Obituaries for May 16

Crayton Kapi‘ookeanuenue Eleneki, 53, of Hawaiian Acres died May 8 in Hilo. Celebration of life service 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at 362 Lauae Yung Ave in Hilo. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Maui celebration of life Sunday, May 26, oceanside below the Maluhia Church on Lower Waiehu Beach Road in Wailuku. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Jody U‘ilani Rapoza Eleneki of Hawaiian Acres; daughter, Cassandra (Justin Baker) Kalei‘ula Rapoza of Seattle; sons, Garret Keolahou Eleneki and Cameron Kaleikaumaka Eleneki of Hawaiian Acres; sisters, Myrajill (Glenn) Kahoohanohano of Kihei, Maui, Paullette (Derrick) Miller of Hilo, Dawn (David) Ka‘o Mattos of Waikapu, Maui, and Isabella (Richard Jr.) Ka‘ihi Bissen of Kahului, Maui; brothers, Ellery Clyde Eleneki of Hilo, Ralph Eleneki of Ainaloa, Timothy (Carole) Eleneki of Waikapu and Rowene (Lisa) Eleneki of Kihei; three granddaughters. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Michael Del Mar, 73, of Pearl City, Oahu, formerly of Hilo, died March 6. Born in Clarin, Bohol, Philippines, he was a professional dance instructor for Arthur Murray, kali escrima grandmaster, 2014 inductee to the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame, limbo champion who performed in Tom Moffatt productions and U.S. Marines Vietnam War veteran. Celebration of life noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Hilo Woman’s Club, 7 Lele St. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by sons, Christopher Del Mar and Eric Del Mar; brothers, Joey Del Mar and Jesus (Debra) Del Mar Jr.; sisters, Marcel (Malcolm) Smith, Pearla (Derek) Olaso and Jewel Moore; grandchildren and a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Robert Thomas Kitchen, aka Robert Thomas, 71, of Kailua-Kona died April 23 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Pasadena, Calif., he was an artist and owner of Robert Thomas Fine Art and Gifts and U.S. Army veteran. Graveside service noon Thursday, May 23, at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kailua-Kona. Celebration of life 2-5 p.m. at Calvary Community Church off Lako St. in Kailua-Kona. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Victoria Kitchen of Kailua-Kona; sons, Michael (Mariana) Kitchen of Kailua-Kona, Robert (Katy) Kitchen of Buena Park, Calif., and Stephen Kitchen of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Carolyn (Eraldo) Melo of Brazil, Elizabeth (Ernest) Young and Nicole (Roy) Gomes of Kailua-Kona; brother, Timothy (Lisa) Kitchen of Pacific, Wash.; sisters, Colleen (Jim) Sasser of Azusa, Calif., Maureen Blow of Monroe, Wash., Patty (Chris) Forbes of Overland Park, Kan., and Nancy Norton of Tacoma, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Venerando “Tata” “Vinny” Viloria Utrera, 77, of Kailua-Kona died April 12 at home. Born in San Vicente, Magsingal, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a cook for the former Kona Lagoon Hotel, former Pottery Steakhouse and Big Island Grill, deli worker for KTA Super Stores and member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. All-night vigil 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, at his home, 75-5943 Pamalo Place. Visitation again 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Alii Drive. Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Kona Memorial Park in Holualoa. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Melvin Utrera and Marlon (Elizabeth) Utrera of Kailua-Kona, Venerando (Arlene) Utrera Jr. of Maui, Miguel (Jocelyn) Utrera of the Philippines and Miller Utrera of San Jose, Calif.; daughters, Madeline (Patrick) Rigler of Maui and Minda (Alan) Cooksey of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Otilio Utrera and Juvencio (Elnora) Utrera of Arizona, Benito Utrera and Jose (Amelia) Utrera of Kailua-Kona; sister, Virginia (Marciano) Tabios of Kailua-Kona; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


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