Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category


Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

MARGARET NAKAI PUU LYMAN Margaret Nakai Puu Lyman of Nuuanu Valley passed away on January 10th, 2014. Born on July 5th, 1931 to Lydia and John Kalani Puu. She married her High School Sweetheart, Carl Richard Lyman on January 12, 1951. Together they raised and loved their Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her strength, compassion, and love of family, friends and life. Survived by Husband, Carl and children, David (Geri Lupiba), Carla Harada (James), John (Pam), Thomas (Gloria), Sandra Richardson (Roy Corpuz), Michael (Carrie), Matthew (Pamie), Kimberly Lyman Guerrero (Francis), 15 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren Private Services Non-Monetary Condolences may be sent to; The Lyman Family 518 Pahili Rd. Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.


Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

JOHN CHUBBY KILIOI MILLER III Age 71, of Honolulu, HI, passed away January 7, 2014 in Honolulu, HI. Born May 25, 1942 in Honolulu, HI. A retired fireman, Waimanalo Warriors football and baseball coach. A celebration of “Chubby’s” life at Palace Station in Kailua will be held after the burial. He is survived by sons, Aaron “Bula” Miller, Charles (Laurie) Miller, Moses “Moki” (Karry) Miller; daughters, Annie Miller (Sterling) Pedro, Ilona Miller, Ka’ui Takayama-Miller, Kelia Miller; sisters, Wilma “Shadda” Galdeira, Lynette “Nette” Kiko; 15 grandchildren; 5 great- grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Tuesday (January 28) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; (20 South Kukui St., Honolulu) Mass 11:30 a.m. Burial 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

RODNEY DAGDAGAN MADRIAGA Age 34, of Waipahu, HI, passed away December 27, 2013 in Seattle, WA. Born January 15, 1979 in Honolulu, HI. He is survived by son, Bryson Madriaga; companion, Melonie Madrid; father, William B. Madriaga; mother, Normalita “Norma” D. Madriaga; sister, Roxann Madriaga. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan 29) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Thursday (Jan 30) at St. Joseph Church (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu); Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

MANOLO D. FLORES, JR Age 37, of Kapolei, HI, passed away December 22, 2013 in Honolulu. Born October 22, 1976 in Mapandan, Pangasinan, Philippines. Manolo was employed by DLD Mechanical. He was a member of Local 293. He is survived by parents, Manolo & Rosario Flores, Sr.; brother, Antonio D. (Tamalyn) Flores; sisters, Melany F. (Edmund) Raralio, Maribel F. (David) Deiner, Bernadette F. (Edmond) Delos Santos, Ruby Ann F. (Jeffrey) Oania, Laarni D. Flores. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 30) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Friday (Jan. 31) at St Jude Catholic Church; (91-455 Makakilo Dr., Kapolei) Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

1-26-LORETTA-ALISONLORETTA CUI BACON ALISON Age 83, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away January 6, 2014 in Ewa Beach. Born December 10, 1930 in Ewa, HI. An organist at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ewa Beach, and Sacred Hearts Church in Waianae. She is survived by sons, Philip “Chili” Alison, Jr., Clemence M. (Lita) Alison, Byron G. (Cynthia) Alison, Dave B. (Debbie) Alison, Reuben M. (Joan) Alison, Karl S. (Clare) Alison; daughters, Joanne C. (Kim) Rosa, Phyllis (Napela) Gay; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Sunday (Feb 2) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Prayer Service 6;30 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Monday (Feb 3) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (91-1004 North Rd., Ewa Beach); Mass 11:00 a.m. Committal Service 2:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

1-26,-1-27--MARGARET-NAKAI-PUU-LYMANMARGARET NAKAI PUU LYMAN Margaret Nakai Puu Lyman of Nuuanu Valley passed away on January 10th, 2014. Born on July 5th, 1931 to Lydia and John Kalani Puu. She married her High School Sweetheart, Carl Richard Lyman on January 12, 1951. Together they raised and loved their Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her strength, compassion, and love of family, friends and life. Survived by Husband, Carl and children, David (Geri Lupiba), Carla Harada (James), John (Pam), Thomas (Gloria), Sandra Richardson (Roy Corpuz), Michael (Carrie), Matthew (Pamie), Kimberly Lyman Guerrero (Francis), 15 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren Private Services Non-Monetary Condolences may be sent to; The Lyman Family 518 Pahili Rd. Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.


Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

1-26-KWAI-CHO-CASEY-LOOKKWAI CHO CASEY LOOK 93, of Honolulu, died January 13, 2014. Born in Kailua. Merchant Marine. Retired Parking Attendant at Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. Survived by wife, Jane; sons, Danford and Kevin (Eren) Look, stepsons, Pono and Jeffrey Ouye, stepdaughter, Kammy (Paul) Grable; grandchildren, Christian and Kayla Look; Cassandra and Dusty Grable; brothers, Kwai Chong (Rose) and Kwai Tong (Anita) Look; sisters, Clara Lau and Alice Chun. Services at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary on Thursday, January 30; visitation, 10:30 a.m., service 11:30, burial at 2:00 p.m.

Eleanor “Ele” “Butchie” Dean Souza

Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

ELEANOR ELE BUTCHIE DEAN SOUZA 72, of Surprise, Arizona, formerly of Kailua, Hawaii. Born in Honolulu. Passed away on Jan. 15th, 2014 In Arizona. Predeceased in death by husband Edward Phillip Souza. Survived by sister, Verna Mae “Wendy” (Paul) Joseph; nephew, Keoki Joseph; niece Tweet Joseph; aunties, Daisy Dean Sherrill of Tennessee and Mary Blasque of Honolulu; numerous cousins, 2nd cousins and friends; special friends, Patricia (Richard) Chavez of Honolulu and Helene Namahoe of Honolulu; hanai family, Dennis and Rosie Silva of Arizona. Visitation 9:30-10:30a.m., Monday February 3, 2014 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary; service: 10:30a.m.; burial 1:00p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery; aloha attire.

Joseph Warren Stevens, Jr.

Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

1-26-595418---Joseph-StevensJOSEPH WARREN STEVENS, JR. A retired Major in the United States Marine Corps passed away peacefully at his home in Kailua on January 13, 2014. He was 86 years old. He was born on November 19, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa to Joseph W. Stevens and Olive Brewer Stevens. He graduated from North Western Military Academy high school and the University of Arizona with a B.S. degree in 1951 and then became an officer in the USMC. He was a decorated veteran of WW ll, Korean and Viet Nam wars. He received various medals including the Purple Heart. After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1972 he went to work for Hawaii Job Corps for 10 years as a Placement Officer where he travelled through out Micronesia. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Kay and his 5 children. Sons Christopher (Bridget), Daly (Sharlyn) and Joseph (Dale) Stevens lll.. Daughters Stacy (Jimmy) Bruhn, Holly (Frank) Tam and 17 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He was our special Hero and always said “Once a Marine, always a Marine”. He will be buried with a graveside ceremony on January 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Hawaii State Veteran Cemetery in Kaneohe. The family wants to extend special thanks to his devoted care givers Sina Moss and Anne Duncan and to the Doctors and Nurses of the VA staff and the Nurses of Hospice Hawaii. You made our loss easier to bear. Mahalo. In lieu of flowers you can make a donation to National Parkinson Foundation Hawaii Chapter, 3375 Koapaka St. #1540 Honolulu, Hi. 96819 or Hospice Hawaii 860 Iwilei Road, Honolulu, Hi. 96817.

Sean Satoshi Saito

Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

1-26-595698-Sean-SaitoSEAN SATOSHI SAITO January 13, 2014 Sean Satoshi Saito, 36, formerly of Kaneohe, a Lockheed Martin senior computer systems analyst, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife, Akiko K.; mother, Donna F. (Lawrence) Nakano; sister, Carrie-Ann C. (Nolan) Nakashima; grand- mother, Helen Saito. Visitation 5 p.m. Monday (February 3) at Hosoi Garden Mortuary, Services 6 p.m. Inurnment 10 a.m. Wednesday (February 5) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.


Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

1-26-EVA-PEARL-AKAMUEVA PEARL AKAMU Passed away on January 16, 2014 at Queen’s Medical Center. She was 87 years old, the oldest of 3 children to Manuel and Mary (Baptiste) Medeiros, and grew up in Pi`ihonua. Eva celebrated her 63rd wedding anniversary on December 9, 2013 with William “Bill” Akamu. Along with her husband, Eva is survived by her daughters, Lynnell Ka`opua Akamu, Kanani Mariano and grandchildren. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Bernice Gabriel and nieces, Gabriella Cabanas and Glenda Sugi. Eva was a sweet, gentle, generous, caring wife, mother sister, aunt, and grandmother. She lived the meaning of unconditional “Aloha” with her loving husband, Bill, in all that they did and with everyone that they met, throughout their life together. She will be missed immeasurably. A celebration of Eva’s life will be held at Dodo Mortuary in Hilo, on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Visitation, 8-10 a.m., Services, 10-11 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Cemetary, Ilima Section at 11:30 a.m.

Roy T. Fukumoto

Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

1-26-596420---Roy-FukumotoROY T. FUKUMOTO January 7, 2014 Roy Fukumoto, 69, of Kaneohe, passed away at home on January 7, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. A veteran of the U. S. Air Force (Vietnam era) and former member of the Carpenter’s Union, Roy was a retired mail carrier, with over 30 years of service, primarily at the Hawaii Kai Post Office. He was a loyal friend, always willing to help others. He volunteered to deliver mail on Kauai immediately following Hurricane Iniki, enduring conditions that included a lack of electricity and hot water. He often helped family and friends man booths at various carnivals and festivals, and he was an accomplished fund raiser for charities and school projects. Roy enjoyed sports, and although he had no sons, he spent several years coaching Little League Baseball, first in Manoa with the little boys, then with teenagers in Kahaluu. He really enjoyed working with the boys, and after all these years, many still referred to him as “Coach Roy.” He was a member of bowling leagues at many different alleys throughout Honolulu. He also participated in many Hotel Industry Charity Walks and Great Aloha Runs. However, his favorite pastime by far, was fishing. Roy often took his family to the beach, where he would spend the day casting from the shore for papio and o’io, sometimes catching only eels and stick fish. But he didn’t mind; he loved to relax at the beach. Roy was a dedicated and very loving husband, father and grandfather, who always emphasized “priorities.” He will be forever missed by those who loved him so much, his devoted wife of over 44 years, Elaine; daughter, Laurie Ann Fukumoto-Padgett; son-in-law, Robert Padgett; and precious grandson, Jared Fukumoto-Padgett. Roy is also survived by a brother, four sisters, and several nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents Harry (Nobuyoshi) and Mildred (Matsuyo) Fukumoto and a grandson, Ryan Hunt-Fukumoto. I Am Free Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free I am following the path God laid for me. I took His hand when I heard Him call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A frienship shared, a laugh, a kiss Ah, these things I, too, will miss. Be not burdened with time of sorrow, I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much. Good friends, good times, a loved one touched. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me. God wanted me now; He set me free. (Author Unknown) Private memorial held. Online condolences:

Hank Rigg

Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

1-26-596925-Hank-RiggALOHA, HANK RIGG A brief service and scattering of ashes for Hank Rigg will take place at 8 am on Friday, January 31st at the Outrigger Canoe Club. All are welcome to join us to celebrate the life of Papa Rigg. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Keensburg Christian Church, P.O. Box 138, Keensburg, IL 62852. Online condolences: www.familytradition-funeral

Elanor C. Nordyke

Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

26-nordyke1Jan. 17, 2014

When President Barack Obama was attacked by those who questioned his Hawaii birth, Eleanor C. Nordyke proudly came forward with the birth certificates of her own twin daughters, born at the same hospital on the day after the president.

The numbers on the twins’ birth certificates were only a few digits away from the president’s, a fact Nordyke offered up in support of the authenticity of Obama’s certificate. Conspiracy theorists were unimpressed and actually found ways to weave Nordyke into the birther conspiracy.

Her daughter, Mary Ellen Nordyke-Grace, said the incident was emblematic of her mother’s zeal for what she believed in.

“She really took on a passion for certain causes,” she said. “She was known for her intellect, drive for excellence, generosity, perseverance, ‘can-do’ positive attitude, and passion for projects and causes.”

The author and historian died Jan. 17 at age 86. She was the primary author of “The Peopling of Hawaii” (1977, 1989), “I’m Third: An American Boy in Depression Years” (2003), and “Pacific Images: Views from Captain Cook’s Third Voyage” (1999, 2008).

A resident of Manoa Valley for nearly 60 years, Nordyke retired from the East-West Center Population Institute after a 20-year-plus affiliation.

After she appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser in 2009 holding up her twins’ birth certificates, birthers questioned their authenticity and suggested her motivation was somehow tied with her East-West Center link with Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, who studied there.

Nordyke came to Hawaii in the 1930s, when her father, Ralph G. Cole, served as an executive with the YMCA of Honolulu. After earning her nursing degree at Stanford University in 1950, she married Dr. Robert A. Nordyke.

They returned in 1960 to Honolulu, where her husband started his 35-year career in nuclear medicine at Straub Clinic & Hospital. She gained interest in the population field during her graduate work in public health at the University of Hawaii.

She was an active member of the Hawaiian Historical Society, Captain Cook Society in the United Kingdom, YMCA Camp Erdman board, Friends of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Stanford Club of Hawaii, Adventure Club and Punahou School Class of 1945. She also was a volunteer at Straub.

She is survived by children Mary Ellen Nordyke-Grace, Carolyn Nordyke Cozzette, Dr. Thomas James Nordyke, Susan Elizabeth Bell and Gretchen (Nini) Carter Worthington; brother Ralph N. Cole; and 13 grandchildren.

Services will be held at Central Union Church on Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m. Visitation is at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow the funeral.

Donations in her name may be sent c/o Nina Mullally, Straub Clinic & Hospital, 888 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96813; or c/o Mandy MacMahan, YMCA of Hono­lulu, YMCA Camp Erdman, 69-385 Farrington Highway, Waialua, HI 96791.

Thomas “Thom” J. McGarvey Jr.

Posted On January 26th, 2014 -

26-Thom-McGarveyJan. 8, 2014

A memorial service for Thomas “Thom” J. McGarvey Jr. will be held Feb. 3 at the Saint Louis School/ Chaminade University Mystical Rose Oratory.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m., followed by a service at 6:30 p.m.

McGarvey, for more than three decades the executive director of the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant, died Jan. 8 at age 70. He took the struggling beauty pageant to new heights beginning in 1981, bringing on live TV coverage and creating a foundation to provide scholarships for coeds seeking the Miss America title and expanded visibility for the pageant.

Under his watch, he produced two Miss Americas from Hawaii: Carolyn Sapp in 1992 and Angela Baraquio in 2001.

Edward Taro Uchihara, “Uchi”

Posted On January 25th, 2014 -

EDWARD TARO UCHIHARA, UCHI Edward Taro Uchihara, “Uchi,” 85, of Honolulu, retired sheet metal superintendent for Commercial Sheetmetal Co. and retired inspector for the Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services, passed away on January 12, 2014 at home. He was born in Makawao, Maui and was an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Katherine M.; sons, Eric (Cheryl) and Glen (Sara); daughters, Carolyn Kurihara (Don), Iris Oda (Raymond), Lori Lapinid (Wayne), and Sharon Uchihara; and 11 grandchildren. Visitation: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Service at 12:00 noon. Casual attire. No flowers.


Posted On January 25th, 2014 -

1-25-RICK-JAMES-FUJITARICK JAMES FUJITA 55, of Bluffton, South Carolina, passed away on December 8, 2013. Rick was born on October 20, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a Certified Public Accountant with a BBA from the University of Hawaii and an MBA from Queens University. Rick had an exceptional career in finance, beginning with Arthur Young and Company in Honolulu, Hawaii. He then joined American Television and Communications, the cable division of Time, Inc. in Denver, Colorado as Director of Accounting. While there, Rick established operating divisions in Shreveport, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas. He later joined Cable Audit Associates, working with clients such as HBO/Cinemax, Turner, A&E, Lifetime, Discovery Networks and ESPN. Rick was then recruited to join Raycom Sports in Charlotte, North Carolina, becoming their Chief Financial Officer. Raycom was the largest sports and entertainment television syndicator in the country and Rick was responsible for all aspects of finance and accounting. When Raycom Sports placed itself for sale, he led the due diligence process and helped to successfully conclude the sale of the company. Rick then joined Nuray Holdings, a financial holding company with twenty-three entities as Chief Financial Officer. He also served as a financial and management consultant. This led to Rick becoming Chief Financial Officer of CraftBuilt Homes in Bluffton, South Carolina, where he developed the plan to split the company into two parts-homebuilding (CraftBuilt Homes) and real estate development (Village Park Communities). Rick remained as Chief Financial Officer of Village Park Communities, and was responsible for all daily operations including finance, accounting, sales, marketing, purchasing, production and construction. Rick was an avid collector of modern and contemporary art and a supporter of live theater. He is survived by brothers Russell (Jo-Ann) and Randall (Robynne) Fujita, nieces Hillary and Kiah, and nephew Nicloas. A celebration of life was held in Bluffton, SC.


Posted On January 25th, 2014 -

FRANKLIN JOSEPH DAVIDSON Jacksonville, NC – 74, died Monday, January 20, 2014 at Carolina East Hospice Care Center in Kenansville. A retired Gunnery Sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps, he was a native of Bradley Beach, NJ. He lived in Honolulu for 35 years. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ann Bannerman Davidson of the home; two daughters, Sally Ellen Parker of Beaverton, OR and Suzanne Kaui DiFiore of Winter Garden, FL; three brothers, Irwin Davidson of Pompano Beach, FL, George Davidson of Hamilton, NJ and John Davidson of Deridder, LA; three sisters, Evelyn Parker of Birmingham, AL, Catherine Mulvihill of Pompano Beach, FL and Helen Davidson of Neptune, NJ; four grandchildren. His brother, Burton Davidson precedes him in death. A private service will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville is handling the arrangements.

Donna Marie Gomes

Posted On January 25th, 2014 -

donnamariegomezDONNA MARIE GOMES January 12, 2014 Donna Gomes, 63, of Honolulu, passed away on January 12, 2014 at Queens Medical Center. She was born in Koko Head region of Honolulu. Donna attended Star of the Sea school for girls from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. She was a proud graduate of the Class of ’68 an honorary diploma for having a perfect attendance record for all 12 years. Donna was a very successful model working numerous projects. A small sampling of her successes were, Liberty House Model, first poster girl for both the First Hawaiian Bank “The bank that says yes” and Primo Beer Marketing campaigns. Amongst all these accomplishments, she was a popular character actress in the original Hawaii 50 Series. Donna’ business career began at the old GEM Music store on Kapahulu Ave and she later managed the Kahala Music store where she absorbed a great love for Jazz and Burt Bacharach. She later moved on to successful sales careers with Paradise Beverages and American Linen Service Company (ALSCO) before retiring. Donna had a wonderful love of life, people and song. In recent years, she lived for her grandchildren. Nothing was more important. Donna is survived by her husband Randy Martin, her son, Kekoa Ornellas, brothers, John, Peter and Donald Gomes, Sister Annie Landon and two grandchildren; Noah and Sophia Ornellas. A memorial service planned for January 28th 2014 at the Star of the Sea Church. Visitation will be from 9:30am – 10:30am followed by Mass. A ‘Celebration of Life’ will be held afterwards at the Elks Club Waikiki from 1:00pm – 3:30pm. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Susan B. Komen foundation.

Sherwood Davis Maynard

Posted On January 24th, 2014 -

SHERWOOD DAVIS MAYNARD Dr. Sherwood Davis Maynard, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013, after a long struggle with diabetes and related health issues. As Director of the Marine Option Program (MOP) from 1980 2007, he mentored thousands of students in ocean-related studies and was responsible for the development of the University of Hawaii’s unique underwater field schools (QUEST and MAST), Blue-Water Marine Lab, the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate, and the Maritime Archaeology Symposium. At the time of his retirement in 2008, he led the Biology and Marine Biology programs at the University of Hawaii-Manoa College of Natural Sciences. Sherwood was proud of the achievements of all his students and will be greatly missed by his students and colleagues. Sherwood was born in Rochester, Minnesota on October 4, 1946, the son of Dr. Mason and Margaret Maynard. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School. He received degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Hawaii, completing a PhD in Oceanography at University of Hawaii. His strong work ethic ran through their family from their father who was a physician and their mom a nurse. His quiet determination began early leading to achievements as an Eagle Scout, high school SCUBA certification, and, as the oldest of four children, set high standards for his siblings who came after him in school. Sherwood is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; sisters, Susan Bowen and Sharon Crawford; and brother, Michael Maynard. A memorial service will be heldSaturday, January 25, 2014 with visitation at 10:00a.m.(services at11:00a.m.) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Kaneohe. The family requeststhat in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Sherwood’s memory to the University of Hawaii Marine Option Program or to the Sherwood Maynard scholarship for the MOP QUEST Student Assistance Fund through the University of Hawaii Foundation.


Posted On January 24th, 2014 -

1-24-MIRIAM-OHTA-KOBAYASHIMIRIAM OHTA KOBAYASHI (Age 87) On Saturday January 11, 2014 of Springfield, Virginia. Devoted mother of Larry (Kimberly,) Robert and Neal (Karen). Loving grandmother of Rebecca, Jennifer (Zachary), Nathan, Anya, Gregory and Aaron. Mrs. Kobayashi was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and received her BA in English from the Pacific Union College in California. As the wife of a US Foreign Service diplomat, she raised her family in Pakistan, Colombia, Okinawa, and Tokyo, Japan. In her later years, she worked for over 16 years as an executive secretary for the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C., but her true love was teaching English which she did in Hawaii, Okinawa and as an “English as a Second Language” volunteer up until her death. She loved gardening and cultivating roses in particular, and always had impeccable taste in dress. She was always an unobtrusive but unmistakable presence in her sons’ and grandkids’ lives and will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held on 8 February in Springfield, Virginia, and a private family dinner celebrating her life will be held in March in Honolulu, Hawaii, prior to her being interred at Nuuanu Memorial Park.


Posted On January 24th, 2014 -

MILDRED CHRISTOPHERSON 95, of Fargo, ND, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Bethany on University, Fargo. Mildred Olive Christopherson, daughter of Oscar and Minnie (Stoa) Christopherson, was born May 24, 1918 at Carpio, ND. Her lifetime work was in Christian Ministries. She served as a Parish Worker and Youth Minister in churches in Minot, ND; Watertown, SD; Havre, MT; Chicago, IL; and Honolulu, HI. Through the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Waikiki, she helped develop a television ministry and was known on the Island as “The Story Lady”. She helped organize The Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy, an evangelistic ministry to residents and tourists. In cooperation with The Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle she organized The Bible Institute of Hawaii, a teaching ministry reaching all denominations in the Islands. Memorials may be sent to Bible Institute of Hawaii, 2345 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817. Please feel free to sign the online guestbook and view her complete obituary at


Posted On January 23rd, 2014 -

1-23 THEODORE HACKBARTHTHEODORE HAUOLI JOE HACKBARTH Beloved husband of Janice Pang Hackbarth passed away suddenly in New York on Nov. 6, 2013. Joe and Jan were traveling with dear friends Patti and Harry Woodd when he suffered a massive heart attack. He is survived by his wife Jan (formerly Janice Chang of Ewa), step children Robyn Pang Ponty (Michael) and Jason Keone Pang. Joe was the youngest of four children born to Albert and Lily Hackbarth of Kailua. He was preceded in death by his brother David Hewahewa and survived by brothers Fred (Frances) and Albert M. Hackbarth (Lauren Robbins), four grand children; nieces and nephews. Joe spent his childhood in Kailua and enjoyed sports. Joe played football and graduated from Kailua High School in 1960. He was a keen canoe paddler and coached the sport. He was also a weightlifter and avid golfer. A cowboy at heart, his passion was horseback riding and roping. He took pleasure in spending time at the ranch where his horses were boarded. Joe worked in the construction industry as a carpenter and as a business agent for the Hawaii Carpenter’s Union and later on the Mason’s Union and the Hawaii’s Laborer’s Union. He was an influential mentor to many young men guiding them on career paths and coaching sporting activities he was associated with. Joe was a vibrant man, the salt of the earth and a true keiki o ka ‘aina. He will be sorely missed. Services: Celebration of Life, Jan. 27, Kailua Beach Park, starting at 8:30 a.m. Service: 9:30 a.m. followed by scattering of ashes. Lei and casual attire, Beach shorts okay. No flowers please.

Lorna U’ilani “La” Aukai

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

1-22-593261-Lorna-AukaiLORNA U’ILANI LA AUKAI Lorna U’ilani “La” Aukai, 49, of Papakolea died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is survived by Daughters Brendalyn Pumehana Keaunui- Rattley and Tequila Pomaikalani Aukai, Parents Lindsey Aukai Sr. and Ruth L. Kaneakua, Brothers Lindsey Jr. and Wallace II, Sister Lori Ann, and three Grand- children, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. Services: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 25, 2014 at Ka Hale Hoano O Ke Akua Church, 1760 Nalani St. in Kalihi. Purple aloha attire. No flowers. Private scattering of ashes at a later date.


Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

ROBERT KOON WAH LEE Age 95, of Honolulu, passed away January 4, 2014 in Honolulu. Born September 14, 1918 in Honolulu. Co-owner of Fong Fong Chop Suey Restaurant in Kaimuki; Prisoner of War during WWII; Oldest Member of Lung Doo Chung Sin Tong Benevolent Society. He is survived by wife, Mabel T. Lee; sons, Bobby T. Lee, Ronald M. (Gayle) Lee; daughter, Jan Lee (Marshall) Mau; 4 grandchildren. Private services were held.


Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

1-22 EDNA FUNAYAMA B&WEDNA FUNAYAMA Edna Funayama, age 68, passed away tragically on January 3, 2014. She was born in Puunene, Maui and was the youngest daughter of Gosuke and Asayo Funayama. In 1963, Edna graduated from Baldwin High School. During that time, Edna was “crazy for Elvis Presley.” She was an “independent, single, modern woman”. After graduating from Business College, she left Hawaii for life on the mainland. In the late 70’s, Edna returned to Hawaii. On May 31, 2000, after 29 years of service, she retired from her job as secretary to the Dean at the University of Hawaii, School of Medicine. Edna loved to travel and was fortunate to tour many places. Edna believed in healthy living and enjoyed her classes and friends at the YMCA. She belonged to a non-denominational church and believed in guardian angels and the spirit world. Edna is survived by her longtime companion and “roommate” of 33 years, Rev. Harley (Hal) Beagle, her brother Donald, her sisters Jane Shinoda (John), and Irene Arakaki (Tony). She is preceded by her parents and her brother, Warren Funayama. We fondly remember Edna’s strong positive spiritual nature and her willingness to help others in need. A celebration of her life will be held at Nuuanu Memorial Park on January 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. Please come in Aloha attire and wear a little purple in remembrance of her favorite color.


Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

LEONA TIMBREZA BISCO Age 98, of Mililani, HI, passed away December 26, 2013 in Wahiawa. Born April 11, 1915 in Philippines. She is survived by daughters, Nenita Chang, Nadene (Robert) Singelman; 7 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren. Private Services were held.


Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

JAMES KIMO HAWAIIAN KENNETH FERREIRA Age 85, of Mililani, HI, passed away January 3, 2014 in Ewa Beach. Born July 1, 1928 in Honolulu, HI. Retired from Hickam Air Force Base as an aircraft engine mechanic. He is survived by sons, Kenneth (Mahealani) Ferreira, Alika (Charlotte) Ferreira, Tim (Caren) Ferreira; daughters, Debbie (Reggie) Zoller, Gail (David) Inafuku, Starnani (Dennis) Tomlinson, Wendy “Mopsie” (Solofa) Tuivaioge; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grand- children. Visitation 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Monday (Jan. 27) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Burial 10:00 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 28) at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

DAVID UN AH PANG Age78, of Honolulu, HI, passed away January 1, 2014 in Honolulu. Born March 4, 1935 in Waialua, HI. Retired military. He is survived by brother, Ah Ming Chun; sisters, Emily Akaka, Jenny Ah Pang, Hattie Holapa. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Monday (Jan 27) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu); Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Committal Service 1:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.

Lowell Kalapa

Posted On January 22nd, 2014 -

1-22  591113-01  Lowell Kalapa 1-22-14To the memory of Lowell Kalapa, The board of directors for Pauahi Block A Non Profit Housing Corporation, DBA, Hale Pauahi Towers, wishes to acknowledge that we will forever be grateful to Lowell’s 28-years of service, 18 of which were served as board president. We are just one out of the many non-profit organizations that benefited by having Lowell on our board. We stand proud to have had Lowell as our president who has guided Hale Pauahi Towers to be one of the most successful affordable housing projects built in Honolulu and we publish this article as recognition to a dear friend. Lowell and Finances: Many people in the community are aware of how Lowell practiced and preached fiscal responsibility, both in the private and public sector. In our case he led a board of directors that insured every dollar was spent wisely and it brought back value to the building and residents. We are certain he would not approve of this expenditure of buying ad space in the paper; however, this is such a small gesture to recognize a man that gave so much to so many. Lowell and the Community: Lowell was a major contributor in bringing the community together for a common goal and their efforts were successful by being awarded the first Weed and Seed grant on Oahu. Lowell was associated with many of the non-profit organizations that donated their time and efforts working alongside the community to make this possible. The federally backed program brought hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Chinatown/Kalihi/Palama area. Hale Pauahi Towers was proud to be a part of this accomplishment. Lowell continued to take part in this program establishing two more Weed and Seed communities on Oahu. Lowell and Affordable Housing: Hale Pauahi Towers is a 396 hi-rise apartment complex, providing housing to over 1,614 people per year. In Lowell’s words as he once wrote in a letter to a federal agency: “It has always been our intention to provide safe and decent housing to those in our community who cannot afford the high cost of housing that plagues the Honolulu community. We are also committed to providing housing that meets a high standard of quality, a place that its residents could be proud that they live here and yet remain within their financial reach.” The board of directors, with Lowell as president, has been successful in this endeavor, providing to the community a quality apartment complex with reasonable rent. The board has never defined affordable by their requirement, which is to maintain 51% of the apartments for household at or below 80% of the area median income. The fact is the board recently defined affordable by setting the rental rates for 202 apartments at levels that would be affordable to households making at or below 35% of area median income, plus or minus depending if you use the 2013 HUD or Multifamily Tax Subsidy guidelines. For those interested in the specifics, the rent for a 1-bdrm is $643, the 2-bdrms is $771, and 3-bdrms is $891 and Hale Pauahi receives no subsidy in keeping rents this low. The board’s commitment to create affordable housing also extends to the remaining 194 market apartments, keeping the rents affordable for households making less than 60% of the area median income without benefiting from any type of low income tax credit subsidy. Lowell and Networking: Lowell accomplished so many good things such as recruiting qualified board members for organizations to bridging relationships throughout the community. A simple conversation with Lowell would be all it took to make things begin to happen. The following is just a few of the success he made possible: ” As acting Board President of Hale Pauahi Towers and Hale Kipa, a private non-profit organization that serves and supports youths in Hawaii, Lowell was successful in guiding Hale Pauahi Towers through the regulatory challenges in order to set aside a certain number of apartments to Hale Kipa to be used as transitional housing for homeless young adults. ” A school service learning project that shares the gift of reading came to fruition between two school organizations, St. Ann Model School in Kaneohe and the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Head Start program at Kuhio Park Terrace, which Lowell was associated with. Students in a classroom at St. Ann Model School aised over a thousand dollars each year by reading books for pledges and then use the money to purchase books that they personally deliver to preschool children in the Head Start program. This has been established for over 6-years and continues today. ” He helped in setting up workshops between Hale Pauahi Towers and the Public Housing Authority to discuss and demonstrate best practices for affordable housing. ” He was always coordinating and arranging tours at Hale Pauahi Towers for government agencies, non-profit organizations, developers and people interested in affordable housing. ” At the request of the U.S. Department of Justice and Salvation Army he arranged for housing for witnesses that were assisting the Attorney General Office in a high profile criminal case. Lowell and Hale Pauahi Towers: Hale Pauahi Towers has had only two presidents in the last 28 years. Lowell, without hesitation stepped into the role of president at the request of Valerie Trotter, the former president who spearheaded and oversaw the development of Hale Pauahi Towers. Ms. Trotter continued to be an active board member as vice president and was recently appointed director emeritus. Lowell had strong supporters on the board both past and present. The current board of directors consists of Mr. Emery Wong, Ms. Yvonne Izu, Mr. Bob Ogawa, Mr. Robert Tong Sr., and Ms. Jewell Tuitele. Lowell had a gift of communicating a clear and precise vision, empowering the people within the organization and making the board’s vision a reality. They have all volunteered countless hours in not only making Hale Pauahi Towers affordable but have also created an exceptional place to live and work. Lowell was well respected and comfortable with speaking with government leaders at the highest levels and equally admired by the employees at Hale Pauahi Towers. He cared highly about the employees, he would allow time to attend an employee’s child graduation luau, or visit during an employee potluck always showing respect and appreciation for their efforts. He got to know the employees and would boast of their accomplishments while he toured the property with public and private officials. Lowell and the void that he leaves: It seemed as if Hale Pauahi Towers was Lowell’s only involvement; however, the truth is he volunteered and devoted his life to so many other organizations sharing his passion and energy towards doing good in Hawaii. The board is honored to have had Lowell as our President and we will cherish the time we spent with him. We will certainly miss a dear friend.

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