Obituaries for Sunday, May 2, 2021

John Paul Hanson

John Paul Hanson passed away at his home in Anahola on April 9, 2021. He was 84 years old.

He is survived by son John Ka‘ahanui (Lisa) Brown from his first wife Virginia Hanson, stepdaughter Kaiulani (Bronson) Lovell from his late wife Diane McLane-Hanson, grandchildren Jacqueline (Luke) Nevill, Juliana Brown, Lauren (Josiah) Lyons, Jonathan Brown, Lyndsay Brown, Makoa Lovell and Nai‘a Lovell, and great-grandchildren Eliana Nevill, Harper Nevill, Kinsley Nevill and Colton Lyons.

He was born in Hanalei, and had four brothers and one sister: Lono, Keawe, Walter, Haumea and Georgiana.

He started working at age 5, shining shoes and selling newspapers on the streets of Honolulu during the war, and from this experience he developed a great compassion and willingness to help others. He proudly served his country as a Marine. He was a “car man” and worked as president of Wholesale Motors in Honolulu before starting his own business, JH Leasing &Sales in Anahola.

He was ahead of his time, and designed his home to be built in phases, as a family grew. He spent his days picking opihi and limu, and his evenings building his house himself. He had to rebuild after Hurricane ‘Iniki, and was recognized by President Bill Clinton for helping the relief efforts in the aftermath of the hurricane.

He took cooking classes and enjoyed fine dining. He played the saxophone and had a great love for jazz. He was a family man, and dedicated his later years to traveling and to caring for his wife and her parents.

A private funeral service will be held in Kapa‘a.

Quinsiann Wai‘ale‘ale Laborte

Quinsiann Wai‘ale‘ale Laborte passed away on May 7, 2020, in Kalaheo, at the age of 45.

She was born on June 5, 1974. She was an employee with Hawaiian Airlines.

She was preceded in death by father Richard J. Quinsaat.

She is survived by husband Fred D. Laborte, sons Trystan “Kalei” Quinsaat of Honolulu, Bronson “Ola” Laborte of Kaua‘i and Donovan K. Laborte of Kaua‘i, daughter Zymri P. Laborte of Kaua‘i, mother Sandra P. Quinsaat of Kaua‘i, brother RJ Quinsaat of Kaua‘i, sister Kasandra I. Quinsaat of Kaua‘i, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is at the Kukui‘ula Small Boat Harbor Harbor pavilion on Saturday, May 8, with a pass-thru visit with the family at 11:30 a.m.

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

Florencio Tangonan

Florencio Tangonan, 100, of Hanama‘ulu, passed away on April 24, 2021, at home. He was born in 23 Paninaan, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on Nov. 7, 1920 and retired from Lihue Plantation.

He was preceded in death by son Macario Tangonan, brothers Juan and Samuel Tangonan, sisters Valentina Visitacion, Anesita Rivera, Visitacion Dalire and Bernarda Galapon, and son-in-law Sinforoso Antonio.

He is survived by wife Claridad Tangonan, son Rizal Tangonan, daughters Consolacion Antonio and Noralyn (Nestor) Arizabal, grandchildren Agnes (Jose) Bermudez of Chicago, Alvin Antonio of O‘ahu, Lhayalyn Tangonan of San Diego, Rotsen Arizabal of O‘ahu and Cheryl Arizabal of O‘ahu, and great-grandchildren Lorenalyn and Jhayden Maldonado of San Diego.

A celebration of life is Saturday, May 29, at Immaculate Conception Church. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with Mass to follow at 10 a.m. After Mass has concluded, a viewing will begin at 11 a.m. at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens &Funeral Home, with burial to follow at 1:30 p.m.

Social distancing and face masks are required.

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

Alfredo ‘Rab’ Rabot Jr.

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Alfredo “Rab” Rabot Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, on April 20, 2021.

Since his diagnosis with cancer three years ago, he approached his health with the spirit of aloha, with love and peace. We filled his last days with the sound of his beloved Hawaiian music, talking story, the smells of his favorite Cajun meal, and the company of the ones he loved the most, especially his wife, children and grandchildren.

We will remember his smile. It was a gift, and he gave that gift to others. He could brighten anyone’s day with his smile, his easygoing manner and his love for his family. We are forever grateful for the support we’ve had from our families, our friends, and everyone whose life was touched by Rab.

Rab was born on Feb. 27, 1951, and spent many happy years on the Garden Island. Rab most recently lived in Portland, Oregon. He left Kaua‘i as a young man to join the Navy, where he learned to be a dental technician, a trade put to good use at various places across the country, including Lafayette, Louisiana, where he owned his own business. Kaua‘i was always his home, and he will be laid to rest on the island. Services will be held in September.

Rab is survived by his wife Terry, son Andres (Val), daughter Maria (Allen) Taggert, his beloved grandchildren Patrick, Rosa and Leo of Idaho, as well as his mother Maria (William) Sasan of Kaua‘i, siblings Charlotte (John) Konopka of California, Theresa (Patrick) Morita, Pauline (Raymond) Toguchi, Michael Rabot and Jocelyn Fabiana of Kaua‘i, Deborah (Steve) Riker of New Mexico and Kevin Sasan of O‘ahu. He also leaves behind many beloved uncles, aunties, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Mauricio and Melchoria Catbagan, maternal grandparents Andres Valdes and Juanita (Casimiro) Valdez, and his father Alfredo Rabot.

He will be greatly missed by his extended family in Louisiana, especially the Rolkes, the Meyers and the Hollands.

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