Obituaries for Sunday, January 3, 2021

Dardanelle F. Ka‘auwai

Dardanelle F. Ka‘auwai passed away on Nov. 29, 2020 at the age of 67. Born April 16, 1953 in Honolulu, she was the retired director of St. Francis Home Care Services Kaua‘i.

She was preceded in death by parents Pearl and Antonio Perry.

She was survived by loving husband Jake Ka‘auwai, sons Richard and Keoni Burkhart, brothers and sisters Mahealani Wendt, Warren C.R. Perry, Darryl D. Perry, Dave A. Perez, Moses Martinez and Alexis King, grandchildren Hanalei, Maile and James Burkhart, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She conquered all that she wanted in life. Her final days were spent defeating great adversity in health and devoting herself to her grandchildren.

Private services will be held later at a later date due to COVID-19.

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 Kaua‘i 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 Saturday, Jan. 9, 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.

Dr. Donald Lee Donohugh

Dr. Donald Lee Donohugh died at age 96 in Pacific Grove, California. A physician, teacher and author, Donohugh was born in Los Angeles, son of William Noble Donohugh and Florence Virginia (Shelton).

He was preceded in death by first wife Virginia Eskew McGregor, and third wife Beatrice Ivany Redick.

He is survived by children Ruth Donohugh (Minnes), Laurel Donohugh Burks, Marilee McGregor and William Hugh McGregor Donohugh, 11 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

He received many accolades throughout his medical career. He attended UCLA, and then was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated in 1946 with distinction. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree and commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He then attended the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa from 1949 to 1950 to complete pre-medical requirements, while on active duty. He received his doctorate of medicine degree from the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco in 1956. He was the director of medical services in American Samoa under the U.S. Department of the Interior.

He earned joint master’s degrees in public health and tropical medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1960-61. He became a fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and a fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He became an instructor in medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1961-62, then assistant professor of medicine and preventive medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. In 1963, he was assigned to the International Center for Medical Research and Training (maintained by LSU in Costa Rica) as consulting epidemiologist. He worked with the Agency for International Development program to create the University of Costa Rica Medical School. In 1967, he became director of medical services at the University of California at Irvine Medical Center. He went on to open a private practice in Orange County, California.

He loved the ocean and enjoyed bodysurfing, spearfishing and sailing. He moved to Hawai‘i in 1985 and became a consultant in internal medicine on Kaua‘i and lectured at the University of Hawai‘i medical school.

As a distinguished veteran, he served as a line officer in the Pacific and Asiatic areas. He received various campaign medals, including four combat stars in Korea. He left the service as a lieutenant in 1952 to attend medical school. In 1966, he joined the Naval Reserve as commander and was called to active duty for periods during the Vietnam conflict. He was promoted to captain 1976 and retired in 1984 as a captain.

He was an acclaimed author of numerous books and articles in professional journals. Publications include “The Middle Years, Practice Management for Physicians;” “Kauai: A Paradise Guide;” “Our Ancestors;” “The Story of Koloa;” and “Exploring Historic Koloa.” He was also the co-translator of the 1950 edition of “Rashomon” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. For his work, he was listed in “Men of Achievement” and “Who’s Who in America.”

His remains are to be scattered at sea, per his request.

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