Obituaries for May 6

Mitra Aslani, 75, of North Kohala died April 28 at home. Born in Tehran, Iran, she was a retired employee of Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort. Private service held. Condolences to: B. Sulistiono, P.O. Box 44623, Kamuela, HI 96743. Survived by daughters, Mandana Hosseindoust of California and Bita (Dedy) Sulistiono of North Kohala; a granddaughter. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Mary Kuulei Evangelista, 89, of Pahala died April 2 in Hilo. Born in Pahala, she was a retired supervisor for Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council and member of the Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Private graveside service for family only 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Pahala Catholic Cemetery. Memorial service at a later date. Survived by sons, Roderick A. (Marcia) Evangelista of Mountain View, Vernon A. (Maelyne) Evangelista of Waimea, Harry V. Evangelista of Pahala and John L. (Samuelyn) Evangelista of Hilo; daughter, Georgette (Sonny) Ramos of Naalehu; sisters in-law, Loretta Labicani and Encarnation L. Evangelista of Hilo; hanai son, Patrick (Ruth) Andrade of Kona; hanai daughters, Winifred (Lawrence) De Soto of Honolulu, Abigail (Brandon) Seda of Papaikou and Tutie Brennan of Kohala; 36 grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Lena “Aunty Hobby” Kamilipua Hooper, 76, of Kainaliu died April 17 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honalo, she was a retired housekeeper for Royal Kona Resort. Service information at a later date. Condolences to: J. Demello, P.O. Box 1787, Kealakekua, HI 96750. Survived by brothers, William (Emalinelu) Hooper III of Puuanahulu and Gary Hooper of Honalo; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Daniel Kahawai, 71, of Keaau died March 19 in Hilo. Born in Waianae, Oahu, he was a retired custodian for Kamaile Elementary School in Waianae. Celebration of Life at a later date on Oahu. Survived by wife, Gwendolyn Kahawai of Waianae; son, Jonah (Mykalyn) Kahawai of Waianae; daughter, Rowena Lehua (Marc) Ota of Keaau; sisters, Janice Kahawai and Caroline Kahawai-Bargas of Waianae, Olinda Kuamo‘o-Salem of Oregon; eight grandchildren, numerous cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Tevita Mapa Kauvaka, 64, of Keaau died April 11 at home. He was born in Tonga. Private services held. Survived by wife, Ana Kauvaka; daughters, Edwina Kauvaka, Losaline, Ashleyann, Otoota, Anaseini and Telika; sons, Sialeataongo, Viliami, Ofa, Kamaloni and Coolee; brothers, Sitiveni Kauvaka, Koli Kauvaka, Lautaimi Kauvaka, Likitoni Kauvaka, Sione Kauvaka, Tevita Kuma Kauvaka and Toni Kauvaka; sisters, Anaseini Kivalu, Tena Kauvaka and Liekina Velingatoni; six grandsons. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jose David Martinez, 71, of Kalapana died April 15 at Hilo Medical Center. He was a lava photographer. Survived by wife, Donna Perry; daughter, Sarah (Tony) Vargas of Cranberry, Pa.; siblings, Lupe Martinez and Connie Albitre of California, Jesse Martinez of New Mexico, Lynda Martinez-Anguiano of California; a granddaughter; nieces, nephews and grandnieces.


Evelyn Yasuko Nakamura, 84, of Hilo died March 23 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired schoolteacher. Services pending. Survived by husband, Masao Nakamura of Hilo; daughter, Sharyl (Vince) Kasarskis of Hilo; son, Ray (Mari) Nakamura of Hilo; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Lawrence M. Pahukoa, 58, of Hilo died April 13 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a musician and painter. Private services held. Survived by father, Gerald M. Pahukoa; mother, Ida L. Malakaua; sons, Lowen Lara and Lawrence Jala Pahukoa; daughter, Tiana Pahukoa Ramento; brothers, Charles Pahukoa, Joshua Pahukoa, Micah Pahukoa, John Pahukoa and Ronal Bernard Jr.; sisters, Cristy Pahukoa, Tina Pahukoa, Kaui Alexander and Tanya Hegarty; six grandchildren; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.

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