at Smith College, Visiting Professor of Religion at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (1973), and Shin Buddhist minister, he leaves a legacy of scholarship and ministry. A memorial service will be held at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, 1727 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, HI, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan 24. In lieu of flowers, koden may be made out to: Pacific Buddhist Academy.

ELIZABETH “HONEYGIRL” YOUNG

Posted On January 18th, 2015 -

$nameELIZABETH HONEYGIRL YOUNG Of Kailua, passed away on December 19, 2014. She was an assistant store manager at Seven-Eleven Waimanalo. She is survived by her brother, Lester (Jeanne) Kekua; sons, Wendell (Candie), Pono (Mariko); daughter, Tracie (Mike) Costa; 12 grandchildren; 4 great- grandchildren. Her warm and wonderful spirit will be missed by all her family and friends. Heaven has gained another Angel and she is with her husband Puakea, son Duke and the rest of our Ohana. Per her request there will be no services. Condolences can be sent to PO Box 113 Honokaa HI 96727.

NANCY WONG SOONG

Posted On January 17th, 2015 -

NANCY WONG SOONG Age 90, of Honolulu, HI, passed away December 3, 2014 in Honolulu. Born June 16, 1924 in Honolulu, HI. She retired from the City & County of Honolulu. She is survived by sons, Lorrin Soong, Erwin Soong; daughter, Verna (Alexander) Watanabe; sisters, Martha Chun, Pearl Soo; grandchildren, Kristen Watanabe, Kory Watanabe. Private Services were held.

TADASHI ARAKI

Posted On January 17th, 2015 -

TADASHI ARAKI Age 81, of Waianae, HI, passed away December 31, 2014 in Waianae. Born August 20, 1933 in Honolulu, HI. He was an agricultural technician for the University of Hawaii Experimental Station, Poamoho. He is survived by sons, Tad K. (Kelly) Araki, Keoni T. Araki; daughter, Tammy W. (Parry Lawrence) Araki; sisters, Kikue (Shiro) Nimori, Jane Araki; sisters-in-law, Jemima Araki, Harumi Araki; 6 grandchildren. Visitation 10:00 a.m., Thursday (Jan. 22) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

MELVIN YUKIMASA OKAMOTO

Posted On January 17th, 2015 -

$nameMELVIN YUKIMASA OKAMOTO Melvin Yukimasa Okamoto, 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at home in North Las Vegas, NV. He was born on May 30, 1926 in Hilo, HI. He served in the U.S. Army after graduating from Hilo High School where he was class president for several years. After his discharge from the army, he attended the University of Hawaii where he earned a degree in education. Melvin became a social studies teacher at King Intermediate School in Kaneohe where he was known for playing Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 music hits in his class and his “Make A” board game. Melvin was a quiet man with a witty sense of humor and a generous heart to those who knew him. He was a leader, a soldier, and a teacher. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife Doris. Melvin leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his daughter and son in law Faith & Dwight Kaimi of North Las Vegas, NV, his brother Hisashi, and grandchildren Andrew & Jewel of North Las Vegas, NV. Committal services were held at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetary in remembrance of a life well-lived.

PETER PI TUCK SOONG

Posted On January 17th, 2015 -

PETER PI TUCK SOONG Age 90, of Honolulu, HI, passed away December 12, 2014 in Honolulu. Born September 13, 1924 in Honolulu, HI. He retired from Hawaiian Electric Company. He is survived by sons, Lorrin Soong, Erwin Soong; daughter, Verna (Alexander) Watanabe; brothers, Paul (Mickie) Soong, George Soong; sisters, Chi Ming Kwok, Flora (Frederick) Lau; grandchildren, Kristen Watanabe, Kory Watanabe. Private Services were held.

Lizzie Y. Wong

Posted On January 17th, 2015 -

LIZZIE Y. WONG 103 of Honolulu passed away at Queen Medical Center 1/11/15. Predeceased by husband, Harlan, daughter Harleen L. Altieri. She is survived by son; Elliott (daughter-in-law Mireille), daughter; Maureen Hiroshige; Granddaughters Sasha Wong- Sakihara (husband Scott), Ayami Hiroshige; Grandsons Andrew Altieri (wife Sharon), Philip Altieri (wife Denise); Kawika Hiroshige. 7 great grand- children; Quinn & Jake Wong Sakihara, Anna & Lilly Altieri Alex & Ellie Altieri, and Hali’a Navarro. Services will be held Sunday, January 18 at First Chinese Church of Christ in Hawai’i: 1054 S. King Street Honolulu, HI 96814 at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army Adult Day Care Services: 296 North Vineyard Boulevard Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 Phone: (808) 521-6553

BEATRICE ALESNA ABELLANIDA SEVILLA

Posted On January 16th, 2015 -

$nameBEATRICE ALESNA ABELLANIDA SEVILLA Age 86, of Waipahu, HI, passed away December 14, 2014 in Honolulu, HI. Born July 29, 1928 in Waianae, HI. Beatrice was retired from the Federal Government. She is survived by son, Darryl (Janice) Sevilla; sisters, Lucina Verano, Juliana (Jonah) Chung; 8 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Tuesday (Jan. 20) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 10:15 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Paul Rikio Yoshimura

Posted On January 15th, 2015 -

PAUL RIKIO YOSHIMURA Nov. 16, 1936 – Jan. 6, 2015 “always a winner” Beloved husband, father, Paul, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. After retiring from the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant, Paul thoroughly enjoyed going to Las Vegas several times a year. As a husband and father, Paul was the best of the best. He was the smartest man I know and my best friend. We will love you forever. Paul is survived by his wife and gambling partner, Violet; sons Danny and Joey; daughter Lisa (Ricky) Hirakawa; brother Carl (Jayne); five grandchildren and three great granddaughters; predeceased by son, Chris Shigeo. There will be no funeral services. Scattering of Paul’s ashes will be private. Our family is deeply indebted to Islands Hospice for their unsurpassed compassionate and professional care of Paul. Monetary gifts in Paul’s memory may be sent to: Islands Hospice 1301 Young Street, Suite 300 Honolulu, HI, 96814

KALAI WOODY STRODE

Posted On January 15th, 2015 -

$nameKALAI WOODY STRODE (December 16, 1946-November 27, 2014) Kalai Woody Strode (born Woodrow Wilson Kalaeloa Strode), passed away November 27 after a brave three-year battle with cancer. Kalai was born in Los Angeles to a show business family. His father was the legendary actor and NFL athlete Woody Strode. His mother Luana was a famed Hawaiian actress and hula dancer. Kalai was a lifelong writer and scholar, with degrees from UCLA and the University of Hawaii. In Hawaii he was affiliated with the East-West Center. His facility with languages led to his hiring as a guide-interpreter at the US Pavilion, Expo ’70, Osaka, Japan. After completing a Directors Guild of America training program in Hollywood, Kalai served as an assistant director on over 40 music videos, feature films, and TV series, among them Roots, Diagnosis Murder with Dick Van Dyke, Fantasy Island, and Lou Grant. As a proud member of the Teamsters Union, local 996, in Hawaii, he also worked as a movie driver. His acting credits include Hawaii 5-0, and he was recently featured in a documentary about his father’s NFL career. Before his death he achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a college professor. His bliss was in teaching, and he was acclaimed by his students at the University of North Dakota. After his marriage to Pamela Larson Strode, an actor affiliated with SAG/AFTRA, Kalai spent 13 years in Hawaii. He left for necessary medical treatment but the couple planned to return to their beloved Hawaii once he’d conquered his illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and uncle. Survivors include his devoted wife Pamela, his son Joshua Strode, his sister June Strode and her family, two step-sons, a step-daughter-in-law, and two step-grandchildren. His wife, whom he called his earth angel, has returned him to Hawaii for burial. Services will be held at the Tabernacle of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1560 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814, on January 17, 2015. 10 to 10:45 a.m. viewing; 11-12 noon service in chapel; 12-1 p.m. refreshments in the hall; 2:30 p.m. graveside services, Valley of the Temples.

BETTY LOU LOPES

Posted On January 15th, 2015 -

BETTY LOU LOPES Age 82, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away December 28, 2014 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born January 31, 1932 in Honolulu, HI. Betty Lou was retired from the State of Hawaii-State Capitol. She was a member of the Punchbowl Holy Ghost Church. She is survived by sons, Larry (Sarah) Lopes, Chris (Alison) Lopes, Ron (Bonnie) Lopes; daughter, Terry Lopes; sisters, Bernice (Joe) Cazinha, Doris (Bobby) Pestana; 14 grand- children; 17 great-grandchildren. Visitation 6:00 p.m., Monday (Jan. 19) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation 9:00 a.m., Friday (Jan. 23) at Resurrection of The Lord Catholic Church (94-1260 Lumikula St., Waipahu). Mass 10:00 a.m. Committal service to follow 3:00 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

SSGT. DAVID KAANOHI PEREZ, SR.

Posted On January 15th, 2015 -

SSGT. DAVID KAANOHI PEREZ, SR. Age 67, of Waipahu, HI, passed away December 17, 2014 in Honolulu, HI. Born February 27, 1947 in Hilo, HI. Retired from the U.S. Army and the U.S. Postal Service. He is survived by wife, Ferila Perez; sons, David P. Perez, Jr., Andrew L. (Fuarosa) Jameson, Sidney T. Jameson, Junior A. (Leiloa) Jameson; daughters, Nadine L. Perez, Leslie Ann M. (Tony) Mailo; 9 grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Wednesday (Jan. 21) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Committal Service to follow 1:30 p.m. at Schofield Post Cemetery, Wahiawa. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

PETER R. GILPIN

Posted On January 14th, 2015 -

PETER R. GILPIN December 22, 2014 Peter Riffle Gilpin, 81, died at his home in Honolulu. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he served in the Naval Reserve, and later earned a Master’s degree at the University of Hawaii. A scholar, raconteur, and keen cultural commentator, he worked for many years in the islands as a photographer, both freelance and at the Bishop Museum. He is survived by his sister, Kate Gilpin, and many friends, colleagues, and Suttoneers, both here and overseas. A memorial will be held at Tantalus Lookout (View Point), Pu’u ‘Ualaka’a State Park on Round Top Drive, on Sunday afternoon, January 18th, at 2 o’clock.

HERMINIA SALCEDO GOMEZ

Posted On January 14th, 2015 -

HERMINIA SALCEDO GOMEZ Age 76, of Waipahu, HI, passed away December 11, 2014 in Honolulu, HI. Born October 27, 1938 in Philippines. She is survived by son, Reynaldo Gomez (Margie) Mariano; step-son, Larry (Evelyn) Gomez; step-daughters, Connie (Robert) Laporga, Terry (Roland) Valdez, Nita Gomez, Essie (Leroy) Opiana-Lee, Angie Gomez; sisters, Erlinda Basuel, Lydia (Dalmacio) Paulo; 31 grandchildren; 57 great-grand- children; 24 great-great-grand- children. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Sunday (Jan. 18) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation 8:30 a.m., Monday (Jan. 19) at St. Joseph Catholic Church (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu). Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

SHIMIZU, GLENN T.

Posted On January 14th, 2015 -

SHIMIZU, GLENN T. 72, US Army Veteran, passed away on January 6, 2015. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Linda Shimizu; sons, Kevin (Teri) Shimizu of NV and Jason (Philicia) Shimizu; mother-in-law Akiko Yagi; brother-in-law, Ron (Linda) Yagi; sister-in-law, Annette (Bryan) Kakehashi; also survived by many nieces, nephews and relatives. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, January 18, at 3:00PM at West Los Angeles United Methodist Church, 1913 Purdue Ave., West Los Angeles. The family requests casual/ Aloha attire. WWW.Fukuimortuary.com (213) 626-0441

Barry Paul Solywoda

Posted On January 14th, 2015 -

710312 Barry Solywoda_FINAL PICBARRY PAUL SOLYWODA Barry Paul Solywoda of Honolulu Hawaii, 62, passed away on January 9, 2015. He lived an amazing life and left behind his loving wife, Pia, and his children Thomas, Louis and Mary Jean. Barry grew up in Red Hook, New York on a family farm with his seven siblings. He graduated from Red Hook High School where he still holds the school pole vault record. He was selected for inclusion in the 1973-1974 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for his outstanding leadership skills and decidedly above average academic achievements. Upon graduating from SUNY Maritime College in Fort Schuyler New York, Barry received a 3rd Mates license and a commission as Ensign in the US Naval Reserves. He worked for Exxon Corporation for 16 years and sailed as captain during his last five. In 1990, Captain Solywoda moved from Florida to Hawaii and joined the Hawaii State Pilots. In 1997, he became Pilot 15 with the Hawaii Pilots Association and was fondly referred to as “the happy pilot” by the Japanese fishing community. Barry shall forever be known to his family and friends as Mr. Fix It. No project was too big or too small for his ability and attention. His craftsmanship and skills are evident in the beautiful family home he spent the last 16 years of his life building. Barry was predeceased by his father Benjamin Solywoda. He is survived by his wife and three children, mother Alice, brothers Thomas, Andrew, and Phillip, and sisters Lucille Horak (Jan), Donna Rodrigues (Augie), and Lois McGuire (John). Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life service on Friday, January 16, at Calvary by the Sea Church, 5539 Kalanianaole Hwy. Visitation from 5:00 p.m. followed by sunset service at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments to follow in the church courtyard. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Honolulu Waldorf High School (Earmark “Kitchen Renovation Project,” one of Barry’s unrealized commitments), or Angel Network Charities.

KUULEI MARCIEL FLORES

Posted On January 13th, 2015 -

KUULEI MARCIEL FLORES Kuulei Marciel Flores, 73, of Lanikai, Oahu, Hawaii, and King City, California, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, with her family by her side. Kuulei was born March 18, 1941 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to her parents, Helen and Valentine Marciel. She attended K thru 12th grades at Punahou School and also attended Hartnell College. During her working life, she worked for Union Sugar Company. She was a big sports fan. She loved to watch her grandchildren and their friends play sports as well as any other function they might take part in. She was also an avid gamer,. Her jovial nature made her life-long friends wherever she went and she thoroughly enjoyed making people laugh. Kuulei is survived by her children, Robert Kaleo Flores (Chaya), Kenneth Kekona Flores (Lucy), Kanani Barbaree (Blair), Cynnie O’Connor (Danny); grandchildren, Landon Flores (Melinda), Leslee Falkenberg (Blake), Sami O’Connor, Shane O’Connor, Kassie O’Conner, Chase Barbree, Clay Barbree, Zinnia Lopez, Gina Hernandez; great-grandchild, Sage Flores; and her brother, Val Marciel (Diana); nephews and nieces. A Celebration of Life was held in King City on 1/8/2015. At a later date there will be a simple service in Hawaii followed by a spreading of her ashes off Lanikai. Those wishing to make donations in remembrance of Kuulei, may do so to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter, P.O. Box 565, Agoura Hills, CA 91376.

BESSIE IWALANI ONTAI THUMS

Posted On January 13th, 2015 -

BESSIE IWALANI ONTAI THUMS Age 94, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away December 28, 2014 in Ewa Beach. Born December 17, 1920 in Olelomoana, South Kona, HI. A member of Kaimuki Christian Church. She attended Lahainaluna High School. Previously worked for the Naval Exchange, Pearl Harbor. She is survived by sons, Irvan (Kathryn) Shodahl, Ned (Andrea) Ontai; daughters, Wilma Brubaker, Sandra Thums, Aileen Dorsey; sisters: Elizabeth “Betty” K. Parker, Darly Cockett; brother, Johnson (Puanani) Puou; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Saturday (Jan 17) at Kaimuki Christian Church (1117 Koko Head Ave., Honolulu); Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Committal Service 11:00 a.m. Tuesday (Jan 20) at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Aloha attire.

Roy R. Bright

Posted On January 13th, 2015 -

ROY R BRIGHT Nov. 27, 2014 Roy Bright passed away in his home surrounded by family at age 99, two months short of his 100th birthday. Roy was born and raised in northeastern Minnesota with three brothers and a sister, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1939. Roy received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in Army Air Force as a navigator with the 5th bomb group of the 7th Air Force in January 1941 and was stationed at Hickam Field. He became one of the top navigators in the 7th Air Force and served as a navigation instructor at Hickam. During the war he participated in 50 combat missions in B-24 and B-17 aircraft, earning many commendations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Distinguished Flying Cross. Roy retired from active duty in 1947 as a Lieutenant Colonel and served in the Air Force Reserves untill 1971 with the rank of Colonel. In 1944 Roy married Dorothea Smith who was from the Big Island, and after the war they settled in Honolulu and had three sons, Robert, Bill, and John. After his active duty military service, Roy worked in the electronics business and was the owner and president of Radio Television Corp., the Hawaii Distributor for RCA products. Following the sale of this business he pursued other business and real estate interests in Hawaii and the mainland. Roy served on the Hawaii Aeronautics Commission and on the Honolulu Planning Committee, and was a longtime member of Central Union Church and the Outrigger Canoe Club, as well as a member of the Oahu Country Club in his golf playing days. He was predeceased by his parents Morris and Lena Bright, brothers, Joe and Leo, sister Mabel, his wife Dorothea who died in 1983 and son Robert who passed away in 2008. Roy is survived by his brother, Eighth Circuit Court Judge Myron Bright, son Bill Bright and daughter in-law Faith, son John Bright, and grandchildren Nicholas, Scott, Allison, and Daniel and his wife Megan. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 9:00AM on Wednesday, January 21st at the Outrigger Canoe Club, 2909 Kalakaua Ave. Casual Attire.

DOMINGO DAHILIG MENDOZA

Posted On January 13th, 2015 -

DOMINGO DAHILIG MENDOZA Age 85, of Waipahu, HI, passed away December 24, 2014 in Waipahu, HI. Born May 2, 1929 in Badoc, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife, Flora M. Mendoza; sons, Bong (Gayle) Mendoza, Osias (Lilybeth) Mendoza; daughters, Thelma (Pacifico) Fernandez, Theodora (Vio) Razonable, Justina (Danny) Domingo, Sandra (Rizal) Agaran, Zenie (Angelo) Smith, Maryann (Jeff) Fernandez, Carol (Ben) Benidicto; sister, Placida (Aquilino) Quibuyen; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 6:00 p.m., Sunday (Jan. 18) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Additional Visitation 9:00 a.m., Monday (Jan. 19) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Program 10:00 a.m., Prayer Service 12:00 p.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

PETER CABUYADAO SACAPULO

Posted On January 13th, 2015 -

PETER CABUYADAO SACAPULO Age 89, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away November 30, 2014 in Wahiawa. Born November 11, 1925 in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Member of Local Union 625 Ironworkers. He is survived by daughters, Pearla Sacapulo Kesolei, Paressa (Gary) Wong, Paula Sacapulo, Gloriana Alexander, Diana (Bob) Olaivar, Joann (Mel) Asuncion, Janet Oaten; sons, Gary (Frances) Sagun, Dennis Sagun, Jaime Bailon; brother, Modesto Sacapulo; sister, Josephine Oallesma; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grand- children; 4 great-great-grand- children. Visitation 10:30 a.m., Saturday (Jan. 17) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Funeral Service 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

KUNITAKE, June Yukiko.

Posted On January 13th, 2015 -

KUNITAKE, JUNE YUKIKO June Y. Kunitake, 89-year-old Wailuku, Maui born resident of Los Angeles passed away peacefully at home on January 4, 2015. Beloved wife of Jitsuo Kunitake; devoted mother of Lloyd, Gary (Kim), Reid (Ann) Kunitake; proud grandmother of Ryan, Kevin, Darren, Paige, Leigh, and Blake Kunitake. Also survived by siblings Marilyn Tabata, Tsuyoshi Tagomori, and Manabu (Susan) Tagomori, all of Hawaii, and many other relatives. Visitation will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7pm at Fukui Mortuary, 707 E Temple St. in Los Angeles, with a Memorial Service to be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2pm in the same location. www.fukuimortuary.com (213) 626-0441

CYNTHIA HATSUKO HAGINO

Posted On January 12th, 2015 -

CYNTHIA HATSUKO HAGINO August 23, 1952 – November 27, 2014 Cindy was born in Honolulu to Betty (Yoshimoto) and the late Adam Haraguchi. Survived by mother Betty, sister Doreen Nelson (Ozzie), and brother retired Colonel Edmund Haraguchi. Cindy went to Kipapa Elem, Wahiawa Inter and graduated from Leilehua in 1970. She got her teaching degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, majoring in Ed Psych. Cindy married Gerald Hagino on June 30, 1973. They had 3 children: Steven (Amy) – children Raiden and Yuki; Danielle Tokuda (Nolan) – daughter Taytum; and Sharyse – son Rylee. After graduating from UH, she became a Recreational Director for Parks and Rec. After 12 years at Wahiawa District Park, Cindy finally realized her dream of becoming a teacher and taught at Waimalu Elem for 1 1/2 years. She later transferred to Waialua Elem. She taught in the classroom for 6 years and then was selected to be the computer resource teacher. She remained in that position until she retired in December 2012. While at Waialua, she was chosen as Waialua Elem. Teacher of the Year in 1996; Central District Teacher of the Year in 1998, and in 2000, she was nominated to receive the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator award. Cindy was a kind, gentle, and compassionate person. She adored children and saw the good side of everyone she met. She loved her family deeply and was proud to be called “Nana” by Raiden, Yuki, Taytum, and Rylee. Cindy will truly be missed by her family and friends. We will live as you taught us: Live, Love, Laugh. Funeral service will be on Wed, 1/14/15 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Visitation will start at 5. Service to follow at 6.

Nora Patricia “Patty” Child

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

708255 Nora Child_croppedNORA PATRICIA PATTY CHILD Nora Patricia “Patty” (Hall) Child passed away peacefully in hospice care, in the company of her daughter on December 4, 2014 in Honolulu. She was 90. Born in Seattle, WA, Patty was the eldest of five children and grew up in Washington, Arizona and New Mexico. After graduating from high school in Lordsburg, New Mexico, Patty joined the FBI as a secretary in Phoenix, Arizona in 1943. A subsequent assignment to the Seattle office led her straight into the arms of the love of her life, Harold L. “Bill” Child, who made it his greatest priority to win her over. They married in Honolulu in August of 1947 and moved to Wahiawa several years later. In 1954, with their two young sons in tow, they were transferred to Tokyo, Japan where Bill was assigned to the Legal Attache at the American Embassy. Patty balanced a part-time job as social secretary to the wives of U.S. ambassadors Reischauer and Johnson with active participation in the Tokyo Round Table Club and other organizations fostering friendship between American and Japanese women. She took classes at Sophia University, learned to speak conversational Japanese, and loved traveling throughout the Far East with friends and family. When Bill retired from the FBI and began a second career back in Honolulu, Patty embraced this new chapter of their lives, staying active by playing golf, bridge, and especially tennis, at which she was a formidable opponent. She was also an avid reader. She enjoyed memorable travels to the Far East and Southeast Asia accompanying Bill on his consulting trips, as well as visiting family on the mainland. In 2005, they moved from their house to Kahala Nui, where they were able to enjoy a simpler, carefree lifestyle and social activities. She loved her lifestyle and her friendships in Hawaii — often reminding her family, “Lucky we live Hawaii!” She will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, her love and devotion for her Bill, and her unending love for all her family. Patty is survived by her daughter Lynne and her husband Carl Franceschi of Needham, MA, her brother James Hall of Oklahoma City, OK, her daughter-in-law Sandra Child of Chapel Hill, NC, her eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Bill, her sons, Michael and John, and her sisters, Mary Lynch, Donna Holcomb and Caroline Hall. A family gathering in her memory will take place later this year in Honolulu.

CARMEN BILLIAMOSA CALLEJO

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

CARMEN BILLIAMOSA CALLEJO Age 95, of Waianae, HI, passed away December 6, 2014 in Waianae. Born July 17, 1919 in Hilo, HI. She is survived by sons, Eddie Callejo, Roger (Celeste) Callejo Andy (Betty) Callejo; daughter, Jane (Moses) Pakaki; sisters, Mary Sasaki, Eleanor Toledo, Shirley Ligsay; 29 grand- children; 45 great-grand- children; 5 great-great-grand- children. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Wednesday (Jan. 14) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral service 10:00 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers please.

LARRY S. YAMAGATA

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

LARRY S. YAMAGATA 72, of Las Vegas, passed away on December 18, 2014. Born in Puna, on the Big Island, Hawaii and graduated from Farrington High. He left Hawaii in 1984, as an Executive Chef at the Sheraton Hotels to open, as the sole owner, of Aloha Specialties Restaurant in the California Hotel & Casino. He subsequently opened, in March 2001, Ross J’s Aloha Grill, named after his oldest grandson who tragically passed away in Maui, in October 1998. Larry was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Evelyn. He is survived by his daughters, Debra (Jim Hofert), Shelly (Ronald Kapuniai), of Kaneohe, Hawaii; his sons, Dean (Penny) and Greg (Sammie); 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. Services will be held at the Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 5:00pm.

TOORU KATO

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

TOORU KATO Age 85, of Waipahu, HI, passed away December 23, 2014 in Waipahu. Born November 23, 1929 in Honolulu, HI. He is survived by wife, Helen Tatsuko Kato; daughters, Irene (Ben) Ballesteros, Amy (Jason) Igarashi; brothers, Wayne (Kay) Kato, Dennis Kato, Yasuto (Marylou) Kato; sister, Elaine Kamibayashi; 1 grandson. Private Services.

AFIMUTASI “GUS” HANNEMANN JR.

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

$nameAFIMUTASI GUS HANNEMANN JR. Afimutasi Gus Hannemann Jr., 78, of Hawaii Kai, Director of American Samoa Government’s Hawaii Office passed away peacefully on the evening of January 2, 2015. American Samoa’s Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga described Hannemann’s passing as “a big loss for us” [ because ] he touched a lot of lives … in a lot of ways…He was a go- getter … Everything he did was for others.” Throughout his life, Hannemann was regarded as the voice and face of the Samoan community as he spearheaded numerous causes to benefit all age groups and was an articulate and effective spokesperson. According to younger sibling Mufi Hannnemann, former Mayor of Honolulu, “no was not in my brother’s vocabulary when it came to helping people – the bigger the challenge the more he rose to the occasion to get the job done. He was the quintessential community leader.” Born on Christmas day in the village of Nu’uuli, American Samoa, Gus was the eldest son of the late Gustav Arthur Tafu Tupulo Hannemann Sr., and Faiaso Cecilia Dale Soliai Hannemann. His paternal grandmother, Rosie Young Hannemann, was the younger sister of Queen Makalita, Samoa’s last reigning monarch of the Manua Islands. On his maternal side, he was the great-grandson of Paramount Chief Muliufi Pinemua Soliai, one of the original signatories of the deed of cession that ceded Eastern Samoa and eventually the Manua Islands to the United States of America. In 2001, he was bestowed the chiefly title of Afimutasi in an investiture ceremony in American Samoa. He was a 1955 graduate of Farrington High School, who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 19 and was assigned intelligence work in Germany and Japan. He became the youngest Bishop in Hawaii for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 26 and in 1963 was appointed as the youngest member of the original board of directors for the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. In 1992, he was elected as a Faipule (Representative) to American Samoa’s Fono (Territorial Legislature) and in 1997 commenced serving for 4 years as the House Liaison for governmental affairs under then Speaker of the House Aina Saolunga Nua. In 2005, he was appointed as Special Assistant for governmental and international affairs for then Senate President Lolo Matalasi Moliga. While serving in his government capacities, Afimutasi worked tirelessly to organize many disaster relief efforts, Samoan Flag Day observances, Special Olympics Summer Games to send a Samoan delegation to Los Angeles, Job Corps initiatives to increase the number of youths from the Territory participating in the federal program and several projects benefitting the Independent Nation of Samoa, where he enjoyed an excellent rapport and relationship with government officials from Upolu and Savai’i through the years. Gus’ career also involved several successful business, marketing and public relations endeavors in tourism, entertainment, (including managing his brother Nephi’s professional show biz career) sports, media, insurance, automobile and commerce. Despite his extremely active professional schedule, his family was what he held as most precious and dear to him. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Lydia Leimomi, son Tafu Keola “T.K.”, a transportation manager and daughter Teuila Ku’uipo Kaimikaua, a hotel manager in Nevada, seven grandchildren, two great- grandchildren and brothers Miller, Nephi and Muliufi “Mufi” Hannemann, and sisters Lady Vaofua Maughan and Gafanua Memea. Sister Faiaso “Titi” Hannemann passed away in 2013. Visitation is Sat., Jan.17 @10 a.m. Service begins @ 12 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 219 Lunalilo Home Road, Hawaii Kai. Burial is Mon., Jan. 19 @ 11:30 a.m., National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Aloha attire.

WALLACE KENSO KAGAWA

Posted On January 11th, 2015 -

$nameWALLACE KENSO KAGAWA Architect and 442 Veteran Wallace Kenso Kagawa passed away on January 3, 2015, at the age of 97. Born Kenso Kagawa in Honolulu in July, 1917, he graduated from McKinley HS Class of 1937 and from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Architecture. In 1943 he joined the Anti- Tank Company of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, serving in Italy and France. He flew in glider missions in the invasion of Southern France in August of 1944, surviving a crash in which both pilots were killed. After the war he earned his M.S. in Architecture and moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he married Yori Yamasaki, a registered nurse from Modesto, California. They raised three children, Kathryn, Paul and Kenneth. Wallace worked for the architectural firm of Minoru Yamasaki and helped design the World Trade Center in New York and the Jeddah Airport Pavilion in Saudi Arabia. In 1984 he and Yori returned to Hawaii, residing in Kaneohe. He earned a black belt in Aikido at age 72. He was active in the 442nd Veterans Club, the Hiroshima Historical Heritage Society and Church of the Crossroads. Later they moved to the Hawaii Kai retirement community where Yori died in 2008. Wallace is survived by sons Paul and Kenneth, grandson Kenso and wife Lauren Kagawa, granddaughter Alicia and husband Tim Koide, and great-grandson Kanoa Koide. An inurnment ceremony will be held at Punchbowl Cemetery on Monday, January 19, at 10:30am.


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