Obituaries for May 9

Jacob Aki Jr., 75, of Waikoloa, died May 3 in Waikoloa. Born in Honolulu, he was a construction worker. Private services. Online condolences: Survived by spouse, Mamo; sons, Robert (Gina) Aki of Lodi, Calif., and Jeff (Chelsie) Kinsey of Garden Grove, Calif.; daughters, Carol (Paul) Tsushima of Redlands, Calif., Susan (Jim) Sanford of Saugus, Calif., and Malia Kinsey of Kapaau; brothers, Edward (Susie) Aki of Texas and Daniel (Fran) Aki of Kauai; sister, Sharon Lauriat of Louisville, Ken.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Ryan Take Arakaki, 54, of Pahoa died April 25 at his residence. Born in Okinawa, Japan, he was employed at Pacific Paradise Papaya in Kalapana, Hilo Termite & Pest Control, was a fisherman, and played slow-pitch softball for Hilo Termite, Puna Video, Chief’s Pizza, and fast-pitch for the Athletics in AJA baseball league. Private services Saturday, May 15, at Konuhea Villas, 15-1660 26th Ave. in Keaau. Condolences to: P.O. Box 1401, Keaau, HI 96749. Survived by father, Robert Arakaki of Keaau; sisters, Stacy Orpilla of Pahoa, Carleen Naeole of Aiea, Oahu, and Tammy Paulo of Pahoa; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Frances Tsugiyo Kanno, 85, of Hilo died April 26 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, she was a member of Hilo Hooganji Mission, worked for Dr. Edward Wong, Sheraton Waikoloa Village, Volcano House, and retired from Suisan. Private services held. Online condolences: Survived by sons, Glenn Funada and Craig (Phyllis) Funada; sister, Florence Shibata; sister-in-law, Flora Yamanaka; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Edwin Kiyoshi Kotaka, 77, of Kailua-Kona died April 23 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born in Honolulu, he owned a restaurant in California, a taxi company, was an auto mechanic, was a member of Kona Senior Bowling League and U.S. Army veteran. Graveside services noon Friday, May 28, at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kailua-Kona. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by daughter, Emily (Jeffrey) Manmano of Waipahu, Oahu; sisters, Sharon Kotaka of Honolulu, Kay (Larry) Aki of Aiea, Oahu, and Annette Takamura of Maui; two grandchildren; a niece, nephew and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Donald R. Leandro Sr., 71, of Hilo, formerly of Waianae, Oahu, died May 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he worked for Medeiros Trucking. Services at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Pauline Wilcox; daughter, Lisa L. Leandro; sons, Don R. (Ashlea) Leandro Jr. and Greg T. Leandro; brothers, Vernie (Carol) Leandro and Clifton R. Leandro; sisters, Donna M. Leandro, Terri L. Leandro and Carolyn G. (Dennis) Leandro Alimoot; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Mae Michie Okamura, 87, of Hilo, died May 4 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired pharmacy technician at Hilo Medical Center and member of Hilo Meishoin and Hilo Hospital Retirees. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by children, Rhonda (Leighton) Horiuchi of Hilo, Rheda (Craig) Okui of Mililani, Oahu, Roann (Gene Villaruel) Okamura of Hilo, Ron (Ann Mahi) Okamura of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Ross Okamura of Honolulu; siblings, Tomoo Uyeno of Honolulu, Hanako Yugawa of Hilo, Tatsue Walker of Vacaville, Calif., Amy Nelson of Hilo, Kenneth Uyeno of Honolulu and Jackie (Walter) Nakano of Las Vegas; in-laws, Arnold (Patsy) Okamura of Hilo, Albert Marumoto of San Francisco, Francine (Leo) Bidal and Gail “Chickie” Okamura of Kaneohe, Oahu, George Andersen of Blue River, Ore., and Jane Okamura of Hilo; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.