Obituaries 11-04-18

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Devin Miles


Devin Scott Keawe Miles, 28, of Ocean View, died Sept. 16, 2018, at Kona Community Hospital. He was born on Nov. 14, 1989, in Hilo. He was a landscaper for Kona Hillscapes.

Friends may call at noon on Nov. 17 at Waiohinu Park in Naalehu for a full day of services. Services for Hilo will be announced at a later date.

Survived by companion, Joley Naihe of Ocean View; son, Devin Miles Jr., of Ocean View; mother, Rebecca Miles of Kapoho; brothers, Andrew Miles of Kapoho, and Matthew Aurello of Washington City, Washington; sisters, Lehia (John) O’Connor of Las Vegas, and Ilima Miles of Centerton, Arizona; hanai parents, Elizabeth (George) Kauwe of Kailua-Kona, and Tammy (Duane) Mareko-Ke of Naalehu; grandmothers, Mary Danfield of Kapoho, and Francine Miller of Keaau; numerous hanai siblings; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Melva Snider

Melva Ruth Snider, 86, of Mountain View, died Oct. 21, 2018, at home. Born on Oct. 27, 1931, in Honolulu, she was a homemaker.

Private services held.

Melva is survived by daughters, Terri (Dave) Jenkins of Union City, California, and Cindy Lei (Reed) Patterson of Kamuela.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.

Earl Bakken

Dr. Earl Elmer Bakken, 94, of North Kona, died Oct. 21, 2018 at his home. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Jan. 10, 1924, he was the co-founder and senior chairman of the board for Medtronic, Inc. He was an inventor and visionary, and created the world’s first battery-operated, transistorized external wearable pacemaker. He founded The Bakken Museum and co-founded the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. He helped found the North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was a Fellow of the Bakken Society, member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, National Academy of Engineering, Honorary Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society, member of Society of Heart-Brain Medicine, North Hawaii Rotary Club, Board Chairman, Friends of the Future, and veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force.

Private services will be held.

In honor and memory of Dr. Bakken and his full life of living on and giving on, donations to the following would be appreciated. The Bakken Museum, The Pavek Museum, The University of Minnesota Foundation, North Hawaii Community Hospital, Friends of the Future, The Kohala Center, Five Mountains Hawaii (Kipuka O Ke Ola), Na Kalai Waa (Makalii Voyaging Canoe).

He is survived by his wife, Doris Bakken of North Kona; sons, Jeff (Linda) Bakken of Orono, Minnesota, and Bradley (Mary) Bakken, also of Orono; daughter, Pamela (Jeff) Petersmeyer of Prior Lake, Minnesota; stepson, David (Linda) Marshall of Rice, Minnesota; stepdaughter, Ramona West of Waikoloa; 11 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren and 8 step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Kalson Akiona

Kalson Mokuola Akiona, of Kailua-Kona, died Oct. 8, 2018. Born Feb. 5, 1979, he was a friend and supporter to many.

Celebration of life to be held starting at 9:30 a.m., Nov. 10, at the West Hawaii Community Health Center, 74-5214 Keanalehu Drive, Kailua-Kona.

He is survived by his parents, Garolyn Aganus Akiona, and Bimo Akiona; grandparents, Gary and Helen Aganus; siblings, Tyson, Kui and Dayson.

Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park &Mortuary, LLC.

Levy Cabanting

Levy Stanford Cabanting, 41 of Honolulu, died Sept. 24, 2018, at Castle Memorial. He was born on August 30, 1977, in Honolulu.

Private family services held.


Levy is survived by sons, Alika Merck of Hilo, Kamuela Merck of Oklahoma, Levy Cabanting of Oklahoma; daughter, Alexis Merck of Oklahoma; mother, Muriel (Yoshito Oshiba) Cabanting-Oshiba of Hilo; sisters, Suzan Ilae Cabanting of Honolulu, Jolanda Kahele of Hauula, Marie (John) Keawemauhili of Nanakuli, Muriel (Steve) Hardisty of Honokaa, Cora Cabanting of Long Beach, Lisa Cabanting of Honolulu, Terry-Lynn (Radford) Cabanting of Hilo; brothers, Lloyd Nio Hayashida of Eden Roc, Lebardo Stanley Cabanting, Jr. of Hilo, David Cabanting of Kona, Wendell Garcia of Hilo, Kepoo Cabanting of Hilo; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.