Obituaries for Sunday, December 13, 2020

Valerie Kaleiokalani Caminos (Adric)

Valerie Kaleiokalani Caminos (Adric), 51, passed away on Nov. 26, 2020. She was born on O‘ahu on April 20, 1969.

She was preceded in death by father Valentine “Babe” Lionel Adric Jr., brother Valentine “Kolo” Lionel Adric III, grandfather George Kekuawela “Tutuman” Ai, and nieces Hi‘ilei Maile Ho‘oikaika and Moani Anela Kia‘i Adric.

She is survived by husband Jonathan “Beaver” Daniel Caminos, mother Blossom Maile Adric, daughters Chanelle “Kalei” (Ryan) Hunter, Cheyna “Kauma” (Rad) Caminos and Cherisse “Ku‘ulei” (Keoni) Caminos, siblings Ellen (William “Billy”) Ho‘oikaika, Elvin Adric and Alika (Jaylene “Pi‘i”) Adric, hanai brother Kawika “Chooch” Kahaunaele, grandchildren Cheydon Jon, Raden, Kashton Ryder, Karson Reign, Mikaela, Kaulana, Kana and Oliver, and numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date.

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

Samson Kapae Mahuiki

Samson Kapae Mahuiki of Ha‘ena, born on July 28, 1936, passed away on Nov. 21, 2020, at the age of 84.

He was a retired fireman on the North Shore.

He was preceded in death by parents Lawrence and Rachel Mahuiki, wife Bernadette Mahuiki and son Samson Mahuiki Jr.

He is survived by son Keli‘i (Nalani) Alapa‘i, daughter Cheryl Alapa‘i, daughter-in-law Susan Mahuiki, sister Luka Mahuiki, grandchildren Daniel Alapa‘i, Kalei Suzuki, Kanoe Alapa‘i Hashimoto, Kaiulani Wailehua-Hansen, Rachel Mahuiki and Tristin Mahuiki, and great-grandchild Chloe Alapa‘i Bukoski.

A celebration of life will be held in the future.

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

LuAnn ‘Tootie’ Leialoha SuiLan Aiu

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of LuAnn “Tootie” Leialoha SuiLan Aiu on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Born on Oct. 11, 1961 on Kaua‘i, she grew up there and chose to return to her home for the later part of her life. She retired from the Social Security Administration on Maui.

She was a talented artist and musician, and was beloved by all.

She was preceded in death by parents Harold and Juliet Aiu.

She is survived by her partner and love of her life, Jennifer Ching, children Malia (Kona) Kuailani, Jesse Avila and Michaela Tapia, hanai daughter Monique Perriera, mother-in-law Pegi Braun, sister Wendy, brothers Bob (Joc), Joe, and Tom, brother-in-law Jeffrey (Avi) Heaukulani, niece and frequent caregiver Mardi Harlow, “other kids,” her nieces and nephews, Jodi Johnson, Justin Aiu, Tracy Pellazar, Aaron Aiu, Carly Aiu, Micah Aiu, Kylee Richards, Sadie Ansai, Paisley Richards, Isaac Johnson, Logan and Dylan Aiu and August and Violet Perriera, grandchildren Dallas and Darling Kuailani, and hanai siblings Jerry Nakasone, Lorna Nishimitsu and Charn Hall.

Her infectious laugh, smile and personality will definitely be missed by all.

Services will be held on Kaua‘i at a later date.

Bernard ‘Bernie’ Kawai Wise

Bernard “Bernie” Kawai Wise, 75 of Lihu‘e, passed away and went to heaven on Nov. 24, 2020.

He was born in Honolulu on July 28, 1945.

After graduating from Punahou High School, he was in the U.S. Army. He married Roselani Wise on Oct. 5, 1994. After retiring from McCabe, Hamilton & Renny as a stevedore supervisor, he remained an avid bowler and was known as the “Moi King” of fishing.

He was preceded in death by parents Daniel and Harriet Wise, brother Mel Wise and sister Beverly Chee of Honolulu.

He is survived by wife Roselani Wise, son Evan Wise, daughters Chelsea Salud and Lehua Wise, grandchildren Kaleb, Kaybree, Kailani and Kawainani of Kaua‘i, and sisters Danielle and Lois of Honolulu.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Sixto Caldito Tabay

Sixto Caldito Tabay, 95, of Lihu‘e, passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on Nov. 26, 2020. He was born in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on March 6, 1925, and retired as a custodian with Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity. He was the last surviving Filipino veteran who served in the 12th Infantry Division enlisted from the Philippines to fight for the United States.

He was preceded in death by brothers Isabelo Tabay, Arturo Tabay, Pascual Tabay, Fransicso Tabay and Trinidad Tabay and sisters Juanita Tabay Salud and Maria Tabay.

He is survived by wife Alberta Tabay, children Ligaya (Roger) Butac, Josefina Hael, Cesar (Marteza) Tabay, Carmelita Cuepo, Danilo (Rosalina) Tabay, Liberty (Paul) Sueta and Victoria (Randy) De Leon, 22 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, brother Macario Tabay of the Philippines, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, with viewing from 9 a.m. and a prayer service at 11:15 a.m. Burial will be held at the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery at 1 p.m. Masks and social distancing required.

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

Joseph Quinton Smith

Joseph Quinton Smith, 94, was born in Pensacola, Florida on Nov. 10, 1926. He died at home in Wailua Homesteads on Dec. 3, 2020.

Whether you knew him as J.Q., first sergent, Uncle Penny or Papa J.Q., your lives have been touched and have been impressed by his love of family, his honorable service to this country, his energy for hard work and service to the community.

He led an amazing life, and by any definition was a hero. He followed his oldest brother and joined the Marines at 17, was a survivor of three wars, and received the Purple Heart medal twice.

A special highlight of his career was being stationed alongside his family in Oslo, Norway. He was on special duty at the American embassy and also flew top-secret missions during the Cold War era. He loved being a Marine. It infiltrated everything he did in life.

After his Marine Corps retirement his love of cooking and his business sense developed into restaurant management (Reubens, Kaua‘i) and restaurant ownership (Brick Oven Kailua, Quinton’s Wharf in Hawai‘i Kai and Quinton’s @ Ward Warehouse). Papa J.Q. was always available for his family, and was the “go-to guy” when help was needed in the families’ four different restaurants, whether it was on Kaua‘i or in New Mexico.

His first “retirement” from the Marines was followed by his second “retirement” from the restaurant business. He went on to work alongside Coins of Hawai‘i and the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce to develop the Kauai Dollar, became an ostrich and emu breeder and meat wholesaler, went back to school at Kaua‘i Community College in his 80s to be certified to open an air-conditioning and refrigeration business. He still wasn’t busy enough, so he went through training to become a security guard at the Social Security Administration office in Lihu‘e.

His love of service and community kept him going, whether it was Toys For Tots, the Rotary, ROTC, Score Ace mentorships, Marine Corps League, the Veterans Museum, or undertaking the task of rehabilitating the AE4 aircraft that fronts the Kaua‘i Veterans Center in Lihu‘e. He was a volunteer extraordinaire, and he led by example. It has been said, “He was a sterling example from the Greatest Generation.”

He was married to the love of his life, Lillian, for 74 years. They met at 19 in Washington D. C. when he pretended to need help roller skating and asked “his Lily” for assistance. Their love story is an amazing love story in itself.

He was loved, admired and is survived by wife Mary Lillian Smith, daughter Sharon (Steve) Gerald, granddaughters Tanya (Thor) Temme and Amy (Paul) Frazier, and grandsons Jesse (Anahi) Gerald and Bryan Gerald.

He was blessed by being Papa J. Q., a great-grandpa, to Tristan and Sienna Temme, Miles and Steele Frazier, Dillon Davis, and Maya and Avalani Gerald.

Private burial services will be held by the family at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery.

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

Barbara Jean Flores Fernandez

October 18, 1930 – December 5, 2020

Former Miss Kaua‘i 1950, Barbara Jean Flores Fernandez (BJ), died at the age of 90 on Dec. 5, 2020, in The Villages, Florida. She was born on Oct. 18, 1930, in Honolulu, to Adelaide Souza Flores and John Flores. She was their only child and was preceded in death by both parents.

She graduated from Farrington High School in Kalihi, O‘ahu, in 1948. She then became the runner-up for Miss Waikiki and crowned Miss Kaua‘i in 1950. She was a devoted military officer’s wife for 26 years, and was the lead performer for the Hawaiian State Society in Washington, DC, from 1965 to 1968.

She is survived by children (and their spouses) Greg (Kit), Terri (Jim) and Stephen (Michelle), granddaughters Heather (Dan), Samantha, Kayla (Dylan) and Rachael, and great-granddaughter Olivia.

She was a true survivor, amazing mother, wife and friend. Her ashes shall be blessed and laid to rest on Kaua‘i, the island of her heart and soul.

Her full obituary can be found at

Josefina Ragasa Iloreta

Josefina Ragasa Iloreta passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. She was born on Nov. 2, 1927, in Santa Cruz, Sinait, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She worked in housekeeping at the old Holiday Inn.

She was preceded in death by parents Catalino Pizzaro Ragasa and Martina Ibe Ragasa, and son Abelardo Iloreta.

She is survived by husband Felix Iloreta, children Arsenio (Daisy) Iloreta, Antonio (Erlinda) Iloreta, Edna (Glenn) Douglas, Jimmy Iloreta, Josefina (Leto) Iloreta, George (Josie) Iloreta and Eddie (Jayne) Iloreta, daughters-in-law Amelia Iloreta and Emma Iloreta, 17 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service are at St. Catherine Church in Kapa‘a at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. Facial masks and social distancing are required. A final viewing, followed by burial service, will be held immediately after Mass at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens.

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

Shizue Fujioka

Shizue Fujioka passed away on Nov. 28, 2020, at the age of 96, in Lihu‘e. She was born on Feb. 23, 1924, in Lihu‘e. She was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by husband Tsugio Fujioka, parents Denshi and Toyoka Mizumura, sister Tomoe Seki and brother Hisao Mizumura.

She is survived by son Wayne (Carol Valentine) Fujioka of Lihu‘e, grandchild Shelley (Steve) Yost of Colorado, great-grandchild Mason Yost of Colorado, sister Mitsue Hirata of Kapa‘a, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date. The family requests no koden (monetary gifts).

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.


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