Obituaries for February 15

Marjorie Ann Araujo, 81, of Hilo died Feb. 10 in Hilo. Born in Ookala, she was co-founder of Araujo Farm Products &Hog Farm, Business Services Hawaii and Tommy’s Game Cock Farm. No services. Online condolences: Survived by daughters, Darla (James) Boteilho and Debbie Tanielu; sister, Ellen Bradshaw; brothers, Stanley Wilbur and Donald Wilbur; two grandsons. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Bruce Everett Ekings, 72, of Kurtistown died Feb. 11. Born in New Jersey, he was a loving husband and friend. Private services at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Sam Ekings. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.


Clarence Eugene Furtado, 91, of Beaverton, Ore., formerly of Honokaa, died July 23, 2017, in Beaverton. Born in Haiku, Maui, he was a former Hawaii County police officer and U.S. Navy Seabees World War II veteran. Burial service 3 p.m. Friday (Feb. 16) at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Honolulu. Survived by wife, Madeline Gomes Furtado; son, Terry Furtado; three grandchildren.

Joe Keith Hammer, 96, of Waikoloa died Feb. 7 at home. Born in Sacramento, Calif., he was a retired pilot, U.S. Air Force World War II veteran with the 306th Bomb Group, also known as “The Reich Wreckers,” and member of Quiet Birdmen (Big Island Hangar), Afifi Shriners, Air America Association and American Legion China Post 1. Private celebration of life will be held. No flowers. Memorial donations to North Hawaii Hospice or charity of choice. Survived by wife, Carol Douglas-Hammer of Waikoloa; daughters, Rita Miller of Yuba City, Calif., and Paula Wihl of Roseville, Calif.; hanai daughters, Cheryl Knox of Soquel, Calif., Robin Douglas of Reno, Nev., and Susie Douglas of Gilroy, Calif.; hanai son, Richard Douglas of Hawthorne, Calif.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

George Leslie, 82, of Kealakekua died Jan. 30 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Honolulu, he was a maintenance worker for the state departments of Transportation and Health and laborer for HC&D. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 81-6403 Mamalahoa Highway, next to Konawaena Elementary School. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Saints Family Cemetery in Keei. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Masae Leslie of Kealakekua; son, George Leslie Jr. of Kealakekua; sister, Ruby Iafrate of Washington; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Katherine Mahi, 75, of Waimea died Jan. 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired caregiver and member and former reverend of Ke Ola Mau Loa “Everlasting Life” Church in Waimea. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 16) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 6 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by brothers, Jacob Mahi of Oahu and Paul Mahi of Las Vegas.; sisters, Elizabeth Halualani of Hilo and Phoebe Hopfe of Oahu; hanai daughter, Salome Hagiwara of Hilo; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Edmund “Clyde” Puana, 79, of Keaau died Jan. 30. He was a retired state employee and U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran. Private services at a later date. Call Nani at 651-7832 for information. Survived by wife, Pearl F. Puana; children, Claudette Skillin, Roselin Olson, Edmund Puana, Benjamin Puana, Wayne Puana, Bruce Puana, Linda Robins, Patti Dias, Edith Pereira, Haunani Meatoga and George Christian; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.