RAYMOND H. YAMAUCHI Age 79, of Pearl City, HI, passed away April 17, 2015 in Aiea, HI. Born July 31, 1935 in Hilo, HI. Retired from Hawaiian Telephone Company. He is survived by spouse, Beatrice H. Yamauchi; son, Rodney (Melinda) Yamauchi; daughters, Lori (James) Takasaki, Cheryl (Douglas) Hirahara; brothers, Allan (Janet) Yamauchi, Richard (Amy) Yamauchi; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grand- children. Private services held.
May 17, 2015
Jan Kayo Yamanoue, 40, of Wailuku, a state social worker, died in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Japan. She is survived by companion Tony Ligorio, hanai daughter Sonovia Ernest, parents Kazuo and Judith, brother Kenny and sister Kristi. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church Center, Wailuku. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park.
HENRY HITOSHI YAMADA Henry Hitoshi Yamada, 84, of Honolulu, died at Straub Hospital on May 14th. He established and was former President of Ziebart Auto Rust Proofing of Hawaii. He was a veteran of the Hawaii Army National Guard and retired instructor with State of Hawaii Dept. Of Land & Natural Resources Hawaii Hunter Education Program. During his military service he was a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard competitive Pistol and Rifle teams and won over 200 team and individual awards and medals for his marksmanship, including the Nation's highest award for individual excellence in shooting, the gold Distinguished Marksmanship Badge. Born in Honolulu, he graduated from Farrington High School in 1948. He is survived by daughters and their spouses Jewelle and Glenn Emanuel of New York and Pamela and Daniel Baysa of California; granddaughter Jennifer Baysa; sisters Mabel Yawata and Yvonne Okamoto; and brothers Walter and Benjamin. Private Service.
JUDITH JUDY WANDA WILSON Judith "Judy" Wanda Wilson, age 73, of Manoa, Hawaii passed away April 17, 2015. Born December 1, 1941 in Bronx, New York. She was a resident of Kauai and Oahu. She was a retired Electromechanical and Architectural Designer/Drafter. She is survived by her daughter Cyma Bethany Wilson, sister Karen Labinger, nephews Jason Labinger and Adam Sornoff, hanai daughter Eman Ibrahim, hanai grandchildren, and beloved 20+ y.o. cat Pele. Services pending. Donations suggested to Legacy of Life Hawaii.
LAURA HUNG MOI TAM Laura Hung Moi Tam was blessed to live a full life and passed away at her home at the age of 94 on Sunday, April 19, 2015. She was born in Honolulu on July 6, 1920 to parents Yen Cheung and Mew Lun Chun Au. She grew up in Kalihi and married Samuel Goon Sum Tam (deceased) of Waihee, Maui. They raised their family in Kalihi before moving to Aiea, Hawaii. She graduated from McKinley High School and the Honolulu Business College. She worked as a demonstrator for Brother Sewing Machine before embarking on a long career with the Navy Exchange System first at the Sub Base Exchange in Pearl Harbor and later at the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange. She began as a sales clerk and progressed to special order clerk and buyer. She was a faithful life-long member of the First Assembly of God Church and supporter of Christian Academy at Moanalua/Red Hill. She is survived by daughters Faith Shiroma (Gabriel), Geri Yasuhara (Phil) and Naomi-Grace Chow (Eric); sons Malcolm Tam and Gilbert Tam (Dianne); sister Beatrice Goo; and brother Reynold Au. She was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 26 great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son, Kenton (Karen), and brother, Ernest Au. Services will be on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Borthwick Maunakea Chapel with visitation at 9:30 a.m. Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends are invited to have lunch with the family following the service at 11:30 a.m. A private burial service will be held with the family at Hawaiian Memorial Park at 2 p.m. Her family is grateful for all the expressions of sympathy, love and support. Her family offers its very special thanks to Marge Tam and care giving angels, Michelle and Darleen, for their dedication, compassion and exceptional loving care. Her family also wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Kaiser Permanente, Hale Nani and St. Francis Hospice. Thank you mom, popo, tai tai for your love and cherished memories.
April 17, 2015
Robert Jin Song, 33, of Norman, Okla., an auto mechanic and an Air Force veteran, died in Oklahoma City University Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Collin, Carsyn and Isaac; parents Jeffrey Hidano and Bok Pun Song; hanai parents Lloyd and Nan Suk Rogers; brothers Alexander and Reginald Rogers and Ralph Clark; and grandparents Hidano and Song. Service: 1 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Christian Church, 45-416 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe. Burial: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Aloha attire. No flowers. Condolences: borthwickoahu.com.
May 2, 2015
Beatrice Ladera Santos, 94, of Wailuku, a retired Baldwin High School cafeteria worker and a Tokyo Tei kitchen worker, died at home. She was born in Waihee, Maui. She is survived by son George G. Jr., seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Maui Memorial Park, main section. Condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.
RONALD TSUGIO SAKAI Age 94, of Honolulu, passed away on May 9, 2015. Born in Honolulu, he was a sheet metal specialist and co-owner of Kapalama Plumbing and Sheet Metal Shop. He is survived by his wife, Yukie Sakai; son, Leslie T. (Lori) Sakai; daughter, Eileen A. Sakai; granddaughters, Teresa and Melanie; brothers, Uichi, Yoshito and Harold Masaru Sakai. Mr. Sakai was a member of Company H, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Visitation from 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary; funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 3, 2015, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Casual attire.
WILLIAM KAIPOLEHUA PUNOHU William Kaipolehua Punohu passed away on March 7 in Anaconda, Montana. He was born in Honolulu on February 20, 1949, and lived most of his life on Oahu. He was a 1967 graduate of St. Louis High School, then worked for Western and Delta Airlines. He moved to Anaconda in 2007 and was of great help to his family. He was unique, very funny, and quite wise about the way the world works. He made many friends at the Happy Endings Casino and was given a wonderful party in his memory. Those who left before him were his parents, Kimo and Elsie Punohu, and his brothers Robert, Neil, and Alika. He is survived by his wife, Vonnie Punohu, son, Paiea, and daughter, Cassandra, and his brother, Raymond (Sue) Punohu. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and a large extended family. Willy has touched the lives of people he never knew, through his generous gifts of sight and other much needed life-saving donations. Aloha, Willy!
JOHN HARRY RICE PLEWS John H.R. Plews passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 18, 2015. John was born in Lihue, January 7, 1934, on the Island of Kauai, to his loving parents John Christopher Plews and Edith Rice Plews. John's family, part of the Kauai Rices, was of Missionary decent with direct lineage to William Hyde Rice. His Maternal Grandparents were Charles Atwood Rice and Grace King Rice. He had one sister, Anne Hyde Rice Plews Moncrief, who passed in June of 2014. John spent his first 11 years on Kauai before heading to his Father's homeland of England to attend his father's former school, Charter House. After a brief stay in England, John and his family moved to Maryland where he attended Phillips Academy. He then took his academic pursuits to Yale for Undergraduate studies. Following Yale, John joined the army and was stationed in Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas. He served in the army for 2 Years (1956-58) and then attended Harvard Law before finally returning to his family home in Hawaii in 1962. John practiced law for many years at the law firm of Robertson, Castle, & Anthony in Honolulu. His most prominent case was the Robinson vs McBride Water Rights case leading to a Hawaii Supreme Court decision (1973) defining water as a "public resource" and not a "privately owned resource" in the State of Hawaii. However, his real love remained the Garden Island of Kauai, or more specifically Kokee. Spending time at his rustic cabin in the mountains was what John lived for. He was an avid naturalist and would often take world renowned botanists on hikes around the Kokee State Park in order to document the native flora that grow only in those forests. He was an early member and Trustee of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG). He was also President of the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society 1974-76, as well as board member and ongoing member of the Historical Society. He was frequently asked to help with historical research due to his nearly photographic memory and numerous notebooks filled with his own personal research. In addition to Hawaiian history and plants, John had a great love of his dogs. He enjoyed their company immensely and they were both his constant companions and nuclear family. His sister Anne was also very close to him. In later years he had daily conversations with her, usually via telephone, to share events and make sure all was well. He is survived by his sister Anne's three daughters and grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth (Emmy) Copriviza (h. Michael), Juliet Edith Moncrief (h. Kuma), Heather Anne Waters (h. Richard), Grand nephew Anthony Copriviza and Grand nieces Courtney Copriviza, Lauren Waters and Katie Waters, and numerous cousins. A memorial will be held at Lihue Cemetery on Tuesday June 30th, 2015 at 4:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, Donations to National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG) or the Kauai Museum would be greatly appreciated.
May 11, 2015
Nora Jean M. Perez, 65, of Kapolei, a city Department of Finance and Motor Vehicle Registration employee, died. She was born in Papakolea. She is survived by sons John R. Jose and Kaniela H.R. Perez, daughter Naneki, sisters Susan Ross and Frances Barnett, and eight grandchildren. Visitation: 3:30 p.m. Friday at Oahu Mortuary Chapel. Service: 4:30 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Condolences: oahumortuary.com.
RALPH MASAKAZU MIYOSHI Age 78, of Pearl City, passed away on May 9, 2015. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired sheet metal worker for the U.S. Government at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Myrna; sons, Kent (Lisa) and Kurtis (Shannon) Miyoshi; daughter, Whitney (Walter) Chikamoto; five grandchildren and brother, Frederick (Frances) Miyoshi. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary; service at 10:00 a.m. No flowers. Aloha attire.
May 10, 2015
Christa Johanna Metzger, 73, of Kailua, a hairstylist, died in Good Samaritan Society Pohai Nani. She was born in Neudeck, Germany. She is survived by husband Reinhold, son Michael, daughter Susan Duclayan, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Friday at St. John Vianney Church, 920 Keolu Drive. Mass: 6 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers. Condolences: oahumortuary.com.
KAORU K MATSUMURA Age 95, of Honolulu, HI, passed away April 25, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Born January 21, 1920 in Pahala, HI. Kaoru was a U.S. Army veteran-100th Battalion Purple Heart Recipient. He was retired from the Federal Government. He is survived by sisters, Mitsue Amy Takata, Shizue Muranaka; brother-in-law, Henry Magee; nieces & nephews. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Thursday (May 28) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu). Memorial service 10:00 a.m. Committal service to follow 1:00 p.m at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.
AUDREY WILHELMINA LEWIS MANGROBANG Age 85, of Aiea, passed away peacefully at home on April 18, 2015. She is survived by her husband Benito Lazo Mangrobang, sons Rodney and Kevin Mangrobang, daughter Ashlyn Hose' of Anchorage, Alaska; brothers Gilbert and Robert Lewis; grandchildren Ray Hose', Ryan Hose' of Ft. Hood, Texas and Raynette Hose' of Anchorage, Alaska; great-grand- children Dawson, Bennette, Annette, Vinnette and Zennette. Last Respect Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27th at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 99-312 Moanalua Road, Aiea. Mass Celebration: 11 a.m. Interment burial service immediately following (1:00 p.m.) at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
JANE T. LYMAN Age 93, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2015 at Straub Clinic and Hospital. She is survived by her brother Alfred (Patsy) Kouchi and a niece, a nephew, two grand nieces and a grand nephew. She was predeceased by her husband Richard "Papa" Lyman, Jr., a former State Senator from the Big Island and a Bishop Estate trustee. Private services held.
BUENAVENTURA TORANG PALUMARES LORENZO Age 95, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away April 9, 2015 in Ewa Beach, HI. Born November 6, 1919 in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Buenaventura was retired from the Federal Government. He was a member of the Fil-Am Vets, Filipino- American Veterans. He is survived by sons, Ernesto (Marcelia) Lorenzo, Gaudencio (Eugena) Lorenzo; daughters, Josephine Eugenio, Anita (Tomas) Nino, Merlita (Juanito) Degala, Buenalina (Jose) Agag; sister, Marcelina Cristobal; 21 grandchildren; numerous great- grandchildren; numerous great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 6:00 p.m., Thursday (May 28) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m., Friday (May 29) at St. Jude Catholic Church (92-455 Makakilo Dr., Kapolei). Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.
March 26, 2015
Claudia Mildred Kaohu, 67, of Nanakuli, a supervisor for Bric-a-Brac/Hawaiian King Candies, died in the Queen’s Medical Center West. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Edward C.K. “Chris”; daughters Josette, Jessie, Jody, Jennifer, Janelle and Jilleen Kaohu and Jhirbrina Kepaa; nine brothers; 32 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial gathering: 4:30 p.m. May 31 at Westside Mauka Pavilion, Lualualei Naval Road, on the left side before the military entrance. Casual attire. Condolences: leewardfuneralhome.com.
April 24, 2015
Bonifacio Viernes Jr., 58, of Honolulu, a maintenance assistant and an Army veteran, died in St. Francis Hospice. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Blaise K., mother Yvonne R. Maio Viernes, brother Berman K., sister Galdeen L., hanai brother James Maio, hanai sister Prelldeen Hicks and three grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Aloha or casual attire. Flowers welcome. Condolences: borthwickoahu.com. Incorrect information given in obituary Saturday.
ADAM RONALD BRUN JR. Adam Ronald Brun Jr. of Kalaheo, Kauai passed away on May 6, 2015 at the age of 51. He was born on January 25th 1964 in Lihue, Kauai. He was preceded in death by his father, Adam Ronald Brun Sr. He is survived by his children Alana (Darren) Agustin, Waylon Brun, Kierra Bukoski, two granddaughters, mother Glenda Vierra, siblings Robert (Lorna) Brun, Rhonda (Brun) Sanchez, Stephanie (Bambridge) Aona, Leona Brun, Shana (Lance) Ling and Angela (JJ) Prigge, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, and nieces. A celebration of Adam's life will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at St. Raphael Church 3011 Hapa Road, Koloa. Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with Mass to follow. Western attire is requested.
May 16, 2015
Blanche C. Javier, 77, of Pukalani, Maui, a former Host International food services employee, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Puunene, Maui. She is survived by daughters Bernadette “Bernie” Medeiros, Marietta Fujio and Henrietta “Tweety” Javier-Warren; brother Eugene Lehua; sister Shirley Ilar; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Makawao. Mass: 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Eulogy: 11 a.m. Prayer service: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 2:30 p.m. at Valley Isle Memorial Park, Haiku. Condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.
April 23, 2015
Darin Kazuo Kamaki Higashiguchi, 44, of Honolulu, a Coca-Cola Bottling Co. inventory manager, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents Dennis T. Higashiguchi and Kay Hartsell; brother Dennis Jr.; stepmother Kathleen; stepfather Rick Hartsell; stepsisters Amy Weintraub and Tracey Robinson; and grandmothers Mildred Higashiguchi and Florence Puana. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Star of the Sea Church. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.
May 15, 2015
Julia C. Fort, 94, of Makawao, Maui, died at home. She was born in Makawao. She is survived by daughters Delgadina Fort and Judith Olsen, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Makawao. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at the church cemetery. Condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.
May 21, 2015
Julita Bocalbos Escarrilla, 85, of Waimea, Hawaii, an Illinois naval base seamstress, died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. She was born in Lupao, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. She is survived by sons Ernesto and Romeo, daughters Helen Inocencio and Lalaine Gavina, brothers Jamie and Benjamin Bocalbos, sister Rosario O’Neil, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the family residence, 64-147 Makaloa Loop, Kamuela. Additional visitation: 8-10 a.m. Wednesday at the residence. Burial: 10:30 a.m. at Honokaa County Cemetery. Casual attire. Call 896-4013 for more information.
April 27, 2015
Domingo Robles “Doming” Dulay, 91, of Waipahu, an Army veteran who served in World War II and a Leonard’s Bakery retiree, died in Honolulu. He was born in Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines. He is survived by wife Ana; sons Jimmy, Alfred and Jeff Randy; daughters Melba Ilarde, Irene Dulay, Edna Polahon, Ruby Dulatre and Olivia Sadio; sister Porferia Velasco; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, 20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu. Service: 10:30 a.m. Committal service: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.
PONCIANO MACASIO DANNOG Age 90, of Waianae, HI, passed away May 4, 2015 in Waianae, HI. Born August 15, 1924 in Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by son, Medy (Teresita) Dannog; daughters, Celita Aoalin Portela, Noemy (Dante) Dannog-Academa; brothers, Maximo Dannog, Loreto Dannog; sisters, Martina Piedad, Pascuala Morales; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grand- children. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Thursday (May 28) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel. Wake service 6:30 p.m. Casual attire.
WAH KAM CHING Wah Kam Ching of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away peacefully at his home on May 1, 2015. He was born in Punalu'u, Oahu, on November 4, 1920, the fourth of sixteen children to Yan Quong and Tom Shee Ching. In 1929 he moved to On Ding, China to live with his grandparents. He returned to Honolulu in 1940 and worked at Pearl Harbor as an electrician helper and a heavy equipment truck driver. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946. After WWII, he worked at Fort Shafter Motorpool as a truck driver, retiring in 1975 after 33 years. In 1977 he worked for the State of Hawaii as a custodian, retiring in 1984. After retirement, Wah Kam enjoyed traveling to China, numerous times with his wife, Rose. He enjoyed his weekly visits to Chinatown to meet with friends and frequented the Chinese History Center to talk story. He was a member of the See Dai Doo,Ching Clan and Yin Sit Sha societies. He is survived by wife Rose; son Kamson (Cheryl); daughters Darrylyn (Daniel) Rawlins, Alva (Phillip) Primm, Jana Doucette; 6 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren; brothers Walter, Godfrey, Robert, Gerald, Gordon, Vernon; sister-in-law Frances Ching; sisters Juanita Lam, Abigail Kam, Mary Jane Ching, Vivian Zimmerman, Loretta Nekota. Visitation 10:30am, Service 11:30am Thursday, May 28 at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Burial 2:00pm at Hawaiian Memorial Park.
May 1, 2015
Wah Kam Ching, 94, of Honolulu, a federal truck driver and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Rose; son Kamson; daughters Darrylyn Rawlins, Alva Primm and Jana Doucette; brothers Walter, Godfrey, Robert, Gerald, Gordon and Vernon; sisters Juanita Lam, Abigail Kam, Mary Jane Domingues, Vivian Zimmerman and Loretta Nekota; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com. Incorrect information given in obituary Saturday.
April 14, 2015
Dominador Cleopas Cachola, 73, of Ewa Beach died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Nagbukel, Philippines. He is survived by wife Erlinda C.; son Dominador C. Jr.; daughters Berny M. Cachola, Susan B. Maltezo and Brigitte C. Wilson; brother Romeo C.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Program: 9:30 a.m. Services: 10:15 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.
May 8, 2015
Arturo “Art” Cabatbat, 69, of Ewa Beach, a retiree from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Shop 56, and an Army veteran, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Manila. He is survived by wife Enid L.; sons Erik A. and Jake P.; daughter Raquel R. Limtiaco; brothers Orlando “Ronnie,” Edgar S., Cesar S. and Roy S.; sisters Teresita “Tessie” Dungo and Vivian C. Escanio; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Program eulogy: 6:30 p.m. Services: 7 p.m. Burial: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.