Obituaries for Sunday, July 19, 2020

Remigio Lagrimas Dela Cruz

Remigio Lagrimas Dela Cruz passed away on June 8, 2020, at Wilcox Medical Center, at the age of 77. He was born on Jan. 24 1942, in Mayantoc, Tarlac, Philippines. He retired from Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative.

He was preceded in death by father Silvestre D. Dela Cruz, mother Segundina L. Dela Cruz, sister Adoracion Dela Cruz, late wife Amy E. Dela Cruz and adopted son Aaron Paul Oana Dela Cruz.

He is survived by wife Evelyn Oana Dela Cruz, sons Rey G. Dela Cruz of ‘Oma‘o, Remigio L. Dela Cruz Jr. of Hanapepe and Robert G. Dela Cruz of ‘Oma‘o, grandchildren, Bryson Dela Cruz, Shelcie Rapozo Dela Cruz, Caleb Dela Cruz, Megan Arakaki Dela Cruz, Justyn Ramones Dela Cruz, Jillian Dela Cruz, Jaiden Dela Cruz and Emilia Dela Cruz, great-grandchildren Mila Oshiro Dela Cruz and Nixon Oshiro Dela Cruz, brothers Rogelio (Sonita) Dela Cruz of Kekaha, Arsenio (Elvira) Dela Cruz of Castro Valley, California and Monico (Rola) Dela Cruz of Vallejo, California, sisters Teresita (Benigno) Guillermo of Hanapepe, Rosita (Joe) Nolasco of Milipitas, California and Clarita (Andronico) Rafael of Las Vegas, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A talk-story session is at Garden Island Mortuary Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A celebration of life is at Holy Cross Church, Kalaheo, on Saturday, July 25, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kekaha Public Cemetery.

The family suggests casual attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Richard Henry Sloggett Jr.

Richard Henry Sloggett Jr. (best known as “Uncle Dick” or “Captain Dick” to many), died peacefully at home in Hanalei on July 9, 2020, at the age of 90. He as born on March 1, 1930, at the then Lihu‘e Hospital.

He was preceded in death by parents Richard Henry Sloggett and Susan Reynolds Sloggett, and sisters Nancy Sloggett Goodale and Sally Sloggett.

He is survived by wife Loree Sandoz-Sloggett, children Richard Henry Sloggett III, Sheri Sloggett-Shanks (Paul) Bruesehoff and Charles Digby Sloggett, grandchildren Summer Shanks, Blake Shanks, Nicholas Sloggett, Whitney Sloggett, Christopher Sloggett and Chad Sloggett, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Remembrances in his name may be made to Kaua‘i Hospice or Grove Farm Museum.

Services and a celebration of life are pending.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Valentine Kalaniho‘okaha Ako

Valentine Kalaniho‘okaha Ako, 93, died May 22, 2020, at his home in Wailua. Born in Holualoa, Kona, Hawai‘i Island on July 10, 1926, “Uncle Val” (“The Kulolo Man”) was a veteran of the Korean War and a retiree and active member of Laborers Union Local 368. A skilled fisherman and kalo farmer, he also loved to share his inamona, ulu poi and kulolo recipes, stories and ‘ike with all.

He was preceded in death by wife Elizabeth Ka‘onohi Johnson, parents James Kopo Ako and Lily Keahialoa Kanoholani, brothers James Kopo Ako, Phillip Ahana Ako, James Ka‘aealani Wilia, Herbert Kamakauikeaouli Ako, Elmer ‘A‘alona Ako, George Kinoulu Kahananui, Reynold Maluhia Ako and James Kimo Ako, and sisters Josephine Kahiwaokalani Freitas, Eleanor Leikini Pelekane, Rachel Lahela Ka‘opuiki, Elizabeth Maluihi Ako Lee and Emma Louise Makalau Ako-Conjugacion.

He is survived by sisters Lily Jane Kalamakauikeaouli Nunies and Elaine Haimakaokalani Ako-Spencer, daughters Blanche Kepola (Stanley) Ako-McCabe, Valerie Naninohea (Ernest) Garcia and Julie-Beth Mamo (Kaleo) Ako, son Ivan Kaho‘onani (Kala‘au‘ala) Ako, granddaughter Ellason Elizabeth Kanoelani (Robert) Ornellas, grandsons Justin Lopaka (Danielle) Aiu, Aaron Kaea Kanoa (Marcella) Aiu, Ernest Keolaonaona (Reveen) Garcia, David Kaheaonalani (Jennifer) Garcia, Kaulana Parker McCabe and Kekai Charles McCabe, and great-grandchildren Kailey Hi‘ilani Rivera, Logan Lopaka Aiu, Micah Kaiwi Kekailoa Ornellas, Dylan Kaiolohia Aiu, Kayzen Kamalamalamaonalani Alameda, Mallory Leilani Aiu, Kana‘i Kaho‘okele Garcia, Kilinahe Kaehukai Garcia, Keani Kaimalie Garcia, Korey Kanohonaluikekaimalino Alameda-McCabe, Waylon Kanoa Aiu, Makenna Kaleikaumaka Aiu, Waila‘i Ka‘ano‘i Garcia and Kharter Kekamaehumeahonui McCabe.

Graveside services and celebration of life will be held at 11a.m. on Aug. 1, at 7284 Ko‘olau Road, Kilauea, HI 96754.

In light of COVID-19, the family asks that attendees call in their RSVP to378-4803 (landline/no text). The family will be serving lunch and practicing social distancing. If you forget a face mask, one will be provided. This will be an outdoor covered event, and precautions are in place to minimize health risks in accordance with guidance from the state Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Al Yukinobu Shimabukuro

It is with great sadness that the family of Al Yukinobu Shimabukuro, age 67, announce his passing on June 15, 2020, at his home in ‘Oma‘o, after a long battle with cancer.

Al was born on June 8, 1953 in Hilo. He attended Hilo High School, moving to Kaua‘i in 1974. He received his certification of journeyman carpenter in April of 1981, and built his family home in ‘Oma‘o. He worked as a carpenter for the next 31 years on Kaua‘i. He was a well-known and avid big-wave surfer throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by father Fred Rinko Shimabukuro of Hilo.

He leaves behind his wife Catherine Shimabukuro of 38 years and son Luke Koshin Shimabukuro of Kaua‘i, mother Carol Shimabukuro, sister June Shimabukuro and brother Arnold Shimabukuro of Hilo.

He was known for his kindness and generosity of his talents to friends and family. He will be sorely missed by his many friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. If desired, donations may be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society.

Edwin Joseph Pereira

Edwin Joseph Pereira, 85, of Lihu‘e, passed away at home on July 14, 2020. He was born in Lihu‘e on May 19, 1935, and retired as a mason with Brick Layers Union Local 1 of Hawai‘i.

He is survived by wife Angeline “Bernice” Pereira, children Bernie (Glen) Fujimura, Peter (Carrie) Pereira and Betty Jean (Wade) Nakamoto, hanai grandson Junah Corpus, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, brother Wilbert (Yvonne) Pereira, sisters-in-law Beatrice Silva and Dorothy Costa, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Private services were held.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens &Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Michael Anthony Bukoski

Michael Anthony Bukoski, loving husband, father, papa, son and brother, passed away on July 4, 2020, at Wilcox Medical Center. He was born in Lihu‘e on June 22, 1949, and retired after 39 years of service at Hawaiian Airlines.

He was preceded in death by father Manuel Bukoski.

He is survived by wife Erlinda “Erla” Bukoski, daughters Claressa (Frederick) Casticimo and Kristen Bukoski, grandsons Erick, Kolby and Avery Casticimo, Micah Bukoski and Landen Kaneholani, mother Margaret Bukoski, and sister Loretta (Jim) Bonilla.

Mass celebrating his life of will be held on Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael Church in Koloa. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, masks are mandatory and social distancing is required.

The family requests no flowers. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Amy E. Gokan

Amy E. Gokan passed away on July 16, 2020, at the age of 99, in Lihu‘e. She was born on June 23, 1921, in Hawai‘i. She retired as secretary with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

She was preceded in death by husband Edward Gokan.

She is survived by daughters Sybil Titus of Lihu‘e and Lorita Balick of Washington, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at a later date.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Darren Tamotsu Wakano

Darren Tamotsu Wakano passed away July 14, 2020, at the age of 54, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 11, 1965 in Honolulu. He was a building and house painter.

He was preceded in death by father Lawrence Masaru Wakano and mother Jean Aiko Wakano.

He is survived by wife Naomi Wakano, son Dylan (Jeizel Cadiz) Wakano of Lihu‘e, daughter Lacey (Brayden Rasay) Wakano of Lihu‘e, father and mother-in-law Tsutao and Harriet Morioka, brother Mitch (Jim Goodenough) Wakano of Florida, brother-in-law Danny (Julie) Morioka of Kapa‘a, sister Laurie Babtkis-Wakano of California, sister-in-law Mae (Darin) Asato of Virginia, stepmother Elenor Wakano and family, hanai family Mark, Karen and Kellie Joto, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Colleen Mie Yamase

Colleen Mie Yamase passed away on July 13, 2020, at the age of 64, in Lihu‘e. She was born on Sept. 11, 1955, in Waimea. She was an accountant at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by husband Brian K. Yamase, sons Davin (Roxanne) Yamase of Kalaheo, Scott K. Yamase of ‘Ele‘ele and Troy (Shawna) Yamase of ‘Ele‘ele, grandchildren Wyatt Vinhasa, Tayden Yamase, Xaidyn Yamase, Keatyn Yamase, Shay Yamase and Easton Yamase, parents Miyoshi “Boxer” Matsuda and Madeline Matsuda, sisters Valerie (Les) Matsumoto of Pa‘ia, Maui, Renee (Daniel) Kanekuni of Ewa Beach, O‘ahu, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A talk story session is at Garden Island Mortuary on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., with a celebration of life to begin at 4 p.m. Masks are required. The family suggests casual attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

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