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Obituaries for Wednesday – June 7, 2006

• Justin Brink

• Saturnino Ganir

• Hiroye Shimabukuro

• Kaiyah Alani

• Juan Valencia


Justin Brink

Justin Brink, 27, of Kapa‘a died May 30, 2006, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Kapa‘a at the age of 27.

Born Nov. 16, 1978, in Novato, Calif., he lived in California and New Mexico, but spent most of his childhood in Des Moines, Iowa. He moved to Kaua‘i with his cousins at the age of 24. A carpenter by trade, he was planning to move to the Big Island on June 1 to work with friends and attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He enjoyed hiking, surfing, scuba diving, reading, drawing, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Justin Brink is survived by his parents, Joanie and David Dudley, of Des Moines, Iowa and Bruce and Roberta Brink of Panora, Iowa; brothers Corey Brink and Ryan Lester of Des Moines, Iowa, Andy (Dani) Meyer of Orient, Iowa, and Tony (Ashley) Meyer of Stuart, Iowa; grandparents, Richard and Evelyn Lester of Des Moines, Iowa, Norman and Sandy Dudley of Des Moines, Iowa; niece Haylee Meyer and nephew Damion Meyer, both of Orient, Iowa; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Rex and Vinnie Brink; maternal step-grandparents, Bob and Marj Jensen; aunt, Joyce Lester, and cousin, Austin Gilliland.

Services will be held Wednesday at Salt Pond Beach Park at 6 p.m. and in his home state of Iowa at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Saturnino Ganir

Saturnino “Satur” Ancheta Ganir of Kapa‘a died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on May 26, 2006, at the age of 64.

Born in Solsona, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on Feb. 6, 1942, he was employed as a dishwasher at The Bull Shed Restaurant and also worked at Island Yard Service and Custom Landscaping.

Preceded in death by his father, Tomas Ganir Sr., two daughters, Vilma Ganir, Alma Ganir, brother, Tony Ganir, sister, Lucena Ganir, he is survived by his wife, Anita Ganir of Kapa‘a, five sons; Roger (Evangeline) Ganir, Virgilio (Maybel) Ganir, both of the Philippines, Juanito (Myramel) Ganir, Elmer (Rosemia) Ganir, Ryan Ganir, all of Kapa‘a, mother, Filomena Ganir of Kapa‘a, five brothers, Alfredo (Regina) Ganir, Wayne Ganir, Justino (Eufemia) Ganir, Tomas (Jesusa) Ganir Jr., Elpie Ganir, four sisters, Teresita Aguilar, Anastacia G. Acob-Pascua, Perlita Agtunong, Romana Ganir, five grandchildren, numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 10, at St. Catherine Church with visitation from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m.

Burial will follow at Kalapaki Bay Memorial Park.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements.


Hiroye Shimabukuro

Hiroye Tawata Shimabukuro of Wailua Houselots died at home on June 1, 2006, at the age of 71.

Born in Lihu‘e on April 29, 1935, she was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse with Kauai Medical Group.

She is survived by son, Sterlyn (Nancy) Shimabukuro of Wailua Houselots; two daughters, Wendy (Ernest) Gonsalves of Kapa‘a and Denise (Brian) Infante of Honolulu; four grandchildren, Grayson Gonsalves, Gavyn Gonsalves, Cameo Shimabukuro and Caden Shimabukuro; four brothers, Leo Tawata of Kalaheo, George (Vickie) Tawata of California, Melvin Kazu (Gladys) Tawata of Honolulu and Herbert Tawata of Honolulu; three sisters-in-law, Nancy Yoshiko Shimabukuro of Honolulu, Masako Awakuni of Honolulu and Clara Kimie Apaka of Lihu‘e; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, at the Kauai Veterans Cemetery Pavilion in Hanapepe; service officiated by Rev. Edwin Terui will begin at 10:45 a.m. Interment to follow. Casual attire is suggested and flowers omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Kaiyah Alani

Kaiyah Kaleikaumakahiilani Alani of Hookena, Hawai‘i died May 25, 2006, at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children at the age of 4.

A student at Hookena Elementary School, she was born Aug. 6, 2001, in Lihu‘e.

She is survived by her father: Arley Alani, Jr., of Hookena; mother: Lea Hocson of Hookena; two brothers: Jamin Lopes of Kapa‘a and Arley Alani III of Hookena; one sister: Kymani Alani of Hookena; paternal grandparents: Arley (Mary) Alani Sr. of Hookena; maternal grandfather: Phillip (LeeJay) Hocson of Anahola, maternal grandmother: Kimberly (Lonny) Hocson of Kilauea; paternal great-grandparents: Louis (Mary) Alani Sr., of Hookena; paternal great-grandparents; John (Gen) Kuakahela of Kalaoa, Kona; maternal great-grandmother: Mary Jane Stevens of Kamuela; hanai maternal great-grandmother: Anne Morris of Spokane, Wash., maternal great- grandparents: Domingo (Verna) Escalante of Tacoma, Wash., maternal great-grandparents; Alfredo (Kathleen) Asuncion of Wailua; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may call on Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Pukaana Congregational Church in Kealia, Big Island, for visitation. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m.

The family requests that casual attire be worn and that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Dodo Mortuary Inc.’s Kona branch.


Juan Valencia

Juan Valencia of Kekaha, died June 1, at his home at the age of 85.

Born Jan. 12, 1921, in the Philippines, he retired from Kekaha Sugar Plantation and the Poipu Kai Resort.

Preceded in deatb by his wife, Segundina Valencia, he is survived by eight daughters: Presentacion (Abraham) Aquino, Herminia Ancheta, Pacita (Manny) Simpliciano, Soledad Valencia, Dolores (Wayne) Delos Santos, Merlita (Ricarte) Erorita, Helen (Gary) Peterson, Susana (Dan) Abadilla; two sons: Pedro (Margarita) Valencia and Benito (Cina) Valencia; 27 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Chapel in Koloa and again on Saturday, June 10, from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Church in Kekaha, where service will be at 10 a.m.

Burial will be in Kekaha Public Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

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