Obituaries for May 22, 2016

• Hiram Milvet Kamakea Hee Sr. Juan ‘Johnny’ Francisco • Nancy Spencer Finley

Hiram Milvet Kamakea Hee Sr.

Hiram Milvet Kamakea Hee Sr. of Kapaa passed away on May 16, 2016, at the age of 83. He was born in Waipio Valley, Hawaii Island, on Feb. 15, 1933, and retired from the Engineering Department with Pono Kai Condos.

Preceded in death by his wife, Theodora “Leimoni” Hee; daughter, Hiralene Johnson; parents; Hiram Milvet Hee and Matilda Malaka Thomas.

Hiram is survived by his children, Henry Keawehawaii (Grace) Hee of Kauai, Winifred “Lei” (Kalani) Cotner of Virginia, Hiram “Mil” (Amy) Hee Jr. of California, Bernice “Kee-Lam” (David) Lambert of Arizona, Wesley Keawe Hee of Kauai, Kehaulani Hee of Kauai; son-in-law, Scott Johnson of Kauai; 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and extended ohana.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at Kauai Memorial Gardens with graveside services beginning at 11 a.m.

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

Juan ‘Johnny’ Francisco

Juan “Johnny” Francisco of Hanapepe, Kauai, passed away on April 13, 2016, at the age of 88. Born on March 26, 1928, in Waimea, Kauai, he was a retired painter with Olokele Sugar Company and an ILWU representative for many years.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Filomena Cristobal Francisco; parents, Benito and Severina Francisco; sisters, Anacleta Tagatac, Maria Alquiza, Dolores Seguritan, Milesia Quinata and Caridad Eichelberger; brothers, Marcelino and Conrado Francisco.

Juan is survived by: his sons, Randall and Reubin (Cynthia) Francisco; daughter, Faye (Antonio) Cawagas; grandchildren, Brenton (Shelsey) Francisco and Antonio, Leah and Cara Cawagas; great grandchildren, Maya and Kyra Galdeira, and Matthew Carrero; sister, Olivia Gubaton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. with services to follow.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Nancy Spencer Finley

Nancy Spencer Finley of Koloa went to be with the Lord on May 8, 2016, in Lihue, Hawaii, at the age of 58. Nancy’s passion was working with children alongside her husband, inspiring hundreds, sharing the love of Jesus for many years.

Celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at Kauai Christian Fellowship in Koloa on June 4, 2016, 9-11 a.m.

Nancy was born in Rochester, New York, to Bernard and Caroline Spencer on July 25, 1957. She went to Pomona High School in Ontario, Calif., and graduated in 1976. She worked for GTE in Ontario, before moving to San Diego in 1990, then to Hawaii in 1995 where she enjoyed a career as a real estate agent.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Tom Finley; daughter Fallon Finley; son Taylor Finley; son Bryce Johnson; granddaughter Lena Sofia Hundhammer, and sister Donna Spencer.

Family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Nancy’s passions, India missions. Donation checks may be made to Kauai Christian Fellowship. (Indicate “India mission” in memo line.)

Juanita Briones Butacan

Juanita Briones Butacan of Lihue passed away in Garden Isle Health Care on May 15, 2016, at the age of 89. She was born in the Philippines on June 15, 1926, and retired from Kauai Surf as a housekeeper.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Roberto Butacan, Florendo Butacan and Wilson Butacan; and one daughter, Caroline Julian.

Juanita is survived by one daughter, Merlyn (Richard) Powers of Idaho; 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church with visitation from 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m.

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

Michael Mons

On the evening of March 21, 2016, at 10:50 p.m., Michael Mons passed away at University California San Diego Medical Center at Hillcrest.

He was surrounded by his loving family and amazing friends. After fighting to recover from a coma, and allowing many loved ones to spend precious time conveying their love and respect for him, he let go of the physical world and set forth on his journey to the spirit world. He was 36 years old.

Michael was born on Dec. 3, 1979, in Nevada City, California, at 10:49 a.m. He was the second son to Charles and Marion.

Moving to Kauai at an early age shaped Michael’s view of the world and love of the ocean. Like his older brother Chris, Michael became a waterman, and together they challenged the sea in every form imaginable — surfing, diving, paddling, fishing, sailing and windsurfing; their childhood was spent under the warm Hawaiian sun.

As Michael grew older he found his place in the spotlight through a love of acting and theater with Kauai Kids Children’s Theater, but Michael was just beginning to stretch his legs. When he reached high school, he earned a scholarship to attend the Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island, where he became an extremely accomplished athlete in every sport he tried. Football and wrestling were his true loves — he was a like a warrior on a battlefield and he couldn’t be bested. He was a ferocious competitor.

But that wasn’t his true beauty. Michael used his unique breadth of excellence to learn so much about enjoying life, valuing relationships, education and hard work to create his formula for success.

Michael started his professional career on the ocean, entering the United States Merchant Marine Academy in July 2000. He pursued a Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation and received a license to sail as Third Officer on any ship of any size anywhere in the world, and that’s just what he did. Upon graduation he worked on various vessels and sailed the world’s remotest waters. He challenged himself both professionally and personally.

When he was not sailing on the high seas, Michael trekked the globe on foot, doing what he did best — building relationships. He valued his relationships with his friends and family more than anything else and always made sure to stop in for visits during his global adventures.

Michael had a way about him; it’s as though he felt the buried connection all mankind shares. He always looked for hope in life. He was everywhere all at once, spending time with friends, telling sea stories, playing music and surfing. He loved hanging with his nieces, throwing them so high in the pool you weren’t sure if they would come down. Michael made all those in his life feel loved, accepted and part of a greater good we can all embrace. The way he lived can serve as a valuable lesson that every moment should be considered an opportunity for an adventure and a reason to enjoy life.

Michael is survived by his mother and stepfather Marion and Bob McHenry, and brother Ishan Mons of Kauai, father and stepmother Charles and Jan Mons of California, brother and sister-in-law Chris and Jenny Mons, nieces Maile and Lanea Mons of Florida, and the most amazing group of friends you’ve ever met.

Please come down to Wai’oli beach park, Pine Trees in Hanalei at 2 p.m. for a celebration of life and a paddle out in his honor!

Donna Lee Henrickson

Donna Lee Henrickson of Princeville passed away at home on May 8, 2016, at the age of 76. She was born in Michigan on Jan. 4, 1940, and retired from the Princeville Community Association as an executive secretary.

Donna is survived by her husband, Gary Henrickson; three sons, James “Bernie” (Kim) Williamson of Michigan, Jon (Dawn) Williamson of Michigan, Daniel (Cheryl) Williamson of Virginia; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; one brother, William “Sonny” Halberg of Florida; numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville with services beginning at 10 a.m. Family graciously declines flowers and requests casual attire.

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

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