Obituaries for Wednesday — April 26, 2006

• Jose Alaibilla

• Albert Susumu Shiira

• Janet Sachie Shiira

• Lawrence Helm

• Masato Wakumoto

• Richard Wong

• Leiliwin Mahuiki

• Alan Woodward

• Randal V. Brown

• Minoru Takashima

• Murray (Mick) Peters

• Allen Shimizu


Jose Alaibilla

Jose “Joe the Barber” Alaibilla of Kapa’a died on April 19, 2006, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 99.

He was born on March 18, 1907, in Raois, Vigan, Philippines, and was the proprietor of Joe’s Barber Shop. He is survived by one daughter, Judy (Stanley) Sato, two sons: Gerald (Pam) Alaibilla and Sky (Edna) Alaibilla, all of Kapa’a; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, April 27, at St. Catherine Church with visitation from 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11:00 a.m.

The staff of Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


Albert Susumu Shiira

Albert Susumu Shiira of Kapa’a, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on April 18, 2006, at the age of 69.

Born in Honolulu, O’ahu on Sept, 22, 1936, he was the owner of Albert S. Shiira Construction.

His wife, Janet, died shortly after his death.

He is survived by son Preston (Leah) Shiira of Kapa’a; daughter, Stephanie (Ronald) Gonsalves of Portland, Ore.; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Larry M. Shiira of Honolulu, Roy M. (Violet) Shiira of Ewa, O’ahu and Tadashi Shiira of Honolulu; three sisters, Gladys S. Higa, Ruby Nakama and Agnes S. Oshiro, all of Honolulu; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel; service at 3 p.m. Casual attire and flowers omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Janet Sachie Shiira

Janet Sachie Shiira of Kapa’a, died at home on April 18, 2006 at the age of 67. Born in Makaweli, on Oct. 3, 1939, she was a homemaker.

Preceded in death by husband, Albert Susumu Shiira, she is survived by son, Preston (Leah) Shiira of Kapa’a; daughter, Stephanie (Ronald) Gonsalves of Portland, Ore.; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Susumu (Betty) Shinagawa, Charles (Ethel) Shinagawa and Fred (Amy) Shinagawa, all of Honolulu; two sisters, Gladys Daida of Lawa’i and Sadie Tateishi of Kaimuki, O’ahu; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel; service at 3 p.m. Casual attire and flowers omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Lawrence Helm

Lawrence Herbert Helm died March 29, 2006, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital of complications due to ALS at the age of 74.

Born June 2, 1932, in Yokohama, Japan, his family moved to California where Larry graduated from Piedmont High School in the Bay Area.

He attended the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in forestry and served in the Army during the Korean War. Moving to Lake Tahoe, he began his own successful real estate business, Helm of Homewood.

Larry moved his family to Gargle, Calif. and began his second successful real estate business, Mohawk Realty. Retiring in 1988, he moved to Lake Almanor, Calif.

Through the years, Larry was a passionate golfer. He supervised youth programs, served numerous administrative positions and happily offered his instruction to friends, family and newcomers.

Larry traveled to Kaua’i every winter for over a decade and finally moved permanently in 2002.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Dana. He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Jean; daughter, Linda; son, Andrew; and two grandchildren, Michael and Katie as well as his hanai family, Colette, Loren and Trudy.

There will be no services.


Masato Wakumoto

Masato “Blu” Wakumoto of Kapa’a, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Apr. 13, 2006, at the age of 85.

Born in Kilauea on March 17, 1921, he was a retired self-employed machinist welder.

He is survived by his wife, Sumie; two sons, Wayne (Beverley) Wakumoto of Cerritos, Calif. and Daryl (Patricia) Wakumoto of Huntington Beach, Calif.; daughter, Ernelle (Bennett) Labuguen of Mililani, O’ahu; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Mitsuo (Hiroko) Wakumoto of Kapa’a; two sisters, Sayoko (Edward) Tanisaki of Artesia, Calif.; and Kiyoko Wakumoto of Kapa’a. Services were private.

Arrangements were handled by the staff of Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Richard Wong

Richard Foon Yip Wong of Kapa’a died on April 20, 2006, at Hale Kupuna Heritage Home at the age of 93. He was born in Kapa’a, on March 17, 1913.

He is survived by two daughters; Karen (Ronald) Ogata and Marsha (Warren) Mizutani, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, April 26, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Kapa’a at 4 p.m.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Leiliwin Mahuiki

Leiliwin Kalei Mahuiki of Hanalei died April 14, 2006, at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 66.

Born May 24, 1939, in Hawai’i, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by 13 children: Ardella (David) Sperling, Jeremiah (Diana) Mahuiki, Lawrence “Tira” Mahuiki, Ronald (Crystal) Mahuiki, Russell (Shelby) Mahuiki, Jolly Ann Mahuiki, Doiron Mahuiki, Ezera (Mele) Mahuiki, Randy Mahuiki, Matthew Mahuiki, Stanley Mahuiki, Mark Mahuiki and Luke Mahuiki; one brother: Ezera Pa; one sister: Winona, 21 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, at Wai’oli Hui’ia Church in Hanalei. Services will be celebrated from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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


Alan Woodward

Alan Wayna Woodward of Kilauea died April 5, 2006, at his home at the age of 51.

Born April 29, 1954,, he was a reservationist for Hawaiian Helicopters.

He is survived by his parents, Jack and Joan Woodward; three brothers: Paul Woodward, Mark Woodward, and Dale Woodward; one sister: Lisa Lloyd; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held at noon on Sunday, April 30, in Kalihiwai Bay in Kilauea.

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


Randal V. Brown

Randal V. Brown of Hanalei died April 15, 2006, at his home at the age of 57.

Born in Windsor, Ontario (Canada), he grew up in Dearborn, Mich. He was a graduate of Divine Child High School and attended Henry Ford Community College. He was a designer, builder and environmentalist.

Preceded in death by his father, John Brown, brother Dennis Brown and nephew Rory Brown, he is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Bunt of Holland, Mich.; sister Judy (Damien) Jarzembowski of Saugatuck, Mich.; brother John (Ruth) Brown of Detroit, Mich.; brother Jeffrey (Nancy) Brown of Holland, Mich.; brother Christopher (Pia) Brown of Holland, Mich.; brother David Brown of Holland, Mich.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; longtime friends Hugh and Francine Shock of Arizona and business partner Lynn Kephart of Florida.

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 22, in Hanalei. Memorial services are being planned and will be held in Holland. Interment will be in Hanalei. Condolences can be sent online at jeff@westshorecomm.com.

Arrangements are being handled by the staff of Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Minoru Takashima

Minoru Takashima died April 17, 2006, in Seattle, Wash., at the age of 83.

Born on June 27, 1922, in Kapa’a, he was a veteran of the 442nd Company “K” and a retired concrete plant manager at Hale Kauai.

Predeceased by wife, Kisoe “Kay” Takashima, granddaughter, Jessica Takashima, brothers Tom Takashima and Sadamu Takashima, and sister, Amy Ogata, he is survived by son, Alvin (Monica “Kehau”) Takashima of Las Vegas, and daughters, Sandy Morita of Las Vegas, Cynthia Ikehara of Kapa’a and Julie (Ray) Bertram of Seattle, eight grandchildren, and brother, Clarence “Gadget” Takashima of Molokai.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. on April 29, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Kapa’a with services to follow at 3 p.m. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Casual attire is suggested.


Murray (Mick) Peters

Murray (Mick) Peters of Santa Rosa, Calif., and long-time Kaua’i resident, died at home on April 16, 2006, at the age of 59.

During his life, he worked on fishing boats in Alaska, as a backroads tour guide and bouncer, sales person, and photographer. He also became part of a volunteer team Patterning Katherine Black-burn in 1990 and was an integral part of Center for Neurological Re-programming in Santa Rosa for the past 12 years.

He is survived by his mother, Elsie Peters and father Murray Peters, brother Charles Randolph Peters of Colorado Springs and Dennis Peters of Tifton, Ga.

At his request there will be no formal services. His ashes will be sent to his father and mother in Leesburg, Ga.

Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend a celebration of life on the afternoon of Sunday, April 30, at Lydgate Beach Park from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (beachside, look for white balloons.) Any questions call Angelei (808) 635-0760.


Allen Shimizu

Allen Tadao Shimizu of Hanapepe died at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital on April 17, 2006, at the age of 57.

Born in Waimea on June 29, 1948, he was a service man with Gay and Robinson.

Preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Yoshie Shimizu, he is survived by his wife, Beatrice “Sweetheart” Shimizu; two sons, Matthew (Hannah Soller) Shimizu of Hanapepe and Cory Shimizu of Lihu’e; daughter, Kuuipo (Garrett Higa) Shimizu of Hanapepe; one granddaughter, Taysia Akau of Lihu’e; three brothers, Raymond (Susan) Shimizu of Gardena, Calif., Glen (Mildred) Shimizu of Gardena, and Michael Shimizu of Lihu’e; two sisters, Lillian (Kerry) Yokoyama of Waimea and Edith (Robert) Harada of Gardena; numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ivy Santos of Wailua, Darlene (Bernard) Butay of Hilo, Edna (Richard) Santos of Koloa, Barbra (Albert) Silva of Kaumakani, Ethel Santos of Lawai, Betty Lou Paden of Hilo, Bobby Santos of Lihu’e, Kenneth Santos of Hanapepe, Clyde Santos of Kapa’a, Mackey Santos of Kapa’a and John Santos of Koloa.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Hanapepe Hongwanji, service at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

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