Obituaries for February 28

Donnell D. Akana Sr., 68, of Waiohinu died Jan. 28 at home. He was born in Pahala. Private services held. Online condolences: Survived by estranged spouse, Marlene Fernandez; son, Donnell Judah Akana III; mother of children, Terry Akana; children, Donnell “D.J.” (Jessica) Akana Jr. of Oceanview, Dominic “Emil” (Kegan Grace) Akana-Avenue of Pahala and Terese “Tlani” (Abraham B.) Akana-Contreras of Hampstead, N.C.; brothers, Jacob (Virginia) Akana Sr. of Torrance, Calif. and Gable “Wayne” Andrade Sr.; sister, Thelma Yanagida of Hilo; former wife, Edwina Akana of Hilo; 10 grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Allen “Kimokeo” Kimokeopalau Gaspar Jr., 63, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 6 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a carpenter, fine wood artist, coconut and lauhala weaver, volunteer for numerous Hawaiian cultural restoration projects and a waterman. Drive-by celebration of life Saturday, March 6, 9-11 a.m. mauka side of Lyman’s beach. Paddle out from Banyan’s to follow. Loose flowers welcome. Masks and social distancing required. Survived by wife, Ramona Gaspar of Kailua-Kona; Celeste (Brandy Clark) Gaspar of Washington; son, Landon (Jadelyn) Gaspar of Kailua-Kona; siblings, Michael Gaspar of Kainaliu, Gordon Gaspar of Kailua, Oahu, Gloria Santiago of Puna, Darrell Rodrigues of Hilo, Debralynn Villiarimo of Maui, Veronica Gaspar of Kaneohe, Oahu, Michael A. Gaspar of Waianae, Oahu, Bernadette Gaspar of Kaneohe, Antoinette Pakele of Arizona, Rose Edrado of Honolulu, Brenda Makaila, Nelson Gaspar, Dayna Gaspar and Sara Gaspar of Waianae; a grandson; hanai children, nieces and nephews.


Lilinoe Eloise Hapai Haili, 90, of Keaau died Feb. 21 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired cashier for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki and member of the Mountain View Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Private services. Survived by children, Charmaine Okeson, Matthew Haili, Ginger (Stephen) Melnick, Crystal Haili, Lovie Perry, Elilee Haili; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Laverne Mahealani Lindsey Kanakanui, 72, of Hilo died Feb. 12 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired purchasing manager for NAPA Distribution Center in Waipahu, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Red Hat Society, Halau O Ka Ua Kanilehua and a hula instructor for Joan S. Lindsey. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Sunday, March 7, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Additional services and inurnment on Oahu at a later date. Casual attire. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by husband, Norman J. Kanakanui Sr. of Hilo; son, Norman (Thea) J. Kanakanui Jr. of Hilo; daughter, Andrina (Wally) Aspili of Honolulu; brother, Charles (Lavaina) Robert Lindsey III of Hilo; sister, Kumu Hula Lilinoe Lindsey of Honolulu; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


In Bea Kim, 60, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 20 at Queen’s Hospital. Born in Seoul, Korea, he was a chef and manager for various restaurants and co-owner of the former Kim’s Place, Kona Mix Plate and Uncle In Bea’s Steakhouse. Private services at a later date. Condolences to: Sandy Kim, P.O. Box 609, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96745. Survived by wife, Sandy Kim of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Soo Jung (Brian) VanWinkle of Arizona and Soo Kyung (Christine) Kim of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Alan (Young Suk) Kim of Kailua-Kona and Ricky (Sheri) Kim of Oregon; hanai son, Thomas (Pei) Colon of California; two grandchildren; an aunt, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Leroy Carriero Santos, 72, of Hilo died Feb 18 at Hilo Medical Center. Born on Oahu, he was mechanic and member of Koa Puna. Celebration of life at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by daughter, Regina Lievan; son, Paul Tisalona; sisters, Barbra Santos and Betty Aragon; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

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