Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category


Posted On July 29th, 2013 -

CHRISTINE TORRES FELICIANO Age 42, of Waipahu, HI, passed away July 6, 2013 in Waipahu. Born January 4, 1971 in Honolulu, HI. She is survived by father, Manuel Feliciano; brothers, Ernest Torres, Jr., Ronald Feliciano, Glenn (Nalani) Feliciano, Daniel (Lucille) Feliciano, Robert (Josephine) Feliciano, Jimmy Feliciano, Roy (Lily) Perry; sister, Jane Martin. Visitation 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (July 31) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Service 11:30 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual/ Aloha Attire.


Posted On July 29th, 2013 -

ELLEN FUMIKO (IZUMI) HASEYAMA 89 of Honolulu, a retired dietary cook at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua, passed away on July 14, 2013 at the Care Center of Honolulu after a long illness. Born on February 27, 1924 at Waiakea Camp #3, Hilo, Hawaii to Seisuke and Matsu Izumi. She was predeceased by husband Don Hideo Haseyama (1978) and son Calvin Haseyama (1952). She is survived by daughters Joyce (Allyn) Lai, Joanne Haseyama, Frances (Melvin) Goo and Wendy Haseyama; grandchildren Scott Allin (Wendy) Lai, Carrie Ann (Marcus) Young, Justin, Jennifer and Jaycee Goo; two great-grandchildren Maya Lai and Isabella Young; brother Rikio (Miki) Izumi of Gardena, California, nieces and nephews. She enjoyed cooking and baking and is remembered for the many delicious recipes she brought to the table. She doted on her grandchildren and always prepared their favorite dishes. Her culinary skills were curtailed after being afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease. Visitation: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary, services at 6 p.m. Casual attire.


Posted On July 28th, 2013 -

JUDY KATHLEEN WATSON Age 69, of Honolulu, HI, passed away July 8, 2013 in Honolulu. Born April 25, 1944 in Honolulu, HI. She is survived by daughters, Lisa (Doug) Brown, Ilona (Richard) Kong, Jr., Gay (Curtis Gonsales) Watson; father, Thomas Akana, Jr.; brothers, John (Sonya) Beardeaux, Rodney Beardeaux; sisters, Beatrice Puanani (Roger) Antonio, Brenda Kivalu, Barbara (Adam) Jaber; 7 grandchildren; 1 great- grandchild. Visitation 10:30 a.m. Thursday (August 1) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; (20 South Kukui St., Honolulu). Funeral Service 12:00 p.m. Burial 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual Attire.


Posted On July 28th, 2013 -

DOMINGA L. UNCIANO Age 85, of Waipahu, HI, passed away June 22, 2013 in Honolulu. Born November 15, 1927 in Eleele, Kauai, HI. A member of St Joseph Catholic Church, Waipahu. She is survived by companion, Silvestre “Tataben” Egillo; sons, Richard Ignacio Unciano, Anthony (Edna) Unciano, Benjie Unciano; daughters; Florita (Ponce) Galera, Carmen Batungbacal, Shirley Meszaro, Debra Jean Unciano, Shiseida Lynn Unciano (Chad Walter); sisters, Pauline Ocampo, Angelina Huihui, Violet Heckman, Florentina James; 20 grand- children 28; great-grandchildren. Visitation 8:45 a.m. Wednesday (July 31) at St Joseph Catholic Church; (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu) Mass 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On July 28th, 2013 -

ANASTACIA INA DELA CRUZ TAYLAN Age 105, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away June 24, 2013 in Wahiawa. Born December 23, 1907 in Laoag City, Philippines. She is survived by son, Sosimo D. (Shirly) Taylan; daughters, Teresa D. Topinio, Donatila T. (Eusebio) Balicao, Virginia T. (Bonifacio) Esteban, Florenda T. (Eliseo) Cristobal, Lucrecia T. Claro; sister, Maria D. Esteban; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 great- great-grandchild. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Thursday (August 1) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 7:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Friday (August 2) at Our Lady of Sorrows Church (1403 A California Ave., Wahiawa); Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On July 28th, 2013 -

HARRY YOUNG HOON SOO Our beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather passed away on July 18, 2013, at the age of 81. The eldest of 8 children, Harry always wore the mantle of responsibility. His serious demeanor hid a quirky sense of humor and a loving dedication to his family. An Iolani high school graduate, Harry received a Management Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was also a US Army veteran. He worked at Amfac for 33 years, starting as staff engineer in the sugar division and progressing to senior positions throughout the company. He started Amfac’s first plant nursery in Waipahu, and was appointed President of the Nursery Division in 1978. He then went on to work in diversified agriculture and retired from Amfac in 1990. Never one to remain idle, Harry then joined Hawaiian Host, Inc. as VP of Finance and Administration until 1996. In his retirement years, he continued to work hard at managing his family’s business affairs, satisfying his thirst for knowledge and technology, travelling, and taking care of his family. He is survived by wife Pearl Wong Soo; son Bradley (Diane) Soo; daughter Bethany (Wayne Jr.) Kouchi; sisters Jennie (Kenneth) Chow, Evelyn (Francis) Shiroma, Kathleen (Phillip) Ong; granddaughter Brianna, and granddog Sparky. Taoist funeral service at Nuuanu Memorial Park on Sunday, August 4, 2013. Visitation 10:00 a.m. Burial 1:00 p.m. at Manoa Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.


Posted On July 28th, 2013 -

FRANK LOPES, JR. Frank Lopes, Jr. of Lihue, Kauai passed away on July 23, 2013 at the age of 71. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 7, 1942 and was a retired General Contractor and enjoyed life to the fullest. He survived by his wife, Maureen Lopes, two brothers, Gilbert Gomez of Las Vegas and Robert Stivers of Hilo. Six children, Deanne “Candy” (Mike) Lind of Wailua; Sheri (Tom) Maier of Washington; Roxanne (Dave) Daugherty of California; Brian (Michelle) Lopes of Lihue; Maile (Ira) Silva of Lihue and Darin Lopes of Lihue. 19 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Brother-in- laws, Frank Carlos, Jr., Richard Willson. Sisters-in-law, Eleanor Hee, Donna Willson, Noreen Mokuau, numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary at 3168 Poipu Rd., Koloa. Visitation begins at 10:00am. Service at 11:00am followed by a reception at noon. The Lopes family request casual or aloha attire and flowers omitted. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Posted On July 28th, 2013 -

ARTHUR T. ONO Age 64, of Honolulu, passed away, surrounded by his loved ones, on July 9, 2013. Arthur, the first born son of Walter Tsugutoshi and Betty Fusae Ono, was born in Honolulu on February 10, 1949. He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Erleen Ono; daughters, Adrienne (Gerald) Nashiro, Jennifer (Cleighton) Castillo; sons, Tyler (Charissa) Ono, Peter Ono; sisters, Geraldine Ono, Beverly Tatum; brother, Dexter Ono and 6 grand- children, Randy and Cade Castillo, Tiana and Amanda Ono, Skyler and Ashley Freitas. Private services were held.

Eduardo A. Vallejo

Posted On July 28th, 2013 -

EDUARDO A. VALLEJO 100, of Waipahu, a retired groundskeeper, died in Pali Momi on July 6. He was born in Solot-Solot San Juan Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is survived by wife, Fe Vallejo; daughter Vicenta (Daniel) Carbonell; daughter- in-law Jovita (Placido) Vallejo; sisters, Irene Vallejo and Felicitas Villacorta; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grand children; 2 great great-grand children. Viewing Service: Thursday, August 1, 5:30 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park; Additional viewing: Friday, August 2, 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Waipahu, Mass to follow at 9:30 a.m.; Burial: 11 a.m. at Valley of the Temple. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.


Posted On July 28th, 2013 -

WALTER MASAHARU KIMURA Age 83, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away July 15, 2013 in Aiea. Born April 14, 1930 in Waipahu, HI. Retired from Edward Enterprises. He is survived by wife, Sueko Kimura; son, Robin M. (Lisa) Kimura; daughter, Jeri Y. Kimura; brother, Ronald (Judith) Kimura; sister, Betty (Roy) Yamaguchi; 3 grand- children. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Saturday (August 3) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Funeral Service 6:30 p.m. Burial 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (August 6) at Mililani Memorial Park.


Posted On July 28th, 2013 -

WALTER EDDIE EDWARD POLLACK, JR. Age 77, of Pearl City, HI passed away on July 6, 2013 in Honolulu. Born December 12, 1935 in Honolulu, HI. Eddie worked for numerous tour companies as an escort & driver; Henry Yim Tours, Gray Line Hawaii, Funsun Tours, Polynesian Tours, and Ted Grandsted. He is survived by wife, Alice Pundyke Pollack; daughter, Nadine (Pedro) Jarra; son, Braden (Faye) Pollack of CA; sister, Joan (Jon) Keaulana; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grand- children; numerous nieces, nephews, & cousins. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday (August 1) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; (20 South Kukui St., Honolulu). Wake Service 7 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Friday (August 2) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; Funeral Service 10 a.m. Committal Service 11:30 a.m. at the National Cemetery of The Pacific. Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On July 28th, 2013 -

EMMA KAMAKA PATACSIL Age 87, of Waianae, HI, passed away July 2, 2013 in Aiea. Born February 23, 1926 in Kahakuloa, Maui. She is survived by sons, Ralph Bautista, Emery Patacsil; daughters, Cynthia Baang, Linda S. (Elroy) Bragado, Deborah (Raymond Sr.) Kea, Laureen (Teddy) Glackin, Eileen Pall; 24 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 2 great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 8:30 a.m. Thursday (August 1) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 9:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Evelyn Honsinger

Posted On July 27th, 2013 -

EVELYN MCCREERY HONSINGER born and raised in Honolulu, passed away Saturday June 8, 2013 at her home in Boise, Idaho. She is survived by her sister Maxine Bray of Honolulu and 3 sons and 1 daughter. Services by Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City, Idaho.


Posted On July 27th, 2013 -

SHARON RICE KING Sharon Rice King, daughter of Elizabeth Cooke and Arthur Hyde Rice Jr. deceased in Pasadena California April 26, 2013 after a lengthy illness. Born in 1937, Sharon is survived by her husband Thomas D. King (Tim) of Kilauea, Kauai, Howatt Peter King (Kori) of Lihue, Kauai and James Tobin King (Tai) of North Kohala, Hawaii. Also stepmother Wendy Rice of Pepeekeo, Hawaii, stepsister Cindy Johnson (Scott) of Oceanside, California, stepbrother Alan Rice (Hoku) of Hilo, Hawaii and 2 Grandsons: Braydon and Holbrook King of Lihue, Kauai. Internment Services are to be held at Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu and will be announced at a later date. Donations to Daughters of Hawaii, 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Hi, 96817.

Albert Chikanobu Kobayashi

Posted On July 27th, 2013 -

ALBERT CHIKANOBU KOBAYASHI June 25, 1920 – July 10, 2013 Albert Chikanobu Kobayashi, 93, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2013 in Honolulu. He was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from McKinley High School in 1937. Albert was the Founder of Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc., General Contractors which he started in 1949 and was incorporated in 1963. Albert played an active role in the building industry in Hawaii. He served in several leadership positions with the Home Builders Association of Hawaii, The Building Industry Association of Hawaii where he served as President in 1973, General Contractors Association, Oahu Contractors Association, The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, The Rotary Club of Ala Moana and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. His love of family and community could always be found in their family gatherings, karaoke songs and Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii leadership activities he actively supported with his wife, Violet for over 50 years. He taught a weekly Wednesday evening karaoke class, offered computer classes and guided the fundraising and building of the cultural hall construction project. In 1999 Albert was honored by the Japanese Cultural Center with a Celebration of Lifetime Achievement and in 2008, he was inducted into the Hawaii Building Industry Hall of Fame. He is preceded in death by his wife Violet C. Kobayashi and his grandson Brandon Kobayashi. Albert is survived by his sons Bert (Susan), James (Jeanne), and Ronald (Sandra) Kobayashi; 5 grandchildren BJ (Nicole) Kobayashi, Patrick (Kris) Kobayashi, Alana (Matt) Pakkala, Michelle (Brian) Hashimoto, Lisa Ann (Gilbert) Shin; 6 great grandchildren; sister in law Mildred Sakai, nieces and nephew. The Kobayashi family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the Anzai Ohana for their loving care given to Albert. To Carol & Jason, Christina & Jason Jr. & family, and Jennifer & Billy Guillermo – We are sincerely thankful for all you did for Albert. A private memorial service was held on July 24, 2013. The family kindly requests no monetary offerings.

Doreen Sheila (Brown) Freeman

Posted On July 27th, 2013 -

DOREEN SHEILA (BROWN) FREEMAN Was born on February 28, 1923, in Liverpool, England. She subsequently lived in Ohio, USA, until 1933 when she and her parents and her brother, Freddie, returned to England. Doreen attended a convent in London, followed by boarding schools in Cheshire and Sussex. After a short stint as a flight attendant with an emerging new airline, at the age of 18, Doreen became a journalist and reporter for the London paper, “The Daily Sketch.” During World War II, she served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) where she served for three years. In late 1947, Doreen met Houghton “Buck” Freeman and they were married shortly thereafter on April 21, 1948, at the Savoy Chapel in London. They left the next day for Shanghai, China, where their first child, Linda, was born in September, 1949. Evacuated two weeks later, the family moved to Japan which they called their home for 21 years. It was during that time that their son, Graeme, was born in 1955. Doreen and Buck moved to New York City where they lived from 1970 to 1990, and after an additional two years in Japan, they retired to Stowe, Vermont, where they established the Freeman Foundation in 1993. The Honolulu, Hawaii, office opened in 2000. Doreen served as a trustee and was actively involved with the Foundation until her death on July 12th. Doreen leaves behind her daughter, Linda, and son-in-law Don Post, grandchildren Tyler and wife Stacie, Alexi, and Graham, all of Stowe, Vermont; her son, Graeme, and wife Nancy Freeman, grandsons Alec and Colin of Honolulu, Hawaii; and two stepgrandsons, David and Scott DeCristo. She also leaves her brother, Frederick Brown, and wife, Sandra, godson/nephew, Toby Brown, stepnephew Sebastian Brown, of England and nephew, Kelvin Carlyle, of Bali. After 62 years of marriage, her husband, Buck, predeceased her in 2010. A private family service will be held in Vermont. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be made to either the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu, Hawaii 96816; or Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County, Vermont, 24 Upper Main St., Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

David H. Johnston

Posted On July 26th, 2013 -

DAVID H. JOHNSTON 76, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was born on December 21, 1936 in Montclair, NJ to Percy Hampton “Duke” Johnston, Jr. and the former Helen Scott Stoll of Lexington, KY. David was the grandson of Percy Hampton Johnston, president of the Chemical Bank 1920-1946 who was responsible for building Chemical into one of the largest U.S. Banks, and John G. Stoll, editor and publisher of the Lexington Leader who in 1937 purchased the Lexington Herald and continued the respective editorial policies of each. David moved to Hawaii as an infant where he lived until the onset of World War II when his father, a reserve officer, went immediately into active duty and the rest of the family was evacuated to Kentucky where David spent the duration of the war. After his mother’s death, he moved back to Hawaii where he attended Punahou School and later, boarding schools on the mainland. He attended Curry College in Milton, MA. He served in the Marine Corps. Reserve from 1956-61, the US Army in Thailand 1962-64, operated a wholesale food company in Hawaii and founded PolyDisc Systems and VasMetrics in Torrance, CA. He lived for many years in Redondo Beach, CA before retiring to Fort Lauderdale where he continued to pursue his love of the sea. He was an avid sailor with passages that included the Pacific, the South Pacific, the Atlantic and the Caribbean. He is survived by his beloved wife Linda Smith Johnston of Fort Lauderdale, his son Martin Percy Johnston of Cardiff, CA, his daughter Julie Johnston Burtech of Encinitas, CA, four grandchildren Jessica and Linda Johnston, Dominic and Maile Burtech, a sister Diane Johnston Paton of East Hampton, NY, two half brothers Stanton and Donald Johnston of Honolulu, 2 nieces and 3 nephews. His first wife was the former Judy Parker of Honolulu. He was predeceased by his brother Stephen Scott Johnston. A memorial service will be held in CA on Saturday, September 21 and the interment will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at 11:30am at the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, KY. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 742030, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2030 or memorial gifts online at


Posted On July 25th, 2013 -

JOHN K.N. KANEHAILUA Age 86, of Kapolei, HI, passed away June 19, 2013. He enjoyed a long career in the airline industry, first working over ten years for Hawaiian Airlines and then retiring with 32 years of service from United Airlines. He enjoyed his retirement spending time with his loving wife, family and friends. He was born on February 7, 1927 in Kokoike, North Kohala, Hawaii to Ernest Kaopua Kanehailua and Meliaka Mana. He is preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, seven sisters and recently, his beloved wife of 51 years, Louise E. Paris Kanehailua, who he missed tremendously. They are now reunited in Love, Laughter and Dance! He is survived by son, Clu Kanehailua; daughter, Jill (Daniel) Posiulai; 11 grand- children; brother, William Payne. Visitation 8:30 a.m. Tuesday (July 30) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Program 10:00 a.m., Prayer Service 10:30 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On July 24th, 2013 -

CLARA-JOYCE P. OLDS “Grammie’s an angel now. She”s up in the sky” -3 yr old Max Clara-Joyce Puanani Campbell Siple Olds, born April 8, 1949, was vivacious & chatty, with a pure zest for life. Once asked if she minded getting older, and slightly larger, she grinned and replied, “I’m experiencing life in all of its facets”. And she truly did! She worked for JCPenney, Braniff & America’s Promise. A fashion model, an LPN, a teacher at Kailua & Kalaheo HS,she spearheaded Save Our Bays & Beaches, & ran Judge Mike Wilson’s mayoral campaign. Daughter, Sister, Mother, Grammie, Good Friend, and Cherished Wife. She saw through rose colored spectacles, had a heart full of aloha, and a smile to brighten any day. She loved to laugh! As Alzheimer’s stole her speech and smile, her beautiful spirit still touched all, especially caregivers Maraea Laranang and Bobbie Hashimoto-Perreira On July 10th, she peacefully took Jesus’ hand, at home, surrounded by her family’s love Predeceased by her Father, Solomon Campbell Jr, Clara is survived by her Beloved Husband, Mark N. Olds Jr, Mother, Caroline Kuret, Siblings Bernie, Gary, Bobby & Bruce Campbell. Children, Sandi & Mike (Arlene) Siple, Tara (Kino Ornellas) & Ikaika Olds. Grandchildren, Jordan, Nicole, Aaron, Tia, Max & Emi, Gr. Grandchildren Naiya & Austin. Come CELEBRATE HER LIFE with us @ St. Anthony’s Church Kailua. Visitation on Friday Jul 26, 6:30 pm. Final Viewing Saturday July 27 8:00 am, Mass at 10 am. Reception to follow; visit Clara’s web page and share your love, stories, and condolences with the family.


Posted On July 24th, 2013 -

WILLIAM FERNANDEZ JR. Age 85, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away June 27, 2013 in Aiea. Born July 22, 1927 in Waipahu, HI. He is survived by spouse, Evelyn Ann Fernandez; son, Duane (Valerie) Fernandez; 2 grandchildren. Private services were held.


Posted On July 24th, 2013 -

ESTEBAN EBAN RAMIREZ LAURETA Age 96, of Pearl City, HI, passed away June 26, 2013 in Honolulu. Born September 2, 1916 in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by daughters, Fe (Victorino) Antonio, Cresencia Antonio; sons, Rodrigo (Perlita) Laureta, Jose Laureta; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grand- children; sister, Potenciana Castillo. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Monday (July 29) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (July 30) at St Joseph Catholic Church; (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu). Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On July 24th, 2013 -

MARY ELIZABETH AIZA NACAR MERSHON Age 25, of Mililani, HI, passed away June 21, 2013 in Mililani. Born December 29, 1987 in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines. A graduate of Moanalua High School class of 2005. A member of the Alapa Hoe Canoe Club. While serving in the U.S. Navy she was in the Persian Gulf Conflict and received a purple heart. She is survived by parents, Jerry Mershon & Gemma Espiritu; sister, Amber N. Espiritu. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Sunday (July 28) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 7:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:15 a.m. Monday (July 29) at St. Joseph Catholic Church; (94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu) Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On July 24th, 2013 -

GEORGE HOW TIM CHU George How Tim Chu, president and owner of GBC Incorporated, died peacefully on July 17, 2013. George was born on April 8, 1922 to Kong and Ellen Chu in Kapaia, Kauai. Unfortunately, Kong Chu died just before George was born. Ellen remarried and relocated to the Liliha area on Oahu. When George was 14, his mother Ellen passed away, leaving George, his stepfather, and his seven siblings. George graduated from St. Louis High School and worked briefly for the state government. He joined the army and was stationed at Fort Shafter. In 1946, George married Bertha Mun and they had one daughter and three sons. George joined Hopaco in 1947 as an account clerk. During his 17-year tenure, he was accounting/credit manager and operations manager. In 1964, he left Hopaco to start his own accounting firm, but when Hopaco was acquired by Boise-Cascade two years later, he was offered the comptroller position to return to Hopaco, and was later promoted to general manager. In 1974, George left Hopaco to found his own company, GBC Inc. Initially, GBC was a Hawaiian souvenirs wholesaler. Ultimately, George sold the souvenir business to focus on the distribution and retailing of packaging materials. With his wife Bertha at his side and their three sons, the family business grew and prospered, and in 1990, George won the distinguished national award as Hawaii’s Small Business Person of the Year. George was active in Junior Achievement, Rotary Club, and the Chamber of Commerce but much of his time, effort, and passion was in support of Hawaii’s Chinese Chamber of Commerce. In 1982, George became president of the Chinese Chamber. Over the years, George was extremely active and helped the Chamber to bring 12 city / province China Trade Exhibitions to Hawaii, and managed the American Management Training Program to introduce American management practices to business people from China. George is survived by his loving wife Bertha, his son, Sanford and daughter-in-law Laureen, grandson Michael and his wife Lea, son Lester and daughter-in-law Roanne, grandchildren Melissa and Jason, son Walton and daughter-in-law Nannette, grandchildren Steven and Wendy, and sister Elsie Mau. Their daughter, Georgiana passed away in 1997. A celebration of his life will be held at the Diamond Head Memorial Park on Monday, July 29. Visitation starts at 4:30 p.m. with Services at 5:30 p.m. Donations to Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific are suggested.


Posted On July 24th, 2013 -

LORRIN F. TAM Lorrin F. Tam, 86, of Honolulu, born in Paia, Hawaii, a Hawaiian Telephone Company switching technician, passed away in Honolulu on July 7, 2013. He is survived by wife, Rosalie Tam; sons, Steven L. Tam and Michael A. Tam; brother, Richard “Dick” Tam; sister, Beatrice “Bea” Kong; 2 grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Borthwick Mortuary, Makai Chapel, at 1330 Maunakea St. Service: 10 a.m. Private inurnment. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter and JDRF Hawaii. Online condolences: www.

Lina Jeong Doo

Posted On July 24th, 2013 -

LINA JEONG DOO Passed away on July 12, 2013, at Queen’s Hospital where she received exceptional care from the staff at Queen Emma Tower 7 Ewa. From an early age, Lina had an unquenchable zest for life. As a high schooler in San Jose, she taught herself guitar, played on the tennis team, captained the badminton team, and was a cheerleader and valedictorian. At San Jose State she somehow earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences with Distinction while spending much of her time skiing in Tahoe and performing with a rock band. With early success in the Bay Area, the band ventured to Hawaii. Here, even while facing the harsh realities of show-biz, she fell in love with the islands and with classical music, earned a B.M. from the University of Hawaii, and then an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She found her spiritual home within the Episcopal Church while leading a choir of nuns at a convent near Boston Commons. Lina mused that her experience at the convent was a cross between “Sister Act” and “The Sound of Music.” Returning to Hawaii, she worked with nearly every local theater in almost 100 productions, either as a performer onstage or as a music director. Lina was instrumental in bringing back the big orchestra to local theaters and was honored with numerous awards for her performances both onstage and behind the baton. She also performed in other venues including Hawaii State Ballet, Hawaii Chamber Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Robert Shaw conducting, Michael Jackson’s HIStory Tour, Jim Nabor’s Christmas Shows, and a Public Television special in San Francisco. Among her many achievements as an Associate Professor at Kapiolani Community College, Lina received a Fulbright Grant to study music and culture in Argentina. As bountiful as her interests and activities were, she dedicated most of her energy to her students’ success. Lina was a caring, enthusiastic, and talented teacher. She took personal interest in guiding students to discover the many opportunities available to them. She wanted her students to see the beauty in this world, especially in the world of music and in themselves, with the caveat that nothing comes easy. Lina said she enjoyed being an Electrician: She loved turning the lights on in her students’ heads. Now, Lina herself has become the light on the hill for all of us to see, and it cannot be hidden from us, ever. Lina is survived by her husband Wayne-Wai Doo, mother Beatrice Jeong, and sister Pamela MacMillan. She has two grandchildren Liko and Caelinn, whom she loves dearly, and is blessed with two loving extended families in Hawaii and California. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, July 27, at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 720 N. King St. Visitation: 9:00 a.m., Music Tribute: 9:45, Funeral Service: 11:00. Aloha Attire is appropriate. The family requests no flowers.


Posted On July 23rd, 2013 -

ELSYE WONG KWOK Elsie (Elsye) Wong Kwok, 96, of Honolulu, died July 9 2013. On a family voyage to China at age 18, she met Merle Norman who introduced and personally trained her in the use of her cosmetics. Upon arrival in Shanghai, China, Elsye opened the first Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio in China. Some of her customers were the Kwok women of the Wing On Dept. Store. It was at that time, she met her future husband, George Kwok. Twenty years later, she moved to Honolulu with her family and started a Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio in Waikiki. She remained at the same location for 45 years until her retirement at age 84. Her passions were mah jong and bridge. She attained the rank of Life Master with the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) She is survived by sons Ronald (Caroline) Kwok, and Dr. Eric (Lenora) Kwok; daughter Audrey Kwok (Weiland Tang); six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brother Wallace Wong and sister, Bessie Lee. A private service was held.


Posted On July 23rd, 2013 -

LEIGHTON K. KATO Age 57, of Waipahu, HI, passed away July 1, 2013 in Ewa. Born September 26, 1955 in Honolulu, HI. He is survived by father, Richard M. Kato; sisters, Laurie (Kevin) Goto, Melissa Kato. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Saturday (July 27) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. No flowers, please.


Posted On July 23rd, 2013 -

SAUA MALUAFITI Age 46, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away July 2, 2013 in Aiea. Born September 6, 1966 in Utulei, American Samoa. Aiea High School graduating class of 1984. He is survived by life partner, Alicia Maluafiti; brothers, Etu (Michelle) Maluafiti, Fa’aleasis Maluafiti; sister, Fasulu Maluafiti. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday (July 26) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Family Service 6:30 p.m. Prayer Service 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Poi Dogs & Popoki P.O. Box 75345 Kapolei, HI 96707.


Posted On July 23rd, 2013 -

MARY P. NEVELLE A Life Well Lived Mary was born in New York City on August 12, 1918 and passed away peacefully at home in Honolulu on July 21, 2013. Her husband Tony pre-deceased her 18 years ago as well as one Sister and 2 Brothers. She is survived by 7 nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews. She will be missed by numerous friends. She was extremely active in numerous organizations, including Diamond Head Theatre, the Honolulu Symphony, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, AARP, Military Widows Organizaton, and the Newcomers Club. She was a resident of Honolulu for 43 years, and thoroughly enjoyed living in Hawaii. Funeral Mass will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 800 Kaheka Street at 10 AM, Wednesday, July 24th.

Richard S. Shimabukuro

Posted On July 22nd, 2013 -

RICHARD S. SHIMABUKURO A retired U.S. Navy employee and WWII veteran passed away on July 3, 2013. Predeceased by his wife, Janice (Fusae), survived by sons, Bert (Vinnie) and Jon (Irene) Shimabukuro; daughter, Lynn (Darren) Wu; grand- children, Kyle (Stephanie) Shimabukuro, Kaci (Kevin) Lao, Jody Shimabukuro and Matt Hirose. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and caregivers, Romeo Cardenas and family. Private services.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran
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