Obituaries for Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

• Marilyn Cuaresma Labrador • Harriet Kehaulani Kaili Rita Malapit • Peggy Jane Jeffries 

Harriet Kehaulani Kaili Rita Malapit

Harriet Kehaulani Kaili Rita Malapit, 67, lost her battle with thyroid gland cancer and passed away in Kula, Maui, on Dec. 27, at home surrounded by her hanai (caretaker’s) family, Mama Mattie Kukahiko-Kaeo, Kulani, Pono, Kapio, No‘i, Tupu, Waipa “Bozo,” Tessie, Kalae and Manoha Kaeo, and her beloved dog Pojo.

She was born in Waimea on Aug. 17, 1949 to Hannah Kahawaii Haleakala Kaili and Abraham Waikaka Kualu Kuwalu. Her parents later divorced. Her mother Hannah remarried to Joseph Nawahini Kaili, who adopted her and her siblings then took them to be sealed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Laie temple.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband’s family Tom Rita and William “Willie” Malapit and her brother Abraham Stanley Kaili.

She is survived by daughter Roseann Cannon of Waianae, Oahu; brother Harrom Hookano (Haunani) Kaili of Anahola; sisters Dora Lima (Kent) Daley of Provo, Utah; Emmaline Kaili of Lihue; six grandchildren: Kalani, Joseph, Melody, Tyler, Hallie and Bryson; nieces and nephews: Allison, Denise, Malanie, Kimo, Doranna, Karley-Joe, Kaina, Keoki, and Keawe Eaton. Aunt Luita Tachikawa; numerous grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

Having suffered brain hypoxia from nearly drowning at the age of 3, she suffered from impaired cognitive function the remainder of her life. Despite her learning disability and special needs she was independent, performing her daily living skills was joy in every advance small or large. She loved and was loved.

Her love for her family and her hanai family was deep. She was a kind, sweet soul who loved to help others with a beautiful good nature that easily inclined others to have a friendly personality. Her anger came and passed quickly, she never held a grudge. She would always greet everyone with a smile. Although she had little to offer she was willing to share. She had a big heart. She was caring, full of love and laughter. She loved cooking and eating her fish and poi, enjoyed playing volleyball, cleaning her yard, playing the ukulele, singing, listening to her music CDs and playing her bongo.

She had a talent all her life, and was passionate in making beautiful jewelry from seashells off the seashores, kukui nuts, koa seeds, red seeds, black-eyed Susan seed, etc., and varied types of fresh flowers and leaves in bloom that the Hawaiian Islands could offer for her to make beautiful lei.

A private viewing was held on Thursday, Dec. 29 at Borthwick-Norman’s Mortuary, Wailuku, Maui.

On Sunday, Jan. 22 from noon to sunset there will be a potluck to celebrate her life with scattering of her ashes in the sea to be held at Maliko Gulch Park where she’ll be reunited with her husband Willie. Friends, neighbors, families and everyone who were touched by her sweet spirit are welcome to help celebrate. E ko mo mai.

Mattie Kaeo and family, the Kaili Ohana expresses their love and sincere gratitude for generous and noble loving support of our beloved Harriet. We are eternally blessed with people like you in caring for a mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, niece, cousin, hanai and friend. Mahalo nui loa. Harrom and Dora

Marilyn Cuaresma Labrador

Marilyn Cuaresma Labrador of Kapaa passed away on Dec. 28 at Wilcox Medical Center at the age of 59.

Born on July 11, 1957 in Lihue, she was a secretary for state of Hawaii, Intake Services in Lihue.

She was preceded in death by her parents Antonio and Margarita Cuaresma.

She is survived by her husband Adrian Labrador of Kapaa; sons: Tarey (Ashley) Labrador of Kailua, Oahu; Tyler Labrador of Kapaa; brothers James (Leonida) Cuaresma of Wailua Houselots and Robert (Evangeline) Cuaresma of Keapana; numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life is Saturday, Jan. 28 at St. Raphael Church in Koloa. Visitation is at 8 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary, Koloa.

Peggy Jane Jeffries

Peggy Jane Jeffries of Princeville passed away peacefully at Wilcox Medical Center on Dec. 28.

Born in Mountain View, Mo. on Aug. 26, 1932, she was 84.

She was preceded in death by son Douglas Alan Jeffries and daughter Julie Alison Jeffries Coe.

She is survived by daughters Beth Ann (Steve) Jeffries Cagle of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Amy Jo (Rick) Jeffries Marvin of Kauai. She also is survived by 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


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