May 29, 2015
Aaron Clay Swafford, 78, of Hauula, a retired professional Navy barber for the USS Sproston, former Kam’s Express Trucking Co. supervisor, former Drive Line Components dispatcher and an Army veteran, died in Hauula. He was born in Litton, Tenn. He is survived by sons Mark “Shane” Soares and Aaron B., Kyle K. and Quintin T. Swafford; daughter Sharon Chai; stepdaughters Eleni Aalona, Makalita Toki and Ana Barrera; stepsons Taulagi Maka and Sefo Toki; sisters Mary Jane Swafford Whiteaker and Irene Swafford; 15 grandchildren; 18 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. July 7 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 9:30 a.m. July 8 at the mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Committal services: 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.
June 17, 2015
Garret Kimo Sowell, 59, of Waipahu, a warehouse worker and an Army veteran, died in the Queen’s Medical Center West. He was born in San Jose, Calif. He is survived by brother Leighton K. and sisters C.W. Kanoe Lehua Kaneakua and Carolyn Howard. Private services. Condolences: borthwickoahu.com.
June 13, 2015
Maurice Leslie Silva, 78, of Kaneohe, an auto body repairman, died in Kaneohe. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by wife Barbara D., seven children, a brother, a sister, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. No services. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.
June 19, 2015
Ai Kotake Seiki, 93, of Kahului, formerly of Hilo, a retired Hamakua Sugar Co. clerk, died in Hale Makua, Kahului. She was born in Honokaa, Hawaii. She is survived by son Russell, brother Mamoru Kotake and sister Janet Murakami. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings. Condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.
June 23, 2015
Rab Singh Puri, 75, of Kailua-Kona, a retired mechanical engineer for American President Lines and Matson, died at home. He was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He is survived by wife Lynn, sons Matt Gomes and Dale George, sister Saroj Pachauri and two grandchildren. Celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Hospice of Kona.
May 8, 2015
Cherie Lyn Samson Olpendo, 44, of Las Vegas, formerly of Wahiawa, a business development program supervisor for PACT Economic Development Center, died in Las Vegas. She was born in Kunia. She is survived by husband Larry D.; daughters Theresa and Nohelani Olpendo, and Larielyn Woods; parents John Nakagawa and Sheila Mizusawa; brothers Jesse, Keoni and Kaimana Nakagawa, and Sidney Lonso II; sisters Shannell and Sharleen Lonso, Teresa and Nicole Nakamura, and Natasha Nakagawa; grandmother Kimiko Mizusawa; and two grandchildren. Private services.
June 9, 2015
Florence Kalei Pine Nakanelua, 90, of Honokaa, Hawaii, a retired employee of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Waipio Poi Factory and Brantley Center, died in Hale Ho’ola Hamakua. She was born in Kukuihaele, Hawaii. She is survived by daughters Pamela Nakanelua-Castillo, Jasmine Nakanelua-Anderson, Princess Nakanelua and Charmaine Nakanelua-Hiraoka; sons Wayne Pine and Garrison Nakanelua Sr.; brothers Charles, Levi, Keala, Robert and Sol Perkins; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Private services.
June 13, 2015
Melvyn Mitsuo “Mel” Mukai, 69, of Honolulu, a retired Verizon telecommunications specialist and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Karen S., son Kevin R.H., daughters Tiffany J.M. and Kelsey L.M., and mother Evelyn M. Visitation: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Waialae Country Club. Services: 5:30 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers. Condolences: diamondheadmortuary.net and Melmukai.weebly.com.
May 3, 2015
Stepherson Kamoali’i “Maka” Makaiwi, 65, of Wahiawa, a caregiver, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Douglas and Elwood “Maka,” and sisters Elonia “Kahili” and Michelle Cluck, Patamon “Keo” Kahawai and Ursula Makaiwi. Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. Condolences: diamondheadmortuary.net. Incorrect information in an obituary published June 23.
April 19, 2015
Nolan K. Makahanaloa, 82, of Waipahu, a retired Department of Defense electrician and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Keiko; sons Joseph and Randy; daughter Iris Omura; brothers Joseph, Dudley and Melvin; sister Joyce Mandracken; and five grandchildren. Private services.
June 17, 2015
Rose Christine Lum, 88, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Christine and Ariana Lum, Loreen Okami and Nickie Dahlke; brothers Martin, Manuel and Frank Lapera; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. July 7 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Inurnment: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.
June 16, 2015
Howard Allen Kruse Sr., 86, of Kailua, a retired Kona Bay Fabric Co. sales representative and an Army veteran, will be remembered in a Mass 11:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Kailua. Visitation: 9 a.m. Burial: 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Sylvia; daughters Kalei Kimhan and Kathy Huihui; sons John and Howard Kruse Jr., and Joe, Steven, Pat and Puhi “Keith” Adams; hanai son Garland Hughes; brothers Roy Sr. and George Sr.; sister Tootsie Kothgassner; 28 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
June 13, 2015
Hatsumi Kinoshita, 97, of Honolulu died in Oahu Care Facility. She was born in Oakland, Calif. She is survived by daughter Cathy Iwai and a grandchild. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.
June 24, 2015
Margaret Cook Keller, 88, of Honolulu, a retired music teacher, died in Arcadia Retirement Residence. She was born in Berkeley, Calif. She is survived by sons Tim and Paul, daughter Marilyn and three grandchildren. Services held. No flowers. Condolences: borthwickoahu.com.
June 3, 2015
Douglas McArthur Kang, 63, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. He was born in Seoul. He is survived by mother Agnes S.S., brothers C.J. John and Gabriel, and sisters Theresa Lau, Lisa Espinoza and Maria Kang. Private services. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.
June 23, 2015
Raymond Eugene Janiga, 87, of Makawao, Maui, a retired veterinarian, died at home. He was born in Michigan. He is survived by wife Elizabeth “Joan,” sons James and Jerry, daughters Debra J. Ricketson and Cindy Whatley, six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services. Condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.
May 30, 2015
Evelyn Hiromi Higa, 74, of Honolulu, a retired Kuakini Medical Center medical secretary, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Aaron J., Nathan S. and Vernon H. Uyehara; brothers Donald, Daniel and James; and sisters Phyllis Kushima, Carole Iha and Kathleen Shibata. Private services.
June 8, 2015
Florence Yasuko Furuto, 88, of Honolulu, a retired employee of University of Hawaii at Manoa, died. She was born in Kohala, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Albert H., Lyman M. and Gordon T. Jr.; daughters Jeanne M. Stack and Mary S. Kim; brother Tom Y. Hokama; sisters Kiku Shigeta and Jane Y. Nakamoto; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: Visitation: 5 p.m. July 9 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Burial: 11 a.m. July 10 at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire. No flowers. Updated information for an obituary published Saturday.
April 18, 2015
Dr. Raymond Merrill deHay, 93, of Kailua, a gastroenterologist and a retired Navy Reserve lieutenant commander, died in Kailua. He was born in Florida. He is survived by sons Lawrence and Roger, daughters Charlotte Clausen and Cynthia deHay, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services pending.
June 26, 2015
Patsy Kiso Akamine, 91, of Kaneohe, a former Wisteria waitress and former salesclerk in Waikiki, died at home. She was born in Pearl City. She is survived by sons Myles L. and Charles “Chanell” “Chucky,” three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation: 1 p.m. July 7 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 2 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
June 22, 2015
Joey Allen Acia, 49, of Keaau, Hawaii, a former Hilo Hawaiian Hotel prep cook, died in Pohai Malama. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by brothers Anthony and Emelio III, and sister Rose Rose. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo. Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Casual attire.