Obituaries for August 17

Bruce “Batman” Wayne Bernard, 74, of Hilo died May 28 at home. Born on Oahu, he was a retired carpenter. No services. Survived by wife, Virginia Bernard of Hilo; sons, Bruce Bernard Jr. of Seattle, Anthony Bernard of San Francisco, Moses Bernard II of Waianae, Oahu; daughters, Charing Bernard of San Diego, Jadelyn Gomez of Madeira, Calif.; sisters, Puaala Bonomi of Kailua-Kona, Johneete (William) Alderson of Arkansas; 26 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for August 15

Christian Lyder Gulbrandsen, 80, of Waimea died Aug. 8 at home. Born in Westby, Wis., he was retired dean and professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, a practicing internist specializing in hematology and oncology and researcher, was drafted for military service after his residency and assigned to the then-National Heart Institute as research associate in the Puerto Rico Heart Program, was the department chair, integrated medical residency program director, hematology-oncology division chief and acting clinical director at the UH Cancer Research Center, the acting director of the UH Arthritis Center, chaired the Hawaii Board of Medical Examiners and was co-founder and president of Medical Associates Ltd. Private family service held. No flowers or monetary offerings. Survived by wife, Dorothy; sons, Chris and Eric (Amy); sister, Elizabeth; brother, Lyder; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for August 13

Thomas Kealohaonalani Anakalea, 57, of Hilo died July 11 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a fuel station attendant with the Safeway gas station. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Dodo Mortuary chapel. Funeral services 11 a.m., followed by cremation. Casual attire. Survived by mother, Oinah Anakalea of Hilo; brother, Leonard (Jaime) Anakalea of Wailuku, Maui; an aunt, two nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for August 14

Lynn Keiko Bradley, 72, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Kona, died Aug. 3 at her family’s residence. Born in Kealakekua, she was a retired public school teacher who taught at Kealakehe, Hookena and Konawaena elementary schools, co-head of Early Start Preschool in Honolulu and an active member of the former Central Kona Union Church (Life Water Church). Visitation 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Life Water Church in Kealakekua. Memorial service 11 a.m. with lunch to follow. Aloha attire requested. Survived by son, David Bradley of Scottsdale; brother, Wilfred (Sue) Murakami of Kealakekua; one granddaughter; a niece, a nephew, a grandniece, a grandnephew and cousins.

Obituaries for Aug. 12

Ellsworth Masato Fujimoto, 71, of Hilo died July 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired senior district executive for Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Private services held. No flowers or Koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Gail Fujimoto of Hilo; son, Elston (Jessica) Fujimoto of Honolulu; mother-in-law, Sueko Arakawa of Pahoa; an uncle, aunt, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 10

David Lewis Medeiros, 57, of Hilo died Aug. 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Private family services. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by caregiver and friend, Lynn Smith; daughters, Jennifer (Kapono Ammasi) Medeiros of Honolulu, Selena (Wesly DeMotta) Medeiros of Pepeekeo and Christina (Jay Moses) Case of Waimea; brother, William Medeiros Jr. of Keaau; sisters, Charlotte (George lll) Hall of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Beryl (Arthur Sr.) Sampaga of Hilo; 12 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Obituaries for Aug. 9

Harvey F. Emery Jr., 76, of Hilo died July 22. No services. No known family members. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at 932-3174.

Obituaries for Aug. 8

Joanna Lynn Stallard Makaula Makekau, aka Joanna Lynn Stallard-Peard, 62, of Pahoa, formerly of Kailua, Oahu, died April 1 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, she was a homemaker and student. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Luther Makekau Point, between Opihikao and MacKenzie State Recreation Area in Puna. Ceremony at 1 p.m. Potluck to follow. Survived by daughter, Dionne Hoku‘ao Stallard Sesepasara; son, Joel Peard; mother, Rachel Melekahiwa Stallard; brother, Robert Stallard; sisters, Lori Ann Baker and Tina Marie Duvoison; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

Obituaries for Aug. 6

Jose “Joe” Calica, 77, of Mountain View died July 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Olaa, he was a retired U.S. Army 1st sergeant and Vietnam War veteran, junior ROTC and ROTC instructor at Hilo High School and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Visitation 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Dodo Mortuary chapel. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; flowers and lei welcome. Noon burial with military honors at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by sons, Ronald “Ron” Gapol of California, Melvin (Theresa) Gapol and Stanley Gapol of Keaau; daughters, Rachel (Herbert) Yamashita and Darolyn (Les Sato) Tanigawa of Keaau, Nancy (Max) Batangan of Chula Vista, Calif.; brothers, Max (Carol) Calica of Honolulu, Onorato (Vickie) Calica of Hilo, Dalmacio (Merce) Calica of Texas, Francisco (Norma) Calica of Paauilo, Jostatino (Terry) Calica of Washington state, Marsilino (Susanna) Calica of Colorado and Juan (Emelia) Calica of Keaau; stepbrother, Gene (Barbara) Maluyo of Kona; sisters, Christine (Rodney) Souza of Honolulu, Sofie (Roy) Lopez and Vanessa Calica of Colorado, Millie Calica (Larry) McCormmick of Keaau, Roberta (Kent) Sonoda of Hilo; stepsisters, Maggie (Dave) Garbacz of Waiohinu and Arsenia Jacobo of Alaska; sisters-in-law, Elisabeth Haspe of Hawaiian Paradise Park and Ramona Lorenz of Mountain View; brothers-in-law, Pablo Bibilone of Mountain View, Pedro (Lottie) Haspe of Hilo and Hilario (Allan Keto) Ramiscal of Hawaiian Paradise Park; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 4

Margaret Mary “Sweetheart” Colon, 88, of Oregon, formerly of Kona, died July 12 in Oregon. Born in Honaunau, she was a housekeeping supervisor for the former Keauhou Beach Hotel. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Old Kona Airport Park, beach pavilion No. 2. Inurnment at Kona Memorial Park. Survived by children, Julia (Glenn) DePonte of Hilo, Janet (Susan) Colon of Honolulu, Thomas (Kim) Colon of Kentucky, Laura Colon of California, Debora (Joelynn) Colon of Oregon, Margaret (Rodney) Acia of Hilo and Spencer (Vicky) Colon of Kona; hanai daughter, Joelynn Obadencio of Oregon; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Obituaries for August 3

Paul Anthony Evangelista, 52, of Laupahoehoe died July 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he worked for the Hamakua Sugar Co. and Paauilo Slaughter House. Celebration of life 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Laupahoehoe Point. Survived by son, Dustin Evangelista-Lum Ho of Hilo; daughters, Chauntell (Jonathan) Figueroa-Kalili of Ainaloa and Kalena Evangelista Grace of Hilo; brothers, Henry (Sheri) Evangelista and Dwayne (Lani) Evangelista of Papaaloa, Robert Evangelista of Kapehu; sister, Rochelle (Al) Evangelista of Kapehu; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for Aug. 2

Norman T. F. Ching, 94, of Hilo died July 21 in Kahaluu, Oahu. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at United Community Church, 1110 Kinoole St. in Hilo. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Survived by daughter,
Leilani (Matt) Simkins
of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; sister, Gaelic Ma of
Troutdale Ore.; two grandchildren and a great
grandchild; nieces and nephews.

Obituaries for July 30

Carole “Aunty Carole” Sui Lan Miyamoto Kahele La‘a, 76, of Keaau died July 7 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo she retired from Hilo Walmart and worked for Kona Walmart, Minit Stop, Circle K, Gas Express, Dollar Car Rental and Duty Free Shoppers and was a kupuna of Alu Like Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Dodo Mortuary chapel. Funeral service at 5 p.m. Graveside committal service noon Monday, Aug. 5, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Donald “Pops” La‘a Sr. of Keaau; sons, Recardo “Richard” Oreta of Vacaville, Calif., and Randall (Heather) Oreta of Mountain View; daughters, Sheldyn “Dolly” Camacho of Milolii, Renee (Mark Sr.) Olivera of Mountain View and Roxanne (Bernie Sr.) Llanes of Holualoa; daughters-in-law, Linda (John Sr.) Davis of Hanamaulu, Kauai, and Claudine (Wally Ishibashi) La‘a of Hawaiian Paradise Park; hanai daughters, Miranda (George) Coronel of Kailua-Kona and Kathleen “Tita” Lono of Honolulu; brothers, Jerry (Lani Pacheco) Miyamoto of Glenwood and Nelson (Deena) Kahele of Captain Cook; sisters, Daisy “Mappy” Chiartano of Sacramento, Calif., and Jeanette Evans of China Grove, N.C.; brother-in-law, Ezekiel (Lovey) Kala of Tacoma, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Narcissus “Cissy” Adams and Sarah Kahele of Hilo, Dora Halena of Milolii; 43 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 27

Lawanda L. Bradley, 81, of Hilo, formerly of Chula Vista, Calif., died July 17 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Tulare, Calif., she was a self-employed beautician, avid hula dancer, part of the Jean Kalani Halau for 20 years, volunteer at Hospice of Hilo and member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. No services planned. Survived by husband, Kevin Bradley of Hawaiian Paradise Park; son, Lynn Ray (Vickie) Keith of Lebanon, Ore.; daughter, Janice (John) Becker of Lebanon; stepsons, Sean Bradley and Patrick Bradley of Lemon Grove, Calif.; brothers, Nim Roberts of Wichita, Kan., and Michael (Cindy) Roberts of Chula Vista; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 26

Wilfred “Braddah” Wakinikona Ah Tou Jr., 55, of Kealia died May 18 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, Hawaii, he was a county landfill equipment operator and member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Celebration of life 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Honaunau Rodeo Arena. Survived by son, Frank Ah Tou of Kealia; daughter, Felicia (Shane Espinoza) Ah Tou of Kealia; mother, Dorothy Ah Tou of Kealia; brothers, Thomas Ah Tou and Mervyn Ah Tou of Kealia; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 25

Santiago Castillo de Leon, 86, of Keaau died July 6 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Novacan, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was a papaya farmer, foliage nursery worker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers and lei welcome. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park. Survived by wife, Consolacion Derrada de Leon of Keaau; son, Wilson (Mary) de Leon of Mountain View; daughters, Marilyn de Leon (Ira) Shigaki of Paauilo and Arcelie de Leon of the Philippines; brother, Rodolfo (Sophia) de Leon of the Philippines; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 24

Robyn Marie Ching, 61 of Waikoloa died July 1 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a bartender at Waikoloa Restaurant and Bar, and worked in the construction, health and service industries. Celebration of life 9 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Haycraft Beach in Maalaea, Maui. Casual attire; loose flowers welcome. Survived by companion, Thomas Wheeler of Kona; sons, Patrick Ching of Lahaina, Maui, and Christopher Ching of Kahului, Maui; daughters, April Fetalvero of Westminster, Calif., and Jaymie (Brad) Balberdi of Kahului; brothers, Jens (Rebecca) Lerback of Woodburn, Ore., Joseph Lerback of Waikoloa, Jake (Carol Lorenzo) Lerback of Kona and Jensley Lerback of Lahaina; stepmother, Florence Lerback of Kona; stepfather, Richard Hill of Oregon; stepsisters, Laurie Kurozawa of Honolulu and Michelle Hill of Illinois; stepbrother, Vince Hill of Georgia; sister-in-law, Addie Madrid of Waikoloa; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 23

Alaysha Nohelani Fujiyama, 21, of Keaau died June 17 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at New Hope Church, 840 Kupulau Road, Hilo. Celebration of life 6 p.m. Graveside urn committal service 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima Section. Casual attire. Survived by children, Jacob Jr. and Dalton Ribordy of Keaau; father, Wayne Fujiyama of Keaau; mother, Natalie Ragocos of Hilo; brothers, Austin (Jensen Figaroa) Fujiyama of Maui, Avery (Leslie Quinones) Fujiyama of Yuma, Ariz.; sister, Aaliyah Fujiyama of Hilo; paternal grandparents, Archibald and Mellowdy Fujiyama of Keaau; maternal grandfather, Carlito “Richard” (Mary Ann Vasquez) Ragocos of Hilo; maternal grandmother, Patricia (Michael) Riviera of Hilo; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for July 21

Edvena Kauilani “Lani” Araujo-Mapes, 66, of Portland, Ore., died April 19 in Portland. Born in Hilo, she was a retired housekeeper and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Visitation 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday (July 26) at St. Joseph Catholic Church, followed by eulogy. Mass at 10 a.m. Urn committal to follow at Mauna Kea Memorial Park in Papaikou. Casual attire; flowers and lei welcome. Survived by daughters, Krystal Brown and Sheryl Robinson of Portland; hanai daughter, Kaylin Brown of Portland; mother Vivian Aiona Araujo of Hilo; brother, Eddie (Manu) Araujo Jr. of Hawaii Kai, Oahu; sisters, Luana Martin of Vancouver, Wash., and Napua (Howard) De Lima of Hilo; a granddaugher; an aunt and uncle, nieces nephews and cousins.

Obituaries for July 19

Keoni Ka‘ineianu‘uanu Pe‘a Atkinson, 60, of Kailua-Kona died June 18 at Kona Community Hospital. He was a master kumu hula and entertainer known as “The Ambassador of Aloha.” Celebration of life 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Sheraton Keauhou Kaleiopapa Convention Center. Service at 2 p.m. Casual or aloha attire. Condolences to: Atkinson ‘Ohana, c/o V. Daog, P.O. Box 242, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. Survived by wife, Susana Atkinson of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Pi‘ialoha Pe‘a Grace, Iwalani Pe‘a Atkinson, Lilinoe Pe‘a Atkinson, Oilipua Pe‘a Atkinson of Kailua-Kona; mother, Norma Jean Davis of California; brothers, Frankie Atkinson and Robert Atkinson of Kailua-Kona; sister, Deborah Atkinson of California; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.