Obituaries for Friday, March 8, 2019

Yukie-Lynn Nalani DeSilva

Yukie-Lynn Nalani DeSilva of Kapaa passed away at Queen’s Medical Center on Jan. 26, 2019, at the age of 48. Born on Dec. 7, 1970, she was an advertising sales assistant for The Garden Island newspaper and an active CrossFitter at Kauai CrossFit.

She was preceded in death by father Yukio Higashi, brothers-in-law Alan and Shannon DeSilva, and sister-in-law Lynette Meatoga.

She is survived by husband of 29 years Kevin DeSilva, daughter Moana (Chris) Baltazar, son Dustyn (Michaela Manago) DeSilva, hanai son Kalani Kahaunaele, mother Olinda Higashi, sisters Maile (Jonah) Cummings and Anolani (Kelo Rivera) Higashi, brothers Gordon (Danice) Higashi, Alvin (Deborah) Higashi, Dean (Mel) Higashi, Blaine Kaneholani and Kenny (Kana Kaohi) Meatoga, in-laws Wayne and Rita DeSilva, brother-in-law Travis (Lisa) DeSilva, and grandchildren Cijay, Cyris, Christyn and Chloey Baltazar.

A celebration of life will be Saturday, March 9, at Anahola Beach Park, with visitation at 10 a.m. and services to follow.

Kimo Palama

Kimo Palama of Kalaheo died on Feb. 15, 2019, at Straub Medical Center on Oahu at the age of 54.

Born on July 11, 1964 in Waimea, he was a machine operator for Goodfellow Brothers Inc. He was preceded in death by parents Tommy and Patsy Palama, brother Kaleo Palama and sister Tanya Palama.

He is survived by son Koa Palama, daughters Keani (Kyle DeLima) Palama and Reign (Laule‘a Smythe) Palama, brothers Lance Palama, Kawila (Desiree) Palama and Keola (Megan) Palama, sister Tara Palama, nephews Kui (Shanelle) Palama, Landon Palama, Keanu (Trisha) Palama, Kaweo Palama and Hekili Palama, nieces Kulia Palama, Lacey Palama and Kahawaila‘i Palama, grand-nephews Lawakua Palama, Keale Palama and Haku Palama, grand-nieces Anuhea Palama, Aleigha Palama and Lanela Palama, and numerous cousins, aunties and uncles, horses and dogs.

Friends may visit with the family Saturday, March 9, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo, with visitation at 8:30 a.m. and Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m., with a celebration of life to follow at Hanapepe soccer field. The family suggests cowboy attire.

Christian Sahagun Labrador

Christian Sahagun Labrador, 89, of Lihue, passed away on Feb. 22, 2019, at Wilcox Medical Center. He was born in Kilauea on Jan. 4, 1930, and retired from McBryde Sugar Company.

He was preceded in death by parents Ciriaco and Teresa Sahagun Labrador, daughter Imelda Aguda, sisters Fabiana Guerrero, Carmen Vicente, Leandra Bartolome and Ines Lazaro, and brother Phillip Labrador.

He is survived by wife Luz Labrador, sons Jason (Jenna Vegas) Labrador and Roy (Sharnette) Labrador, daughters Jusiefine (Jaime) Alvarado, Joanne (Christopher) Hardesty and Jerrelyn (Gerald Silva) Labrador, sister Cenona Acob, brother Jose Labrador, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 9, at Immaculate Conception Church, with viewing from 9 a.m. and services celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Kauai Memorial Gardens &Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Hope Grace Kumie Simao

Hope Grace Kumie Simao, 10, of Kalaheo, passed away at her home in Kalaheo on Feb. 22, 2019.

She was born on March 17, 2008, in Punahou, Oahu.

She was preceded in death by great-grandparents Manuel (Kumie) Simao, Mary Duque, Thomas Tokioka and Gilbert (Dorothy) Barretto.

She is survived by father Jonathan Barretto, mother Darrellyne (Jason Keahi) Caldeira Jr., brothers Micah Barretto of Kapaa and Noah Simao of Kalaheo, sister Jordan Simao of Kalaheo, grandparents Darrel (Diana) Simao, Donna (John) Takiguchi and Patrick (Jenniffer) Barretto, great-grandmother Grace Tokioka, and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, April 13, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

The family suggests casual attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rebecca Worthington ‘Becca’ Pickett

Rebecca Worthington “Becca” Pickett, 59, died Feb. 19, 2019, at Wilcox Medical Center, of heart failure.

She moved to Kauai in 1988 to settle in Kilauea. She taught language arts, career and technical training, and led the teen parent program at Kapaa High School, where she worked for 22 years. She didn’t hesitate to pursue new work experiences, which included employment with Kamehameha Schools and Kawaikini charter school. Recently, she was excited to join the staff of Kauai Community College.

She was an engaging and committed kumu to two generations of Kauai’s keiki. She was an active and beloved member of the Kilauea community, the Hanalei Canoe Club, Christ Memorial Episcopal Church and an informal but close group of coastal swimmers on the North Shore.

She was a woman committed to her students and her passions, an aunty who would advocate tirelessly for those she cared about, and was known as someone who would not back down from challenges on water or land. She had an adventuresome spirit and loved to travel.

She was preceded in death by mother Pat Pickett.

She is survived by her father Donald (Patti) Pickett, brothers Tom (Katie) Pickett and Toby (Meghan) Pickett, nieces Erin, Gillian and Mallory Pickett, nephew Rylan Pickett, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service and celebration of life are planned for 11 a.m. Sunday, June 16, at Waipa, north of Hanalei.

Hisako Nitta

Hisako Nitta, 101, of Kekaha, passed away on Sept. 28, 2018, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1916, in Makaweli.

She was preceded in death by husband Shigeo Nitta.

She is survived by sons Donald (Janice) Nitta of Waimea, Norman (Priscilla-deceased) Nitta of Kalaheo, Roy (Aileen) Nitta of Kekaha, grandchildren Vincent (Lori) Nitta, Kristie (Andy) Canavan, Richard Nitta, Pamela (Ray) Gomez, Tami (Justin Namuza) Nitta and Ken (Erin) Nitta, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Private services were held. The family requests no koden (monetary gifts).

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Dana Valeriano ‘Kumu Hula Kaua‘i‘iki’ Olores

Dana Valeriano “Kumu Hula Kaua‘i‘iki” Olores, 56 of Kekaha, left this world on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

He is survived by parents Evelyn “Aunty Kanae” Yadao and Valeriano “Uncle Yano” Olores, sisters Valerie Santiago, Janet “Kaeo” Bradford and Evelyn “Pake” Riley, brothers Jonathan, Marvin, Jason and Gordon, and many nieces and nephews, along with numerous hanai sons and daughters.

A celebration of life service will held at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 6.

The family suggests aloha attire.

For more information call Kaeo at 256-8839.


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