Hiroko “Sally” Gusukuma Nagata, 93, of Hilo died March 21 in Hilo. Born in Ninole, she was a retired secretary for the former Food Fair Supermarket and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin and Hilo Okinawan Cultural Club. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by brother, Masanobu (Yoshiko) Gusukuma of Oahu; sisters, Toshiko Uchima and Yasu Sugiyama of Laupahoehoe; sisters-in-law, Yoshiko Gusukuma of Pepeekeo, Florance Nagata of Gardena, Calif., and Suyeko Leu of Kaneohe, Oahu; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Anita Bernice Labertew, 78, of Ocean View died Feb, 21 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Colorado Springs, Colo., she was a retail clerk. Services at a later date. Survived by brothers, Jim Labertew of Goleta, Calif., Ken Labertew of Seattle and Chuck Labertew of Kent, Wash.; sisters, Joan McFarland of Huntsville, Ark., and Nan Labertew of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
John “Skip” Given Liwai, 86, of Waikoloa died March 12 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Koolauloa, Oahu, he was a retired manager for Waikoloa Village Golf Club, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Waikoloa Ward, U.S. Marine Corps Korean War veteran and former Military Sea Transportation System merchant seaman. Celebration of life 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 16, at the family home. Inurnment immediately to follow at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Condolences to: Ruth Liwai, P.O. Box 383142, Waikoloa, HI 96738. Survived by wife, Ruth Liwai of Waikoloa; sons, John Garrett of Honolulu, Jack (Dottie) Liwai and Thomas (Dana Meyer) Liwai of Oklahoma, Jesse Liwai of Waikoloa, Andrew (Maria) Liwai of Iowa; hanai son, Zachary (Kaia) Kapololu of Honolulu; daughter, Kelly (Buddy) Pangan of Washington; brothers, Thomas Morgan of Arizona and Charles Morgan of California; sisters, Audrey Hong and Beverly Ramones of Honolulu, Evelyn Armacost of Nevada, Kuuipo Harlow of California; 11 grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Shane Kuhio Chew, 42, of Keaau died Dec. 6, 2020, at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a U.S. Air Force senior airman and was deployed to Kuwait. Private services at a later date. Survived by companion, Lovisa Baysa; father, Joseph Chew Sr. of Hawaiian Paradise Park; mother, Beverly Chew of Hawaiian Paradise Park; brothers, Joseph Chew Jr. of Hawaiian Paradise Park and Allen Chew of Alabama; sister, Shirley Pauole of Hawaiian Paradise Park; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Michael Crosby Eaton, 86, of Hawi died March 3 at home. Born in New York City, he was a renowned surfboard shaper, designer and fabricator, owner of Eaton Surfboards, pilot, car and boat builder and U.S. Coast Guard veteran. Private service and inurnment at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Condolences to: Marianne Eaton, P.O. Box 190675, Hawi, HI 96719. For information, call 884-5989. Survived by wife, Marianne Eaton of Hawi; son, Mark (Marleen Kushner) Eaton of California; daughter, Debby Eaton of California; sister, Ann Medve of Hawi; brother, Jared (Patty) Eaton of Hawi; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Margaret “Margie” “Makaleka” Kalihilihiokeanuenue Amoguis, 83, of Kealakekua died March 17 at home. Born in Kona, she worked in accounting for the King Kamehameha Hotel. Private services. Survived by son, Anthony (Ramona) Amoguis of Kona; daughters, Bernadette (Billy Steven) Amoguis, Jasmine (George Gaspar) Amoguis and Charlene (Jeff) Pryor of Kona; brother, Harold (Trudi) Awa; sisters, Gladys Nacis, Pinake Minamishin and Ulu Llanes of Kona; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Anthony Joseph Eagle, 44, of Hilo died March 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Washington, he enjoyed “ghost hunting.” No services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by mother, Debra Eagle Sale; stepfather, Vance W. Sale Sr.; son, Anthony Joseph Eagle Jr; stepson, Kayden Masaoka; daughter, Ara Lee Eagle; stepdaughter, Kylee Masaoka; partner, Patricia Santos; brothers; Keala Kaehuaea, Alfred Barrozo, Matthew Sale and Mark Sale; stepbrother, Vance W. Sale Jr.; sisters, Chasidi-Ann Chabli Sale; grandmother, Abigail Sale. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Patrick Michael Elisaga, 57, of Papaaloa died Feb. 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honokaa, he was a steward at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Memorial services and celebration of life at a later date. Condolences to: P.O. Box 614, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. Survived by daughter, Roseann Elisaga of Kailua-Kona; mother, Violet Morales of Papaaloa; brothers, Vicente Morales and Victor (Annie) Morales of Papaaloa; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Paul Futoshi Hirokawa, 95, of Kealakekua died March 17 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Kealakekua, he was a multimedia artist, a retired bartender and gardener at the former Kona Hilton, member of Bank Kumiai and a volunteer for 16 years at Kahaluu Beach Park. Scattering of his ashes will take place at a later date. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sisters-in-law, Kay Hirokawa and June Hirokawa of Honolulu; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Merle Howard Bensema, 91, of Hilo died Nov. 28, 2020, at Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation &Nursing Center. Born in Barrington, Ill., he was retired from United Airlines in San Francisco, a U.S. Army veteran and member of Kinoole Baptist Church. Private services held. Survived by wife, Linda (Hamada) Bensema; sisters, Joanne Grey and Ess Hartley; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Karen Diane Olivera Evangelista, 77, of Mountain View died Feb. 20 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center in Hilo. Born in Seattle, she was a homemaker, former certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Hilo and worked at Verna’s Drive-In in Mountain View. Celebration of life 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Carlsmith Beach Park in Hilo. Casual attire. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by daughters, Chandra Olivera of Mountain View and Devon Olivera of Michigan; mother, Virginia Cosper of Texas; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Virginia “Ginny” Darlene Barrett, 85, of Kailua-Kona died March 8 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Kingsburg, Calif., she was a secretary for Barrett Construction Co., sewing hobbyist and member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Services at a later date. Survived by husband, Thomas Barrett of Kailua-Kona; sons, Thomas (Mareva) Barrett III and Joseph (Valentina) Barrett of Kailua-Kona, Brett (Lilly) Barrett of Woodland Hills, Calif.; sister, Thelma (Joseph) Goulart of San Diego; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Iseko Nakano Kawaguchi, 91, of Mountain View died March 11 at a private care home. Born in Pahoa, she was a retired waitress for Volcano House and member of Puna Hongwanji Mission and Buddhist Women’s Association. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by sons, Norman Makio of Hilo and Wallace (Bernadita) Makio of Paauilo; daughter, Marilyn (Ted) Uehara of Mountain View; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandson; nephews, nieces and a cousin. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Setsuko Deguchi, 100, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 9 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Paia, Maui, she was owner of the former Kitchen Cook Potato Chip Co. and a member of Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Services at a later date. Survived by son, Kevin (Bernie) Deguchi of Captain Cook; daughter, Iris (Kiyoshi) Watanabe of Los Angeles; brother, Hisashi Horiuchi of Hilo; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Audrey Leinaala “Travis” Pakani, 79, of Waiokawa died Jan. 24 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a clerk typist for the City and County of Honolulu, caregiver and activist for and supporter of Hawaiian affairs and issues and founder of Malama ka aina, hana ka aina Waiokawa and Perfectly Clean, worked at Conen’s Freight Transport and Hilo Kim Chee and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Services at a later date. Survived by daughters, Renee (Kuahiwinui) Mata of Waiokawa, Ron Mata and Mimi (Noe Freitas) Mata of Middle Keei, Joey (Kekoa) Mata of Kealakekua, Mona (Victor Sr.) Lorenz of Kaumana and Travis (Boerstol) Arakawa of Honolulu; sons, Bradda Boy (Stacey) Mata Jr. of Los Angeles and Braddah Toby Pakani of Waiokawa; brother, Ronald Travis of Las Vegas; sister, Berta Ochi of Salt Lake City; 18 grandchildren; numerous grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Anna “Sui Lan” Kahakulani Cordero, 85, of Hilo died March 7 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Kalapana, she was a pastor and co-founder of the Gospel of Alpha and Omega Church in Hawaii, a vendor at Hilo Farmers Market, owner of Spike’s Kitchen in Keaukaha, Tupperware manager, dressmaker and seamstress/floor supervisor for Margolis Manufacturing and Retail Co., dba Hilo Hatties, formerly ran the Chuckwagon lunchwagon in Kalapana and at Onekahakaha Beach Park and waitress at the former Sun Sun Lau restaurant and was known as the “Lau Lau Lady.” Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10:30 a.m. Burial at noon at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire; face masks and social distancing required. Survived by daughter, Sanvelyn (Ronald) Matsuo of Hilo; sons, Anson Cordero and James (Haunani Medeiros) Cordero of Hilo; brothers, Peter Lee and Harry (Malisa) Lee of Hilo; sister, Gladys Lee of Hilo; sister-in-law, Josephine (Nicolas) Galeon of Hilo; brother-in-law, Alfredo Cordero of California; five grandchildren and four great- grandchildren; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Gregory “Hawaiian” Kaleinani Awai, 49, of Hilo died March 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a construction laborer. Memorial service 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (March 20) at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha. Scattering of ashes to follow at Puhi Bay. Survived by daughter, Kaleinani Awai; partner, Kimberlee Sin; hanai children, Kerstin Lee Verece, Quentin Verece and Dustin Leong; mother, Rae Lee Awai; brothers, Charleston (Davonne Pacheco) Awai Jr. and Keala (Christie) Awai; sisters, Melissa “Missy” (Kimo) Palakiko, Summer Awai and Devin (John) Forrester; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Al “Taba” Duane Ah Sam, 63, of Kapaau died Feb. 9 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua in Honokaa. Born in North Kohala, he was a sand blaster and painter for Pacific Marine and Marisco Ltd. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at Kalahikiola Congregational Church in Kapaau. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Waianaia Cemetery. Casual attire. Face masks and social distancing required. Live streaming starting at 10:15 a.m. at www.facebook.com/kalahikiolacc. Survived by sisters, Charlene Caravalho of Waimea and Josette (Roger) Cruz of Kaneohe, Oahu; brother, Ray (Vanissa) Ah Sam of Kunia, Oahu; brother-in-law, Robert Hayno Sr. of Aiea, Oahu; sisters-in-law, Donna Ah Sam of Mililani, Oahu, Jackie Ah Sam of Kapolei, Oahu, and Anneliese Ah Sam of Conway, Ark.; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Jill DeLuz, 87, of Waimea died Feb. 28 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired landscaping business owner. Private services at a later date. Survived by sons, Robert (Patricia) Kaula of Hilo and Harold Kaula of Waimea; daughter in-law, Heather Kaula of Waimea; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.