Obituaries for April 20

Elizabeth “Bambi” Kanapi Cumlat, 62, of Papaikou died April 9 at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea. Born in Manila, Philippines, she was employed in the housekeeping department at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Prayer service at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by spouse, Leo E. Cumlat of Papaikou; sons, Carlos (Jerel Andrey Jamora Saguban) Kanapi Acosta III of Manila and Clark Kent (Paulina Paige Florida Ortega) Kanapi Koga of Sydney; daughters, Ciara Mae (Abhinav Goel) Kanapi Ohori of Melbourne, Australia, and Kaitlin V. Cumlat of Los Angeles; mother-in-law, Leonida Cumlat of Papaikou; brothers and sisters; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Momoyo Maehira, 89, of Kukuihaele and Hilo died March 21 at home. Born in Kona, she was a retired cook at Honokaa Club Restaurant and the former Kimi’s Restaurant and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Private services held. No koden (monetary gifts). Memorial donations to Hawaii Care Choices. Online condolences: Survived by son, Gaillane (Deborah Toyozaki-Maehira) Maehira of Hilo; daughters, Glynnis (Ron) Dolan of Hilo, Faye (Myles) Azeka of Lihue, Kauai, and Patti (Kean) Umeda of Hilo; brother, Steve (Dorothy) Shimizu of Laguna Woods, Calif.; sisters, Betty Morioka of Honolulu and Sue Tanaka of Seattle; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


David M. Matsuura, 57, of Hilo died April 18, 2020, at The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Allahabad, India, he was a farmer, businessman and former state senator. Private services held. Survived by wife, Elizabeth Matsuura of Hilo; son, Matthew Matsuura of Hilo; daughters, Joy Matsuura, Grace Matsuura, Faith Matsuura and Hope Matsuura of Hilo; mother, Dr. Ruth Matsuura of Kurtistown; brothers, Dr. Peter (Wendy) Matsuura and Stephen (Luanne) Matsuura of Hilo, Andrew (Sonya) Matsuura of Kurtistown; sisters, Marlene (Alan) Tamashiro and Caroline “Kui” Wong of Hilo; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Lucy Wainee Ynigues Meyer, 92, of Hilo died March 30 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Waipunalei, she was a retired postmaster at the Laupahoehoe Post Office. Private services to be held. Survived by son, Lionel (Carol) Meyer of Hilo; daughter, Karen (Darrell Howard) Meyer of Pepeekeo; brother, Thomas Ynigues of Honolulu; sister, Beatrice (Edwin) Narte of Los Angeles; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.


Kyle Kameji Kawehiwehi-O-Kalani Takeshima, 38, of Hilo died March 1 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a server for Honolulu and Hilo restaurants, fisherman, free diver and car and motorcycle enthusiast. Private services held. Survived by father, Maurice Takeshima of Hilo; mother, Marian (Michael) Brown of Hilo; brother, Greg (Erin) Takeshima of Honolulu; two nieces, aunts, an uncle and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Job Keola “Jobby” Tavares, 32, of Honokaa died Feb. 17 in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, he was raised in Waimea and was a taro farmer in Waipio Valley, carpenter, small engine mechanic and member of New Beginnings Assembly of God Church in Waimea where he shared his passion playing worship music. Drive-through visitation 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at Dodo Mortuary carport. Survived by wife, Mariah Toledo-Tavares of Honokaa; daughters, Hawea Toledo-Tavares and Tehillah Toledo-Tavares of Honokaa; mother and stepfather, Beth and Mario Manriquez of Waimea; father, Clifford Tavares of Puna; sister, Teala Tavares of Pahoa; brothers, Clifford-Tyson (Ashley) Tavares of Texas, Mario (Shyla) Manriquez and Jose (Kenya-rae Kelly) Manriquez of Waimea; maternal grandfather, Alva (Tiare) Anderson of Kona; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email