Obituaries for Wednesday, March 14, 2012

• Clarence Luczon • Levon Ohai • Evelyn Laureta • Benjamin Williams • Gladys Niitani

Clarence Luczon

Clarence N. Luczon of Kalaheo passed away March 4, 2012, at the age of 41. Born on Feb. 26, 1971, in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i. He was previously employed at King Auto Center. He was preceded in death by Clarence K. Luczon Jr.

He is survived by his parents, Julian (Vivianna) Luczon Sr.; daughters, Ashlyn Luczon, Chanlyn Luzcon; companion, Pua Vidinha; brothers, Julian Luczon Jr., Norman (Nora) Luczon; sisters, Lorna (Michael) Navarro, Angela (Rueben) Luczon; one grandchild, numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Celebration of life Saturday, March 31, at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary. Visitation at 9:30 am. Service at 10:30 am. Cremation to follow.

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

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 earned a bachelor of science degree at 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, Hawai‘i 96766.

Arrangements are being handled by by Borthwick Mortuary.

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.

Benjamin Williams

Benjamin Williams of Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, passed away on March 10, 2012, at his home in Kapa‘a. He was born on June 24, 1924, in Anahola, Kaua‘i. He was preceded in death by wife, Gladys W. Williams.

He is survived by daughters; Kealii Williams, Kuuipo (Jesse) Abreu; brothers, Gilbert “Kaliko” Williams, Gaylord “Lordy” Williams; five grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

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

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.

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