Obituaries for May 1

Dorothy Leimomi Hauanio-Fernandez, 56, of Hilo died April 26 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a processing manager for Hawaiian Fresh Products. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by mother, Elizabeth Hauanio of Hilo; daughter, Shanelle (Jessica) Fernandez of Hilo; sons, Shane Fernandez and Spencer Kahapea of Hilo; sister, Helen Kamauoha of Hilo; brother, Joseph (Shawna) Hauanio of Valencia, Calif.; hanai sister, Rae Hauanio of Pahoa; hanai brother, Les (Denise) Hauanio of Pahoa; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Dr. Walter Franklin Hughes, 98, of Keaau died April 26 at home. Born in Santa Barbara, Calif., he was a retired veterinarian and avian pathologist for Kimberchiks, docent for Collings Foundation’s “Wings of Freedom” tour, member of the Peter Tam Hoy Tai Chi group, B-24 Bomber pilot in U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and grand marshal in Hilo Veterans Day Parade. Memorial service at a later date. Survived by sons, Robert (Joann) Hughes of Boise, Idaho, and Thomas (Vicki) Hughes of Pasco, Wash.; daughter, Patricia (Eddie) Macomber of Keaau; brother, Leroy Hughes of San Diego; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


William “Billy” Kaipo Sr., 66, of Hilo died April 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was retired from Yamada &Sons and a member of Hawaiian Golf Club. Private services held. Survived by wife, Mallory Kaipo of Hilo; sons, William (Kylene Medeiros) Kaipo Jr. and John (Alina-Rae Mendoza) Kaipo of Hilo; daughter, Kristen Kaipo of Honokaa; brother, Joseph “Bully” (Antoinette) Kaipo Jr. of Glenwood; sisters, Betty (Vicente) Pelanca of Hilo and Geraldine Kawasaki of Keaau; sister-in-law, Shirley Kaipo of Hilo; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Paul Joseph Pargett, 77, of Kailua-Kona died April 4 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Oakland, Calif., he was the owner of ARS Electric and a U.S. Navy veteran. Private services at a later date. No flowers. Memorial donations to West Hawaii Humane Society. Survived by wife, Sue-Sue Pargett of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Laura Pipitone of California; son, Nicholas Pargett of California; brothers, Michael Pargett and Steve Pargett of California; sisters, Mimi Vail of Arkansas and Jane Grant of California; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


Shirley Kahaunani Spencer, 51, of Hilo died April 27 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honokaa, she was a loving mother and grandmother. Services at a later date. Survived by daughter, Donielle (Kawika Ho) Gerard-Ho of Hilo; sons, Donald (Linda) Gerard, Dason Gerard and Dalen (Saesha) Spencer of Hilo; brother, Todd (Tikei) Spencer of Hilo; sister, Barbara (Tony Soto) Spencer Apolo of Kona; nine grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Daniel Gichu Watanabe, 74 of Hilo died April 18 at home. Born in Kaunakakai, Molokai, he was a U.S. Army Vietnam War-era veteran. Private services held. Survived by daughter, Reagan Kamahele of Papaikou; son, Bradley Watanabe of Mililani; brother, Orlando Watanabe of Mililani; sister, Margaret (Frank) Fuchino of Waimea; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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