Obituaries for January 11

Diana Puakina Aki, 76, of Hilo died Jan. 8, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a singer, songwriter and ‘ukuleleist known as the “Songbird of Miloli‘i,” won the Na Hoku Hanohano Female Vocalist of the Year award in 1990, performed with many well-known musicians including Cyril Pahinui and Eddie Kamae, and was a Hawaiian educator at Hale O Ho‘oponopono, former early childhood educator and member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Visitation 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 15) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 6:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. For more information, contact Shane Aki at (907) 978-3388. Survived by sons, Benjamin Akana, Eisen (Sylvia) Aki, Fidelis (Cristine) Aki, Jr., Kevin (Francine “Weegee”) Aki, Jason Aki and Shane (Stacey) Aki; hanai daughter, Pi‘ilani (Kiki) Johnson; 27 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.