Obituaries for August 16

Amihan “Ami” Leilani Eslava Aguirre, 31, of Hilo died June 17. Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Email for more information. Survived by two sons, Stephen K. Deponte Jr. and Sterlen K. Deponte; mother, Presentacion “Presy”Aguirre; brother, Gilbert (Christine) F. Aguirre II; sister, Nuuana (Delson) Maikui; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family.

Alice K. Fujimoto, 93, of Hilo died July 29 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker and member of the Church of the Holy Cross. Private family services held. Survived by son, Michael (Thuy) Fujimoto of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Joan Fujimoto, Roberta (Newton) Chu and Wendy (Peter) Matsuura, all of Hilo; brother, Samuel (Jane) Kurohara of California; sister, Helen Kanda of Guam; sister-in-law, Martha Kurohara of Hilo; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


John Nobuharu Ige, 82, of Pahoa died July 17 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center in Hilo. Born in Lanai, he was a retired painter, janitor, and groundskeeper with the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College. Services to be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at Survived by wife, Marilyn Ige of Pahoa; two sons, Raymond Ige of Honolulu and Reagan (Melissa) Ige of Aiea, Oahu; two daughters, Joni (Christopher) Wood of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Shauna Ige (Gavin Ida) of Pahoa; twin brother, James Ige (Connie Kendall) of Shakopee, Minn.; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

James Bo Chong Siu Jr., 73, of Mountain View, died June 13 in Hoopuloa. Born in Pahala, he was a retired chef at various hotels and restaurants, worked at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and was a farmer. Private services held. Survived by son, Keola (Miho Ito) Siu of Lihue, Kauai; daughter, Pua Siu of Mountain View; mother, Lucy Siu of Hilo; sisters, Tuck Sun Bareng of California, Vivian Mark and Melva (Mark Crowell) Ahu of Hilo; brother, Leon (Malia Elliot) Siu of Honolulu; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Everette Lloyd Souza, 72, of Honokaa died July 20 at home. Born in Honokaa, he was a foreman with Hawaiian Electric, a member of the Honokaa Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the Hamakua Lions Club, a 4-H leader and former Hawaii County liquor commissioner. Visitation 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Honokaa Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Eulogy at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Souza family plot in Honokaa. Seating is limited, face masks and social distancing required. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Clydean Souza of Honokaa; sons, Scott (Nancy) Souza and Shawn (Desha) Souza of Honokaa; daughter, Stephanie (Ignacio) Aguilar of Honokaa; brother, John Roy (Velma) Souza of Honokaa; sister, Debbie (Dwight) Vicente of Hilo; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Bryan Tonga, 27, of Hilo died Aug. 8 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pohnpei, Micronesia, he was a graduate student in the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science program. Funeral services to be held in Pohnpei. Survived by mother, Cathleen (Conrad Andrew) Tonga; father, Derson (Priscilla Noah) Maruame; grandmother, Mary Tonga; five brothers and two sisters. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Genevieve “Tootsie” Wheeler, 77, of Captain Cook died Aug. 8 at her residence. Born in Kealakekua, she was a night auditor at the former Kona Surf resort, a loan officer for First Hawaiian Bank, and a manager for an escrow company. Private services will be held. Survived by son, James (Carlton Hudson) Wheeler of Silver Springs, Md.; brother, Arthur Roy Gouveia of Captain Cook; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and an uncle. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Miyoko S. “Yama” Yamasaki, 97, of Waimea died July 30 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Keaau, she was a forestry worker and a member of Kamuela Hongwanji. Services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at Survived by sons, Howard (Suk) Yamasaki of Aiea, Oahu, and Herbert Yamasaki of Honolulu; daughters, Diane Kanemoto of Pearl City, Oahu, and Coleen (Gerald) Kasamoto of Hilo; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and newphews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

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