Obituaries for July 10

Latu “Valengi” Seletute Kalekale Tesi Kahumoku, 74, of Kailua-Kona died June 24 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born in Nukualofa, Tonga, she was a retired housekeeper at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wake service 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kona Temple on Kalani Street in Kailua-Kona. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Friday, July 19, at the temple. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial noon at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by daughters, Pielina Tesi, Ekelika Tesi, Selaima Langi and Uini (Patrick) Braz of Kailua-Kona; 10 grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Victoria Yuk Lun Kai, 74, of Waiohinu died June 25 at Ka‘u Hospital. Born in Pahala, she was a retired cook at Naalehu Elementary School and member of the United Public Workers. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church in Waiohinu. Memorial Service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Randolph T. Kai Sr. of Waiohinu; sons, Randolph T. Kai Jr. and Darren K. (Nahoku) Kai of Waiohinu; daughter, Cheryl (Corey) Maesaka of Volcano; sister, Charlene (Marshall) Harvest of Haleiwa; sister in-law, Patricia Wong of Kaalaiki and Ju-Ann Kai of Hilo; brother in-law, Norman M. (Dorothy) Kai of Pahala; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Troy Yoshito Kataoka, 58, of Hilo died June 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was the owner of Hawaii Hookup and former owner of Kosei Exquisite Jewelry. Private services held. Online condolences: Survived by sons, Talen Kataoka and Chancen Kataoka of Texas; daughter, Kyrie Kataoka of Texas; brothers, Kurtis (Sharon) Kataoka and Karl (Elizabeth) Kataoka of Hilo; sister, Kathy (Bert Macanas) Kataoka of Keaau; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Tomoe Tokeshi, 85, of Hilo died June 4 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. She was a former employee of Zippy’s restaurant chain in Honolulu and member of Hilo Hooganji Mission. Private services held. No koden (monetary gifts). Online condolences: Survived by son, Gordon Tokeshi of Keaau; daughters, Cynthia Kawamura and Karen (Jun) Tumacder of Honolulu; brother, Satoru Yamashita of Honolulu; a grandchild. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.


Juanita Ulep, 94, of Pahoa died June 19 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Umingan, Pangasinan, Philippines, she was a harvester for MacFarms of Hawaii and member of Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 9-10 a.m. Friday, July 19, at the chapel. Prayer service at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers and lei welcome. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima Section. Survived by sons, Felipe (Fidelia) Ulep Jr. of the Philippines, Danilo (Luzviminda) Ulep of Naalehu and Roberto (Mary Jane) Ulep of Pahoa; daughters, Rosita (Narciso) Tadeo of Keaau, Maria (Leonarda) Ulep of Pahoa and Cecilia (Binido Prado) Ulep of the Philippines; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Arrangement by Dodo Mortuary.

Shizuko Yamamoto, 93, of Hilo died May 23 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, she was a secretary at Mountain View, Chiefess Kapiolani and Waiakeawaena elementary schools and member of Central Komohana Kumiai. Private services. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by son, Darrell Yamamoto of Hilo; daughter, Cynthia (Kazuyoshi) Takayama of Chiba, Japan; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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