Obituaries for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Franklin VenturaScott IidaGeorge KamalaFrancis HosakaHelen EmielitaEdward TachikawaHilario Riofta

Franklin Ventura

Franklin Ventura of Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii passed away on Sept. 5, 2013, at the age of 78 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 19, 1935, in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii. He was a contractor.

He was preceded in death by wife, Patricia Ventura and sister, Barbara (Alvin) Perreira.

He is survived by sons, Frank (Susanne) Ventura Jr., Canada; Rodney (Madeline) Ventura, Kalaheo; Walter (Martha) Ventura, Georgia; and Matthew (Janice) Ventura, Kalaheo; Brothers, Leslie (Carol) Ventura, Kalaheo, August (Bernadette) Ventura; Sister, Betty (Richard) Correia; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Celebration of life on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kalaheo; Visitation at 9:30 a.m. Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Family suggest casual attire. Family request all monetary donations be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Scott Iida

Scott Benedict Kunani Iida of Lihue passed away on Sept. 15, 2013, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 24. He was born on Nov. 15, 1988, in Lihue, Hawaii.

He is survived by his mother Lichelle Naomi Iida, and father Jeffrey (Ruthie) Iida; two sisters, Kristina Nohealani Iida of Kapaa, and Melissa Ku’uleialoha Iida of Lihue; grandparents, Grandma Sharon B. Yamagata and Grandpa Roy Yamagata of Hanapepe, and Grandma Jean Ardna Iida and Grandpa Ronald Benedict Iida of Lihue; great-grandma Haruno Yamashiro Souza of Lihue; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins, and one nephew.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 2013 at Lihue Christian Church, with visitation from 9 a.m. Service will begin at 10 am. The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

George Kamala

George “Keoki” Kamala of Eleele passed away on Sept. 21, 2013 at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 70. He was born on March 29, 1943 in Niihau, he was a truck driver with GandR.

He is preceded in death by his wife Elena Kamala; brothers, John “Kuhina” Kaaumoana and Bernard “Oliwa” Kamala; and sisters, Lucy Garma, Evaline Kanahele, and Edna Simao.

He is survived by his sons, Aaron Kamala of Honolulu, Ryan Kamala of Eleele, George “Jr.” Kamala of Eleele, and Kevin Kanehailua of Kaumakani; daughter Rachelle “Nani” Kanehailua of Eleele; thirteen grandchildren; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Keoki’s life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 2013 at Salt Pond Main Pavilion at 10 a.m.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Francis Hosaka

Francis Tadashi Hosaka of Kekaha passed away on Sept. 19, 2013 at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 79. Born on Sept. 13, 1934 in Honolulu, he was a Senior Master Sergeant with the Hawaii Air National Guard.

Preceded in death by his wife Barbara Jean Hosaka; daughter Tracy Hosaka; parents, Tamotsu and Margaret Hosaka; brothers, Jerry Hosaka and Ronald Hosaka; sisters, Evelyn Nakamoto and Elizabeth Holbron; sisters-in-law, Sue Hosaka, Barbara Jean Hosaka, and Helen Hosaka.

He is survived by his three sons, Derek Hosaka of Lihue, Ritchie (Rose) Hosaka of Waimea, and Shawn (Yvonne) Hosaka of Kekaha; daughter Dawn Hosaka; brother Eugene Hosaka of San Diego CA; brothers-in-law, Stanley Nakamoto of Makakilo, HI and William Holbron of Makakilo HI; sisters, Barbara (Kenneth) Troche of Soulsbyville CA, and Pakela Hosaka of River Bank,CA; sister-in-law Harriet Spencer; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, Oct. 4 2013 at St. Theresa Catholic Church from 9am to 11:30 am. Mass will be celebrated at oon,with burial to follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Helen Emielita

Helen M. Emielita of Kapaa, Kauai passed away on Sept. 19, 2013, at the age of 88. She was born at Hartford, Connecticut on Sept. 18, 1925.  She was a P.E. Instructor.

She was preceded in death by son, Wayne Emielita.

She is survived by daughter, Summer Reeves of Largo, Florida; Paul Emielita of Temecula, California; and Nancy Erselius, Kapaa, Kauai; 2 grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at Nancy’s home at 257 Molo St, Wailua Homesteads from 2 to 5 p.m. Family asks for no flowers and casual sttire.  

Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, Koloa.

Edward Tachikawa

Edward Masakatsu Tachikawa of Lihue passed away at Hale Kupuna Heritage Home on August 30, 2013, at the age of 89. He was born in Puhi, Kauai on Oct. 12, 1923. He was a veteran of the United State Army serving in WWII and was the proprietor of Eddie’s Upholstery.

He is survived by three daughters, Ella Konno of Oahu, Cheryl Tachikawa and Jan (Duane) Yoshizu of Maui; 5 grandchildren; brother, Robert (Ethel) Tachikawa; sister, Betty Steiger; nieces and nephews.

Private services were held at Kauai Veterans Cemetery.

Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Tachikawa family with arrangements.

Hilario Riofta

Hilario Riofta of Waipahu, Hawaii passed away on Aug. 23, 2013, at the age 63 in Wahiawa, Hawaii. He was born in Santa Catalina, Ilocos Sur, Philippines on March 16, 1950. He was a retired from the U.S. Army as a SFC.  

He is survived by his wife, Clemena Riofta; daughters, Katherine (Roman) Zagrodnik; Maezie Mae Arroyo; Sarah (Andres) Casanova; Ashley Riofta; sons,  Alexander Riofta; Jonathan Riofta; mother, Lucia Reonal Riofta; sisters, Erlinda Infante and Aida Riofta; brothers; Marcelino Riofta; Pete Riofta; Pat Riofta; five grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles and cousins.  

Visitation 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church; 94-675 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu.

Mass at 9:30 a.m. with Committal Service at 11 a.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire and flowers welcomed.

Arrangements by Mililani Memorial Park Mortuary, Mililani, Oahu.

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