Obituaries for December 23

David Michael Durkee, 80, of Hilo died Dec. 20 at Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Tacoma, Wash., he was in retail sales at the former Fireplace & Home Center and an accomplished musician. Survivors are asked to contact Dodo Mortuary at 935-5751. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

George Alexander Henas, 91, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 3 at Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Sacramento, Calif., he was a newspaper advertiser, jazz drummer, member of the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of California and U.S. Navy veteran. Private services. Survived by wife, Rhonda Henas of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Carrie Henas of Kailua-Kona; son, Dane (Susan) Henas of Sacramento; sister, Lynn (Ron) Roenspie of California; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Joseph “Bully” Iokewe Kaipo Jr., 76, of Hilo died Dec. 12 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator with the former HT&T, member of ILWU, 645 Mixed Handicap, Wednesday Night Mix and Hawaiian Bowling Club, golfed for the Hawaiian Golf Club and U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by wife, Antoinette “Toni” Kaipo of Hilo; daughters, Mechelle Kaipo and Jonette (Dennis Jr.) Figueroa of Hilo; hanai daughters, Tracy (Kaleo) Arruda of Hilo and Amy (Paul) Salvido of Honolulu; sons, Joseph Kaipo III of Hilo and Travis (Tricia) Santa-Isabel of Mountain View; sisters, Betty “Leinaala” (Vicente) Pelanca and Geraldine Kaipo-Kawasaki of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Shirley Kaipo and Mallory Kaipo of Hilo; 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; hanai grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

David Timothy Paul, 59, of Hilo died Sept. 1 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in California, he was an ethnobotanist. No services. Online condolences: Survived by spouse, Valerie Hopkins of Keaau; mother, Shirley Paul of Columbia, Pa.; brothers, Daniel Paul of Hilo and Dean Paul of British Columbia, Canada; sister, Deborah E. Kirkland of Kingston, Tenn.; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Kekoa Gabriel Paulino Torres, 24, of Hilo died Nov. 13 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was an auto repairman. Private services held. Survived by a daughter of Hilo; hanai mother, Johnalin Paulino of Hilo; brothers, Kawika Paulino of Hilo and Kainoa Torres of Las Vegas; sister, Jennasis Torres of Honolulu; father, David Martin Torres of Honolulu; paternal grandmother, Annette Torres of Las Vegas; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


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