Elizabeth Afong, 77, of Kona died May 17. She was born in Hawaii. Services at a later date. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Walter Afong and Darren Afong; daughters, Jamie Montano and Tammy Afong; brothers, Charles Chinn and Kenneth Chinn; sisters, Lani Battey and Christine Griffin; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Marlena Irene Castro Dixon, 41, of Hilo died May 15 at home. Born in Hilo, she was an epidemiological specialist for the state Department of Health, former Big Island liaison for U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, member of Community of Christ Church and graduate of Hilo High School class of 1996, who earned a B.S. in psychology and an M.S. in public education at University of New Mexico. Survived by husband, Ryan Dixon of Hilo; son, Aiden Makana Dixon of Hilo; sister, Genia (John) Castro Fick of Redlands, Calif.; brother, Troy Castro of Hilo; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Sally Ligaya Louis, 73, of Pahala died May 15 in Honolulu. Born in Pahala, she was a licensed costometologist with an A.A. in liberal arts, member of Pahala Senior Center, who organized hula and ukulele sessions, and lead coordinator of Ka‘u High School Alumni. Celebration of life at a later date. Contact Lauren Wong Yuen at 987-6300. Survived by husband, Ellsworth Louis; son, Bradley Louis; daughters, Suzette (Rodney Saragosa) Louis and Lauren (Christopher) Wong Yuen; sister, Jane Santiago; six grandchildren; sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Blaine “Wongie” Robert Keola Wong, 52, of Hilo died May 4 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by daughters, Ashley (Joseph), Saesha (Dalen) and Krysta-Lynn (Pumehana); brother, William “Boy” (Tammy) Wong; sister-in-law, Jolene Florendo; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.