Obituaries for August 2

Violet Haleaniani “Aniani” Kalai, 77, of Hilo died July 19 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a retired office clerk with Centex Tele-Managing Co. and a member of the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. Funeral services 6 p.m. Seating is limited, Face covering and social distancing required. No refreshments. Private committal services. Casual attire. Survived by daughter, Dawn Kaleihoku (Sheldon Aguiar) Kalai-Aguiar of Hilo; brothers, Rudy (Drue) Ai of Kailua-Kona and Vernon (Sandra) Ai of Hilo; sister-in-law, Joy Ai of Wahiawa; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Debra Kohara, 62, of Naalehu died March 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pahala, she was a retired secretary for Naalehu Elementary School and member of Hope Dia-mend Ministries. Public visitation 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo. Private services. No flowers. Face masks and social distancing required. No refreshments. Survived by husband, Dan Kohara of Naalehu; sons, Brian (Chelsea) Kohara of Hilo, Brice Kohara of Tacoma, Wash.; mothers, Louisa Pabre of Aberdeen, S.D., Teofila Babas of Pahala; mother-in-law, Irene Kohara of Naalehu; brothers, Shane (Sally) Braceros of Mount Vernon, Wash., Steven (Juanita) Babas and Ferdinand (Colbey) Babas of Hilo, Andrew Pabre of Kona; sisters, Linda Schafer of Saint Paul Park, Minn., Donna (Deen) Tsukamoto of Naalehu, Joanne (Byron) Ebsen of Milbank, S.D., Audrey (Jeff) Amdahl of Aberdeen, S.D.; brothers-in-law, Glenn (Lynn) Kohara of Naalehu, Bert (Marlyse) Kohara of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Marion (Erich) Stachowske of Adrian, Mich., Myra (Stanley) Eugenio of Ookala; five grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Rosalie Lonnie Jo Pacheco, 78, of Holualoa died July 10 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kona, she was a homemaker, a security officer at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Services will be held at a later date. Survived by daughter, Leilani Pacheco of Palm Desert, Calif.; son, Clifford Pacheco of Holualoa; brothers, Tommy (Rosemary) Duarte, Albert (Sandra) Duarte of Holualoa; two grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Raymond Yutaka Shimizu, 77, of Hilo died July 22 at his residence. Born in Hilo, he was a general contractor and retired proprietor of RYS General Contracting in Hilo. No services. No flowers or Koden. Survived by sons, Clayton (Wendy) Shimizu, Dean Shimizu and Calvin Shimizu of Hilo and Keith Shimizu of Anaheim, Calif.; brothers, Yoshiharu (Chikako) Shimizu of Japan and Jerry (Helga) Shimizu of Kona; sisters, Yuriko Umetsu of Hilo and Marion Kupahu of Oahu; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Utako Uchimura Tao, 99, of Hilo died July 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kona, she was a retired head nurse of the OB/maternity ward at Hilo Medical Center and member of Community of Christ and Hilo Hospital Retirees. Private services held. Survived by son, Karl (Natalie) Tao of Happy Valley, Ore.; daughters, Linda (Darren) Yonenaga of San Jose, Calif., Carole (Bryan) Akau of Hilo; stepson, Dr. Marlin (Mary Jane) Sakata of Puyallup, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Austin “Ozzy” Haleumiokalani Wills, 37, of Holualoa died July 25 in Kailua-Kona. Born in Hilo, he was an avid waterman and surf instructor. Celebration of life to be announced. Online condolences may be made at Survived by girlfriend, Jamie Cadiente; daughters, Maia and Naomi Wills of Kailua-Kona; parents, Rex and Marilyn Hopkins-Wills of Holualoa; sister, U‘ilani (Bryson) Manuel of Hilo; and maternal grandmother Ruby Hopkins of Kaneohe, Oahu. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

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