Obituaries: 05-06-19

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Emily Souza


Emily J. Souza, 77, of Hilo, died April 21, 2019, at the Life Care Center of Hilo. She was born in Hawaii in 1942.

Survivors please contact Homelani Memorial Park at (808) 961-6051.

Mary Sturm

Mary Jane Keaweehu Sturm, 74, of Kailua Kona, died March 19, 2019, at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born July 28, 1944 in Lihue, Kauai, she was a homemaker and member of Gospel of Salvation Church in Hawi.

Services were at Gospel of Salvation Church in Hawi. Condolences to the family may be sent to G. Rivera, P.O. Box 1952, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96745.

She is survived by daughter, Geraldine (Lorrin) Aiwohi of Kapahi, Kauai; sons, Garey (Willow) Rivera of Kailua-Kona, Richard (Leslie) Rivera of Waimea; sister, Darling (Joe) Lopez; brother, Charles Keaweehu all of Honolulu; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii and Oahu Mortuary and Crematory.

Desiree Shiraki

Mrs. Desiree Shiraki, 54, of Kealakekua, Hawaii, died April 18, 2019, at her residence. Born in Kealakekua on Dec. 20, 1964, she was an owner of Shiraki Dry Cleaners Inc. in Captain Cook, as well as a former employee of Kamigaki Market, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union and Hawaii Affordable Properties. She was a member of Akitsu Kumiai and Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

Visitation will be held at 4 p.m. May 10 at the Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Kealakekua; memorial service at 5 p.m. the family requests casual attire and flowers are welcome.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Shiraki of Kealakekua; son, Justin Shiraki of Captain Cook; daughter, Aimee (Luis) Meza of Kealakekua; brother, William (Phyllis) Bullanday of Oklahoma; sisters, Judith Min and Erica Deleon of Kailua-Kona; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, a niece and their children.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Peter Alpiche

Peter Alpiche, 84, of Honokaa, died April 23, 2019, at home. He was born in Halaula, and was a retired harvesting supervisor for the former Hamakua Sugar Co., a U.S. Army veteran of the 187th Airborne Rakkasans, member of the Honokaa Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Honokaa Senior Citizens, ILWU Pension Club, Honokaa County Band, The Alfred Dance Band, The Crescendos, and the D &J Sound and Dance.

Visitation 3-5 p.m. May 10 at the Honokaa Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Military honors will be rendered at 4 p.m. and a memorial mass will be held at 5 p.m. Casual attire, no flowers.

He is survived by wife, Frances L. Alpiche of Honokaa; sons, Dexter (Loke) Alpiche of Paauilo and Bradley (Lynne) Alpiche of Kona; daughter, Donna-Ann (Frank) Jenkins of Kamuela; brothers, Lawrence Villasista of Honolulu and Richard (Susan) Villasista of Honokaa; sisters, Carmen Alpiche of Hilo, Miriam Bott-Sharf of Illinois, Shirley Villafuerte of Laupahoehoe and Vernice Gomes of Honolulu; three sisters-in-law; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo.

Charlotte Rodrigues

Charlotte “Lani” Pualani Haalilio Rodrigues, 81, of Kealakekua, died April 24, 2019, at Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa, she was a retired groundskeeper and housekeeper for King Kamehameha Hotel.

Service information to be announced at a later date. For information call (808) 936-6265.

She is survived by son, Willie (Buggins) Haalilio; grandchildren, Kaohu and Camela Haalilio all of Kealakekua; sisters, Nellie Takahashi of Honolulu, Gerry Rivera of Holualoa, Jasmine Angeleo of Nevada; brothers, Arnold (Frances) Haalilio of Papaikou, Wilfred (Maggie) Haalilio of Honaunau, David (Lorianne) Haalilio of Kealakekua; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Bryan Keohuhu, Sr.

Bryan Kaukalahelekaho’ohui Keohuhu, Sr., 39, of Hilo died April 23, 2019, at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a landscaper, member of the Mountain View Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a loving husband, father, brother and friend.

Services will take place at the Isaac Hale Beach Park in Pohoiki in September.

He is survived by wife, Larae Keohuhu of Hilo; sons, Kalani-Rae Keohuhu of Hilo, Bryan Keohuhu, Jr. of Hilo, Rylan Keohuhu of Hilo, Nathaniel Keohuhu of Hilo, Samson Keohuhu of Hilo, Liam Keohuhu of Hilo; mother, Debbie (Kenny) Ige of Oahu; sisters, Leilani (Danny) Petersen of Kurtistown, Nohelani (Zach Fowler) Keohuhu of California, Shanny Manners of Hawaiian Beaches; brother, Albert Manners of Hilo; mother-in-law; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Doreen Keomalu

Doreen Dee Keomalu, 59, of Honomu, died April 25, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. She was born on Jan. 28, 1960, in Honolulu.

Private services.

She is survived by mother, Judith Keomalu; sister, Denise (Ryan) Yamada; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Erminia Tabac Villa

Erminia “Mining” “Sally” Tabac Villa, 91, of Honokaa, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Wamil RACCP Family Foster Home in Honokaa. Formerly of Kauai and Honolulu, she was born in Puunene, Maui and raised in Paauhau, she was a housewife and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

A visitation will be held 9-10 a.m. on Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa at 45-5028 Plumeria Street with a memorial Mass to follow at 10:30 a.m. The family requests casual attire. No flowers. Burial will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery.

Online condolences:

Herbert De Aguiar

Mr. Herbert F. De Aguiar, 85, of Captain Cook, died April 13, 2019, at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Holualoa on March 5, 1934, he was a paramedic for the County of Honolulu. He was a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Merrie Monarch Glee Club, West Hawaii Hawaiian Men’s Golf Club and a U.S. Army veteran.

Visitation will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 10 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona. Mass will begin at 10 a.m. and a noon burial will follow at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Guests are invited to join the family at Hawaii Big Game Fishing Clubhouse at Honokohau Harbor in Kailua-Kona. The family requests casual attire and flowers are welcome.

He is survived by his wife, Grace De Aguiar of Pahoehoe; sons, Allen (Sandra) De Aguiar of Captain Cook, Herbert (Joie) De Aguiar Jr. of Oahu, Michael (Kathy) De Aguiar of Washington and Randall (Magdalena) De Aguiar of Capt. Cook; brother, James De Aguiar of Oahu; sisters, Frances (Walter) Yoshimitsu of Oahu and Jeanette (William) Fugate of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Edward Kaleohano

Mr. Edward “Eddie Boy” Kaleohano, 69, of Kealia, died April 20, 2019, at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hookena on Feb. 9, 1950, he was an auto mechanic and avid fisherman.

Visitation will be at 5 p.m. May 17 at the Honaunau Rodeo Arena in Honaunau for a 7 p.m. memorial service. Visitation will continue at the arena at 7 a.m. May 18 and a celebration of life will begin at 9 a.m. The family requests casual attire and flowers are welcome.

He is survived by his sons, Edward (Laurie Malina) Kaleohano of Hookena, Kai (Ipo) Kaleohano of Kealia, and Jason (Lei) Kaleohano of Kealakekua; daughters, Melani Kaleohano and Connie (Barry) Gouveia of Kealia; sister, Connie Pua of Keei Beach; hanai children, Valentine Wessel of Kailua-Kona and Yoland Kuahuia of Milolii; 12 grandchildren; four hanai grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Arletta Branco

Arletta Lei Branco, 80, of Volcano, died in Sacramento, Calif., on March 20, 2019. She was born in Hilo, Hawaii.

Visitation will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. and service will be at 12:30 p.m. on May 18 at Haili Church.

Irvin Lopes

Irvin Keola Lopes of Kamuela, died April 29, 2019, in Kamuela. He was born March 25, 1961, in Honolulu, and worked predominantly as a landscaper.

Graveside services will be held at Waimea County Cemetery 11 a.m. May 18. Online condolences may be posted on

He is survived by daughters, Lena Ann (Colby) Benito of Honolulu, Victoria Hufford of Waikoloa; mother, Lily Kepano of Kaneohe; brothers, Danny (Charlene) Lopes of Kamuela, Quintin Kepano of Honolulu, Lamont Kepano of Reno, Nev.; sister, Sweetheart (George) Kepano-Schumaker of Kaneohe; and three grandchildren.

Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

Evonne Easter

Evonne Ella Easter, 72, of Pahoa died April 28, 2019, at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in St. Louis, Mo., she was a retired dispatcher for the San Jose Police Department.

No local survivors.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Louise Maikui

Louise “Sweetie” Leialoha Maikui, 75, of Hilo, died on April 10, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. She was born on Dec. 29, 1943, in Hilo. She was a retired site manager for the Hawaii County Nutrition Center. She was also a member of The Way The Truth The Life Fellowship; the Hawaiian Civic Club in Laupahoehoe; the Hawaiian Bowling Club; and the U.E. Club.

Visitation will be held from 8-10 a.m. May 10 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo with funeral Service at 10 a.m.; burial to follow at Alae Cemetery, Section L. Casual attire.

She is survived by, husband, Albert “Al” Maikui of Hilo; daughter, Laurie Ann Pelekane of Hilo; sons, Albert “Naka” (Cheryl) Maikui of Honolulu, Rudy (Debbie) Maikui of Hilo and Damien (Sui-Lin) Maikui of Kamuela; brothers, John Chesbro, Jr. of Hilo and Leonard “Milimili” (Juanita) of Kona; sister, Georgiana (Revelation) Kalauli of Hilo; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo Branch.

Erdulfo Mangibin

Erdulfo “Rudy” “Roach” Mangibin, 69, of Pepeekeo, died April 4, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. Born on Dec. 29, 1949, in Hilo; He was a retired power plant operator for the former Hilo Coast Processing Company. He also was a member of the Pepeekeo Community Association and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou.

Friends may call 5-6 p.m. May 10 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service begins at 6 p.m. Casual attire. Urn committal will be held at a later date.

He is survived by sisters, Natividad Pinzon of Pepeekeo, Francisca Pajarillo of Aiea and Genoveva (Fernando) Gomez of Hilo; brothers, Juan (Arsenia) Macanas of Pepeekeo and Edmando (Mavis) Mangibin of Hilo; one sister in-law; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Sharon Justice

Sharon Tally Justice, 73, of Kurtistown died April 26, 2019, in Hilo. Born in Big Spring, Texas, she was a devoted mother, grandmother, educator, actor with the local theater groups and a distinguished Hilo Toastmaster.


A celebration of her life will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 13 at the Church of the Holy Cross “Building of Faith” (440 W. Lanikaula St.). Casual attire. For more information call Lori at 854-1302.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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