Obituaries for July 27

Randolph “Randy” Akima Akui, 77, of Hilo died July 14 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a security guard for the former Wackenhut. Private services at a later date. Survived by wife, Debrah Akui of Hilo; son, Wade Akui of Hilo; brother, Roderick (Sheila) Akui of Hilo; sisters, Puanani Kea of Las Vegas and Cynthia DeCoito of Hilo; four grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Erlinda “Linda” Bernadette Cachola, 71, of Kapolei, Oahu, died June 27 at Pali Momi Medical Center in Aiea, Oahu. She was born in Honokaa. Visitation 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday (July 31) at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary in Honolulu. Service at 11:30 a.m. Online services viewing at Survived by husband, Ronald “Ron” Cachola of Honolulu; sons, Darren (Kiana) Cachola and Daryl (Kara) Cachola of Honolulu; brother, Wesley Martinez of Hilo; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park &Mortuary.


Jerry Allen “the Patele Man” Fernandez, 78, of Hilo died July 13 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Honolulu he was a tow truck driver and owner of Jerry’s Towing, drag racer and owner of Mad Mad 8. Celebration of life 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at the Mohouli Park pavilion. Face masks required. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Miriam “Mimi” Fernandez of Hilo; sons, Michael Fernandez of Honolulu and Jerry “Bulla” Fernandez of Hilo; daughters, Pearline (DJ) Llanes and Cynthia Baeza of Milolii, Charmane Fernandez of Honolulu, Kathy (James) Oliveira and Jennifer (Sean Coffelt) Spencer of Hilo; brothers, James (Kathy) Fernandez and Bobby (Marleen) Fernandez of Hilo; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Juan “John” Refugio Madrigal, 72, of Ocean View died July 9 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in St. Helena, Calif., 1949, he was a carpenter, member of Carpenters Union Association and U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran. Services at a later date in California. Survived by daughters, Jessica (Rafael Fuentes) Madrigal and Ariel (Flavo Castro) Madrigal of Napa, Calif.; brothers, Jess (Mary) Madrigal and Pat (Cheryl) Madrigal of Calistoga, Calif.; sisters, Matilda Madrigal of Calistoga and Teresa (Mike) Spain of Kealakekua; seven grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Thomas Michael Orton, 70, of Kailua-Kona, died July 14 at home. Born in Los Angeles, he was a retired engineer for Kona Community Hospital, United Public Workers union steward and a volunteer firefighter for Kona Village Resort. Visitation 9:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, August 3, at St. Michael’s Church. Service at 10 a.m. No flowers; plant a tree in his memory. Survived by wife, Cindy Orton of Kailua-Kona; son, Steven (Caitlynne) Orton of Oregon; daughter, Cathryn (Kirill) Vekhov of Kailua-Kona; brother, JC Orton of California; sister, Victoria Orton of California; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


Joseph “’Eha” Holi Poai IV, 36, of Hilo died July 8 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a social services assistant for the state Child Welfare Services and member of HGEA Local 3. Visitation 4:30-6 p.m. on Friday (July 30) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 6 p.m. Visitation again 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday (July 31) at the mortuary. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Seating limited; masks and social distancing required. Aloha attire. Survived by wife, Glennis Kanae-Rodrigues; parents, Joseph Poai III and Yvette Bright-Poai; sisters, Courtney (Patrick Duffy) Poai and Cecily Poai; godsons, Kamanawa’iolani Herbert and Kekoakupa’aokalani Sumera Lee; a nephew, uncles, aunts and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Kenneth Wendall Tuck Sum Tom, 62, died in Hilo, Hawaii on July 8, 2021. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Private services held.

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