Obituaries for Sunday, July 22, 2018

Catherine ‘Potot’ Fernandez

Catherine “Potot” Fernandez, 88, of Koloa, passed away at home on June 30, 2018. She was born in Lihue on Nov. 6, 1929, and was previously employed as a cook with Poipu Inn.

She was preceded in death by husband Cereal Fernandez; parents, Angelo Bacarro and Okimi Fujii; stepfather, Alberto Daguay; brothers, James Bacarro Sr. and Alfred Bacarro; grandson, Aaron Michioka and daughter-in-law, Dolores Fernandez.

She is survived by sons, Edward “Eddie Boy” (Sheila) Fernandez of Mililani, Oahu, Bernal Fernandez of Lawai; daughters, Sherleen “Tita” Fernandez of Koloa, Suzette “Baba” (Greg) Kenney of Kekaha, Zaneeta (Bill) Quinn of Mililani, Oahu; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Bonilla of Puhi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 28, at St. Raphael Church, with viewing from 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery.

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

Robert Sueo Higashi Sr.

Robert Sueo Higashi Sr. 84, of Kekaha, passed away on June 24, 2018, in Lihue.

Born on March 18, 1934, in Waimea, he was a medical specialist and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by sons, Dwayne (Tammy) Higashi of Eleele and Robert Higashi of Olympia, Washington; hanai son, Jay Oyama of Oahu; daughters, Tammy (Mativa) Tupe of Kamuela, Hawaii, Blanche Higashi of Kekaha; grandchildren, Tasha Rita, Malia Rita, April Rita, Christopher Vidinha, Damien Higashi, Brianni Higashi, Leilani Higashi, Rachelle Higashi, Josie Higashi- Sasaki, Elray Tupe, Kainoa Tupe, Royce Kawamura and Ryan Kawamura; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Kathy Saiki of Honolulu; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 28, at Kekaha Boat House.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m., and services will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

A luncheon will be held after the services.

Scattering of ashes will follow.

The family suggests aloha attire.

Vincent Paul Alvarez

Vincent Paul Alvarez, 59, of Kekaha, passed away on July 16, 2018, at his home. Born on Oct. 13, 1958, in Waimea, he was a crew chief with Kauai Coffee.

He is survived by brothers, Thomas Alvarez of Waimea and Brendan Alvarez of Kekaha; sisters, Mary (Larry) Alvarez-Manuel of Kekaha and Cordell (Joel) Blair of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, July 28, at St. Theresa Church in Kekaha from 9 to 10:45 a.m., where Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

The family suggests aloha attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Misao Nakamura

Misao Nakamura, of Kapaa, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2018, at the age of 94. Her long and full life centered around her family and friends.

She was a retired cafeteria manager at Kauai High School.

She is survived by nephews, Milton Nakamura, Clifton Hayashi, Nelson Hayashi, Melvin Hayashi, Lloyd Nakamura, Richard Nakamura and Miles Nakamura; and nieces, Marie Hashimura, Irene Nitta, Joan Yamamoto, Jean Naito and Susan Neil.

Private services are pending.

Kaipo Puluke Alekanekelo Yoshio Kaiama Kali

Kaipo Puluke Alekanekelo Yoshio Kaiama Kali, 25, of Lihue, passed away on July 5, 2018, at his home in Lihue. He was born on April 30, 1993, in Lihue.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Henry “Cha-Cha,” Caroline Saronitman, Lorraine Komaki-Kali and Placido Jose.

He is survived by parents, Bruce A. (Cathy L.) Kali; sister, Ku‘uipo (Kurtis) Balai-Kali; brothers, Kekoa (Marissa) Kali and Kainoa Kali; fiance, Mariah Camat-Magno; daughters, Riahte‘a Camat-Kali, ‘Ale‘a Camat-Kali and Tehina‘vai Camat-Kali; son, Ali‘iloa Camat-Kali; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Borthwick Mortuary chapel in Koloa from 6 to 9 p.m. At 7 p.m. the Rev. Arlan Intal will preside over a prayer service.

Cremation will follow.

The family suggests casual attire.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at Wailua Homesteads Park. Friends and family may visit the family from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., where a luncheon will follow.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Richard Scott ‘Dick’ Burriss

Richard Scott “Dick” Burriss died peacefully on July 19, 2018, at home in Kapaa with family by his side. He was born on Valentine’s Day in 1940 and spread love from that day on.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, he spent his early years in Los Alamos, New Mexico, later graduating from Towson (Maryland) High. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he earned his degree from Santa Clara University School of Law while simultaneously working for Lockheed in what was to become Silicon Valley near Palo Alto, California.

He began his law practice in 1967 in Los Altos, relocated the law firm to Mountain View, California, in 1979, and spent more than 50 years practicing business law. He mentored over 100 law students and young lawyers, taught at nearby San Jose State, and served as judge pro tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He never retired from the practice of law.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding and camping. He took great pride in his bird dogs and in putting his horse through the paces in barrel racing and trail riding competitions. He took up golf about 40 years too late but nevertheless enjoyed playing whenever he could. He lived with his family in the Santa Cruz, California, Mountains for 40 years and became a full-time resident of Kauai after spending up to six months a year here since 1981.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Shepard Howie Burriss; children, Catherine Scott Burriss (Elaine Tse), Robert Howie (Jill) and Brian Howie; as well as grandchildren Samantha, Robert, Boedhe and Harper.

He was preceded in death by parents, Stanley W. Burriss and Teresa Montesano Burriss, both of San Jose, California. He will be remembered for his generosity, kindness and quick wit. A memorial service will be held at a later date. A hui hou.


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