Obituaries: 10-06-18

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Kazumi Okamura


Kazumi “Carl” Okamura, 81, of Hilo, died Sept. 24, 2018, at Castle Medical Center on Oahu. Born Feb. 13, 1937, in Pepeekeo, he was a retired civil engineer for the state Department of Transportation Highways Division and County of Hawaii Department of Water Supply; and member of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin and Palaka and Pauhana Golf Clubs.

Visitation will be held 3-4 p.m. Oct. 13, 2018, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo; memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Casual attire is requested. No flowers.

He is survived by wife, Jane Morishige Okamura of Hilo; sons, Van (Glynis Nakahara) Okamura of San Francisco, and Dave (Kerri) Okamura of Hilo; brother, Teru (Mabel) Okamura of California; four grandchildren; three sisters-in-law; numerous nephews and nieces.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

John Nihipali Jr.

John Nihipali Jr., 74 of Keaau, died Aug. 28, 2018, at Hawaii Care Choices – Hospice Hilo. Born May 1, 1944, in Honolulu, he was a journeyman roofer, auto mechanic and horse trainer.

A celebration of life will held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, 2018 at Puhi Bay-Keaukaha. Church service by The Way, The Truth, The Life Fellowship with Pastor Naomi Kuaumoana from 10 a.m. to noon.

He is survived by wife Deidre Nihipali of Keaau; sons Chad Salanoa of Utah, John Alika Nihipali of Hilo, Curtiss (Zoe) Nihipali of Hilo; daughters Sherraine (Guy) Nihipali-Sesson of Pahala, Marnette Nihipali of Honolulu, Antoinette (Chad) Nihipali of Puna, Donalyn (Quecannon) Nihipali of Mountain View; sisters Betty Jane Akina of Mountain View, Rhoda Shores of California, Elijoe Kaahu of Honolulu, Mercy Kaahu-Kaleo of Honolulu, Karen Kaahu of Honolulu; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Alice Oliver

Alice Maldonado Oliver, 87, of Hilo, died Sept. 12, 2018, at Hawaii Care Choices — Hospice of Hilo. Born Oct. 4, 1930, in Hakalau, she was homemaker and a member of the Connect Point Church in Hilo.

Friends may call Oct. 14 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; visitation from 1-2 p.m.; funeral service at 2 p.m. Casual attire; flower and lei are welcome. Burial at Alae Cemetery (Section I, Row S, Plot 15).

She is survived by son, Matthew Oliver of Hilo; brother, Albert Maldonado of Hawaiian Paradise Park; sister, Betty Rodrigues of California; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortaury.

Andy L. Sylva Jr.

Andy L. Sylva Jr., 87, of Volcano, died Aug. 19, 2018, at his residence. Born in 1930 in Honolulu, he was retired from the Honolulu City and County’s Wastewater Department.

A visitation and service will be held at the Word Of God Church – YWCA, 145 Ululani St., in Hilo from 9-10 a.m. Oct. 14. Family requests casual attire.

He is survived by four sons, McMillen (Vel) Sylva of Ewa Beach, Raynard (Rose) Sylva of Kunia, Jeremiah (Candy) Sylva of Kaneohe, and David Sylva of Honolulu; daughter Beverly Sylva of Volcano; sister Dorothy (John) Silva Perry of Nanakuli; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Aleen Horishney

Aleen “Sam” Diane Horishney, 67, of Kealakekua, died Aug. 31, 2018, at Kona Community Hospital. Born July 6, 1951, in Corvallis, Oregon, she was a homemaker.

Private service held.


She is survived by sisters, Eleanor (Gene) Tarman of Arizona, Janet Simonsen; brothers, Paul (Margaret) Simonsen, Donald (Teri) Simonsen all of California, John Simonsen of Kailua Kona; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.