Obituaries: 10-04-18

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Al Kaula


Al Kealohanuiokapuuwai Kaula, 66, of Hilo, died Aug. 3, 2018, at the Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu and was a professional musician.

Friends may call 9:30-10 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Olaa First Hawaiian Church, 17-516 Hale Pule Road, Kurtistown, for a 10 a.m. memorial service. Casual attire, no flowers.

He is survived by his daughter, Keola Kaula of Oregon; sister, Q. Kalani Kanakanui of Kurtistown; brother, Richard Pascua of Honolulu; hanai brother, Kevin Kanakanui of Papakolea; three grandchildren; six nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo.

Taite Fukushima

Taite Toshi Fukushima, 9 months and 20 days old, of Pahoa, died Sept. 21, 2018, at home. He was born on Dec. 1, 2017, in Hilo.

Visitation will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oct. 7, at Hilo Missionary Church, 1044 Komohana Street, Hilo. Funeral service begin at 5:30 p.m.; private burial will be held at a later date. Casual attire.

He is survived by parents, Jered and Tish Fukushima; brother, Jered; sisters, Aliyannah and Krystle; grandparents, Glenn Fukushima, Deborah Downing and Albert and Wendy Lopez; one great-grandparent; an uncle; and two aunties.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo Branch.

Shirley Kealoha

Shirley Ann Kealoha, 83, of Honokaa, died Sept. 13, 2018, at home. Born on Sept. 12, 1935, in Kula, she was a housewife; a volunteer for the retired and senior volunteer program and nutrition program; and a chair of the Honokaa Western Week Saloon Contest and Honokaa Taro Festival.

Visitation will be held from 8-9:45 a.m. Oct. 13 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Honokaa. Memorial Mass begins at 10 a.m. Casual attire.

She is survived by daughters, Georgiann (Harry) Kealoha-Jose of Honokaa, Corinne Kealoha of Honokaa and Jan (Harvey) Kealoha-Nakano of Hilo; son, George Kealoha, Jr. of Kona; sisters, Rosaline Victorino of Hilo and Amy Butler of Texas; brother, Lawrence (Pat) Fernandez of Makawao, Maui; one sister-in-law; one brother-in-law; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo Branch.

Alexander Aquino, Sr.

Alexander Robert Aquino, Sr., 71, of Captain Cook, died Sept. 22, 2018, at his residence. Born May 13, 1947, in Honolulu, he was a self-employed auto mechanic, building contractor, plumber, fisherman, demolition technician, carpenter, painter, auto body builder, auto detailer, landscaper, fishing net maker, lauhala weaver, tailor and mechanic for the former Ka’u Sugar Plantation.

Private services to be held at a later date. Condolences and monetary donations may be sent to the Aquino family c/o Lonnetta J. Aquino, 82-6151 Muliwai Place in Captain Cook, HI 96704.

He is survived by wife, Annette Kunewa Aquino of Captain Cook; son, Alexander (Amy) Aquino, Jr. of Napoopoo; daughters, Suzette (Don) Graycochea of Kahuku, Oahu, Lonnetta (Tammie) Aquino of Capt. Cook; brothers, Vincent Aquino, Sr. and Stanley (Patricia) Aquino, Sr. of Honolulu, John Aquino, Sr. of Kauai; sisters, Ethelwyne (Rodney) Nahina of Hilo, Louise Galla and Minerva Mayhan of Tucson, Ariz.; hanai parents, George (Patsy) Iranon of Honolulu; nine grandsons, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Fernando Garcia

Fernando Horace Garcia, 63 of Mountain View, died Sept. 15, 2018, at Hilo Medical Center. He was born on Sept. 7, 1955, in Honolulu and was a musician/entertainer with New Hope Christian Fellowship Kupulau, Glad Tidings, Kingdom Culture, Word of God and various establishments.

Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 13 at New Hope Christian Fellowship, 840 Kupulau Road in Hilo. Service to follow. Family request no flowers.


Fernando is survived by wife, Corinne Ann Garcia of Mountain View; son Fernando H. (Jessica) Garcia, Jr. of Hilo; daughter Alicia L. (Dennis) Kamehaiku of Hilo; brothers, Albert (Sara) Garcia of Honolulu, Robert (Aileen) Garcia of Honolulu, Anthony Dominguez of Honolulu; sister, Marina (Richard Ching) Dominguez of Honolulu; 10 grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by: Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.