Obituaries for Wednesday, June 27, 2007

• Eusebio C. Caoili

• Shoichi Iwasaki

• Noboru Okamoto

• Edith Woodward

• Hana Au Hoy Hiu

• Francisco Tagatac

• Wayne Eugene Sell

• Donald Tamme


Eusebio C. Caoili

Eusebio C. Caoili of Lihu‘e died at home on June 16, 2007, at the age of 102.

Born in Posoribio, Pangasinan, Philippines, on June 15, 1905, he was an irrigator with Lihu‘e Plantation.

He is survived by his wife Maria Udaundo Caoili of Lihu‘e; son Alex James (Connie) Caoili of Waipio, O‘ahu; daughter Emelda Caoili Dias of Lihu‘e; five grandchildren, Melinda Kaui, Tara-Lynn Kaui, Keahilani Dias, Mariah Dias, all of Lihu‘e and Taira Alysha Caoili of Waipio, O‘ahu; great-grandson, Kenji-Kealii Kaui Ishida of Lihu‘e.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, at St. Michael & All Angels’ Episcopal church in Lihu‘e; service at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Lihue Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Shoichi Iwasaki

Shoichi Iwasaki of Lihu‘e died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on April 26, 2007, at the age of 90.

Born in Halehaka, Kaua‘i, on Dec. 2, 1916, he retired as manager of the hardware and houseware departments at Kauai Store. He was a dedicated member of the Lihue Christian Church, and a conscientious community helper for the elderly and needy. He was also known for growing the beautiful day-blooming cereus flower which he would donate to the Kaua‘i Museum and Lihue Christian Church.

He is survived by daughters Pearl (Douglas) Nagoshi of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jeanne (Kenneth) Thoennes of La Jolla, Calif.; sister Hanako Tateishi of O‘ahu; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one niece and nephew.

Private services were held at the Lihue Christian Church.

Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Iwasaki family with arrangements.


Noboru Okamoto

Noboru “Lefty” Okamoto of Wailua Houselots died at home on June 12, 2007, at the age of 83.

Born in Lihu‘e on April 23, 1924, he was in WWII as a member of the 442nd infantry. He was a man of many talents including being a mechanic, game warden and finally retired as a self-employed body and fender repairman.

He is survived by sons Carlton Okamoto of Honolulu, Stanley Okamoto of Maui, Stephen (Karen) Okamoto of Wailua Houselots; daughter Arleen Okamoto Powell of Wailua Houselots; brother Hidemi (Sally) Okamoto of Kealia; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services were held and the family requests no koden.


Edith Woodward

Edith Pookapu Kahaa 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 Kahaa Hooikaika, husband Samuel Kekoanawelu Woodward; son Stanley Louis Kamaki Woodward; and daughter Heather Hokulani Woodward; sister Jane Hooikaika Goo and brothers Paul Mori Hooikaika and Richard 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 Kane‘ohe; 21 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; 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.


Hana Au Hoy Hiu

Hana Au Hoy Hiu of Honolulu died on May 12, 2007, at the age of 102.

Born in Hanalei on May 3, 1905, she is survived by daughters Annette Hee and Mariette Hiu Newcomb; sons Fredrick Hiu and Roland Hen Min Hiu; brothers Harrison Au Hoy and Norman Au Hoy; sister Alice Lee; 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 30, at Diamond Head Cemetery. Service to begin at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai‘i.


Francisco Tagatac

Francisco D. “Kiko” Tagatac of Kekaha died on June 21, 2007, at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville, Calif., at the age of 90.

Born at Batac Norte, Philippines, he was a heavy equipment operator for Olokele Sugar Company.

He is survived by his wife Esperanza Tagatac of Kekaha; daughter Esther (Brant) Holland of Maui; sons Bernardo (Rosamond) Tagatac of Stockton, Calif., Rolando (Lemelyn) Tagatac of Henderson, Nev., and Erwin (Melinda) Tagatac of Roseville, Calif.; sisters Jacinta Sarian of Long Beach, Calif., Paciencia (Urallano) Luzod of West Covina, Calif. and Amancia Rigonan of Vallejo, Calif.; brother Patricio (Meding) Tagatac of Vallejo, Calif; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on June 30, at St. Theresa’s Church. Viewing is from noon to 1:45 p.m., Mass to follow at 2 p.m. Casual attire suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary.


Wayne Eugene Sell

Wayne Eugene Sell of Kilauea died on June 25, 2007, at the age of 87.

Born in Fredonia, Kansas, he was a retired electrical engineer. He had several electrical patents that were instrumental in oil exploration. He also worked on the NASA Saturn One rocket and pioneered the first solid state smoke detector.

He is survived by his daughter Debra Sell (David) Gochros of Kilauea; daughter Lynda Richard of Colorado Springs, brothers Howard Sell and Ronald Sell; sisters Eunice Timmons and Helen Stevvins; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services to honor his life and passing will be at the North Shore Christian Church (4000 Kilauea Lighthouse Road) on Thursday, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kilauea Seniors Group.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Donald Tamme

Donald Newsom Tamme of Kapahi died June 20, 2007, at the age of 70.

Born in Long Beach, Calif., on Jan. 17, 1937, he married Carmela, his high school sweetheart, on May 6, 1955. He was stationed in Korea in 1957 to 1958 with the U. S. Army. He owned a landscaping business for many years in Arizona. Don was a substitute teacher on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i for middle and high- school students for 14 years. He also was a Toastmaster.

He is survived by his mother Velma; wife Carmela; son James Alan; daughter Dawn Lisa; sisters Carole and Diane; and grandchildren, James Jr., Matthew, Penny, Tabetha, and Sarah, son-in-law Raymond and daughter-in-law Shawna.

Memorial service will be Saturday, at ll a.m. at Kapaa Missionary Church, Reception at noon and private scattering of ashes at sea will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kapaa Missionary Church Benevolence Fund.

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