Obituaries for September 19

Amy Kimiko Aihara, 83, of Hilo died Aug. 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was retired from Easter Seals and a member of Arise Church. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by son, Keith (Jill) Aihara of Seattle; daughter, Lori (Alvin) Sugiyama of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Edna Nakamoto and Natsue Nakamoto of Honolulu, Chieko Hashizume, Sachiko Komata and Leatrice Aihara of Wahiawa, Oahu; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Diane “Rocky” Sherwood Holck, 71, of Captain Cook died Aug. 4 at home. Born in Kentfield, Calif., she was a commercial angler, poet and writer. Memorial service 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Hawaii Island Humane Society Big Dog Park in Holualoa. Memorial donations to Hawaii Island Humane Society, 78-6767 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa, HI 96725. Condolences c/o S. Bracken, P.O. Box 248, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. For information, email Survived by siblings, Greg Sherwood Cohelan of San Anselmo, Calif., Robin Ramani Cohelan of Hayward, Calif., and Gary Wyatt of Casper, Wyo.; companion, James Palmieri of Captain Cook. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


Elviera “Candy” Okodo, 72, of Hilo died Aug. 18 in Hilo. She worked at Los Angeles International Airport and the former Hilo Quality Cleaners. Celebration of life 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hawaiian Village, Puhi Bay in Keaukaha. Bring photos and stories of Candy to share. Survived by son, Zachary Pau of Oahu; brothers, John (Lorraine) Nobriga of Hilo, Patrick (Evelyn) Nobriga of Mountain View, Frank Nobriga and Mac Leroy Nobriga of Hilo; sisters, Shirley Allen of Los Angeles and Louella Wallace of Oahu; four granddaughters and 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Karley Kau‘ilani Rose, 20, of Hawaiian Beaches died Aug. 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a 2017 graduate of Kua o Ka La New Century Public Charter School. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by companion, Kameron Marquez of Hawaiian Beaches; daughter, Kahiapo‘okeahipaliokekaiopuna K. Rose-Marquez of Hawaiian Beaches; father, Stephen (DeeAnn) Rose of Hawaiian Paradise Park; mother, Rose (Anthony) Burrows of Hawaiian Paradise Park; grandmother, Julie Rose of Hawaiian Paradise Park; sister, Shayanne (McShane) Acia of Hawaiian Paradise Park; stepsister, Tehani Tenn of Hawaiian Paradise Park; stepbrother, Imaikalani Tenn of Hawaiian Paradise Park; a nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Mattie Sewako Soultz, 86, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Hilo, died July 25 in Henderson. Born in Kealakekua, she was a retired registered nurse for the former Hilo Hospital, former U.S. Air Force nurse and former member of the Women’s 800 Bowling League and Hilo Nissei Bowling Club. Services in Nevada at a later date. Survived by daughter, Sandra Soultz of Henderson; son, Paul (Lorena) Soultz of Hilo; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Local arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Ruth Springer, 66, of Pahoa died Sept. 12 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Surviving relatives are asked to call Ballard Family Mortuary at 935-8445.

Christopher Ryan Sugimoto, 38, of Hilo died Sept. 11 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hayward, Calif., he was a five-year veteran of the Hawaii Police Department and 2008 graduate of San Jose State University with a bachelor’s of science in justice studies. No services. Survived by mother, Jill (Bob) Fraka of San Jose, Calif.; father, Dennis (Kathy) Sugimoto of Dacula, Ga.; sister, Lindsay Fraka of California; stepsiblings, Rob (Kendra) Fraka, Kelly Stafford and Anthony Chandler of California; grandparents, Robert and Shirley Goldman of San Jose; other relatives. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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