Obituaries for April 22, 2015

• Bronte Kaleolani Acosta Kaohelaulii • Frances Pavao Fu • Clemente ‘Clem’ Reponte, Sr. • Darryl Henry Arruda • Leon ‘Angus’ Gonsalves Sr. • Alma Shizue Ishii • Alvin Cummings • Steven Simao • Melvin Dickens • Yoshiyuki Nakao • Yoshiko Shimabukuro • 

Bronte Kaleolani Acosta Kaohelaulii

Bronte Kaleolani Aurora Acosta Kaohelaulii of Makaweli, Kauai, Hawaii, passed away on April 9, 2015, at the age of 21. Born on June 13, 1993, she was a domestic engineer.

Bronte is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Naty Bumanglag.

She was survived by her husband, Jacob “Kalei” Kaohelaulii, Makaweli, parents, Nelson and Harvette Acosta, Hanapepe, brothers, Nelson (Jordan) Acosta, Hanamaulu, Athens Acosta, Hanapepe; sisters, Natasha (Andrew) Saia, Kealia, Sunni (Brenden) Hew, Hanapepe, Shai-lein Acosta, Hanapepe, Ari Acosta, Hanapepe, maternal grandparents, Harry and Wendy Kaneakua, Anahola, paternal grandpa, Bobby Bumanglag, of Puhi, Kauai; numerous aunties, uncles, cousins and friends.

Celebration of her life will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint’s, Kalaheo Ward on Saturday, May 2, 2015. You may visit with the family at 9:30 a.m. Service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is to follow at Hanapepe Hawaiian Cemetery. Aloha attire suggested (bright colors).

Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, Koloa, Kauai

Frances Pavao Fu

Frances Pavao Fu of Anahola, Kauai, Hawaii, passed away at home on March 31, 2015, at the age of 78. Born on Kauai, Frances was a retired Anahola preschool teacher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lono Fu; son, Lanning Joseph Fu; parents, Phillip and Rose Pavao; brother, Phillip Pavao, Jr. and grandson, Justin Duque as well as great-grandson, Kaimana Duque.

Frances is survived by her daughters; Lissa Fu, Lona Duque (Harry Brown), Lani (Darrin) Gomes. Lynn Leong, Leilani (Kip) Furugen; sons, Lance (Roni) Fu, Vernon (Lynn) Fu; sisters; Dolores Soto, Patricia (Phillip) Kamakea, brother, Patrick (Karen) Pavao as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday April 25, 2015, at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Chapel at 9:30 a.m., followed by a service to celebrate her life at 10:30 a.m. Family suggests casual attire with a hint of red.

Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary; Koloa, Kauai.

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. You are invited to visit with the family from 8 to 9:30 a.m., with eulogy and mass to follow. Aloha attire, flowers are welcomed.

Darryl Henry Arruda

Darryl Henry Arruda of Hilo, Hawaii passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Kona Community Hospital at the age of 66. He was born in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii on December 29, 1948. He was a retired Heavy Equipment Mechanic and a Vietnam Veteran in the United States Army.

Preceded in death by son, Darin Arruda; father, Henry Arruda and nephew, Kyle Arruda.

He is survived by his son, Dustin (Malia) Arruda of Hilo, Hawaii; daughters, Kristy Arruda of Kauai, Angela (Billy) Farias of Kauai; eight grandchildren, Shelcee Camat of Kauai, Gordon “Koni” Camat of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jhaiston Lumacad of Kauai, Brayden Farias of Kauai, Breena Farias of Kauai, Brevin Farias of Kauai, Damian Arruda and Anthony Arruda of Hilo, Hawaii; three great-grandchildren, Kanoa Farias of Kauai, Javen Camat of Honolulu, Lilly Fabro of Kauai; mother, Alice Arruda of Kauai, Hawaii; brother, Kelly (Linda) Arruda of California; sister, Nadine (Darrell) Horner of Kauai, Hawaii; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family requests casual attire, flowers are welcome.

A Memorial service will also be held on Kauai on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kapaia, Kauai with visitation from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. with Mass celebrated at 10 a.m.

Leon ‘Angus’ Gonsalves Sr.

Leon “Angus” Gonsalves Sr. of Kalaheo passed away on March 22, 2015, at the age of 67 on Oahu in the care of Islands Hospice. He was born on Oahu on May 5, 1947. He worked for the County of Kauai for 33 years, first with the Kauai Police Department and then as an investigator for the Prosecuting Attorney’s office. Leon volunteered with the Pop Warner Football Association for over 30 years, holding many positions from coach to commissioner.

He was also a proud member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Chapter 3 and a strong advocate for kidney dialysis for the last several years of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Agnes Makepa Gonsalves; in-laws, Albert and Clara Jardin; brother Sandy Cantotay; niece Yolanda Gonsalves and brother-in-law Peter Kali Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Gonsalves; sons, Leon Jr. (Patricia), Lionel (Cesili), Lance (Tobey) and Loran (Linette Rita) all of Kauai; hanai son, Kenney Meatoga of Kauai; seven grandsons; two great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; brother, Sam (Francine) Gonsalves of Washington; sister Annette Creamer of Las Vegas, NV; sisters-in-law, Alberta Kali and Jeanette Cantotay.

A celebration of life is scheduled for April 25, 2015, at Prince Kuhio Park in Poipu. Visitation with family from 9 to 11 a.m., services to follow.

Family suggests casual attire and request flowers be omitted.

Alma Shizue Ishii

Alma Shizue Ishii of Eleele passed away April 11, 2015, at Wilcox at age 75. Born September 10, 1939, in Makaweli, she was a retired seamstress and homemaker.

She was preceded in death by husband Setsuo Charles Ishii; father Shinsaku Yanagimoto; mother Tomiye Yanagimoto; and brothers Isao Shimazu, Cedric Takeshi Shimazu, and Theodore Hisashi Shimazu.

Alma is survived by daughters Lori (Chad) Cabral of Hanapepe and Leann Ishii (Wayne Matsushima Jr.) of Eleele; grandchildren Chandi Cabral, Leiani Matsushima, Chandel Cabral, Layna Matsushima, Chad Cabral Jr., and Wayne Matsushima III; brother Paul Kenichi (Joanne) Yanagimoto of Kaneohe; brothers in law Takeshi (Reiko) Ishii of California, Muneo Nagato of Kalaheo, and Nobu Ota of Kapaa; and sisters in law Haruko Otsubo of Lihu‘e, Tomiko Kabazawa of Kalaheo, Lillian (Roy) Makizuru of Koloa, and Linda Ishii of Koloa. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Kauai Veterans Cemetery Pavilion.; memorial service at 11 a.m. Interment to follow.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers will be accepted.

Arrangements by Garden Island Mortuary Ltd.

Alvin Cummings

Alvin Cummings was born on 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 paternal grandparents, George and Nora Keawe.

He is survived by his daughter, Naomi (Mario) Perez; son, Noah Cummings, Lokelani Manaki, Cynthia Cummings; sisters, Holiday of Anahola, Michele (Ken) 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 grandnieces and 20 grandnephews.

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.

Steven Simao

Steven Simao of Hanapepe Heights passed away in Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital on April 13, 2015, at the age of 66. He was born in Lihue, Kauai, on February 23, 1949, and worked with Island Tree Trimmers.

Preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Mary Simao, Steven is survived by his wife, Joyce Simao; son, Steven Simao and daughter, Tina (Patrick) Niau all of Hanapepe Heights; five grandchildren; brothers, Paul Simao of Pakala and Anthony (Cathy) Simao of Anahola; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015, with graveside services at Kauai Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit with the family from 12 p.m. and services will begin at 1 p.m.

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

Melvin Dickens

Melvin Dickens of Lawai, Kauai passed away on April 12, 2015, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 72. Born on March 28, 1943, in Hawaii, he was a honeybee keeper and remover.

He is survived by his sister, Madeline Dickens of Lawai; son, Lawai Kaiwi of Kauai; daughter, Christie (Nimilote) Moli of Utah; 10 grandchildren, and numerous cousins.

A celebration of Melvin’s life will be held on April 24, 2015, at the Kauai Bible Church at 1 p.m. Casual attire.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Yoshiyuki Nakao

Yoshiyuki Nakao, affectionately known as Yochi by his family, passed away on February 25, 2015, at the age of 80. He was born on November 26, 1934, in Wahiawa, Oahu and moved to Kauai at the age of 5. He was a retired Head Custodian at Wilcox Elementary School.

Yochi was preceded in death by his brother Tadayoshi Nakao.

Yochi is survived by his sister, Helen Tanaka and brothers, Noboru Nakao and George Nakao.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Wilcox Elementary School in Lihue. Casual attire, and please, no flowers.

Yoshiko Shimabukuro

Yoshiko “Aunty Nancy” Shimabukuro, of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away on March 3, 2015, at home at the age of 93 at home under the specialized care of Islands Hospice. Yoshiko was born on December 8, 1921, in Mana, Kauai. She was a retired bookkeeper for Marwood Inc., Richard’s Chevron and many other businesses.

Yoshiko was preceded in death by her parents, Shosuke and Kama Shimabukuro, brother, Yuichi (Hiroye) Shimabukuro and sister, Masako (Kameichi) Awakuni, and brother in-law Herbert Apaka.

She is survived by her sister, Kimie “Clara” Apaka of Lihue; nieces, A. Pomaikai(Durgh) Kane, Wendy (Ernest) Gonsalves, L. Puanani (Tom) Costales and Denise Shimabukuro; nephews, Raymond (Pauline) Awakuni, Alvin (Jane) Awakuni, Richard (Gail) Awakuni, C. Kahale Apaka and Sterlyn (Nancy) Shimabukuro; as well as many grand-nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Borthwick Mortuary Makai Chapel at 9 a.m., followed by services at 10 a.m. Family requests casual attire and no flowers. Burial will be held on Kauai at a later date. Borthwick Mortuary in Oahu assisted the family with arrangements.


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