Joseph “Joe” Aloi Akiu, Sr., 74, of Waiohinu died Dec. 29 at Ka‘u Hospital. Born in Waiohinu, he was a former electrician, musician, U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran, member and music director for Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Naalehu and president of Naalehu Senior Center. Visitation 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 26) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Naalehu Community Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by children, Joseph “Magee” (Shelley) Akiu Jr. of Waiohinu, Emma (Wilmet) Akiu of Pahala, Dwayne Kuahiwinui of Los Angeles, Nora (Donald) Lance of Ocean View, Paul (Cliff-Ann) Kuahiwinui of Waiohinu, James (Tina) Kuahiwinui of Washington and Rodney (Suzie) Kuahiwinui of South Point; sister, Margaret Lee Hong of Hilo; 34 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Jasmine DeJesus (Milare) Henriques, 68, of Hilo died Dec. 23 at Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Hilo. Potluck celebration of life 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Reed’s Bay Beach Park. Survived by sisters, Grace Morrow of Oklahoma, Nina (Paul) Webber of Keaau, Brandi DeJesus of Texas and Eleanor Bonheim of Michigan; brother, Eric Bermudez of Keaau; daughters, Billie Morrow of Oklahoma, Virginia DeJesus of California, Rose Figueroa of Pahoa and Dovelynn Pelger of Ohio; son, Marvin (Terri) Morrow of Oklahoma; 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Jonette “Bulla” Leinohea Fujiko Jones, 38, of Kailua-Kona, died Dec. 9 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, she was a mail clerk for Mailboxes, Etc. and front desk receptionist for Kona Bali Kai. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at at Kona Palisades Recreation Center. Celebration of life service at 10 a.m. Survived by sister, Leesha (Clint Hirayasu) Jones of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Billy (Val) Jones and Shane (Lisa) Jones of Kailua-Kona; hanai brothers, Wendell Fujino Jr. and Clinton (Josie) Berdon of Kailua Kona; uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Kaimi Keller Keohokalole, 45, of Keaau died Jan. 7 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kailua, Oahu, he was a graphic artist. Memorial service 9 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 26) at Kaneohe Congregational Church, Kaneohe, Oahu. Aloha attire. Survived by, father, Joseph Keohokalole Jr. of Keaau; mother, Mary Cahill-Ho of Honolulu; brothers, Michael of Kaneohe, James Keohokalole of Port Angeles, Wash.; sister, Lora Negus of Port Angeles; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Soon Sun Morita, 79, of Hilo died Dec. 7 in Honolulu. Born in Seoul, Korea, she was office manager for the former Garry Morita Electric, worked at the former Hilo Lagoon Hotel and was a member of Hilo Korean Christian Church. Visitation 1-2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 26) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service at 2 p.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Burial 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by son, Dr. Shane Young Morita (Dr. Jaimie Shannen Tom); brother, Hingashi Yoo; sister, Jum Soon Yoo, three grandchildren; nephews as well as nieces. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.
Gloria “Aunty Goya” Buyuan Panglao, 79, of Pahala, died Jan. 7 at home. Born in Pahala, she was a retired field foreperson for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co. and member of Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Pahala Filipino Community Association. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 26) at Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow in church cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by son, Glenn (Lori) Panglao of Pahala; daughters, Glendalyne “Glenda” (Ben) Nivera of Honolulu and Gerry (Ross) Gushiken of Keaau; sisters-in-law, Elaine (Akira) Higashi of Pahala, Anselma Panglao Corpuz and Feliza Panglao Lopez of the Philippines; brothers-in-law, Sam (Hilaria) Panglao of Pahala, Mariano Panglao of the Philippines; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.