Karen Lansing Gilmore
Karen Lansing Gilmore, 66, of Maui, quietly passed away on Jan. 15, 2021, after an 11-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Chicago, she lived abroad with her parents and two brothers as her father pursued a commercial airline career. The Peake family finally settled in Southern California, where Karen completed high school in 1972.
In 1973, she married Brian Lansing, and together they worked to build a sailboat which became their home. Life aboard the boat deepened her love for the ocean and brought her many new strengths and skills.
Life on their vessel “Good Karma” allowed them to explore the California coast for several years before departing from San Diego in 1978. After 16 days on the ocean, they arrived in Hawai‘i, settling in Kilauea to build a home and raise a family.
On the North Shore, she and her dearest friend Deb Burt established a swimwear and clothing store, Toucans, which enjoyed many years of success.
Later, Karen parted ways with Brian, and in 1996 she married Donald Gilmore and moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts. The cold New England winters cultivated many new passions for her, including gourmet cooking and baking, stained glass, macrame, embroidery, and sewing.
She truly excelled at any craft she chose to endeavor. These projects evolved into an online business selling custom accessories and other creations.
Along with raising children and pets, she was also an avid gardener and birder, nurturing her many plants and caring for local wildlife on Morse’s Pond.
In 2012, Karen and Don moved back to Hawai‘i to live on Maui and begin a new chapter. Life on Maui allowed Karen the chance to once again be nearer to the ocean to comb and clean beaches, to see her granddaughters on Kaua‘i, and build a new garden to care for.
Her projects evolved into educational artwork, made from the microplastic she collected, calling attention to ocean pollution. Her love of books led her to volunteer at the Maui Friends of the Library bookstore, where she enjoyed chatting with other book-lovers and reading old favorites.
Her life touched many others through her passions, her kind, nurturing spirit, and her environmental activism.
She was preceded in death by mother Allene, father Wayne, and brothers Roger and Ronald.
She is survived by her husband Donald of Kula, children Heather (Robert) Schott of West Hills, California, Naomi Lansing of Hercules, California, and Jonathon (Kulia) Lansing of Kilauea, granddaughters Wawaele and Ha‘awi Lansing, and grandsons Emerson and Ronan Schott.
A celebration of life and scattering of ashes will be held on the shores of Maui at a later date.
Escolastico ‘Koy’ Mira
Escolastico “Koy” Mira passed away on Jan. 19, 2021, at the age of 91.
He was born on Feb. 10, 1929, in Kalaheo. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1989 and dedicated 28 years to the Hawai‘i Air National Guard.
He was preceded in death by wife Rita Dannog Mira, daughter Celeste Gitzen, parents Victor and Ceferina Mira, and brothers Aurelio “Allen” Mira, Zoilo “Tony” Mira and Pedro “Pete” Mira.
He is survived by son Terence (Debbie) Mira of Arizona, daughter Rita Gemma (Clyde) Souza of Kalaheo, grandchildren James Mira, Lance Mira, Jayleen Mira, Megan Souza and Clyde Souza Jr., great-grandchildren Kaylee and Liam Mira, sister Lucy (Alfred) Alao of Lihu‘e, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be Friday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery.
Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are required.
Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Olivia Francisco Gubaton
Olivia Francisco Gubaton passed was on Dec. 31, 2020, at the age of 96, in Hanapepe.
She was born on Sept. 27, 1924, in Makaweli. She was an assistant treasurer at the Kaumakani Federal Credit Union.
She was preceded in death by husband Alfred Gubaton, parents Benito and Severina Francisco, sisters Mary Alquiza, Millie Quinata, Caridad Eicherberger, Dolores Sequiritan and Cleta Tagatac, and brothers Juan Francisco, Conrado Francisco and Marcelino Francisco.
She is survived by daughters Priscilla (Ronald) Badua of Hanapepe and Elena Engelsman of Hanapepe, grandchildren Ralna (Klayford Naka‘ahiki) Badua and Alison (Dennis Bohner) Badua, and great-grandchildren Brandi Badua-Robinson, Kalen Badua, Cydni Alvarez, Khloe Bohner and Daxon Bohner.
Private services were held.
Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.
Consuelo ‘Connie’ Marie Badua Pumaras Nadarisay
Consuelo “Connie” Marie Badua Pumaras Nadarisay, 72, of Lihu‘e, passed away on Feb. 3, 2021.
She was born on March 20, 1948, in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, and retired from the state of Hawai‘i Judiciary.
She is survived by children Chrysanthemum Erorita and Edison Erorita.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.