Obituaries for Sunday, February 2, 2020

Carmen Pia Rivera

Carmen Pia Rivera passed away on Jan. 11, 2020, in Waimea, at the age of 63. She was born on Jan. 9, 1957, in Lihu‘e, and was a licensed practical nurse.

She was preceded in death by parents Pedro Agustin Visitacion and Pia Cadabona, brother Marcy Visitacion, and sister Trinidad Visitacion.

She is survived by husband Roland B. Rivera, daughters Rachael (Nathan) Rivera-Wong of Seattle and Crystal (Richard) Kalauawa of Lawai, grandchildren Noah Wong, Maya Wong, Emma Wong, Ela Kalauawa and Aria Kalauawa, and sister Esther (JR) Estes of Waimea.

Services will be held at Garden Island Mortuary on Friday, Feb. 7, with visitation from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and celebration of life at 6:30 p.m.

The family suggests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wilson C. Dagdag

Wilson C. Dagdag passed away on Jan. 9, 2020, at his home at the age of 57. He was born on Feb. 13, 1962, in the Philippines.

He was a restaurant steward.

He was preceded in death by father Aurelio Dagdag Sr.

He is survived by wife Avegail L. Dagdag, mother Maria C. Dagdag, brother Aurelio Dagdag Jr. of New Hampshire, sisters Luz D. Linoz of Kaumakani and Virginia Dagdag of Tel Aviv, Israel, nephews and nieces Jema, Clamarie, Jojo, Ashley, Troy, Michelle, Rowena and Jeffrey, and grandchilden Jonalyn, Mathew, Andrew, Rasheed, Tayshuan, Aljur John, Angela Joy, Ligaya, Vojo, Violet, Vicel, Xyrjell and Lebron.

Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Holy Cross Church, with visitation from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and service at 10 a.m.

The family suggests casual attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Melchora Cadiz Domingcil

Melchora Cadiz Domingcil, 97, of Lihue, passed away at Garden Isle Health Care on Jan. 25, 2020. She was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on Jan. 6, 1923, and was a dedicated homemaker.

She was preceded in death by husband Emilio Domingcil and four siblings.

She is survived by daughter Carlina (Andy) Acupan, grandchildren Donnabel (Jamie Moniz) Acupan, John Acupan and Norman Acupan, great-grandchild Dante K. Moniz, brothers Rosalino (Bibiana) Cadiz and Dominador (Maria) Cadiz, sisters Feliza Tangonan, Evarista Sagisi, Maria (Victor) Acojido and Josefina (Marcelino) Dela Cruz, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be Saturday, Feb. 8, at Immaculate Conception Church, with viewing from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

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

Kenneth D. Reese

Kenneth D. Reese, 75, of Richmond, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Dec. 26, 2019. He served in the National Guard before working for Harris Electric as a master electrician until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by mother Florence McCullough, father George Reese, stepfather Pete McCullough, sister Jane Brock and wife Connie Williamson Reese.

He is survived by sister Sandra Gattuso, son Shawn (Dana) Reese, grandchildren Brett, Miya and Jacob, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at Koloa Missionary Church on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m.

The family requests no koden (monetary gifts).

Montgomery Liholiho Pia

Montgomery Liholiho Pia of Kapa‘a passed away on Jan. 13, 2020, at the age of 66.

Born on Feb. 24, 1953, in Lihu‘e, he was a member of the Painters Local Union 1791.

He was preceded in death by parents Henry and Mecuria Pia

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marilyn A. Pia, son Troy (Crystal) Pia, daughters, Natasha (Kukui) Pia Kamake‘eaina and Tristel (Brandon) Pia Salvador, sister Lynette McComas, brother Gilmore “Bozo” (Sharon) Pia, 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Catherine Church in Kapa‘a, with visitation from 8 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m., with a luncheon to follow.

Karen Anne Liberman

Karen Anne Liberman, 77, of Kapaia, passed away at home on Dec. 19, 2019.

She was born in Chicago on Feb. 6, 1942, and was a licensed hair stylist and massage therapist.

She was a Beverly Hills hair stylist from 1964 to 1976, where she also modeled for TV commercials and magazines. She styled hair and makeup for movies and actors including Richard Dryfuss in “Jaws” and Anthony Herraras in the “Young and the Restless,” to name a couple. After moving to Kauai in 1976 she opened and operated the Hair Kare Saloon in Puhi and Hair Kare Salon in the former Kauai Hilton (now Kauai Beach Resort) near Lihu‘e while also doing hair and makeup for movies and weddings.

She was active in hiking and dancing, blessed the lives of thousands of friends on Kauai and around the world, and was blessed by each of them. She always had a positive mind and loving heart.

She was preceded in death by parents Marion “Ted” and Kay Shanks.

A celebration of life will held Saturday, Feb. 8, on Ma‘alo Road (1/4 mile up road to Wailua Falls in Kapaia) at 11 a.m. Signs will be posted.

Lawrence ‘Blackie’ Mitsuo Asai

Lawrence “Blackie” Mitsuo Asai, 82, of Kapa‘a, passed away on Jan. 28, 2020. He was born in Kapa‘a on March 17, 1937.

He was preceded in death by parents Sukeichi and Aeno Asai, grandson Clayton Kangiser, niece Cindy Asai, and nephew Albert Asai Jr.

He is survived by his companion Coco, the mother of his children Midge Kaneholani Asai, daughter Naomi Asai, sons Larry (Caroline) Asai, Lionel (Janet) Asai, Keone (Christel) Asai and Lyle Asai, 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brothers Daniel (Lillian) Asai and Albert (Katy) Asai, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Kapa‘a Jodo Mission, beginning at 1 p.m. Inurnment will follow at Keapana Japanese Cemetery.

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

Charles Lester Trembath Jr.

Charles Lester Trembath Jr., 90, peacefully passed away in his home on Dec. 24, 2019. Born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on Jan. 9, 1929, he was raised in Colorado and moved to Kaua‘i in 1971.

He served as a sergeant in the Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. After his service he became an electrical engineer and continued to serve the government in communications. At 56 years of age he retired as engineer in charge at WWVH in Mana, Kaua‘i.

Retirement lead him to Kaua‘i Lagoons, where he worked as a golf marshall. Lovingly known as “Uncle Chuck,” he was a musician for Aunty Healani’s Hula Halau and spent much of his time with the Alu Like Kupuna.

He was preceded in death by parents Charles Lester Trembath Sr. and Julia Toro.

He is survived by his wife Opal “Healani” Trembath, sister Charlene Longacre, children Christina (Steve) Pilkington, Carma (David) Lovely, Erin (Bob) Imhoff, Kristi (Claurino Bueno) Lee, Riq (Michelle) Lee and Debbie (George) Jackson, 20 grandchildren and 27 greatgrandchildren.

His celebration of life is Saturday, Feb. 22, at Prince Kuhio Park (5061 Lawai Rd., Koloa), with service at 11 a.m. and celebration to follow. The family requests aloha attire to honor his love of the Hawaiian culture.


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