Obituaries for April 26, 2015

• Rose A. Rapozo • Bronte Kaleolani Aurora Acosta Kaohelaulii  • Felipe Delos Reyes • Roy J. Striegel • Alma Shizue Ishii • Bedford Kanani Kaaihue • Carolyn Roberts • Ernie ‘Menehune’ Rivera

Rose A. Rapozo

Rose A. Rapozo of Lihue passed away in Wilcox Memorial Hospital on April 14, 2015, at the age of 98. She was born in Makaweli, Kauai on May 7, 1916, and was a dedicated homemaker and mother.

Rose is proceeded in death by her husband, Manuel Rapozo and daughter, Maxine Mills.

She is survived by her daughter, Veronica Butler of Lihue; two sons, Stephen Rapozo of Wisconsin and Thomas Rapozo of Washington state; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church with viewing from 8 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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

Bronte Kaleolani Aurora Acosta Kaohelaulii

Bronte Kaleolani Aurora Acosta Kaohelaulii of Makaweli, Kauai, 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 paternal grandmother, Naty Bumanglag.

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

Celebration of her life will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 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.

Felipe Delos 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 Nov. 4, 1927. A veteran of the United States Army, he retired with Lihue Sugar Plantation as a machinist.

He was 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 of Anahola, Kenneth Delos Reyes of Lihue, Robert “Bobby” (Jan) Delos Reyes of Lihue, Roland (Monica) Delos Reyes of Florida, Kathleen Delos Reyes of Hanamaulu, Jason (Clover) Delos Reyes of Lihue, Janice (Raynard) Ellis of Hanapepe, Samuel Delos Reyes of Las Vegas; 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.

Roy J. Striegel

Roy J. “Rudy” Striegel, 89, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2015, in Ventura, California. He was a teacher for 62 years, 31 years in Woodland Hills, California, and a substitute teacher for 31 years in Hanalei and since 1994, in Weed, California.

Roy was a gentle man, with a wonderful, carefree sense of humor, who loved children. He enjoyed tennis, skiing and paddling his one-man Hawaiian outrigger canoe on Lake Siskiyou.

He paddled competitively in Hawaii for 10 years. He was a passionate piano player who would play for hours at a time, and performed locally in Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir. He loved to boogie-woogie. He was a WWII veteran (Army Air Corps) and loved vintage planes. He graduated from USC and was an avid Trojan football fan.

Roy is survived by his wife, Kathryn; four children, Jim, Diane (Daniells), Steven, Bob; four grandchildren, Evan Daniells, Edward, Gilbert and Tycho Striegel, and one great-grandchild, Kaya Ngaire Smith-Daniells.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in his name can be made to the music departments of Weed and Mount Shasta High Schools. Send any memories of Rudy to Jim Striegel, 7533 N. Old Stage Road, Weed, CA 96094, or email to

Alma Shizue Ishii

Alma Shizue Ishii of Eleele passed away April 11, 2015, at Wilcox at age 75. Born Sept. 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., Wayne Matsushima III; brother, Paul Kenichi (Joanne) Yanagimoto of Kaneohe; brothers-in-law, Takeshi (Reiko) Ishii of California, Muneo Nagato of Kalaheo, Nobu Ota of Kapaa; sisters-in-law, Haruko Otsubo of Lihue, Tomiko Kabazawa of Kalaheo, Lillian (Roy) Makizuru of Koloa, Linda Ishii of Koloa and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

You may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015, 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.

Bedford Kanani Kaaihue

Bedford J. Kanani Kaaihue of Kilauea passed away in Wilcox Memorial Hospital on April 20, 2015, at the age of 80. He was born in Lahaina, Maui, on Aug. 30, 1934. He was a veteran of the United States Army and retired as a maintenance worker from Pearl Harbor.

Bedford is survived by six daughters, Kapiolani Kaaihue of Anahola, Susan Kalua Dillon of California, Janelle Kanekoa of Honokohau Valley, Maui, Jonelle Gonsalves of Nanakuli, Oahu, Janie Gonsalves of the Big Island, Jocelyn Gonsalves of Kahului, Maui; one son, James Gonsalves of Boise, Idaho; caregiver, Febe Villarin; mother of his children, June Young of Maui; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Inurnment will be held at Maui Veterans Cemetery.

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

Carolyn Roberts

Carolyn Nadine Roberts of Kalaheo passed away in Garden Isle Health Care on April 15, 2015, at the age of 83. She was born in California on April 28, 1931, and was a dedicated homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Edwin Coffin.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, William Roberts; sons, Terry (Debbie) Roberts of Texas, Devlin Roberts of California; daughters, Monica (Keith) Kunioka of Wailua Homesteads, Wendy (Greg) Henderson of Colorado, Dina (Leslie Sr.) Planas of Kapaa; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held.

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

Ernie ‘Menehune’ Rivera

Ernie “Menehune” Rivera of Tucson, Arizona, passed away at home at the age of 92 on March 26, 2015. Ernie spent his life as an entertainer. Ernie was born in Waimea, Kauai on Jan. 26, 1923.

He is survived by his daughters, Eraina Kennett, Carol Ann (Richard) Wick and Gloria Jean Ballenger; sons, Patrick (Sandra) Menehune, Ernest M. Rivera, Michael Carl, Laszlo Layton, Ernie (Tina) Menehune and Ryan Menehune; as well as his sister, Anna Knapp Thuente and brother, Larry Rivera. Ernie had 15 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Services were held April 7, 2015, in Tucson, Arizona. The family will announce his burial in Kauai at a later date at Kauai Memorial Cemetery.

The family is being assisted by Kauai Memorial Gardens.

“Remember, singing is good for the heart.”


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