Obituaries for Thursday — April 27, 2006

• Benjamin Colobong

• Charles Kiyoshi Tamekazu

• John Michael Rupp


Benjamin Colobong

Benjamin “Green Arrow” Colobong, of Hilo, died on Saturday, April 14, at the Hilo Medical Center at the age of 56.

Born Dec. 9, 1949, in Lihu‘e, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Era, member of the American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as other community clubs.

Friends may call at the Dodo Mortuary Chapel on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., followed by cremation. The family requests that casual attire be worn to the services.

He is survived by his wife, Jolana Kamalii Colobong of Hilo; son Kaimana (Rabecca Gabriel) Colobong of Hilo; daughter: Puaonaona (Mahina Hanawahine, Jr.) Colobong of Hilo; brothers: Edward (Louise) Colobong of Aiea, Robert (Betty) Colobong of Nawiliwili, and Jimmy (Veronica) Colobong of Hanama‘ulu; sister Flora Cortez of Kaua‘i; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.


Charles Kiyoshi Tamekazu

Charles Kiyoshi Tamekazu of Honolulu died April 9, 2006, at Kuakini Medical Center at the age of 59.

Born in Hanapepe, he was a former employee of Sun Life of Canada.

He is survived by his mother: Mitsue Tamekazu of Kalaheo, brothers: James Minoru (Pearl) Tamekazu of Ventura, Calif., and David Yoshio (Jean) Tamekazu of Honolulu; and sisters: Nancy Emiko (Charles King) Pearson of Arlington, Ca., Charlotte Namiko (Edward) Parker of Charleston, S.C. and Janice Kazue Sakuda.

Private services were held. Arrangements were handled by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.


John Michael Rupp

John Michael Rupp died April 18, 2006, at his home in South Burlington, VT, after battling cancer for several years. He died peacefully in the company of family and friends.

Born July 21, 1947, in Bradford, Pa., he lived on Kaua‘i for over 20 years, working as a caretaker, landscaper and volunteer in Koke‘e.

He is survived by his wife Paula (Provencher) Rupp, daughter Noelani Rupp, son Orion Penn of Seattle, hanai son Kiahi Barretto and hanai daughter Ka‘iulani Barretto, both of Kaua‘i, his Hawai‘i ‘ohana and numerous devoted friends around the world and across the country.

Memorial services are planned for May 13, in the meadow within Kokee State park, 2 p.m. with a remembrance hike to follow.

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