Obituaries for March 2

Francisca Suetos Abella, 97, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 12 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Bantog, Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines, she was a housekeeper at the former Keauhou Beach Hotel and Royal Sea Cliff Resort and member of Ilocano Ancestry Club, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Filipino Organization of Kona and Filipino American West of Kona. Services held. Burial in Kona Memorial Park in Holualoa. Survived by son, Terry (Lynn Borbe) Abella of Kailua-Kona; five grandchildren; an aunt; cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Roy Alonzo, 78, of Hilo, died Feb. 2 in Hilo. Born in Keaau, he was a construction worker, former farmer, karate black belt and volleyball player and coach. Private services. Survived by two sisters and a brother. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Ninaalexand Gebhardt, 82, of Ka‘u died Dec. 24 at Ka‘u Hospital. No services. Survivors are asked to contact Ballard Family Mortuary at 808-935-8445.

Ernestine “Ernie” Makalapua Kealoha, 71, of Hilo died Feb. 14 at Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a receptionist for Floral Resources, worked at the former Hilo Lanes and Hawaiian Tel and was a member of New Hope Church Hilo. Celebration of life 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale. Casual attire. Survived by son, Conrad (Candace Acia) Kealoha of Hilo; siblings, Diane (Tante) Yadao of Honolulu, Kim (Paul) Michele of Pennsylvania, Roberta Banks and Kenneth (Ella) Akim-Seu of Keaau, Patricia (Michael) Hodson of Waimea, Candace Johnson of Oahu; father, Woodrow (Erlinda) Young of Waimea; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Patrick “Pat” Alan Smith, 52, of Pahoa died Jan. 18 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. Private services. Online condolences: Survived by sisters, Carol Smith of Juneau, Alaska, Theresa “Terri” Manuzak of Hilo, Delrene (Vincent) DeLille of Stockbridge, Ga., and Rita (Makani) Miller of Keaau; brothers, Walter “Firpo” Smith of Kalapana, Tony (Geni) Provencio of Stockbridge, Ga., Henry Huff of Glenwood, Wa., and Carlos (Sheila) Huff of Valdez, Alaska; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.


Huellyn Kahalelaukoa Whitford, 67, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 15 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a social worker for Family Support Services and Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, and alumna of Punahou High School. Visitation noon-1 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at Waimea Town Hall, 67-1182 Lindsey Rd. Services 1-5 p.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by daughters, Lauren (C.J.) Leanio of Kona and Kealia (Likana) Prince of Hilo; son, Keoni (Andrea) DeGuair of Kona; brothers, Hugh (Rosa) Whitford III of Honolulu, Saichi (Connie) Oba of Alaska and Josh (Jenn) Oba of Honolulu; sisters, Dayna Mora of Kealakekua and Dilla (Jeff Sayles) Oba of Keaau; brother-in-law, Willie Kaupiko of Milolii; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

William “Yama” Yamamoto, 84, of Hilo died Feb. 21 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Niulii, Kohala, he was a retired heavy equipment mechanic for the former Pacific Machinery and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Sunday (March 8) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 6 p.m. Burial noon, Monday March 9, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Mildred Yamamoto of Hilo; son, Bradford (Ann) Yamamoto Sr. of Hilo; daughters, Liyo Yamamoto-Mancia of Long Beach, Calif., and Nyla Yamamoto of Hilo; brother, Manuel (June) Yamamoto of Kohala; sisters-in-law, Ethel Yamamoto and Hanako Yamamoto of Kohala, Rosemarie Yamamoto of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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