Obituaries for September 10

Albert Ah Sing Jr., 79, of Pahoa died Aug. 28 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired maintenance worker for Long’s Drugs and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 13) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Barbara Ah Sing of Pahoa; sons, Albert Ray (Cortney) Ah Sing of Wheat Ridge, Colo., and James Alan (Jennifer) Ah Sing of Hilo; brother, Patrick (Shayne) Ah Sing of Hilo; sisters, Eileen (Derrick) Mende, Joanne (Patrick) Menino and Linda (Alan) Parker of Hilo; 23 grand- and great-grandchildren, an aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Sharlene Pualani “Lani” Alnas, 63, of Oakland, Calif., formerly of Paauhau, died July 22 in California. Born in New London, Conn., she worked for Piedmont Gardens and Watch Hill Manor nursing homes, Kmart, McDonalds, a preschool and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 14) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Memorial Service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by parents, Val and Shirley Alnas of Paauhau, brother, Ray (Candy) Alnas of Waikoloa; sisters, Crissy (Tim) Smith of Kalopa and Dana (Tim) Costa of Honolulu; nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.


Robert Allen “Bobby” Embernate Jr., 51, of Honokaa died Aug. 19 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honokaa, he was a football coach and member of Honokaa Seventh-day Adventist Church. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 15) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Siupolu Embernate of Honokaa; son, Bryson Embernate of New Jersey; daughters, Brittney (Jacob Keolanui) Embernate of Waimea, Delsey (Ephraim) Semo of Kona and Bobbie Embernate of Honokaa; mother, Joycelyn “Jolly” Embernate of Mililani, Oahu; father, Robert Allen Embernate Sr. of Honokaa; sister, Penny Ellen (Dennison DeRego) Racoma of Ookala; mother-in-law, Faafetai Tofi of Honokaa; a grandson; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Grace Iurilli, 61, of Mountain View died Aug. 28 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center in Hilo. Born in Long Island, N.Y., she was a nurse at Hilo Medical Center, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii Community Correctional Center and nursing home and artist. Private gathering and scattering of ashes Wednesday (Sept. 11) at her home. Survived by husband, Dan Siemens; stepsons, Ethan and Benjamin; her brothers Michael (Janet) and Robert (Lory); hanai children Celia, Rusty, Alicia and Scott; a niece and nephew Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Drew Leo Paniku, 59, of Hilo died Aug. 28 in Hilo. Born in Hilo, he was a tractor-trailer truck driver and heavy equipment operator for Kuwaye Trucking, Suisan, Conen’s, Cypriano Trucking and KCK, U.S. Navy veteran and member of Hilo Jaycees. Celebration of life 3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 15) at Haili Congregational Church. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Charlene “Char” Paniku; daughters, Annika Paniku and Punahele (Jared) Clarke; sons, Kalani (Ralphie) Lovell Jr., David (Nikki) Paniku and Kai Paniku; sisters, Irene Fujita and Paulette Robledo; grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jaime Paul Yagin, 72, of Las Vegas died Aug. 25. Born in Paauilo, was a retired lineman for Hawaii Electric Light Co. Visitation 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 14) at Davis Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks Chapel (Eastern Location) in Las Vegas. Funeral service at 2 p.m. Casual or aloha attire. Online condolences: Survived by son, Mark Yagin of Las Vegas; daughters, Shauna O’Mahoney, Sarah Yagin and Jana (Ricky Ezell) Jackson of Las Vegas; brothers, Eddie (Doreen) Yagin of Honolulu, Veny (Gayle) Yagin of Hilo and Alex (Mindy) Yagin of Paauilo; sisters, Erlinda Reynolds of Hilo, Millie Yagin and Juanita (Victor) Wusstig of Paauilo; six grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

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