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Obituaries

For Tuesday, May 20, 2014


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James Allen Ackerman
April 27, 2014
James Allen "Sonny" Ackerman, 87, of Kealakekua, Hawaii, a retired assistant airline manager for Hawaiian Airlines, founding member of Calvary Community Church and an Army 11th Airborne Division veteran, died in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Kealakekua. He is survived by wife Bettylou; daughters Teresam, Robyn and Cindy; brother Howard; and three grandchildren. No services. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 241, Kealakekua, HI 96750.

Dora Kiyomi Arai
April 17, 2014
Dora Kiyomi Arai, 75, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaii Medical Service Association clerk, died in St. Francis Hospice. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Keith K. Ho and Sean Y. Arai, brothers Frederick and Thomas Takara, and sister Jane Uyehara. Private services.

Felix Befitel
April 29, 2014
Felix Befitel, 99, of Kaunakakai, Molokai, died in Kaunakakai. He was born in Santa, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is survived by wife Crescencia, son Nelson, daughters Shirley Befitel and Lisa Fernandez, sisters Maria Billones and Emilia Balderama, and five grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Eulogy: 11:30 a.m. Services at noon. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Updated service information for an obituary published Sunday.

Stephen Randall Dinion
May 13, 2014
Stephen Randall "Steve" Dinion, 46, of Honolulu, a Honolulu Symphony musician, died in Honolulu. He was born in Washington, D.C. He is survived by companion R. Stewart Kubota, mother Bernice R., brothers Michael G. and Robert S., and sister Laure D. Hadder. Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Sunday at Studio 909, 909 Kapiolani Blvd. Scattering of ashes at a later date. Donations suggested to Pride at Work, Hawaii Peace & Justice, Hawaii People's Fund or Live Music Awareness.

Hazel Amelia Hazel
May 6, 2014
Hazel Amelia Hazel, infant daughter of Jeffrey and Diane Henry of Waianae, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. Private services.

Jane Michiko Higa
May 5, 2014
Jane Michiko Higa, 77, of Honolulu, a slipper sander for Scott Shoe Co., died at home. She was born in Makaweli, Kauai. She is survived by husband George S., son Clayton A., daughter Lori-Ann Lum, brothers Masato and Noel Kubota, sisters Sachiko Takaesu and Masae Oda, and a grandchild. Visitation: 1 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 2 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Audie Rikio Hokama
April 19, 2014
Audie Rikio Hokama, 57, of Aiea, formerly of Honolulu, a Foodland meat cutter, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Conrad M. and Shane K. Visitation: 3 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Charles Minoru Hutchison
May 6, 2014
Charles Minoru Hutchison, 79, of Honolulu, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier and an Army veteran, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Betty, sons Scott N. and Sterling M., daughter Stacy N. and five grandchildren. Graveside services: 9 a.m. May 31 at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Marian Michie Iona
April 22, 2014
Marian Michie Iona, 81, of Honolulu died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by two children and three grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Makiki Christian Church. Casual attire.

Jonah Ka'aialii
Dec. 20, 2013
Jonah Ka'aialii, 78, of Las Vegas, a retired Mandalay Bay dealer, owner of Kaaialii House of Color in Hollywood, Calif., and a Marine Corps veteran, died in Las Vegas. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Marge; sons Dale, Daniel and Mitchell; daughter Jennifer; and sisters Rebecca Kaaekuahiwi and Aggie Pililaau. Private services. Scattering of ashes: 9 a.m. Friday at Pokai Bay, Waianae. Inurnment: 3 p.m. May 28 at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Flowers welcome. Updated service information for an obituary published Jan. 17.

Susumi Kajiwara
April 19, 2014
Susumi Kajiwara, 86, of Waipahu, a Hawaiian Equipment Co. machinist, died at home. He was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Yukiko, sons Wesley and Wayne, daughter Eileen Iwamasa and five grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. June 7 at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Junior Kahoopii Kalima
May 5, 2014
Junior Kahoopii Kalima, 94, of Hilo, a former Orchids of Hawaii employee, retired landscaper technician for Keauhou Surf and Racket Club, former percussionist and singer for A Thousand Pounds of Melody and an Army veteran who served in World War II, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by son Wesley, daughters Kuuipo De Leon and Leialoha P. Kalima, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8:45 a.m. June 6 at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo. Services: 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Aloha attire.

Thelma Kocivar
May 10, 2014
Thelma Kocivar, 95, of Kahului, a physical education teacher, died. She was born in New York City. She is survived by son Karl, daughters Jane and Carol, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. No services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com.

Minoru Komatsu
May 5, 2014
Minoru "Stanley" Komatsu, 88, of Honolulu, a retired Gaspro production engineer, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Rose; sons Ronald and Houston; daughters Lorraine Tateyama and Susan Morikami; brothers Yoshio, Mitsuo "Happy," Shoichi and Charles "Charlie"; sister Nobuko Kaminaka; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Private services. No flowers. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

Patsy Sumie Kunishima
May 13, 2014
Patsy Sumie Kunishima, 75, of Mililani died in Mililani. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by companion Bob Meyer, sons Cliff and Scott, daughter Caroline, brother Ray Tokunaga, sister Betty Whitmore and a grandchild. No services.

Shizue Matsubara
April 28, 2014
Shizue Matsubara, 94, of Kaneohe, a Del Monte food preparation employee, died in Kaneohe. She was born in South Hilo. She is survived by husband Masatoshi; daughters Eda I. Chin and Karen K. Kodama; brother Shiro Higaki; sisters Bettie F. Kakemoto, Aileen M. Keliikuloa and Michiko and Esther M. Higaki; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Private services. Flowers welcome.

Patricia Rose McConnachie
May 13, 2014
Patricia Rose "Patt" McConnachie, 91, of Mountain View, Hawaii, a retired certified nursing assistant and retired American Airlines waitress, died at home. She was born in Ukiah, Calif. She is survived by five children, brother Don Cross, 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. No services.

Howard Masaru Mizuno
April 28, 2014
Howard Masaru Mizuno, 83, of Kaneohe, a retired Hawaiian Airlines aircraft inspector and an Air Force veteran, died in Kailua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Howard J., daughter Joye Y., a grandchild and two great-grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.

Donald Matsuyuki Nakamura
April 4, 2014
Donald Matsuyuki Nakamura, 77, of Honolulu, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier and an Army veteran, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in North Kona. He is survived by wife Julia, sons Warren and Ross, daughter Donnie Ann Wong, mother Ethel C. and four grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

Hoa Tri Nguyen
May 5, 2014
Hoa Tri Nguyen, 78, of Honolulu, a retired taxicab driver, died in Honolulu. He was born in Pakse, Laos. He is survived by sons Tam Huu, Linh Huu and Dung Dang; daughters Thuy Van, Thuy Huong, Thuy Lan, Thuy Nga, Thuy Nhung and Thuy Trinh; numerous grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences: oahumortuary.com.

Lorraine Yoneko Nishihara
April 28, 2014
Lorraine Yoneko Nishihara, 85, of Honolulu, a retired executive secretary for the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group-Korea, died at home. She was born in Makaweli, Kauai. She is survived by sisters Yoshiko Oshiro, Satsuki Hartle and Shigeko Nishihara. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

Betsy M. Okumura
May 5, 2014
Betsy M. Okumura, 97, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Guy J. and Glenn J.; brother Lionel Yoshizaki; sisters Yoshi Moriwaki, Amy La Porte and Eiko Chang; and three grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

Laura Choy Oshiro
April 14, 2014
Laura Choy Oshiro, 81, of Kaneohe, a data entry employee, died in Kaneohe. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Douglas; sons Jon Genka and Todd Oshiro; daughter Jolene Chock; brother Clifford Choy; sisters Harriet Lee, Juliette Maehara and Sandra Choy; and two grandchildren. Private services.

Michiko Roman
May 13, 2014
Michiko Roman, 83, of Honolulu died in the Queen's Medical Center. She was born in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. She is survived by daughter Judy R. Leadbeater, brother Yoshinobu Iwamura, sister Satoko Komatsu and four grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday at Tenrikyo Hawaii Dendocho. Services: 10:30 a.m.

Hatsuyo Sakata
April 24, 2014
Hatsuyo "Carol" Sakata, 92, of Pahala, Hawaii, retired owner of Kau Express Inc. and a retired Kau Meat Market clerk, died at home. She was born in Naalehu, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Alan Kohara and Roy Sakata; daughter Lynn Whitmore; sisters Kokimi Takaki, Yuriko Prentice and Eloise Murakami; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo. Services: 11 a.m. Casual attire.

Kalei Pamela Shaw
April 25, 2014
Kalei Pamela Shaw, 57, of Anchorage, Alaska, an office administrator, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband James E.; son Donovan C. Preza; stepson James J.; stepdaughters Shannon E. and Cynthia M. Shaw, and Kimberly A. Pickert; brothers Harry P. and Philip Asuncion Jr.; sisters Elizabeth K. Jacobe and Andrecita R. Prehn; and eight step-grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

Elizabeth May Bolin Stifel
May 5, 2014
Elizabeth May Bolin Stifel, 94, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Honolulu. She was born in Berkeley, Calif. She is survived by sons Richard E. III, William F. III and Martin S.; daughters Candace S. Taylor and Bonnie Stifel; and three grandchildren. Private services. Donations suggested to the Hawaiian Humane Society in the name of Elizabeth May Bolin Stifel. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.

James Nobuo Takayama
April 29, 2014
James Nobuo Takayama, 84, of Honolulu, a retired Cutter Dodge service manager, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Elaine E.; daughters Renee T. Hirayasu, Cheryl M. Grey and Edlyn S. Yoshida; brothers Robert T. and Arthur Y.; sister Thelma S. Nakashima; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Roy S. Tokifuji
May 6, 2014
Roy S. Tokifuji, 68, of Kaneohe, a retired dental prosthetic fabricator, died in Kaneohe. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by nephews Eric, Keith and Cal Nakamura; and niece Stephanie Nakamura. Private scattering of ashes. Online condolences: oahumortuary.com.

Sally Sadako Tsuyemura
May 13, 2014
Sally Sadako Tsuyemura, 87, of Honolulu, a retired anesthetist and registered nurse, died in St. Francis Hospice. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by husband Henry T., son Mark R., daughters Lisa A. and Kathy K., and sister Nancy Y. Kawashima. Visitation: 4 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Sybil Josephine Kehaulani Ulmer
May 8, 2014
Sybil Josephine Kehaulani Ulmer, 74, of Kapolei died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Jerald Ulmer Jr., Joseph Rios and Todd Benevides; daughters Jocelyn Ulmer Rios and Jodi Moana Benevides; sisters Ethel Raposa and Phoebe Nuuhiwa; and two grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Jude Catholic Church, Kapolei. Mass: 10 a.m. Aloha attire.






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