Obituaries for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Regina Cabico Torres

Regina Cabico Torres, 80, passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on July 24, 2019. She was born on Sept. 17, 1938, in Dasay Narvacan Ilocos Sur, Philippines and retired from the Kauai Hilton Hotels & Resorts as a house keeper.

She is preceded in death by her parents Severo and Hilaria Cabico; her husband Fausto Sambajon Torres; infant son Francis Torres.

She is survived by her children, Sonny Torres of the Philippines, Juanita (Richard) Agaran of Kapaa, Boni (Cathy) Torres of the Philippines, Clarence (Melba) Torres of Eleele, Anabel (Rhod) Giron of Lanai City, Robert Torres of Kapaa; her siblings, Cresencia Garces of Kealia, Carol (Elpidio) Nono of Kapaa; 15, grandchildren, 2 great-grand children; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Saint Catherine’s Church with visitation at 8 a.m. and a Mass celebration at 10 a.m. There will be a burial to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Shelene M. Fujii

Shelene M. Fujii passed away at home on Aug. 2, 2019, at the age of 48. She was born on Aug. 30, 1970, at Wilcox Hospital. She was previously employed with Oceanic Time Warner Cable as a customer service representative.

She was preceded in death by her father Thomas S. Nakamura and grandparents.

She is survived by her sons, Derwin (Kaylan Barretto) Yamamoto of Kalaheo, Dustin (Lehua Hookano) Yamamoto of Kalaheo, Ronsen Macabeo Fujii of Kalaheo; parents Karen Y. Nakamura, Douglas (Sarah) Fujii; brothers, Chris Nakamura of Wailua, Duane Fujii of Hanamaulu; sisters, Douri (Kimo) Doria of Kona, Karene (Miles) Kawamoto of Puhi, Kristie (Darin) Nonaka of Wahiawa, Terry (Paul) Kuribayashi of Koloa, Wendy ( Aaron) Chan of Oahu, Sharie Anne (Ryan Tagomori) Fujii of Oahu, Sharyl Lynn (Eric Armenti) Fujii of Oahu; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins.

Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 with Visitation 9 to 11 a.m., service to follow at Garden Island Mortuary.

Arrangements provided by Garden Island Mortuary.

Robert (Bob) Wright

Robert (Bob) Wright, of Princeville, peacefully passed away at home on Aug. 10, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was 94.

His wife Jane of 67 years, his son Eric, brother Don and granddaughter Celine survive Bob.

Bob’s life was marked by a lively intellect, great business acumen, an unquenchable curiosity, a great sense of humor and a passion for photography, nurtured by consummate imaging skills.

He was a proud World War II veteran of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops. Bob enjoyed being an accomplished athlete, running marathons, golfing, playing tennis, and enjoying and teaching skiing. He was also well known for his skills as a sailor. He participated in ocean big and small boat sailing. For a good portion of his life he was involved in windsurfing and competitive sculling.

Robert was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in February of 1925. In 1951, he graduated from American International College with an MA in Business Administration. He worked his entire career in the packaging industry, retiring as the senior vice president of Dixie Packaging in 1988 to make Kauai his new home.

Bob was proud to have served the Princeville community in various leadership roles as a member and vice president of the Princeville Community Association, president of the Princeville Men’s Golf Club and vice president of the Sunset Drive Community Association for over 20 years.

Bob leaves a lasting legacy with decades of excellent images. He enjoyed a long successful second career selling prints at various venues on the island. His work resides in the private collections ofpatrons in Hawaii and on the Mainland. Using film, digital and drone cameras he created many memorable and diverse images, always investing time and energy in new ways to explore or express his creativity.

He will be greatly missed by family, friends and everyone who has had the honor of sharing time with him.

Wayne ‘Kahale’ Bautista Rivera Jr.

Wayne “Kahale” Bautista Rivera Jr. passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2019, at Wilcox Hospital, at the age of 38. He was born on Feb. 17, 1981 in Lihue.

He is predeceased by both grandparents, Frank Sr. amd Juanita Rivera and Theodore and Agnes Pabo.

He is survived by parents Wayne Sr. and Liane Rivera; brother Pomai Rivera; sister Makana Rivera; as well as numerous aunties, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Celebration and Remembrance of Life will be held at Anahola Beach Park on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at 5 p.m. with service to follow at 6 p.m.

Sharon Mae Santiago

Sharon Mae Santiago passed away in Lihue on July 28, 2019, at the age of 59. She was born on Jan. 5, 1960, in Lihue. She is currently doing voluntary community outreach and other church activities.

She was preceded in death by her father Angel Santiago, Sr.; her mother Margaret (Richard) Gomes; sister Dora Anna (Dubo) Hirokane.

She is survived by her sons, Shaun-Casey (Krystal) Banasihan, Christian (Faye) Santiago-Ader; daughters, Sharae (Hayward) Halog, Shaun-Tae (Naumu) Santiago; brothers, Angel (Lorita) Santiago, Jr., Ronald (Irvette) Santiago, Chico Santiago, Manuel (Valerie) Santiago; sister Matilda (George) Inouye; 6 grandsons; 5 granddaughters; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins.

Services will be held on Sept. 21, 2019. Burial at Kekaha Cemetery at 9 a.m. A Celebration of Life to follow at Waimea Neighborhood Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family suggests casual attire, flowers welcome.

Arrangements provided by Garden Island Mortuary.

Michele Charlotte Towler

Michele Charlotte Towler passed away at home on July 17, 2019, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 63, after courageously battling cancer for over 20 years. She was born in Lihue on July 7, 1956. Michele spent 30+ years working in the hospitality industry for the Hogan Family, managing hotel properties and front office teams on Kauai, and then in Kona for the remainder of her career.

She is preceded in death by her parents Donald and Margaret Towler.

Michele is survived by her sister April Kaulukukui of Wailua; son Jaret (Alana) Towler of Wailua; daughter Kayli (Matt) Van Aken of Wailua; niece Maile (Jordan) Kaulukukui of Redlands, Calif.; nephew Donald (Sarah) Kaulukukui of Honolulu; grandchildren Wailei’a, Lehia, Bella, Haloa, and Kamaha’o.

A very special thank you to the Hogan Family for their love and support throughout the years for Michele. Thank you also to Kauai Hospice and Kona Hospice for their continued care and support. In lieu of flowers or gifts, Michele’s family has asked that donations be made in her name to Kauai Hospice or Kona Hospice

A celebration of Michele’s life will be held on August, 24, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Royal Kona Resort’s Alii Surf Room. Private services will be held on Kaua’i at a later date.

Kikuyo Inouye

Kikuyo Inouye, 97, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2019, at St. Francis Hospice in Nuuanu. She was born in Koloa on Oct.25, 1921, and moved to Mililani in 2002 to live with her son Lester and his wife Brandie.

She was preceded in death by husband Isamu (Callahan); son Keith; daughter Eileen (Bruce) Yoshinaka; sisters, Katsuko Takahashi, Itsue Ikehara, Katherine Urabe; brothers, Takeshi (Alice), Tatsuo (Julie) and Toshio (Setsuko) Kobayashi.

Kikuyo is survived by son Lester (Brandie) Inouye; son-in-law Bruce Yoshinaka; grandchildren, Chad (Michelle) Yoshinaka, Darin Yoshinaka, Allison Inouye, Melissa Inouye, Megan (Aaron) Small; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Jessica and Jordan Yoshinaka and Chloe and Ari Small; brothers, Shizuo (Joan), Stanley (Betty), James (Lilian) Kobayashi.

Private family services were held on Kauai. Arrangements on Oahu by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.

Wayne Watanabe

Wayne Watanabe, former Kapa’a High school principal and football coach, passed away peacefully on Aug. 13, 2019.

Wayne was born on March 1, 1943 in Honolulu, and after obtaining his education in Missouri, he returned home to serve the community he loved so much. Big-hearted and genuine, Wayne dedicated his life to helping others, and he had a special desire to help troubled and at risk youth.

He was passionate about football, and he was a Kapa’a Warrior through and through. Even in his advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, he would proudly don his Kapa’a High School shirts and light up when he heard a football game on television.

Wayne was preceded in death by his mother and father Mildred and Charles Watanabe, and his brother Dennis.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen; daughters Momi (Mike) DeDeaux, Pua (Erin) Cobb-Adams, Lehua (Bryson Vivas) Watanabe; 13 grandchildren, Joella (James) Brewer, Stephanie Kaona, Tori (Mark) Cameron, Karla DeDeaux, Tiana DeDeaux, Dylan Watanabe, Ryder Vivas, Kalaunuiohua Cobb-Adams, Kahanohaweo Cobb-Adams, Bryden Vivas, Wainohia Cobb-Adams, Ka‘onohihiwahiwa Cobb-Adams, Rydge Vivas; 2 great-grandchildren John Brewer and Ryleigh Cameron; sisters, Karen (Richard) Nakano, Jean (Bruce) Kinoshita, and Gail (Cal) Sagara, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his former students who lovingly called him “Pops”.

The family invites friends, former students and colleagues to celebrate Wayne’s life on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Kapa‘a High School Cafeteria. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., Service at 11 a.m., with lunch to follow. Please wear green or Kapa‘a School attire.

Darrell Gene Amorin

Darrell Gene Amorin, 60, went home to be with the Lord on June 7, 2019. He was born July 15, 1958, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue and was a painter for many years.

He is preceded in death by parents Frank and Maria Amorin.

He is survived by his children, Emerson (Amber) Amorin, Jennifer (Keola) Amorin, Lea Amorin; sisters, Priscilla (Osang) Miguel, Carol (Ron) Dias; brother Harold Amorin. He is also survived by his grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Kauai Veterans Center in Lihue. Visitation from 8:30 a.m. and services celebrated at 10 a.m. Family suggests casual attire.


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