Obituaries for Tuesday — September 16, 2003

• Gordon Kaluahine Jr.

• Ralph Soto

•Yoshimasa Yamamoto


Gordon Kaluahine Jr.

Gordon Maikai Kaluahine, Jr. of Lihu‘e, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Sept. 10, 2003 at the age of 47.

Born in Lihu‘e on May 9, 1956, he was a caregiver.

He is survived by his wife, Terisita “Teri” Kaluahine; two sons, Isaac Kaluahine and Aaron “Kamu” Kaluahine; hanai son, Kalani; mother, Cha Cha Kaluahine; sister, Gordean Kaluahine; four brothers, Joel “Kala” (Richelle) Kaluahine, Fredstan (Bonnie) Kaluahine, Ty (Maxine) Kaluahine, Clyde (Desiree) Kaluahine; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, September 20 at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. where services will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Lihu‘e Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Ralph Soto

Raphael “Coach Ralph” A. Soto of Hanapepe, died Sept. 14, 2003, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 58.

Born Sept. 8, 1945, he was employed by Kauai Surf and Kauai Lagoons.

Preceded in death by his parents, Albert & Lovina Soto and brother Robert “Bobby” Rita, he is survived by his wife; Bernadette “Bernie” Soto of Hanapepe; two sons: Dale (Serena) Soto of Kalaheo and Randy (Brenda) Soto of Kekaha; one daughter: Sherry (Stanley) Farias of Hanapepe; two sisters: Hilda (Anthony) Lazaro of Kekaha and Cecilia Lazaro of Kekaha; four brothers: Tommy (Lynn) Rita of Kalaheo, Albert Soto of Hanapepe, Dennis (Ginny) Soto of ‘Ele‘ele; Mervin (Cindy) Soto of Hanapepe; his father and mother-in-law: Joseph and Frances Freitas of Kalaheo; six grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends may call on Friday, Sept. 19, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo from noon to 1:45 p.m. where Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary.


Yoshimasa Yamamoto

Yoshimasa “Tony” Yamamoto of Kapa‘a, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Sept. 13, 2003 at the age of 89. Born in Kapa‘a on April 28, 1914, he was a retired restaurant owner. He is survived by wife, Yoneko of Kapa‘a; daughter, Merle E. Osaki of Lihu‘e; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside service officiated by the Rev. Koho Takata has been scheduled at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Kauai Memorial Gardens in Kapaia. Casual attire is suggested and flowers should be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

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