Obituaries for July 26

Yvonne Haunani Young Baker, 69, of Hilo died July 22 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was manager and part owner of KAHU Radio Station, an independent associate for LegalShield, Kumu Hula for Ke ‘Opio o Puna, stewardess for Aloha Airlines, professional hula dancer and model, won the title of Miss Tourism Hawaii and placed second runner-up in the 1970 Miss Asia Quest contest in the Philippines, was an AARP community support liaison and a tax preparer. Private services held. Survived by husband, Frederick “Pali” H.K. Baker Jr.; mother, Ada Heanu Mydell Young Nomura; sisters, Nalani (David) Sing, Heanu (James) Weller; brother, Ted (Dr. Wanda Meurs) Young; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Roy Mitsuo Fukushima, 66, of Keaau died March 16 at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Kapaa, Kauai, he was a retired plumber and member of the Plumbers and Fitters UA Local Union 675. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo. Memorial service 11 a.m. Casual attire. Face masks and social distancing required. Limited seating and no refreshments at mortuary. Survived by daughters, Maykalena Rios and Jacqueline (Darenn) Fukushima of Keaau; sons, Roy Keoki (Ashley) Fukushima, Robert (Shannon) Fukushima and Kelvin (Kelly) Fukushima of Keaau; brothers, Glenn (Hazel) Fukushima of Keaau, Dennis (Leslie) Fukushima of Puna; sister, Lynn (Darwin) Lilly of Washington State; brother-in-law, Henry Peters of California; sisters-in-law, Bernie Astrande of Oregon, Donna Taketa of Hilo, Margie Ferreira of Michigan; 15 grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Davey Pomaikailani Mahi, 67, of Hilo died July 5 at the Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired transporter and X-ray technician with the Hilo Medical Center, a former warehouse worker at Sears, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Keaukaha Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he was active in the Family History Center. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. Funeral services 6 p.m. Limited seating. Masks and social distancing required. No refreshments. Private committal at a later date. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Aimee (Beau) Addison of Highlands, Mich., Kililani (James Kaulukukui) Mahi and Nicole (Cullen Babagay) Mahi of Hilo; brother, Darnell Mahi of Hilo; sisters, Maydean Bowman of Kohala and Ilima Mahi of North Dakota; brother-in-law, Dennis Matsuyama of Hilo; sister-in-law, Josephine “Sweetheart” Mahi of Hilo; 11 grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Albert G. Nishimura, 92, of Hilo died July 10 at the Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Pahala, he was a retired glazier for the former Honolulu Glass Company, member of Puna Hongwanji Mission, Kyu Pahoa Kumiai, Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Private services held. No flowers and no koden. Survived by wife, Florence Nishimura of Hilo; daughter, Laurie Nishimura of Hilo; son, Jeffrey (Tammy Molina) Nishimura of Hilo; brother, Bob Nishimura of Arizona; sisters, Doris Kuwahara of Hilo, Ellen Mizota of Kaneohe, Oahu; one granddaughter; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Joseph H. Paliafito, of Kurtistown, died June 2. No Services held. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at 932-3153.


Stephanie Pannell, 49, of Hilo died June 3. No Services held. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at 932-3153.

Richard Ventura, 90, of Hilo died July 18. Born and raised in Hilo, he worked for the Mauna Kea Sugar Company and was a member of the Big Island Portuguese Culture Club and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Visitation 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and celebration of Mass 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Colorful Aloha attire requested. Burial at Mauna Kea Memorial Park following the service.

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