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Obituaries

For Friday, January 4, 2013


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Clara Matsumi Akimoto
Jan. 1, 2013
Clara Matsumi Akimoto, 93, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Liliha Healthcare Center. She was born in Ewa. She is survived by son Richard T., daughter Harriet M. Kamei, sisters Elsie Hironaka and Doris Ige, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Lillian Natsuko Araki Choy
Dec. 25, 2012
Lillian Natsuko Araki Choy, 86, of Honolulu, a retired waitress at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Terrace Grill, died in Hospice Hawaii's Kailua Home. She was born in Puunene, Maui. She is survived by sons Rodney D. and Colin H.; daughters Cynthia H. Lee, Charis Y. Murata and Joann N. "Jae Lee" Kahunahana; sister Sadako Nakai; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Committal services: 2 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. Online condolences: hawaiifuneralservices.com.

Margarita Cabalce Dawa
Jan. 1, 2013
Margarita Cabalce Dawa, 76, of Hanalei, Kauai, a self-employed taro farmer, died. She was born in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, Philippines. She is survived by sons Rudolfo Mantanan, Romeo Dawa and Remegio Tangonan; daughters Marissa Batterman, Maxima Schmidt and Marilyn Dawa-Loos; stepson Abraham Tangonan; stepdaughters Grace Bancud, Geno-veva Yabes and Myrna Rodriguez; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Jan. 14 at St. William Catholic Church, Hanalei. Mass: 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Catherine Catholic Church cemetery, Kapaa.

Steven K. DeWitt
Dec. 26, 2012
Dr. Steven K. DeWitt, 64, of Kaneohe, acting medical director of Halawa Correctional Facility and a Navy veteran who served in the Vietnam War, died in Kailua. He was born in Monett, Mo. He is survived by wife Elizabeth W., parents Keith and Evelyn, brothers Michael and Gary, and sisters Jan Watson, Tricia McKay and Beth Hyde. Services pending.

Leoneene Headen
Dec. 28, 2012
Leoneene "Grandma Lee" Headen, 88, of Lihue, a retired hostess at Hula Girl and Coco Palms, died at home. She was born in Guyana. She is survived by daughter Jeanette Dietz, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 8 a.m. Jan. 19 at Immaculate ConceptionCatholic Church, Lihue. Mass: 10 a.m.

Frank Fuifatu Talainu'upo Heather
Dec. 11, 2012
The Rev. Frank Fuifatu Talainu'upo Heather, 80, of Waianae, a retired Hickam Air Force Base carpenter foreman and a United Christian Church reverend, died at home. He was born in American Samoa. He is survived by son Kirk, daughters Pearl Spencer and Janet Siuta, nine brothers, four sisters and 13 grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Jan. 11 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

Sumiko Higashi
Nov. 27, 2012
Sumiko Higashi, 81, of Sunnyvale, Calif., a retired schoolteacher, died. She was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. She is survived by son Gregg, brother Kazuyoshi Aoki and two grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Inurnment: 2 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com. Additional information for an obituary published Wednesday.

Thomas T. Iida
Dec. 7, 2012
Thomas T. Iida, 91, of Pearl City, an Army veteran who served in World War II, died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Kau, Hawaii. He is survived by son William; daughters Jean Suzuki, Ann Parrilla and Kathleen Miyasato; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

Henry Kahsen
Dec. 28, 2012
Henry Kahsen, 67, of Keaau, Hawaii, a retired UNR-Leavitt steelworker and an Army veteran, died in Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. He was born in Chicago. He is survived by wife Cynthia M. Hockey; sons Rob and Henry E.; daughters Rachel and Heather; brothers Charles Bruining, James McVey and Jerry and Lawrence Kahsen; sisters Pat Curran and Margaret Sweet; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Services: 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2.

John Wise Kamoku Sr.
Dec. 29, 2012
John Wise "Johnny Boy" Kamoku Sr., 72, of Hilo, a retired heavy equipment operator and a Navy veteran, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Mary Jane; son John Jr.; daughters Piilani Kaawaloa, Jessanne Paresa, Christine Edmiston and Toni Marie Batalon Kaui; brother Jimmy Wise; sister Elsie Kihano; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Kamauloa o ka Malamalama Church, 17-604 Volcano Road, Kurtistown. Services: 11 a.m. Aloha attire.

Lapaz Koja
Dec. 18, 2012
Lapaz "Pat" Koja, 79, of Wahiawa, a retired Bank of Hawaii employee, died in Wahiawa. She was born in Pahoa, Hawaii. She is survived by son Tedson; daughter Barbara Togashi; stepmother Filomena Umblas; brothers Ben, Joe and Nicholas Ramelb; sister Carrie Yamaoka; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Casual attire.

Grace C.Y. Liu
Dec. 23, 2012
Grace C.Y. Liu, 90, of Honolulu, a Christian minister, died in Honolulu. She was born in China. She is survived by sister Jing Yuan. Private services.

Helen Miyoko Mori
Dec. 22, 2012
Helen Miyoko Mori, 97, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in One Kalakaua Senior Living. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by son Ronald, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Thomas Yoshio Morioka Sr.
Dec. 16, 2012
Thomas Yoshio Morioka Sr., 75, of Wailuku, a truck driver, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Hawaii. He is survived by son Thomas Jr.; daughters Felisa Agbayani and Michiko and Kimberly Morioka; brothers Robert, James, Edward and Ronald; sisters Mildred Toyama, Janet Kong and Lana Kusunoki; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at Nakamura Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m.

Haruye M. Nakamoto
Dec. 22, 2012
Haruye M. "Edith" Nakamoto, 93, of Aiea, a retired Del Monte Cannery head forelady, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. She was born in Aiea. She is survived by son Steven S., daughter Sharon M. Bower, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Lance Keolu Pieper
Dec. 11, 2012
Lance Keolu Pieper, 36, of Las Vegas died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Kory, son Kia'i, daughters Kassidy and Kiara, parents Hamilton and Lamette, and sister Serina Akimseu. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at Kaneohe Missionary Baptist Church, 45-131 Waikapoki Road. Services: 11 a.m.

Juana Somera Sabio
Dec. 8, 2012
Juana Somera Sabio, 86, of Mililani died in Kaiser Medical Center. She was born in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by sons Rogelio and Jerry, daughter Virginia Valiente, sister Genoveva Savellano, nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 6 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 7 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial: 11 a.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire.

Stella N. Taniguchi
Dec. 4, 2012
Stella N. Taniguchi, 94, of Pearl City died in Pearl City. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son George C.; daughters Karen N. and Sarah M. Taniguchi, and Cynthia N. Krantz; brother Larry Nakashima; sisters Eleanor Kurozama and Dora McDougall; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Amy Kaoru Toyama
Dec. 19, 2012
Amy Kaoru Toyama, 80, of Pearl City, a retired library technician for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, died in Ann Pearl Nursing Facility. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Sydney T., daughter Stephany A.T. Taba and two grandchildren. Private services.






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