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• H. Dale Stark
• Virginia Kananiokaleohoomana Nizo
• Chieko Takeuchi
• David Kaheleiki ‘Bear’ Kaaumoana
H. Dale Stark
H. Dale Stark of Kalihiwai died in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Aug. 30, 2007. He was 83.
He was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Cisne, Ill., and after serving in World War II in Europe, he graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., in 1950 with a degree in business administration. Following graduation, he bought a tire and appliance store in Charleston, Ill., where he also acquired farming and real estate interests. For many years he was active in Kiwanis, served on various community committees and a deacon in the First Christian Church.
In 1978, he sold his business and moved with his wife to Kaua‘i but continued to be active in his business affairs. On Kaua‘i, he was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church. In 2004, because of declining health, he moved to Port Charlotte to be closer to family.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, June Bruce Stark; daughters Nicki (Tom) Medeiros of St. Paul, Ore., Ann (Gary) Berger of Placida, Fla., and Mary (Frank Dwyer) Stark of Pasadena, Calif.; grandchildren David Medeiros of Redwood City, Calif., Jonathon Medeiros of Kalaheo, Sarah Medeiros of Portland, Ore., Chris Berger of Savage, Minn., John Berger of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Daniel Berger of Auburn, Ala.; brother Rev. William Stark of Stamping Ground, Ky.; and sister Joyce Haynes of Huber Heights, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Kapa‘a at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Reception will follow in the Sloggett Center.
The family requests no flowers. Any donation may be given to the All Saints Preschool, the Kaua‘i Historical Society or the Kaua‘i Humane Society.
Virginia Kananiokaleohoomana Nizo
Virginia Kananiokaleohoomana Nizo died at home on Jan. 20, 2008, at the age of 83. Born in Puuwai, Ni‘ihau on May 25, 1924, she was the eldest shell lei maker from the island.
She is survived by her son, William Apela (Kawehi) Nizo of Kekaha; daughter Virginia Kuulei (Keoki) Keamoai of Hanapepe; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Betty Kanahele of Ni‘ihau, Kaulana Kanahele of Hanapepe and Kamala (Alfred) Garcia of Texas; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.
Chieko Takeuchi, a lifelong resident of Kaua‘i, passed away at Hale Kupuna Heritage Home in Koloa, on Jan. 17, 2008, at the age of 95. Born in Lihu‘e on Feb. 12, 1912, she was a member of the Lihue Hongwanji Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Minoru and son Stanley.
She is survived by sons Ronald (Sharon) and Owen; daughters Shirley (Walter) Nakatsukasa and Barbara (Ted) Henry; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and loving family and friends.
The family extends its deepest appreciation to Hale Kupuna Heritage Home and its staff for their dedication and support. Private family services will be held at a later date.
David Kaheleiki ‘Bear’ Kaaumoana
David Kaheleiki ‘Bear’ Kaaumoana died at his home in Kakaako, O‘ahu, on Jan. 19, 2008, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. A lifelong son of Kaua’i, he and his wife have resided in O‘ahu for the past few years. He was born Nov. 26, 1933, in Hanalei. He was 74 years old.
‘Bear’ Kaaumoana, a proud Hawaiian, is profoundly mourned by his family and has long been missed on Kaua‘i’s North Shore by his many friends for his wonderful musical talent and his gentle personality and laughing smile.
After graduating from Kaua‘i High School, he joined the Marines and served in Korea. Later, home in Kaua‘i, he worked as a heavy equipment operating engineer. Following his retirement, he, his ‘ukulele and his wife traveled extensively throughout the Mainland, Europe and Asia.
Kaaumoana was predeceased by his first wife, Ardith Laamea Kaaumoana, and daughters Cindy Keala (Pa) Kaaumoana and Linda Puanani Texeira.
‘Bear’ Kaaumoana is survived by his wife, Nanette Slavin Kaaumoana; daughters Merla Ann Nalani Kaaumoana, Doreen Haumani Soares and Tammy Leilani (Ronald) Contrades, all of Kaua‘i; 22 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; step-children Michael (Emily) Rakieten, also his caregiver, Timothy Rakieten of Honolulu, Daniel (Michelle) Rakieten and Dorothy Rakieten of Michigan; four step-grandchildren; brothers Richard Kaaumoana of Honolulu, Harry (Barbara) Kaaumoana and step-brother John (Nani) Kuehu; sisters Rebecca Maka of Kaua‘i and Hannah Lopez of Maui; numerous beloved nieces and nephews; and his companion dog, Kokoleka.
Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with services beginning at 11 a.m. at Hanalei Chapel Church of Latter Day Saints. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens in Lihu‘e. Family requests aloha attire. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Kaaumoana family with arrangements.
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