Obituaries for May 27

Keawe Kaomea Kaanaana Kupihe Alapai, 42, of Kailua-Kona died April 17 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kona, he was a family genealogist and U.S. Army National Guard veteran. Services held. Survived by mother, Kalua Alapai of Kailua-Kona; sister, Nani Kupihe of Kailua-Kona; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

John “Hal” Hopson, 87, of Waimea died April 8 at home. Born in Sedan, N.M., he was a retired doctor of veterinary medicine. Service information at a later date. No flowers. Memorial donations to Cowboys for Cancer Research, P.O. Box 202, Dona Ana, N.M. 88052. Survived by sons, Sidney (Sheree) Hopson of Waimea and Steven (Joyce) Hopson of California; sister, James Dawson of California; two grandsons and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


Patrick “Pat” L. Joaquin, 68, of Honokaa died April 10 at Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Haina, he was an employee of the former Hamakua Sugar Co., journeyman carpenter and home restoration business owner, security guard, school bus driver for Akita Enterprises, retired Hawaii Army National Guard staff sergeant and member of the American Legion Post 3 Hilo, rider with numerous Big Island motorcycle clubs, CB radio enthusiast and hunter, archer and fisherman. Drive-through condolences 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at King’s Chapel Honokaa, 45-3370 Old Mamalahoa Highway. Face masks and social distancing required. Condolences to: P.O. Box 261, Honokaa HI 96727. Survived by, wife, Bernadine (Silva) Joaquin of Honokaa; daughters, Jennifer (Giann) Finuliar of Honolulu and Melanie Subiono of Honokaa; son, Robson Joaquin of Honolulu; brothers, Dennis Joaquin of Kailua-Kona and Lazaro “Dong” (Daria) Joaquin of Hilo; sisters, Julie (Myron) Kidani of Honokaa and Fidela (Thomas) Long of Honokaa; sister-in-law, Norma Joaquin of Honokaa; brother-in-law, Frank Robles of Las Vegas; hanai brother, Jerry “Robin” (Momi) Lorenzo of Honokaa; four grandchildren and a great-grandson; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Milton “Pettoe” Hoalulu Kala‘i, 70, of Hilo died May 16 in Waimanalo, Oahu. Born in Honolulu, he was owner/contractor of MK Construction and president of Panaewa Hawaiian Home Lands Community Association. Drive-through visitation 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, June 3, at Dodo Mortuary upper carport. Cremation to follow. Masks and social distancing required. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Adelaide “Aloha” Kala‘i of Hilo; sons, Derek (Kori) Kala‘i and Dayton (Emerald) Kala‘i of Hilo, Daniel Kala‘i of Las Vegas, Dwayne (Cheryl) Kala‘i of Hilo; sisters, Relda Palenapa of Kailua, Oahu, and Davenie Kupau of Honolulu; brother, Renny Kala‘i of Waimanalo; 12 grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Hisako Taniyama, 98, of Kailua-Kona died April 29 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired counter agent for the former Aloha Airlines and member of Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Waiaha Kumiai, Buddhist Women’s Association, Kona Senior Bowling League and Senior Activities. Private services at a later date. Survived by daughters, Marsha (James) Boyle of Kailua-Kona and Sylvia (Mike) Martines of Honolulu; sons, Alan (Sharon) Taniyama of Keopu and Terry (Cynthia) Taniyama of Kailua-Kona; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Stephen Worth Wolfgang, 89, of Kailua-Kona died May 16 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Oakdale, Pa., he was a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and decorated Vietnam War veteran and civil engineer for Boeing and the Department of Defense. Services with military honors at a later date at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. No flowers. Memorial donations to Hospice of Kona or AdvoCATS Hawaii. Survived by daughter, Grushenka (Mark Hogan) Wolfgang; son, Andrew Karl Wolfgang; brother, George Wolfgang. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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