Obituaries for March 15

Elmer Makalona Auna, Jr., 63, of Honokaa died Feb. 11. Born in Honokaa, he was an equipment operator for the former Hamakua Sugar Co., irrigation worker for Hawaiian Irrigation Co. and course maintenance worker at Waimea Country Club. Celebration of life 2 p.m. Saturday (March 21) at Kukuihaele Park. Casual Attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Laura Kimura Auna of Honokaa; sons, Christopher Auna of Kahului, Maui, and Brandon Auna of Honokaa; sisters, Joanne Nakamura of Kukuihaele, Noreen Kunishige and Myra Kunishige of Kawaihae; a grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jesus Jimenez “Jesse” Caspillo, 52, of Mountain View died Feb. 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kaunakakai, Molokai, he was an electrician for T&T Electric. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday (March 19) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 9-10 a.m. Friday (March 20) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Molokai memorial service at a later date. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by fiancée, Jodie Padilla of Mountain View; mother, Barbara J. Caspillo of Molokai; sisters, Mary Liza (Teddy Foronda) Caspillo of Ewa Beach, Oahu, and Gloria Jean (Larry) Aalona of Molokai; brother, Edwin (Daine) Caspillo of Mililani, Oahu; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Araminta “Minnie” Ellen Clifton, 90, of Pahoa died March 10 at home. Born in South Dakota, she was a homemaker and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waikahe Ward. Family graveside committal service 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 17) at Alae Cemetery. Survived by son, Jared Clifton of Oregon; daughters, Kathleen (Geoff) Cleak of Walnut Creek, Calif., Teresa (Chayan) Samalee of Tacoma, Wash., Lila (Gilman) Kahai and Amy (Gordon) Naehu of Pahoa; 24 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ira Michael De Mattos, 31, of Hilo died Feb. 10 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hawaii, he was a manager for Sushi Shiono. Visitation 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday (March 21) at Ballard Family Mortuary. Service at 11 a.m. Lunch to follow. Survived by wife, Jessica Reiko De Mattos; parents, Michael and Clara De Mattos of Hilo; brothers, Blane Gracida, Kyle (Cholena) Gracida and Damien (Anela) De Mattos of Hilo. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Naomi Sakaguchi, 64, of Hilo died Feb. 15 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. She was born in Saitama, Japan. Private services held. No koden (monetary gifts). Online condolences: Survived by husband, Roy Sakaguchi; sister, Yvonne (Carl) Kuwada; brother, Roy (Paula) Hatanaka; nieces, nephews, and grandnieces. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.


Kaniu Mary Bacon Segovia, 61, of Hilo died March 1 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a self-employed tax preparer and former schoolteacher. Visitation 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday (March 21) at The Arc of Hilo Event Center, 1099 Waianuenue Ave. Celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Aloha attire; flowers and lei welcome. Online condolences: Survived by mother, Mercedes Hutchison Bacon of Kailua, Oahu; husband, Harold Segovia of Hilo; daughter, Kapaelani Segovia Comstock of Hilo; brothers, James “Kimo” Bacon of Huntsville, Ala., and Paul Bacon of Pahoa; sisters, Monica Bacon of Makiki, Oahu, Anna Bacon Slagle of Kailua, Oahu, and Mara Bacon Chang of Kaneohe, Oahu; four grandsons; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Jenny Y.R. Tavares, 79, of Waimea died Feb. 17 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Waimea, she was a homemaker. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Sunday, March 22, at Spencer Beach Park large pavilion. Lunch to follow. Survived by sons, Richard (Shirley) Tavares Sr. of Hilo and Daniel (Christy) Brodbeck of Arizona; daughters, Lee (Robert Kealoha) Tavares of Texas and Leean (Jerry Ontiveros) Tavares of Waimea; sister, Alice Park of Honolulu; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

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