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  • Posted: Aug 24 2012 - 12:05am
    Ronnie Manuel Almada, 65, of Kalapana Sea View Estates died Saturday, Aug. 11. Born in Mississippi. Private services to be held. Survived by son, Joshua (Sarah) Broberg of Keaau; granddaughter; brother, Bud (Colleen Mandala) Almada of Opihikao; sisters, Donna (Cary) Carrillo of Mill Valley, Calif., and Saralyn Almada of Mill Valley, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.
  • Posted: Aug 23 2012 - 12:05am
    James "Jim" Lee Ater, 83, of Hilo died Thursday, Aug. 16, at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Oberlin, Kansas, he was a retired Marine Electrician for Kems Inc. on Oahu; a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean Conflict; and made koa wood crafts. He was also a member of AFL-CIO IBEW Local Union 1186 and the NEBF. Private services held. Survived by wife, Judith Flores Ater of Hilo; daughters, Jamie S. Ater of Honolulu, and Jessica (Duane) Vargas of Hilo; sons, Mark (Anna) Ater of Hilo and Thomas (Genevieve) Teixeira of Waimanalo, Oahu; sisters, Joanne (Walt) Castle of Oberlin, Kansas, and Jackie (Larry) Rathbun of McCook, Neb.; five granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; one aunt; one cousin; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.
  • Posted: Aug 22 2012 - 2:58pm
    Yasuichi "Yasu" Kaneshiro, 74, of Hilo died Aug. 5 at Pali Momi Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired postal worker for the U.S. Postal Service. Private service to be held in Hilo. Survived by brothers, Takeyasu Kaneshiro of Honolulu, Hisato Kaneshiro of Hilo, James Kaneshiro of Honolulu, Ronald Kaneshiro of Hilo; sisters, Matsue Kawahara of Hilo, and Harue Tamura of Honolulu. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary.
  • Posted: Aug 19 2012 - 12:05am
    Chalmers Larsen Akima, 48, of Las Vegas and Waimea died July 22 at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Siena Campus in Las Vegas. Born in Honolulu, he worked for by the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, KTA Super Stores, Com Systems, California Hotel and Casino, and the Clark County tax office and was a member of the Las Vegas Lions Club, Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club and numerous Hawaiian civic clubs on the mainland. Visitation 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Imiola Congregational Church, Waimea. Service at 1 p.m. Inurnment to follow in the church cemetery. Survived by parents, William Louis Akima and Lorna Marlene Kaiuwailani Akima of Waimea; sister, Willette Kalaokahaku Akima of Waimea; brother, William Louis Akima Jr. of Waimea; hanai sister, Jolynn Dean of Waimea; sister-in-law, Fujiko Ululani Akima of Waimea; brother-in-law, Gerard Guerrero of Waimea; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Aug 17 2012 - 12:05am
    Mary Jose Fergerstrom, 83, of Holualoa died Aug. 13 in Woodinville, Wash. She was born in Holualoa. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 1. Casual attire. Survived by daughter, Debra (Christy) Fergerstrom Anderson of Woodinville, Wash.; son, Craig (Heidi) Fergerstrom of Redmond, Wash.; sisters, Rose Jose and Gladys Jose of Holualoa; brother, Tony (Dorothy) Jose of Kona; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Aug 16 2012 - 12:05am
    Tatsuki Kusunoki, 92, of Holualoa died July 12 at Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Kealakekua, he was a retired mason and coffee farmer; a member of the mason's union, Kahaluu Kumiai, Hiroshima Kenjin Kai and Daifukuji Soto Mission. Friends may call at 3 p.m. Saturday at Daifukuji Soto Mission in Honalo for a 4 p.m. service. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by son, Garrett (Arlene) Kusunoki of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Corrine Kusunoki of Kahaluu Mauka; brother, Mitsuyuki (Joyce) Kusunoki of Westgate, Calif.; sisters, Mieko (James) Sato of Keei, Momoya (James) Ritenour of Woodland Hills, Calif., Harumi Shigetomi of Honolulu; two grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Aug 15 2012 - 11:36am
    Gertrude Bolton, 102, of Glenwood died July 11 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Corder, Mo., she retired as a Lutheran elementary school teacher in Long Beach, Calif. She was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo, a member of the Volcano Senior Center, and a tutor with the Laubach Literacy Council in East Hawaii. Friends may call 11:45 a.m. Sunday at the Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St., Hilo; Celebration of Life at 12:15 p.m. Aloha attire; no flowers. Survived by daughters, Louise (John) Robertson of Glenwood, Janet Winkler of Texas; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
  • Posted: Aug 12 2012 - 12:53am
    Gertrude Bolton, 102, of Glenwood died July 11 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Corder, Mo., she retired as a Lutheran elementary school teacher in Long Beach, Calif., was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo, Volcano Senior Center and tutor with Laubach Literacy Council in East Hawaii. Celebration of life 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St. Aloha attire; no flowers. Survived by daughters, Louise (John) Robertson of Glenwood and Janet Winkler of Texas; five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.
  • Posted: Aug 10 2012 - 12:05am
    Rita Ellen Katherine Bohrer Barker, 95, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 3 at home. Born in Roseburg, Ore., she was a homemaker and gardener. Services private. Memorial contributions will be made to her favorite charities. Survived by two nieces. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
  • Posted: Aug 9 2012 - 12:05am
    The Rev. Deacon Dr. Don M.R. Aanavi, 72, of Ninole died July 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in New York City, he was a retired professor of art with the University of Hawaii at Hilo, campus minister, curator of the Laurance Rockefeller Collection of Asian and Oceanic Art at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, author of "The Art of Mauna Kea," and deacon of the Roman Catholic Church at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Friends may call from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of Hilo in memory of the Rev. Dr. Aanavi. Survived by son, Michael Aanavi of Mill Valley, Calif. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Aug 8 2012 - 12:05am
    Lanny Arruda Jr., 53, of Kalaoa died July 10 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, he was a truck driver for Costco Wholesale and member of Ekalesia Protestant Church and "Juz Us" Motorcycle Club. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Leleiwi Beach Park in Hilo. Casual attire; no flowers. Another celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Wawaloli Beach Park (OTEC) in Kona. Casual/beach attire. Lei and loose flowers welcome. Condolences to P.O. Box 223, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. Survived by wife, Kaya Keanaaina-Arruda of Kalaoa; sons, Cody (Pomai) Kalima-Arruda of Puna, David Arruda of California and Kamakani Arruda of Kalaoa; hanai son, Loren (Jodie) Freitas Jr. of Kailua-Kona; hanai daughters, Pualani Keanaaina of Las Vegas and Iwalani-Marie Keanaaina of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Kingsley Aweau Sr. of Maui, Larry Aweau Jr. of Hilo and Herman Aweau; sisters, Liena (George) Kaaweamahi and Blossom (Joseph) Berry of Massachusetts; a grandson, four hanai grandchildren, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
  • Posted: Aug 7 2012 - 12:05am
    William "Willz" Pelekane Konanui Jr., 37, of Pahoa died July 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a pest control worker at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and was a member of the All Inu Volleyball Team. Visitation 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 5 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by fiancée, Prudence U'ilani Cabreira of Pahoa; daughter, Mahieu'ilani Konanui of Pahoa; son, Wai'oluokekai Konanui of Pahoa; parents, William and Alethea Konanui of Pahoa; brother, Wendal (Ronnie) Konanui of Henderson, Nev.; sisters, Carrie (Lloyd Tagalicod) Konanui and Helena (Conrad Arriola) Konanui of Pahoa; maternal grandfather, John Pai of Bonita Springs, Fla.; parents-in-law, Paul and Pamela Cabreira of Hawaiian Paradise Park; brothers-in-law, Scotty Cabreira of Pahoa and Patrick (Kathy Ann) Cabreira of Hilo, Preston (Kimberly) Cabreira of Las Vegas; uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Aug 5 2012 - 12:05am
    Maizie Kawamura Ahuna, 99, of Hilo died July 24 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was an elementary school teacher. Services held. No koden (monetary donations). Survived by son, Lawrence (Gail) Ahuna Jr. of Hilo; daughter, Lawrie (Lee) White of Hilo; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
  • Posted: Aug 4 2012 - 12:05am
    Juniper Marley Allen, 14, of Hilo died July 24 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in La Honda, Calif., she would have been a freshman at Hilo High School. Services held. Survived by father, Craig Allen of Hilo; mother, Alison Azari of Puna; sister, Xea Clare Allen of Hilo; hanai mother, Jenny Knippling of Hilo; hanai brother, Phoenix Sanchez of Hilo; maternal grandparents, Bernard and Madeline Pagholm; paternal grandparents, Craig and Karoline Allen; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
  • Posted: Aug 3 2012 - 12:05am
    Velma Saeko Langsi, 70, of Kapolei, Oahu, died June 23 in Kapolei. She was born in Hilo. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary on Oahu. Services from 6-7 p.m. Scattering of ashes at a later date.Survived by husband, Randall J. Langsi Sr.; sons, Randall (Lynnette) J. Langsi Jr. and Mitchell Langsi, both of Honolulu; daughters, Tammy Langsi and Lynnette (William) Langsi-Terry, both of Honolulu; brother, Isaac (Ruth) Takayama of Hilo; sisters, Promise (Wendell) Grace and Louise Kozuk, both of Hilo; grandchildren, Brinton Kaahanui, Lauren Langsi, Brooke Langsi, Branden Langsi, Zechariah Langsi-Terry, Aaron Langsi-Terry, Chasen Chong and Raylene Langsi, all of Honolulu.