Obituaries for May 1

Ann T.K. Aki, 90, of Hilo died April 2 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Japan, she was a homemaker, member of Kamana Senior Center patchwork quilting and ukulele classes and former member of Lower Kawailani Kumiai. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at Ballard Family Mortuary. Service at 10:30 a.m. Burial noon at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Memorial donations to Alzheimer’s Association, Aloha Chapter. Survived by sons, Henri (Maxine) Aki Jr. of Hilo and David (Tara) Aki of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; daughter, Cynthia (Melvin) Chow of Honolulu; brothers-in-law, Wallace (Shirley) Aki of Hilo and William (Betty) Aki of Florida; sisters, Michie Morishige and Hiroko Mitsuhiro of Japan; sisters-in-law, Amie Yap of Colorado, Jennie Aki of Hilo, Lily Chow of Hilo and Rose Miyashiro of Honolulu; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangement by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Romualdo “Rolly” Cabay Bermudez, 64, of Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, formerly of Keaau, died April 27 at home. He was born in Brgy. Pen-ned Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Funeral services held in the Philippines. Survived by wife, Melania Grayda of the Philippines; daughters, Jennifer (Diallo Jackson) Bermudez, Cheryl (Tim Ardena) Bermudez and Gayle Bermudez of Seattle; stepdaughters, Marla Hipolito of Bulacan, Philippines, and Maricel Grayda of Manila; sisters, Florecita (Ancelmo Jr.) Alonzo of Waikoloa, Yolanda (Peter) Acorda and Junelle Bermudez of California, Mary Jane (Shon IV) Bowden of Volcano; stepson, Marlon (Jingle) Grayda of the Philippines; brothers, Conrado Bermudez of Keaau, Pablito Bermudez of California and Jay (Maria) Bermudez of Honolulu; stepmother, Carlina Bermudez of Keaau; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Bermudez of Keaau; five grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Elisa Marie Eubank, 67, of Waikoloa died March 31. Born in Raton, N.M., she received a B.A. degree from New Mexico State University in 1974. Private services held. Memorial donations to Joe R. and Esmeralda Cordova Memorial Scholarship at Online condolences: Survived by husband, Randy Eubank; sister, Vera Estrada; brother Richard Cordova. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Paulette Ligaya Kato, 66, of Hilo died March 11 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired housekeeper for Nana Management Services in Alaska and member of 3 Days 3 Nights Study Hall. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 9-10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the mortuary. Burial 11 a.m. at Homelani Memorial Park, Lehua Section. Celebration of life noon-7 p.m. at Haili Tent next to Panaewa Park. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Walter Kato Jr. of Oahu and Cortny (Caysha Leslie) Kato of Hilo; brothers, Joseph Keomaka and Anthony (Gayle) Martin of Honolulu, John Chu Hing, Clyde Agres and Edward Pascua of Hilo; four granddaughters; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Kelly Won Leong, 58, of Hilo died April 6 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born on Oahu, he was a project specialist for the University of Hawaii at Hilo Division of Student Affairs, was UH-Hilo’s first full-time sports information director for more than 25 years, an official with Hawaii Island Sports Officials Association, and coached the Waiakea Pirates Gummy Bears softball team and Hilo High School dive team. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at UH-Hilo Vulcan Gymnasium. Celebration of life service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Ethyn Leong and Jye Leong of New York City; father, Norman Won (stepmother Juanita) of Honolulu; brothers, Eric Won of Minneapolis and Russell Won of St. Louis; co-parent of Ethyn and Jye Leong, Alyson Kakugawa-Leong of Hilo; uncles, aunts, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Gilbert Hinano Whitney, 77, of Virginia Beach, Va., died April 7 in Virginia Beach. Born in Keaukaha, he was a retired U.S. Navy veteran, retired postmaster for the Virginia Beach Post Office, member of and volunteer at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach and avid fisherman. Hilo memorial services at a later date. Survived by wife, Mary (Fisher) Whitney; daughter, Candice Noelani Whitney; brothers, Lemona (Billie Jeane) Whitney of Waikoloa and Delbert (Lillian) Whitney Sr. of Keaukaha; sister, Nani Whitney (Camacho) of Keaukaha; a granddaughter; nieces, nephews and cousins.

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