Obituaries for Sunday, June 17, 2007

• Martin Thomas Rice

• Dona Kaiu

• Katherine K. Watanabe

• Haruo Watanabe

• Andrew Smith

• Edith Woodward


Martin Thomas Rice

Martin Thomas Rice of Kapa‘a died at home on June 14, 2007, at the age of 58.

Born in Long Beach, Calif. on Oct. 10, 1948, he was the owner and founder of Tradewinds Spice Company. Martin was in the Army and served two tours to Viet Nam then attended Cal State Long Beach College. He moved to Kaua‘i in 1978 and managed the Palace Restaurant at Coco Palms Hotel. He also was past Chair of Kauai Democratic Party and was a civil rights activist and lobbyist at the state Legislature.

He is survived by Fred Rainville, his life partner of over 30 years; father, Merlin and step mother, Jacqueline of California; sister, Wendy (Ray) Faultner of Colorado; step-sister, Linda (Douglas) Holmes of California and step-brother, Richard (Brenda) Philippi of California.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at Kauai Veterans Center in Lihu‘e.  The family requests casual attire and gratefully declines flowers.

Donations may be made to Kauai Democratic Party of Kaua‘i, P.O. Box  3936, Lihue, HI  96766.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted his family with arrangements.


Dona Kaiu

Dona Edith Kaiu of Lihu‘e died at Garden Isle Health Care on June 10, 2007, at the age of 92.

She was born in Minnesota on March 24, 1915, and lived in North Dakota for several years before moving to California. She worked at an aerospace company as a spot welder before retiring and moving to Kaua‘i in 1972.

She is survived by her companion William Kolo of Lihu‘e; daughter Charlona Suzuki ; brother William (Marcy) Evans, both of California; grandchildren Chris (Tasha) Shadowens of Seattle, Brad Shadowens of California, Jillian Spain and Megan Spain, both of California; great-grandchildren Sage, Cole and Levi; nephews Bill (Sandy) Evans, Paul (Melinda) Evans and Brian (LouAnn) Evans.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 23 with visitation with family and friends at 11 a.m. and services beginning at noon at Kalapaki Beach Park.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted Dona’s family with arrangements.


Katherine K. Watanabe

Katherine K. Watanabe of Hanama‘ulu died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on June 10, 2007, at the age of 85.

She was born in Kealia on Aug. 30, 1921, and retired as an LPN with Mahelona Hospital.

She is survived by brothers Shige (Lynda) Watanabe of Gardena, Calif,. and Haruo (Dorothy) Watanabe of Kapa‘a; sister-in-law Yasuko Watanabe of Kapa‘a; numerous nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Private services were held. Donations may be made to American Lung Association.

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


Haruo Watanabe

Haruo Watanabe of Kapa‘a died at Samuel Mahelona Hospital on June 13, 2007, at the age of 78.

He was born on Kaua‘i and he was a heavy equipment mechanic for Lihu‘e Plantation.

He is survived by wife Dolores Watanebe; sons Randal (Leeann) Watanabe and Roy Watanabe; daughters Joan Cummings and BettyLou Watanabe; brother Shigeo Watanabe; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on June 21, 2007, at the Borthwick Motuary Chapel in Koloa at 10 a.m. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Inurnment to follow at Lihu‘e Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested and no flowers or monetory donations.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Andrew Smith

Andrew K. “Andy” Smith Sr. died at his home in Po‘ipu on June 9, 2007, at the age of 73.

He was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, on Sept. 24, 1933, and had a long career in the oil industry spanning over 50 years, having founded his existing business, Evergreen Oil Company. He had a great love for Kaua‘i and all of its natural beauty and was a member of the Rotary Club of Poipu Beach.

He is survived by wife Melony Smith; sons Andy Jr. and Scott; daughters Kristin and Wendy; eight grandchildren all of Colorado.

Memorial services will be held on June 21, at Joe’s on the Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Kaua‘i Hospice, P.O. Box 3286, Lihu‘e, HI 96766.


Edith Woodward

Edith Pookapu Kahoa Hooikaika Woodward of Anini Beach died at Garden Island Health Care at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on June 11, 2007, at the age of 85.

Born in Hanalei on Aug. 29, 1921, she was an aide for Kilauea Neighborhood Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eliza Makanani; father William Kahoa Hooikaika, husband Samuel Kekoanawelu Woodward; son Stanley Louis Kamaki Woodward; and daughter Heather Hokulani Woodward; sister Jane Hooikaika Goo and brother Paul Mori Hooikaika.

She is survived by sons Samuel (Margaret) Woodward of Kilauea, Hayden (Jacqueline) Woodward of Pearl City, O‘ahu; Darriel (Iris) Woodward of Marina, Calif.; Llewellyn (Nadine) Woodward of Anahola; Dayne (Dolly) Woodward of Kapa‘a; daughters Celeste (Ted) Castillo of Wailua and Lavanna (Joe) Woodward of Lihu‘e; sisters Ida Hooikaika of Honolulu and brothers Sam (Yvonne) Pa of Anahola, Edward Hooikaika of Honolulu, Clarence (Carol) Kaliakamoa of Kaneohe; 21 grandchidren and 24 great-grandchilldren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Hanalei Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe. Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Mortuary.

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