Rose Marie De Pontes, 73, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 29 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in North Kohala, she was retired. Private services. Survived by husband, Gary De Pontes of Kailua-Kona; son, Chad De Pontes of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Debbie (Jon) Mabuni of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Joanne David of Ocean View, Shirley Henderson of Louisiana and Ethel Yamamoto of North Kohala; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
James “Jim” Duane Barry, 91, of Holualoa died Nov. 3 at home. Born in California, he was a high school teacher and football coach at Honokaa and Konawaena high schools and in California. Services at a later date. Survived by wife, Han Sung Barry of Holualoa; daughter, Kathryn Barry of Florida; son, Jamie (Candice Chow) Barry of Holualoa; a granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Dennis “Acro” Simon Acoba, 71, of Kailua-Kona died Oct. 10 at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Pepeekeo, he was a diesel mechanic for Bacon Universal and E.M. Rivera, co-owner of J.A.D. Equipment Repair and U.S. Army veteran. Services were held. He is survived by his wife, Lily Acoba and daughter, Tangee (Jonny) Acoba-Varron, all of Kailua-Kona; hanai son, Peter Queja of El Cajon, CA.; brothers, George (Esther) Acoba of Gardena, CA., David (Dean Lee) Acoba of Oahu; sisters, Linda (Jim) Gore of San Diego, CA., Patricia Arrojo of Papaikou; sister-in-law, Suzie Acoba of Los Angeles, CA.; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Jason Jitsuo Kawahara, 62, of Hilo died Dec. 1 at the Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Hospice Facility. Born in Hilo, he was a produce farmer and a member of the Hilo Meishoin Mission. Private services held. In lieu of flowers or koden (monetary gifts), donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of Hilo or Hilo Meishoin Mission. Survived by mother Matsue Kawahara of Hilo; brothers Melvin (Sandra) Kawahara and Terrence Kawahara, both of Hilo and Leslie (Sandy) Kawahara of Honolulu; niece Kellie (Seth) Kawahara-Niimi of Seattle; nephew Eric Kawahara of Honolulu; sister-in-law Claire Kawahara of Hilo and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Sidney Lee, 77, of Hilo died Dec. 12 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was president and owner of Hawaii Island Glass Inc. and member of Boogie Man and Born Losers golf clubs. No services. No flowers or koden (monetary offerings). Survived by wife, Dorothy Lee of Hilo; daughters, Kristine (Chris) Lee Sleeper of Massachusetts and Jennifer Lee of Hilo; stepson, Troy (Celeste) Hall of Keaau; stepdaughter, Marcy Hall of Hilo; brother, Leonard Lee of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; sister, Maxine (Roger) Song of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Amy Lee of Kent, Wash., Barbara Ward and Sharon (Ed) Querubin of Hilo, Sheila Valdez of Honolulu; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Randall Riki Ikeda, 59, of Orange, Calif., formerly of Hilo, died Dec. 12 at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, Calif. Born in Hilo, he was employed at United Medical Imaging Healthcare, was a former administrator for Mesa Medical Group and Vista Bay Medical Group, former Tustin AYSO Region 96 commissioner, board member and coach. Private services. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Memorial donation to https://ourhope.cityofhope.org/randyikeda. Survived by wife, Shaun Ikeda, of Orange; son, Brennan Ikeda of Orange; daughter, Kaylin Ikeda of Orange; mother, Betty Ikeda of Hilo; sister, Lianne (Jason) Akiona of Las Vegas; mother-in-law, Kaaren Onouye of Hilo; sister-in-law, Teri (Tim) Yoshitake of Sierra Madre, Calif.; a nephew, nieces, uncles, aunts and cousins.
Elena Olarte Cobile, 85, of Hilo died Dec. 5 at home. Born in Hinundayan, Southern Leyte, Philippines, she was a retired accounts clerk for Hilo Medical Center, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Hilo Visayan Club. Visitation 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 22) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire; face masks and social distancing required. Survived by sons, Eric (Tracy) Cobile of Vancouver, Wash., Douglas (Leisley) Cobile, Chuck (Robyn) Cobile and Raymond Cobile of Hilo; six grandsons; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Bradley “Brad” Mark Ellis, 68, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 11 at home. Born in Lynwood, Calif., he was a retired registered nurse and member of United Church of God. Private service at a later date. Survived by wife, Sherry Ellis of Kailua-Kona; mother, Joan Schulz of California; siblings, Steve (Denise) Ellis, David Ellis, Greg (Judy) Ellis, Theresa (Frank) Bordonaro and Tom Ellis of California; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Joseph Issac Alter, 49, of Ocean View, formerly of the San Francisco Bay Area, died Oct. 29, 2021 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Martinez, Calif. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by mother, Alanna Alter; father, Dale (Micaela White) Alter; brothers, Zack Alter and Andrew Alter; sister, Julia (Michael Canvin) Alter; a niece and nephew. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.
Eleanor “Ele” Kuluwaimakaokalani Evangelista, 87, of Keaau died Nov. 7 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Puna, she was a retired meat wrapper for Puna Fresh Foods, former cafeteria helper for Keaau Elementary School, composer of Hawaiian songs, former member of Ka Elele O Ka Malamalama Hoomana Naauao Church, member of Kamauloa O Ka Malamalama Hoomana Naauao Church and Alu Like Kupuna Program. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday (Dec. 17) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Seating limited; masks and social distancing required. Survived by daughters, Sandy Yamaguchi, Emmalyn Evangelista and Heather (Christian) Kubo; sons, Henry Evangelista and Herbert (Maelisa) Evangelista; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
George Mitsuo Kaitoku, 71, of Hilo died Nov. 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kohala, he was a retired county Department of Public Works Engineering Division supervising project construction inspector, retired Hawaii Army National Guard sergeant 1st class, surveyor for Hilo Engineering, HIPAL Youth Baseball coach/business manager, deacon, trustee and member of Haili Church and member of Big Island National Guard Retirees Association. Private services held. Survived by wife, Joyce Hinokawa Kaitoku of Hilo; sons, Duane (Raquel) Kaitoku of Kawaihae and Dwight Kaitoku of Hilo; daughter, Leasha (Les) Kaitoku-Oguma of Hilo; sisters, Elsie Higa and June Ono of Hilo; mother-in-law, Lucy Hinokawa of Kohala; sister-in-law, Diana (Kenneth) Kolish of Mililani, Oahu; brothers-in-law, Eric (Mercy) Hinokawa of Honolulu and Roderick (Christine) Hinokawa of Kohala; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Kahoalii-o-Kalani Kaili Calles, aka “Tweetie,” 92, of Keaukaha died Nov. 17 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired customer service representative for the former Aloha Airlines and a member and former bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keaukaha Ward. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 15) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation again 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 16) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hilo Stake Center, 1373 Kilauea Ave. Funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Online streaming for Thursday’s service via Zoom. Zoom ID: 831 6868 8003. Password: 617009. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by sons, Zachary (Josephine) Calles of Virginia Beach, Va., Elgin (Patricia) Calles of Honolulu and Les (Lisa) Calles of Orem, Utah; daughters, Gwen (Tim) Tirrell of Keaukaha, Greycelyn Maluo of Hilo, Faith (Peter) Paulo of Keaukaha and Tweetie (Ngatai) Smith of Hamilton, N.Z.; brother, David Kalani Calles Sr. of Hilo; brother-in-law, Tom (Kawaihona) Poy of Laupahoehoe; sister-in-law, E. Leilani Calles of Iowa; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Antonina Caravalho, 93 of Hilo died Nov. 26 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Kukuihaele, she was a retired caretaker and a candy maker for Honokaa Macadamia Nut Factory. Visitation at 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 14) at Ballard Family Mortuary. Service at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Cemetery. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by sons, Robert J. Caravalho: daughter, Donna C. Tamashiro; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; an aunt, cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Nestor “Ness” Macatbag Asuncion, 66, of Hilo died Monday, Oct. 25, home. Born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was former manager of Reed &Jay Photography/Action Photos of Hawaii, private contractor for Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Tribune-Herald, former store manager for Pearlridge One Hour Photo, partner in the former Prince Kuhio One Hour Photo, opened P.O.S. Computers and was a trainer and co-founder of Technology Resource Institute and Hawaii Technology Source, taught at Hawaii Community College, former officer and member of the Big Island F.I.L.M. Club and the Camera Club Council of Hawaii. Services held. Online condolences: www.homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by wife, Chandell (Kauwe) Asuncion of Hilo; daughter, Nicole Asuncion of Kahala, Oahu; son, Alexander (Darilyn) Asuncion of Kapolei, Oahu; brother Edward Lee (Fidela) Asuncion of Hawaii Kai, Oahu; sisters; Guillerma Cabie of West Covina, Calif., and Gloria (Feliciano) Bautista of Daimond Bar, Calif.; sister-in-law, Mildred Asuncion of Hilo; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.
Serene Kaleoaloha Chiquita Akina, 47, of Waimea died Nov. 1 in Los Angeles. Born in Hilo and raised in Mountain View, she was a member service representative at HFS Federal Credit Union Waimea branch. Celebration of life starting with 9 a.m. viewing on Saturday, Dec. 18, at Cherry Blossom Park/Church Row in Waimea. Face masks and social distancing required; sanitation stations will be available. Drive-thru encouraged. Private burial at later date. Survived by husband, Charles Akina III; sons, Charles (Felicity) Akina IV of Arizona, Raymond James Akina and Joseph Akina of Texas; parents George and Charlene Chiquita Jr. of Mtountain View; sister, Tammie (Dwayne) Cypriano of Honokaa; Brother George Chiquita III of Mountain View; hanai sisters, Melani Tanaka and Darcy Turner; godchildren; Alexis, Matthew and Samson Akau; uncles, aunties, nephews and nieces.
Naomi K. Alcosiba, 88, of Hilo died Oct. 30 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a retired bar manager for 33 years at the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel and member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Prayer service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 8:30-9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Funeral Mass at 9 a.m.. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire; face masks and social distancing required. Online streaming of Thursday’s services available. Contact a family member for information. Survived by son, Tony Alcosiba of Honolulu; hanai sons, Kenneth Lance Alcosiba of California, Patpong Chittkusol of Bangkok, Thailand, and Lawrence Nakano of Honolulu; daughters, Gale (James) Camacho of Keaau and Alissa L. (Keith) Kashiwada of Puuloa; hanai daughters, Lydia Martins of Hilo and Tanya Dudoit of Oahu; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Lance Kiyoshi Abe, 67, of Hilo died Nov. 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Laupahoehoe, he was retired from the state Department of Human Services, a farmer, worked at Laupahoehoe School, where he coached girls’ basketball, and was a member and elder at Zion’s House of Praise Holiness Church in Hilo. Public visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Face masks and social distancing required. Casual attire; no flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Amy Abe of Hilo; brothers, Randall (Linda) Abe of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Mervyn Abe of Oregon; sister, Joyce Yamamoto of Hilo; mother-in-law, Sueno Saruwatari of Pepeekeo; brother-in-law, Bert Saruwatari of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Lynn (Glenn) Abe of Honolulu, Faye Saruwatari of Hilo, Gail Saruwatari and Eva Saruwatari of Pepeekeo; nephews, nieces, cousins, grandnephews and grandnieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Charles Jose “Carlos” Garcia, 91, of Hilo died Nov. 19 at home. Born in La Jara, Colo., he was a retired chief observer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research High Altitude Observatory, U.S. Navy veteran and member of Young Men’s Institute, Y’s Men International Club, Toastmasters and Piihonua Kumiai, and avid tennis player. Celebration of life service at a later date. Survived by daughters, Carla (Scott) Chitwood of Hilo and Pamela (John) Homa of Las Cruces, N.M.; sons, Steven (Duan) Garcia of Hilo and Thomas Garcia of Las Vegas; sisters, Eva Mask of Parkton, N.C. and Agnes Moser of Deadwood, S.D.; brother, Julian (Debbie) Garcia of West Columbia, Texas; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Prayse Kolonahe Prembrook Chung, 23, of Hilo died Aug. 4 at home. Born in Hilo, he was an electrician’s helper for Walter’s Electric Inc. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at New Hope-Hilo, 840 Kupulau, Rod. Celebration of life at 6 p.m. Survived by father, Kaleonahe G. (Katie Kobayashi) Chung; mother, Leilokelani Billings; sisters, Heavyn Chung, Haart Chung and Khloe Chung-Castillo; brother, Shyn Chung; grandmother, Lucille V. Chung; grandfather, Kenneth Billings.