Obituaries for March 26

Karen Diane Olivera Evangelista, 77, of Mountain View died Feb. 20 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center in Hilo. Born in Seattle, she was a homemaker, former certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Hilo and worked at Verna’s Drive-In in Mountain View. Celebration of life 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Carlsmith Beach Park in Hilo. Casual attire. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by daughters, Chandra Olivera of Mountain View and Devon Olivera of Michigan; mother, Virginia Cosper of Texas; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Stanley Haruo Haraguchi, 80, of Hilo died March 3 in Hilo. Born in Pepeekeo, he was a retired county Department of Public Works construction inspector, worked previously for the county as an overseer for Kona Highways, owned S&L Enterprises, masonry instructor at Hawaii Community College, worked for numerous construction companies in Hilo and Associated Mason on Oahu. He was also a former member of Hawaii Government Employees Association and its Retirees Unit, volunteer for Hawaii Island Soil and Water Conservation, rooster of the former Hilo Jaycees, former member of the Aloha Council Pukahi District and Troop 19 Boy Scouts and a U.S. Navy veteran. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Laura Haraguchi of Hilo; son, Stanley Kevin Haraguchi of Hilo; daughters, Allison (Glenn) Hoota of Mountain View and Robin (Dwight) Kokubun of Hilo; brother, James (Merlene) Haraguchi of Hilo; sister, Vivian Haraguchi of Hilo; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Hamako Nishimoto Kataoka, 90, of Pepeekeo, died March 12 at home. Born in Hakalau, she was a homemaker. Private services held. Survived by sister, Helen Sumimoto of Honolulu; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Diane Angela Charvea Puniwai, 57, of Hilo died March 14 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center in Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker. Private services held. Online condolences: Survived by husband, Rodney Puniwai of Hilo; parents, Manuel and Rita Charvea of Mountain View; sons, Jeremy Mercado Charvea, Justin Puniwai and Jason Puniwai; daughters, Jalana Mercado Charvea and Jamie Lynn Puniwai Kujawa; brother, Kevin (Tresa) Charvea of New Mexico; sisters, Wendy Morisato of Mountain View, Donna (Joe) Algrinaldo of Hawaiian Beaches and Christine (Baton) Bantilan of Mountain View; eight grandchildren; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

The late Robert Keanokealakahikikapoleikamakaopua Kaupu Jr. was survived by, among others, wife, Geraldine “Geri” I. Kaupu of Hilo and daughter, Rochelle (Harold) Hemperley of South Carolina. Incomplete and misspelled information was submitted for an obituary published Thursday.


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