Obituaries for July 16

Shizuko “Elsie” Juanita Dela Cruz, 93, of Paauilo died June 30 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua in Honokaa. Born in Ookala, she was a retired kitchen manager for the former Honokaa Hospital. Private services. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by daughters, Leah (Michael) Hunt of Reno, Nev.; Ann (Jerry) Lines-Tallman of Windsor, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Reene Dela Cruz of Santa Rosa, Calif.; sister, Julia Kaneshige of Paauilo; companion, Taichi Yahata of Honokaa; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Marilyn Chieko Kamei, 83, of Hilo died July 6 at home. Born in Puunene, Maui, she was a retired medical secretary for Kuakini Health System and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin and Senior Net Program. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by husband, Kazuo Kamei of Hilo; son, Richard (Lily) Kamei of Honolulu; daughter, Sandra Taniguchi of Hilo; sister, Lillian Tominaga of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Barbara Morioka of Mililani, Oahu, and Mae Morioka of Honolulu; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Makee M.A. Thomas, 32, of Volcano died July 11 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, he attended Waimea and Honokaa schools. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by parents, Michael and Diana Thomas of Volcano; sister, Ilima Thomas of Haleiwa, Oahu; maternal grandmother, Alana McKinney of Volcano; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


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