Obituaries for Wednesday, April 12, 2017

• Dana Kuapahi • Vernon Tasaka • Aubrey H. Kunishige • Henry Efhan • Anna May Brandt • Eleanor Jane Rosa Nobriga

Dana Kuapahi

Dana Kuapahi of Hanapepe Valley, born on Dec. 29, 1968 in Waimea, passed away at the age of 48 on March 4, at Kauai Veteran’s Memorial Hospital.

He was preceded in death by father Leialoha Kuapahi Sr., father-in-law Howell Kaleohano Sr., and grandmother Kiyono Ho‘okano.

He is survived by his daughter, Harley-Lei (Kaimana Prem) Kuapahi of Hanapepe, hanai daughters Tehani-Li of Hanapepe and Nikita-Lynn of Kalaheo, granddaughters Kailey-Ann, Brin-Lee, and Niah-Mae, mother Arlene Kuapahi of Waimea, mother-in-law Betty Kaleohano of Hanapepe, aunts Leiala Ho‘okano of Oahu, Carol Furtado of Lawai and Keiko Furtado of Las Vegas, brothers Leialoha (Amy) Kuapahi Jr. of Washington, Oric Kuapahi of Kekaha, Klaine Kuapahi of Waimea, Ivan (Monica) Kuapahi of Arizona, Bully (Dez) Koani of Oahu, Kapu Koani of Oahu and Nephi Gonzales of Oahu, sisters Wai (LB) Kuapahi of Waimea, Keala Werner Kuapahi of Hanapepe, Leona (Harlen) Fragas of Hilo and Napua Koani of Oahu, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 15, at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church. Visitation will be at 9 a.m with services beginning at 10 a.m.

The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Vernon Tasaka

Vernon “Sonny” Tasaka of Wailua passed away at Garden Isle Health Care on March 27, a the age of 88. He was the owner of David’s Body & Fender Shop in Kapaia.

He was born in Hanalei on Oct. 29, 1928.

He was preceded in death by his wife Florence Tasaka and his parents Kenichi and Asayo Tasaka.

He is survived by daughters Sheri Baker of California, Nina Tasaka of Wailua, Donna Tasaka (Wayne) Moore of South Carolina and one hanai daughter, Shawna Okami-Rose Hill of Nevada, five grandchildren, Karlina Tasaka of Wailua, Das Baker of California, and Wayne Moore Jr., Kaitlyn and Kyle Moore of South Carolina, seven great-grandchildren, Kaylin Espada-Tasaka, Kaleomana Tasaka, Roselynn, Christopher and Micah Rapozo, all of Wailua, and Brooke and Graysin Moore of South Carolina.

He is also survived by sisters Shinae Tasaka of Hanalei and Winona Yoshida of Oahu, brother Clyde Tasaka of Wailua, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 12, at Lydgate Beach Park main pavilion. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to noon, with the service to follow. The family suggests casual attire and requests flowers be omitted. Lei are welcome. Assisting the family in arrangements was Borthwick Mortuary.

Aubrey H. Kunishige

Aubrey H. Kunishige passed on March 15 at Wilcox Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 18, 1948 at Waimea Hospital, and was a program analyst at the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility.

He was preceded in death by his father Tamotsu Kunishige and mother Kikue Kunishige.

He is survived by his wife Penny C. Kunishige, sons Daniel (Shellie) Kunishige of Oahu, Tobin (Almarie) Teruya of Baton Rogue, Louisiana, and Austin Kunishige of San Diego, California, daughter Alison (Rey Payumo) Kunishige of Oahu, grandchildren Alethea Teruya, Noah Cheng, Alwin Teruya, Julia Kunishige and Aria Kunishige, brothers-in-law Archie (Lynn) Ikehara and Leo Ikehara, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 15, at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel in Lawai. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. with a celebration of life at 3 p.m.

The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Henry Efhan

Henry Efhan of Kapaa passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on April 2 at the age of 77. He was born in Kilauea on May 14, 1939. A member of Operating Engineers Local Union No 3., he retired from working as a heavy equipment operator with various construction companies throughout the years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Priscilla Dang Efhan, parents Tiopelo and Ciriaca Mondarte Efhan, brothers Francisco Efhan, Lorenzo Efhan, Juan Efhan, Maximo Efhan Sr., Alfredo Efhan and Inocencio “Sancho” Efhan, and sisters Rosita Efhan, Mary Louis and Patricia Chapman.

He is also survived by sons Darryl Efhan of Kapaa and Joel (Suzanne) Efhan of Honolulu, daughter Donna Efhan of Kapaa, grandchildren Kaileen and Kenton Efhan of Catalina Island, California, and David and Charles Efhan of Honolulu, brothers Gary (Judith) Efhan of California and Vicente (Helga) Efhan of Kapaa, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on April 29 at Immaculate Conception Church, with viewing from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens. The family requests no monetary gifts and welcomes flowers. Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Efhan family with arrangements.

Anna May Brandt

Anna May Brandt of Kekaha was born on Feb. 16, 1929 in Eleele, and passed away on April 8 at Kauai Care Center.

She was preceded in death by her father Ah Chin Wong and mother Juana Moreno Ruiz.

She is survived by her husband Fedor M. Brandt Jr. of Kekaha, daughter Benda (Phillip) Chee of Honolulu, sons Douglas (Vicky) Brandt of Kekaha and Michael (Rondalynn) Brandt of the Big Island, grandchildren Bryan and Jocelyn Chee of Honolulu, Ronson and Maegan Brandt of Honolulu and Cody Brandt of Arizona, sisters Rose Marie (Robert) Burns of Makakilo and Delores Phillips of Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, April 23, at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel in Lawai at 10 a.m. The family suggests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Eleanor Jane Rosa Nobriga

Eleanor Jane Rosa Nobriga of Puhi passed away at home on March 26 at the age of 85. She was born in Hanamaulu on Oct. 1, 1931, and was a dedicated homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Georgina Rosa, brother John Rosa and granddaughters Lori Jayne Nobriga-Nakamoto and Vanessa Nobriga.

She is survived by her husband David Nobriga Sr., daughters Regina Kaui and Rosemary (Melvin) Robley, sons David (Allison) Nobriga Jr., Mark Nobriga and Anthony Nobriga, 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, sisters Lucille Lingaton and Paulette Rosa, brother Harold (Paula) Rosa and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on April 21 at Immaculate Conception Church, with viewing from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

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

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