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Obituaries for Sunday, March 7, 2021

Fred W. Palacio

Fred W. Palacio passed away on Feb. 16, 2021, at the age of 72, in Kapa‘a.

He was born on Jan. 26, 1949, in Lihu‘e. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a field worker with McBryde Sugar Company and Olokele Sugar Company.

He was preceded in death by parents Domingo and Maria Palacio, brothers Ernest Palacio and Augustine Palacio, and sisters Gloria Medeiros and Martha Proulx.

He is survived by wife Linda Palacio, son Gary (Carol) Palacio of Delaware, hanai son Rodney Cabral of Las Vegas, daughters Kimberly Cabral of Las Vegas, Virginia (Arnold) Pablo of Wailua Houselots, Veronica (Stuart) Palacio of Wailua Homesteads and Sunshine (Ross) Palacio of Kapa‘a, 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, brothers Edwardo (Marie) Palacio of New Jersey and Dennis Palacio of ‘Ele‘ele, sisters Theresa (Kennedy) Luis of ‘Ele‘ele, Shirleen Palacio of Kekaha and Elisa (Robbie) Cline of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A walk-thru visitation at Garden Island Mortuary is Saturday, March 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a celebration of life at 11:30 a.m. The family suggests casual attire and welcomes flowers. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are required.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Solidad ‘Soly’ Caronilla Fernandez

Solidad “Soly” Caronilla Fernandez, of Puhi, passed away on March 12, 2020, at the age of 89. She was born on Nov. 9, 1930, and was a food-service worker.

She was preceded in death by parents Miguel and Dominga Caronilla, and son Glenn Lardizabal.

She is survived by husband Regalado “Baco” Fernandez, daughters Maureen (Zachary) Octavio of Arizona and Regina Aiken of Washington, son Reynard Fernandez of Puhi, grandchildren SeraFran, Binky, Zenda, Colby, Tron, Reya, Topaz and LilyLu, and 13 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life is Friday, March 12, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kapaia, with open visitation at 9:30 a.m. with a prayer service from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Scattering of ashes will follow at noon in Kalapaki Bay. Social distancing and masks are required.

Helen Anne Knudsen Callahan

“Auntie” Helen Anne Knudsen Callahan, age 60, of Honolulu, passed away peacefully at her residence on Feb. 21, 2021.

She was preceded in death by husband Darrick Callahan and father Eric Lewis Knudsen.

She is survived by her loving mother Nancy Austin (Robert) Tracy, sisters Maile Knudsen (Barry) Nelson and Anne Knudsen (Steve) Temme, nephews Austin Lewis (Andrea) Knudsen and Collin, friend William Brown, caretaker Anne Chipchase, and numerous cousins, uncles and aunts.

She will be laid to rest at the O‘ahu Cemetery (also known as Nu‘uanu Cemetery) in Honolulu, alongside her ancestors, during a private service.

A celebration of life will take place on Kaua‘i. An announcement will be made once a date and time are determined.

Dusty Keali‘i Perreira

Dusty Keali‘i Perreira passed away on Feb. 12, 2021, at the age of 24, in Honolulu.

He was born on Feb. 17, 1996, in Lihu‘e.

He was preceded in death by brother Anthony Lopaka Michael.

He is survived by fiancée Temari Davis, parents Alicia (Sean) Abergas-Spriggs and Mark Perreira, brothers Dylan Abergas, Devyn Abergas, Billy (Ku‘uipo) Perreira and BJ Ortiz, all of Kaua‘i, sisters Keiley Abergas-Apilado, Ala (Jessie) Perreira-Jeffries, Misty (Travis) Koerte and Christie Michael-Perreira, all of Kaua‘i, maternal grantparents Shirley (Wayne) Simbre-Medeiros and Francis (Geri) Abergas Sr., and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A walk-thru visitation is at Garden Island Mortuary on Saturday, March 13, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with a celebration of life at 5:30 p.m.

The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are required.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Diana Mokihana Hepa-Badua

Diana Mokihana Hepa-Badua, 58, of Lihu‘e, passed away on Feb. 18, 2021. She was born in Germany on Jan. 12, 1963, and was a dedicated grandma.

She was preceded in death by husband Filomeno Badua Jr., daughter Jasmine Badua and father Daniel Hepa.

She is survived by daughters Nadia (Sean) Kaley and Kayla (Braden) Rapozo, mother Christel Hepa, grandchildren Nai‘a and Leo Kaley and Roczen and Radden Rapozo, sister Nani Hepa, life partner Hannibal Huihui, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is Sunday, March 14, at Kalapaki Beach Park, fronting the Niumalu Canoe Club, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Brad Manabu Imano

Brad Manabu Imano, 88, of Kapa‘a, passed away on March 2, 2021, at Wilcox Medical Center. He was born in Lahaina, Maui, on March 16, 1932. He is a veteran of the Korean War and retired as a math teacher.

He was preceded in death by parents Yoichi and Kiyono Imano, brothers Tamotsu, Sammy and Akira Imano, and sisters Hatsue Takatsuka and Harue Matsuda.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patsy Imano, sons Neil (Bev) Imano and Keith (Pauline) Imano, daughters Susan (Pat) Studdert, Carolyn (Jim) White and Dianne (Danny) Tabura, 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sister Amy Young, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be announced at a later date.

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

Ethel Yoshimura Yamaguchi

Ethel Yoshimura Yamaguchi of Lihu‘e passed away in Wilcox Medical Center on Feb. 11, 2021, at the age of 90. She was born in Kapa‘a on Dec. 25, 1930, and retired as a teacher with the state Department of Education.

She was preceded in death by husband Melvin, parents Nobori and Hatsuyo Yoshimura, and brothers Kenneth, Allen and Norman.

She is survived by daughters Michelle (Daniel) Rausch of Oregon and Donna Yamaguchi of California, grandchildren Sydney Rausch and Sarah (Matthew) Desmond, sister Irene Wakatsukim, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She will be interred with her husband at Kalapaki Bay Memorial Park. Private services will be held at a later date.

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

Glenn Marden ‘Big Daddy’ Gerrish

December 8, 1951 — February 26, 2021

Glenn Marden Glenn passed away on Kaua‘i on Feb. 26, 2021. He was a fleet mechanic for O. Thronas Concrete.

He is survived by dedicated wife, Kathy (Fasani) Gerrish of Kapa‘a, loving son Justin (Heather) Gerrish of Carbondale, Colorado, hanai children Jordan Shelton of Fort Collins, Colorado and Taylor Kennedy of Mar Vista, California, brothers Harold (Charlene) Gerrish of Aptos, California and Stephen (Barb) Gerrish of Hailey, Idaho, and an extensive family of cousins, nieces and nephews and their children.

He was born in Hollywood, California, and attended Palo Alto High School (Class of 1970), where he excelled in academics and athletics. He played guitar with his friends in the garage band “The Skiffle Blues.”

He then went on to have a long and successful career as a mobile diesel mechanic, first in the California oil fields in Ventura, California, then later as a fleet mechanic for O. Thronas Concrete in Lawa‘i, from 1988 to 2018.

“Big Daddy” will be remembered by so many lifelong friends, young and old, as a gentle giant. His dedication and hard work in his profession as a heavy-duty mechanic and his passion for creating custom koa furniture were admired by all who knew him, and set a good example for the next generation.

Moving to Southern California in 1972, he built an extended family of lifelong friends with his wife and son, where he enjoyed decades of pure enjoyment, living life on his own terms. He loved his many passions, such as scuba diving the Channel Islands, skiing the Sierras, camping, hunting, surfing, many trips to Mexico, riding his Harley, cooking kalua pig on the beach for friends, and much more.

His quest for fun and clean living led him and Kathy to Kaua‘i in 1988. Here they were blessed with warm water, amazing waves, ample work and the respect of new friends. He was able to shift his schedule and take time to chase big waves. However, in pursuit of those perfect waves, his list of injuries grew. His final effort created a much-needed resource, a firearm range, for the Kauai community, and hopefully they will acknowledge his strength by protecting and preserving it.

Unfortunately, for those of us who loved him, he was unable to heal from his injuries, and this loss has created a void in our hearts that can only filled by more surfing, or participating in whatever leisure activities you find enjoyable, reminding ourselves of his example to live, love, laugh and be kind and generous. Teach others to enjoy all life has to offer as he did for you. Pass it on.

Celebrations of life are at Hollywood Beach, California this month, and a Thanksgiving 2021 lu‘au in Kapa‘a.

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