Obituaries for 7/26/00

Frances AkanaFrances Chang Akana of Kalihiwai, Kaua’i died on July 25,

2000, at the age of 86.

Born and raised in Waimea, she was educated at the

Kamehameha Schools (Class of 1932) and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She

began her professional career at the age of 17 when she opened “Frankie’s Dress

Shop,” the first dress shop on Kaua’i. She educated many of Kaua]i’s youth,

serving as principal of both Ko’olau and Anahola schools. She moved to

Kalihiwai in1939, when she married William “Boy” Akana and continued her work

as a teacher at both Hanalei and Kilauea elementary schools.

Serving the

community in many different ways, she was the assistant manager and controller

of Hanalei Plantation as well as an active member of Christ Memorial Church in

Kilauea where she served as treasurer and a member of the Vestry. She traveled

widely, including the Anglican Indigenous People’s Convention in 1997 in

Auckland, New Zealand.

Frances Akana is survived by daughter Linda A.

(David) Sproat, son John F. Akana, grandchildren Stacy M. Sproat, D. Kapua’ala

Sproat and Nanea N. Sproat, and brothers Alvin and Kenneth Chang. A memorial

service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, at Christ Memorial Church

in Kilauea. Aloha attire is suggested.

Melvin Gallagher

Melvin L.

Gallagher died in Two Rivers, Wisc., on May 5, 2000, at the age of 91.


Gallagher served as Minister of Music for the Kaua’i United Churches of Christ

for more than 10 years during the 1960s and 70s. A teacher of piano, organ and

voice, he was the founder of the Kaua’i Chorale, which he led in concerts

islandwide. Besides the annual Christmas concerts, he will be remembered for

his productions of a number of master works, notably Handel’s Messiah and

Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Mr. Gallagher is survived by his

wife, Georgi, two sons, Brent and David, one daughter, Stella and several


Susumi Daida

Susumi “Sus” Daida, of Pua Loke, Kaua’i,

died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on July 24, 2000, at the age of 86.


in Aipo Valley, Kukuiula, Kauai on March 4, 1914, he was a retired Truck Driver

with Kauai Electric Co.

He is survived by: his wife: Natsuko Daida of Pua

Loke, Kauai; two sons: Melvin (Janet) Daida of Glendale, Calif., and Clifford

(Linda) Daida of Pearl City, O’ahu; daughter: Doris (Grant) Kikuda of Rowland

Hts., Calif., four grandchildren; four brothers: Sadamu (Gladys) Daida of

Lawai, Kauai, Masami (Margaret) Daida of Santa Rosa, Calif., Sueto Daida of

Lawai, Kauai, and Masao (Adeline) Daida of Kahului, Maui; sister: Machie

Fukushima of Kapaa, Kauai; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


may visit with the family at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 28, at the Garden Island

Mortuary Chapel; funeral service officiated by Rev. Yukiko Motoyoshi will begin

at 5 p.m. Casual attire is suggested and that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


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