Obituaries for July 14
Loretta Lorraine Evangelista, 68, of Hilo died June 24 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Hilo, she was a retired housekeeper. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire; no flowers. Survived by hanai sons, Troy Julian and Kaniala Estrada; hanai daughters, Patrice Julian and Fern Peahi; brother, Raymond Agpoon; sisters, Florence Respicio and Odetta Ah Nee; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Moses “Uncle Moke” Kealoha O Nalani Kuamo’o Moke, 74, of Hilo died June 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Keaukaha, he was a retired truck driver for Yamada Transfer, member of ILWU Local No. 142 who held several offices, treasurer for Keaukaha Community Association, president and genealogist for Ohana Ka-Uaua-A-Mahi Ohana O Hawai’i, member of Kuamo‘o Foundation, a member Sacristan and building maintenance chairman for Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, and was involved with numerous other Hawaiian and community organizations. Visitation 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. All-night vigil to follow at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha. Visitation again at church 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Celebration of life at 9:30 a.m. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Alae Cemetery, section F. Survived by son, Phillip John Kealoha O Nalani (Sylvia) Moke of Keaau; stepdaughters, Deborah Mae Kepo‘o (Randy) Akui and Jacquline “Jackie” Pilialoha Kepo’o (Larry) Sabate of Hilo; brothers, Herbert Kalani (Karen) Moke and Herman Kahekili Moke of Hilo; sisters, Sandra “Sandy” Hualani (Bobby) Lee of Hilo and Theresa “Sharon” Keahialoa Becktel of Kailua-Kona; brother in-law, Theodore (Yolette) Kamakea of Murrieta, Calif.; sisters in-law, Carmen Moke and Roswitha “Rose” Moke of Keaau; hanai brothers, Robert “Hoss” Po’okapu Keli‘iho‘omalu III of Aiea, Oahu and Charles “Charlie” (Marion) Moody of Linden, N.C.; hanai sister, Theresa “Resa” Correa of Kailua, Oahu and Thelma “Buff” Kanani O Ka Home (Samson) Kamekona of Kahului, Maui; godchildren, Elizabeth Marie Benson and Keenan “Kuokalani” Kahalioumi of Hilo, Cheryl Moke-Rabang of Keaau; one grandson, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, godsisters and godbrother. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Spencer “Poco” Lee Kawaihoola Pomroy, 49, of Mountain View died June 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a bus driver for Roberts Hawaii Tours and for the county’s Hele On Bus, owner of Volcano Sound System with Slides by Deysia Views and president of Pomroy family reunions. Visitation 8–10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Memorial Mass at 10. Oahu memorial mass 9 a.m. Saturday, August 9 at St. George Catholic Church in Waimanalo. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Darrilynn Pomroy of Mountain View; daughters, Shandie “Onedays” Pomroy and Kaulana “Lucy” Pomroy of Keaau; sons, Kawai “Yours” Pomroy, Darren (Autumn) Rodrigues Jr. and Dietrick Rodrigues of Mountain View; brothers, Henry (Nadine) Pomroy III of Hilo and Gerald (Lorraine) Morison-Pomroy of Oxford, Calif.; sisters, Serena (Clyde) Pomroy and Kalaniwela (Joseph) Glory of Hilo, Lesley Pomroy of Ellensburg, Wash.; stepmother, Jeanie Pomroy of Hilo; father-in-law, Herbert Teixeira of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Herberta (Randy) Silva, Roseanna Kaohi and Marvelyn (Bergie) Faria Martinez of Honolulu; brothers-in-law, Darren Hu and Roland Coelho of Honolulu; seven grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Velma Leilehua Tanaka, 57, of Keaau died May 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pahala, she was a homemaker. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Naalehu Assembly of God Church. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, The Rev. James “Kimo” Tanaka of Hilo; son, Kelson (Mondy) Tanaka of Hilo; daughters, Kimberly (Jim) Tittle and Heidi Avila of California, Kendra (Jeremy) Moniz of Keaau; brothers, McKinley (Wendy) Davis Jr. of Naalehu and Melvin (Eunice) Davis of Discovery Harbor; hanai brothers, Rudy (Corrine) Kaupu and Nelson (Bernie) Kaupu of Ocean View; sisters, Juann Kai of Hilo, HI, Lena Mae (Bryan) Davis-Natividad and Rochel Davis of Pahala, Angie (Clifford) Okimoto of Na’alehu; parents-in-law, Kiyoshi and Mildred Oshiro of Kukuihaele; brother-in-law, The Rev. Strickland Stevens of Waimea; nine grandchildren; cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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