Obituaries for Saturday — Feb. 8, 2003

Atsushi Hirano, Joseph Ha’o, Henry Ho’omanawanui, Lawrence Mendonca


Atsushi Hirano

Atsushi Hirano of McBryde, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Feb. 5, 2003 at the age of 88.

Born in Wahiawa, on May 11, 1914, he was a Surveyor with McBryde Sugar Co.

He is survived by son, Glenn Hirano of Buena Park, CA.; two daughters, Maureen (Roy) Miyashiro of McBryde and Susan Hirano of Madison, Wisconsin; two brothers, Take (Michi) Hirano of La Palma, CA. and Alfred Hirano of Koloa; two sisters, Edith Takahashi of Kane’ohe, and Sumiko Kubota of Oakridge, TN; son-in-law, Clyde Ogomori of Gardena, CA; sister-in-law: Elaine Hirano; 4 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple in Hanapepe; service officiated by Rev. Itagaki will begin at 4 p.m. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Joseph Ha’o

Joseph Kamae Ha’o of Hilo, passed away at St. Francis Medical Center in Honolulu on Jan. 30, 2003, at the age of 83.

Born in Pa’ia, Maui on Nov. 3, 1919, he was a retired Federal Aviation Administration Facilities Chief and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Keaukaha Ward in Hilo.

He is survived by his wife, Caroline Namahoe Ha’o; sons, Joseph Ha’o, Jr. of Hilo, Bryan H.K. Ha’o of Honolulu, Jack J. Ha’o of Honolulu; daughters, Dorothy K. Alexander of Hilo, Betty (Mark) Johnson of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Brenda Ha’o, Joanne Ha’o, Rose (Michael Piggott) Ha’o of Hilo, Bambi (Tevita) Hifo of Honolulu, Ashley (Brian) Lopes of Hilo, Hinano (Calvin) Lee of Chicago, Ululani (Robert) Sherlock of Hilo, Nanialoha Langridge of Chicago, and Poni Morgan-Daines of Honolulu; sisters, Peggy Ha’o-Ross of Honolulu and Bernice Hokoana of Washington; brother, Drake Ha’o of Maui; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Private services were held at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kane’ohe, O’ahu.


Henry Ho’omanawanui

Henry Kelii Ho’omanawanui of Hilo, died at Hilo Medical Center on Jan. 27, 2003 at the age of 67.

Born in Kainaliu, Kona on Feb. 13, 1935, he was a retired bus driver for Laupahoehoe Transportation, MTL Bus Company, Boxer, Dirt Bike Trainer, Musician, Slack Key Artist, Pineapple Cannery Worker.

He is survived by his wife: Charlotte “Honey Girl” Ho’omanawanui of Hilo; son: Jonathan (Geraldine) Ho’omanawanui of Hilo; daughter: Blossom Ho’omanawanui of Hilo; brother: Melvin (Lani) Ho’omanawanui of Kona; sister-in-law: Sarah Ulu Ho’omanawanui of Kaua’i; grand aunts: Rebecca Kaiwa Lee of Honolulu, Martha Kamae of Honolulu, Mae Grover of Michigan. Numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

Friends may visit with the family on Feb. 12, 5-9 p.m. at the Hilo Salvation Army Church Chapel where services will begin at 7 p.m. and again on Feb. 21, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at Ordenstein’s Hawaiian Memorial Mortuary Chapel, Kane’ohe where services will begin at 7 p.m. Burial to be held on Feb. 22, 9 a.m. at the Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.


Lawrence Mendonca

Lawrence A. Mendonca of Rowlett, Texas, died on Feb. 5, 2003, at the age of 77.

Born and raised in Honolulu, he was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II in the Pacific.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years; Eleanor J. Mendonca; son, Lawrence, Jr.; daughter, Pamela; brothers, Melvin and Howard, 3 grandchildren.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 4 p.m., Feb. 9, at the Eastgage Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 10 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Interment to follow at 2 p.m. at the DFW National Cemetery, Dallas.

Arrangements are being handled by the Eastgate Funeral Home, Texas.

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