Obituaries: 08-07-18

Editor’s note: Obituaries are published free of charge as a public service. The content is subject to editing to ensure parity treatment and style continuity. Date of publication cannot be guaranteed. Memorial advertisements may be purchased through the newspaper advertising department.

Joe Timmons


“Aloha Joe” Timmons, 72, of Kailua-Kona, died July 14, 2018, in Kentucky, from injuries received from a motorcycle accident. Born in Honolulu in 1946, he served in the USN as a pilot and flight instructor in the Vietnam era. He was an avid scuba diver starting in the early 1970, became and instructor and has continued to enjoy the sport. Retiring from Clorox he moved to Kona in 2005 and was active in many local activities including the Aloha Patrol, Underwater Photo Group, Master Gardening and Ironman, where he carried photographers and provided cyclist support on his motorcycle.

Joe was on his annual motorcycle trip on the mainland visiting friends he has known for many years from his work and SCUBA diving club in the California Bay Area.

Joe lived with his companion Lea Sykes and their dog Beau for many years here in Kona. They had just started to rebuild an older home in Kona that they had planned on moving into when finished.

Akiko Kohara

Akiko Kohara, 94, of Hilo, died July 3, 2018, at a private care home in Naalehu. Born in Hilo, she was a retired floral worker for the former Mauna Loa Orchids and Orchids of Hawaii and member of the Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission.

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

She is survived by caregivers, Helen and Romeo Sembran of Naalehu; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grand nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Marie Haena

Marie Angela Bodet Haena, 75, of Kailua-Kona, died July 31, 2018, at the Kona Community Hospital. Born in Teaneck, New Jersey on October 1, 1942, she was a former Catholic nun. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Secular Franciscans.

Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 10 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona for a 10 a.m. mass. Inurnment will be at noon at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. The family requests casual attire.

She is survived by her husband, Calvin Haena of Kailua-Kona; sons, Tracy Haena of San Mateo, California and Todd Haena of Foster City, California; daughter, Anna Haena of Tracy, California; brother, Paul Bodet of Boynton Beach, Florida; sisters, Lillian (William) Barry of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Joan McCarthy of Marshfield, Massachusetts; one grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Jean Wygal

Jean “Aunty Jeannie” Uilani Wygal, 79, of Hilo, died on Aug. 1, 2018, at the Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Honolulu, she was the resident council president of the Life Care Center of Hilo and a volunteer for Hospice and AARP.

Private services were held.

She is survived by sons, Joseph Wells of Volcano, and Maverick Kang Sr. of Hilo; daughters, Lori (Ira) Varize of Hilo and Jolean Yamada of Hilo; sister, Blanche Willingham of Kailua; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.

Online condolences: .

Samuel Kaitell

Samuel Basil Kaitell, 69, of Hilo, died on July 29, 2018, at residence. Born on September 6, 1948, in Sierra Leon, Freetown, West Africa, he was a proprietor for an automobile parts store.

Friends may call on Aug. 12 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Casual attire is requested.

He is survived by wife, John-Nee Juanita Keliikuli Kaitell of Hilo; daughter, Fasiya Kaitell of Cincinnati, Ohio; sons, Sidi Kaitell, Rashid Kaitell and Daniel Kaitell of Hilo; two granddaughters and two grandsons.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Peter Veincent

Peter Claver Veincent, Jr., 48, of Hilo, died on July 16, 2018, at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a tour driver for Fun Tours.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Hawaiian Village, Puhi Bay, Keaukaha, for a memorial service/celebration of life. The family requests casual attire and no flowers.

He is survived by his wife, Jaime Lee Veincent of Hilo; daughters, Courtney (Nicolas Kuhn) Kamai-Veincent of Hilo, Cailee (Travis O’Dell) Awai of Hilo and Cameron Awai of Hilo; goddaughter, Shannon Kaleo of Hilo; brothers, Samuel K. Veincent of Hilo and Joseph P.N.S. Kenoi of Hilo; four granddaughters, Tiegan Kuhn, Rowen Kuhn, Iliana Rosa, & Kalena Rosa; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo.

Kim Nakamura

Kim “Ki’i” Nakamura, 56, of Kohala, died July 1, 2018, at Kohala Hospital. Born in Honokaa, son of Betsy (Pacheco) and Yone Nakamura, he was raised in Waimea, traveled the world and was a practitioner of La’au Lapa’au at Hawaii Apothecaries in Hawi.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. Aug. 11 at Imiola Congregational Church, Church Row in Waimea for a 10 a.m. service.

He is survived by father, Yoneichi Nakamura; sisters, Betsy (Neil Apana) Nakamura and Yonette Nakamura (Jovan Labrador); grandmother, Florence Santiago; hanai brother, Troy Familar; hanai son, Kaleo Adams; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; hanai brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Justin Waiki

Justin Joshua Puamoiwale Waiki, 33, of Pahoa, died on July 20, 2018, at the Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo.

Private services were held.


He is survived by sons, Justin Waiki Jr. of Puna, Trystin Waiki of Puna, and Jaevin Waiki of Nevada; daughters, Lexi Waiki of Puna, and Journey Waiki of Nevada; mother, Lynette Vincent of Puna; brothers, Ronsten Waiki of Puna, and Bryston (Tracie Mederios) Waiki of Puna; sister, Shayla Waiki of Puna; two nieces, one nephew; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email