Obituaries: 12-24-17

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Kazuma Taguchi


Kazuma Taguchi, 99, of Hilo died Dec. 1, 2017, at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Waikapu, Maui, he was a retired truck driver and freight expeditor for Hilo Transportation and Terminal, member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Nohea St. Kumiai, veteran of the U.S. Army, Company B, 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, and recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and French Foreign Legionnaire Medal.

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

He is survived wife, Yasuko “Millie” Taguchi of Hilo; son, Glenn (Lita) Taguchi of Hilo; daughter, Shelley (Lance) Santo of Honolulu; brother, Sueichi Taguchi of Las Vegas; sisters, Doris Tanimoto of California, Betty Cerritelli of California, Mitsue Goya of California; one sister-in-law; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Gladys Potter

Gladys Patricia Mattos Potter, 87, of Hilo, died Dec. 18, 2017, at home. Born in Hilo, she was a housewife and member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

Friends may call at 6 p.m. Dec. 27 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 7 p.m. service. Friends may again call at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 28 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo for a 10:30 a.m. Mass. Committal service and burial together with her late husband, Arthur Potter, Sr. follows at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No.2. The family requests casual attire be worn.

She is survived by sons, Darell Babagay of Kona, Ellsworth (Beverley) Babagay of Hilo; daughter, Haunani (Gary “Bo”) Baugues of Keaau; brothers, Sebastian (Dolores) Mattos of Hilo, Albert (Lily) Mattos of Ahualoa; sisters, Eleanor Finch of Ukiah, Calif., Theresa Baumgarner of Hilo; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Thomas Kina

Thomas “Tommy” Masao Kina, 76, of Hilo, died Dec. 12, 2017, at the Hilo Medical Center. Born June 19, 1941, in Olaa, he was a bus driver for Laupahoehoe Trans and Jacks Tours. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Friends may call from 8:30-10 a.m. Dec. 27 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ponahawai Chapel for a 10 a.m. memorial service. Urn burial to follow at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Online condolences;

Family requests aloha attire and no flowers. He is survived by spouse, Janet Kina of Hilo; daughter, Christine Kina of Hilo; son, James Kina of Hilo; sister, Helen Garrett of Watauga, Texas; four brothers, Alfred (Patsy) Kina of Keaau; George (Mary) Kina of Keaau; Howard Kina of Hilo; and Dee (Lisa) Kina of Keaau; numerous nieces and nephews.

Campbell Hui, Jr.

Campbell “Bobo” Kuhia Hui, Jr., 51, of Waimea, died Dec. 18, 2017, at Pohai Malama Hospice of Hilo. Born Feb. 8, 1966, in North Kohala, he was a rock wall specialist.

Private service to be held.

He is survived by son, Aarson Hui of Honokaa; daughter, Chelsea Hui of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Bernie (John) Collo, Dorothy (Gary) Souza all of Waimea; three grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Raymond Baruela

Raymond “Bo” Robin Baruela, 50, of Hilo, passed away Dec. 11, 2017, in Hilo. He was born Aug. 3, 1967, and employed at Kama’aina Motors and Bacon Universal &Buck Roofing in Hilo.

Celebration of life to be held Dec. 30, 2017, at Pepe’ekeo Community Center at 10 a.m.


Survived by his father Casimiro Baruela; mother Lourdes (Bufil) Baruela; daughters Kiana Baruela of Anchorage, AK, Reesha Nakano of Hilo; brother Richard Baruela of Hilo; sisters Charlene Fiesta (Frederick) of Pepeekeo, Lorna Bufil of Hilo, Ida Deponte (Glenn) of Keaau, and numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

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