Obituaries for Sunday, June 13, 2021

Elsie Taeko Takata

Elsie Taeko Takata, born on May 19, 1933, in Hanama‘ulu, passed away in her sleep on April 29, 2021, at Wilcox Medical Center. She was a very active ILWU member while employed at Kaua‘i Surf and later Westin Kaua‘i into her senior years.

She was preceded in death by son Dayne Obatake, daughter-in-law Cheryl Lovell-Obatake, parents Asakichi and Taka Nakamoto, brothers Hajime “Jimmy” Nakamoto, Dyna “Haruo” Nakamoto, Richard “Masato” Nakamoto, Haruki “Dukie” Nakamoto and Wallace “Bull” Nakamoto, and sister Nancy “Namiko” Ishizaki.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Samuel (Sam) Takata, sons Jimmy Obatake, Randy (Apryle) Obatake and Alden (Anki) Takata, daughter Marlene (Earl) Morton, daughter-in-law Gwen Saiki, 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, sister Katherine “Kay” Higa of O‘ahu, and her beloved pet Kira.

A celebration of life will be announced and held at a later time due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns.

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

Dayne Saffery Kuuipo Woodward Sr.

Dayne Saffery Kuuipo Woodward Sr., 66, passed away on May 19, 2021. He was born on Kaua‘i on Aug. 7, 1954, and worked at Wailua Golf Course.

He was preceded in death by wife Dorothy Leilani Woodward, parents Samuel and Edith Woodward, sister Heather Woodward and brother Stanley Woodward.

He is survived by sons Dayne Woodward Jr. and Dustin K. Woodward, brothers Samuel (Margaret) Woodward, Hayden (Jacqueline) Woodward, Darriel (Iris) Woodward and Llewellyn (Nadine) Woodward, sister Celeste (Ted) Castillo, grandchildren Dusty and Zianni Fortney-Woodward and Gabe Woodward, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is Saturday, June 26, at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, with viewing from 9 a.m. to noon. Social distancing and face masks are required. A private burial will follow.

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

Richard Mitchell Kuhlman

Richard Mitchell Kuhlman passed away on June 1, 2021, at the age of 86, in Lihu‘e. He was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Hilo. He was an aircraft mechanic for Aloha Airlines and hotel industry general maintenance laborer at Princess Ka‘iulani Hotel.

He was preceded in death by parents William Robert Kuhlman and Mary Mitchell Kuhlman.

He is survived by his wife Joan Clare Calistro Kuhlman of Lihu‘e, son Gary (Jo-Ellen) Kuhlman of Georgetown, Maryland, daughters Phyllis (Niki) Stanwood of Lihu‘e, Carol (Rick Bellany) Kuhlman of Rutland, Vermont and Terri Flores of Kane‘ohe, grandchildren Isaac Swearingin, Jacob Swearingin, Alyssa Stanwood-Gorvine, Jesse Kuhlman, Jasmine Kizer and Tiare Flores, seven great-grandchildren, brother Gary Kuhlman of Honolulu, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be over ashes but will be scheduled on O‘ahu at a later date.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Tante Morales

Tante Morales, 74, of Hanama‘ulu, passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on May 11, 2021. He was born in Callaguip, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, on April 12, 1947, and was the proprietor of Morales Auto Work Shop.

He was preceded in death by father Jose Morales and the mother of his six children, Corazon Morales.

He is survived by mother Trinidad Morales, companion Consuelo “Cely” Claro, children Arnold (Becky) Morales, Georgia (Jose) Ancheta, Dennis (Kamala) Morales, Grace (Ivan Aribal) Morales, Jeanne (Ron) Tadiarca, Hazel (Darin) Kashiwabara, Christine (Joe Limbaugh) Morales, Rebecca (Terence) Morimoto and Marlon Bautista, 28 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, siblings Romulo (Shiela) Morales, Ferdinand (Linda) Morales, Editha (Dennis) Abigania, Midel Romy (Rebecca) Morales, Betty (Amon) Tayama, Joy (Steve) Middleton and Angie Morales, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is Saturday, June 26, at Kapa‘a Missionary Church at 4-758 Kuhio Hwy., Kapa‘a, with visitation from 10 a.m. and services beginning at 11 a.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Follow Tante Morales’ Facebook page for live-streaming information.

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


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