Obituaries for July 15, 2015
Jerry Kamehala Kaneholani Sr.
Jerry Kamehala Kaneholani Sr. of Kapaa passed away at home on June 3, 2015, at the age of 62. He was born Lihue, HI on July 15, 1952. He enjoyed playing music around the island and helping anyone he could in anyway possible. Jerry was a tram driver for Smiths Tropical Paradise before working at the Queen Liliuokalani Childrens Center as a community outreach worker with children, leading Wood Carving Classes, Coconut weaving and Ukulele Classes.
Jerry is preceeded in death by his father, Herbert Kealii Kaneholani Sr., mother, Elizabeth Sarah Kaneholani, Brothers, Herbert Sr , George, David and Harry Kaneholani and sister, Rosemary Sanay.
Jerry is survived by his son, Jerry Kamealoha Kaneholani Jr. of Puhi, HI; god son, Alan (Alison Leimomi Lovell) Akira Takenaka Jr. of Kapaa; hanai daughters, Cassandra “Ulu” Tupou of Wailua, Esther Kalei (Rick Rego) Cardinez of Kapaia; twin brother, Billy Kaneholani of Anahola; brothers, John (Leila) Kaneholani, Daniel (Evangaline) Kaneholani and Clement Kaneholani, all of Anahola; sisters, Olinda Higashi of Anahola, Midge Asai and Miriam “Honey Girl” Kupihea of Kapaa, Olendra Kaleiohi of Lihue, Tatiana (Terry Ryan) Kaneholani of San Francisco and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at the Anahola Clubhouse on Saturday July 18, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Private scattering of Jerry’s ashes will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank the Kauai Hospice and its nurses for the care he received in his final days.
Roberta and the Staff at Kauai Memorial Gardens assisted the Family with arrangements.
Rosita Agurilla Simpliciano of Hanapepe, Kauai, passed away on June 18, 2015, at the age of 89, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.
She was born on January 18, 1926, in the Philippines. Rosita was a retired Kitchen Helper.
She is preceded in death by her husband Luis Simpliciano.
Rosita is survived by her five daughters, Carlina Butay, Perla (Balthazar) Duldulao, Elma (Harold) Goldberg, Luz (Rick) Alejo, and Noemi (Efren) Pacol; five sons, Ben (Sally) Simpliciano, Manny (Pacita) Simpliciano, Arte (Natty) Simpliciano, Russell (Erlinda) Simpliciano and Manuel (Tina) Simpliciano. She also is survived by her siblings Perpetua (Teofilo) Pascual, Ester Ramos, Emerinciana Agurilla, Florencia (Leonardo) Bayudan, Alfredo Agurilla, Emiliano Agurilla; 26 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday July 25, 2015, at Holy cross Churchin Kalaheo from 8 till 9:30 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hanapepe Public Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary.
Estrella Paz Yadao Thronas passed away peacefully in her sleep at Garden Isle Healthcare on July 3, 2015, at the age of 88. She was born on October 10, 1926, in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. She was preceded in death by father, Rev. Emilio C. Yadao; mother, Anita Guerrero Yadao; sister, Priscilla Shishido; brother, Elias P. Yadao. She is survived by son, Stanley (Ginger); daughters, Ku’ulei, Nalani (Andrew) Finn; grandchildren, Kahea and Kapono Thronas, Anna Thronas Loganbill, Zoe, Eli Finn; great grandson, Felix Kanoa; brother, Lawrence Yadao; two sisters, Amapola Barte’, Marielani Coloretti; numerous Thronas and Yadao nieces and nephews.
Estie graduated from Kauai High School in 1944 , worked as a disc jockey at KTOH, married Olaf E. Thronas in 1948. She lived a full life dedicating herself to raising her children and grandchildren, her church work, love of travel, reading, and was an avid MLB and UH baseball and volleyball fan. She received a lay minister certificate from the Bible Institute of Hawaii, led prayer groups, bible studies and Sunday school classes as well as accepted invitations to speak at numerous church services and gatherings. A favorite motto of hers: “If you have a chance to do good, do it.”
Services to be held Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church. Family 8:30, visitation 9:00, service 10:00. Honolulu services on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Wahiawa Christian Church family 8:30, visitation 9:00, service 10:00. Private burial. Family respectfully requests no floral arrangements, however, leis gratefully accepted. Donations may be made in remembrance of her good works to the church of your choice or the Bible Institute of Hawaii.
The family is being assisted by Garden Island Mortuary.
Elijah Caleb Bautista
Elijah Caleb Bautista of Hanamaulu passed away in Kapiolani Memorial Hospital for Women and Children on July 10, 2015, at the age of 3 months. He was born in Honolulu on March 29, 2015.
He is survived by his parents Rory and Catherine Bautista; three brothers, Juvann Lerry Bautista, Seth Dominic Bautista, Errle Dustin Bautista; maternal grandparents, Juanito and Leonora Menor all of Hanamaulu; paternal grandparents, Jovencio and Fe Bautista of the Philippines; numerous aunties, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church with viewing from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Lihue Cemetery.
Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Bautista family with arrangements.
John Keonaona Kaauwai of Anahola, Kauai, Hawaii passed away on July 8, 2015, at the age of 81. Born on August 18, 1933, in Kapaa, Kauai, he was a retired supervisor for the Department of Transportation, Highways Division.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Isaiah and Daisy Kaauwai and son, Steven Kaauwai.
John is survived by his wife, Barbara Kaauwai; daughters, Cheryl (Tony) Wilson, Kathleen Ibaan, Gaylynn (Judy) Go, Lehua (Dane) Kaauwai-Krueger, Lisa Abell; his sons, John (Charlotte) Kaauwai, Duane Kaauwai, 23 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren, as well as his brother, William Kaauwai and sisters; Henrietta (Robert) Gonsalves, Annette Kaauwai and Linda Iwamoto. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and an aunt.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Kapaa First Hawaiian Church. Visitation at 9 a.m., service at 10 a.m., burial to follow at Kapaa First Hawaiian Church Cemetery
The family is being assisted by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Koloa, Kauai
Hiroko Tamashiro Nakamura of Kapaa passed away on February 23, 2015, at the age of 92.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Winters Nakamura.
Hiroko is survived by two sisters, Mineko (James) Yamada and Midori Tateishi of Oahu; one brother, Satoru Tamashiro of Kapaa; numerous nieces and nephews.
Private services were held. Family requests no Koden.
Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Nakamura family with arrangements.
Edward Vincent “Vinny” Bryan passed away peacefully at home in Wainiha, Kauai on June 8, 2015, at the age of 70, surrounded by family and close friends. Born July 22, 1944, in Florida, his family moved to Hawaii in 1946, where he was raised on Oahu. After attending Punahou School, Howe Military School, UH Manoa, and Cal Poly in Calif., he came to Kauai in 1969, where he made it his home for the next 47 years. He was retired from construction in 2003, but his true passions were music, surfing, shaping boards, art and ohana.
Vinny was preceded in death by his father Edward and mother Pauline Peter Bryan, his sons Kenneth Vincent Bryan and Jaya Bonderov, and grandson Payton Kekaialoha Bryan-Chung.
He is survived by his wife, Chris Bryan of Wainiha; brother, Michael “Corky” Bryan of Puhi; sisters, Kathy (Dennis) Racki of Wisconsin, Cristianne Kaui Lucas of Oahu and Mapuana Haas of Missouri; children, Paul (Crystalyn) Bryan of Hanalei, Maile Bryan of Kapaa, Chandra Levesque and Sophia (Jonah Neumann) Levesque of Wainiha; grandchildren, Paul-Lucas Makoa Okalani Bryan, Mahealani Taylor Bryan, Isabella Mahealani Perreira, Devin Kamalei Perreira, Olivia Pulelehua Neumann and Leila Kamaile Kawamura, all of Kauai. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins, as well as many close friends.
A life-long ocean enthusiast and water-man, Vinny was known for his experimental board designs, surfing, and sailing. He was also a gifted musician, playing Hawaiian slack key and writing music most of his life. Vinny was a man of many talents and skills, always ready to help or lend his expertise to any situation. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
A Celebration of Life and paina will be held for Vinny on Sunday, July 26 2015, at 11 a.m., noon memorial and prayer at Waipaa (makai side) 1/4-mile north of Hanalei town. A flower paddle out will follow. Please bring leis and loose flowers.
The family would like to thank Kauai Hospice for the care Vinny received in his final weeks, as well as Kauai Memorial Gardens for assisting with the arrangements.
Chiyo Ueunten of Kalaheo passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on June 28, 2015, at age 88. She was born in Koloa to the late Ushi and Kamato Gushiken on September 15, 1926. She is survived by husband Sensuke, sons Paul (Bobbie) of San Jose, California, David (Lei) of Honolulu, Gary (Glenna) of Lawai, Wesley (Julie) of El Cerrito, California, sister Harue Oshiro of Waipahu, and eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Kyle, Brett, Amy, Trent, Christina, Teresa and Lyle.
Chiyo graduated from Koloa School 1941, Kauai High School 1945, UH Bachelor of Arts 1950, UH Certificate in Social Work 1951. She worked as a Social Worker and as School Counselor at Kalaheo and Kauai High School. Her comforting presence and loving support of family, friends and community will be missed.
The Garden Island Mortuary assisted the Ueunten family with arrangements.
Steven Davis Wheeler of Lihue, Hawaii passed away peacefully on July 7, 2015, at the age of 70. He was born in Banana River, Florida. He lived most of his adult life in Minnesota where he graduated from Macalester College and William Mitchell School of Law. Early in his career he was a corporate attorney and officer with Northwest Airlines. He then went on to be the chief judge of the Workers Compensation Court of Appeals, and retired as a District Court Judge in Ramsey County, St. Paul Minnesota.
Steve is survived by his wife, Margaret Wheeler; two children, Benjamin Wheeler, Heidi Mueller; two step-children, Christine D’Amico, Michael Johnson and 10 amazing grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Catherine Wilson, Nancy Flippert and one brother, James Wheeler.
A celebration of his life will be held at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on Sunday July 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM with a pupu reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Kauai Hospice or St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, or a charity of your choice.
Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Wheeler family with arrangements.
Kei Hirano, 84, of Kauai, died on June 20, 2015, in Kailua. He was born in Kalaheo, Kauai. He was a Circuit Court Judge.
He is survived by his wife, Jessie M. Hirano; son, Todd Y. Hirano; daughter, Sharyl J. (Tom) Hirano; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family has chosen to hold private services. Donations may be made to Hospice Hawaii.
Everett Hullum Jr.
Everett Cecil Hullum Jr. of Princeville passed away at home on July 12, 2015, at the age of 73. He was born in Mississippi on January 10, 1942, and was an award-winning Atlanta journalist.
He was preceded in death by parents, Everett and Evelyn Hullum and sister, Janice Rebecca Hullum Edwards.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Parrott Hullum of Princeville; son, Matthew Jay (Anna) Hullum of Austin Texas; daughter, Jane (Don) Hullum Berglund of Atlanta, Georgia; son, Khanh (Kitty) Duong of Georgia; step-sons, Michael Holcomb of Flower Mound, Texas and Dr. James Long of Corinth, Mississippi; grandchildren, Webb and Mills Hullum, Everett Berglund, Kris, Keifer and Kate Duong; step-grandchildren, James, Dylan, Shane and Caleb Holcomb; brother-in-law, George Edwards of Austin, Texas; niece, Louisa (Nick) Edwards White, Georgia (Jeff Carey) Edwards; great-nephew, Sam Carey.
To honor Everett’s life, the family has established and requests that memorial gifts be made to the Everett Hullum Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism, The University of Texas Development Office, P.O. Box 7458, Campus Mail A3000, Austin, Texas., 78713-7458. Gifts may also be directd to the Christ Memorial Episcopal Church Alms Fund and Food Pantry Fund.
A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m. at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Kilauea.
Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Hullum family with arrangements.
Kathy Joy Denise Louis, 54, of Omao, Kauai, passed away on July 3, 2015, at Straub Hospital. She was born on July 17, 1960, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was a Baker with Koloa School Cafeteria.
Kathy is preceded in death by her Mother Emily Keoho Aucion, Grandmother Elizabeth Haluapo,
Sisters Makalapua Haluapo, Hattie Telles, Marylyn Gerardo and Rose Leilani Garcia and her brothers Ioane and Kawano Haluapo , Albert Keoho, Sr., Guardians James and Mary Gerardo, her granddaughter Ivy Louis.
She is survived by her husband: Matthew Louis, daughter, Bridget Louis, son Matthew (Rosanna) Louis, grandson, Anthony Louis, granddaughter, Lily Louis. Kathy also is survived by her sisters: Joyce (Terry) Daligdig, Alison (Clayton) Silver, Sr. and Brenda (Rey) Coloma; her brothers: Wayne Sees, Howard Sees, James Gerardo, Alan Gerardo, Brian (Shanell) Gerardo, Clifford (Dannette) Lee, Edward Keoho, Sr., David (Bruna) Lam and Francis Lam as well as numerous nieces, nephews, auntie, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 24, 2015, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapelin Koloa from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Lihue First Church at 10 a.m. Services and Inurnment to follow.
The family is being assisted by Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary.