Obituaries for November 25

Kevin “Kanoa” Kanoa‘imipono Gladden, 22, of Kealia died Nov. 13 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a roofer for Mauna Kea Roofing. Services at a later date. Survived by parents, Kekai (Jamie-Lyn Kamaka) Gladden of Kealia; sisters, Kaitlyn Gladden and Kaliyah Gladden of Kealia; hanai sister, Leina (DonRay Amor) Naihe of Ocean View; paternal grandfather, Larry (Marie) Gladden of Kalapana; paternal grandmother, Selma Gladden of Kealia; maternal grandparents, John and Madeline Naihe of Ocean View, Nelson and Deena Kahele of Captain Cook; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Winona “Noni” Jean Rodrigues Kuhns, 85, of Waikoloa died Nov. 13 at home. Born in Honolulu, she retired from Kona Historical Society, Tutu’s House and the hotel industry, where she worked in convention sales. Services at a later date. Survived by daughters, Candis (Sam) Papalii of Ocean View, Kelly DeCosta of Waikoloa and Corey (Wendell) Causey of Mountain View; brother, Richard (Lynette) Rodrigues of Honolulu; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


LeRoy Montana, 77, of Vineland, N.J., formerly of Hawaii Island, died Nov. 10 at home. Born in Vineland, N.J., he was a musician, author, teacher, healer, father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle and world traveler. Private services held. Online condolences: Arrangements by Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home, Vineland, N.J..

Benjamin Joseph Reed, 47, of Keaau died Oct. 25 at home. Born in Roseburg, Ore., he was a computer programmer. Private services at a later date. Survived by wife, Meriam Daniels of Seattle; daughter, Denaya Daniels of Seattle; parents, Cheryl (Gary) Perry of Fort Collins, Colo., and Joe (Penny) Reed of Roseburg, Ore.; brothers Michael Perry and Andrew Reed; sister, Sarah Taylor; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Gwendolyn Reiko Sakoda, 63, of Hilo died June 2 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. She worked for Leleiwi Electric Inc. A private service was held on July 16 in Honomu. Survived by father, Mareo Takajo of Hilo; brother, Sheldon (Lynette) Takajo of Hilo; son, Aurrendyrn (Lisa) Sakoda of Las Vegas; daughter, Allison (Tyler) Ohta of Aiea, Oahu; partner, Alden “Shima” Shimabukuro; grandchildren, aunts, uncle and cousins.

Jean L.K. Tomiyoshi, 70, of Hilo died Nov. 10 at Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Hilo. Visitation 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 27) at Heritage Christian Fellowship, 165 E. Kawili St. in Hilo. Service at 5 p.m. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Rosita Fuerte Valledor, 86, of Pahala died Oct. 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pahala, Hawaii on March 8, 1935 and was a macadamia nut husker operator for the former Ka‘u Agribusiness Co. and picker for the former Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Co. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial noon at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Seating limited; face masks and social distancing required. Survived by sons, Dean (Karen) Valledor of Hilo, Dave Valledor of Kailua, Oahu, and Eric Valledor of Pahala; daughters, Nela Valledor Fujie of Hilo and Merle (Andrew) Del Rosario of Ewa Beach, Oahu; brothers, Jaime Fuerte of California, Cebrino (Judy) Fuerte of Oregon and Prodincio (Gwen) Fuerte of Pahala; sister, Matilda Espejo of Pahala; brother-in-law, Jack Baber of Texas; sister-in-law, Nuntana Fuerte of Pahala; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Alan Joe Wood, 73, of Kealakekua died Nov. 16 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Siloam Springs, Ark., he was a U.S. Army veteran. No services. Online condolences: Survived by son, David (Nani) Wood of Lahaina, Maui; daughter, Nina Tasker of Oregon; mother, Merle Wood of California; brother, John (Lisa) Wood of California; sister, Betty Shields of California; a grandson. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.