Obituaries for May 21

George Cabral, 88, of Ookala died April 27 at home. Born in Honokaa, he was retired from the former Hamakua Sugar Co., a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and member of Saint Anthony Catholic Church, ILWU Pensioners Club and Laupahoehoe Senior Citizens. Visitation 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday (May 26) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Beatrice Cabral of Ookala; children, Debbie (Harvey) Cabral-Galapir of Ookala, Georgette Nacis of Mililani, Oahu, Darren (Michelle) Cabral of Honolulu, Sophia (Alika Jr.) Cabral-Maikui of Ookala and Jason Cabral of Hilo; sisters, Annie (Bill) Glynn and Adeline Snyder of Ohio; brother-in-law, William (Carmen) Valera of Paauilo; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Leticia “Lety” Valdez Dela Cruz, 78, of Honokaa died April 18 at home. Born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, she was a former nursery worker for Hirako Farms and a former harvester for Watanabe Floral. Visitation 8-9:15 a.m. Saturday (May 26) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Honokaa. Eulogy at 9:15 a.m. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Honokaa Catholic Cemetery. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by husband, Alfredo Dela Cruz of Papaaloa; children, Lyn Dela Cruz of Honokaa, Elvie (Mickey) Nobriga of Waimea, Fe (Cyril) Franco and Evelyn Dela Cruz of Papaaloa; sisters, Anita Coloma of Honolulu and Estrelita Badua of the Philippines; brother, Virgilio Valdez of the Philippines; seven grandchildren and a great-grandson. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Alvin Sakae Hiyane, 76, of Hilo died May 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hakalau, he was a retired warehouseman for HPM Building Supply and member of Honomu Hongwanji Mission. Visitation 2-3 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 3 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Janice Hiyane of Hilo; daughters, Sandi Hiyane of Henderson, Nev., and Leila Beals of Hilo; sister, Annie Kochan of Hilo; two granddaughters. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Thomas Masutsune Ikehara, 91, of Hilo died Feb. 23 in Vancouver, Wash. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired chief engineer for Molokai/Maui Electric and had engineering positions at the former Ka‘u Sugar, Puna Sugar and other plantations on the Big Island and Kauai, member and trustee for Hilo United Methodist Church, Parker UMC and served as president of Volcano Community Association, board member of Volcano Community Foundation, former president of Bito Doshi Kai Okinawan Club and member of Hui Okinawa. Visitation 3-4 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Hilo United Methodist Church. Celebration of life service at 4 p.m. Survived by wife, Emily Ikehara; son, Walter (Karen) Ikehara of Honolulu; daughters, Laura (Greg) Ikehara-Martin of Vancouver, Wash., and April (Kent) Goya of Kaneohe, Oahu; brother, John (Betty) Ikehara of Kaneohe; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Lawrence Kalani Hajime Maesaka, 77, of Hilo died March 18 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, member of Tomodachi and Buzzard golf clubs and U.S. Army veteran. Visitation 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday (May 26) at New Hope Hilo, 840 Kupulau Road. Celebration of life at 11 a.m. Colorful attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Jeanette Maesaka of Hilo; son, Guy (Cherie) Maesaka of Portland, Ore.; daughter, Jill (Scot) Marker of Las Vegas; sisters, Clara (Lawrence) Kuranaka of Pearl City, Oahu, Lorraine (Sherman) Kobayashi, Diana (Melvin) Hayashi and Colleen Marushige of Hilo; brother, Alan Maesaka of Hilo; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Vincent Louis Pereira Sr., 81, of Hilo died May 10 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a custodian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hilo and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keaukaha Ward. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Friday (May 25) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hilo Stake Center. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcomed. Burial at Alae Cemetery, Mormon section. Survived by daughters, Margaret Louise Puanani Waiki Pereira of Columbia, S.C., Shaunna-Ann Pereira and Jodi Leilani Waiki (Vanessa) Pereira of Hilo; sons, Vincent Louis (Mia) Pereira Jr. of Hilo and George Joseph Lono Waiki (Twinkles) Pereira of Wailuku, Maui; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.