Obituaries for January 24

John Henry Callender, 76, of Waimea died Jan. 19. Born in Pasadena, Calif., he was CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and had degrees in animal science and business administration from Oregon State University. Celebration of life at a later date. No flowers. Memorial donations to North Hawaii Hospice, Parker School or Ojai Valley School, 723 El Paseo Road, Ojai, CA 93023. Online condolences: Survived by spouse, “Muffet” Laurien; sons, Rea (Kelly) Callender of Grass Valley, Calif., and Brodie Callender of Waimea; daughters, Laurien (Timark) Hamilton of McMinnville, Ore., and Whitney (Todd) Demorest of Santa Rosa, Calif.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Hitoshi Futagami, 63, of Hilo died Jan. 16 at Hawaii Care Choices’ (formerly Hospice of Hilo) Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Ehime, Japan, he was a retired exporter of agricultural products, graduate of Nodai (Tokyo University of Agriculture) and president of Nodai Club. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Monday (Jan. 29) at Hilo Hooganji Mission. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Pauline Futagami of Hilo; mother, Masumi Futagami of Japan; brother, Shu (Fumiko) Futagami of Japan; a nephew and a niece. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Romaldo “Romie” Madarang Sr., 83, of Paauilo died Jan. 12 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Kukuihaele, he was a retired Hawaii Fire Department captain, U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran and member of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paauilo. Private services held. Survived by fiancee, Crispina Quitoriano; sons, Romaldo Madarang Jr. and Rendall (Helencia) Madarang; daughter, Natalie Gonsales; sisters, Marchuma “Mollie” Solomon and Felicia “Fely” Rosario; brother, Sylvester (Edel) Madarang; sister-in-law, Julia Cuaresna; brother-in-law, Joseph Estencion; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Daniel Walter “Danny” Miller, 54, of Pahoa died Jan. 15 at home. He was an award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries include “The Punalu‘u Experience,” “Ho‘okele Wa‘a — Turning the Canoe” and “Na Kupu Mana‘olana — Seeds of Hope.” He had three unfinished films in the works: “The Legacy of Katsu Goto,” “The Visionary World of Paul Lehr” and “Letters for Kyoto.” Memorial celebration 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday (Jan. 26) at Honokaa Hongwanji. No flowers. A memorial fund was established at Survived by husband, Matthew Potts; mother, Emma Lee Miller; siblings, Scott Miller, Ruth Ann Miller and Jimmy Miller; two nephews.


Royal Keaoopua Mitchell Sr., 82, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 20. Born in Honolulu, he was a tug boat engineer. No services. Online condolences: Survived by daughter, Charmain (Albert) Camara of Kailua-Kona; son, Royal Mitchell Jr. of Kailua, Oahu; two brothers and a sister; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Curtis Lanui Spencer II, 58, of Hilo died Dec. 29 at Life Care Center of Hilo. He was born in Ankara, Turkey. Private services at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by sister, Leilani (Edward) Zebart of Maryland; stepmother, Margie Spencer of Kailua-Kona; a niece and a nephew. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.