Obituaries for March 23

Kikuyo Kawakami, 93, of Hilo died March 12 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Kapoho, she was a homemaker and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin and Piihonua Kumiai. Private services held. Survived by sons, George (Ginger) Kawakami of Henderson, Nev., and Benjamin Kawakami of Orange County, Calif.; daughters, Elsie (Irving) Hee of Mililani, Oahu, Betty (Harry) Yada and Jean Kawakami of Hilo; brothers, Ichiro (Matsue) Nishiura and Hideo (Betty) Nishiura of Hilo, Norman Nishiura of Pearl City, Oahu; sisters, Mildred Nakanishi and Sadako Aburamen of Hilo, Takako Desaki of Pearl City; sister-in-law, Gladys Nishiura of Hilo; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 21

Doris Gail Haney-Erickson, 67, of Waikoloa died March 15 at home. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, she was a retired financial auditor for the state of Alaska and volunteered at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole Visitor Information Program and KARES animal rescue program. Celebration of life 3 p.m. Thursday (March 22) in the Ohana Room at the Waikoloa Village Association Building, 68-1792 Melia St. Survived by husband, Christopher Erickson of Waikoloa; daughters, Ashley Erickson of Idaho and Sydney Erickson of Alaska; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for March 20

Joshua K. Akana Jr., 89, of Waimea died March 13 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired engineer for Hawaiian Electric Co. and member of Hawaiian Electric Glee Club, Native Hawaiian Education, Prince Kuhio Club and Waimea Senior Citizens Club. Visitation 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday (March 23) at Annunciation Catholic Church, 65-1235 Kawaihae Road, Waimea. Mass at 10 a.m. Online condolences: Survived by daughters, Janna (Kimo) Keawe of Honolulu, Jerri (Alex) Dizol of Waimea; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 19

Vincent Thomas Barnwell, 76, of Pahoa died March 10 at home. Born in the Bronx, New York, he was a retired registered nurse at the Hilo Medical Center, retired volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in New York, canoe paddler and taiko drummer. Private services held. Survived by wife, Patricia Barnwell of Pahoa; son, Christopher Barnwell of Lantana, Fla.; daughters, Theresa Bray of Millbrook, N.Y., and Victoria (Karl) Seebruch of Keaau; seven grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 18

Chieko “Jane” Alatan, 89, of Pepeekeo died Feb. 19 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pepeekeo, she was a retired papaya packer for the former Ono Pac and member of The House Hilo Church, Pepeekeo Senior Citizens Club and Lanakila-Haaheo FCE. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday (March 24) at The House Hilo Church, 2282 Kanoelehua Ave. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Leonardo Alatan of Pepeekeo; sons, Alan (Sandy) Alatan of Orchidland Estates and Derek (Debbie) Alatan of Hawaiian Paradise Park; daughters, Corinne (Kirk) Awong and Lori Ann (Zach) Picar of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Annette Hatakenaka, Fely Alatan and Rosemary Moses of Pepeekeo and Frances Spidell of Hilo; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 16

Margie Southard Grimes, 81, of Kailua-Kona died March 11 at home. Born in Elida, N.M., she was a retired educator for San Diego Unified School District and former activities sales representative for Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays. Celebration of life 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club. No flowers. Memorial donations to West Hawaii Humane Society. Survived by husband, Jim Grimes of Kailua-Kona; hanai daughter, Kaying Xiong of California; sister, Faye Boother of Louisiana; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for March 15

Laverne Cynthia Manoa, 70, of Kurtistown died March 8 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Ookala, she was a beautician and housewife. Services at a later date. Survived by husband, Albert “Snookie” Manoa of Kurtistown; daughter, Iona Manoa of Kurtistown; son, Keone Manoa of Kurtistown; mother, Rose Victorine of Kaumana; two sisters; four brothers. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 14

Solomon James Perkins, 81, of Ocean View died Feb. 15 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Kealakekua, he was a self-employed building contractor, boat builder, commercial fisherman and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Scattering of ashes 11 a.m. Sunday (March 18) at Honokohau Boat Harbor in Kailua-Kona. Celebration of life to follow at the mooring site of the fishing boat “Vixen.” Casual attire; loose flowers welcome. Survived by companion, Louise Nobriga of Ocean View; son, Paul Crawford of Seattle; daughter, Rachael Llanes of Captain Cook; caregiver, Diana Masuda of Ocean View; brothers, Charles (Pat) Perkins of Kaneohe, Oahu, Levi (Lynette) Perkins of Holualoa, William (Marcy) Perkins of Kailua-Kona and Robert Perkins of Kealakehe; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 13

Alfredo Nacis, 64, of Keaau died March 7 at home. Born in Laupahoehoe, he was owner of Nacis Construction, foreman for Sonomura Contracting and Constructors Hawaii and member of Carpenters Union and Hui Nalu Honoli‘i. Ashes to be scattered at sea. Celebration of life 4-8 p.m. Friday (March 16) at AJA Veterans Hall, 361 Haihai St. in Hilo. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Deborah Oda Nacis of Keaau; son, Kalsey (Kathy) Nacis Sr. of Keaau; daughters, Kandice Nacis and Teisha Nacis of Keaau; mother, Gladys Nacis of Paauilo; brothers, Vicente (Leona) Nacis of Honokaa, Vance (Sandra) Awa of Kailua-Kona, Franklin (Kalae Wheeler) Nacis of Kona, Tony (Cindy) Nacis of Papaaloa, John (Jessi) Nacis and Alberto (Debbie) Nacis of Arizona, Artemio (Marion) Nacis of Texas; hanai son, Charles (Vanessa) Stevens of Paauilo; hanai daughter, Charlette L. Stevens of Waimea; mother in-law, Iris (Fujie) Oda of Hilo; three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 11

Cheyanne Lee Anderson, 38, of Captain Cook died Feb. 28 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in White Salmon, Wash., she was a customer service representative at Keoki’s Fish and Chips and member of Narcotics Anonymous. Celebration of life 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (March 17) at Big Game Fishing Clubhouse at Honokohau Harbor in Kailua-Kona. Scattering of ashes to follow. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by daughters, Kailee Anderson, Ember Anderson, Everdean Anderson and August Lee Anderson of Captain Cook; mother, Belinda Lee Anderson and stepfather, Norm Catton, of Captain Cook; brothers, Britt Anderson of Oregon, Casey Catton of Captain Cook, and Loke Anderson, Merlin Anderson and Doc Anderson of New Hampshire; sisters, Holly Anderson of Oregon and Kalina (Keoni) Llanes and Marika Anderson of Kona; maternal grandmother, Betty (John) Ash of Florida; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.