Obituaries for Thursday, August 14, 2008

• Shizue Kurasaki

• Gladys Yoshie Tashiro

• Eunice Kanahele


Shizue Kurasaki

Shizue Kurasaki of Lihu‘e died Aug. 12, 2008, at Garden Isle Healthcare at the age of 85. Born June 12, 1923, in Kaua‘i, she was a retired counter agent.

She is survived by sons Gary (Carol) Kurasaki and Steve Kurasaki, brothers Isao (Vivian) Suzawa and Hiromu (Ann) Suzawa, five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Friends may visit with the family at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, at Lihue Hongwanji Mission Church; services will begin at 5 p.m.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is handling the arrangements.


Gladys Yoshie Tashiro

Gladys Yoshie Tashiro of Kalaheo died July 31, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 89. Born Sept. 16, 1918, in Waimea, she was a retired food editor, ‘ohana editor and writer with The Garden Island.

She was preceded in death by parents Yuki and Minesaburo Yamachika, and husband Judge Ben M. Tashiro.

She is survived by daughters Ora A. Tashiro of Kalaheo, Alma T. (Katsuya) Yamada of Hilo, Hawai‘i, Lynn T. Harmer of Redmond, Wash., Lani T. (John) Bennett of West St. Paul, Minn., and Mimi M. Tashiro of Mountain View, Calif.; grandchildren Lori (Brian) Bianchin of Kaneohe, Hawai‘i, Lani (Aaron) Vanderlip of Redmond, Wash., Wendy (Alain) Clerinx of Springfield, Va., Emi Bennett and Mari Bennett of West St. Paul, Minn., and Drew Bennett of Stanford, Calif.; great-grandchildren Joshua and Andrew Bianchin, Emily Clerinx and Kai Vanderlip; sister Joan Yamachika of Honolulu; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Hanapepe United Church of Christ; service officiated by Rev. Phyliss Meighen will begin at 3 p.m. The family requests casual attire and that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


Eunice Kanahele

Eunice Kawahine Kaulana Kanahele of Hanapepe died Aug. 12, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 70. Born Oct. 30, 1937, in Pu‘uwai, Ni‘ihau, she was a Ni‘ihau lei maker.

She is survived by sons Mikeala (Kaanoi) Kanahele and George (Annie) Kanahele, both of Kekaha; daughters Linda Kaaumoana of Hanapepe and Margaret (Lindsay) Kelley of Ni‘ihau; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Bessie Kanahele of Ni‘ihau; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel; service begins at 10 a.m. followed by burial at Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.

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