Obituaries for Sept. 20

Gwen Evalani Calpito, 50, of Ocean View died Sept. 14 at home. Born in Wailuku, Maui, she was an attendant at Lipoa Laundromat on Maui. Celebration of life 2 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 26) at Waiohinu Park. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Mariano Calpito Sr. of Ocean View; daughters, Gwen Vinuya of Kihei, Maui, Glory Calpito, and Margie Calpito of Ocean View, Cristi Calpito of Kahului, Maui; son, Mariano Calpito Jr. of Ocean View; parents, Samson and Gwen Vinuya of Ocean View; sisters, Linda Vinuya and Annie Vinuya of Ocean View; hanai brother, Leroy Villaverde of Wailuku, Maui; two grandchildren; cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Patricia Jean Ululani Imai, 78, of Ocean View died Aug. 25 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Kealakekua, she was a federal maintenance worker and member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Wake service 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Honaunau. Visitation 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the church. Mass at 11 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by daughters, LarrieJean (Kelly) Holiday of West Fork, Ark., Gwen Scott of Kainaliu, Anna Imai of Ocean View, Debbie (Colbert Kaio) Chun of Honolulu and Persi (Melvin) Imai-Young of Ocean View; hanai son, Larry Imai II of Ocean View; sister, Ruby Ann Kahoonei of Honaunau; brothers, Wayne (Vera) Kekuewa of Honolulu and Zadoc (Yong-ae) Kekuewa of Honaunau; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Sue Sueko Morita-Rodrigues, 76, of Hilo died Sept. 1 at home. Born in Kohala, she was a contracting specialist for Kilauea Military Camp. Private services held. Online condolences: Survived by husband, Edward Rodrigues of Hilo; sons, David Morita of Hilo and Edward Rodrigues Jr. of Lakewood, Calif.; daughters, Betty Rodrigues of Hilo, Debbie Cervantes of Long Beach and Joy Rodrigues of Wilmington, Calif.; sister, Carol (Tad) Saito of Hilo; brother, Stanley Kayatani of Oahu; daughter-in-law, Keri Morita of Hilo; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Robert Bunji Nakamura, 95, of Hilo died Aug. 31 at home. Born in Holualoa, he was a retired general contractor. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Memorial donations to Hawaii Care Choices. Survived by daughters, Joy (Curtis) Kimura of Waimea, Kauai, and Liann (Terence Yagihara) Ching of Hilo; son, Barry Nakamura of Pasadena, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Patsy Nakamura of Pasadena; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Yasuko “Mildred” Niimi, 88, of Mountain View died July 3 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a retired preschool teacher at Kaumana Drive Baptist Church Keikiland and a member of Church of the Holy Cross and Hui Okinawa. Private services held. Survived by sons, James (Nora) Thompson of Reston, Va., Richard (Caroline) Niimi of Mountain View and Robert (Cynthia) Niimi of Kurtistown; daughters, Jasmine Thompson of Mountain View and Pearl (Eugene) Worley of Irvine, Calif.; brother, Kenneth (Gayle) Higa of Hilo; sisters, Jane Uyeki of Hilo and Betsy (Clyde) Barker of Orangeville, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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.

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