Obituaries: 03-19-19

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Cynthia Nazara


Cynthia Soon Hee Nazara, 71, of Holualoa, died Feb. 9, 2019, at her home. Born May 27, 1947, in Honolulu, she was a Hawaiian cultural liason, a business owner, commissioner for Kaloko-Honokohau National Park, president of Kona Hawaiian Civic Club, council member for West Hawaii Fisheries and Hawaii Island Burial Counsel, and board member for Kona Historical Society among other positions.

A celebration of life will be held at noon March 24 at Makaeo Events Pavilion at the Kona Old Airport. Service is at 1:30 p.m. Paina to follow. Condolences may be sent to: Kekoa Nazara, P.O. Box 5684, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96745. For information call 756-0078.

She is survived by husband, Caleb Nazara of Holualoa; sons, Rodney Torres, Jr. of Honolulu, Anthony (Elena Beaudet) Torres, Patrick (Noe Pabre) Torres, Ronny (Codi) Torres, Steven (Mele Smith) Torres all of Ocean View, Jesse Torres of Hilo; daughters, Belinda Torres, Patricia Torres both of Honolulu, Rhodalynn (Marvin Naihe) Torres of Kealakekua; brothers, Stanford (Alarice) Kim, Steven (Lorene) Kim, Kimbro Kim all of Honolulu, Derek Tolentino of Kailua Kona, Danny (Marylou) Tolentino of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Sheri-Lou (Bobby) Secio of Washington, Laverne (Frank) Howard of Waimea, Josanne (Jamieson) Wong of Kailua-Kona, Doreen (Ed) Selke of Ocean View, Jadelynn (Steven) Valeho of Kailua-Kona; 45 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Nolan George

Nolan Beirne George, 81, of Waimea, died Feb.14, 2019, at his residence. Born August 31, 1937, in Honolulu, he was a retired business owner and rancher.

Visitation is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Mana Christian Ohana located at 67-1182 Lindsey Road in Waimea, across from Kahilu Theatre. Service at 11 a.m. For information, call Mana Christian Ohana at 885-2700.

He is survived by sons, Nolan (Louise) George of Waimea, Beau (Lisa) George; daughters, Jennefer Fernandez of Honolulu, Caroline (Stephen Worley) George of Waimea, Pohaikealoha George; brother, Henry (Yvonne) George all of Honolulu; three grandchildren, a great-grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

William Ahuna

William “Cowboy” Kahiki Mehau Ahuna, 78, of Pearl City, Oahu, died Feb. 28, 2019, at home. Born March 27, 1940, in Hilo, he was a retired Hawaii Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel.

Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. March 21, 2019 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 9:30 a.m. service. Burial follows at noon at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by sisters, Rose Haunani Ynigues of Kona, Juanita Kuhns of Albany, Ore.; brother, Sonny (Winona) Aina of Henderson, Nev.; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Haleloke Goo

Haleloke “Hale” Goo, 82, of Hilo, died Feb. 28, 2019, at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born on Feb. 13, 1937, in Hilo, she was a food and beverage manager for the former Hilo Lagoon Hotel.

No services.

She is survived by, sons, Marcus (Joye) Goo of Hilo and Darrel Goo of Hilo; daughters, Laurene (Brian) Simeona of Hilo, Myrna Goo of Hilo and Janice Goo of Keaau; brother, Ronald (Jennie) Halualani of San Mateo, California; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo Branch.

Alfred Kuniyoshi

Alfred Seishi Kuniyoshi, 90, of Hilo, died March 2, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Feb. 9, 1929, in Hilo, he was a retired night auditor for Volcano House, U.S. Army veteran, and member of Taishoji Soto Mission and Lower Kawailani Kumiai.

Private services were held.

He is survived by wife, Miyako Kuniyoshi of Hilo; son, Greg (Lisa Kang) Kuniyoshi of Hilo; daughter, Sharon Kuniyoshi of Hilo; one grandson, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Clarise Amar

Clarise Evelyn Valensona Amar, 82, of Keaau, died Feb. 23, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo and raised in Keaukaha on the Big Island, she was a homemaker, macadamia nut picker and a custodian at Keaau Middle School. She also was a member of the Holy Rosary Mission Church in Keaau.

Friends may call on March 22 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 6-9 p.m.; prayer service at 7 p.m. Casual attire; flowers and lei are welcomed. A graveside service will be held on March 23 at Alae Cemetery (new section) at 11 a.m.

She is survived by husband, Thomas Amar, Sr. of Keaau; daughters, Francine A. (Kenneth “Bear”) Pasco of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Fraline E. (Lawrence “Larry”) Valenzuela of Hilo and Laurie A. (Philip) Espiritu of Keaau; sons, Thomas “Tongo” Amar, Jr. of Keaau and Davin “Rico” S. (Ceraida “Lei”) Amar of Hawaiian Paradise Park; hanai daughter, Theresa H. Valensona of Mountain View; sister, Lily F. Takamori of Honolulu; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Yoshiharu Fuse

Yoshiharu Fuse, 93, of Hilo, died Feb. 2, 2019 at the Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Mountain View, he was a retired carpenter for the State of Hawaii Division of Forestry, member of the Taishoji Soto Mission and a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II.

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

He is survived by wife, Chiyono Fuse of Hilo; daughters, Colleen (Alvin) Yoshida of Hilo, Joni (Kevin) Katayama of Kaneohe; sisters, Kimie (Naoshi) Watanabe of Hilo, Satsue Yoshizawa of Pepeekeo, Misae (Paul) Hironaka of Kailua, Oahu, Toshie Miyasaki of Hilo; two sisters-in-law; three grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Nathan Lee

Nathan Lee, 53, of Lake Villa, Ill., died at home March 14, 2019. Born in Honolulu, he was a graduate of Hawaii Preparatory Academy and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He worked for various financial institutions in Chicago in software sales and support.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on March 30 at 10 a.m. at Annunciation Church in Waimea. Visitation at 9 a.m.

He is survived by his wife, Jolene (Haefs); sons, Evan, Andre, Oliver and Isaac; daughters, Lauren and Lucy, all of Lake Villa; mother, Patricia Lee of Kamuela; brothers, Jon (Amy) of Santa Ana, Calif., and Timothy, of Eden Prairie, Minn.; sisters, Erin (Susan) Lee of Kamuela, Tina and Maria Lee of Tucson, Ariz.; nieces and nephews.

Julie Uyeki

Julie Yaeko Uyeki, 89, of Hilo, formerly of Pahoa, died March 13, 2019, at a care home in Hilo. Born Jan. 30, 1930, in Kapoho, she was a retired registered nurse for Hilo Medical Center, volunteer for American Red Cross, American Heart Association and RSVP, member of HGEA Retirees Club, Hilo Hospital Retirees Club, Pahoa Higashi Machi Kumiai and Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai.

Private services were held. Family requests no monetary gift or flowers.

She is survived by sister-in-law, Jane Uyeki of Hilo; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Maude Toyozaki

Maude Sueko Toyozaki, 93, of Hilo, died Feb. 19, 2019, at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Lanai City, she was a retired sales clerk with the former Western Auto Store and a member of the Hilo Meishion.

Visitation 4-5 p.m. March 23 at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. Funeral service at 5 p.m., followed by cremation.


She is survived by her son, Milton Y. Toyozaki of Kurtistown; daughter, Deborah (Gaillane Maehira) Toyozaki of Hilo; sister, May M. (Robert) Sueyoshi of Gardena, California; one grandson; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo.

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