Filomena Soriano Acacio, 92, of Kapaau died Dec. 29 at Kohala Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a homemaker and member of Hawi Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Hawi Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers and lei welcome. Burial at Hawi Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery. Survived by sons, Albert Acacio of Harbor City, Calif., and Romeo Acacio of North Las Vegas; sister, Savina Orencillo of Philippines; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Anna Marie Carlos, 64, of Pahoa, died Dec. 21 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a homemaker. Private services held. Survived by sons, Dennis J. Balgas Jr. of Honolulu and Sonny K. Balgas of Mountain View; daughters, Leilani (Hopili) Mulleitner of Pearl City, Oahu, and Patricia Aukai of Texas; brother, Jules Carlos of Ocean View; sister, Bernadette Addison of Mililani, Oahu; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Leona Lynne Balucan Basque, 57, of Kealakekua died Dec. 19 at her familys home. Born in Kealakekua, she was a dental assistant for Hawaii Family Dental, owner of Pure Kona Green Markets and travel agent with Gone Again Travel. Celebration of life 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at West Hawaii Community Health Center pavilion, 74-5214 Keanalehu Dr. in Kailua-Kona. Casual attire. Survived by husband, David Basque II of Kealakekua; son, Brian John (Kanoe) Balucan-Carvalho of Hilo; parents, John (Judy) Balucan of Kalaoa, Kona; brothers, Chucky (Angeline) Balucan of Hilo, Shane (Anne) Balucan of Kailua-Kona and Shannon (Pua) Balucan of Hilo; sisters, Jonelle (Desmond) Balucan of Kalaoa, Kona, and Shawn (Jamie) Kahoalii of Hilo; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Anthony Duke Aguinaldo, 70, of Hilo died Dec. 27 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pepeekeo, he was a retired school bus driver for Honomu Bus Service and Bragado Bus Service and member of Honomu Good Shephard Mission Catholic Church. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 17) at Honomu Good Shepherd Mission Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Private Urn Committal at a later date. Survived by son, Regan Okano of Hilo; brother, Lawrence (Lani) Aguinaldo of Hilo; sister-in-law, Dorothy Aguinaldo of Honomu; brother-in-law Ralph Uchima of Honomu; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Gloria Lorraine Crabtree, 93, of Keaau died Dec. 4 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Watts, Los Angeles, she was a retired office clerk for McDonnell Douglas and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Hilo. Celebration of life 3 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 18) at Grace Baptist Church. Casual attire. Survived by daughter, Lynn Jackson of Edmonds, Wash.; sisters, Sylvia Swartt and Marsha Perkins of Riverside, Calif.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Kay Uno Kaneko, 87, of Holualoa died Oct. 8 at Hospice of Konas Nakamaru Hale. Born in Los Angeles, she was a retired home care registered nurse, founding member of Donkey Mill Art Center, member of Kona Outdoor Circle, Japanese American Citizens League, Kona Association for Family and Community Education, American Red Cross, UGSF Nursing Alumni Association, College Womens Association of Japan, Foreign Nurses Association in Japan, Hawaii Association for Family and Community Education, and past president of FCE, Medical Personnel Pool, Home Care Supervisor, Quick Kokua, Japanese American National Museum founding member and American Association of University Women GEM Program. Celebration 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Kona Imin Center in Holualoa. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by son, Kris Kaneko of Holualoa; daughters, Julie Kaneko Hall of Ventura, Calif., and Patricia (Pete) Strahler of Castle Rock, Colo.; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Roy Tamotsu Kawasaki, 75, of Kent, Wash., formerly of Hilo, died Nov. 16 in Seattle. Born in Honolulu; he was an employee of Container Corporation of America/Jefferson Smurfit and Weyerhaeuser Co. U.S. Army veteran, member of Evergreen and Puget Sound Golf Clubs and Hilo High School Class of 1962 alum. Celebration of life held in Kent. Interment at a later date Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Honolulu. Survived by wife, Karen Kawasaki of Kent; sons, Douglas Takeshi (Olivia Shone) Kawasaki of Mercer Island, Wash., and Russell Akira (Dr. Kristi Stanley) Kawasaki of Garden Grove, Calif.; brother, Karl Kawasaki of Pearl City, Oahu; sisters, Laraine (Randy) Sagon Kawasaki of Hilo and Marilyn Kawasaki of Seattle; two granddaughters; aunts and cousins.
Lavinia Alcain-Denison, 58, of Kealakekua died Dec. 12 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, she was a volunteer at Kona Krafts. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 11) at St. Benedicts Catholic Church in Honaunau. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire; loose flowers welcome. Survived by son, Ki-Aloha Denison of Kealakekua; stepdaughter, Keenann Denison of California; parents, Roger and Linda Alcain of Kealakekua; brother, Curtis Alcain of Kealakekua; sister, Natalie Alcain of Kealakekua; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Alberto AJ Alcain Duterte, 40, of Captain Cook died Dec. 23 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a landscaper for Mauka Makai Landscaping Services, at Longs Drugs Keauhou and member of St. Johns Catholic Church. Visitation 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Johns Catholic Church in Kealakekua. Mass at 9 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by son, Logan Santos-Duterte; mother, Norma Duterte of Captain Cook; sisters, Diana Duterte of Seattle and Angela (Duane) Nagata of Benicia, Calif.; aunts, uncles a niece, nephew and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Edward Costa, 92, of Kohala died Dec. 12 in Honokaa. Born in Kohala, he was a retired steward from the former Royal Waikoloan, Kohala macadamia nut and sugar worker and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Wake 6-8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 10) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hawi. Visitation 8-9:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the church. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial at Halawa Catholic Cemetery. Lunch to follow at Saint Damien Hall. Casual or aloha attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Sylvia Costa of Kohala; son, Edward (Brenda) Costa of Waimea; daughter, Angela (Keone) Emeliano of Kohala; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Albert Kahiwahiwaokalani Haa Sr., 89, of Hilo died Dec. 16 at University Hospital in San Antonio. Born in Kapoho, he was a retired administrator for Kulani Correctional Facility, worked at Oahu Community Correctional Center, Hilo Airport and KTA security, Hawaii Protective Association, was a paniolo at W.H. Shipman Ranch, equipment operator for Hawaiian Dredging, retired Hawaii Army National Guard platoon sergeant, Vietnam War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and member of numerous bowling clubs Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 9) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by caregiver, Kamaile Moniz of Hilo; daughters, Melissa L. (Patrick) Moniz of San Antonio, Ida-Mae L. (Ted) Furukado and Willyann Quanan of Hilo, Dene (Eddy) Ganir of Oahu; sons, Albert K. (Bernice) Haa Jr. of Hilo and Chad K. Haa of Hilo; 18 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Shelby Esther Elizabeth Opuulani Hookahi, 28, of Kealakekua died Nov. 19 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, she was a coffee and fruit farmer. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Kahikolu Congregational Church on Napoopoo Road in Napoopoo. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by companion, Roger Kaleohano of Hookena; sons, Shancen Kaleohano and Stetson Kaleohano of Kealakekua; daughters, Shaileia Bannister and Shazzylyn Kaloehano of Kealakekua; parents, Arnold and Davolyn Bannister of Kealakekua; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Bannister of Kealakekua; sister, Briana Pama of Kealakekua; brothers, Kolten (Ashley) Bannister and Travis (Kapua) Pama of Kealakekua; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Ernest Baldonado, 64, of Kent, Wash., died Sept. 1 in Seattle. Born in Pahala, he was retired from United Airlines and a U.S. Army veteran. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Pahala Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Service at 10 a.m. Lunch to follow at the Pahala Community Center. Survived by son, Kainoa (Jenna) Baldonado; daughters, Emma and Jessica; brothers, Vince Tolentino, Tony (Cita) Baldonado, Lawrence (Cheryl) Baldonado, Raymond (Shirley) Baldonado, Michael (Samantha) Baldonado, and Rudy Baldonado; sisters, Lily (Orlando) Antolin, Clarita (Julian) Corpuz, Laverne (Fred) Howard and Clarita (Albert) Kamakura; grandchildren.
Joel Arruda, 68, of Hilo died Dec. 20 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hilo, he was a sugar mill worker. Private services. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by brother, Clayton Arruda of Hawaii; sisters Mabel Jernstrom and Miriam Quiret of Hawaii, Carolyn Cabreira of Washington and Elaine Cheer of Oklahoma. Arrangement by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Mildred Hideko Kaneta, 93, of Paukaa died Dec. 16 at home. Born in Honokaa, she was a retired cook from the former Sky Chefs and the former Dicks Coffee House and member of Papaikou Hongwanji Mission, Orchid Isle Dance Club, Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association and Big Island Ballroom Dance Club. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Friday (Jan. 3, 2020) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, Dell (Lea) Kaneta and Alan (Carol) Kaneta of Hilo; daughters, Jeanne Demattos of Pepeekeo and Laurie Kaneta of Hilo; brothers, Walter (May) Takimoto of Kaneohe, Oahu, Roy (Priscilla) Takimoto of Honolulu and Herman (Jane) Takimoto of Hilo; sisters, Ruth Tachibana of Hilo, Katherine Wong of Arizona and Earline (Richard) Nakamoto of Kaneohe; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Coreen Atebara, 54, of Hilo died Nov. 13 in Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was a realtor. Visitation 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, 398 Kilauea Ave. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Walter Atebara; sons, Nicholas Palmer and Conner Palmer; stepchildren, Dr. Kelsey Atebara, Kevin (Shaunn) Atebara, Dr. Kristen (Terrence) Atebara; father, Stanley (Lina) Shiroma; brothers, Neil Shiroma and Dean Shiroma; sister, Karen (Allan) Reeves; brother-in-law, Dr. Robert (April) Atebara; sister-in-law, Jean (Robert) Kawachika; two step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Margaret Mieko Gota, 89, of Hilo died Nov. 6 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a retired Waiakea Intermediate School teacher and member of the Church of the Holy Cross. Private services held. No koden (monetary gifts). Survived by brother, Robert (Alice) Fujimoto of Hilo; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Makiko Kojiro, 99, of Hilo died Nov. 18 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sons, Clyde (Charlene) Kojiro and Wendell Kojiro of Hilo; daughter, Dale Kojiro of Honolulu; daughter-in-law, Wendy Kojiro of Hilo; brother, Takashi Tomori of Honolulu; sister, Hiroko Tomori of Hilo; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Toribio Charles Banquil Sr., 85, of Pahoa died Dec. 11 at home. Born in Banna, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he was a member of the Pahoa Senior Citizens, served in the Hawaii Army National Guard and was a papaya farmer who received several awards for being the first farmer to successfully grow papaya in lava from the 1955 Puna eruption. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. Celebration of life 6 p.m., followed by cremation. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife, Erminia Banquil of Pahoa; sons, Toribio Banquil Jr. of Pahoa and Donnielson (Adrianna) Banquil of Kaneohe, Oahu; daughters, Erleina (Carl) Danao of Ewa Beach, Oahu, Leitricia Banquil of Pahoa and Nichole (Kevin) Nakamichi of Kaimuki, Oahu; brother, Eleno (Nancy) Banquil of Ewa Beach; sisters, Annabel (Glen) Krenke of Indianapolis and Estipania (Kelii) Gross of Kailua, Oahu; seven grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Faustina Tina (Salboro) Acirbo, 89, of Papaikou died Dec. 5 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Laupahoehoe, she was a housewife and member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Laupahoehoe. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Friday, (Dec. 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Thomas Acirbo and Francis Acirbo of Papaikou; daughters, Veronica Acirbo of Papaikou and Stella (Marvin) Cabatic of Hilo; sister-in-law, Carmen Salboro of Hilo; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.