Obituaries for November 5

Nathan Denis Astrande, 44, of Keaau died Oct. 13 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Hilo and raised in Keaau, he was a driver for Hawaii Food Alliance. Services at a later date. Survived by daughters, Shanaya Astrande-Pacheco (Mitchell Souza) and Shaiann Astrande of Keaau; mother of daughters, Shaydee Pacheco of Pepeekeo, mother, Pauline Astrande of Keaau, father, Warlito Astrande of Keaau; partner, Hokulani Wela of Keaau; a granddaughter, a nephew, an uncle, aunts and cousins.

Yvonne Ferrara, 72, of Pahoa died Oct. 14. No services. No known family. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at (808) 932-3500, option 4.


Margarita Heemink, 78, of Hilo died Oct. 23. No services. No known family. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at (808) 932-3500, option 4.

Mikio Izu, 97, of Captain Cook died Oct. 30 at home. Born in Honaunau, he was a retired carpenter, self-employed coffee farmer and member of Hawaii Carpenter’s Union Local 745, Yamaguchi Ken Club and Kona Koyasan Daishiji Mission. Services at a later date. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by son, Leighton (Ye Chen) Izu of Davis, Calif.; daughters, Colleen Tajiri of Alameda, Calif., Yvonne Izu, Janine (Gerard) Patary, Nichol Izu of Ewa Beach, Oahu; sisters, Betty (Kenneth) Ebata of Honolulu and Loretta Kitaoka of Captain Cook; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Matthew Leialoha Kaukini, 68, of Hilo died Oct. 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired state Highways Division truck driver and Hilo High School graduate. Visitation 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Connect Point Church, 168 Holomua St. in Hilo. Memorial services at 10:30 a.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Urn Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery New Urn Section. Survived by stepbrother, Clarence McColgan of Georgia; brother, Abraham Kaukini of Hilo; sisters, Shirley Namauu, Lucy Kaukini and Bernadette Kaukini of Hilo; nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Takako “Ginger” Tomita Randall, 95, of Hilo, died Oct. 22 at her family’s Waimea home. Born in Tottori, Japan, she was a retired sales clerk for Hilo Hattie’s in Hilo, a member of the Hilo, Kona and Waikoloa congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a certified ikebana and ikenobo instructor. Private services. Survived by daughters, Anita (Larry Packer) Randall-Packer of Waimea and Terry Gant of Kealakekua; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


Dolores Juanita Suenishi, 92, of Hilo died Aug. 10 at home. Born in Puunene, Maui, she was a retired cashier/hostess and member of St. Augustine by the Sea church in Honolulu. Memorial service 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Ballard Family Mortuary. Social distancing and face masks required. Online condolences: Survived by daughters, Dolores (DeeDee) Verbanic, Yolanda (YoYo) Colon and Estrellita Sr. (Wayne) Burley; brother, Lawrence (Larry) Montalbo Sr.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo

Cherie Kazmira Volante, 55, of Hilo died Sept. 12 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Keene, N.H., she was a lifelong scholar and an avid volunteer. No services. Online condolences: Survived by son, Caley Volante of New Mexico; daughters, Caritia (Volante) and Justin Krakow of Colorado and Caryzma Volante of New Hampshire; father, Ernest Meattey Jr. of New Hampshire; brother, Darryl (Lois) Meattey of New Hampshire; four grandchildren; nephews, aunts and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.