Obituaries for November 16

Emma-Jay Anela Frias, 70, of Hilo, formerly of Kahaluu, Oahu, died Nov. 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kailua, Oahu, she was a retired community program director. Services at a later date on Oahu. Survived by daughters, Natalie (Leonard) Calvo of Maite, Guam, and Nikki Frias of Kahaluu; sons, Thomas (Joalena) Frias of Kahaluu and Andrew (Chanel) Frias of Hakalau; 13 granchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Gilbert Minoru Kamegawa, 87, of Hilo died Oct. 20 at home. Born in Kohala, he was a retired delivery driver/salesman for Joe Kim Kim Chee on Oahu. Private services held. No koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sister, Gail S. (Earl) Kaku of Hilo; brother-in-law, Edward Wong of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Elaine Kamegawa of Honolulu; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Na‘aupaka Shilo Pali ‘O Kawailoa Manu Chung Leong-Bates, 11 months, of Hilo died Oct. 8 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday (Nov. 19) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Seating limited; face masks and social distancing required. Casual attire. Survived by mother, Yolanda Leong; father, Roger Bates; sisters, Millie Almony-Leong, Destiny Bates, Kiana Leong-Lloyd and Mokihana Leong-Lloyd; brother, Kaimana Almony-Leong; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Alice Fernandez Mendes, 97, of Wahiawa, Oahu, died September 18 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Kapaau, she was retired from Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu. Drive-thru service Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Valley of the Temples Mortuary Trousdale Chapel in Kaneohe, Oahu. Survived by son, James F. (Jesyne) Rodrigues of Keaau; daughters, Rose Marie Seifert of Las Vegas and Florence R. (Jose) Echevarria of Deltona, Fla.; 28 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren, 84 great-great-grandchildren and a great-great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary and Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.

Katsuko “Kay” Oyama, 97, of Hilo died Oct. 17, 2020, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker, floral packer, seamstress and member of Taishoji Soto Mission, Kaumana Upper Kumiai and Kamana Senior Center. Private services held. Survived by sons, Blaine Oyama of Hilo and Lance (Hyon Chang) Oyama of Honolulu; daughter, Rowena Oyama of Hilo; brothers, Tomo “Tom” Uyeno and Kenneth Uyeno of Honolulu; sisters, Hanako Yugawa of Hilo, Tatsue “T” Walker of Vacaville, Calif., Amy Nelson of Hilo and Jackie (Walter) Nakano of Las Vegas; sister-in-law, Kinoku “Kay” Yanagihara of Hilo; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Mabel Catherine Pacheco, 90, of Hilo died Nov. 12 at Hawaii Care Choice Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, she served St. Joseph Schools and Church for more than seven decasdes as a physical education teacher, secretary, security supervisor and custodial supervisor, was a volleyball, basketball and softball athlete at Hilo High School, where she graduated in 1948, played on the Leialoha teams of Keaukaha, and was the first woman inducted into the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. Memorial Mass 9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 22) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Face masks and social distancing required. Casual attire. Online condolences: Survived by sisters-in-law; Irene (Eugene) Pacheco and Jackie (Herman) Pacheco; nine nieces and nephews, 29 grandnieces and grandnephews; 26 great-grandnieces and nephews and by three great-great-grandnieces and great-great-grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Dominick Ikaikaokalani Tabilang-Reff, stillborn infant, of Hilo, died Oct. 22 at Hilo Medical Center. No services. Survived by parents, Justin Tabilang and Ericka Tabilang-Reff; grandparents, Erick Reff, Jr., Jimmy Tabilang and Gwen (Donald) Olson; great-grandparents, Ann Nathaniel, Jesusa Villasista and Jane Olson; aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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