John Keoni Kaupu, 64, of Hilo died Dec. 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired general foreman for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Shop. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 13) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 9-11 a.m. Monday (Jan. 14) at chapel. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire. Survived by wife, Sheiladine L. “Sheila” Kaupu of Hilo; daughter, Sheila (Jason) Ganigan of Hilo; sons, Sean Thomas (Katherine) Kaupu of Kapolei, Oahu, Shannon MacLeroy (LeeMai) Kaupu, Sherman (Ala Leka) Kaupu, Samuel Alexander (Amber) Kaupu, Steven Douglas Kaupu, Spencer John (Mina Rodrigues) Kaupu and Scott Dean Bernard (Kahele Joaquin) Kaupu of Hilo; brothers, Edward (Nashtene) Kaupu and Kenneth (Berna) Kaupu of Hilo; sisters, Shirley Pedro of Puna and Karen (Sione) Katoa of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Samuelyn (John) Evangelista of Hilo, Sherylanne (Thompson) Quihano of Puna, Selmajean (Joseph) Amaral and Stella Marie (J.R. Rabang) Gaison of Nanakuli, Oahu; brothers-in-law, Samuel N. Gaison of Hilo and Sheldon Alexander (Bonnie) Gaison of Ewa Beach, Oahu; hanai sons, Shayne Gaison-Evangelista, Sean (Keiki) Lyons, T. Ilihia Gionson and J. Maolikai Matsu of Hilo, Clyde Mole and George Banis of Nanakuli, Roger William of Waianae, Oahu, Joseph Amaral of Kapolei, Charles Quihano of Puna, Devin Dixson of Indiana, Jason Hanato of Las Vegas; hanai daughters, SelmaJean L. Amaral and Vickylnne Amaral of Nanakuli, Christyanne Quihano of Puna, Hi‘iaka Kawiilima of Hilo and Regina Kaupu of Alabama; 16 grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and two aunts. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Kevin Austin Callahan, 58, of Ocean View died Nov. 26 at Hawaii Care Choices in Hilo. Born in San Diego, he was a food server. Celebration of life at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Keauhou Beach Park in Kailua-Kona. Casual attire. Survived by brothers, Paul (Cathy) John Callahan, Jr., of Idaho, Sean Callahan of Ka‘u and Brian Callahan of California; sisters, Mary Callahan and Meegan Callahan-McDonald, both of Wisconsin; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Leslie D. Correia, 73, of Kalopa died Nov. 24 at home. Born in Laupahoehoe, he was a retired Hawaii County police officer, watermelon farmer, rancher, former owner of Alfalfa Hay and Cubes Feed Store in Paauilo and U.S. Navy veteran. Visitation 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Memorial Mass at 9:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Kay Correia of Kalopa; daughters, Lisa (Matthew) Correia-Burger of Olalla, Wash., and Michelle (Paul) Correia of Kalopa; son, Brendon (Zelina) Correia of Honokaa; brother, Rodger (Linda) Clark of Texas; sister, Jheriann Maier of Florida; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Michael Clarence Benoit, 84, of Hawi died Dec. 28 in Hawi. Born in Lafayette, La., he was a plasterer. Private services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Michael (Janice) Benoit of Shadow Hills, Calif., and Richard (Sylvia) Benoit of Palmdale, Calif.; daughters, Ingrid (Robert) Clark of Hawi, Anita (Steve) Norman of North Hills, Calif., Teresa (Michael) Donahue of Littlerock, Calif., Vickie Edwardson of Fullerton, Calif., and Brenda (Bill) Graves-Leifermen of Palmdale; sisters, Rita Harper of North Bend, Wash., Teresa Sinn of Hunington Beach, Calif., and Priscilla (Chuck) Hiers of Fountain Valley, Calif.; sister-in-law, Patricia Benoit of Cypress, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Hank Honorio Badajos, Jr., 83, of Keaau died Dec. 25 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired maintenance worker for Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe, Oahu, merchant marine for Dole Co., and U.S. Air Force veteran. Private services. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by wife, Maile Badajos of Keaau; daughter, Gail Badajos of Honolulu; sons, Race Badajos and Cale Badajos of Honolulu; brother, Eugene Badajos of Los Angeles; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.
Saturnina “Nina” Mesiona Bolos, 86, of Keaau died Nov. 22 at home. Born in Waipahu, Oahu, she was a former field and cannery worker for Del Monte and homemaker. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 5) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by children, Zola (Leonard) Labrador of Keaau, Alexander (Jann) Bolos of Oahu, Steven Bolos of Keaau, Warren Bolos of Greenville, S.C., Louisa Cobb-Adams, Gerlyn (Elson, Sr.) Kalawe of Pahoa and Dean Bolos of Keaau; daughters-in-law, Ronda Bolos and Desiree Bolos of Keaau; brothers, Don (Winona) Mesiona, Patrick Mesiona and David (Paulette) Mesiona of Oahu; sisters, Rosie (Bonifacio) Taneca of Philippines, Linda (Colin) China of Mililani, Oahu, Laura (Leonard) Tangonan of Waipahu, Sharyn (James) Starr of Oahu, Renona (Jorge) Morales of Florida, Cheryl Drew of Ohio and Roberta (Phil) Larry of Oahu; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Ruby Endriss, 89, of Hilo died Dec. 6 in Clackamas, Ore. Born in San Bernardino, Calif., she and husband, John, served many years at Kaumana Drive Baptist Church and Hilo Medical Center Extended Care facility. Survived by daughters Dianne (Ed) Jones and Pat (Blane) Pearl; sons Ken (Julia) Endriss, David (Nicola) Endriss and Ralph (Cathy) Endriss; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Ronald Elridge Bell, 70, of Hilo died Dec. 19 at Hawaii Health Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Normal, Ill., he was a retired social worker, Illinois State University running back drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1973 and former football coach for Ka‘u High School. Services to be in Sacramento, Calif. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by wife, Miselena Bell of Sacramento; daughters, Laloni Bell of Sacramento and Laa Pi Bell of Pahoa; sister, Beverly Bell of Normal. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.
Michael “Mikey” John Barber, 52, of Hilo died Wednesday at the Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Facility in Hilo. Born in Laurinburg, North Carolina, he was a truck driver and volunteer firefighter. Visitation from 3-4 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Alanna Barber of Hilo; son, Marcus Barber of Hilo; brother, Fred (Lucia Luera) Barber of Alice, Texas; mother-in-law, Sharon Purbaugh of Hilo; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Harley “Harley Boy” Jamerson Bell-Chase, 27, of Hilo died Dec. 7 in Hilo. Born in Hilo, he was a student at Hawaii Community College and member of New Hope-Hilo. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday (Dec. 28) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by parents, Kehau Fontes, Pamela and Jerry Bell, William Chase; grandfather, Erwin Chase; brothers, James (Chas) Bell-Chase, Micah Lorenzo, William Rocha, Kaioni Bell and Aukai Bell; sisters, Tiara (Kua) Smith, BillieJean (Josh) Bell-Chase, Carissa (Andy) Bell-Chase, Robi Fritz, Chassi Tulang, Porsha Chase, Christine Rocha, Candice (Kai) Moses, Aulii Bell and Mahina Bell; hanai mother, Tyanna Fontes; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.