Obituaries for May 22

Neill Bell, 74, of Kailua-Kona died May 20 in Kailua-Kona. Born in Washington, D.C., he was a college history teacher. Private services. Online condolences: Survived by spouse, Elizabeth Miller; brother, David (Diane) Bell of Indian River, Fla. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Teruko “Terry” Kaneshiro, 89, of Kapaau died May 11 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Kohala, she was a housekeeper for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, cafeteria worker for Halaula Elementary School and member of Kohala Okinawan Club and Kohala Senior Citizens Club. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by daughters, Sally Kaneshiro of Halawa, North Kohala, and Jan Kaneshiro of Kailua-Kona; sons, Dennis (Evelyn) Kaneshiro of Halawa and Charles (Dale) Kaneshiro of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Yoshiyuki Sugata and Kakumi (Anna) Sugata of Hilo, Susumu (Adeline) Sugata of Honokaa; sister-in-law, Alyce Toshiko Yamaguchi of Waimea; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Takao Katoku, 90, of Captain Cook died May 10 at Rosalinda’s Care Home. Born in Kealakekua, he was a supervisor for DAGS and member of Hinds Kumiai and Kona Hongwanji Shinwa Kai. Private services at a later date. Survived by brothers, Allen (Fumie) Katoku of Honolulu, Francis Katoku and Gary Katoku of Captain Cook; sisters, Sylvia Hayase and Evelyn (Harold) Tasaka of Oahu; sister-in-law, Sachiko Katoku of Captain Cook; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Francene Kananimaeole Leong, 83, of Keaau, formerly of Kailua, Oahu, died May 13 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was an outreach eligibility worker for Waimanalo Health Center. Celebration of life and service at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by daughters, Carrie (Rodney Jr.) Choy Foo, Lurene (Randy) Choy Foo and Kristina (Bully) Kakuda; sons, Roland (JoAnn) Leong, Wayne Leong and Shannon (Angie) Leong; sisters, Kathleen K. Hardy of Honolulu, Caroldeen K. Combs of Orange County, Calif., and Raelene K. Combs of Honolulu; 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Jesse Tetsuo Minamishin, 48, of Captain Cook died May 11 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a maintenance worker for Spiffy, former employee for Sakamoto Electric, fisherman and boatbuilder. Private services. Condolences to: Jessica or Jimmy Minamishin, P.O. Box 593, Captain Cook, HI 96704. For information, call 464-5972. Survived by mother, May Pinaki Minamishin of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Jessica (Shawn Baniaga) Minamishin of Kailua-Kona; son, Jimmy (Kinohi Lee) Minamishin of Holualoa; stepchildren, Keola Asagra, Ioane Asagra, Kaulana Crisafi, Kealia Crisafi and Dana Crisafi of Captain Cook; brothers, Harold (Jodi) Minamishin of Honolulu, Alan Minamishin and Clarence Minamishin Jr. of Kailua-Kona; wife, Kanani Crisafi of Captain Cook; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


Robert Nohoikaiu Thomas III, 58, of Halawa, North Kohala, died May 15. Born in Kona, he worked for the Brantley Center community rehabilitation program. Services at a later date. Survived by aunts, Winona Von Elsner and Patricia Fajardo of Oahu, Mae Wooters of Arizona and Kalei Thomas of California; cousins, Lisa Nahuina of Hawaii, Lynette Von Elsner of Oahu, Ken Von Elsner of Hawaii, Tracy and Larry Fajardo of Oahu, Linda Mae Lehtinen of Arizona, Van Lane Thomas of California; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Ron “Chub” Yamamoto, 70, died May 9 at home. Born in Lahaina, Maui, he was a real estate project manager for Chris Brilhante Realty, anthurium farmer, accountant and coach. Private services held. Survived by wife, Pearl Yamamoto of Hilo; daughters, Kristy (Ken) Kurizaki of Honolulu and Lisa (Samuel Kang) Yamamoto of Hilo; brother, Lester (Laura) Yamamoto of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Susan Yamamoto of Honolulu and Audrey Asato of Hilo; four grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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