Obituaries for Wednesday — January 25, 2006

• Sonny T. Okada • Audrey “Molly” Rowe • John Tai Downie • William J. Kien • Edgardo Pangilinan • Lawrence W. Mata • Faustino Oligo • John Arthur Lowe • Henry Kauhi • Ayako Hirota • James Kaauwai • Edward N. Rabot

Sonny T. Okada

Sonny T. Okada, chief executive officer of Okada Trucking Co., Ltd. and Safety Loan Co. Ltd., died on Jan. 14, 2006.

Born June 17, 1930, in Honolulu, he is survived by loved ones.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. at the Honolulu Country Club, 1690 Ala Puumalu Street, Honolulu, 96818.


Audrey “Molly” Rowe

Audrey “Molly” Rowe of Lihu’e, died Jan. 20, 2006, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 83.

Born Sept. 11, 1922, in Wisconsin, she was an accountant.

She is survived by her husband: Bernard W. Rowe; two sons Dennis W. (Susan) Rowe and Robert S. (Rita) Rowe; one daughter: Christine E. (Austin) Taniguchi; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at Lihu’e Lutheran Church where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Inurnment to follow at the church cemetery.

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


John Tai Downie

John Tai Downie of Pearl City, O’ahu, died on Jan. 19, 2006, in Honolulu at the age of 57.

Born May 10, 1948, in Waimea, he was a recovery skills specialist for Steadfast Housing Development Corporation.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne; son, Regan; brother, Nathan.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Central Union Church-Main Chapel. Visitation begins at 4:30 p.m. Service begins at 5:30 p.m. The family suggests casual attire and that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai’i.


William J. Kien

William J. Kien of Honoka’a, Hawai’i, and formerly of Kaua’i, died Jan. 12, 2006, at North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Born July 3, 1931, in Rotterdam, Holland, he was an artist and musician.

He is survived by two daughters: Cheryl (Byron) Zook of Orinda, Calif., and Linda Kien of Kilauea; hanai brother and sister: Howard and Annabella Winnic of Honoka’a; brother: Chris Kien of Holland; and three grandchildren.

Services were private.

Arrangements were handled by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.


Edgardo Pangilinan

Edgardo Pangilinan of Koloa, died Jan. 14, 2006, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 64.

Born Oct. 17, 1941, in Manila, Philippines, he was a retired groundskeeper for Sheraton.

He is survived by his wife: Raguel Pangilinan of Bataan, Philippines; son: Randy Pangilinan of Bataan, Philippines; brother: Nicanor (Josefina) Pangilinan of New Jersey; four sisters: Adelina (Gabriel) Maggay of Canada, Rosario (Pepe) Lacuesta of California, Elisa (Isidro) Nerida of Hilo and Susuana (Blandie) Casi of Quezon City, Philippines; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary Chapel in Koloa where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Koloa Public Cemetery.

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


Lawrence W. Mata

Lawrence “Larry” William Mata died at his home in Waimea, on Jan. 18, 2006, at the age of 49.

Born May 8, 1956, in San Francisco, Calif., he was employed by the County of Kaua’i. A former opelu fisherman in Kona and an avid surfer, he loved the ocean. As Pop Warner “Coach Larry” he used his keen wit and common sense to inspire the Westside youth.

He is survived by his wife, Davelynn “Chickie” Mata; two daughters, Kiinani (Kaeo) Mata and Kanani Mata; two sons, Larry (Bianca) Mata and Nalu Mata, and granddaughter Jaesha, all of Waimea; parents, Larry and Bucky Mata of Kekaha, brother, Robert Mata; and sisters, Sharlene Mata and Marianne Mata, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Hau’oli Mauloa Pavilion (near Mata’s residence) at 9800 Uuku Road in Waimea Valley at 1 p.m. with services beginning at 2 p.m. Surfer attire is suggested.


Faustino Oligo

Faustino “Tino” Oligo Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev., died of cardiac arrest on Jan. 1, 2006, at the age 50. Born in Waimea on Nov. 1, 1955, he graduated from Waimea High, class of 1973. He was a certified journeyman carpenter with Las Vegas Convention Center.

He is survived by his wife, Maria; son, Dustin of Las Vegas; daughter, Farah (Kane) Pilkington; granddaughter, Kimiko Pilkington; parents, Faustino Sr., and Magdalina Oligo of Kekaha; two brothers, Florendo (Francine) Oligo of Kekaha and Fred (Jennie) Oligo of Kekaha; sister, Felicia (Robert) Bukoski of Koloa; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel. Casual attire is suggested.

Local arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


John Arthur Lowe

John Arthur Lowe of Wailua Homesteads, died on Jan. 17, 2006, after a brief illness at the age of 77.

Born on Oct. 23, 1928 in Watertown, Wisc., John graduated from York High School near Chicago in 1946, received a BS degree in Biology from Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisc., in 1951, and a PhD in Entomology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., in 1960.

In 1960 he started an international career in rice agriculture. John’s efforts were instrumental in promulgating the new techniques of Integrated Pest Management in India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Brazil, Columbia, Nigeria, and other countries. John worked for USAID, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of Wisconsin, and the FAO of the United Nations, retiring to Kaua’i in 1989. He was an avid bird watcher and insect collector. He enjoyed among many things gardening, good food, good friends, spending quiet time with his family, and golf.

He is survived by his wife Mieko; two sons, John and Timothy; three daughters, Amy, Sarah, and Maki; and two grandchildren, Alexa and Colin.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 22, 2006, at his home on Kaua’i.

Donations in John’s memory may be made to the good works of the Kapaa Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1374, Kapa’a, HI 96746.


Henry Kauhi

Henry “Hanalei” Kekumu Kauhi of Honolulu and formerly of Lawa’i, died Jan. 13, 2006, at Tripler Army Medical Center at the age of 46.

Born Feb. 28, 1959, in Honolulu, he was a former Kaua’i Police Department officer.

He is survived by his mother, Adelaide Kauhi, daughters Noelle Kauhi, Sherri Ephan, and Jacy Higa; seven grandchildren; brother Jodi Kauhi and sister Valerie Kauhi-Jardine.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Honolulu Christian Church; funeral service over ashes will begin at 10 a.m. with Rev. Ronald Kam officiating; inurnment to be held at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Moanalua Mortuary.


Ayako Hirota

Ayako Hirota of Lihu’e died Jan. 18, 2006, at Queen of the Valley Hospital in California at the age of 92.

Born March 8, 1913, in Ko’olau, she was a retired drapery-upholstery seamstress for Chica’s in Lihu’e.

She is survived by one son, Brian (Kasey) Hirota of California; three daughters: Jane (Franklin) Pang of Honolulu, Coleen (Yoshiya) Hatashita of California and Joy Matsumura of Kaua’i; one sister: Fumiko Shigeta of California; nine grandchildren; two great-grand-children; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. with services beginning at 3 p.m. at the Lihue Hongwanji Mission.


James Kaauwai

James Ho’omaika’i Kaauwai of Honolulu, O’ahu, died Jan. 20, 2006, at Tripler Hospital at the age of 67.

Born Dec. 3, 1938, in Lihu’e, he was the owner of Jimmy’s Appliance.

He is survived by three daughters: Kuuipo (Derek) Kaauwai-George, Pua (John) Kaauwai, and Jessica Yaple; three brothers: John (Barbara) Kaauwai, William Kaauwai, Bert (Blaze) Kaauwai; five sisters: Elizabeth Costa, Henrietta (Robert) Gonsalves, Maureen (John) Seagrove, Annette Kaauwai, and Linda (Melvin) Iwamoto; five grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Kapaa First Hawaiian Church where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire is suggested and the family requests leis only.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Edward N. Rabot

Edward N. Rabot of Kapa’a, died at home on Jan. 14, 2006, at the age of 74.

Born in Koloa on Aug. 1, 1931, he was a retired carpenter with Shimamoto Contractors.

He is survived by three sons, Edward A. Rabot, Edward Rabot and Jason Rabot, all of Kapa’a; three daughters, Celestine Negley of Kapa’a, Dawn A. Rabot of Puhi and Charmaine Penney of Burlingame, Calif.; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Henry N. Rabot and Francisco Rabot Jr., both of Kapa’a; three sisters, Cecelia Gabriel of Kekaha, Linda Enos and Rosalina Rabot, both of Kona, Hawai’i; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel; service at 11 a.m. Followed by burial at Kauai Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

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