Obituaries for Sunday, September 7, 2008

• Holly Camara

• Carmen Laguatan


Holly Camara

Holly passed away peacefully Aug. 31, 2008, at home. She had been courageously battling cancer for 17 months. Holly was dearly loved by so many people. Her life was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Born July 26, 1965, Holly was a teacher at Kekaha Elementary School. An alumna of Kapa‘a High School, class of 1983, she earned a bachelor of science in elementary education from Chaminade University and a degree in administration and curriculum development from Gonzaga University.

Holly spent endless hours volunteering with the Kekaha Youth Baseball Association, Waimea AYSO, Kekaha Pop Warner Association and the Kaua‘i Special Olympics.

She is survived by sons Michael and Beau Acoba, mother Millie Ah Hee, father Alan Camara, brother Aaron (Cassie) Camara, niece Aarika, nephew Austin Camara and devoted friend Leroy Nonaka. Holly also leaves behind numerous dear friends throughout the island.

Visitation with the family will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Kekaha; memorial service begins at 5:30 p.m. Casual attire is suggested and the family requests that flowers be omitted.

A private scattering of ashes by the family will be held at a later date.


Carmen Laguatan

Carmen Laguatan of Makaweli died Sept. 3, 2008, at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 83. Born Nov. 25, 1924, in Pasuguin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a retired field laborer.

She was preceded in death by husband Leoncio Laguatan.

She is survived by daughter Nina (John) Medeiros; sons Benny (Shirley) Laguatan, David (Roxanne) Laguatan of Kalaheo, Gilbert (Tanya) Laguatan of Nanakuli, Henry (Ellen) Laguatan of Edgewood, Wash., Eddie (Mariya) Laguatan of ‘Ele‘ele; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Pilar Dancel of Pasuguin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, and Agostina Acob of Monte Clair, Calif.; and brother Dioncio Tagavilla of Pasuguin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, at Holy Cross Church; Mass will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Hanapepe Public Cemetery. Aloha attire is suggested.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

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