Obituaries for November 15

Rosalina “Lita” Bender, 82, of Keaau died Oct. 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Keaau, she was a retired kitchen helper for Hilo Hospital and a hair dresser for Sadano, a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Keaau and a member of Hilo Hospital Retirees Club. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo. Service 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Rainer Bender of Keaau; sister, Carmen (Dino) Canda of Keaau; sister-in-law, Lilo Santos of Hilo; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Adelina “Lina” Mary Marie Castro, 80, of Hilo died Nov. 6 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. She was born in Honomu. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Living Waters Assembly of God, 89 Maikai St. in Hilo. Service at 10 a.m. Private urn burial at a later date. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Raymona (Kaleo) Souza and Lynn (Matthew) Wung of Hilo; sons, Raymond (Kuulei) Castro of Ainaloa, Gary (Elizabeth) Castro, Harry (Ivette) Castro and Wade Castro, all of Hilo; sisters, Mercy Ann (Jason) Spain of Las Vegas, Elizabeth Teyema of Oregon and Evelyn Uratani of Hilo; 26 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Martha DeMeo, 95, of Hilo died Nov. 8 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Connecticut, she was a retired librarian, elementary and high school teacher on the mainland, and loved reading, the beach and visiting the botanical gardens. Private memorial service and celebration of life to be held at later date. Survived by six children, including daughter, Robin DeMeo of Hilo; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Henry Kanehunamoku Kahalewai, Sr., 78, of Hilo died Nov. 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu and raised in Hilo, he was a retired truck driver with Kaiser Cement and HT&T. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. Memorial service 6 p.m. Graveside urn committal service 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Homelani Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Survived by companion, Audrey of Hilo; daughters, Shelly Kahalewai of Hilo and Roxy Kahalewai of Florida; sons, Shawn (Jolene) Kahalewai of Hilo and Rick (Tanya) Kahalewai of Honolulu; brother, Richard (Midge) Kahalewai of Hilo; hanai brother, Earl (Bertha) Kanae of Hilo; sister, Abigail Kahalewai of Kona; three brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Abe “Sonny Boy” Wailama Kihe Jr., 77, of Waimea died Nov. 3 at his residence. Born in Hilo, he was a heavy equipment operator for Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd., Morrison-Knudsen, and George “Maka” Oye Inc. General Construction; a ranch hand at Parker Ranch; and member of Operators Engineer, AFL-CIO and the Cattlemen’s Association. Visitation 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the family’s residence, 64-1031 Kekauluohi St. in Waimea. Service 9 a.m. with lunch to follow. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Merline Lehua Kihe; daughters, Christine Lehua Young, Abeline Wainani (Ivan) Primo, and Emily Leimamo (Edward) Kawamoto; sons, David Wailama Kihe and Abraham Wailama (Pi’ikea) Kihe III; sister, Dolly (Alfredo) Asprer; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Franell K. Pe‘a-Henry, 51, of Hilo died Nov. 2 at Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Kona. Visitation 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at Ballard Family Mortuary, 570 Kinoole St. in Hilo. Service at 10 a.m. Burial noon at Veterans Cemetery No. 2 with a lunch to follow. Survived by husband, Lloyd K. Henry; father, Francis W. Pe‘a; mother Linell M. Pe‘a; sons, Daylen Chang, David Chang; daughters, Shannon Dalmacio, Shauntea Chang; step-daughter, Leanne Mahi; brothers, Lirahn Pe‘a, Ricky Acevedo; sister, Johnell Pe‘a; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles, and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Leslie Silva, 59, of Mountain View died Oct. 19 at Pohai Malama in Hilo. Born in California, she was a jewelry sale associate for a private jewelry company. Memorial service will be held at Nov. 21 at the Grand Naniloa Hotel. RSVP to Survived by Brent A. Silva; father, Jan Berlin; mother, Janet Berlin of Santa Barbara, Calif.; son, Bronson Silva of Hilo; daughters, Alexandra Berlin of Hilo, Cassidy Silva of Seattle; brothers, Greg Berlin and Bruce Berlin of California; sister, Anne Bruce of Illinois; and one grandson. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

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