Obituaries for April 6

Shigeko Higashi, 95, of Hilo died March 13 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Naalehu, she was a homemaker and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Visitation 4-5 p.m. April 13 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo followed by memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by son, Howard (Donna Dodd) Higashi of Hilo; daughters, Corinne Tsue and Lorna (Jeff) Higashi-Tsue of Hilo; sisters, Florence Nagata of Gardena, Calif., and Suyeko Leu of Kaneohe, Oahu; brother-in-law, Takashi Aragaki of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Hiroko Sally Nagata of Hilo and Itsue Hino of Ahualoa; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ralph Lee Karren, 60, of Pahoa died March 12 at Hawaii Care Choices in Hilo. Born on Oahu, he was a member of the Hawaii Laborers’ Union, banquet porter for Kauai Surf, longline fisherman out of Hilo and avid diver. Celebration of life at noon April 28 at Wailoa River State Recreation Area. Casual attire. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Christine Ku of Pahoa; sons, Maka‘ou Karren, Makale‘a Karren and Kamaehu Karren of Pahoa; stepson, Lance (Carla) Cabanilla-Ku of Oahu; daughters, Shintell (Uriah) Popp of North Carolina and Shannai Popp of Pennsylvania; sister, Angela (Barry) Florendo of Molokai; brothers, Cisco (Donna) Lagmay, Ricky (Linda) Lagmay and Benny (Tonya) Lagmay of Kauai, Patty Boy (Anita) Lagmay of Oahu and Dennis (Maile) Lagmay and Leroy (Jill) Lagmay of Kauai; mother-in-law, Frances Kekaula of Hilo; brother-in-law, Kimo (Mikki) Loughmiller of Nevada; sister-in-law, Corinne (Derek) Gonzales of California, Lahela Kekaula of Hilo and Dawn Marie (Reynato) Gabriel of Oahu; hanai brothers, Derwin (Sabrina) Josue of Oahu, Sam (Darlene) Peneku of Mountain View, Kenwood (Lei) Alapa and Mitchell (Lyn) Alapa of Kauai; eight grandchildren; three godchildren.


Arlene Keaulana, 60, of Nanakuli died Feb. 22 in Hilo. Born on Oahu, she was a member of the Nanakuli Door Of Faith Mission. Visitation 6 p.m. April 12 at New Hope Waimea Church. Memorial service at 7 p.m. Aloha attire. Online condolences: Survived by daughters, Marian Eastman Elkins, Donna Eastman and Patricia Eastman; brother, David K. Keaulana; sister, Charlene Riotutar; three grandchildren.

Emilio Molcilio Jr., 82, of Glenwood died March 12. He was a retired Kahuku Ranch hand/foreman. Celebration of life 11 a.m. April 14 at the Kahuku Unit in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Paniolo attire. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Frances Molcilio; children, Yvonn (Ernest) Souza, Irvin (Lita) Molcilio, Debbie (Jay) Molcilio, Valerie (Bernard) Silva and Latty (Ernie Jr.) Ortiz; brother, Roy (Lilly) Perry; sisters, Bella and Margaret; 20 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Herbert Rapoza, 85, of Hilo died Sunday. Born in Aiea, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for Wakamoti Construction. Services to be scheduled. Survived by wife, Jacqueline Amina Rapoza of Hilo; daughters, Donna (Tony) Santos of Keaau, Wilene (Walter) Manuia of Hilo, Kathy (Swayne) Brown of Las Vegas and Gloria Odum of Honolulu; sister, Grace Seguin of Pahoa and Evelyn (Tim) Bailey of California; brothers, Manuel (Lisa) Rapoza of California and Harold Rapoza of Honolulu; 14 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Katherine Yukie Sasaki, 76, of Kealakekua died March 15 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born in Puunene, Maui, she was an accountant for Dillingham Corp. and Sadaharu Tashima Accounting Services, self-employed licensed massage therapist and member of Kona Okinawa Kenjinkai, Kainaliu Makai Kumi and the Honokohau-Kaloko Ukulele Group. Visitation 9:30 a.m. April 14 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Kailua-Kona. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. followed by fellowship and lunch. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Baron Sasaki of Kealakekua; son, Mark Sasaki of Kealakekua; daughter, Cheryl Sasaki of Kealakekua; brothers, Harold (Ellen) Kameya of Granada Hills, Calif., Andrew (Suzanne) Kameya of Irvine, Calif., Lawrence (Lynne Hensel) Kameya of Chicago and Dennis (Joyce) Kameya of Walnut Creek, Calif.; aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Daniel Charles Stauffer, 76, of Hilo died Monday at home. Born in Hastings, Neb., he was a retired mechanical engineer. No services. Survived by wife, Gayla Sayer of Hilo; daughter, Lara Stauffer of Marshalltown, Iowa; grandsons; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.