Obituaries for Jan. 18, 2015

• Christy Mayfield • Cesar Castro • Dwayne Kusaka • Mabel Char • Nancy Kanahele • Patricia McDonald • Susan Tsukayama

Christy Mayfield

Christy Nalani Mayfield earned her wings on the morning of Christmas Eve (Dec. 24, 2014) at home with her family by her side. She is survived by her mom, Janet Mayfield; her dad, Jim Mayfield; her sister, Kimberley Mayfield; as well as cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. She was only 22 years old, but she lived an inspiring and full life in those short years – complete with travel adventures, love, and laughs.

Christy always said that she learned more during her junior year of high school in Chile as a part of the Rotary International Student Exchange program than in all prior 16 years of her life combined. She learned to overcome boundaries, balance freedoms with responsibilities, and made friends from across the world. Her subsequent six years were spent in a variety of locations: college classrooms, eight countries, and road-tripping across several states. She surely lived an adventure-filled life and is undoubtedly continuing those adventures in a better place now.

Her “After-Party” was on Dec. 28, 2014, at Island School’s gymnasium. The family apologizes for the short notice that may have prevented some peoples’ attendance, but please take comfort in these notes about the party:

It was a beautiful party, for a beautiful life, and a very beautiful woman.

There was no black anywhere (only bright colors!) per Christy’s instructions.

There were many people in attendance to give Christy the party she deserved.

Her “After-Party” was also a scrapbooking party. Christy’s family will make a scrapbook of her life and if you would like to contribute a scrapbook page of your experiences with Christy, please make it on 12×12 paper and mail it to the family’s home address (4651 Hoomana Rd., Lihue, HI, 96766).

If you wish to express your condolences at this time in the form of a gift of donation, gifts can be sent to the family’s home address above. Christy’s favorite non-profits include: Island School, where a scholarship has been created in Christy’s memory, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai Hospice, Family House (San Francisco, CA), Kauai Humane Society, and American Cancer Society. 

Cesar Castro

Cesar C. Castro, born on April 20, 1951, of Los Angeles, CA passed away on Oct. 20, 2014, at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, Los Angeles, CA at the age of 63. He was a self employed electrician.

He is preceded in death by his father Sofronio Castro and mother Prudencia Clemente, brothers, Ret. Col. Felix (Frances) Castro, Hilario Castro, Sisters Beatrice Castro and Aurora Castro.

He is survived by his sister Leonora (Late Fausto Jr.) Bunao of Kapaa, Hawaii, Magdalena (Rolly) Osma of Manila, Phil., Remedios (Ben) Jamias of Manteca, CA., nephews Gregorio (Cresencia) Bunao, Leopoldo (Nellie) Bunao and niece Annabel (Eldy) Ragasa all of Kapaa. Numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at St. Catherine Church, Kapaa 8:30 a.m. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Catherine Cemetery.

Dwayne Kusaka

Dwayne “Boogie” Kusaka passed away on Jan. 5, 2015, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. Born on August 30, 1959 in Lihue Kauai, he was a loving father, an avid fisherman, a great roofer, and a loyal friend and a graduate of Kauai High School.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Jose and Lilly Estacio, and paternal grandparents Robert and Masaji Kusaka.

He is survived by his fiancé, Jamelyn Padre, 3 children, Jaylynn, Dwayne, and Jayde; parents Yuki and Fely Kusaka, sister Norine, brother and best friend Royden (Weena) and niece Taylor. James and Deborah Padre, Uncles, Charles (Maryanne) and Henry (Lynn), Aunts, Helen Teramoto, Katherine (Lamont) Shadowens, Dorothy Kikuta, Chieko (Harry) Ehara, several cousins, and close family friends, Val Nagano, Marianelle Hawelu, Randolph and Caleb Jimenez.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with visitation at 8:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m.

Mabel Char

Mabel Puanani Char of Waimea, passed away at KVMH on Jan. 11, 2015, at the age of 87.

Born on June 6, 1927, in Lihue, Kauai, she was an entertainer with Smith’s Boat.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Barnie K. Char; five brothers, Abraham Akuna, Daniel Akuna, George Malaia, Bernard Malaia, and Kenneth Malaia; and sister, Rusty Peters.

She is survived by her three sons, Russell (Marilyn) Char of Poipu, Rawlins (Mila) Char of Kekaha, and Barnie K. (Joy Grindley) Char of Hauula; five daughters, Jackie (Mark) Gray of West Jordan, Utah, Eula Mae (Tama) Taala of Waimea, Apryle Wong of Laie, Sue Ann (Mark) Texeira of Hanapepe, and Cheryle Anne (Danny) Woolsey of Colorado; 29 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Gordon”Lani” Akuna of Honolulu; three sisters, Lillian Park of Georgia, Elsie Kali of Las Vegas, and Beverly Kahaleoumi of Kauai; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 9 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (Mormon) in Kekaha. Services will be at 11 a.m., followed by a burial at the Kauai Veteran’s Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Nancy Kanahele

Nancy Mililani “Mama Mililani” Kaohelaulii Kanahele of Pukaiki, Niihau, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at home at the age of 78. Born on May 21, 1936, in Puuwai, Niihau, she was secretary for Hoomana Ia Iesu Iubile Church on Niihau and treasurer for Ka Hui Kula Sabati.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Kaipo Kanahele, Sr.; daughter, Ululani Kanahele.

She is survived by her sons, Kaipo (Caren) Kanahele, Jr., Kahu Enoka (Leiala) Kaohelaulii, Elia Kanahele, Nalani Kanahele, and Keaupuniokalani “Sua” Kanahele; daughters, Pualei Kaohelaulii; Dr. Ipo (Keola) Wong, Hila (Steve) Tsuchiya, and Rachel Kaohelaulii; hanai children, Mokihana Niheu-Yong, Nalei Kanahele, and Kaleohoomana Kaohelaulii; 27 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, David Kawika Kaohelaulii and Hoaonalani Kaohelaulii; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai at 9 a.m. Services will begin at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at the Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. Lunch to follow after burial in Kekaha. Family suggests aloha attire and flowers are welcome.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Patricia McDonald

Patricia Gail McDonald of Kilauea, Hawaii, passed away at her home on Jan. 10, 2015, at the age of 77. She was born November 26, 1937, in Giatto, West Virginia, and lived in Michigan, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, and Hawaii. After 21 years at Indianapolis Parkview Elementary School, she taught 3rd Grade at St. Catherine School in Kapaa for 10 years. Patricia loved life and laughter. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Gladys Woodring, and brother, Ronald Woodring. 

She is survived by her children, Jerri Marie Sizemore, Rita McDonald, Lisa McDonald, and James McDonald; former husband, Gerald McDonald; grandchildren, Charles Sizemore, Mark Sizemore, and John Sizemore; and many great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Waioli Huiia Church, located at 5-5363A Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, Hawaii, 96714. Visitation at 11:30 a.m., service at noon, reception to follow.

Susan Tsukayama

Susan Hisae Tsukayama of Lihue, formerly of Kalaheo passed away at Garden Isle Health Care on Jan. 9, 2015, at the age of 92. She was born in Koloa on April 25, 1922, and retired as the bookkeeper with Ray’s Appliance and TV repair service.

Preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Yutaka Tsukayama; sisblings, Grace Kuniyo Dixon, Maude Hatsuko Nakanishi, Effie Fudeko Watanabe and Mutsue Yamamoto.

She is survived by her two sons, Calvin (Gwen) Tsukayama and Jeffrey (Lucia) Tsukayama; 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Asahi Okamoto and sister, Sally Okamoto; numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services were held.

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

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