Obituaries for Wednesday — March 08, 2006

• Matsuyoshi “King Tut” Miyano

• Joyce Hanohano

• Gregory Espina

• Johnny Villanueva

• Frances May Dias

• Robert (Bob) E. O’Connell III


Matsuyoshi “King Tut” Miyano

Matsuyoshi “King Tut” Miyano of Puhi, died on Jan. 31, 2006, in Honolulu at the age of 91.

Born May 8, 1914, King Tut was a retired machinist at McBryde Sugar and also worked for Grove Farm Company. He loved playing music on various instruments, and was best known for his performances on his trumpet, with his signature songs, “Sugar Blues” and “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.” In his earlier years he was the leader of popular dance bands, Village Vanguards and Lamp Lighters. He was also a member of other Kaua’i orchestras.

King Tut is survived by his son, Paul (Colleen) Miyano of Waipahu, two daughters: Ruth Hamada of Kaneohe and Jean Sato of Pearl City, three grandchildren; and two brothers Mitsuo (Mary) Miyano of Kaua’i, and Tadashi (Heidi) Miyano of Guam.

Services will be held at the Lihue Christian Church, 2943 Kress Street, Lihu’e, on Saturday, March 11. Visitation is from 2 p.m.; service at 3 p.m.


Joyce Hanohano

Joyce Kawayo Hanohano of Kapa’a, died Feb. 24, 2006, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 5, 1925, in Papa’a in Ko’olau.

Preceded in death by her father Seisho Nakamura and mother Matsu Kakazu Nakamura, she is survived by her husband: Louis Hanohano Jr. of Kapa’a; daughters: Vivian (Jacob) Kamibayashi of Wailuku, Maui, and Maude (John) Cumming of Pukalani, Maui; sons: Daniel of Sacramento, Rev. Nathan (Deby) of Antioch, Calif., and Kenneth of Kapa’a; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; brothers: Douglas Nakamura of California, Mitsuto Nakamura of Kentucky, and Sadamu Nakamura of O’ahu; numerous nieces and nephews.

Joyce worked with KEO as a preschool teacher for many years as well as in administration. With the assistance of her husband, she authored the book “A Trip to the Taro Patch,” which was recently published in Hawaiian and used in schools throughout Hawai’i.

A licensed minister with the Hawai’i Assemblies of God District, she and her husband were instrumental in constructing and pastoring the Kapa’a Assembly of God Church. They moved to Maui in 1981, where she was the preschool director/teacher for First Assembly of God Church. They also ministered on Lana’i and Moloka’i during the 80s and returned to Kaua’i in 1990 where she served as an elder of Kapaa Assembly of God and assisted in ministry until 1999 under the pastorate of their son, Rev. Nathan Hanohano.

She was an active member of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Kapa’a serving on their council and as an elder. She also led the Prayer Ministry and was actively involved in their elderly Outreach Ministry, teaching and praying for those she visited. A true teacher at heart, she always had something to give or wisdom to share.

Memorial services will be held on Maui on Saturday, March 11, at King’s Cathedral in Kahului. Visitation from 10 a.m. with service at 11 with Dr. James Marocco officiating.

On Kaua’i, services will be held Tuesday, March 14, at the Kauai Veteran’s Center on Kapule Hwy., in Lihu’e. Visitation from 2 p.m. with a celebration of her life at 4 p.m. with Rev. Nathan Hanohano officiating.


Gregory Espina

Gregory Xavier Espina of Kapa’a died on Feb. 27, 2006, at Kaiser Foundation Hospital at the age of 52.

Born in Honolulu on Jan. 10, 1954, he was the branch manager for Territorial Savings and also a member of the Kiwanis Club.

Preceded in death by his brother Michael Espina, he is survived by his wife, Sharon L. L. Espina; sons, Sheldon (Kylene) Espina, Kelsey Espina, Trevor Espina; stepsons, Howard Scott Albers, Jr. and Garrett Albers; stepdaughter, Kara Albers; one grandchild, Kaz; parents, Rufino and Dolores Espina; brother, Edward Espina; sisters, Roxanne Hiltsey and Priscilla Espina; ex-wife, Norma Jean Suliven, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 11, at St. Catherine Church in Kapahi with visitation from 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow.

Arrangements are being handled by the staff of Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.


Johnny Villanueva

Johnny Villanueva of Hanama’ulu, Kaua’i died March 2, 2006, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 75.

Born Aug. 31, 1930, in the Philippines, he was a houseman.

He is survived by his wife: Edith Villanueva; three daughters: Marilou Malangen, Maribeth (Enrique) Maricaban, and Maritess (Renato) Lopez; three sons: Donald (Josie) Villanueva, Dody (Carol) Villanueva, and Dandy (Marie) Villanueva; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister: Adelina Jarabe; two brothers: Victorino Villanueva and Fernando Villanueva; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 6 p.m. at Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary Chapel in Koloa, where service will begin at 7 p.m. burial will be in the Philippines on a later date.

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


Frances May Dias

Frances May Dias of Hanapepe, died March 3, 2006, at her home in Hanapepe at the age of 57.

Born May 5, 1948, on O’ahu, she was an accountant.

She is survived by her husband: David Dias of Hanapepe; daughter: Holly Sumida of O’ahu; son: John Sumida of Oregon; brother: Wayne Versola; sister: Corina Spencer; stepchildren: Kaipo Asing of Lihu’e, Braden Dias of Honolulu, Dedrie Dias of Kalaheo, Dylan Dias of California and Tina Dias of California; one grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 10, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

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


Robert (Bob) E. O’Connell III

Robert (Bob) E. O’Connell, III, died Feb. 28, 2006, on Kaua’i after a short illness at the age of 82.

Born in Redwood City, Calif, to Robert E. O’Connell, Jr. and Annie Laurie Walker in 1923, he was the eldest of four children. Bob grew up in Redwood City and was a graduate of Sequoia High School. In 1940, he enlisted in the Navy and served in WWII, serving in the North Atlantic theatre of operations as a quartermaster aboard the destroyer escort, USS Melville. Upon returning to Redwood City, he pursued a career in banking and later land development. After retirement, he moved to Ajijic, Mexico and followed his passion for art, becoming a known artist before moving to Kaua’i.

He is survived by his son, Dan (Ellen) O’Connell of Kaua’i and daughters, Lynda (Jerry) Jones of Klamath River, Calif.; Barbara (Rick Eagleston) O’Connell of Menlo Park, Calif.; and Jody O’Connell of Eagle, Colo.; grandchildren, Stacy Emmert, Jaime Johnson, Megan and Danielle O’Connell and Bobbi and Parker Ray; great granddaughters, Hayley Goss-Johnson and Madison Emmert; former wife of 33 years, Mary O’Connell Landis of Redwood City, Calif.; sister, Peggy O’Connell Scholl of Redwood City, Calif.; and, brother, Jack O’Connell of Cottage Grove, Ore. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Pauline Anne O’Brien.

Bob lived a full and adventurous life. Contributions may be made in his memory to Kauai Christian Fellowship Church on Kaua’i or your local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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