Obituaries for Thursday, January 27, 2011

• Mildred Hiramoto • Nicole Thomas • Corbin Reynolds • Canuto


Mildred Hiramoto

Mildred Midori “Kamei” Hiramoto of ‘Oma‘o died Jan. 15, 2011, at age 83. Born on Kaua‘i, she was a secretary for Kaua‘i Commercial Company and became the executive secretary to Mayor Francis M. F. Ching. Before retiring she was the court clerk and secretary to Judges Alfred Laureta, Norito Kawakami, Kei Hirano and George Masuoka in the 5th Circuit Court.

She was preceded in death by husband Charles I. Hiramoto.

She is survived by mother Florence Kamei; sister Janet (Nobuyuki) Watanabe; children Janis Cox, Lynn (Patrick Murphy) Douthit, Charles (Maureen) Hiramoto, Lane Hiramoto, Rae (Orlando Valvieja) Hiramoto; grandchildren Tiana (Will) Litvin, Shannon (Steven Ashcraft) Hiramoto, Calen Hiramoto; and great-grandchildren Ella and Benjamin Litvin.

Private services will be held to celebrate her life. Family requests no monetary gifts or flowers.

Nicole Thomas

Nicole Charmaine Thomas of Kapa‘a died Jan. 19, 2011, on O‘ahu, at age 42. Born in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, Sept. 11, 1968, she was a teacher and caregiver; loved sharing her mana‘o with others; was always creating something beautiful with her hands; was an amazing mother, daughter, sister, aunty and friend; shared so many memories with so many people; and her legacy will live on. 

She was preceded in death by her son Tanner; grandparents Alex and Frances Thomas, Leon Castillo, and Doris Uyeda.

She is survived by fiancé Shawn Sanchez; daughters Tierny and Teagan Waialeale; mother Connie (Steve) Melanson; father Stephen (Sheilah) Thomas; brother Brandon Thomas (Leo Hasegawa); sister Dawn (Kenneth) Cummings; nieces Tara, Tori, Kawana, Jennee, Tyli, Kyary, Kaliyah, Brooklyn; nephews Keona, Kahinu, Kamuela, Tristin; numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, and extended family, Ojiichan Hideo and Obachan Michie Sasaki.

A celebration of life will be on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Lydgate South Beach Park (first turn off, behind soccer field park). Visitation at 9 a.m. and services beginning at 10 a.m. Fellowship with the family and friends to follow the services.

Family request no floral arrangements, leis welcome.

Corbin Reynolds

Corbin Jon Kaimana Reynolds of Kekaha died Jan. 23, 2011, at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital at age 17. Born Sept. 18, 1993, in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, he was a student at Waimea High School.

He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents Remegio Salazar and Rose Bumanglag; maternal great-grandparents Julio Taboniar and Mary M. Rodrigues; paternal great-grandparents John and Elsie Hoopii Sr.; paternal great-grandparents Jack Reynolds and Bernice Takenaka.

He is survived by his parents Daynes and Jonnie Anne Reynolds of Kekaha; brother Tyler Reynolds of Kekaha; sister Jadelyn Reynolds of Kekaha; maternal grandparents John and Violet Taboniar of Hilo and Kekaha; paternal grandfather Russell ( Wendy) Reynolds, Jr. of Kalaheo; paternal grandmother Healani (Gordon) Sanchez of Kealia; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel; service at 2:30 p.m. followed by burial at the Kekaha cemetery. Family request casual attire.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Canuto Tangonan

Canuto Yagin Tangonan of Kilauea diead at his home on Jan. 15, 2011, at age 85. Born Jan. 19, 1925, in the Philippines, he retired as a dishwasher.

He is survived by wife Rita Tangonan; son Abraham (Elvira) Tangonan; daughters Grace Bancud, Genoveva (Diosdado) Yabes, Myrna (Felix) Rodriguez; step-son Remy (Mandy) Dawa; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Jan. 29, at St. Sylvesters Church from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at St. Catherines Church Cemetery.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.


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