Obituaries for January 30

Steven Don England, 70, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 12 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in California, he was a fire watcher for the U.S. Forestry Service. Celebration of life 2 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 31) on the beach next to Bubba Gump’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Survived by sister, Linda Elliott of Lake Isabella, Calif.; hanai daughter, Holly Twerdy of Kailua-Kona; a cousin. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ryan “Baba” Ka‘ipo o kalani AhLeen Fernandez, 39, of Hilo died Jan. 10. He loved hunting, canoe paddling, diving and fishing. Celebration of life at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by parents, Gabriel “Gabby” and Rozalyn (Teixeira) Kalawai‘a, Paul Fernandez; siblings, Ryanna Fernandez, Leandra (Miguel) Rodriguez, Lachelle (HB) Crabbe, Brooke Ka‘aekuahiwi and Ramona Fernandez; grandparents, Ernie Sr. and Belle Teixeira, Catherine Crabbe. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.


Glen Tadashi Goto, 60, of Hilo died Jan. 24 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honomu, he was a professional musician, recording artist and producer, who recorded or performed with Kalapana, Cecilio and Kapono, Keali‘i Reichel, Na Leo, Pauline Wilson, Lea Salonga, Hubert Laws, Azure McCall, Hawaiian Style Band, John Cruz, David Choy, Michael Paulo, Moe Keale, Don Ho, the Aliis, Sunway and Loyal Garner. Celebration of life at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by son, Randy (Stephanie) Goto of Cheney, Wash.; brother, Dean Goto of Hilo; a granddaughter. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Miriam Kaimi Guerpo, 84, of Waimea died Jan. 12 at home. Born in Waipio Valley, she was a retired macadamia nut and coffee farm manager, employee for the former Hawaiian Holiday Macadamia Nut factory, member of Ku‘ikahi Baptist Church and former Sunday school teacher for Honokaa Baptist Church. Private services at a later date. Survived by daughters, Norma (Wayne) Burnham of Texas, Sandra (Ronald) Jyo of Kawaihae and Jessica (James) Keala of Arizona; stepchildren, Jeffrey (Roxy) Guerpo of Honolulu, Felix (Danette) Guerpo of Waikoloa, Clinton (Jessica) Guerpo of Honolulu, Rhonda Guerpo and Mayjell Cabreros of Honokaa; brother, Anastacio Joe Delostrico of Waipio Valley; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Kirah Kei Kuuipo Mendiola-Saiki, 4 months and 6 days, of Hilo died Jan. 1 at Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. No services. Survived by parents, Ka‘ipo Saiki and Kaysha Mendiola; sisters, Kissayas Mendiola-Saiki, Kaiyanee Mendiola-Saiki, Kaaliyah Mendiola-Saiki, Kaysea Mendiola-Saiki and Kiari Mendiola-Saiki; grandparents, Victoria “Darlene” (Kendall Cozo) Mendiola and Ronald Futoshi (Susan Mary Daniels) Saiki Jr.; great-grandparents, Richard and Mary Mendiola; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Lena Colene Mitchell, 90, of Kurtistown, formerly of Los Angeles, died Jan. 26 at Arquitola Foster Home in Keaau. Born in Static, Tenn., she was a retired operations manager for Gemini United. Private celebration of life at a later date. Memorial donations to Hawaii Island Adult Care or The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank. Online condolences: Survived by daughters, Julie Mitchell of Kurtistown and Gina Reyes of Kailua-Kona; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

George Hiroshi Yamamoto, 96, of Hilo died Nov. 28 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired Hawaii County police officer, real estate salesman, U.S. Army veteran and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Central Komohana Kumiai, Hilo Exchange Club and Hilo Interpreters Club. Private services. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Shizuko Yamamoto of Hilo, son, Darrell Yamamoto of Hilo; daughter, Cynthia (Kazuyoshi) Takayama of Chiba, Japan; sisters, Teruko Fujioka of Honolulu and Kazue Hanabusa of Palo Alto, Calif.; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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