Obituaries for Friday, March 9, 2012

• Evelyn Reis • Evelyn Laureta • Levon Ohai • James Alviar Sr.

Evelyn Reis

Evelyn Leina‘ala Kaleiohi Reis died on Feb. 17, 2012, at Straub Hospital in Honolulu at the age of 70. Born on Sept. 12, 1941, in Honolulu, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Shandrina Reis; parents, Ephraim and Evangeline Kaleiohi; sister, Winifred Cummings; brothers, Ephraim and Phillip Kaleiohi; sister-in-laws, Roberta, Laurie and Elaine Kaleiohi; and brother-in-laws, Benjamin Cummings and Robert Goias.

She is survived by her children, Evageline (Daniel) Kaneholani-Reis and Joseph Reis, both of Anahola; Hanai daughters, Terrilyn (Chad Rapozo) Makanani and Sandrina (Santiago) Kaneholani-Reis, both of Anahola; grandchildren, Shy (Bryon) Kaneholani-Ponte of Lihu‘e, Shaun (Dina) Reis of Anahola and Kalama Reis of Texas; great-grandchildren, Sheldon, Starla and Sierra Kaneholani-Cruz of Anahola, Shane, Bryanna and Shyden Kaneholani-Ponte of Lihu‘e, Brittany Kali-Ponte of Hilo and Tysha Torres of Kahalu‘u; sisters, Evangeline Evans of Kapa‘a, Phylis Goias of Hanamaulu and Daisy Tailfeathers of Lihu‘e; brothers, Samuel (Lois) Kaleiohi, Edward (Amanda) Kaleiohi, Abraham (Yolanda) Kaleiohi and Joseph (Marlene) Kaleiohi, all of Anahola, Robert Kaleiohi of O‘ahu and Theodore Kaleiohi of California; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at noon on March 10 at Anahola Beach Park. Memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Family suggests casual attire and that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Ultimate Cremation Service of Hawai‘i.

Evelyn Laureta

Evelyn Reantillo Laureta of Lihu‘e died on Feb. 28, 2012, at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu at the age of 82, following a short illness. She was born on Dec. 13, 1929, in Jamaica, N.Y. She was a retired registered nurse and nursing instructor at Kaua‘i Community College and an active volunteer in numerous community organizations.

She is survived by her husband, retired state and federal judge Alfred Laureta of Lihu‘e; sons Michael (Liz) Laureta of Wailua, Gregory (Marian) Laureta of Powell River, Canada; daughters Pamela Laureta (Rodney) Mayer of Wailua and Lisa Laureta of Hanama‘ulu; grandchildren Ihilani and Maika’i Laureta, Makana, Kaluhea, Kokua, Konane and Hokuloa Laureta of Canada, Kilinoe (Clayton) Ventura, Kaena, Kanoa, Keani and Kali‘a Mayer; great-grandchildren Kawena, Kawehi and Kawailele Ventura; Keilani Laureta of Canada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held at St. Catherine’s Church in Kapa‘a on Prince Kuhio Day, Monday, March 26. Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 10:30 a.m., with Mass to follow at 10:45 a.m. The celebration will continue with lunch in the church’s Fellowship Hall after the service. Flowers to be omitted.

Levon Ohai

Levon Ohai of Kapa‘a died on March 3, 2012, at the age of 70. He was born in Kapa‘a. 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 First 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 Hawaiian 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 of 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 his 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 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and service is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 4580 Ehiku St., Lihu‘e; 245-3063. Burial to follow at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery at 4331 Lele Rd., Hanapepe. Casual attire. Condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 4002, Lihu‘e, HI 96766.

Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.  

James Alviar Sr.

James “Jim” “Al” Alviar Sr. of Aiea died in Kailua Feb. 9, 2012, at the age of 78. Born Oct. 16, 1933, in Waimea, Kaua‘i, he was a retired gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, employed as a corrections educational specialist at the Women’s Community Correctional Center and commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fort Shafter Post 10276.

He is survived by his wife, Carol L. Alviar; sons, Harlando (Natasha) La Madrid Jr., James (Cris) Alviar Jr., Daniel (Shannon) La Madrid; daughters, Jacy (Gregory) Campbell, Jodie (Heinere) Itchner, Jennifer (Keneke) Alviar; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Rose Alviar, Connie Travis, Juanita “Nita” (Anthony) Chandler.

Services will be held on Thursday, March 15, at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Visitation begins at 8:30 a.m., prayer services at 10 a.m. and committal service at 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The family suggests casual attire. Flowers welcomed.

Arrangements are being handled by Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary.

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