Obituaries for Sunday, March 11, 2012

• Patricia Colcol • Shiro Kurasaki • Levon Ohai • Robin Simpson • Kaeko Wakumoto

Patricia Colcol

Patricia Visaya Colcol of ‘Ele‘ele , Kaua‘i, passed away on March 3, 2012, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 86. Born on Feb. 22, 1926, in the Philippines, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by her caregiver; Natalia Colcol, son; Virgilio V. Colcol, stepson; Nemesio (Aurelia) Colcol, stepdaughter; Lydia Tumacder. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, March 16, at ‘Ele‘ele Sacred Heart Church from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hanapepe Public Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kaua‘i  Mortuary.

Shiro Kurasaki

Shiro Kurasaki of Koloa, Kaua‘i, died on Feb. 11, 2012, with his family at his side in Los Altos, Calif., at the age of 89. Kurasaki was one of 13 children born to Umezuchi and Fusa Kurasaki in Koloa, Hawai‘i .

He is survived by his wife, Dora; sons, Seth (Margaret), Howard, Kerry (Leslie); grandson Richard, brothers, Whitey and Itsuto; sisters, Asako Murayama and Sueko Galariada.

Private services were held at Colonial Mortuary in Mountain View, Calif. Committal services and inurnment will be at the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16.

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 the 184th Chemical Det First Air Cavalry Division.

After completing his military service with honors, he earned 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 Hawai‘i an medicine) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawai‘i an 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 Hawai‘i and 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, Hawai‘i, 96766.

Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.  

Robin Simpson

Robin Evelynne Simpson of Wainiha died on Feb. 20, 2012, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 57. She was born in Bismarck, N.D., and was a PBX operator for St. Regis Hotel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and America Simpson; and sister, Audrey Simpson Martin.

She is survived by her daughter, Catlin Simpson; one granddaughter; sisters, Deannna McNeal, Dorrenee (James) Kingham; brothers, George (Mary) Simpson, Larry (Rosemary) Simpson, Richard (Sharon) Simpson, Dennis (Kathy) Simpson, John (Arvella) Simpson, James (Michele) Simpson, Jody (Lisa) Simpson; and friends, Karen Zimmer, Dennis Hamyoung, Arlene Nelson, Kay Dora.

A celebration of her life will be held at noon Saturday, April 14, at 4642 Ananalu Rd. in Wainiha.

Arrangements  by Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

Kaeko Wakumoto

Kaeko Soma Wakumoto died on March 3, 2012, at home at the age of 92. Born on April 11, 1919, in Puhi, Kaua‘i, she was a licensed practical nurse with Kaua‘i  Medical Clinic.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Isami Wakumoto, and her son, Denis Wakumoto.

She is survived by two daughters, Grace Yoon of Kapa‘a, and Janet Youth of Mililani; a daughter-in-law, Judy Wakumoto of Hanalei; one sister, Chiyoko Takata of O‘ahu; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces nephews and friends.

Private services will be held.

The family gratefully requests no koden or flowers.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.


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