Obituaries for Feb. 15, 2015

• Wayne Camat • Fredrick Bruce Wichman • Georgielyn Lucidarme • Dennis Dodo • Winifred Tapper • Haruko Hiranaka

Wayne Camat

Wayne “Masa” Camat of Kapaa passed away in Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Jan. 31, 2015, at the age of 74. He was born in Kapaa, Kauai, on Jan. 23, 1941, and retired as a heavy equipment operator with Lihue Sugar Plantation.

He was preceded in death by his father, Marcelino Camat; mother, Elizabeth Yabes; step-father, Cipriano Yabes; brothers, Gordon Camat, Lennox “Rico” Camat; sister, Gaylette P. Camat.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Camat; daughters, Maile (Dennis) Lagmay, Wailynn (Greg Sr.) Jerves; sons, Duwayne (Glynis) Camat, Jason (Elena) Camat; 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Melvin (Susan) Camat; sisters, Waynette Santa Monica, Beverly Camat; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church with viewing from 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Kealia.

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

Fredrick Bruce Wichman

A Celebration of Life for Frederick Bruce Wichman is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, with funeral services at Lihue Cemetery, starting at 4:30 p.m., and reception to follow at the Kauai Museum.

Please join the Wichman Ohana in honoring Bruce’s life through his dedication toward preserving and reinstating numerous ancient Kauai place names. His legacy of sharing these place names through the history and ancient legends of Kauai will always remain treasured and are perpetuated through his numerous publications, past lectures and years of public service.

Bruce’s funeral service will highlight the dedication of his life’s work, especially of Kauai place names. The Wichman Ohana are welcoming friends who would like to honor and share their stories of Bruce during the reception. In lieu of flowers, the Wichman Ohana kindly asks that donations be made to the Kauai Museum.

Georgielyn Lucidarme

Georgielyn Kuuleimomi (Keawe) Lucidarme of Kapaa, Kauai, passed away on Feb. 3, 2015, at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 53. Born on March 3, 1961, in Lihue, Kauai, she was retired.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald (Ron) Lucidarme; grandparents, George and Nora Keawe; parents Emile Cruz and Arleen Keawe; brother George Keawe Jr; and sister Barbara Cummings.

She is survived by her brother, James (Carole) Manuwa of Honolulu, her children, Tialyn (Dot Evans) Keawe of Kapaa; Carlos (Veronica Rittmeister) Rojas of Kapaa; Letticia Garcia-Rojas of Kapaa; step-children, Natosha Evans of Lihue, Marko Evans of Honolulu, and Nicole Lucidarme of Wailua; grandchildren, Chaston Keawe-Ragsac, Isaiah Rojas-Texeira, Jaedyn Keawe-Caspillo, Isaac Rojas-Texeira, Maya Rojas, Angelica Bernal, Ava Rojas, Julia Makepa, Keona Young, Mika’ala Montapert, John Evans II and Sova Musika; partner, Guy Stauffacher and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at the Kapaa First Hawaiian Church with visitation at 8 a.m. Services will begin at 10 a.m. with a paina to follow at 1273 Ulu Street, Kapaa. Family requests casual attire and to please omit flowers.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Dennis Dodo

Dennis Dodo of Lihue, Kauai, passed away on Feb. 6, 2015, at home at the age of 75. Born on Aug. 20, 1939, in Kealia, Kauai, he was an electrician with Kauai Sugar Storage.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Kanichi and Nellie Dodo; and survived by his son, Maxwell (Jasmine) Dodo of Hilo, Hawaii; two grandchildren; three sisters, Josephine Dodo of Kealia, Kauai, Evelyn Nakamura of Kealia, Kauai and Eleanor (Tom) Kajiwara of Lihue, Hawaii; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Lihue Hongwanji Mission Church at 10 a.m. Services will begin 11 a.m. Committal service will be held on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Kauai Veteran’s Cemetery. Family suggests casual attire and graciously declines flowers.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Winifred Tapper

Mrs. Winifred Nakano Tapper, a long time resident of Oak Park and Simi Valley, California, passed away quietly at age 70 on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at a hospital after nearly 42 continuous years on hemodialysis, and having many complications from her kidney disease.

Winnie was born in Hawaii in 1944. She was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Kiyoshi Nakano, who were also born and raised in Hawaii and who are deceased. She was also preceded in death by her uncle, John Nakano of Aiea, Hawaii, and another uncle, Stewart Kazuichi Nakano of St. Louis, Missouri, who was also born in Hawaii. She was married to Mr. Sam Tapper but they had no children. She leaves two close cousins, Mrs. Jean Wong of Rolling Hills, California, and Mrs. Idie Nakano McGinty of Boulder, Colorado.

Winnie came to Los Angeles from Hawaii as a youngster. She lived in North Hollywood, California, graduated from UCLA, and received her teaching credential. She taught kindergarten for 31 years at Vista School in Simi Valley, California, retiring in 2000. During all these teaching years, she was on hemodialysis, first using home dialysis machine, then when she moved to Oak Park, she went to DaVita Simi Valley Dialysis Clinic and continued the dialysis for 23 years.

She has been a long-time and active member of the Crossway Church of San Fernando Valley and her memorial service for will be held there on March 7 at 11 a.m. For the mortuary guestbook log into

Haruko Hiranaka

Haruko Hiranaka of Lihue, passed away on Feb. 6, 2015, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 95. Born on April 11, 1919, in Lihue, she worked as the office manager for N. Hiranaka Contractors.

She is survived by her brother, Isamu (Yoshino) Hiranaka of Lihue; two sisters, Sumiyo Kato of Sunnyvale, CA., and Setsuko Hiranaka of Lihue; sisters-in-law, Fusako Hiranaka of Oahu and Bernice Hiranaka of Lihue; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Lihue Christian Church at 9:30 a.m. Services will begin at 10 a.m.

Family suggests casual attire and requests to omit flowers and please no koden.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


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