Obituaries for September 12

Andres “Nato” Agan Jr., 83, of Arizona died Aug. 30 at home. Born in Olaa, he was a retired U.S. Air Force senior master sargeant, retired information specialist for the State Department and member of Sons of Norway, Filipino Veterans and Air Force Vets, Vietnam Vets, and Magicians Club in Las Vegas. Mass 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hawi. Burial with military honors noon at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Face masks and social distancing required. Online condolences: Survived by daughter, Andrea Hieger; brother, Nathan Agan; sisters, Marlene Manzano, Charlotte Agan-Paiva, Brenda Okano, Laura Medeiros, Isabel “Pudgie” Smith, Liberty “Lee” Rivera and Paula “PJ” Hall; two grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Nancy Tomie Asai, 89, of Kapaau died Sept. 2. Born in Kukuihaele, she was a retired clerk-typist for Kohala High and Elementary School. Services pending. She is survived by her son, Neal of Kapaau; daughters, Nanette (Jonathan) Saito and Nadine Asai of Honolulu; two grandsons.


Josephine Kanoelehua Like Kong, 93, of Aleamai, Papaikou, died Aug. 12 at Hilo Medical Center. Born and raised in Aleamai, she and was one of 14 siblings, attended Kalanianaole School, graduated from Farrington High School in Honolulu and attended Haili Church-Kuhio Chapel in Keaukaha. Private services held. Survived by daughters, Jadeen (Rudy) Kong-Webster of Mountain View, Henrene (Blaine) Ito of Aleamai, Noella Jo Kanoelehua Kong and Alda Kanoe (Robert) Katagiri of Kaneohe, Oahu; sisters, Aloha Northam of Aleamai, Thelma Like of Hilo and Winona Hopkins of Kaneohe; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Susumu Nakagawa, 98, of Hilo died Sept. 22, 2020, at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture research entomologist, U.S. Army veteran of Co. C, 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry Regiment and member of Hilo Meishoin Buddhist Temple and 442nd Veterans Club. Visitation 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Seating is limited. Casual attire; face masks and social distancing required. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by daughters, Cheryl (Wilbert Low) Nakagawa of Hilo and Linda (Mark) Laughlin of Portland, Ore.; sons, Colin (Sharon Beauchan) Nakagawa of Hilo and Kris (Janna) Nakagawa of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Ella Fujie of Wailuku, Maui, and Harumi Nakagawa of Hilo; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Teresa Leigh Paculba, 65, of Pahoa died Aug. 30 at home. Born in Frederick, Md., she was a former waitress at Ken’s House of Pancakes and a retired foster parent for the state of Hawaii. Private services. Online condolences: Survived by husband, Rudy Paculba of Pahoa; sons, Preston (Kathleen) Mendoza of Las Vegas and Richard Paculba of Pahoa; daughter, Crystal (Henry) Kalahiki of Las Vegas; sister, Gayle Kuheana of Hilo; brother, Daniel (Joan) Gaver of Manassas, Va.; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Nelson Masashi Tsuji, 79, of Hilo died Sept. 16, 2020, at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Pepeekeo, he was a retired fire chief for the Hawaii County Fire Department, former security officer for Transportation Security Administration at Hilo International Airport and U.S. Army veteran. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 16) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Private services to follow. Casual attire; no flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by wife, Betty Y.C. Tsuji of Hilo; son, Niel Tsuji of Minnesota; brothers, Douglas (Chieko) Tsuji and Earl (Betty) Tsuji of Hilo, William Tsuji of Honolulu; sisters, Maizie Ash of Hilo and Pearl Tsuji of Honolulu; brother-in-law, Albert Hirano of Honolulu; two granddaughters; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.