Obituaries for Nov. 23, 2016

• Jon Craig Guyett • Masayo ‘Bachan’ (Iwai) Sakimae • Beryl Hideko Maka • Domingo S. Lutao Sr. • Edith Mieko Ruiz • Joaquin Mokihana Ku Malama Jr. • Arsenia Legaspi Koerte

Jon Craig Guyett

Jon Craig Guyett of Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii passed away on Oct. 28, 2016, at the age of 61, in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. He was born on Nov. 8, 1954, in Bethesda, Maryland. Jon taught middle and high school math at Kula High and Intermediate for five years and tutored countless students, preparing many on Kauai for college prep exams. Jon was also a Notary Public providing mobile services. Nicknamed “Sniper,” his greatest passion was surfing, especially at Flat Rock in Hanalei Bay. Jon loved coaching basketball and soccer, and refereeing in the KPAL basketball and county Adult and Youth basketball leagues. He was a golfer with a long drive and smooth swing. Jon was a selfless man that gave so much to our ohana, friends, and community and always with a smile on his face. He did not take for granted the moments that he had with all that he shared whether in the ocean, on the beach, in the classroom, gym, or golf driving range! He appreciated every day!

Jon is survived by his wife, Madeline Molina Guyett of Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii; son, Eric Kaimana Guyett of Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii; father, John Guyett (JoAnne) of Sacramento, California; mother, Jacqueline Angelo (Jerry) of Aptos, California; brothers, Jim Guyett of Berkeley, California, and Jeff Guyett (Sue) of Idaho; aunts Cindy (Steve) Anderson of Lake Tahoe, California, and Marlene (Doug) Stevens of Palm Springs, California; nephews, Jesse Guyett, Aaron (Keri) Guyett, Paul (Sophie) Guyett, Sam Guyett, and niece, Elaina Guyett, great nieces, Hannah and Ellie.

The Guyett ohana thanks the first emergency responders, Errol McGowan etc.; KFD from the Hanalei station; the Wilcox Hospital Emergency Room staff and Dr. Christopher Elliot; air ambulance EMT’s Connie and Spencer; Straub Hospital ICU North staff, Dr. Graham Cormack and Dr. Lee; and Fran and staff at Nu`uanu Mortuary. We would also like to thank the many people who contributed to Jon’s GoFundMe campaign. Mahalo to the many extended ohana in helping us modify our home in preparation for the home dialysis equipment. We can’t forget the constant medical care and healing thru the years from Dr. Thomas Capelli and North Shore Clinic staff, kidney specialist Dr. Niraj Desai, Dr. Blake, Dr. Harada, North Shore Pharmacy, Natural Health Clinic, and the many folks that offered advice, home remedies, etc., and always helping any way they can with love.

The Celebration of Life and paddle out will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, noon to sunset at Black Pot Beach Park, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii. Family suggests casual attire.

Arrangements were handled by Nu`uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.

“E lei kau, e lei ho’oilo i ke aloha.” Love is worn like a wreath through the summers and the winters.” Love is everlasting. Olelo No’eau #332

Masayo ‘Bachan’ (Iwai) Sakimae

Masayo (Iwai) Sakimae of Koloa, born on Jan. 4, 1919, passed away on June 21, 2016, at Hale Kupuna Heritage Home.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Sanichi Sakimae; brothers-Masuo Kameichi, Tsuruichi and Nikichi and sister-Mitsue Nakamura.

She is survived by her son, Bruce (Becky) Sakimae; three grandchildren, Sarah (Peter) Sakimae Chi, Taylor (Van) Kazuichi Sakimae, and Garrett Kameichi Sakimae; and four great-grandchildren, Krayson-Khang Dao, Kron-Nhan Sakimae, Jayden Shan Chi, and Kairi-Le Sakimae.

The celebration of life will take place Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Koloa Union Church. Visitation will be from 10 to 10:30 a.m. with services to begin at 10:45 a.m.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Beryl Hideko Maka

Beryl Hideko Maka of Hanalei, Hawaii passed away at the age of 65 on Nov. 12, 2016, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. Born on June 24, 1951, in Lihue, Hawaii, she was retired from the State of Hawaii, Department of Education, as a cafeteria school cook from Kilauea School.

She is preceded in death by her son, Jake Maka Jr.; father, James Masada; mother, Barbara Masada; and sister, Kristyne Inanod.

Beryl is survived by her daughter, Nani Maka (Ekolu) Valpoon of Hanalei; hanai children, Kimo (Lilinoe) Inanod of Hanalei, Jana (Brydan) Blackstad of Hanalei, and Hanalei (Carrie) Hermosura of Hanalei; grandchildren, Cody Mersberg and Joshua (Rylee Pavao) Mersberg; step-grandchildren, Cody (Chavez) Valpoon, and Teeana Valpoon; hanai-grandchildren; Brock and Jordyn Blackstad and Waila’a Hermosura; step-great-grandchildren, Lokahi and Lawai’a Valpoon, and Liloa Ragsac; brother, Marvin (Geary) Masada of Kilauea; brother-in-law, Julio Inanod of Kilauea; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at the Wai’oli Hui’ia Church in Hanalei from 9 to 11 a.m. Services will begin at 11 a.m.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers are open.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Domingo S. Lutao Sr.

Domingo S. Lutao Sr., of Kaumakani, Hawaii passed away at home on Nov. 11, 2016, at the age of 92. Born on May 25, 1924, in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii, he was a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for the Olokele Sugar Plantation.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Gomercinda “Ming” Lutao.

Domingo is survived by his sons, Domingo (Rhonda) Lutao Jr., of Kalaheo, Richard (Leslie) Lutao of Kaumakani, and Lester (Laura) Lutao of Kaumakani; daughter, Rosemary (Rev./Dr. George) Nagato of Honolulu; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Services will begin at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at the Kauai Veteran’s Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers omitted.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Edith Mieko Ruiz

Edith Mieko Ruiz, formerly of Lawai passed away in Phoenix, Arizona on Nov. 9, 2016, at the age of 74. Born on Aug. 20, 1942, in Koloa, she retired from the Sheraton Kauai Resort in 2007.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jisuo and Ichiko Marugame, brother Roy Marugame, son Derek Ruiz, granddaughter Brandi-lei Moises, grandson Jace Ruiz and great-grandson Grason Offutt.

Edith is survived by her husband, Donald Ruiz; daughters, Donna Moises (Lucky) of Lacomb, OR, Wendy Ruiz (Paul Buse) of Phoenix, AZ, son Scott Ruiz of Kapaa; three grandchildren, Rhiannon Offutt (Joe) of Lebanon, OR, Kaylee Ruiz of Omao, and Luana Moises of Springfield, OR; sister Juliet Koyanagi (Tom) of Torrance, CA, brother Kenneth Marugame of Kalaheo; seven great-grandchildren and numerous uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Koloa Missionary Church on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. followed by a service at 10 a.m.

Expressions of condolence can be sent to 6135 N 5th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Joaquin Mokihana Ku Malama Jr.

Joaquin Mokihana Ku Malama Jr., formerly of Palolo, Oahu, passed away on Nov. 20, 2016, at the age of 75 at Kauai Care Center. Born on Feb. 21, 1941, in Kekaha, Hawaii, and was a lead auto mechanic at Hertz Rental Car.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joaquin Ku Malama Sr. and Ruth Ku Malama.

Joaquin is survived by his wife, Anita Fuertes Ku Malama of Waimea, Kauai; son, Joaquin Ku Malama III of Oahu; daughter, Jolynn Mae (Alfred) Souza of Oahu; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Stephen Malama of Waimea, Kauai; sister, Lolly Malama of Kekaha, Kaua’i; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at the St. Theresa Church in Kekaha on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at 9 a.m. with services to begin at 11 a.m. A celebration of life will be followed at the Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor in Kekaha.

Casual attire is suggested and flowers are welcomed.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Arsenia Legaspi Koerte

Arsenia Legaspi Koerte of Lihue passed away at Garden Isle Health Care on Nov. 14, 2016, at the age of 91. She was born in Penaranda Nueva, Ecija, Philippines on May 12, 1925, and retired from Kauai Surf as a laundry attendant.

Preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Koerte Sr., parents, Saturnino and Mamerta Legaspi and seven siblings.

Arsenia is survived by two daughters, Laverne (John Rego Jr.) Koerte, Gloria (Robert) Girald; three sons, Ernest (Carmen) Koerte Jr., Ralph (Rose) Koerte, Richard (Kathleen) Koerte; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at Lihue Lutheran Church with a private family visitation from 9:30 a.m. Friends are invited to visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Services for the celebration of her life will begin at 11 a.m.

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


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