Obituaries for Wednesday, May 28, 2008

• Mercedes Olivas

• Benjamin Nakaahiki

• Betty Morikawa-Hamamura

• Annette Kakutani

• Shinichi Kutaka

• Jerry Oshima

• Cayd Fujimoto


Mercedes Olivas

Mercedes Leinaala Olivas of Lihu‘e died May 7, 2008, at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 79. Born Feb. 24, 1929, she was a teacher with numerous elementary schools on Kaua‘i.

She is survived by son Michael Kipukai Olivas of Lihu‘e; daughter Marlene (Don) Olivas Greer of Lihu‘e; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Benjamin Nakaahiki

Benjamin Nakaahiki Sr. of Kekaha died May 20, 2008, at his home at the age of 84. Born Sept. 29, 1923, in Kekaha, he was a retired heavy equipment operator with the Department of Transportation Highway Division.

He was preceded in death by wife Esther Kaowiloa Nakaahiki; sons Garrick K. Nakaahiki and Marvin T.K. Nakaahiki.

He is survived by sons Thomas L.M. (Alice) Baptista, Benjamin Nakaahiki Jr., Brenn N.K. (Eileen) Nakaahiki, Joseph I.K. (Nani) Nakaahiki and Clyson T.K. Nakaahiki all of Kekaha; daughters Charlene S.K. (Dexter) Yamamoto, Benjinette P. (Kevin) Iwai, Marvaleen K. (Burt) Vidinha, Trudilynn N. (Greg) Wood and Elena K. (Rob) Ruark, all of Kekaha; daughter-in-law Oriente Nakaahiki; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kekaha Ward; service 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Burial to follow at the Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Betty Morikawa-Hamamura

Betty Morikawa-Hamamura of Lihu‘e died May 18, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 80. Born Jan. 3, 1928, in Wailua, O‘ahu, she was retired after 30 years with the state of Hawai‘i as secretary for Department of Taxation.

She was preceded in death by son Harold Hamamura and great-grandson Jacob Naito-Perez.

She is survived by husband Shigeto Hamamura of Lihu‘e, daughter Rose (Alan) Naito of California, sisters Kaoru Higashi of Lihu‘e and Lani Turner of O‘ahu, two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will begin 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at Kapaa Missionary Church with memorial services beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the Hamamura family with arrangements.


Annette Kakutani

Annette Kakutani of Lihu‘e died May 10, 2008, at her home at the age of 66. Born Dec. 13, 1941, in Lihu‘e, she was a waitress with the Barbecue Inn.

She is survived by daughter Tammy Kakutani of Lihu‘e; sister Pauline Shinshiro of Kamuela; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at the Lihue Hongwanji Church; service begins at 4 p.m. Casual attire is suggested and the family requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Shinichi Kutaka

Shinichi Kutaka of Kapa‘a died May 6, 2008, at Garden Isle HealthCare at the age of 79. Born Dec. 22, 1928, in Kapa‘a, he was a laborer with Kaua‘i County.

He is survived by brother Tokusuke (Loretta) Kutaka of Kapa‘a; sister Haruko (Yoshio) Awakuni of Kapa‘a; niece Pearl Awakuni of Kapa‘a; great-nephew Samuel Awakuni of Kapa‘a; and numerous cousins.

Services were private.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Jerry Oshima

Jerry “Jocko” Oshima of Lihu‘e, formerly of Puhi, died May 24, 2008, at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 69. Born May 7, 1939, in Lihu‘e, he was an auto technician.

He was preceded in death by parents Hideichi and Akiko Oshima; brother Roy Oshima.

He is survived by wife Linda Ikemoto Oshima; sons Kyle (Kari) Oshima and Kurt (Michele) Oshima both of Lihu‘e; four grandchildren; brothers Stanley Oshima of ‘Ele‘ele, Thomas (Flora) Oshima of Kaneohe, William (Jan) Oshima of San Diego, Calif., Paul (Evelyn) Oshima of Kaneohe and Arthur (Nadine) Oshima of Lihu‘e; sister-in-law Myrna Oshima of Hanama‘ulu; hanai brother Edwin (Jan) Kamioka of Lihu‘e; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel; service officiated by John Cabello will begin at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual attire is suggested and the family requests that be flowers omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Cayd Fujimoto

Cayd Cecilio Kahanuola Rikio Fujimoto of Hanapepe died May 20, 2008, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 4 1/2 months. Born January 6, 2008, in Waimea, he was a happy “Buddha Boy” with a smile on every day.

He is survived by parents Craig and Carey Fujimoto; brother Cyrus Fujimoto of Hanapepe; big brother Lucus Rivera of Po‘ipu; sister Caitlyn Aguinaldo of Hanapepe; great-grandparents Hatsumi Fujimoto of Las Vegas, Nev., Esperanza Funtanilla of San Francisco, Calif., Loretta Baliaris of Honolulu and Julia Dixion of Hanama‘ulu; grandparents Robert Fujimoto of Hanapepe, Antonia Funtanilla of San Francisco, Calif., Cecilio and Patricia Baliaris of Hanama‘ulu; uncles and aunts Mason Fujimoto and Anson Fujimoto, both of San Francisco, Calif., Shawne (Yvette) Baliaris of Lihu‘e, Adrian Baliaris of Kaua‘i, Brandon (Randi) Baliaris of Kapahi, Patti-Ann (Rueben) Castillo of Hanama‘ulu, Lori (Aren) Baliaris of Puhi and Celina (Dana) Rivera of Po‘ipu; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Kings Chapel in ‘Ele‘ele; service at 10 a.m. Casual attire is suggested and the family requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.

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