Juliana “Anna” Butts, 74, of Hilo died Jan. 19 at home. Born in Kukaiau, she was a retired tutor for the state Department of Education, ukulele player and singer with the Kamana “Ukulele for Fun” group, and lauhala weaver and seamstress. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Condolences to: 140 Mikimiki Place, Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by husband, Bruce D. Butts of Hilo; son, Danon R.K. DuBoise of Hilo; daughters, Danette Renee DuBoise of Las Vegas and Daylynn Ana (Bern) Brostek of North Kohala; brothers, Benjamin Feliciano and Martin (Diane) Feliciano of Paauilo, Pabling “Boy” Feliciano of Honokaa, Dyniss Feliciano and Rhudel Feliciano of Roy, Utah; sisters, Margie Feliciano of Hilo, Gina DeRego of Honokaa, Buena (Conrad) Jiminiz of Puna, Marie (Rodney) Paulos of Waimea, Debbie (Gary) Mendes of Ahualoa, Sheila Feliciano of Kona and Kanani Feliciano of Hilo; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Fernando “Bobby” Escobar Gomez Jr., 85, of Hilo died Jan. 21 in the Adult Foster Family Care Home in Hilo. Born in Darapidap, Candon, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a retired automobile mechanic for the former Hilo Motors and the former Keaau Agribusiness Co., U.S. Navy veteran, former unit chairman and Big Island trustee of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and ILWU Bowling League. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Urn burial noon at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Genoveva “Genny” Gomez of Hilo; daughter, Debra (Dr. Garrett) Ota of Hilo; sons, Matthew (Dr. Lara) Gomez of Hilo and Thomas (Jeannine) Gomez of Hilo; brother, Robert Gomez of the Philippines; sisters, Lydia (Rudy) Quincena of West Covina, Calif., Feliza Aganad of Chicago and Mary Lou (Manolo) Valdez of Colorado; sisters-in-law, Natividad Pinzon of Hilo, Francisca Pajarillo of Honolulu and Georgeanna Macanas of Pepeekeo; brothers-in-law, Juan Macanas of Pepeekeo and Edmando (Mavis) Mangibin of Hilo; caregiver, Maria Cariaga of Hilo; eight grandchildren; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Brent Kaneakua, 65, of Pahoa, died Dec. 22 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a drywall hanger and taper and member of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Celebration of life 3 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 8) at Pahoa Community Recreation Center. Survived by wife, Regina Kaneakua of Pahoa; sons, Walaka (Keala) Kaneakua and Kimo Kaneakua of Pahoa; daughter, Malia Kaneakua of Pahoa; six grandchildren; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Arsenia “Arsie” F. Macanas, 80, of Pepeekeo died Jan. 19 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Haina, she was a retired licensed practical nurse, health aide for Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate School and member of Hawaii Government Employees Association and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Visitation 8-9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Juan Macanas of Pepeekeo; sons, Andrew (Andrea) Macanas and Galen (Michele) Macanas of Hilo, Cyrus (Dotty) Macanas of Papaikou; daughter, Juanette (Eddie) Cordeiro of Kalopa; sisters, Pilar DeMattos and Edith Esteban of Hilo; sisters in-law, Setsu Shiroma, Natividad Pinzon and Genoveva Gomez of Hilo, Francisca Pajarillo of Honolulu and Georgeanna Macanas of Pepeekeo; brother in-law, Edmando (Mavis) Mangibin of Hilo; eight grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.