Obituaries for March 9

Duane Kealii Auwae, 64, of Ewa Beach, Oahu, died Feb. 17 in Ewa Beach. He was born in Hilo. Service 1 p.m. Sunday (March 11) at Carlsmith Ocean Park. Scattering of ashes to follow at Four-Mile Beach. Survived by daughter, Julia (Keoni Kapana) Dahlgren; sisters, Maile Mauhili, Henrietta (John) Miranda, Jewellyn Mary Leialoha, Charlotte (Bano) Keotadlas and Rae Awai; brothers, Henry (Geri) Auwae, Allen (Riva) Auwae, Marks Auwae, Charles Auwae, Ronald (Judy) Auwae Sr. and Norman Kema; two granddaughters.

John Baji, 84, of Keaau died Feb. 2 at home. Born in Honokaa, he was a retired construction worker and U.S. Army veteran. Graveside committal service noon Wednesday, March 14, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 for Mr. Baji and his wife, Patricia Baji, who died Nov. 29, 2012. Casual attire. Survived by hanai son, John Branlund of Hilo; stepdaughters, Mary Madrigal of Mountain View and Deborah (Wilkie) Hayashida of Pahoa; stepsons, Timothy Creason and Jeffrey Creason of California, James (Danielle) Creason of Tucson, Ariz.; brother, Marshall Baji of Honolulu; sister, Cecilia Ogata of Hilo; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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Murphy Joanes, 61, of Ocean View died Feb. 24 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Ujelang, Marshall Islands, he was a protestant reverend and member of the Kona Ka‘u Marshallese Church-Jarin Rarik Dron. All-night vigil 4 p.m. Friday (March 16) at Jonithen Jackson’s home, Princess Kaiulani Boulevard in Ocean View. Visitation continues at the home 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17. Graveside service and burial 3 p.m. at Naalehu County Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Netty Joanes of Ocean View; sons, Jamesbond Joanes, Jackton Joanes and Hilton Joanes of Ocean View, Joanes Peter of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Limina Joanes of Ocean View; brothers, Kosma (Selitha) Joanes of Marshall Islands, Kenson Joanes of Ocean View and Jebitka (Elsie) Ioanes and Levity Joanes of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Emily Joanes of Kealakekua, Linda (Ben) Wabol of Saipan, Miako (Benson) Gideon of Ocean View and Darling Ioanes of Kailua-Kona; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Mathew “Braddah Mat” Gregorio Malapit, 65, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 9 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a finish mason for Hawaii Precast, entertainer for Splashers Grill and former member of the band Kona K Blend. Celebration of life 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Kona Imin Center in Holualoa. Service at 11 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Survived by wife, Andrea Malapit of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Mahea (Ekolu) Jensen of Kawaihae, Rachel Marler, Amanda Marler and Paula Wigzell of Kailua-Kona; son, Kaleo (Jessica DeMello) Malapit of Kalaoa; brother, Magdalino (Lisa) Malapit of Kealakekua; hanai mother, Beverly Morrison of San Diego; hanai brothers, Pancho Kuanoni of Kailua-Kona and Abraham Malapit of Holualoa; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

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Fortunato Espidido Paghiligan, 79, of Hawi died Feb. 22 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Marikina City, Rizal, Philippines, he was a retired kitchen steward at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Kohala Senior Citizens. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hawi. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Dominga Paghiligan of Hawi; daughters, Edith (Alfredo) Bulacan, Nerissa (Manuel) Angeles and Marife (Joseph) Magcuro of the Philippines, Susie (Madonel) Pascual of Texas, MariaTeresa (Matias Jr.) Pascual of Hawi; sons, Luis (Wilma) Paghiligan and Dennis (Shyala) Paghiliganl of the Philippines; brother, Renato Bernardino of the Philippines; sisters, Beng Bicomong of Italy, Neli (Federico) Del Castillo, Sophia Trinidad and Elena Bernardino of the Philippines; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and hanai family. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Survivors of the late Marshall John Coltes Balles include brother Moses (Tina) Balles. His name wasn’t submitted for an obituary published Thursday.