Obituaries for December 20

James Kimo Keiter-Charles, 38, of Honokaa died Nov. 24 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a state Child Protective Services investigator, former basketball player for the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans and member of the 2000 Hilo High School Vikings state championship basketball team. Services at a later date. Survived by wife, Cecile Walsh of Honokaa; parents, Charles Charles and Barbara Keiter of Mountain View; brother, Scott Keiter-Charles of Las Vegas. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Gilbert Kuheana Sr., 66, of Hilo died Dec. 12 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Pahala, he was an employee of Ohana Banana. Private services. Online condolences: Survived by sons, Gilbert Kuheana Jr., Ansel (Olivia) Kuheana and Kawika (Noel) Kuheana of Hilo; brothers, Joseph “Joe” Kuheana Jr., Michael (Suko) Kuheana, Paul Kuheana, Ralph (Melba) Kuheana and David Kuheana of Hilo; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Robert “Bobby” Edward Lee, 61, of Honolulu, formerly of Keaau died July 28 in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, he worked in construction quality assurance. Big Island services at a later date. Survived by children, Jessica (Joe) Lee Larson of Ramsey, Minn., Courtney (Austin) Nichols of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Lindsey Lee of Mendota Heights, Minn; former spouse, Tammy Lee of Keaau; father, Robert J. Lee of Maunawili, Oahu; sisters, Linda Thorp of Haleiwa, Oahu, and Laura Brandlin of Newport Coast, Calif.; two grandsons.

Melvin “Mel” Wayne Moniz Sr., 74, of Hilo died Dec. 14 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a superintendent for Meadow Gold Dairies and U.S. Army veteran. No services. Online condolences: Survived by spouse, Frances Moniz of Hilo; sons, Melvin Moniz Jr. of Kailua-Kona and Christopher Moniz of Hilo: sister, Deborah (Jon) DeMello of Washington; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Phillip Martin Saetveit, 73, of Kurtistown died Dec. 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Rochester, N.Y., he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Survivors are asked to call Dodo Mortuary at 935-5751.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email