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  • Posted: Jun 28 2017 - 12:05am

    Mark Gerald Freehauf, 68, of Kailua-Kona died June 26 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in West Bend, Wis., he was a retired doctor of pharmacy and member of Kona Faith Center. Private services. Survived by wife, Josephine Cho Freehauf of Kailua-Kona; son, Scott Freehauf of California; daughter, Shara Freehauf of California; hanai daughter, Cecily Marie Asuncion of Hilo; hanai sons, Kuna Asuncion and Kai Asuncion of Kailua-Kona. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Jun 27 2017 - 12:06am

    Richard Charles Botti, 78, of Waikoloa died June 23 at home. Born in Brockton, Mass., he was a lobbyist, government liaison and small business leader and founder of the Legislative Information Service of Hawaii, Hawaii Association of Retail Gasoline Dealers and Hawaii Food Industry Association, among many other associations. Private services. Survived by wife, Gwen Botti; sons, Randy (Ann) Botti of Kailua-Kona, Douglas Botti of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Richard (Michelle) Benecchi of Spokane, Wash.; stepdaughter, Julie Waters of Kailua, Oahu; brother, Don (Callie) Benecchi of Dothan, Ala.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  • Posted: Jun 26 2017 - 2:47pm

    Aurellio Abellera Sr., 78, of Pahala died May 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born May 6 in Kapapala, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran, retired supervisor at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co. and proprietor of Abellera Coffee & Macadamia Nut Farm in Honaunau. Friends may call 9-10 a.m. Saturday (July 1) at New Hope Church Hilo. Memorial services and celebration of life at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by companion, Lorraine Ahkay of Hilo; daughters, Theresa (John) Ishii of Kailua-Kona and Patricia (Lon) Ishii of Volcano; son, Aurellio (Cheryl) Abellera Jr. of Hilo; brother, Henry (Anastacia) Abellera of Kailua-Kona; sister, Dolores Diego of Hilo; uncle, Benito Abellera of Pahala; brothers in-law, Bartolome Pique of Virginia and Kenneth (Lydia) Namba of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Shirley Andre and Doris (Kermit) Johnson of Hilo, four grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 26 2017 - 12:05am

    Ruth Halupa Ynigues Navalta, 94, of Hilo died June 5 at home. Born in Haina, Honokaa, she was a salesclerk, custodian for O‘okala Head Start and retired farmer. Services held. Survived by sons, Roy Navalta of Keaau and Wilfred (Tauna) Navalta of Hilo; daughters, Linda (Alan) Miyahira of Hilo and Pi‘ilani Borges of Hilo; hanai daughter, Jewel Lizardi of Hilo; brother, Thomas Ynigues of Honolulu; sisters, Lucy Meyer of Hilo and Beatrice (Edwin) Narte of California; 19 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 24 2017 - 12:05am

    Thomas “Tom” Henning Eitel, 74, of Pahoa died June 11 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Salt Lake City, he was a retired Nevada farmer and volunteered for numerous organizations. Private services. Survived by numerous family members. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 23 2017 - 12:06am

    Ho‘olokahi “Hapa” Kamaehu Aki, 23, of Keaau died June 4. He was born in Lihue, Kauai. Celebration of life services 9:30 a.m. Sunday (June 25) at Puna Canoe Club Halau on the Hilo Bayfront. For information, call Raene Aki at 990-0696 or Hoku Aki at 557-7737. Survived by mother, Raene Keliipuleole-Aki of Hawaii; father, Harmon Aki of Hawaii; brothers, Reef Keliipuleole, Rooke Keliipuleole, Houston Aki and Hokuanu Aki of Hawaii; sisters, Shantel Gasmen, Reesha Aki and Ranee Aki of Hawaii; grandparents, Haunani Palama and Bruce Gilpatrick of Hawaii; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 22 2017 - 1:35pm

    Ho‘olokahi “Hapa” Kamaehu Aki, 23, of Keaau died June 4. He was born in Lihue, Kauai. Celebration of life services 9:30 a.m. Sunday (June 25) at Puna Canoe Club Halau on the Hilo Bayfront. For information, call Raene Aki at 990-0696 or Hoku Aki at 557-7737. Survived by mother, Raene Keliipuleole-Aki of Hawaii; father, Harmon Aki of Hawaii; brothers, Reef Keliipuleole, Rooke Keliipuleole, Houston Aki and Hokuanu Aki of Hawaii; sisters, Shantel Gasmen, Reesha Aki and Ranee Aki of Hawaii; grandparents, Haunani Palama and Bruce Gilpatrick of Hawaii; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 22 2017 - 12:05am

    Warner “Jojo” Glenn Akamu, 63, of Ka‘u died May 3 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, he was a retired heavy equipment operator, musician and Little League baseball coach. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at Waiohinu Park in Ka‘u. Service at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Casual attire. For information, call 769-8699. Survived by companion, Julie Hernandez of Ka‘u; daughter, Monica (Rocky DeMello) Akamu of Ocean View; son, Travis (Tiana Kaauamo) Akamu of Ka‘u; stepson, Tyler Atwood of Ka‘u; sister, Sherry Mae (Earl) Andrews of Puna; brother, Gene (Pamela) Akamu of Kailua-Kona; 10 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Jun 21 2017 - 12:06am

    Benjamin “Ben” Kealoha Fronda, 45, of Holualoa died June 12 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was co-owner and milkman for Fronda & Son Distributors, member of Ku Kane O Ka Makani Motorcycle Club and former member of Aliis Motorcycle Club. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at Kona Baptist Church, 78-7156 Puuloa Road next to Keauhou fire station. Service at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial run to celebration of life at Umeke’s Restaurant. Casual attire; lei welcome. Survived by parents, Ernest and Sue Fronda of Holualoa; sisters, Oleana (Kainoa) Kiyuna and Mahealani (Walter Henerelau) Fronda of Holualoa; hanai son, Trenton Islaias of Honokaa; grandfather, Robert Goold of Kailua-Kona; nieces, nephews and friends. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Jun 18 2017 - 12:06am

    Shirley Brenda Stevens Fuke, 69, of Hilo died May 25 at Hospice of Hilo’s Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Laupahoehoe, she was a retired eligibility worker for the state Department of Human Services Med-Quest Division in Hilo, supervisor for the state Department of Agriculture, telephone operator for the former GTE Hawaiian Tel, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo and treasurer for the Waiakea Homestead Community Association. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday (June 24) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10:30 a.m. Urn burial to follow at 1 p.m. at Homelani Memorial Park, Lehua Section. Aloha attire. Survived by husband, Gilbert Fuke of Hilo; sons, Ronnie Fuke of Tucson, Ariz., Steven Fuke of Hilo and Aaron (Kellie Nagai) Fuke of Hilo; mother, Elsie Stevens of Waipunalei; brothers, Norman (Pinky) Stevens of Ookala and Billy Stevens of Waipunalei; sisters, Charlotte Branco of Papaikou and Carol (Richard) Niimi of Mountain View; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 17 2017 - 12:05am

    Gertrude Sue Chow, 89, of Hilo died May 29 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired freight clerk for Young Brothers and member of Hilo Hooganji Mission, Hilo Bon Dance Club, Tsukikage Odorikai and Hilo Chinese Cemetery Association. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by son, Leonard Chow of Hilo; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 16 2017 - 12:06am

    Jacob Allen De Jesus, 32, of Paauilo died June 7. He was born in Hilo. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday (June 17) at Waipi‘o Valley. Celebration of life at 5 p.m. at 43-974 Paauilo Hui Road. For details, call Aaron Hilua at 352-5339. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by companion, Alisha; mother, Marcella; father Shannon; hanai mother, Nadine; grandmother, Betty; sons, Ezekiel and Blaze; daughter, Dezirae; brothers, Aaron, Wennson, Tilton and Austin; sisters, Alexis and Erin; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 15 2017 - 12:05am

    Angelique Rose Gray, 34, died April 18 on Oahu. Born in Hilo, she was an artist and jewelry maker. No services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by mother, Theresa Rose Goodall; son, Zavian Bartlett; daughter, Azalea Bartlett; sisters, Bethany Moreno and Annette Rose Goodall-Santos. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 14 2017 - 12:06am

    Michael Lee Beatty, 75, of Kailua-Kona died May 26. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., he owned Tahuna Productions and was a youth pastor at Mokuaikaua Church. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at Mokuaikaua Church. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Private burial to follow. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by spouse, Ululani; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Griffin of Honolulu; son, Teva (Melissa) Beatty of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Keakahaumalio (Michael) Perry of Kailua-Kona; Hokuaonani Lai (Justin Freitas) of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Sherry Glass of Fort Wayne and Deborah Beatty of Maui; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 13 2017 - 12:06am

    Thomas “Bull” Kahenenui Kome Kailiawa III, 53, of Pahala died May 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Ka‘u, he was employed by Ka‘u Sugar Plantation as a heavy equipment operator, Kapapala Ranch, T&T Electric, Akal Security, Cronies Bar &Grill, Forrest Solution, Ka‘u Coffee Mill and was owner/proprietor of Kailiawa Coffee’s. Visitation from 9-11 a.m. Saturday (June 17) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 11 a.m. Casual or aloha attire; flowers and lei welcome. Survived by wife, Jamie K. Kailiawa of Pahala; daughter, Roslyn K. Hoopii of Pahala; brothers, Napoleon (Mahea) Kailiawa of Hilo and Lincoln (Tessie) Kailiawa of Pahala; sisters, Janet (Arthur) Kaleohano and Anna (Carlton) George of Pahala; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.