Obituaries for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

• Roberta Francina U‘ilani Smith Fernandez • George ‘Keoki’ Keolaopio Kauileilehua Keamoai

Roberta Francina U‘ilani Smith Fernandez

Roberta Francina U‘ilani Smith Fernandez of Kapaa set sail to be with our almighty Lord on Monday, Jan. 2. She was born in Honolulu, and was the beloved daughter of Alice U‘ilani Loio Smith and Robert Thomas Smith.

Roberta was a devout wife and mother, outstanding water woman, avid cook and master gardener. She is survived by her mother Alice Smith of Pahoa, her father Robert Smith of Honolulu, husband Thomas G. Fernandez of Kapaa, and their two beautiful daughters, Sanoe and Maile Fernandez; four siblings, Suzette Hau‘oli Smith Gurtler of Anahola; Erin K. Smith of Pahoa; Stacy K. Smith of Puhi; and Ta-vina Smith Butac of Hanamaulu; and five stepchildren, Preston Fernandez, USAF; Mandy Fernandez of Wailua; Moki Fernandez of Kapaa; Kelvin Fernandez of Anchorage; Kullen Fernandez of Seattle; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Roberta’s life will be held at the Ko‘olau Hui‘ia Church in Anahola on Jan. 14, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Roberta “Berta” leaves us such wonderful memories, may she be at peace at her favorite beach, Kealia. We will miss her dearly.

George ‘Keoki’ Keolaopio Kauileilehua Keamoai

George “Keoki” Keolaopio Kauileilehua Keamoai of Hanapepe passed away at the age of 78 on Dec. 25, 2016, at Kauai Care Center. Born on Jan. 31, 1938, in Puuwai, Niihau, he worked in irrigation with Gay and Robinson in the sugar plantation.

He was preceded in death by his daughters, Judy Nanikaua‘i Keamoai, and Deborah Puananikauanoe Keamoai; and grandson, Taylor Keola Kanahele-Keamoai.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Ku’uleilani Nizo-Keamoai; daughters, Faith Nalei Keamoai, Hope Ka‘imi Strickland, Charity Mano Kanahele, Yolanda Kemamo Betts, and Shyla Pilialoha Ho; 10 grandchildren, Destinie Maka Keamoai-Barnes, Justina Manolani Keamoai, Justine Hau‘oli Gardener, Rosemary Ka‘imilei Keamoai-Strickland, Patrick Keoki Keamoai- Strickland, Noaa Kahanamana Kubo, Samson Ikaika Keamoai-Strickland, Christopher Keola Kanahele, Tiana Wailama Kanahele and Chris Napomaika‘i Kanahele; three great-grandchildren, Destinie Akauanoe Keamoai-Barnes, Zymani Ho‘omana Keamoai- Hall and Zyreiah Mahina Gardener; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai on Saturday, Jan. 14. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. to noon with services to begin at noon. Burial will be followed at the Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


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