Obituaries | 1-15-2016

Tsutomu Kaneshige


Tsutomu Kaneshige

Tsutomu “Tom” Kaneshige, 87, of Paauilo died Jan. 4, 2016, at the Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. Born in Ookala, he was a retired garage overseer for the former Hamakua Sugar Company and part-time bus driver and automotive maintenance person for Laupahoehoe Transportation Company, member of the Paauilo Hongwanji Mission and a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard.

Private services held. Family requests no flowers and no koden (monetary gifts).

He is survived by wife, Julia Kaneshige of Paauilo; daughters, Jill Chavez of Waikoloa, Jan (Mike) Warnecke of Kailua-Kona; sister, Kiyoko Keamo of Honolulu; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Vivian Tyson

Mrs. Vivian Choy Tyson, 87, Ocean View, died Jan. 10, 2016, at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Honolulu on July 14, 1928, she was a housewife and bartender.

Private services will be held.

She is survived by her sons, David (Susie) Bellow of Milolii, Bruce (Wanda) Bellow of Hilo, James (Mirasol) Tyson of Ocean View, Russell (Debbie) Tyson of Nevada, and Kenneth McEnroe of Oahu; daughter, Mokihana (Ricky) Rodrigues of Oregon; brother, Michael (Diane) Choy of Los Angeles; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Gladys Chun

Gladys Oi Lam Chun, 95, of Hilo died Jan. 6, 2016, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Feb. 3, 1920, in Kalihi, Oahu, she was a retired registered nurse and head nurse for the former Hilo Memorial Hospital, past board member for Hawaii County Employees Federal Credit Union, member of the retired nurses association.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. Jan. 20 at Dodo Mortuary chapel, Hilo for a 10 a.m. celebration of life. Burial will follow at the Hilo Chinese Cemetery. Family request casual attire be worn.

She is survived by daughters, Lynette Chun, Erlene (Jim Cummins) Chun; sons, Loren Chun, Reuben Chun; sisters, Elsie Perkins, Rosalind (Wilfred) Chun; brother, Calvin (Nancy) Lum; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Chad Chaves

Chad Avery Cabral Chaves, 41, of Hilo died Nov. 17, 2015, at Hilo Medical Center. Born May 27, 1974, in Kailua, Oahu, he was an employee of Onomea Orchards and Ohana Banana Co and member of the New Hope Christian Fellowship.

Friends may call at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at New Hope Christian Fellowship, 840 Kupulau Road for an 11 a.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn. Condolences may be posted at


He is survived by spouse, Natalie Ann Chaves of Hilo; son, Chad (Cheani) Satomba of Hilo; stepdaughter, Natasha Thomas of Hilo; stepsons, Waylon Thomas, Rusty DeMotta, both of Hilo; mother, Lei (George) Otani of Hilo; father, Wilfred Chaves of Hilo; sisters, Rose (Sumo) Miles, Doreen (Duane) Spencer, Kathleen (Alfred) Agaran, Gwen (Wilder) Jamile, Selina (Dominic) Meditz, all of Oahu, Stacey (Ricky) Furtado of Hilo, Shawnalei Bowman of Washington, Laurie Lei Lizarraga of Kauai; brothers, Joseph (Joanna) Chaves, Sean (Noe) Chaves, both of Oahu, Wilfred (Jaye) Tabian of Kauai, Darrell Markus Jr. of Texas; stepsisters, Lori (Sam) Martin, Jeton Washington, both of Hilo; stepbrothers, Dean Otani, Chris Otani, both of Hilo; one grandson; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

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