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Obituaries: 8-9-17

August 9, 2017 - 7:52am

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Edwin De Luz

Edwin John De Luz, 84, of Paauilo, died July 10, 2017, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Jan. 8, 1933, in Paauilo, he was the founder, owner and manager for Edwin De Luz Trucking & Gravel, LLC, and Kohala Coast Concrete & Precast, LLC, an equipment operator; a retired area supervisor for the state Highways Division, rancher, member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa and Ancient Order of Foresters Court Mauna Kea #8854, and a former member of the Hawaii Army National Guard.

Friends may call at 8 a.m. on Aug. 12 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Churc in Honokaa for a 10 a.m. Mass. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park in Hilo, Ilima Section. The family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by, daughter, Deborah (Kevin) Balog, of Paauilo; son, Gregory (Tanya) De Luz, of Paauilo; brother, Ernest De Luz ,of Paauilo; sister, Adeline Ifuki, of Oahu; grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Alfreida Fujita

Alfreida Fumiko Fujita, 90, of Kailua-Kona, died July 16, 2017, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Nov. 18, 1926, in Holualoa, she was a retiredHawaiian Airlines reservation agent, Kimura Lauhala Shop co-owner, charter member of Kona Business and Professional Women’s Association, board member of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Kona Historical Society, Pulama Ia Kona Heritage Preservation Council, and member of Kona Japanese Civic Association, Daifukuji Soto Mission, Yamaguchi Kenjin Kai and Kailua Shita Kumiai.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 at Daifukuji Soto Mission in Honalo for an 11 a.m. service. The family requests casual attire be worn. Flowers should be omitted.

She is survived by daughter, Renee Kimura, of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Morris (Sylvia) Kimura and Walter (Aiko) Kimura, both of Kailua-Kona; Clinton (Joyce) Kimura, of Culver City, California, and Stuart (Sheri) Kimura, of Honolulu; sisters, Ella (Stanley) Yasuda, of Holualoa, and Karen (Walter) Hoe, of Aiea, Oahu; uncle, Shigeo Kimura, of Honolulu; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Hope Kealoha

Hope Kealoha, formerly known as Samylyn Ua, 63, of Hilo, died July 6, 2017, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Oct. 4, 1953, in Hilo, she was a retired equipment operator for the Hawaii County Public Works Highways Division, a former security guard for Wackenhut and member of 3 Days 3 Nights Study Hall.

Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 10 a.m. service. Cremation to follow. The family requests casual attire be worn.

She is survived by companion, Elias Garcia Jr., of Hilo; children, Sherry Kealoha, of Kona, and Mercy (Ben) Garcia-Kealoha and Matthew Ua, both of Hilo; siblings, Noah Shepherd, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Christian Originel, David (Lorena) Ua, Hauoli (Seth) Freeman and Calavin (Janet) Crum Jr., all of Hilo; hanai sisters, Annie, Napua, Lisa and Ipo, all of Hilo; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Mya Paw u

Mya Sein Paw u, 69, of Hilo, died July 30, 2017, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Sept. 27, 1947, in New York, he was the ownerof Hawaii’s Finest Snacks and worked for Heartland Payment Systems.

Friends may call at 1 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Homelani Memorial Park chapel for a service.

He is survived by son, Zak Paw u, of HiloHI; hanai sons Zachary Cilino and Moses Lee, both of Hilo; and aunt, Min Min Thawof Sacramento, California.

Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.


Louis Kelekolio Jr.

Louis Keikialii Kelekolio Jr., 58, of Hilo, died July 26, 2017, at his residence. Born Oct. 4, 1958 in Honolulu, he was anemployee for Hilo Products and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keaukaha Ward.

Friends may call at 5 p.m. on Aug. 12 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 7 p.m. service. The family requests casual attire beworn.

He is survived by wife, Ilka Kelekolio; son, Louis Kelekolio III; daughter, Kanoo (Wayne) Baroza; brothers, Kawika (Chelle)Kelekolio and Stanley Kelekolio; sister, Dawnaree (Bob) Arnold; two grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Bert Muramoto

Bert Takeshi Muramoto, 72, of Hilo, died July 10, 2017, at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Born Sept. 11, 1944, inLaupahoehoe, he was a retired electronics installer for Hawaiian Telcom, a U.S Army Vietnam veteran. and member of NewHope – Hilo, Wikiwiki Golf Club, Golf Fanatix and Kelepono Golf Club.

Friends may call at 4 p.m. on Aug. 12 at New Hope in Hilo for a 5 p.m. service. The family requets casual attire be worn andthat flowers be omitted.

He is survived by wife, Lena Muramoto, of Hilo; daughter, Patti (Philip) Tabangcura, of Walnut Creek, California; son, JamieMuramoto, of Hilo; granddaughter, Madison Tabangcura of Walnut Creek, California; brothers, Raymond (Karen) Muramoto,of Torrance, California, Benjamin (Jane) Muramoto, of Hilo, and Miles (Glenda) Muramoto of Lorton, Virginia; nieces andnephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Herman Santana

Herman Santana, 75, of Pahoa, died at his residence. Born Sept. 23, 1941, in Hakalau, he was a heavy equipment operator.

Friends may call at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 at Ballard Family Mortuary in Hilo for a 11 a.m. service. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery.

He is survived by wife, Pearl Quintal; son, Kevin Santana, of Hilo; daughters, Shela (Lee) Santana, of Pahoa, Shereen (Dez)Santana, of Oahu, and Shundel Santana, of Idaho; brothers; Herbert Santana, of Pahoa, and Johnny Sanchez, of Ocean View;sister, Alice Mercado, of Pahoa; and 14 grandchildren.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


Julia Yonemura

Julia “Pua” Hanapuakoolau Yonemura, 81, of Kailua-Kona, died June 17, 2017, at her residence. Born July 18, 1935, inKealakekua, she was a retired cocktail waitress for King Kamehameha’s Kona Hotel, professional hula dancer, formerbartender for Kona Inn Resort and member of Kohala Gospel of Salvation.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. on Aug. 12 at Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Boat Harbor for an 11 a.m. service.Luncheon to follow. The family requests casual attire be worn and that flowers omitted.

She is survived by son, Kenneth (Pamela) Yonemura Jr., of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Emmalani Berdon, of North Kohala,Lorelei Jones, of Kailua Kona, and Cindy (Dan) Thrasher, of Des Moines, Iowa; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

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