Obituaries for Friday, November10, 2006

• Peter K. Nishimitsu

• Alfonsa Riola

• Rev. Isamu Morita


Peter K. Nishimitsu

Peter K. “Pohaku” Nishimitsu, died at Queen’s Medical Center on O‘ahu on Nov. 7, 2006, at the age of 49.

Born in Lihu‘e, on Jan. 20, 1957, he was a much-loved son, brother and uncle, and respected kumu hula. He established Halau Kanikapahuolohi‘au in Kapa‘a in 1980, was an administrator with the state Department of Education and was keenly interested in Hawaiian civic activities and history. He was last with Koloa Elementary School as the acting principal.

He is survived by his parents Thomas K. and Peggy F. Nishimitsu, sisters Lorna A. Nishimitsu and Holly T. (Gerald W. Alfiler) Nishimitsu and nephews Matthew K. K. Isoda and Taylor Nishimitsu Alfiler.

His ashes will be scattered by his family, mauka and makai, as he requested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Mortuary-Honolulu.


Alfonsa Riola

Alfonsa Riola died Nov 2, 2006 in Garden Grove, Calif., at the age of 93.

Born Jan. 22, 1913, in Kilauea, she was a homemaker and attended St. Sylvester Catholic Church.

Preceded in death by her husband Feliciano Riola; two daughters, Catherine Riola Wong and Carol Riola Taira; she is survived by six children: Alec (Velma) Riola, Tony (Rosina) Riola, Larry (Julie) Riola, Frank (Rose) Riola, Sylvia Riola (Paul) Mitsuda, all of California and Art (Jennie) Riola of Kilauea; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


Rev. Isamu Morita

Rev. Isamu Morita of Kapa‘a died at home on Nov. 8, 2006, at the age of 82.

Born in Kona, Hawai‘i, on Sept. 11, 1924, he was a retired minister.

He is survived by his wife Martha Morita; brother Nathan Morita of O‘ahu; two sisters, Eleanor Chikasue and Ann Morita, both of O‘ahu; and two nieces.

Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Kapa‘a Hawaiian Church; service officiated by Rev. Richard Chun will begin at 10:30 a.m. Aloha attire is suggested and that flowers be omitted. Memorial tributes received will be made in remembrance of Rev. Isamu Morita to charitable organizations of your choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary.

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