Obituaries for April 26

Aurelia “Auring” Mendoza Agbayani, 80, of Pepeekeo died April 5 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Lasam, Cagayan, Philippines, she was a retired factory worker for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co. and member of First Assembly of God Hamakua Church and Pepeekeo Filipino Association. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Online live video streaming of service at:, click on “family and friends,” then click on: “watch now”; Event ID: dodomortuary; password: AFOYKW. Survived by husband, Celso Agbayani Sr. of Hilo; sons, Steven (Sheena Kobayashi) Agbayani of Keaau, JC (Lindsey) Agbayani of Honokaa, Jimmy (Theresa) Agbayani of North Carolina, Salvador (Juliet) Agbayani of Mountain View and Renato (Thelma) Agbayani of Pepeekeo; daughters, Rose Agbayani of Hilo and Nancy Carpio of Delano, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Alfonso (Remedios) Mendoza of Philippines, Balthazar (Cristeta) Mendoza of Honolulu and Rodolfo (Wilfreda) Mendoza of Delano, California; sister, Sianita Mendoza of Delano, California; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Else Mary De Mello, 93, of Captain Cook died April 2 at Florie’s Care Home. Born in Seattle, she was a retired distribution coordinator for Sears and Roebuck, member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and church volunteer. Services held. Ssurvived by sons, James De Mello of Hilo, John (Roberta) De Mello Jr. of Captain Cook, Michael De Mello and Adrian (Larond) De Mello of Hilo; daughter, Ramah Peery of Hawaii; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Daniel “Ala Boy” Keala, 52, of Kailua-Kona died April 11 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honokaa, he was an automotive specialist. Private services. For info, call 38-6985. Survived by wife, Tabitha Keala of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Daniesha Keala and Shaedre Keala of Kailua-Kona; sons, Shaeston Keala and Dreston Keala of Kailua-Kona. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Bettymae Kaaonauluwehiokamoe Thornton, 80, of Keaau died April 17 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired certified nurse’s aide at Hilo Medical Center and member of Soka Gakkai International. Private services held. Survived by sons, Dwayne Lacaran of Arizona, Darryl B. (Trudy) Balai of Pahoa and Vance (Linda) Lacaran of Oahu; daughters, Naydean Lacaran of Keaau and Danette (Arden) Costales of Hilo; grandchildren; nieces andnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


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