Obituaries for September 4

Jacqueline Leslie Becker, 64, of Honokaa died Aug. 25 at home. Born in Kenya, she was an equine therapist and owner of International Pony Rubs. No services. Survived by, husband, Thomas Peterson of Honokaa; father, Brian Clay of Australia; brother, Trevor Clay of Australia. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Arthur Ellis Kalanikiekie Brusco Sr., 76, of Kailua-Kona died May 14. Born in Pearl City, Oahu, he was a retired trucking business owner, member of Puka da Sky Golf Club, and past president of Hui Ilima Of Santa Clara County. Private services. Survived by wife, Phoebe Brusco; son, Arthur (Susan) Brusco Jr. of Keaau; daughter Heather (Morris) Brusco of Kailua-Kona; and a grandson.


Dianna Rhoda Ching, 77, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 26 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a housewife, worked as a room maid at the King Kamehameha Hotel and sales clerk at Payless Store, and was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna. Services will be held at a later date. For more information, contact the family at Survived by daughters, Laurie Kepa‘a of Captain Cook, Bernie (Clement) Kaimiola and TeriBeth (Bill) Ching-Robinson of Kailua-Kona; sons, Leroy Santos Jr. of Kauai, Louis (Lovilyne Niihau) Ching Jr. of Ft. Worth, Texas; brother, Charles (Ann) de Grace of Honolulu; sisters, Rosemarie (Stanley) McKee of Honokaa, Yvonne (Larry) Teves of Kauai; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Yong Sun Hong, 84, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 30 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Seoul, Korea, she was a self-employed seamstress and member of the Kona Korean Missions Church. Services will be held at a later date. Survived by sons, Chan Hong of Kailua-Kona and Yong (Cherry Park) Hong of Pennsylvania; daughter, Misuk (Jung Ho) of Korea; brother, Kyu Tak (Jun Ye) Chae of New York; four grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Darrell “Mala” Malakaua, 63, of Kailua-Kona, died Aug. 26 at his residence. Born in Hilo, he was a security guard for Kona Seaside Hotel and Kona Bowl; a former truck driver for Better Brands, Paradise Beverages, Roberts Hawaii and Slim Holt Hawaii; a certified nursing assistant for Full Life and Care Resources, scoutmaster for Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America LDS Troop 131; member of Hawaii Teamsters Union Local 996 and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints. Service to be announced at a later date. Survived by wife Jurene Manuia-Malakaua of Kailua-Kona; children, Ryan (Joni) Yuen of Waimea, Kanani (Shaun) Rhea of Alaska, Kanani (Alex Blanco) Malakaua of Waimea, Lopaka (Marie) Pavitt of Florida, Aikane (Jasmyn) Manuia, Bula Malakaua, Ui (Rusty Oppenheimer) Malakaua, Hiilani Malakaua, Kamai Malakaua, all of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Carolyn (Norbert) Pfahler of Kauai, Trudy (Robert) Yamada, Jamie (Gabriel DeSilva) Malakaua of Hilo; brother, Randall (Debbie Yoshizumi) Malakaua, of Hilo; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


Norma Jeanne Mullikin, 96, of Pahoa died July 24 at home. Born in Kansas City, Mo., she was a retired special education teacher. Services will take place in Missouri at a later date. Survived by daughter, Dottie (Ed Wollen) Mullikin of Pahoa; sons, Don (Judy) Mullikin and Tim (Mary Donlon) Mullikin of Homer, Alaska; hanai children, Carol and Tommy Burton of Springfield, Mo.; hanai daughter, Janice Faucett of West Plains, Mo.; friend and caregiver, Luz P. Nudelman of Hawaiian Acres; nine grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Sean Skillman, 54, of Pahoa died Aug. 21. No Services held. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at 932-3153.

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