Obituaries for Saturday, June 11, 2011

• William Fernandes • Yukio


William Fernandes

William “Billy” Fernandes, former Territorial and State Representative, State Senator, and County of Kaua‘i Councilman, passed away on June 2, 2011 at his home in Wailua Homesteads, Kaua‘i. He was 88.

His political career began when he was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives in 1952. He served with his father, the late Senator John B. Fernandes-the first father and son elected to the legislature for the Territory of Hawaii. Billy was later elected to the State Senate. He was appointed by the late Governor John Burns to serve as Deputy Director for the State Department of Agriculture. In the mid-seventies, Billy ran for a seat on the Kaua‘i County Council, where he was elected and served as Councilman.

Billy is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Evelyn Ohai Fernandes; son, Kimo (Stephanie) Fernandes; daughters, Audrey Maile Fernandes; Lehua Fernandes-Salling; Napua (Wayne) Law; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brothers, George B. Fernandes and Stanley B. (Wella) Fernandes.

A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, June 13, 2011, visitation at 9 a.m., Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Church in Kapa‘a. Burial will follow at the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery.

Yukio Arashiro

Yukio Arashiro of Wailua Homesteads died at Garden Isle Health Care on June 4, 2011 at the age of 87. He was born on Kaua‘i on May 11, 1924 and retired from Union AFLCIO as a representative and was also a truck farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Yong Arashiro; children, Clyde (Sharon) Arashiro; Jassey (Raymond) Navarro; Lloyd (Pat) Arashiro; Floyd (Bobbie) Arashiro; Pola Knight; sisters, Toshiko Hironaka; Mieko (Tetsuo) Nakamura; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery Pavilion with visitation from 9 a.m. and services celebrated at 11 a.m. Inurnment to follow.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Arashiro family with arrangements.


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