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Obituaries for Dec. 30, 2015

• Joseph Richard Brun • Maile Asing Semiteko • Irene Catbagan Williams • Clyde Conrad Edayan • Estanislao ‘Stanley’ Laysa Jr. • Pamela Leimomi Kailikini Dow • Hisako Nakamura

Joseph Richard Brun

Joseph Richard Brun of Koloa passed away at home on December 19, 2015, at the age of 84. He was born in Eleele, Kauai on September 18, 1931, and was a Korean War Veteran of the United States Army. Joe retired as a Director with United Public Workers Union and the State of Hawaii.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Josephine Brun Sr.; sister, Elizabeth Denzer and brother, Manuel Brun Jr.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martina “Tina” Brun; sons, Peter (Joanne) Brun of Omao, Paul Brun of Koloa; daughter, Polly (Ryan) Lee of Lihue, Penny Vess of Lihue, Patti “Peejay” (Christie) Brun of Hawaii Big Island; hanai daughter, Jennifer Hurt; six grandchildren, Tina (Neri) Mungia, Tasha Martinez, Tedi (Nicolas) Bunch, Dawn Vess, Kayla (Kaniela) Matsushima, Autumn Lee; 2 great-grandsons, Jude Martinez, Larkin Bunch; 4 step-grandchildren, 14 step great-grandchildren; sisters, Beatrice Canno of Texas, Margaret Routt of Louisiana; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016, at St. Raphael’s Church with viewing from 8 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Brun family with arrangements.

Maile Asing Semitekol

Maile Asing Semitekol passed away peacefully at home following a full and well lived life at the age of 86 in Palm Springs California. Born in Haena, Kauai on September 25, 1929, an ‘olelo Hawaii manaleo (native Hawaiian language speaker), she was well known as Hawaii Visitors Bureau Kauai’s Ambassador of Aloha.

She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 years, Robert “Uncle Bob” Semitekol; mother, Aney Chong Hing and father, William Ulrich Asing; Tutu wahine, Puaokina Hailama and Tutu kane, Alika William Hailama; and brothers, Wayne and Elwood Asing. She is survived by her son, Warren (Pamela) Asing, and daughter, Kathleen Pua (Donn Shigeta) Chin; seven grandsons (Kaumaka (Elvie), Kalei (Colena), Kahele (Taira) Asing; Keola Semitekol of San Francisco; Daniel Kaui Chin, Kaipo (Patricia) Chin, and Kaleo Hauata); and 13 great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Kaipo (Pat) Asing of Kauai, and John (Kanani) Asing, and sister, Mapuana Guzman both of Oahu; other siblings, Ellarene Yasuhara, Sylvia Ing, Arlene Kamoe, Maydell Morgan, and Hogarth Asing of Oahu; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Maile attended the University of Hawaii and Columbia University (New York) where she graduated with a Masters Degree in Psychology. Her love and passion for her island home and its people was exhibited through her work as a social worker, teacher and finally, HVB Executive Director of Kauai for 43 years. She helped numerous film makers as the Kauai liaison that resulted in movies like Castaway Cowboy, The Hawaiians; Raiders of the Lost Ark; Fantasy Island; Behold Hawaii, Islands in the Stream; and King Kong to name a few. She was the recipient of many awards and testimonials during her life-long career with HVB; Kauai’s Living Treasure, Kaumualii Award; Na Wahine Hanohano Award; HVB Maile Award; and resolutions from Governor Ben Cayatano; State of House of Representatives, State Senate and Kauai County Council. By far, her proudest achievement was the founding of the annual Prince Kuhio Festival on Kauai. It was here she always sought to perpetuate traditional Hawaiian values and culture. For this she was chosen by the Kauai Museum to receive the “Living Treasure” award.

Maile was best known for her gracious and charming disposition, dazzling smile and trademark spider lily flower. A dedicated and stalwart leader in her community, she had a radiance that embodied her unique spirit and warm Hawaiian hospitality. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be sorely missed but forever loved in the hearts of her family and all those whose lives she touched in the way only Aunty Maile could.

Services will be held at Waioli Hui’ia Church, Hanalei, Kauai on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Visitation at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., pa’ina at Waipa to follow after a brief memorial at Hanalei Bay. The family requests no floral arrangements please but lei and loose flowers are welcome.

Irene Catbagan Williams

Irene Catbagan Williams of Sacramento, Calif., passed away on December 9 at the age of 73. Irene was born on Oahu, raised on Kauai and a graduate of Kapaa High School.

She is preceded in death by husband Kirk Williams, Sr. and grand-daughter Jennifer Cramer.

Irene is survived by son Kirk (Stephanie Black) Williams, Jr. of California and daughter Leilani (Darryl) Cramer of Tennessee; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; as well as mom, siblings and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

In celebration of Irene’s life, the family will be holding a private service and has asked that donations be made to local charities in her memory.

Clyde Conrad Edayan

Clyde Conrad Edayan, 52, passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the Aloha Nursing and Rehab Centre in Kaneohe. Born in Waimea, he grew up in Kalaheo and attended Kauai High School.

He is preceded by his mom, Sally Eufemia Ceballos, and is survived by father, Conrado Edayan; brother, Leonard Edayan, and sister Cynthia Waters.

Oahu Services:

Sunday, December 27, 2015, visitations 4 p.m.; Life Celebration Services start 4:30 p.m. at Kaneohe SDA Church 45-566 Mahinui Rd Kaneohe HI 96744-1761

Kauai Services:

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 10 a.m.: Farewell Paddle Out off Brennecke’s; followed by Life Celebration at 11:30 a.m. at Koloa Neighborhood Center, 3461B Weliweli Rd, Koloa, HI 96756.

Estanislao ‘Stanley’ Laysa Jr.

Estanislao “Stanley” Laysa Jr. of Kekaha, passed away at Kauai Care Center on December 18, 2015 at the age of 68. Born on February 3, 1947 in Waimea, Kauai. He was a retired sanitation worker for the County of Kauai.

He is preceded in death by his son, Estanislao “Stanley Boy” Laysa III; daughter, Juliana Laysa; parents, Estanislao Sr. and Hanako Kaneshiro Laysa; brother, Philip Laysa; and sisters, Charlotte Evertsen and Grace Kaneshiro.

Stanley is survived by his son, Llewellyn Laysa of O’ahu; daughter, Susan Mae Soto of Florida; four grandchildren, Justin Soto, Edward Soto, Stanley Laysa-Hill, and Christine Laysa; two great-grandchildren, Joziah Laysa-Trice, and Blayze Laysa-Hill; brothers, Kenneth (Myong Suki) Kaneshiro of Georgia, Gary Laysa of New York, Patrick “BG” (Jayneen) Laysa of Kalaheo, Lincoln (Robyn) Laysa of Kalihi and Walter (Teodora) Laysa of Italy; sisters, Antonieta “Patsy” Gapasen of Kekaha, Janet Nishimura of Kaneohe, Lillian (Norbert) Walke of Ohio and Davida (Lewis) Heeder of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. Cremation will be followed.

The Laysa family suggests casual attire.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Pamela Leimomi Kailikini Dow

With a True Heart of a Warrior, Pamela Leimomi Kailikini Dow, fought a long hard battle with Cancer. She passed away surrounded by her family on Dec. 10, 2015 at the age of 63. Born on April 13, 1952 in Waimea, she along with her husband Ernest, owned and operated Waimea Canyon General Store, Forever Kaua’i for 19 years in Kekaha.

Pam and Ernest were married for 24 wonderful years, and enjoyed traveling the world together, especially to their favorite “home away from home,” Las Vegas. True Soul Mates till the end, destiny took them on their final journey within days of each other.

“Aunty Pam” as she was lovingly known, was a true advocate for authentic Niihau shell leis.

Preceded in death by husband Ernest Dow, parents Abraham and Ermine Kailikini Sr., and brother Abraham Jr.

Survived by sisters Ruth Naumu and Cynthia Blair, step-children Jim (Eileen), David (Jeanne) Dow, and Judy (Frank) Cano, numerous Grandchildren, Little Muffins, Family and Friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2015, at Kailikini Residence, 5010 Awawa Rd. Hanapepe Valley, Visitation 2 to 3 p.m. services to follow. Contact number 335-5736.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Hisako Nakamura

Hisako Nakamura, 97 years old female of Kalaheo, Kauai passed away on December 25, 2015 at her home in Kalaheo. Born on May 8, 1918 in Koolau, Kauai she was a retired sale clerk.

Private will be held. No Koden

Arrangements were handled by Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary.


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