Obituaries for April 15, 2015

• Elizabeth ‘Makalapua’ Haluapo • Jane Vegas • Clemente ‘Clem’ Reponte, Sr. • Mark Nagaoka • Daniel Gregory Newbold • Delbert Mark Silva • Felipe Reyes • Alvin Cummings • Kent Frank • Marla Hiranaka Okazaki • Marcelina Bunao • Angel Unciano, Sr. • Louise Abilla Melendez

Elizabeth ‘Makalapua’ Haluapo

Elizabeth “Makalapua” Haluapo of Omao passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 80. She was born on December 22, 1934, in Ahukini, Kauai.

Elizabeth is preceded in death by her parents; Elizabeth Haluapo and Charles Aniani Haluapo; sisters Mary Gerardo, Hattie Telles, brothers; Ioane Haluapo, Kawano Haluapo, David Haluapo Charles Haluapo, Samuel Haluapo and Albert Keoho.

She is survived by her and sister; Kathy (Matthew) Louis of Omao, Kauai; brothers; Edward Keoho Sr. of Kapaa, Clifford (Dannette) Lee of Wailua, Kauai, Francis Lam of Nanakuli, Oahu and David (Bruna) Lam of Waianae. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Lihue First Church. Visitation begins at 10 a.m., followed by services at 11 a.m. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Jane Vegas

Jane Vegas of Lawai passed away on April 4, 2015, at Garden Isle Healthcare at the age of 91. Born on September 21, 1923, in Koloa, Kauai, she was a Hawaiian Quilt Instructor with the County of Kauai.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Solomon F. Vegas; parents, Joseph and Candita Morris Figaroa, and brothers, Sarafin Figaroa and Joseph Figaroa, Jr.

Jane is survived by her sons, John S.F. (Judy) Vegas of Wailua, Joe (Janet) Vegas of Lawai, Charles (Betty) Vegas of Kalaheo, Bob (Angie) Vegas of Lawai, and Vincent (Josephine) Vegas of Kaumakani; daughters, Cathy (Dan) Counts of Lawai and Candy (Alan Mindoro) Vegas of Lihue; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on April 18, 2015, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Koloa at 9 a.m. Mass by Deacon Tom Contrades will begin at 11 a.m, followed by burial at Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual attire suggested.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Clemente ‘Clem’ Reponte, Sr.

Clemente “Clem” Reponte, Sr., 94, formerly of Kekaha, Kauai, passed away on March 25, 2015, at Wilcox Hospital. He was born on November 23, 1920, in Cebu, P.I., and came to Kauai in 1923 with his parents, Pedro and Francesca Reponte and brother Estelato. The family lived in Mana, Koloa, and finally in Kekaha. Clem worked at the Kekaha Sugar Company as a journeyman pipefitter for 47 years, retiring in 1982.

Clem is pre-deceased by his wife, Linda, and sons Clemente, Jr., and Robert and daughter Frances McGuire.

He is survived by daughters Patsy (Tommy, deceased) Palama of Kalaheo, Kauai, Cindy (Leggie) Vinluan of Kapolei, Oahu, and Tina Reponte of Wailuku, Maui; brother Estelato (Zosima) Reponte of Kekaha, Kauai; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on April 25, 2015, at St. Theresa’s Church in Kekaha. Visitation from 8 to 9:30 a.m., with eulogy and Mass to follow. Aloha attire, flowers are welcomed.

Mark Nagaoka

Mark Nagaoka of Kapaa, Kauai passed away on April 2, 2015, at home at the age of 65. Born on July 17, 1949, in Lihue, Kauai, he was a retired store manager with Whalers General Store and Foodland.

He is survived by his son, Ryan Nagaoka of Kapaa; daughter, Ashley Nagaoka of Honolulu; brother, Ed Nagaoka of Manhattan Beach, California, and sister, Judi Ishida of Kapaa.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Garden Island Mortuary in Lawai. Visitation at 9 a.m., and memorial services with military honors at 10 a.m. Reception to follow.

Inurnment will be at the Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe at 1 p.m.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Daniel Gregory Newbold

Daniel Gregory Newbold passed suddenly on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at his home in Kapahi, Kauai. He was 52 years old.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Daniel was the youngest of seven children. Deciding to leave Canada in 1965, the Newbold family immigrated to the United States and settled in beautiful Santa Cruz, California. They then moved South of Santa Cruz where Daniel attended Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos Junior High, and Aptos High School, graduating with the class of 1979. A true seeker of adventures, Daniel formed a love with the ocean at a young age. He was an avid long boarder, diver, and fisherman.

Daniel moved to Hawaii in 1989, settling on the Island of Kauai and began working as a commercial painter. His work then brought him to the Island of Oahu where he was a project manager for a local construction company. Daniel was involved in many honorary projects in his line of work such as restoration efforts at Hickam Field and Pearl Harbor. His roots were set in Hawaii, but his heart never left Santa Cruz where he visited family and friends frequently. He had quite the following in Santa Cruz and was always showered in love by all who knew him.

Daniel was full of life; full of love. His spirit, followed by his smile were both radiant beyond words. A simple man with more funny stories than fingers and toes, Daniel always valued a good laugh. To him, the reciprocation of love was all that mattered. He will be missed deeply for he was loved more than he could ever imagine.

Daniel is survived by four brothers, Thomas Newbold of Santa Cruz, Sean Newbold of Kapaa, Kauai, Patrick Newbold of San Luis Obispo, Ford Newbold of Queensland, Australia; sisters, Gabrielle Catherine Newbold of Aptos and Toni Seiler of Scotts Valley; nieces, Lauren Rose Newbold of Kapaa, Kauai, Crystal Lauren Newbold of Santa Cruz, Lindsey Seiler of Scotts Valley, Bridget Johnson of Santa Cruz, Lesley Montes of Bakersfield and a grandnephew, Michael Montes of Bakersfield and sister-in-law Christina B. Newbold.

Daniel’s memorial mass will take place on April 18, 2015, 9 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Church in Kapaa, followed by a paddle out at Wailua Beach. A celebration of Daniel’s life will take place at Daniel’s house in Kapahi with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Catherine’s Church on Daniel’s behalf.

“That we once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.”

Delbert Mark Silva

Delbert Mark Silva of Lawai, Kauai passed away on April 12, 2015, at home at the age of 63. He was born on January 23, 1952, in Lihue, Kauai, he retired for the Department of Health, Vector Control Department.

Delbert is survived by his wife, Theresa Ann Silva; sons, Caleb (Jodi) Silva and Cyrus (Daydrie) Silva, both of Kalaheo; daughters, Candida (Jess) Landagora of Kalaheo and Christie (Jonathan) Silva of Lawai; grandchildren, Jenna Landagora, Jonah Landagora, Camille Silva, Caleb Silva, Jr., Kaeden Pancho-Silva, Connor Silva, Ashley Hookano, and Chasen Silva; sister, Jolyn (Dace) Gisclard of Houston, Texas and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai from 9 a.m. with services at 11 a.m., burial to follow at the Lawai Cemetery. The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Felipe Reyes

Felipe Delos Reyes of Hanamaulu passed away at home on April 11, 2015, at the age of 87. He was born in Lihue, Kauai, on November 4, 1927. A veteran of the Unites States Army he retired with Lihue Sugar Plantation as a Machinist.

Preceded in death by his wife, Abelina; daughter, Priscilla Gummerus; granddaughter, Jasey Delos Reyes; grandson, John Phillip Gummerus; parents, Panteleon and Guillerma Delos Reyes and brother, Eugenio.

He is survived by eight children, Philip (Sharlyn) Delos Reyes, Kenneth Delos Reyes, Robert “Bobby” (Jan) Delos Reyes, Roland (Monica) Delos Reyes, Kathleen Delos Reyes, Jason (Clover) Delos Reyes, Janice (Raynard) Ellis, Samuel Delos Reyes; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fred (Lita) Delos Reyes, James “Jimmy” (Jeanette) Delos Reyes; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Aloha Church in Lihue with viewing from 9 a.m. and services beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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

Alvin Cummings

Alvin L. Cummings was born June 12, 1958, and passed away on December 15, 2014, in Washington.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, John and Barbara Cummings; paternal grandparents, Frank Humphrey Cummings and maternal grandparents, George and Nora Keawe.

He is survived by his daughter, Naomi (Mario) Perez; son, Noah Cummings; Lokelani Manaku, Cynthia Cummings; sisters Holiday of Anahola, Michelle (Keno) Nakamura of Kealia; brothers, John Cummings Jr. of Oahu, George (Leimomi) Cummings of Anahola, Billy (Tessie) Cummings of Wailua and Dennis (Lynn) Cummings of California; nine nieces, 12 nephews, 13 grand-nieces and 20 grand-nephews.

A celebration of Alvin’s life is to take place on April 25, 2015, at Anahola Beach Park. You may visit with the family from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a scattering of ashes at Anahola Bay. Potluck to follow.

Kent Frank

Kent Edward Frank of Kapaa passed away on March 18, 2015, at the age of 55. He was born on October 14, 1959, in Burbank, California, and was a cashier at Costco.

Kent is survived by his parents, Margaret and Arnold Frank of California; his spouse, Joseph Adorno of Kapaa; brother, Frank of California; sisters, Mary Horning, Kathleen Frank, and Moreen Frank, all of California, and Patty Frank of Nevada.

A celebration of Kent’s life will be held to be held at All Saints Church in Kapaa, on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 2 p.m. with reception to follow. Casual Hawaiian ‘aloha’ wear recommended. Flowers and donations in Ken’s name to All Saints Church accepted.

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

Marla Hiranaka Okazaki

Marla K. Hiranaka Okazaki of Lihue passed away at home on April 7, 2015, at the age of 57. She was born in Lihue, Kauai, on November 13, 1957, and was a Technician/Receptionist with Dr. Michael Oride, Optometrist.

Marla is preceded in death by her father, Mamoru Hiranaka and husband, Wesley Okazaki.

She is survived by her mother, Bernice Hiranaka of Lihue; two brothers, Leslie (Lynn) Hiranaka of Wailua Homesteads and Russell (Cathy) Hiranaka of Manoa, Oahu; three nephews, Bradley, Sean-Michael and Brice Hiranaka; numerous aunties, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church with viewing from 8 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. with cremation to follow.

Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted Marla’s family with arrangements.

Marcelina Bunao

Marcelina N. Bunao of Lihue, Kauai, passed away on March 23, 2015, at the age of 96.

She was born on April 20, 1918, In Santa Ignacia, Tarlac Philippines. She was a homemaker.

Marcelina was preceded in death by her husband, Tiburcio Bunao; sons, Domingo, Sergio and Rodolfo Bunao.

Marcelina is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Teodorico) Gacusan; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday April 19, 2015, at Kauai Veteran’s Center, Lihue. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. A service to celebrate Marcelina’s life will follow at 10 a.m. Burial at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

The family has been assisted by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, Koloa, Kauai.

Angel Unciano, Sr.

Angel Unciano, Sr., 89, of Waipahu, Hawaii, formerly of Waimea, Kauai, died on March 20, 2015, in Waipahu. He was born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

He is survived by his wife, Fely Unciano; daughters, Nieves (Allen) Bobiles and Angelita Mello; son, Angel Unciano, Jr.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church in Waimea, Kauai. Visitation 9 to 10:30 a.m., eulogy 10:30 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m.

Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services LLC.

Louise Abilla Melendez

Louise Abilla Melendez of Kapaa passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at home at the age of 83. Born on January 4, 1932, in Makaweli, Kauai, she was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Melendez Sr.

Louise is survived by her sons, Daniel (Lauri) Melendez of Oregon, and Randy Melendez, Herman (Bernadette) Melendez, and Ricky Melendez, all of Kauai; daughters, Suzanne Duncan and Sharlene Swanson, both of Kauai; brothers, Teofilo “Phil” Tacbian of Kauai and Robert Tacbian of California; sister, Helen Flores of Oregon; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Private services.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


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