Obituaries for February 17

Masayoshi Araki, 84, of Hilo died Feb. 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Paauilo, he was a retired journeyman carpenter for Hawaii Carpenters Union Local 745, retired U.S. Army World War II veteran and member of Hilo Honpa Hongwanji. Private services held. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Kathleen Araki of Hilo; son, Kevin Araki of Arizona; brother, Larry Araki of California; sister, Asako Miyamoto of Hilo; a stepson; five stepdaughters; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Obituaries for February 15

Donna Mae Leina‘ala Mehau Ah Lo, 81, of Aiea, Oahu, died Dec. 15 at Pali Momi Medical Center in Aiea. Born in Hilo, she was retired from Hawaiian Airlines. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 17) at Mililani Memorial Park and Mortuary Mauka Chapel in Waipio, Oahu. Service at 10:30 a.m. Visitation again 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 21) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service at 9:30 a.m. Burial noon at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by husband, Earl Ah Lo Sr..; sons, Earl (Lani Girl) Ah Lo Jr. and Lyle (Keith) Ah Lo; daughters, Roxanne (Larry) Ah Lo-Batten and Marlene Kamakawiwo‘ole; hanai daughters, Fransonna “Puni” (Monte) Keb-Ah Lo and Tracey Ann Kuamo‘o; brother, William “Cowboy” Ahuna; four grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; cousins, nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary and Mililani Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 12

Trinidad Yadao Altura, 91, of Honokaa died Jan. 9 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Sinait, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, she was a retired housekeeper for the former Sheraton Royal Waikoloa Hotel and member of Honokaa Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 16) at Honokaa Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at the Honokaa Catholic Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by sons, Reynaldo (Amanda) Altura of California and Ronald Altura of Honokaa; brother, Bonifacio (Corazon) Yadao of Maui; sisters, Catalina Apostol and Irene (Ernesto) Fulgencion of the Philippines; sisters-in-law, Lapaz Altura of Honokaa and Rosalia Altura of the Philippines; five grandchildren and one great-grandson; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 10

Ernest Minoru Higa, 71, of Hilo died Jan. 21 at Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a maintenance worker and member of The House Hilo. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 16) at The House Hilo, 2282 Kanoelehua Ave. Casual attire. Survived by sons, John “Jay” (Monica) Higa of Keaau, Melvet Higa of Hilo and Shelson Higa of Hilo; daughters, Redlyn (Robert) Momotaro of Majuro, Marshall Islands, Naomi (Kory) Higa of Hilo, Darling (Takia) Takia of Keaau, Alise “Tita” (Shandy) Higa and Bernice Higa of Hilo; sisters, Hideko Honda and Patsy Soto of California, Shirley “Junko” Ige of Haleiwa, Oahu; brothers, Howard Higa of Hawaii Kai, Oahu, and Roddy Higa of Oahu; 13 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 9

Mayliko Nishimoto Carter, 52, of Hilo died Feb. 6. Born in Yomitan Village, Okinawa, Japan, she grew up in Hilo and lived 30-plus years in Rhode Island before returning. Private services. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Memorial donations to Hawaii Care Choices, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by husband, James R. Carter of Hilo; daughter, Jessie M. Reniere of Warwick, R.I.; parents, Glenn I. Nishimoto and Fumiko Yamauchi Nishimoto of Hilo; sister, Michele (Brian) Nishimoto-Souza of Honolulu; brother, Matt (Mae) Nishimoto of Torrance, Calif.; a niece and nephew. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 8

William “Bill” Bates, 64, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 30 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in Iowa, he was a retired federal computer specialist. Private service. Survived by wife, Betty Rawsthorne of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Connie Perrin of Minnesota and Tori Twigg of Kentucky; brother, Robert Bates of Iowa; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for February 7

Sean Patrick Donnelly, 62, of Waimea died Feb. 3 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Pasadena, Calif., he was a carpenter. Celebration of life and scattering of ashes noon Saturday (Feb. 9) at the north end of Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Casual attire; loose flowers welcome. Memorial donations to Surfrider Foundation at Survived by son, Ryan (Jennifer) Donnelly of Volcano; brothers, Paul (Linda) Donnelly and Kevin Donnelly of California; sister, Kathy (Brian) Kim of California; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 6

Juanita Maria Finkenberg, 68, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 30 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born in Los Angeles, she was a retired university professor, dance teacher at West Hawaii Dance Academy and choreographer at Aloha Theater. Memorial at sea 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Keauhou Bay, with celebration of life 2-5 p.m. at the Kona Outdoor Circle in Kailua-Kona. Casual attire; loose flowers only for memorial at sea. Memorial donations to Hospice of Kona. Survived by husband, Mel Finkenberg of Kailua-Kona; son, Brian (Virginia) Dotson of Santa Clarita, Calif.; stepdaughter, Amber (Ryan) Esselstrom of Wewoka, Okla.; sisters, Sarah (Robin) De Levita of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Maureen (Artie) Colson of Bakersfield, Calif.; brother, Howard (Rachel) Miles of Camarillo, Calif.; brother-in-law, Barry (Cindy Coats) Finkenberg of Kailua-Kona; sister-in-law, Karen (Larry) Furey of Tillson, N.Y.; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 5

Alejo Yabes Imperio, 83, of Paauilo died Jan. 10 at home. Born in Calanutian, Sinait, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a cane truck unloader for the former Hamakua Sugar Co. and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 9) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Esperanza Imperio of Paauilo; sons, Robert (Marie) Imperio of Arizona and Shane (Lisa) Imperio of Seattle; daughter, Mildred (Brett) Reid of Alaska; sister, Magdalena (Lolito) Ramos of Waipahu, Oahu; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 2

Christina Eckman-Shumaker, 65, of Hilo died Jan. 24 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Coos Bay, Ore., she was a homemaker. Survived by husband, Troy J. Shumaker; daughter, Hannah Long; a grandchild. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.