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Editor's note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department. Paul Caitano Sr. Paul Kanaina Kaelemakule Caitano Sr., 88, of Hilo, died Jan. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born Jan. 8, 1924, in Kaauhulu, North Kohala, he was a retired construction worker for the Operators Engineers Local 3, ran his own business after retiring, a World War II Army veteran and a member of Haili Congregational Church. Friends may call at 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 7 p.m. service. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 1 for a graveside committal service. Family requests casual attire be worn. He is survived by wife, Leilani Caitano, of Hilo; sons, Paul (Yvonne) Caitano Jr., of Hilo, Jeffrey (Rose) Carter and Brett (Jill) Carter, both of Mililani, Oahu, Duane Caitano, of Germany; daughters, Janice (Steve) Brawner, of Illinois, Catherine Stevens and Michelle (Nolan) Martines, both of Hilo; hanai son, Guy (Karen) Fukushima, of Hilo; sisters, Maraea Rosehill and Elizabeth (Daniel) Chang, both of Honolulu; 24 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Liane Cambra Liane Tomiko Kawamura Cambra, 47, of Hilo, died Jan. 11 at Hilo Medical Center. Born Dec. 23, 1964, in Hilo, she was an office assistant at the state Department of Health Sanitation/Environmental Services Division office in Hilo. Friends may call at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 5 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn. She is survived by husband, Evan Cambra, of Hilo; parents, Samuel and Emileen Kawamura, of Hilo; sisters, Lynn Kinoshita, of Hilo, Lorna (David) Tsuchiya, of Kekaha, Kauai; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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Masakazu Uemura A death notice for Masakazu "Masa" Uemura, 88, of Honaunau, which ran Thursday, contained incorrect service information. Friends may call at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keei Ward for a 3:30 p.m. service. Burial follows at Keei Cemetery. Editor's note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department. George Madden VI George Ralph Madden VI, 68, of Hilo, died Jan. 9 at his residence. Born in Kansas City, Mo., he was the manager for Pacific Consolidated Investments, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo, Cursillos Ministry of the Roman Catholic Church and Navy veteran. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo for an 11:30 a.m. rosaryand 12:15 p.m. Mass. Urn committal will take place at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 at a later date. He is survived by wife, Jean Madden, of Hilo; sons, George (Amy) Madden VII and Chris (Keana Okuda) Madden, both of Hilo; daughters, Paulette (Fred Harris) Madden, of San Diego, Catherine Madden, of Honolulu; sister, Patricia Neeley, of Kansas; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Bennie Bladen Bennie Lou Bladen, 87, of Kailua-Kona, formerly of Ocean View, died Dec. 20 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born May 27, 1924, in Shreveport, La., she was a sales clerk for a retail store. Friends may call at noon Jan. 17 at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kailua-Kona for a service. The family requests casual attire be worn. Flowers are welcome. She is survived by husband, Alfred Bladen, of Kailua-Kona; sons, Jack (Patricia) Bladen, of Tualatin, Ore., Keith (Tita) Bladen, of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; brother, Frank (Helen) Buehler, of Mill Valley, Calif.; one grandson; three nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. James Wang Dr. James Chia Fang Wang, 85, of Hilo, died Dec. 30 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in 1926 in Nanling County, Anhui Province, China, he worked at the United Nations in New York, Punahou School and the East-West Center in Honolulu, was a political science professor with the University of Hawaii at Hilo and served on the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission, including as its chairman. Friends may call at 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a celebration of life. Family requests casual attire be worn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the University of Hawaii Foundation (designated for the University of Hawaii at Hilo), at P.O. Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828-0270 or to the Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter, 1055 Kinoole St., Suite 103, Hilo, HI 96720. He is survived by wife, Sarah Wang, of Hilo; son, Eric Wang, of Waimea; daughter, Sarah (James) Wang, of Honolulu; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. James Baker James Warren Baker, 52, of Kailua-Kona, died Jan. 5. Born in Quincy, Mass., he was an Army veteran and worked as a concrete mason. Private services are planned. He is survived by wife, Deborah Baker, of Kailua-Kona; father, Eugene Baker, of Kentucky; daughter, Salene (Jeremy Nerbonne) Baker, of Weymouth, Mass.; son, Aaron Baker, of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Richard Baker, Joey (Nicole) Zanghi and Carmen (Carole) Zanghi, all of Massachusetts, Marc Baker, of Kentucky; sister, Cynthia Baker, of Massachusetts; one grandchild. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home of West Hawaii. Simeon Crawford Simeon "Sims" Kuulei Crawford, 70, of Waikoloa and Wahiawa, Oahu, died Dec. 26 at his Waikoloa residence. Born May 3, 1941, in Honolulu, he was a truck driver for RHS Lee Trucking Co. in Honolulu and a member of Operating Engineers Local 3. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. He is survived by daughters, Rowena (Augie) Morlock, of Wahiawa, Oahu, Miranda (George) Coronel, of Kailua-Kona, Desiree Crawford-Bonner, of Waianae, Oahu; sons, Samuel (Li-Ann) Crawford, of Waianae, Oahu, Donnavan (Carla) Crawford, of Waikoloa; brother, Abe (Mary) Crawford, of Waimanalo, Oahu; sisters, Mildred (Gene) Forsythe, of Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Ellen (Taki) Yamaguchi, of Aiea, Oahu, Winifred (Arthur) Gonsalves, of Kahala, Oahu; 15 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii. Luella Holt Luella Bell Holt, 76, of Hilo and formerly of Ewa, Oahu, died Dec. 16 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a homemaker. Private services were held. She is survived by son, Greg Pa, of Las Vegas; daughters, Terri (Benjamin) Castillo, of Hilo, Tammy (Mark) Carson and Lisa (Rich) DeSa, both of Mililani, Oahu, Kimberly (Sterling) Akamu, of Keaau, Kahea Holt, of Las Vegas; brother, Douglas Bell, of Wailuku, Maui; sister, Clarysse Crane, of Ewa Beach, Oahu; nine grandchildren;10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
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Editor's note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department. Terry Lee Loy Terry Teruko Lee Loy, 84, of Hilo, died Jan. 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Gallup, N.M., she was the retired director for the Hawaii Island YWCA, retired teacher and member of Community of Christ, Lower Kawailani Kumiai and the University of Arizona Alumni Association. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for an 11 a.m. service. Burial follows at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Famiy requests casual attire be worn. She is survived by sons, Henry (Pauline Keala) Lee Loy and Leslie (Taryn) Lee Loy, both of Hilo; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Richard Wagner Richard "Rick" Lee Wagner, 57, of Keaau, formerly of Honolulu, died Dec. 28 at his residence. Born in Indiana, he was a construction foreman. Friends may call at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at Hilo Church of the Nazarene for a celebration of life. Family requests aloha attire be worn. He is survived by wife, Sheri Wagner, of Keaau; son, Kenson Wagner, of Keaau; sister, Rebecca Nakasone, of Keaau; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Phyllis Gocke Phyllis Schleiger Gocke, 89, of Waimea, died Dec. 31 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born May 29, 1922, in Fon du Lac, Wis., she was a retired advertising executive and sales manager for Honolulu Magazine, member of St. James Episcopal Church in Waimea and volunteer with many community service organizations. Friends may call at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 at St. James Episcopal Church in Waimea for a service. A celebration of life reception follows. Flowers are welcome. Memorial donations may be sent to St. James Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 278, Kamuela, HI 96743. Condolences may be sent to Wayne Gocke, P.O. Box 2281, Kamuela, HI 96743. For information, contact the church office at 885-4923. She is survived by husband, Wayne Gocke, of Waimea; numerous hanai family. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii. Haruo Yamashita Haruo Yamashita, 93, of Honolulu, formerly of Hilo, died Jan. 3 at Maunalani Nursing Center on Oahu. Born in Glenwood, he retired as a produce farmer, served in the Army 100th Infantry Battalion in World War II and was a member of Kurtistown Jodo Mission. Friends may call at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home for a noon service. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers. He is survived by son, Gary (Rochelle) Yamashita, of Hilo; daughters, Lynne Yamashita and Elsie Yamashita, both of Honolulu; sister, Masako Uchida, of Honolulu; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Nathan Pulham Nathan Kaehukai Pulham, 33, of Los Angeles, died Dec. 24 at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Hollywood, Calif. Born March 24, 1978, in Pahala, Ka'u, he worked in the health care services industry. Friends may call at noon Jan. 14 at Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling Temple (The Wood Valley Temple) in Pahala for a 1 p.m. service. Refreshments to follow at the temple. He is survived by father, Elliot Pulham, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepmother, Cynthia Pulham, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; mother, Donna Vincent, of Makaha, Oahu; brother, William Pulham, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandparents, Floyd (Pauahi) Pulham, of Kiolokaa, Ka'u, Reginald Sunada, of Kaneohe, Oahu; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Tadao Sugai Tadao Sugai, 86, of Honalo, died Jan. 5 at his residence. Born Nov. 9, 1925, in Honalo, he was a mason, macadamia nut and coffee farmer, member of Honalo Kumiai, Daifukuji Soto Mission, Nigata Kenjin Kai, Kona Young Farmers and Farm Bureau of Kona. Friends may call at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at Daifukuji Soto Mission for a 4 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn and flowers omitted. He is survived by wife, Kay Sugai, of Honalo; daughter, Sonya (Harvey) Nakamura, of Honalo; sons, Brian (Ning Wang) Sugai and Neal (Sirinee) Sugai, both of Captain Cook; brothers, James Sugai, of Keauhou Mauka, Fusao Sugai, of Honalo; sisters, Misao (Randy) Yonemori, of Hilo, Yaeko Oda, of Gardena, Calif.; two grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Masakazu Uemura Masakazu "Masa" Uemura, 88, of Honaunau, died Jan. 5 at Kona Community Hospital. Born Jan. 1, 1924, in Keei, he was a retired maintenance supervisor at Kona Village Resort, worker at Kitaoka Construction and Yamamoto Contractor, stone mason for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, member of Honaunau Kumiai No. 1 and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keei Ward. Friends may call at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keei Ward for a 3:30 p.m. service. Burial to follow at Honwangji Mission Cemetery. Family requests casual attire be worn. He is survived by wife, Betsy Uemura, of Honaunau; daughters, Lorna (Bruce) Motogawa, of Riverton, Utah, Ruth (Patrick) Andrade, of Honaunau, Lori (Aki) Edmoundson, of Captain Cook; sons, Terry Uemura, of Seattle, Aaron (Dara) Uemura, of Captain Cook; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Eugene Pierce Eugene "Gene" Pierce, 55, of Kailua-Kona, died Jan. 5 at his residence. Born Feb. 2, 1956, in Fort Knox, Ky., he was an electrician for NELHA, member of Kona Elks Lodge No. 2616, California Elks Lodge, IBEW Local 100, Veterans of Foreign Wars 5057 and a Navy veteran. Friends may call at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Sam's Hideaway for a celebration of life. Private ash scattering aboard the "Malia Anne" will be held earlier in the morning. For more information, call 937-9181. He is survived by wife, Melodie Pierce, of Kailua-Kona; father, Donald Pierce, of Fresno, Calif.; sisters, Emma (Ted) Pierce and Donna (Johnie) Taylor, both of Fresno, Calif.; hanai fathers, Jim (Julie) Klapmeier, of Minnesota, Jon (June) Boucher, of Kailua-Kona; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii. Timothy Notgrass Timothy "Tim" Edward Notgrass, 53, of Holualoa, died Dec. 7 at his residence. Born May 7, 1958, in Wahiawa, he was a carpenter for Starbird Construction and Maryl Development. Friends may call at 11 a.m. Jan. 15 at Old Kona Airport Park for a celebration of life (look for yellow streamers). For more information, call 322-9427. He is survived by wife, Elaine Punihaole, of Holualoa; son, Timothy (Korie) Punihaole-Notgrass, of Holualoa; daughters, Leilani (Michael) Navarro, of Kailua-Kona, Ayako Punihaole-Notgrass, of Holualoa; mother, Margaret Martin, of California; father, Bobby Notgrass, of Texas; sisters, Teresa (Floyd) Tee, of Texas, Tammy Martin, of California; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii. Roland Caluya Roland Guillermo Caluya, 69, of Pepeekeo, died Jan. 1 at Hilo Medical Center. Born May 4, 1942, in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was a field hand for a banana and tomatoes farm. Friends may call at 5 p.m. Jan. 15 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 6 p.m. service. Friends may call again at 8 a.m. Jan. 16 at the mortuary for a 10 a.m. service. Burial follows at Alae Cemetery. Family requests casual attire be worn. He is survived by wife, Felicitas Caluya, of Pepeekeo; daughters, Monaliza (Ruel) Redoble, of Pepeekeo, Noemi (Charlie) Sapetin, of Philippines; sons, Esperdion (Fe) Caluya, of Papaikou, Christopher (Rossette) Caluya and Elvis (Novie) Caluya, both of Pepeekeo; brother, Wilbert (Edna) Caluya, of Philippines; 10 grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Takeo Nakayama Takeo "Take" Nakayama, 90, of Mountain View, died Dec. 13 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Mountain View, he was a retired controller for the Hawaii County Finance Department, formerly worked at Suisan, member of Taishoji Soto Mission and a veteran of the Army, Company B, 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Private services were held. Famiy requests no flowers or monetary gifts. He is survived by wife, Chieko Nakayama, of Mountain View; son, Curtis (Suzanne) Nakayama, of Mountain View; daughter, Eunice Nakayama, of Mountain View; brother, Mitsuo (Betsy) Nakayama, of Honolulu; sister, Shizuno Sadanaga, of Papaikou; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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Editor's note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department. Jayson Correa Jayson J. Correa, 46, of Hilo, died Jan. 2 in Hilo. Born Dec. 12, 1965, in Hilo, he was an education assistants school administrator for the State of Hawaii at Keaau Elementary School and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Friends may call at 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 6 p.m. celebration of life. Private internment of ashes will be held at a later date. Family requests casual attire be worn and flowers omitted. He is survived by parents, Joe and Carol Correa, of Hilo; brother, Curtis Correa, of Hilo; sisters, Roxane (Peter) Nakamura, Desiree (Wayne) Alices, of Hilo; grandmother, Mary Rosa, of Hilo; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Ronald Saragosa Ronald John Saragosa, 58, of Hilo, died Dec. 15 at his residence. Born in Hilo, he was a supervisor at Atebara Chip Factory. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home for an 11 a.m. service. He is survived by sons, Ronald (Crystal) Saragosa Jr., of Pahoa, Jeremy (Stacie) Saragosa, Damien Saragosa, both of Hilo; brothers, Louie (Maricka) Saragosa, Leroy (Roxanne) Saragosa, Stanley (Roxanne) Saragosa, all of Hilo; companion, Vennie Brodo, of Hilo; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Alice Moses Alice Andrade Moses, 79, of Pahala, died Dec. 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born July 26, 1932, in Pahala, she was a retired custodian at Ka'u High School, member of Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church and choir member. Friends may call at 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church for a 7 p.m. service. Friends may also call at 8 a.m. Jan. 14 at the church for a 10 a.m. Mass. Burial to follow at the church cemetery. Family requests casual attire be worn. She is survived by sons, John (Jovena) Moses Jr., of Pahala, Glenn (Raylene) Moses, of Naalehu; sisters, Elsie Moses, Rhonda Andrade, of Pahala, Rachel (Richard) Johansen, of Naalehu, Diane (Gary) Lumanlan, of Kurtistown; brothers, Ronald (Kapua) Andrade, of Hilo, Walter (Mary) Andrade, of Naalehu, Clarence (Jewel) Andrade, Gilbert Andrade, Dennis Andrade, of Pahala; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Catalina Sales Catalina "Alli" L. Sales, 95, of Keaau, died Dec. 29 at Hilo Medical Center. Born Feb. 15, 1916, in Badoc, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a retired field worker for Koi Tomato and Soriano Macadamia Nut Farm and member of Puna Covenant Church in Keaau. Friends may call at 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 6 p.m. service. Friends may also call at 8 a.m. Jan. 14 at Puna Covenant Church for a 10 a.m. service. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park (Ilima Section). Family requests casual attire be worn. She is survived by sons, Primitivo (Lily) Sales, Esteban (Benita) Sales, Inocencio (Nancy) Sales, of Keaau; daughters, Consuelo Duque, Cristina (Rogelio) Martinez, of Keaau, Eufrocina Nicolas, of Honolulu, Elena Quila, of Puna; 21 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Alysandra Sunahara Alysandra "Sandy" Naomi Sunahara, 65, of Waimea, died Dec. 22 at her residence. Born March 23, 1946, in Honolulu, she was a craft coordinator at Ben Franklin -- Ace Hardware in Waimea and member of Kamuela Hongwanji Mission. Friends may call at 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at Kamuela Hongwanji Mission for a 5 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn. She is survived by daughter, Melody Sunahara, of Waimea; son, Lance (Loida) Sunahara, of Waimea; brothers, Patrick (Sandra) Fukuki, of Honolulu, Ryan (Dawn) Fukuki, of Hilo; sisters, Coreen (Bert) Fujikawa, Sherryle Heafner, both of Honolulu; one grandchild; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Marvin Cascayan Marvin Glenn Suniga Cascayan, 23, of Hilo, died Dec. 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in the Philippines, he was a bakery clerk at Safeway. Friends may call at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home for a 5:30 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn and flowers omitted. He is survived by mother, Matrona Cascayan, of Hilo; father, Amado Cascayan, of Hilo; grandmother, Felomina Cascayan, of Philippines; brothers, Roy Cascayan, of Canada, Rowel Cascayan, of Honolulu, Robert Cascayan, of Philippines; sisters, Marilou Cadiz, of Las Vegas, Marlyn Espiritu, of Philippines, Aramina Cascayan, of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Rose Ferreira Rose Luce Ferreira, 91, of Kalopa Homesteads, died Dec. 31 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Kalopa Homesteads, she was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Friends may call at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo for a noon Mass. Entombment to follow at 1:45 p.m. at Homelani Mausoleum. Family requests casual attire be worn and flowers and monetary donations omitted. She is survived by caregivers, Gerald (Claudette) De Mello, of Hilo; numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Francisco Garcia Francisco Gudoy Garcia, 99, of Pahala, died Dec. 18 at his residence. Born March 9, 1912, in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was a steam generator operator for Hawaiian Agricultural Co., member of Naalehu United Methodist Church and ILWU Pensioners Club. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Jan. 14 at Naalehu United Methodist Church for a 10 a.m. service. Burial follows in Naalehu Community Cemetery. Family requests casual attire be worn. He is survived by wife, Perfecta Garcia, of Pahala; brother, Juan Garcia, of the Philippines; daughters, Laura (Howard) Baruz, of California, Coravel (Cameron) Barnes, of Honolulu; hanai daughter, Charlene Carlos, of Waikoloa; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Elsie Lewi Elsie Medeiros Lewi, 83, of Kailua-Kona, died Jan. 2 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born July 31, 1928, in Honokaa, she was a retired pantry II worker at the Kona Surf Resort and member of Mokuaikaua Church. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Jan. 14 at Mokuaikaua Church for a 10 a.m. service. Burial at Kona Memorial Park and luncheon to follow at Holualoa Imin Center. Family requests casual attire be worn. Flowers are welcome. She is survived by son, Roy (Sharon) Lewi, of Holualoa; daughters, Audrey (Glenn) Delatorre, of Kailua-Kona, Napua Lewi, of Kalaoa; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Barbara Ornellas Barbara Shimoko Ornellas, 89, of Waikoloa, formerly of Ewa, Oahu, died Dec. 11 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Waipahu, she was a retired sales clerk. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at Ewa Community Church on Oahu for an 11 a.m. celebration of life. She is survived by son, Stanford Ornellas, of Honolulu; daughters, Leslie (Robert) Bell, of Waimea, Beth (Alvin) Apostadiro, of Waikoloa; sister, Helen Kihara, of Mililani; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
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Editor's note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department. Judith Ah Sam Judith Kuia Ahmoy Ching Ah Sam, 74, of Halaua, died Dec. 30 at her residence. Born Oct. 9, 1937, in Honolulu, she was a retired teacher, member of the Tong Wo Society and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 7 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kohala Ward for an 11 a.m. service. Burial to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. She is survived by husband, Henry Ah Sam, of Kohala; daughters, Julie (Robert) Dircks, of Hilo, Kathleen (Joseph) Germaine, of Provo, Utah, Lisa (Mark) Williams, of Columbus, Ga.; brothers, Clarence Ching, of Waimea, Kenneth (Aileen) Ching, of Honolulu; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Martin Esteban Jr. Martin Esteban Jr., 77, of Hilo, died Jan. 3 at his residence. Born in Wailuku, Maui, he was a retired meat department supervisor, fish buyer and meat cutter for KTA Super Stores, Korean War Army veteran, member of Halai Kumiai, Hawaii County Senior Citizen Softball League and an inductee to the Hilo Sportsman Hall of Fame in 2000. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Jan. 8 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for an 11 a.m. service. Private interment of ashes will be held at a later date. Family requests aloha attire be worn and flowers omitted. He is survived by wife, Edith Esteban, of Hilo; sons, Nathan Esteban, of Kenai, Alaska, Gregory (Jan) Esteban, of Hilo, Martin (Giget) Esteban, of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Tina (Bud) Cook, of Hilo; sisters, Geraldine Sivils, of Pearl City, Oahu, Germaine Lockman, of North Carolina; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Jacob Ronning Jacob "Jake" Albin Ronning, 33, of Keaau died Dec. 20 at his residence. Born in Everett, Wash., he was a former transporter for Hertz Rent-a-Car in Hilo. Friends may call at 1 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Wailoa State Park large pavilion for a celebration of his life. The family requests casual attire be worn. He is survived by mother, Linda Ronning, of Keaau; father, Bruce (Susan) Ronning, of Stanwood, Wash.; maternal grandmother, Ila Fox, of Snohomish, Wash.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. \ Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Claudine Duke Claudine Duke, 85, of Hawaiian Beaches, died Jan. 1 at his residence. Born June 6, 1926, in Honolulu, he was a retired truck driver, World War II veteran, member of VFW Post 3830 and Puerto Rican Union of Mutual Aid Association. Friends may call at 5 p.m. Jan. 9 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 6 p.m. service. Friends may also call at 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 for a graveside service. Family requests casual attire be worn. He is survived by wife, Roriki Duke, of Hawaiian Beaches; sons, Herbert Troche, of Glenwood, Edward Troche, of Honolulu, Howard (Pauline) Troche, John (Cindy) Duke, of California; daughters, Anita (Julio) Rodrigues, Gwendolyn Rivera, of Honolulu, Betty Rodrigues, of California, Emily (Nelson) Rivera, of Pahoa, Marie (Daniel) Marquart, of Keaau; stepdaughter, Marie (Telowaara) Binauea, of Pahoa; stepsons, George (Rone) Stinnett, Andrew (Namatia) Stinnett, of Pahoa, Virgil (Katie) Stinnett, of Honolulu, Charles (Kiko) Stinnett, of Marshall Islands; 39 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren, 81 great-great-grandchildren, 16 step-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. John Edmunds Jr. John Joseph Edmunds Jr., 92, of Towaco, N.J., died Dec. 21 at New Jersey. Born June 23, 1919, in Mars Hill, Maine, he was a professional engineer, World War II Navy veteran, taught physics at the University of Maine in Orono, designed and constructed custom homes, member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Masons Services to be held at a later date in New Jersey. He is survived by son, John (Jack) Edmunds III, of Towaco, N.J.; daughters, Karla (Eugene) Christensen, of Jordan, Mont., Dee Edmunds, of Waikoloa; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Fusako Matsumura Fusako "Bernie" Matsumura, 95, of Hilo, died Jan. 1 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born March 25, 1916, in Paauilo, she was a produce manager for Food Town, retired bookkeeper for Hawaii Produce and Farmers Inc., member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Kyodan, Buddhist Women's Association (Fujinkai), Hiroshima Kenjinkai and Yamaguchi Kenjinkai. Friends may call at 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 5 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn. She is survived by daughter, Jean Maeda, of Hilo; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Arthur Lee Arthur Selmer Lee, 79, of Shelbyville, Tenn., died Dec. 28 in Tennessee. Born Nov. 15, 1932, in White Earth, N.D., he was a farmer, rancher, member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Powers Lake, N.D., board member for Sorkness Township, member of the North Dakota Stockman's Association, was the fix-it guy at Da Kine Discount Store and member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Services were held in Tennessee. He is survived by wife, Gladys Chambers, of Shelbyville, Tenn.; children, DeAnn (David) Idso, of Shelbyville, Tenn., Teresa (Steven) Gray, of Kailua-Kona, Jim (Debbie) Lee, of Nashville, Danny (Robbie), of Beech Island, S.C.; sister, Alda Nordby; brothers, Pat Lee, Marvin Nordby, Arnold Olson, Orris Olson, Maurice Mickel, Kermit Mickel; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Robert Kami Robert Shigeru Kami, 91, of Volcano, died Dec. 30 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Born Feb. 1, 1920, in Waipunalei, he was a retired weed inspector for the State Department of Agriculture, member of Shinnyo-En Hawaii and HGEA. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for an 11 a.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn. He is survived by daughters, Rolberta (Jerry) Masaki, of Pukalani, Maui, Joenne (Tracy) Kami-Kim, of Kapolei, Oahu; sisters, Julia Kawasaki, of Kealakekua, Myrtle Kunitake, of Holualoa, Helen (Kazu) Okamoto, of Keaau, Jeanette (Raymond) Tanaka, of Hilo; two grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Apio Ung Apio Afook Ung, 101, of Hilo, died Dec. 30 at his residence. Born Oct. 25, 1910, in Hilo, he was a retired district circulation manager for the Hawaii Tribune Herald and a civilian worker survivor on Ford Island during the Pearl Harbor attack. No services will be held. He is survived by son, Edwin Ung, of Hilo; daughter, Carolyn Irvine, of Volcano; two grandchildren; sisters, Eloise Stolz, Lois (Harold) Brooks, both of California, Eleanor Chu, of Honolulu; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Edwin Villanueva Edwin "Gus" Garcia Villanueva, 75, of Pahala, died Jan. 1 in Honolulu. Born Sept. 10, 1936, in Olaa, he was a retired supervisor for the former Ka'u Sugar Plantation, member of Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Army veteran. Friends may call at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 at Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church for a 6 p.m. service. Friends may also call at 8 a.m. Jan. 12 at the church for a 10 a.m. Mass. Burial to follow. Family requests casual attire be worn and flowers omitted. He is survived by wife, Marion Kittelson-Villanueva; daughters, Jacquelyn (Vince) Sinclair, of Blodgett, Ore., Angela (Carl) Packer, of Keaau, Peggy (Joel) Kalalau, of Hawaiian Paradise Park; son, Elgon Villanueva, of Pahala; sisters: Katherine Villanueva, of Keaau, Rose Evangelista; hanai daughters, Anne (Michael) Dorsey, of Portland, Ore., Karen Martin, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Rickey Bailey Sr. Rickey "R.B." Lee Bailey Sr., 60, of Captain Cook, died Dec. 1 at Kona Community Hospital. Born Nov. 11, 1951, in Salinas, Calif., he was a former kitchen manager at Huggo's Restaurant. Friends may call at 7 a.m. Jan. 14 at Pukaana Congregational Church for a 10 a.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn. He is survived by companion, Selma Gladden, of Captain Cook; son, Rickey Bailey Jr., of Honolulu; father, Donald (Patty) Bailey, of Honolulu; brothers, Michael Bailey, Curtis (Lori) Darr, Michael (Debbie) Darr, all of California; sisters, Kim (Chris) Carnel, of California, Tammy (Jeff) Mullens, of Kailua, Oahu; hanai sons, Kaina Gladden, of Kona Palisades, Kekai (Jamie) Gladden, of Ocean View; one grandchild; five hanai grandchildren; numeorus nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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Editor's note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department. Christopher Velasco Christopher Cordero Velasco, 56, of Keaau, died Dec. 16 at Hilo Medical Center. Born July 7, 1955, in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he worked for General Growth Properties Inc.-Prince Kuhio Plaza and was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Keaau. Friends may call at 6 p.m. Jan. 6 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 7 p.m. service. Friends may again call at 8 a.m. Jan. 7 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Keaau for a 10 a.m. Mass. Burial follows at Homelani Memorial Park Ilima Section. Family requests casual attire be worn. He is survived by wife, Remy Velasco, of Keaau; daughter, Maricris (Lance Kahele) Velasco, of Keaau; son, Elpidio Velasco II, of Keaau; mother, Monica Velasco, of San Francisco; brother, Rommel (Evelyn) Velasco, of San Francisco; sister, Corazon (Winston) Beltran, of San Francisco; three grandsons; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Allan Davis Allan Levi Pomaikai Davis, 56, of Captain Cook, died Dec. 18 at Kona Community Hospital. Born July 6, 1955, in Honolulu, he was a musician and professional entertainer, served as music ministry chairman and member of Kahikolu Congregational Church. Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 7 at Kahikolu Congregational Church in Captain Cook for a 10 a.m. service. Friends may also call at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at Kawaiahao Church in Honolulu for a 10 a.m. service. Burial follows at 2:15 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Cemetery. He is survived by brothers, Gideon (Stephanie) Awa, of Pearl City, Oahu, Wendell (Maria) Davis, of Captain Cook; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory and Funeral Home of West Hawaii.
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Editor's note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department. Alexandria Krejci Alexandria "Alice" Mariana Krejci, 99, of Captain Cook, died Dec. 24 at her residence. Born Nov. 13, 1912, in Chicago, she was a housewife and member of Catholic Daughters. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 at St. John's Catholic Church in Kealakekua for a 10 a.m. Mass. Inurnment follows at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Family requests casual attire be worn and flowers omitted. She is survived by husband, Henry Krejci, of Captain Cook; sister, Lucille (Bruno) Osoba, of Chicago; one niece; one nephew. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Hazel Borengasser Hazel Costa Maikui Borengasser, 83, of Waimea and formerly of Kaaawa, Oahu, and Madbury, N.H., died Dec. 11 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born Nov. 21, 1928, in Ookala, she was a chef at Hana's Kitchen in Kaaawa, Oahu, and many other restaurants on Oahu, floral wedding designer for The Elliot Rose Co. in Madbury, N.H., and the former Watanabe's in Waimea. Friends may call at 4 p.m. Jan. 5 at the family residence in Waimea, 66-1247 Lalamilo Farm Road, for a celebration of life. Scattering of ashes is at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at Kaaawa Beach Park in Kaaawa, Oahu. Family requests casual attire be worn. For more information call 887-1099 or 430-2775. She is survived by sons, Charles (Kelly) Costa, of Kaaawa, Oahu, Leonard Costa, of Honolulu, John Costa, of Dover, N.H.; daughters, Valerie (Richard) Colprit, of Waimea, Karen (Mike) Young, of Kauai; brothers, Alika (Hopfe) Maikui, of Ookala, Henry Pau, of Michigan, Albert Maikui, of Hilo; sisters, Mahoe Eugenio, of Ookala, Louisa Labardora, of Waimea, Betty Ann Souza, of Honolulu, Grace Teraoka, of Kaneohe, Oahu, Golden Josephs, of New Zealand, Harriet Knight, of Australia; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Donald Driscoll Donald "Don" Warren Driscoll, 65, of Honaunau, died Dec. 15 at Kona Community Hospital. Born Nov. 25, 1946, in El Paso, Texas, he was a business owner, carpenter, electrician, woodworker and member of Ocean View Evangelical Community Church. Services will be held at a later date. He is survived by wife, Marlis Driscoll, of Honaunau; mother, Doris Driscoll, of Espanola, N.M.; sons, Andy Driscoll, of Chicago, Michael (Rahda) Dean, of Bloomington, Minn.; daughters, Michelle Dean, of Minneapolis, Vicki Jo (Mike) Gramlich, of Richfields, Minn., Jodi Marie (Larry) Lindholm, of New Market, Minn., Lindsey Williams, of Texas; brother, James (Joanne) Driscoll, of El Paso, Texas; sister, Dianne (Harry) Zimmer, of Dallas; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
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Editor's note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department. Miyeko Kitamura Miyeko "May" Kitamura, 77, of Hilo, died Dec. 24 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, she was the owner of TMK Nursery and a housewife. Friends may call at 3 p.m. Dec. 30 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 4 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn She is survived by husband, Teruo Kitamura, of Hilo; sons, Terry (Christy Nakaoka) Kitamura, of Seattle, Curtis Kitamura, of Hilo; daughter, Cindy (Beau) Yokomoto, of Kaneohe, Oahu; brothers, Harry Oshiro, of Mountain View, Sadao (Bernice) Oshiro, of Hilo; sister, Jean (Jim) Murashige, of Montana; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Darlene Oshiro Darlene Leilani Oshiro, 56, of Pahoa, died Dec. 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Lihue, Kauai, she was a housewife. Friends may call at 2 p.m. Dec. 31 at the family residence in Pahoa, 15-351 North Puni Makai Loop, for a celebration of life. Friends also may call at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 at Hanamaulu Beach Park in Hanamaulu, Kauai. Family requests casual attire be worn. She is survived by husband, Albert Oshiro, of Pahoa; daughter, Desiree (Roland) Arhelger, of Pahoa; sons, Keala (Corina) Gorospe and Shaidon Oshiro, both of Pahoa, Shaston Oshiro, of Kauai; stepdaughters, Robin (Taki) Kotani, Michelle (Rick) Chang and Jamie Oshiro, all of Oahu; stepson, Miles Oshiro, of Oahu; mother, Marlyn Kuhaulua, of Kauai; sisters, Marlyn Souza and Luella Moniz, both of Kauai; brothers, Kalani (Judy) Kelekoma, of Hilo and Kauai, Franklin Kelekoma Jr., Jeffrey (Carol) Kelekoma, Clay (Lenora) Kelekoma, Ainsley (Linda) Kelekoma and David (Chris) Kelekoma, all of Kauai; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Kenneth Makekau Kenneth "Calf" Arthur Makekau, 77, of Volcano, died Dec. 25 in Hilo. Born Sept. 6, 1934, in Honolulu, he was a retired quality control worker for General Electric Co. and former Merchant Marine. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 10 a.m. service. Cremation follows. Family requests casual attire be worn. Family requests no flowers. He is survived by wife, Carol Makekau, of Volcano; sons, Kenneth Makekau Jr., of California, Alwood Makekau, of Hilo, Edward Makekau, of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter, Gaylynn (Terry) Witt, of Tacoma, Wash.; stepbrother, Donald Keawe, of Honolulu; sisters, Barbara Kaapuni, of Molokai, Violet Gomes, of Honolulu; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one aunt; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Keith Mattos Keith Eliot "Apa" "Uncle Pancake" Mattos, 56, of Waimea, died Nov. 25 at his residence. Born Aug. 28, 1955, in Honolulu, he was a former cook for Hawaiian Style Cafe in Waimea, a scale mechanic for Automation Hawaii and Chang Scales, warehouse manager for Budget Furniture and Souza's Furniture and an Army veteran. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Jan. 7 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary in Honolulu for a 10 a.m. service followed by military honors and a celebration of life reception until noon. Family requests casual or aloha attire be worn. Freinds may call at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor for a celebration of life service followed by scattering of ashes. For information, call 960-5296 or email monica@teammotorhead.com . He is survived by wife, Kimberly Puou-Mattos, of Waimea; daughters, Stacey Mattos and Charlotte Mattos, both of Honolulu; brothers, Bernard (Rena) Mattos Sr. of Ewa Beach, Oahu, Carl-Denis Mattos of Honolulu; sisters, Wanda-Lee (Jr.) Corpus and Donna-Von (Gil Tabiyan) Espinda, both of Honolulu, Marie-Lyn Mattos, of Ewa Beach, Oahu, April-Jean (John) Trusdell, of Keaau; hanai daughters, Luana Brewer and Lily Brewer, both of Waimea; hanai sons, Jay Brewer Sr., Jayden Brewer and Jay Brewer Jr., all of Waimea; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
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Editor's note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department. Bailey Valenzuela Bailey "Boyo" Philip Valenzuela, 47, of Ocean View, died Dec. 13 at The Queen's Medical Center. Born March 14, 1964, in Honolulu, he was a cook. Friends may call at noon Dec. 30 at Old Kona Airport Park's end pavilion for a 1:30 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn. He is survived by wife, Jessica Valenzuela, of Ocean View; brothers, Edwin (Leilani) Valenzuela, of East Sound, Wash., Douglas (Roberta) Valenzuela, of Paauilo; sisters, Carolen Richey, of Kailua-Kona, Renee (Black) Ellorda, of Kapolei, Oahu, Tina Johnson, of Hilo, Danielle (Brad) Reyes, of Ocean View, Geonette (Thomas) Taketa, of Kealakekua; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Betty Jo Klemme Betty Jo Klemme, 89, of Captain Cook, died Dec. 20. Born in Tulsa, Okla., she worked at Stanlon Oil Co. and was a homemaker. Friends may call at 5 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Chapel at Palm Terrace and at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery for graveside services. A reception follows at the Chapel at Palm Terrace. She is survived by daughters, Jane Klemme, Karen Klemme, both of Captain Cook; two cousins; a hanai niece. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory and Funeral Home of West Hawaii. Joan Brooks Joan B. Brooks, 70, of Kailua-Kona, died Dec. 17 at Kona Community Hospital. Born Sept. 18, 1941, in Rush Township, Pa., she was a circulation accountant for West Hawaii Today and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Private services will be held. She is survived by daughter, Patricia (Leroy) Kihara, of Kailua-Kona; son, Aaron (Bobbie) Rodrigues, of Ocean View; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary. Mikiko Gusukuma Mikiko Gusukuma, 92, of Mountain View, died Dec. 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Olaa, she was a homemaker and member of Puna Hongwanji Mission. Private services were held. Family requests flowers and monetary gifts be omitted. She is survived by sons, Allan Gusukuma, of Mountain View, Lance (Cheryl) Gusukuma, of Chicago; daughters, Maile (Fred) Shimazu, of Whittier, Calif., Naomi Gusukuma, of Mountain View; sister, Matsue Oshiro, of Mountain View; one grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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Editor's note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department. Randall Elarco Sr. Randall Thomas Elarco Sr., 59, of Kohala, died Dec. 23 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born Jan. 6, 1952, in Kohala, he was a senior storekeeper for the Marriott, member of AFL/CIO and attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Dec. 28 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a 10 a.m. Mass. Family requests casual attire be worn and flowers omitted. He is survived by wife, Florine Elarco, of Kohala; mother, Miriam Elarco, of Kohala; son, Randall (Camille) Elarco Jr., of Kohala; daughters, Teresa (Jason) Elarco, Danusia (Brian) Elarco, Tammy (Augustine) Santiago, all of Kohala, Linda (Ika) Vea, of Kona; hanai son, Clint Lewi, of Waimea; hanai daughter, Ursula (Glenn) Sambrana, of Hilo; brother, Graciano (Laurie) Elarco Jr., of Kohala; sisters, Gwen (Rod) Arias, of Hilo, Laura (John) Souza, Cecila (Ross) Alaimo, both of Kohala; 15 grandchildren; numerous uncles, aunties, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home of West Hawaii. Daniel Bernstein Daniel Isadore Bernstein, 78, of Hilo, died Dec. 1 at his residence. Born March 9, 1933, in Chicago, he was an artist, former art director for a Chicago ad agency, owner of Bernstein Design Group and a Korean War veteran. Private services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Hilo. He is survived by wife, Lucy Bernstein, of Hilo; son, Adam Bernstein, of Bothell, Wash. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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In May 1922, the scene at Halema'uma'u Crater in Kilauea Caldera was spectacular. The level of lava within the crater had been rising since November 1921. Six months later, upwelling lava and fountains from up to 20 different centers in Halema'uma'u created lava lakes that reached within 50 feet of the crater rim.
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One punch, pau. That's how fast it went in the Just Scrap mixed marital arts heavyweight final bout on Saturday night between Chad "Da Bull" Thomas and Kekoa Lau.

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Hawaii Tribune-Herald - Obituaries
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James “Jimi” Contreras Gonzales, 65, of Ocean View, died March 28. Born in Los Angeles, he was a metal fabricator and played guitar. Private services, Survived by wife, Evelyn Gonzales of Ocean View; son, James Mora of Honolulu; brother, Marco Guzman of Los Angeles; sisters, Irene (Raymond) Rodrigues of Moreno Valley, Calif., Lydia Gonzales, Blanche Guzman and Jackie Guzman of Los Angeles; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.
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Barbara Ann “Bobbi” Middleton, 66, of Naalehu died March 12. Born in California, she was a retired teacher. Services held. Survived by spouse, GP “Aubby” Middleton of Naalehu; son, Noah (Hannah) Middleton of Tennessee; daughter Amy (Andy) Thompson of Iowa; brothers Frank (Catherine) Morley of California, Mike (Alice) Morley of Georgia and Steven Morley of Washington; and four grandsons. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
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Gertrude Toyoko Choy, 88, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 5 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired data entry clerk for Hawaiian Airlines. Private services. Survived by sons, Jeffrey (Carol) Choy of Aiea, Oahu, and Darryl Choy of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Doralee (Wayne) Kokami of Aiea; five grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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Eston “Al” Leroy Allinson, 83, of Honokaa died at home March 17. Born in Oklahoma, he was a retired real estate agent. Private services held. Memorial donations may be made to North Hawaii Hospice, 65-1328 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, Hawaii 96743. Survived by wife, Dorothy Allinson of Honokaa; son, Kevin Allinson of Sunnyvale, Calif.; sister, Virginia Ward of Oregon. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.
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Tammy Michiko Hatori, 50, of Kurtistown died at the Hilo Medical Center on Sunday, March 15. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker. Friends may call at the Alae Cemetery on Saturday at 11 a.m. for Graveside Committal Services, followed by a celebration of life at the Leleiwi Beach Park in Keaukaha. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by husband, John Hatori of Kurtistown; son, Jason Nathaniel (Myra Peters) Arizumi of Hilo; daughter, Shiryl Leilani (Royden Requelman) Arizumi of Kurtistown; mother and stepfather, Cheryle and Matsu Uehara of Hilo; brother, Tyler “Butch” (Marci) Arizumi of Hilo; stepbrother, Matsu Uehara Jr. of Oahu; stepsister, Kristi (Brandon) Carvalho of Kona; five grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and a nephew. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.
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Hazel Tokiye Arii, 83, of Honolulu, formerly of Hawaiian Paradise Park, died Feb. 5 at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Honolulu. Survived by sons, Darrell Arii of Honolulu, Glenn Arii of Montana and Grant Arii of Colorado; daughters, Arlene Dorser of Paradise Park, Debra Miklinevich of Honolulu and Laureen Arii of Las Vegas, Nev.; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Thomas Yoshioka. Private service held.
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Concepcion Pertubal Villa, 59, of Pahala died March 13 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Murphy, Quezon City, Philippines, she was a housekeeper for Kilauea Military Camp in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. All-night vigil 5 p.m. Thursday at the family home, 96-3115 Puahala St., Pahala. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial 11 a.m. at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Survived by husband, Teofilo Villa of Pahala; sons, Mark Villa of Pahala and Chris (Wendi Serrao) Villa of Volcano; daughter, LeeAnn Villa of Hilo, father, Luis Pertubal of Hilo; sister, Norma Diego of Hilo; brothers, Ceferino (Leticia Fabia) Pertubal of Pearl City, Oahu, Domingo (Mercela) Pertubal of Pahoa and Angelito (Rosalie) Pertubal of Honolulu; one grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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Alexander Lyman “Alika” “Honeyboy” Lincoln, 76, of Pearl City, Oahu, died Feb. 12 at a hospice care home in Kalihi, Oahu. Born in Kona and raised in Keaukaha, he was a retired HC&D/Ameron Hawaii machine operator and member of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club and Teamsters Local 996. Visitation at 10 a.m. Monday at Mililani Memorial Park and Mortuary Mauka Chapel on Oahu. Service at 11:30 a.m. Burial at 12:30 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Survived by daughter, Kimberly Kealani (Bruce) Gullickson of Puyallup, Wash.; brothers, Francis “Lani” Lincoln of Hilo and Val Lincoln of Maui; hanai brother, John “AhSook” Keawe of Lanai; hanai sister, Abigail Manuela; two grandsons. Arrangements by Mililani Memorial Park &Mortuary.
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Alice Louisa Hardee, 79, of Waikoloa and also of Fresno, Calif., died March 12 at her Waikoloa home. Born in Fresno, she was a retired teacher. Private service held. Memorial donations may be sent to North Hawaii Hospice at 65-1328 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, HI 96743. Survived by husband, Jerry Hardee of Waikoloa; daughters, Kim (Lenny) Sherman of Clovis, Calif., and Lynn (Rob) Rostau of Waikoloa; brothers, John Najarian of Claremont, Calif., and Elbert (Claire) Najarian of Sebastopol, Calif.; six grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
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Sarah “Granny” “Aunty K” Ku‘ulei Togashi, 79, of Keaau died March 17 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Olaa, she was a retired Keaau Elementary-Intermediate School cafeteria service worker and member of New Hope Christian Fellowship, Keaau Kula Kumiai, Hilo Lions Club, Higashi Hongwanji Mission and Keaau Nutrition Center. Visitation from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Thomas Togashi of Keaau, Hiroshi Kajiyama of Las Vegas and Kelly Kajiyama of Keaau; daughter, Darlene (Stafford) Villanueva of Washington state; sisters-in-law, Sophie Aiona and Eiko Kajiyama, both of Pahoa; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


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Payday lending is capitalism at its unloveliest. It’s a business that wouldn’t even exist if the market were providing everyone with enough income to meet their needs — yet 12 million adults, the vast majority of them low-income, resorted to short-term, high-interest loans to cover cash shortages in 2010. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, a typical borrower takes out eight payday loans a year totaling $3,000, paying about $520 in interest. Not infrequently, borrowers pay off old payday loans with new ones, creating a pyramid of debt that ends in default.
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Some welfare programs exclude people who have financial assets, and for good reason. If the goal is to help people who are living in poverty, the program shouldn’t waste resources on people who aren’t actually poor. If you lose your job but have enough money in the bank to tide you over comfortably, you don’t need food stamps, disability payments or other forms of public support as much as people with no savings do.
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President Barack Obama’s announcement this past week that he will delay the withdrawal of some 4,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan is an acceptable course correction. Keeping troop levels at their current strength will allow the United States to continue training Afghan forces while also helping with counter-terrorism efforts, officials said. If those efforts help stabilize the country and prepare it for the moment when the U.S. withdraws for good, that’s fine with us.
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A locked cockpit door, a commonsense post-9/11 security measure, gave the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 all the time he needed to deliberately crash the aircraft in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.
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The House of Representatives passed Thursday a major piece of Medicare legislation with strong support from the leadership and rank and file of both parties. Yes, you read that right: The House voted on a package that permanently eliminates the expensive annual budgetary charade known as the “doc fix,” while enacting tens of billions of dollars worth of structural reforms to the massive program for seniors — and providing a two-year, $5.6 billion dollop of funding to an important children’s health care program to boot. For their labors in moving this bill to passage, we’d pat House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Calif., on the back — if they weren’t already doing so themselves.
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President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced a much-needed adjustment in his plans for drawing down U.S. forces in Afghanistan, telling visiting President Ashraf Ghani that a scheduled halving of the 9,800 currently deployed troops by the end of this year would be set aside, and the force maintained into next year. This was a sensible response by Obama to a range of developments, including Ghani’s impressive efforts to improve relations with Washington. But the adjustment still falls short of what will be needed to give the new Afghan government a reasonable chance of success.
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Two pieces of good news about U.S. defense spending: Both President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans have recognized that cuts imposed by the 2011 “sequester” scheme are unacceptable, and both have moved to restore tens of billions of dollars in funding for next year’s budget. Two pieces of bad news: The proposed increases still face thorny political challenges — and even the revised spending plan remains far from adequate at a time when the United States has returned to war in the Middle East and faces mounting threats elsewhere.
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Most Americans want a third party, which probably explains why leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties have conspired for the past three decades to exclude third-party candidates from the presidential debates. Never mind how unlikely a third- party victory may be, they say. Keep those interlopers away from the cameras!
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Members of the U.S. Senate are making a mockery of important legislation to help victims of human trafficking. If Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., doesn’t intervene, he risks much-deserved criticism his caucus is bandying women’s health issues around for political gain.
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Congress is within reach of trashing the old and unworkable formula that Medicare uses to pay doctors. By itself, this is what it sounds like — a bureaucratic maneuver that matters little to anyone but the doctors who treat Medicare patients. The system that Congress replaces it with, however, could represent a big step forward in improving the quality, and lowering the cost, of everyone’s health care.

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West Hawaii Today - Big Fish List
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These are the biggest fish caught on rod and reel (except opakapaka and onaga, for which we'll accept hand line catches) in West Hawaii waters for 2010 in each of 22 categories.
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Submittted by Michelle Escobar SURFING COMPETITION HELD FEB. 8 AT BANYAN'S SURF SPOT

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Now that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has thrown his cowboy hat into the ring for president, it’s time to start handicapping the candidates, even if some of us may wish that we had more choices.
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WASHINGTON — In the early days of the Obama administration, my Washington Post colleague Shailagh Murray and I used to trade tales of the arrogance of White House officials more interested in their insular club and the prestige of their positions than in the responsibility they had.
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WASHINGTON — An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. The world’s oldest party, which governed the nation during two world wars and is the primary architect of America’s regulatory and redistributive state, is eager to give her its presidential nomination, in recognition of … what?
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.
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WASHINGTON — Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers, many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte, produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at the stores that made Sam Walton a billionaire.
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WASHINGTON — It is the common temptation of Republicans and Democrats to support a strong executive when it does things they like, and to condemn it when it does things they don’t. There is, however, a group of committed institutionalists that has gathered around the Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, now scheduled for a vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 14.
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WASHINGTON — Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality.
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WASHINGTON — The rate of dog ownership is rising ominously. How can a profusion of puppies be worrisome? A report from the Raymond James financial services firm concerning trends in the housing market explains: Increasing numbers of women “are adopting dogs for security and/or companionship,” partly because of “the great education divide.”
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WASHINGTON — Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton’s email, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E.E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would add substance to the Republican presidential contest.

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We showcase Maui on KITV's spotlight forecast Tuesday with a special shout out to the Krell Ohana of Ka'anapali.
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Dear Thalia is documentary film that gives another view on Hawaii's growing homeless situation.
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The Hawaiian Human Society are in the works to build a 5-acre area animal shelter in Kapolei.
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The Department of Transportation showed off a simulator Tuesday that shows the results of distracted driving.
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Lots of comments on the traffic nightmare on Tuesday's Trends & Talkers.
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Ewa residents were willing to go as far as taking the H-3 freeway to to eventually get home to the West.
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The Honouliuli Internment Camp is on land owned by Monsanto Hawaii and last year the company donated the 123 acres to the monument.
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Nearly 20 years old, the zipmobiles that control the ziplanes on the H-1 freeway broke down Tuesday causing westbound gridlock.
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Westbound drivers talked candidly of the slow moving traffic and commute times.
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On Tuesday, the Honouliuli National Monument, the site of the largest internment camp in Hawaii, is being dedicated.

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