Obituaries for February 25

Robert Akuna Victor Bell, 88, of Waimea died Feb. 20 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua in Honokaa. Born in Waimea, he was a retired electrical technician at Pohakuloa Training Area, former pastor at the former Maili Assembly of God Church on Oahu and member of Imiola Congregational Church. Visitation 9-11. Saturday (Feb. 29) at Imiola Congregational Church in Waimea. Celebration of life at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at church cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by son, Matthew (Kuuipo) J.K. Bell of Waimea; daughters, Gwen “Tweettie” (Ira) Bell of Oahu, Blossom Bell of Oahu and Kimberly (Scott) M. Keolanui of Waimea; daughters-in-law, Roxanne Bell of Oahu and Dora Bell of New Mexico; brothers, David Bell of Oahu, Samuel Bell of Hilo and Autry (Holly) Bell of Waimea; brother-in-law, Jim Whitman of Waimea; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Claravel Mercado Escobar, 24, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a receptionist for Kanaloa resorts and member of River of Life Assembly of God Church in Naalehu. Services held. Survived by son, Kahiau Escobar Nakata of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Kylena-Angel Escobar and Maria Elena Murphy-Escobar of Pahala; mother, Reynie Mercado of Waiohinu; stepmother, Blossom Kailiawa of Pahala; brother, Aaron (Rachel) Intendencia of Hilo; sister, Filipina Escobar of San Francisco, Melanie Intendencia of Hilo, Ermguard (Vesa) Escobar of Alaska, Joy Escobar of Waiohinu, Babylynn Escobar of Naalehu, Rebecca Escobar and Korina Escobar of Pahala and Roxanne Eder of Las Vegas; hanai sister, Cherish Kaliawa of Ocean View; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Franklin “Frank” Edward Hammer, 72, of Keaau died Jan. 3 at home. Born in Cincinnati, he was an anesthesiologist at Hilo Medical Center and Hilo Surgical Center, member of Glad Tidings Church and U.S. Army Medical Corps veteran. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 29) at Dodo Mortuary chapel. Celebration of life at 11 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by son, Steven (Josselyn Ceron) Hammer of Taylorsville, Utah; daughter, Felicia (Alexander Webster) Hammer of Kaneohe, Oahu, Elizabeth (Glenn) Timbal and Amy Evangelista of Hilo; former wives, Sylvia Volkmer-Hammer and Jerelyn Hammer of Hilo; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Rowena Elizabeth Jones, 81, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 14 at Rosalinda Ganir’s Care Home. Born in Hilo, she was a teacher at Kealakehe Elementary School, secretary-treasurer for William F. Jones Insurance, and St. Joseph High School alumna Class of 1956. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 28) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by husband, William F. Jones of Kailua-Kona; brother, Hugh Andrews of Claremont, Calif.; sister, Clare Andrews of Hilo. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Jeannine Alice Kimball, 87, of Hawi died Feb. 12 at home. Born in France, she was a secretary for Global Association. Services held. Survived by sons, Philip (Kei) Kimball of Okinawa and Christopher (May) Kimball of Hawi; daughter, Francine (Mike) Maynard of Boise, Idaho; three grandchildren; an uncle and aunt; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Chaeani-Raye Kealaonaonaokamalani Mauga-Akana, 24, of Hawaii Island died Feb. 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Memorial services and celebration of life 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 29) at Hawaiian Village in Hilo. Casual attire; flower lei and arrangements are welcome. Survived by son, Kamelonu K.K.M.N. Nobriga of Hawaii Island; father, Dennis Akana Jr. of Henderson, Nev.; mother, Caroline (James Makaio II) Mauga of Hawaii Island; sisters, Elena Mauga-Akana, Lakea Robinson, Schylar Robinson and Leiaali Pa of Hawaii Island; brother, Dennis Akana III of Henderson, Nev.; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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