Obituaries for Feb. 22, 2015

• Hong Shin Hee • Betty Jane Kali • Virginia Zywot • Leeam Ragudo • Edward Ferreira, Sr. • Raymond Sato • Katherine Leong • John Arruda • Darcel Ecolono Koehne • Keith Maka 

Hong Shin Hee

Hong Shin Hee, age 101, passed away January 26, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born Oct. 4, 1913, in Canton, China, he was a retired senior controller of Kekaha and Lihue Sugar Companies on Kauai.

He is survived by daughters Millie (Bill) Liu, Evelyn (Allen) Soo, and Aileen Kelly; brother Gilbert (Ethel) Hee; sisters, Roberta Dang and Mew Lun Wong; grandchildren Dr. Lisa Liu Marelich, Dana Liu, Nani Liu, and Jeffrey Soo; great grandchildren Alexander Marelich, Christopher Marelich, Colin Soo, and Cheveyo Rodriguez.

Visitation from 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Service at l0 a.m. Burial at 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or St. Mark’s Church in his memory.

Betty Jane Kali

Betty Jane Walker Loando Kali of Green Bay Wisconsin, formely of Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii passed away on Feb. 5, 2015, at the age of 71. She was born on Jan. 10, 1944, in North Kona, Hawaii Island. She was a retired school bus driver.

Preceded in death by son, Henry “Ku’uleialoha” Kali, (Xan), granddaughter, Makana Gonsalves, grandsons, Matthew and Kamuela Oligo, brothers, Cecil, Ralph, Clarence and Eddie Walker, sister, Cecilia Castillo.

She is survived by daughters, Ipo Kali, Kekaha, Loke (Fred) Oligo, Kekaha, Marlene Kali, Kekaha, Leimomi Kali, Kekaha, sons, Douglas Kali, Lawai, Joe (Lisa) Kali, Kekaha, Roi (Maile) Kali, (Jeannie) Wisconsin, Timmy (Kayla) Kali, Wisconsin; 19 grandchildren, 3 great granddaughters, brothers, Herman (Bobbie) Walker, Oahu, Raymond (Pua) Walker, Hawaii Island, sisters, Violet De Motto, Hawaii Island, Shirley (Bob) Cruz, Las Vegas, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, At Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Chapel, Koloa Visitation at 9:30 a.m. Service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Hanapepe Hawaiian Cemetery. The family is being assisted by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, Koloa, Kauai.

Virginia Zywot

Virginia “Cookie” Zywot of Redondo Beach, CA passed away on Dec. 21, 2014 at the age of 69.

She was born on Nov. 28, 1945, on the island of Kauai. Cookie graduated from St. Francis School in Honolulu, earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago, and went on to receive her master’s degree in education from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She married Don Zywot in 1976, and later settled in California where they raised one son, Adam John Zywot.

Both certified Montessori teachers, Cookie and Don opened Smart Start, a nationally accredited in-home preschool that they operated for 25 years, providing hundreds of children with a nurturing educational experience that would help to prepare them for life’s challenges. She encouraged each child to express his or her individuality, and instilled in them the core belief that they all had something important to offer and their dreams could be realized. Cookie developed bonds with her students that continue to this day. She was a strong advocate for early childhood education and received numerous awards throughout her career including, the L.A. County Preschool Teacher of the Year award and the Maria Otto Leadership Award from the National Association for Family Child Care.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Julian and Adoracion Aquino, brother, Julian Aquino Jr. and sister, Florence Weisenburger.

Cookie is survived by her husband Don and son Adam of Redondo Beach, CA; three sisters, Theresa Newsom of Reseda, CA, Carmen Young of Savannah, GA and Mary (Ken) Daubert of Lihue, HI; five brothers, Peter (Gloria) Aquino of Aiea, HI, Albert (Soledad) Aquino of Pearl City, HI, Richard (Debbie) Aquino of Aiea, HI, David (Luci) Aquino of Anchorage, AK and James (Joyce) Aquino of Honolulu, HI; one aunt, Magdalena Demerin of Kilauea, HI; 34 nieces and nephews; and numerous grand nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life to honor Cookie will take place on Feb. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Manhattan Beach Community Church Hall located at 303 S. Peck Ave., E. Manhattan Beach, CA.

Leeam Ragudo

Leeam Phillip Kaliloa Ragudo of Kapaa passed away in Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Feb. 14, 2015. He was born in Lihue on Nov. 21, 2014.

He is survived by his parents, Paulino “Fishy” Ragudo and Punani Mundon; paternal grandparents, Richard and Dolly Ragudo; maternal grandparents, Francine Corona, Leslie and Dina Planas; five brothers, Bryson Duarte, Matthew Ragudo, Joshua Ragudo, Leeland Planas, Levi Mundon; one sister, Leeani Mundon; numerous aunties, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, from 10 a.m. at 5598 Hoku Rd., Kapaa, Kauai.

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

Edward Ferreira, Sr.

Edward lived a healthy 101 years and has seen many changes in his lifetime. He was known as “Eddie Painta” and “The Sheriff” throughout Kauai and also as a mentor and a wild game hunter for most of his life. Edward went home to the Lord on Feb. 18, 2015, and was preceded in death by many loving family members.

He is survived by his wife Violet, two sisters Beatrice Elias and Bernice Pacheco. Children, Irene Randall, Jeanette Poe, Dulinda (Louis) Maria, Charlene Bukoski, Edward Jr., Emily Puanani Guajardo, Craig (Tina), Robert (Henrietta) Gonsalves, Sr., and Tom (Mary Ellen) Gonsalves, Sr., 51 grandchildren, 102 great-grandchildren, 80 great-great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Feb. 28, 2015, beginning with visitation at 8 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. Burial by Ke Akua Mana Church to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Raymond Sato

Raymond Hideo Sato of Kapaa passed away on Feb. 10, 2015, at The Regency At Puakea at the age of 75. Born on April 23, 1939, on Oahu, he was manager and chief engineer with the Department of Water, County of Kauai and City and County of Honolulu. He also served as the state comptroller, State of Hawaii and was a consultant for SSFM.

He is survived by his wife, Jean E. Sato; daughter, Stephanie R.S. (Noa) Char of Kapaa; two grandchildren, Naia and Sullivan; brother, Warren (Kathleen) Sato of Kailua, Oahu; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai, with visitation from 10 to 10:30 a.m., services to follow.

Family suggests casual attire.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Katherine Leong

Katherine Ann Leong of Eleele passed away at her home on Feb. 9, 2015 at the age of 67. She was born March 6, 1947, in Kansas, and retired as a school bus driver.

Survived by her two sons, Corbin (Claudia) Leong and Quintin Leong, 3 grandchildren, her brother: Martin Dickenson, her sisters Susan Napier, Hanai Sister, Jeanette Cantotay, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friend may visit with the family on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2014, at St. John’s Episcopal Chruch in Eleele from 9 to 9:45 a.m. where services will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

The family is being assisted by Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary

John Arruda

John Rente Arruda of San Jose, formerly of Kealia, passed away on Feb. 17, 2015, at the age of 92. He was born on Jan. 6, 1923, in Kealia and retired as a supervisor with C and H Sugar.

He is survived by his son, Calvin (Marissa) Arruda of San Jose; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters: Florence Carvalho of Oregon and Lydia Rodrigues of Lihue; numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at St. Catherine Church in Kapaa with viewing from 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Catherine Cemetery in Kealia.

Darcel Ecolono Koehne

Darcel “Dar” Marie Ecolono Koehne of Kilauea passed away on Feb. 10, 2015, at the age of 61. She was born in Maryland on Dec. 27, 1953, and was employed as a Bartender at Tahiti Nui.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen Koehne; daughter, Aquila Kaiulani Ecolono; three sons, Stephen Koehne, Joey Koehne, Ronson Koehne; 8 grandchildren, Courtney, Alika, Anela, Nyla, Kana’i, Jesse Kai, Cassius, Kilinoe; sister, Debra Ann (Vincent) Agostino, brother, Derek (Helen) Ecolono; nieces and nephews, Dominick and Raenia Agostino, Lindsey and Taylor Ecolono and Megan.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015,with scattering of ashes at Lumahai Beach at 10 a.m. and service to follow at Pine Trees.

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

Keith Maka

Keith “Fetta” Keala Maka of Kilauea, passed away at his home on Feb. 13, 2015. He was born October 23, 1959 and was retired as a construction worker.

Preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Murphy Maka, Sr., sister-in-law, Lesli Maka; sister, Henrietta Bond. Survived by his brothers: Murphy “Bobo” (Ann Marie), Jacob, and Sherman; hanai sister, Jolly Ann Mahuiki; hanai brother, Ed Hayes; nieces, Kyra, Liana, Ashley, Mohala (Lito), Kulani, Naia, Ala, Kaui, Keha, Kila, and Kaysia; nephews, Jacob (Sierra), Konane, Ashton, and Murphy; numerous aunties, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Wai’oli Hui’ia Church in Hanalei at with visitation at 2:00 p.m. and services at 3:30 p.m.

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


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