Obituaries: 11-21-17

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Yoshiko Nako


Yoshiko (Shimabukuro) Nako, 100, of Hilo died Oct. 26, 2017. Born on Sept. 28, 1917, in Hawaii, she was a housewife.

Private services held.

She is survived by Daughters Kate Yoshimura; Shyran (Carl) Nakayama; one brother-in-law; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

James Arakawa

James Toshio Arakawa, 76, of Paauilo died Nov. 4, 2017, at the Hale Hoola Hamakua. Born in Paauilo, he was a retired health inspector for the state Department of Health, member of the former Paauilo-Kalopa Kumiai and a U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran.

Private services held. Family requests no flowers and no koden.

He is survived by brothers, George (Ella) Arakawa of Paauilo, Paul Arakawa of Paauilo; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Seijitsu Yogi

Seijitsu “Lefty” Yogi, 92, of Hilo died Oct. 16, 2017, at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Papaikou, he was a retired postal clerk at the Hilo Main Post Office, member of Hilo Hongwanji Mission, Hui Okinawa, Wreckers Golf Club and a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

Private services held. Family requests no flowers or koden.

He is survived by wife, Setsuko Yogi of Hilo; daughter, Faye (Glen) Azumi of Waipahu; brothers, Seigi (Sumiko) Yogi of Hilo, Seitei Yogi of Kailua, Oahu, Hiromu (Alice) Yogi of Honolulu; sisters, Tsuru Okuhama of Okinawa, Japan, Tsuruko Taira of Hilo, Kimie (Kenneth) Teruya of Wailuku; one sister-in-law; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Shepherd Lainaholo

Shepherd Kauohilo Lainaholo, 87, of Hilo, died Oct. 19, 2017, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born May 5, 1930, in Hilo, he was a retired laborer for the Hawaii Local Labor Union and a member of Kuhio Chapel in Keaukaha.

Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 24 at Haili Congregational Church. Wake service begins at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. Nov. 25 at the church for a 10 a.m. funeral service. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

He is survived by wife, Ellen Lainaholo of Hilo; daughters, Zelda (Kendall) Kelson of Hilo, Junedale Lainaholo of California, Leonetta Lainaholo of California and Joni Bonilla of Hilo; brother, Robert (Dorothy) Leong of Oahu; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Gerald Paiva

Gerald Russell Paiva, 69, of Hilo, died Nov. 9, 2017, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pepeekeo, he was a retired truck driver and security guard, and member of Living Torah Hawaii Fellowship.

Friends may call 2-3 p.m. Nov. 26 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 3 p.m. funeral service. Friends may also call at noon Nov. 27 at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 for a graveside committal service. Casual attire.

He is survived by his wife, LeAnn Takayama-Paiva of Hilo; daughter, Brittni Paiva of Hilo; son, Joshua (Melody) Paiva of Hilo; brothers, Michael (Charlotte) Paiva of Oahu and Peter (Darleen) Paiva of Papaikou; sisters, Alice Ann Nathaniel of Oahu, Victoria DeLuz of Hilo, Theresa Matthews of Hilo, Roxanne Araki of Mountain View and Susan (Tony) Pavao of Oahu; one grandson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Grace Dehmer

Grace “Gracie” Kau’ilani Dehmer, 57, of Papaikou, died Nov. 6, 2017, at her residence. Born on Oahu, she was the proprietress of D&G Lawns, worked for Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation and was a homemaker.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


She is survived by companion, Dereck Figueroa of Papaikou; daughter, Raenelle (Blane DeRego) Dehmer of Honokaa; father, Robert Dehmer of Kona; brothers, Kimo (Debrah) Dehmer of Kona, Lynn (Sunee) Dehmer of Honokaa, Bobby Dehmer of Ocean View, Eric (Patti) Dehmer of Hilo; sister, Gail (Tarael Thorpe) Dehmer of Mountain View; two grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.