Obituaries for February 21

Emiko Enriquez, 92, of Hilo died Feb. 10 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Hospice Care Center. Born in Tsingtao, China, she was a retired secretary and civilian interpreter for the U.S. Army and homemaker. Private services held. Survived by daughter, Naomi (Tom) Enriquez-Soraoka of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister, Ruriko Matsuo of Japan; two granddaughters; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ronald Hideo Kawada, 77, of Hilo died Feb. 9 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Hospice Care Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a was retired assistant store manager at Longs Drugs in Hilo. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Toni Sakai-Kawada of Hilo; sons, Brian (Michele Takeuchi) Kawada and Michael Kawada of Honolulu, Francis Sakai-Kawada of Hilo and Keagan Sakai-Kawada of New York; daughter, Kim (Frank Ternasky) Kawada of San Diego, Catherine (Ken Barrow) Kawada and Dawn (Peter) Tsukazaki of Honolulu; sisters, Frances Mineshima, Arlene (George) Hayashi, Jeanette (Satong) Saewong and Patricia Jamieson of Honolulu; mother-in-law, Kiyoko “Kay” Sakai of Hilo; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Flora “Tita” Leiomalama Desha Beamer Solomon, 92, of Waimea died Feb. 8 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was owner and loea kumu hula of the former Beamer Solomon Hula Arts studio in Hilo, former Hawaii Island Aloha Week chairwoman, served on the first Merry Monarch hula competition committee and was a member of Haili Congregational Church. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Imiola Congregational Church in Waimea. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Aloha attire. Survived by husband, Randolph F. Solomon Sr. of Waimea; daughters, Malama Solomon and Hulali (Robert Covington) Solomon Covington of Waimea; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and two cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Tassie Jean Torres, 44, of Ocean View died Jan. 19. She worked with handicapped services to package items for commercial use. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 23) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow in the cemetery adjacent to the church. Online condolences: Survived by mother, Raynette (Calvin) Udac of Ocean View; father, Gary (Kaylene) Torres of Honokaa; brothers, Gary (Bobby Jo Perez) Torres Jr. of Honokaa, Dustin Jose and Troy Jose of Kailua-Kona, Amy Jose of Oregon, Allan Jose of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Selina (Wes Demotta) Medeiros of Honokaa and Jennifer (Pono Amasi) Medeiros of Oahu; nieces and nephews. Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Fumie Matsumoto Vasquez, 108, of Papaaloa died Feb. 13 at a care home in Keaau. Born in Ookala, she was a seamstress for the former Vasquez Tailor Shop and homemaker. Private services. Survived by sons, Toshiyuki (Barbara) Yamasaka of Honolulu, Robert (Diane) Vasquez of Tucson, Ariz., and Dennis Vasquez of Apple Valley, Calif.; daughters, Sumie (Ronald) Fairburn of Grovetown, Ga., and Yukie Kent of Madras, Ore.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Allen Archie Vincent, 85, of Waikoloa died Jan. 24 in Hilo. Born on Oahu, he was retired from the engineering department at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, worked in construction and auto body and was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Memorial services 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Waikoloa. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Martha; daughters, Terryanne (Daniel) Ireland of Waikoloa and Cindy (Peter) Madix of Walla Walla, Wash.; son, Casey Anderson of Waikoloa; brothers, Frank Vincent of Honolulu, Herman (Sharon) Vincent of Washington and Victor (Cindy) Vincent of Idaho; sisters, Betty (Phil) Stephan and Bernadette Vincent of Idaho; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

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