Obituaries for Sunday, March 18, 2007

• Tomo Naito

•Tomo Naito

• Duke Kolu Sabedong

• Catalina Espiritu

• Constance Aquino

• John B. Busto

• Dale A. Botelho

• Lottie Duffy

• Charles Hiramoto

• Lucia Alcares

• Raymund Pilien

• John Allen James

•Alfredo Omo


Tomo Naito

Tomo Kiikuni Naito of Wailua Houselots died on March 14, 2007, at the age of 105. 

Born in Nawiliwili on Dec. 1, 1901, she retired as a kitchen helper at Lihu‘e Barbecue Inn. 

She is survived by seven children, Esther Tamaribuchi, Alice Tsuda, George (Marian) Naito, Joan Naito, Dora Naito, David (Alice) Naito, Albert (Jean) Naito; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, March 25, at Lihu‘e Christian Church with visitation from 2 p.m. and services beginning at 3 p.m.

Casual attire is suggested and the family gratefully declines flowers.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Naito family with arrangements.


Duke Kolu Sabedong

Duke Kolu Sabedong of Anahola died at home on Feb. 22, 2007, at the age of 47. Born in Honolulu on June 1, 1959, he was self-employed as a Hawaiian lomi lomi masseur.

He is survived by his wife, M. Kealoha Medeiros-Sabedong; daughters Shantel, Shayda, Joni, and Jocelyn; son Jonah Kolu Sabedong; grandsons, Christian, Scotty, L.J., Hayden; six granddaughters, Tai-Li, Kailani, Keana, Kalei, Pua Olena, Jaynie; parents, Grandma Maureen and Papa Duke Sabedong; brothers Kolona and David.

Memorial services on O‘ahu will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at Kaupo (baby Makapu’u) across Sea Life Park. Casual attire is suggested. The family asks that people bring a lei or pua (flower).

Memorial services on Kaua‘i will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at Anahola Club House. Casual attire is suggested. The family asks that people bring a lei or pua (flower) and requests monetary donations only.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Sabedong family with arrangements.


Catalina Espiritu

Catalina Espiritu of Lihu‘e, died March 9, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 76.

Born March 19, 1930, in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a chambermaid for the Beachboy Hotel.

Preceded in death by her husband, Juan Espiritu, she is survived by son Ross Espiritu of Lihu‘e; daughter Leiwelyn (Alex) Espiritu-Cadiz of Lihu‘e; brothers Rogelio Tanicala, Eusebio Tanicala, Vicente Tanicala and Virgilio Tanicala; sisters Josepha Florentino, Ursula Aguda, and Petra Peralta; grandchildren Alexis Cadiz, Nolan Cadiz and Katrina Cadiz; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Immaculate Conception Church, where Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Bill Shannon at 10 a.m.. Burial will be at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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


Constance Aquino

Constance Ortiz Aquino of Lihu‘e, died March 13, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 91.

Born Sept. 19, 1915, on Maui, she was a vaudeville singer and dancer.

She is survived by sisters Julia Malapit Smith of Honolulu and Aurora Malapit Lo of Honolulu; brother, former mayor Eduardo Malapit of Lihu‘e; grandchildren Diane Ortiz, Peter Ortiz and Jamie Baltizar; nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at St. Raphael’s Church where Mass will be said at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in St. Raphael’s Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


John B. Busto

John B. Busto of Kilauea, died March 14, 2007, at Garden Island Health Care in Lihu‘e.

Born June 24, 1909, in the Philippines, he worked for the Kilauea Sugar Plantation and retired in 1971.

He is survived by his wife, Pracides Busto; son Benjamin (Saundra) Busto of Princeville; daughters Lydia (Richard) Champion of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Edralin (Robert) Prodoehl of Ventura, Calif.; six grandsons, one great—granddaughter and one great-grandson.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., on Thursday, March 22, at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, where services will be at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Kilauea Japanese Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Dale A. Botelho

Dale A. Botelho of Kekaha, died March 12, 2007, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. Born Sept. 25, 1950, in Honolulu, he was a lab technician for ITT.

Preceded in death by his father Daniel Botelho, Sr., and daughter Dahar Botelho, he is survived by his wife: Veronica Vidinha Botelho of Kekaha; daughter Sarah Mal-Soon Botelho of Kekaha; sons Dareen Botelho and Daymos (Maile) Botelho, both of Kaua‘i; mother Sally Y. Botelho of Honolulu and sister Sonya (Roger) Botelho Chun of Honolulu; brothers Daniel Botelho Jr. of Honolulu andRodney Botelho of Honolulu; father and mother-in-law John and Christina Vidinha of Lawai; four grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa, where services will be celebrated at 6 p.m.

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


Lottie Duffy

Lottie Howell Duffy of Lihu‘e, died at Hale Kupuna Heritage Home on March 15, 2007, at the age of 93. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

She is survived by son Daniel R. Cordes of Kalaheo; brother William Howell of South Farminton, N.Y.; sister Ida Howell of Florida; nieces and nephews. Services are private.

Arrangements are handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Charles Hiramoto

Charles Isami Hiramoto of Kalaheo died at home on March 9, 2007, at the age of 80. Born in Koloa on Feb. 4, 1927, he was a bus transportation officer with the State of Hawai‘i.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Hiramoto; son Charles (Mauren) Hiramoto of Kalaheo and Lane (Iris) Hiramoto of Mililani, O‘ahu; daughters Janis Cox of Honolulu, O‘ahu, Lynn (Patrick Murphy) Douthit of Austin, Texas and Rae (Orland Valvieja) Hiramoto of Kapa‘a; three grandchildren Tiana (William) Litvin, Shannon and Calen Hiramoto; mother-in-law Florence Kamei; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel; service at 4 p.m. Casual attire is suggested and that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary.


Lucia Alcares

Lucia Alcares died Feb. 19, 2007, at the age of 77.

Born March 10, 1929, in Koloa, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Alejandro Alcares. She is survived by children Andrew, Gary, Patrick, (Janet), William (Moira) and Lisa Regan; brother and sisters Sofea P. Cagalawan, Ernesto (Rose) Paden, Florence (James Sr.) Lewis; sister-in-law Linda Paden; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She worked for Alfred Singer then Wiltron for over 30 years and was known as “Mama Lucy” to her co-workers. After retiring from work, she was a very active volunteer for the Lakewood Village Community.

Services were held in Santa Clara, Calif. Arrangements were handed by Lima Family Sunnyvale Mortuary.


Raymund Pilien

Raymund Ponce Pilien died in Japan on Feb. 24, 2007, at the age of 45.

Born on Kaua‘i on Aug. 18, 1961, he taught English in Japan.

He is survived by his mother Lydia Pilien of Koloa; brother Sidney of Koloa; sister Claire (John) Kodachi and niece Sophia of Portland, Ore. He is preceded in death by his father, Isidro Pilien.

Friends may visit with the family from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at St. Raphael Catholic Church, where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Father Edison. Burial to follow at St. Raphael’s Cemetery.


John Allen James

John Allen James died Feb. 26, 2007, at the age of 56. 

Born in North Carolina, he was raised in a Navy family. After living in various places in the United States, he moved to O‘ahu in 1963 where he fell in love with surfing and the Hawaiian lifestyle. In 1970 he moved to Kaua‘i to surf, enjoy life and started a monkey pod table business. He became known as “Guitar John” by many for his great talent as a musician. In 1978 he, introduced tow-in surfing, riding giant waves in his small addictor boat. In 1985 he met his wife Melody and went on to create Wainiha Sandwiches, and also opened a Healthy Hawaiian Noni Juice Company in 1998. John was also an inventor and worked on many inventions like: City Kitty, Pillow Pals, Guitar Tuners, Sling Thing and lastly the Swing Thing and home Golf Driver. John made many friends and helped many people with his generous spirit and giving nature.

John is survived by his wife of 22 years, Melody, and two sons Jaxon and Dylan. His brother Mike and sister Pam as well as his mother Venetia.

Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 24, at Ha‘ena Beach Park from noon to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, bring pupus, music and stories.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the James family with arrangements.


Alfredo Omo

Alfredo Marcus Omo of Kealia died at home on March 12, 2007, at the age of 93. 

He was born in the Philippines on Dec. 13, 1913, and retired as an irrigation worker with the plantation.

He is preceded in death by his wife Leona Omo.

He is survived by his daughters, Mercedes (Avery) Youn, Darlene (Bill) Donayri, Barbara (Charles) Soto, Naty (Joe) Caminos, Beatrice (Mel) Hirahara, Joyce (Mark) Vidinha, Felicidad Omo; and sons Patrick (Jodi) Omo, Guillermo (LeeAnn) Donayri, Richard (Paula) Donayri, Francis Donayri, Raphael Donayri, Charles (Nani) Omo, Alfred Omo, and Piding (Estelle) Omo; 37 grandchildren; and 40 great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Thursday, March 22, at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall with visitation from 10 a.m. and  services at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Lihue Cemetery.

Casual attire is suggested. Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Omo family with arrangements.

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