Obituaries for March 12

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.

Obituaries for March 11

Haleiwa “Hale” Kalau, 80, of Kailua-Kona, formerly of Honolulu, died March 18, 2020, at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired supervisor for Ewa Brand Poultry. Services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 18, at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Honolulu. COVID-19 restrictions will apply. For information, email kala_u@yahoo.com. Survived by daughters, Dolores (William) Kaluna and Helen (Milton) Akiona of Honolulu; son, John Kalau IIIl of Honolulu; brother, Richard (Millie) Polelia of Las Vegas; sister, Melecia (Richard) Carreira of Hilo; 13 grandchildren; great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Obituaries for March 10

Joseph Pung, 92, of Hilo died Feb. 27 at home. Born in Laupahoehoe, he was a retired ranch hand at Kukaiau Ranch. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by sons, Fierry (Gail Noeau) Pung of Ainaloa, Darcy (Sherry) Pung of Honokaa, Richard (Greta) Pung of Hilo, Sammie (Carrie) Pung and Rory Dean Pung of Honokaa; daughter, Carmela (Stanley) Boteilho of Honokaa; daughter-in-law, Donna Pung of Makuu; brother, Ernest (Dawn) Pung of Hilo; sister-in-law, Clara Kealoha of Honokaa; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 9

Raymond Matao Kaya, 85, of Hilo died Feb. 24 at his residence. Born in Hilo, he was the retired proprietor of Mamo Traders Inc. in Hilo, a U.S. Army Veteran and member of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Pirates Golf Club and Japanese Golf Club. Visitation 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo. Private memorial service to follow; limited to immediate family members only. Casual attire. No flowers; no koden. Survived by daughters, Nancy (Jeff) Miyasato of Kaneohe, Oahu, Joanne (Evan) Okino and Cindy (John) Wong of Honolulu, Kathy (Loren) Tsugawa of Hilo; sister, Janet Kaya of Honolulu; eight grandchildren; an aunt and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 8

Emilio Nicolas Berido, 95, of Hilo died Feb. 27 at the Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in the Philippines, he was a retired stack operator for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. and member of the Fil-Am Bowling League and International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Private services held. Survived by sons, Clayton Berido of Kealakekua, Hilton Berido of Hilo and Neal (Lynn) Nitta of Maui; daughters, Rosaline (Burt) Takata and Sandra Berido of Pahoa, Gale Rosa of Hilo; brothers, Dami (Linda) Berido of Oklahoma and Magdalino (Lucreen) Berido of Puna; sister, Rosaline (Don) Bocok of Honolulu; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 7

Kenneth William Ka‘ea Decoito, 29, of Hilo died Feb. 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a pest exterminator and member of Naalehu Assembly of God Church. Private service noon–1 p.m. Friday (March 12) at Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo. Drive-thru service 1-2 p.m. at the mortuary. Remain in car at all times. Face masks and social distancing required. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by father, Kenneth “Kalani” (Tracey) Decoito of Waiohinu; mother, Sharlene (Clarence) Alcoran of Naalehu; brothers, Daelen (Tania) Decoito of Alaska, Travis (Kehau) Decoito of Waiohinu, Keola (Kaylynn) Balatona of Hilo, Clarence (Eva) Alcoran of Kona, Curtis (Kasey) Alcoran of Utah Dale (Jade) Benevides of Washington, Rolland “Bully” (Courtney) Alcoran of Kona, Jeremiah “Jerry” (Shavonne) Benevides of Waiohinu, Michael “Mikey” (Kahanu) Alcoran of Kona and Larry (Bea) Al-Navarro of Pahala; sisters, Gaylen (Roland) Castaneda of Naalehu, Meili Batalona, Denise Batalona, Nohe Batalona and Levi (Kana) Benevides of Hilo, Chanice (Devin) Vea of Utah and Ciara “CiCi” Ortega of Pahala; grandparents, Eva Decoito of Hilo and William (Eleanor) Derasin of Naalehu; hanai parents, Harry (Ened) Batalona of Hilo; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 4

Janice Ann Howells Dassance, 72, of Kainaliu died Feb. 25 at home. Born in Los Angeles, she was a retired sheep farmer and wool producer. Services at a later date. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by husband, Lance Dassance of Kainaliu; ex-husband, Bill Walker of California; sons, Sunny (Sherrie Ann) Walker of Hilo, Nino (Karen) Walker of Switzerland and Chip Dean of California; daughters, Sally (Al) Dean Mello and Bryson (Brian) Dean-Gaughier of Massachusetts; brother, Peter Howells of Nevada; five granddaughters; extended family. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 4

Michiyo Fukumitsu, 92, of Keopu died Feb. 21 at Captain Cook Care Home. Born in Hilo, she was a retired registered nurse and member of Keopu Kumiai. Services at a later date. Survived by sons, Ray Fukumitsu of Keopu, Gregory Fukumitsu of Honolulu, Eric (Kathy) Fukumitsu of Manteca, Calif. and Ross Fukumitsu of Keopu; sisters, Matsue Desaki of Honolulu and Ichiko (Sadao) Okada of Hilo; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for March 1

Edward “Eddie” William Kahuena Kawewehi, 74, of Holualoa died Feb. 10 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he was a cook at the former Kona Surf and Keauhou Beach hotels and member of the ILWU Retirement Club. Private services at a later date. Survived by wife, Lehua Kawewehi of Holualoa; stepdaughters, Sandy (Brian) Komo of Holualoa and Kathy (Steven) Kuakahela of Kona Palisades; hanai sons, Eddie Boy (Denise) Lovell-Wong of Captain Cook and Conrad (Davi) Chong of Holualoa; hanai daughter, Noelani Johnson of Kealakehe; sister, Blossom Russell of Kealakehe; brothers, Kaipo (Puanani) Kawewehi of Hilo and Jackson Kawewehi of Spokane, Wash.; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 28

Donnell D. Akana Sr., 68, of Waiohinu died Jan. 28 at home. He was born in Pahala. Private services held. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by estranged spouse, Marlene Fernandez; son, Donnell Judah Akana III; mother of children, Terry Akana; children, Donnell “D.J.” (Jessica) Akana Jr. of Oceanview, Dominic “Emil” (Kegan Grace) Akana-Avenue of Pahala and Terese “Tlani” (Abraham B.) Akana-Contreras of Hampstead, N.C.; brothers, Jacob (Virginia) Akana Sr. of Torrance, Calif. and Gable “Wayne” Andrade Sr.; sister, Thelma Yanagida of Hilo; former wife, Edwina Akana of Hilo; 10 grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 26

Gabriel Adviento Sr., 85, of Hilo died Feb. 13 at home. Born in Waimanalo, Oahu, he was a retired glazier for Fuller Glass on Oahu and security guard at Bank of Hawaii. Private services at a later date. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Gabriel (Napua) Adviento Jr., James Kelekolio and Anthony Adviento; daughters, Gail (Ronald) Kuali‘i, Myrna Aiona, Mary (Lorenzo) Ramos and Gina (Keane) Lee; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 25

Bernaldo Ramos Abella, 95, of Papaaloa died Feb. 15 at home. Born in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a retired cane truck and service truck driver for the former Davies Hamakua Sugar Plantation Company and member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Thursday, March 4, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Laupahoehoe. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by wife, Modesta Abella of Papaaloa; daughter, Josie (Derek) Aurio of Hilo; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Abella of Papaaloa; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 24

Robert Stewart Dowling, 97, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 11 in Kailua-Kona. Born in Chicago, he worked as an outside sales representative for oil companies and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Private services at a later date. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by spouse, Atsuko Dowling of Kailua-Kona; sons, John S. Dowling of El Granada, Calif. and James R. (Donna) Dowling of Shasta, Calif.; daughter, Kathy Dowling of Santa Barbara, Calif. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 23

Debra “Debbie” Haunani Mock Chew–Texeira, 67, of Honokaa died Jan. 28. Born in Kukuihaele, she was a manager at Dairy Queen and Tex Drive Inn, clothing line entrepreneur and lifelong member and former president of the Waipi’o Taro Farmers’ Association. Private services at a later date. Survived by sons, Ernest (Joy) Texeira of Hilo and Alan Texeira of Honokaa; sisters, Sylvia (John) Tompkins of Kohala, Cynthia Kanekoa of Kukuihaele and Moana (Lloyd) Kaneshiro; brothers, Dennis (Linda) Mock Chew of Kona, Jayson (Alberta) Mock Chew of Honokaa, Lyle Mock Chew of Kukuihaele and Bradford Mock Chew of Waipi’o Valley; two granddaughters; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 22

Joseph Rodrigues Bugado Jr., 80, of Hilo died Feb. 13 at home. Born in Honokaa, he was a retired bus driver for Greyline Tours, Jack’s Tours, Robert’s Hawaii Tours, and the owner of Big Island Sightseeing Tours. Viewing 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 3, at Ballard Family Mortuary in Hilo. Burial at Mauna Kea Memorial Park (1.6 miles up Ka‘ie‘ie Rd.) at 1 p.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by spouse, Norma M. Bugado of Hilo; son, Bradford (Layla) Bugado, of El Paso, Texas; daughter, Charmaine Bugado of Hilo; brother, Richard (Cindy) Bugado of Honomu; two grandchildren; aunts, uncles, and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 21

Bruce Ledyard Andri, 71, of Naalehu died Feb. 12 at home. Born in Staten Island, N.Y, he was an artist and U.S. Army veteran. No services. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by daughter, Amber Andri of Eugene, Ore.; brother, David Andri of Downy, Calif. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 19

Leona Lucille Bender, 90, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 6 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Spokane, Wash., she was a salesclerk for Hilo Hattie’s in Honolulu. Services at a later date. Survived by sons, Brent (Connie) Bender of Waimea and Reed (Susan) Bender of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Bobbie Coman of Oregon and Carol Pugh of Spokane; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 18

Lawrence (Larry) Alexander, 92, of Hilo died Feb. 11 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Los Angeles, he was a retired teacher from Hilo High School, sailor, and builder/operator of the Dolphin Bay Hotel in Hilo. Celebration of life at a later date. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by son, John Alexander of Hilo. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 16

Eric Paul D’almeida, 60, of Hilo died Feb. 6 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a security guard. Graveside service 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 19) at Homelani Memorial Park. Face masks and social distancing required. Online condolences: www.homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by brother, Rex (Gloria) Matthews; sisters, Sheila Matthews, Coleen Matthews, and Charlene (Shane) Matthews; half-brother, Steven Akau; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Obituaries for February 14

Wendy Gail Leilani Ah Tou, 55, of Captain Cook died Jan. 18 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a certified nursing assistant at the former Hillhaven Long Term Facility, an order taker at McDonald’s Restaurant and waitress at Hong Kong Chop Suey Restaurant. Services at a later date. Survived by her husband, Thomas Ah Tou Sr. of Captain Cook; daughters, Dayna Marie (Ryan) Kaahanui-Mateo of Aiea, Oahu, Tatiana Ah Tou of Honaunau and Taysha Roberta Kaahanui of Waipahu, Oahu; son, Thomas Ah Tou Jr. of Hoopuloa; mother, Helen (Michael) Naihe of Ewa Beach, Oahu; brother, Branden Kaahanui of Ewa Beach; sisters, Tracy Ann Kaahanui of Kalihi, Oahu, Debbie (Travis) Hoyohoy of Ainaloa and Reina Kaahanui of Milton, Fla.; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.