Obituaries for Thursday — March 6, 2003

Itsuji Suzuki, David Pa, Juanita Kaiwa, Benjamin Cabatan, Sergio Asuncion


Itsuji Suzuki

Itsuji “Larry” Suzuki, 79, of Lihu’e, Kaua’i, died Feb. 28, 2003 at Queen’s Medical Center on O’ahu.

Born on Oct. 23, 1923, he was a Construction Crew Chief for the Lihu’e Plantation Company.

He is survived by wife, Shizuko; daughters, Pauline (Byron) Tada of Sunnyvale, CA, Christine (Larry) Murata of Honolulu, and Karen (Glen) Takenouchi of Lihu’e; brothers, Shinichi Suzuki, and Kanji (Sally) Suzuki; sisters, Tsugiko (George) Takahashi, and Mitsuko Suzuki, 8 grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, Mar. 6, at the Lihu’e Hongwanji Mission, Kaua’i. Visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m., service to follow at 3 p.m. Aloha attire is suggested.


David Pa

David Kanonohiokala Pa of Princeville, Kaua’i, died on Mar. 3, 2003, at the age of 74.

Born in Oahu, on Oct. 20, 1928, he worked for 30 years in Honolulu for Pan Am Airlines. He was a master lei creator. He taught more than 700 adults and 400 children his art of leimaking. He grew up in Kalihiwai.

He is survived by his wife, Robbie Pa of Princeville and many other relatives spread over the Hawaiian Islands.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, Mar. 6, at Saint William’s Church in Hanalei at 10 a.m. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Juanita Kaiwa

Juanita “Lani” Leilani Frances Kaiwa of Hau’ula died at Castle Medical Center, on Feb. 28, 2003, at the age of 72.

Born in Honolulu on Oct. 13, 1930, she was a USO Dancer during World War II, and she continued to dance after World War II. She came back to Hawai’i and was employed by the Sheraton Moana Hotel.

She is survived by her husband, Hall Kaiwa; son, Kelly (Kim) Kaiwa; three daughters: Tracy (Thad) Aalona, Sr., Mindy Kaiwa, Casey Kaiwa; step-daughter, Barbria Bergman; mother, Wanda Maria Given, 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, Mar. 7, at the Hau’ula Seventh-Day Adventist Church on O’ahu, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. where service will begin at 11 a.m. Graveside services to follow at the Hau’ula Homestead Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Williams Funeral Services.


Benjamin Cabatan

Benjamin Cabatan of Lihu’e, died on March 3, 2003, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, at the age of 88. An equipment operator for McBryde Sugar, he was born in the Philippines on Aug. 21, 1914.

He is survived bywife: Sergia Cabatan of Puhi, seven children: Emelda Cabatan of Puhi, Nestor Cabatan of Puhi, Leonardo (Primitiva) Cabatan of ‘Ele’ele, Norma (Claro) Reposar of Hanapepe, Lucing (Fernando) Nino of the Philippines, Triping Cabatan of the Philippines, and Puring (Justinyano) Abaya, Jr. of the Philippines. There are numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may visit with family on Friday, March 14, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 15, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel where viewing will be at 9 a.m. Services will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kaua’i Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Borthwick Kaua’i Mortuary.


Sergio Asuncion

Sergio Asuncion Sr. of Hanama’ulu, Kaua’i, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Mar. 2, 2003 at the age of 78.

Born in Banqued Abra, Philippines on May 15, 1924 he move to Kaua’i in 1944. He was an Irrigation Field worker for Lihu’e Plantation and later retired in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred “Millie” Asuncion of Lihu’e; five sons: Sergio (Francine) Asuncion, Jr. of Lihu’e, Harold A. (Doreen) Asuncion of Puhi, Roland (Dione) Asuncion of Arizona, Bernard Asuncion of O’ahu, Christopher (Ellani) Asuncion of Kapa’a; three daughters: Lee Ann (Randal) Watanabe of Kapa’a, Carolyn Asuncion of Hanama’ulu, Priscilla Asuncion of Mexico; two brothers: Angel (Barbara) Asuncion of Wahiawa, O’ahu, George (Phylis) Mique of SanDiego, CA; 17 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces & nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eduardo and Maria Gandeza Asuncion.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 8, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. where memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Father Keahi. Inurnment to follow at Lihu’e Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

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