Obituaries for Sunday, June 26, 2011

• Arsenio Aguzar • Tamie Higashi  • Fumio Akagi • Ellen Dias •

Toshio Hashimoto • George Texeira  • Paulette Kaiwi

Arsenio Aguzar

Arsenio “Jojo” Jose Aguzar of Hanama‘ulu died June 16, 2011, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at age 45. Born Sept. 1, 1965, in Legazpi City, Philippines, he was employed as a baker with Safeway.

He was preceded in death by his father, Calixto Aguzar.

He is survived by his sons, Arnold Aguzar and Archie Alexander Mendoza, both of Hanama‘ulu; mother, Josefina Aguzar of Kapa‘a; mother of his children, Betty Mendoza of the Philippines; brother, Arturo “Tong” (Jocelyn) Aguzar of the Philippines; sisters, Lourdes (Eddie) Obiano of Kapa‘a, Marie Jo (Frank Taitague) Aguzar of Hanama‘ulu; aunties, Tecla Ganio, Engracia Baris and Rosalina Aguzar; cousins, Naty Bali and Cora Duran; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, June 30, at Immaculate Conception Church with viewing at 8 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Cremation to follow.

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

Tamie Higashi

Tamie Higashi of Lihu‘e died on June 19, 2011, at The Regency at Puakea at age 89. She was born in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i on Feb. 10, 1922, and retired as the cook for the Lihu‘e Sugar Plantation Managers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Matsuji amd Kawayo Maeda; husband, Masayuki Higashi; brothers, Masayuki Maeda, Matsuo Charles Maeda, Takeo Maeda, Harry Maeda, Hitoshi Maeda and Albert Sonny Maeda.

She is survived by her three children, Shirley (David) Iha of Lihu‘e, Elaine (Spencer) Tada of La Habra, Calif., Michael Higashi of Los Angeles, Calif.; sisters, Florence (Charles) Honda, Matsuyo (Hisashi) Seki, Myra (Arthur) Koide, Edith (Ken) Abe; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, July 5, at Lihu‘e Hongwanji Mission with visitation at 3 p.m. and services celebrated at 4 p.m.

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

Fumio Akagi

Fumio Akagi of Kaumakani died peacefully on May 21, 2011, at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital at age 85. He was a retiree of Olokele Sugar Plantation, a Korean War veteran, a great story teller, an avid fisherman, skin diver and sea shell collector. He took great pride and care of his shell collection which he donated to the West Kaua‘i Visitor Center in Waimea.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Takeru and Toshiko Akagi.

He is survived by his brothers, Shigeru Akagi of Seattle, Wash.; Tomoji (Betty) Akagi of Madison, Wis.; Rikio (Betty) Akagi of Montebello, Calif.; Mikio (Connie) Akagi of Huntley, Ill.; niece, Cynthia Akagi of Houston, Texas; nephew, Curtis Akagi of Montebello, Calif.; uncle, Seichi (Hisae) Akagi of Kilauea; cousins, George Kodama, Sue (Allen) Miyahara, Joyce Nagata, Alvin (Mary) Akagi, Pamela Watanbe and his hanai family, the children of the late Natsue Muraoka, Elaine (Steven) Saiki, Nelson (Irene) Muraoka, Melanie (Raymond) Yoshida, and Carolyn (John) Thomas.

The family extends a sincere thank you to his caregivers: Kaua‘i Care Center, Juliana Ganiron ARCH; VA Clinic Drs. and staff, Dr. C. Mitchell Jenkins and Reverend Leonard Abeshima.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family appreciates the many expressions of sympathy and condolences received and gratefully requests no koden be given.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ellen Dias

Ellen Keahilani Dias of Hilo, formerly of Waimanalo, died June 19, 2011, in Honolulu at age 65. Born in Honolulu on July 30, 1945, she retired as an adult corrections officer at Halawa Correctional Facility.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Dias Jr.; sons, Robin of Kona, Wynton (Lisa) of Honolulu and Thomas III of Kona; daughters, Jewel Dias of Hilo and Patsy (Thomas) Gonsalves of Honolulu; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, William Kau Aki of California.

Visitation is 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, at O‘ahu Cemetery Chapel; service is 11 a.m. to noon. Final viewing will be noon to 1:30 p.m. with cremation to follow.

Leis welcome, casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Woolsey Mortuary Services.

Toshio Hashimoto

Toshio “Roy” Hashimoto of Hanapepe Valley died June 14, 2011, at his home at age 85. Born Nov. 27, 1925, in Hanapepe, he was a foreman with Waimea Poi Mill.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Hashimoto.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Hashimoto; son, Clyde (Sulyn) Hashimoto of Puhi; daughters, Hazel (Wayne) Fujimoto of ‘Ele‘ele, Susan (Donald) Fujimoto of Lihu‘e and Lynne (Leslie) Tamashiro of ‘Ele‘ele; grandchildren, Gregg, Amber, Tate, Ashlee (Lane), Tiffanee, Caysee (Elijah), Harlee, Leeza and Leeana; great-grandchild, Michaelah; sisters, Tomie Kawahara and Alice Ikeda, both of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Florence Hashimoto of Lihu‘e; nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kalaheo Ward; service begins at 10 a.m.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

George Texeira

George Texeira of Hanama‘ulu, Kaua‘i, died on June 21, 2011, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 89. Born on August 22, 1921, in Lihu‘e, he was a supervisor at Lihu‘e Plantation.

He is preceded in death by parents, Louis and Mary Texeira, and sisters Mary Carreira and Helen Rego.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Texeira of Hanamaulu; son, George E. (Jo Ann) Texeira of Hanamaulu; daughter, Charlotte (Rankin) Telles of Hanamaulu; numerous nieces and nephews; 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 29, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lihu‘e, with visitation held at 8:30 a.m. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary, Koloa.

Paulette Kaiwi

Paulette R. Kaiwi of O‘ahu and Kaua‘i died June 10, 2011, at age 56. Born Feb. 20, 1955, in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, she was a nurse.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Cabral; mother, Madeline Medeiros-Rodrigues; brother, Dennis Carveiro; and husband, Kalawelo Kaiwi Sr.

She is survived by her companion, David Mainaaupo Sr.; sons, Kalawelo Kaiwi Jr.; Kainalu (Nicole) Kaiwi, David (Erica Naea) Mainaaupo Jr., Kaimana (Roxanne) Mainaaupo, Hapaki Mainaaupo and Kekoa Mainaaupo; daughters, Pollen (Joseph) Stevens, Cheyenne (Tyson Yadao) Mainaaupo and Sanoe (Bryan Cesario) Mainaaupo; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Dorethey (Earl) Torres, Betty Louis and Rosemarie “Idiko” Texador; brothers, Albert “Bully” Rodrigues and Joseph “Joe” Carveiro Jr.; numerous aunties, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, July 7, at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary Chapel in Koloa. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. and service will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary Koloa.

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