Obituaries for December 31

Walter Aki, 82, of Kapaau, died Dec. 4 at home. Born in Keei, he was a retired groundskeeper for Waikoloa King’s Course, former security guard, member of Sacred Hearts Church in Hawi, former member of Kohala Seniors Softball and U.S. Army veteran. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Sacred Hearts Church in Hawi. Mass at 10 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Family condolences to P.O. Box 1216, Kapaau, HI 96755. Survived by wife, Patsy Aki of Kapaau; son, Wayne (Mattie) Cazimero of Kailua, Oahu; daughter, Charlynn Velasco of Kapaau; brother, Archie Aki of Hilo; sister, Margie Salis of Florida; six grandchildren; great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Walter Aki, 82, of Kapaau, died Dec. 4 at home. Born in Keei, he was a retired groundskeeper for Waikoloa King’s Course, former security guard, member of Sacred Hearts Church in Hawi, former member of Kohala Seniors Softball and U.S. Army veteran. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Sacred Hearts Church in Hawi. Mass at 10 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Family condolences to P.O. Box 1216, Kapaau, HI 96755. Survived by wife, Patsy Aki of Kapaau; son, Wayne (Mattie) Cazimero of Kailua, Oahu; daughter, Charlynn Velasco of Kapaau; brother, Archie Aki of Hilo; sister, Margie Salis of Florida; six grandchildren; great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

William Andrew Bowers, 28, of Mountain View died Dec. 13 at home. Born in Soldotna, Alaska, he was a solar photovoltaic installer. Celebration of life service 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 6) at Shipman Park in Keaau. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Kawehilani Bowers of Mountain View; daughters, Natasha Rezentes, Samantha Rezentes, Natalie Jo Bowers and Serenity Bowers of Mountain View; father, William Andrew Henry Bowers of Mountain View; mother, Tammy Jo Bowers of Minnesota; paternal grandmother, Irene Bowers of Soldotna; maternal grandmother, Mary Webster of Fergus Falls, Minn.; brothers, Joe Bowers of Oregon and Donald Bowers of Mountain View; sister, Sheri Jo Bowers of Captain Cook; mother-in-law, Eleanor Mihara of Mountain View; brothers-in-law, Walter Mihara of Mountain View and Alvin Mihara Jr. of Mountain View; uncles, aunts, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Aleisa Ann Lawson, 51, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 21 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Costa Mesa, Calif., she was a carpenter. Private services. Survived by daughter, Maile Lawson of Kailua-Kona; son, Mark Lawson of Kailua-Kona; sister, Catherine (Daniel) McAfee of Portland, Ore.; brothers, David Boris of California, Kris Boris of Orange County, Calif., and Stuart Boris of Montana. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Rachael Ann Valassis, 74, of Waimea died Dec. 27. She was born in Detroit. Private services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by stepson, Perry Valassis Jr. of San Jose, Calif.; stepdaughters, Cheryl (Jack) Pulley of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Dodi Jackson of Brighton, Mich., Dani Valassis of Howell, Mich., and Lori (Cullen) Proctor of Pontiac, Mich.; brother Daniel (Irene) Golec of Littleton, Colo.; sister Celeste (Robert) Borosky of Waimea. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Stephen Joshua Whitney, 30, of Hilo died Dec. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a construction worker for GDS Solutions LLC. Visitation 5:30-7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 6) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 7 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by mother, Raechelle Whitney of Hilo; father, Solomon Namoa of Tonga; brothers, Soloman J. Whitney, Peni Topou Namoa and Brandon K. (Marlena Chung) Whitney of Hilo; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.