Obituaries for February 5

Randy Warner Ah Nee, 54, of Pahala died Jan. 30 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a carpenter. Services to be held on Oahu and are pending. Survived by fiance’, Francine Javar of Pahala; brothers, Lawrence W. Ah Nee Jr. of Wailuku, Maui, Rawlins Ah Nee of Waipahu, Oahu, Rowlling Ah Nee of Hilo, Norman Ah Nee of Las Vegas, Ronald Ah Nee of Waianae, Oahu and Warner Ah Nee of Ewa Beach, Oahu; sisters, Rawleen Reis and Lawreen Kapiko of Ewa Beach, Darlene Lum of Mililani, Oahu, Rowleen Cruz of Kaneohe, Oahu and Lawraleen Adewunmi of Phoenix; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

William “Billy” Punapaiaalaikahala Kenoi, 52, of Mountain View died Jan. 26 at home. Born in Kalapana, he was an attorney and served as the former Mayor of Hawaii County. Online virtual services pending. Condolences to: Kenoi Family, P.O. Box 7268, Hilo, HI 96720, (808) 990-7501, or by visiting Survived by wife, Takako Kenoi of Mountain View; children, Liam Kenoi, Justin Kenoi and Mahina Kenoi of Mountain View; sisters, Deirdre (Lala) Kailiawa of Waikoloa, Diane (Jerry) Hunter of Beulaville, N. C., Patricia “Kapi” (Russell) Kenoi-Chin and Mary “Keola” (David) Kenoi-Okajima of Hilo and Rosanne “Kina” (Keanu) Kenoi-Sai of Mountain View; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Akasha Rose, 79, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 21 at home. Born in Asheville, N.C., she was an emergency room technician. Services held at a later date. Survived by sons, Keith Groft of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Shaman De Arco and Jade De Arco of Kailua-Kona; sister, Cookie Baker of Maryland; six grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Don Richard Tua‘au, 55, of Hilo died Jan. 30 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in San Francisco, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator at Puna Rock Co., Ltd. and formerly employed as a truck driver at Cantor Bros. Transport Services, Don’s Hauling & Rental, Inc., CPM & F, Kaiawe Trucking, Inc., Kiyosaki Tractor Works, Inc. and Hilo Products, Inc. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 6 p.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Connie Haimoto-Tua‘au of Hilo; sons, Casey Tua‘au and Codey Tua‘au of Hilo; brothers, Phipps Tua‘au of Alaska and Misipati Byrd of Oahu; sisters, Dorothy (Richard) Maifea of Washington, Lillian (Miki) Alaelua of Alaska and Debbie Kaufmann of Arizona; father-in-law, Tadashi Haimoto of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Vicki (Dennis) Leite and Bunnie Haimoto of Hilo; brother-in-law, Austin (Walene) Oili of Oahu; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Carl Katsumi Taniyama, 84, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 30 at home. Born in Kealakekua, he was a retired OSHA inspector, former county building inspector, member of Waiaha and Kailua Shita Kumiai, and U.S. Army veteran. Services at a later date. Survived by wife, Mitsue Taniyama of Kailua-Kona; sons, Carlton (Charlayne) Taniyama of Kailua Kona and Clayton Taniyama of Honolulu; brother, Donald Taniyama of Hilo; sister, Pearl (Tommy) Yoshimura of California; grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

The late Judy Ann Santos, 65, of Honomu died Jan. 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Incorrect information was submitted for an obituary published in Thursday’s paper.

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