Obituaries for Thursday, March 8, 2012

Gladys NiitaniMarcelino JaquiasTimothy AlencastreLevon Ohai

Gladys Niitani

Gladys Torigoe Niitani of ‘Ele‘ele died on Jan. 13, 2012, at the age of 79. Born on Nov. 13, 1932, she was a retired clerk with Kaua‘i Electric.

She is survived by her husband; Walter Niitani of ‘Ele‘ele; one son; Mark (Leimomi) Niitani of ‘Ele‘ele, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers; Wally (Ruth) Torigoe, and Francis (Bernice) Torigoe, and one sister Elaine (Charles) O’Connell.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday March 24, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in ‘Ele‘ele, Visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Service to begin at 11 a.m.  The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.

Marcelino Jaquias

Marcelino Jaquias, 56, of Hilo, formally of Lihu‘e, died on Feb. 25, 2012, in Honolulu. He was born in Hilo. He was a construction worker.

He is survived by his son, Anthony Jaquias; daughters, Jodelle Alba and Deslynn Jaquias; brothers, Abraham, Lorenzo, and Richard Jaquias; sisters, Teresita Jaquias, Carmelita Mulvaney and Priscilla Alalem, and six grandchildren.

Private services.

Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai‘i

Timothy Alencastre

Timothy Paul Alencastre, 52, of Volcano, formerly of Kailua, O‘ahu, died on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at Halape, Kaua‘i. He was born Dec. 2, 1959, in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i.

He was a Master Sergeant with the Hawai‘i Army National Guard and an aircraft mechanic supervisor for the Army Aviation Support Facility No. 2.

He is survived by his sons, Ikaika Alencastre of Ka‘apahu, Hawai‘i, Kaimipono Alencastre of Palolo, O‘ahu; daughter, Ua Alencastre-Galimba of Waiohinu, Hawai‘i; brother, Melvin Alencastre of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters, Laura (Inoke) Motuapuaka of Las Vegas, Nev., Makaluapua Alencastre of Volcano, Hawai‘i; fiancée, Jodi Kennedy of Volcano, Hawai‘i. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo

Levon Ohai

Levon Ohai of Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i, passed away on March 3, 2012, at the age of 70. Born in Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i, after high school he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University-Provo in 1965, and then served in Vietnam in the184th Chemical Det 1st Air Cavalry Division.

After completing his military service with honors, he completed his Master of Arts degree from the University of Arizona in 1972.  Levon began his teaching career in 1966 as a primary school counselor, and taught at the high school and community school levels.  

He was an instructor of La’au Lapa’au (traditional Hawaiian medicine) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawai‘ian Studies, and he was credited with developing courses at UH-Manoa reviving interest in La’au Lapa’au among a new generation of native Hawaiians. He also received in 2005 his honorary doctorate for his mastery in and contribution to La’au Lapa’au and for his incredible knowledge of Hawaiian traditional medicinal practices, and the Papa Ola Lokahi Kaonohi Award for his commitment to the health of Native Hawaiians.  

He is survived by wife, Jacqueline; sons, David (Kaleilani), Benjamin (Ka’iulani), and Jesse (Nicole); father, Leo Ohai; mother, Clara Ohai; brother, Nephi Ohai; sisters, Anolani Haiola, Roberta Livingston, and Laola Kau; and seven grandchildren.  

Visitation is at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4580 Ehiku St., Lihu’e. Tel:  (808) 245-3063. Burial to follow at Kaua’i Veteran’s Cemetery, 4331 Lele Rd., Hanapepe. Casual attire. Condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 4002, Lihu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766.

Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary, Koloa. 

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