Obituaries for February 19

Leona Lucille Bender, 90, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 6 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Spokane, Wash., she was a salesclerk for Hilo Hattie’s in Honolulu. Services at a later date. Survived by sons, Brent (Connie) Bender of Waimea and Reed (Susan) Bender of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Bobbie Coman of Oregon and Carol Pugh of Spokane; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Gilbert “Jiggs” De Sa Jr., 62, of Pahoa died Feb. 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a truck driver/ bus driver. Private services held. Survived by sons, Chase De Sa, Keean De Sa and Kyden De Sa; daughter, Lexis De Sa; sisters, Taryn (Leslie) LeeLoy, Pingo (Roland) Shimaoka and Colleen (Gary) De Sa-Cruz; a granddaughter; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Latai S. “Nu‘u” Loa, 51, of Hilo died Feb. 4 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Afono, American Samoa, he was a draftsman and welder and member of the American Pool Association and Church of the Holy Cross. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Services at 11 a.m. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park (Lehua Section). Face masks and social distancing required. Contact 808-785-5079 for more info. Survived by wife, Malia R. Mattos of Hilo; son, Swin A. Loa-Mattos of Hilo; mother, Fatufuailelagiamauga of Glenwood; brothers, Seti Moimoi and Taloaina (Nani) Loa of Samoa and Saofaiga (Junior) Loa of Arizona; sisters, Lugasami Amosa of Seattle, Aasone Simmons of North Carolina and Lavern Smalls of Las Vegas; uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Brian Isao Muraoka, 66, of Hilo died Feb. 2 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired president and general manager for Hawaii County Employees Federal Credit Union. Private services at a later date. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Arlis Muraoka of Hilo; brother, Royd (Clara) Muraoka of Whittier, Calif.; an aunt and an uncle; nephews and a niece. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Crystallynn Leilani Rapoza, 30, of Keaau died Feb. 5 at Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Hilo. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by father, Elroy Rapoza of Keaau; mother, Amalia Acierto of Keaau; brothers, Kyle Acierto of Hilo and Keldon Rapoza of Keaau; companion, Korri Uyehara of Kaneohe, Oahu; maternal grandmother, Estrella Acierto of Keaau; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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