Obituaries: 07-27-18

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Isabella Sampaia


Isabella “Lisa” Prudencio Sampaia, 82, of Hilo, died July 16, 2018, at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born on Sept. 18, 1935, in Hilo, she was a homemaker. She was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo, Pepeekeo Senior Citizens Club and Hawaii Island Adult Care.

Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 1 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo for a 7 p.m. wake service. Visitation will continue from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Aug. 2 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo for a 10 a.m. funeral Mass. Burial to follow at Mauna Kea Memorial Park, Papaikou. Casual attire.

She is survived by, sons, Gabriel (Gloria) Sampaia of Hilo and Anthony Paul Sampaia of Pepeekeo; daughter, Therese Sampaia Glowania of Hilo; sisters, Florence Prudencio of Honolulu, Oahu and Mildred Lucas of Hilo; five grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo Branch.

Melvin Kameilehoku Thomas

Melvin “Mel,” “Uncle Mel,” “Hoku” Kameilehoku Thomas, 74, of Honalo, died June 17, 2018, at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born in Waiaha on May 18, 1944, he was a retired cook at the King Kamehameha Hotel. He was the owner of the former Kuakini Café Restaurant and a member of the Kuakahela Ohana.

A celebration of life will be held at noon on Aug. 4, at Higashihara Park pavilion in Honalo. The family requests casual attire.

He is survived by his sons, Melvin (Sara) Thomas, Jr., of Kailua-Kona, Mark (Renee) Thomas of Maui; stepsons, Thomas (Lei) Rivera of Honalo and Rusty Ishii of Kealakekua; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Nancy Phillips

Nancy Jean Phillips, 84, of Kamuela, died July 20, 2018, at her residence. She was born in Barrington, N.J. She was a retired registered nurse for Honokaa Hospital and North Hawaii Community Hospital. She was a member of the HGEA, Hawaiian Quilting Club, Anuenue Quilters, and Tutu’s Quilters.

Private services. Contributions can be made to North Hawaii Hospice. Online condolences:

She is survived by spouse, James Phillips of Kamuela; daughter, Becky (Ian) Tully of Port Townsend, Wash.; sons, James (Tua) Phillips, Jr. of Laupahoehoe, and Eric (Haru) Phillips of Honolulu; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

Richard Kino

Richard Kino, 95, of Hilo, died July 05, 2018, at home. Born Aug. 8, 1922 in Hilo, he was retired and a member of Crescent City Lions Club and New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hilo.

Friends may call 9 a.m. Aug. 3 for a 10 a.m. service at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Kupulau. Burial to follow at noon at Veteran’s Cemetary No. 2. Online condolences may be sent to

Richard is survived by wife, Ruth Shizuko Kino of Hilo; son, Gilbert (Janet) Nishihara of Hilo; daughters, Jo-Ann (Hartwell “Tabu”) Kamau; brother Masahiro (Myra) Kino of Oahu; sisters Haruko Nakayama of Hilo, Yoshie (Ken) Tokiyama of California; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Hilo.

Iranell Kananika’ikiokalama Sanchez

Iranell Maude Kananika’ikiokalama Sanchez, 66, of Mountain View, died July 3, 2018, at home. Also known as Nell or Ira, she was born March 29, 1952, on Oahu and later moved to the Big Island for the second half of her life, where she continued to live as a wife and artist.

Iranell is survived by husband Roger Sanchez of Mountain View; one son; one daughter; one sister; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Hilo.

Mitsuto Harada

Mitsuto Harada, 101, of Hilo, died June 19, 2018, at home. Born June 20, 1916, he was a retired carpenter.

Online condolences may be sent to

Mitsuto is survived by sister, Natsuno Matsuo of Waipahu; daughter-in-law Kathy Harada of California and two grandchildren of California.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Hilo.

Albert Cortex

Albert B. Cortex, 78, of Hilo, died July 19, 2018, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born Aug. 29, 1939 in Honolulu, he was retired from Hawaiian Electric.

Services to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo. Online condolences may be sent to


Albert is survived by wife, Evelyn “Manaku” Cortez of Hilo; son, Jason (Michelle) Cortez of Hilo; daughter, Dorinna Cortez of Hilo; brother, Leighton Hahn of Wisconsin; six grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Numerous uncles, aunts, cousins.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Hilo.

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