Obituaries: 05-07-19

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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 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 Villa

Erminia “Mining” “Sally” Tabac Villa, 91, of Honokaa, died 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. May 11 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.

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.

Marcus Yuen

Marcus Mark Wong Yuen, 63, of Kailua-Kona, died April 14, 2019, at the Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku. He was born in Hilo on Jan. 5, 1956, and was a slack key musician entertainer. He did a solo album in 1996 under the ‘Jus Press label called Mauka Makai produced by Ledward Ka’apana and recorded by Charlie Recaido.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Makaeo at Old Airport Park pavilion in Kailua-Kona. Pavilion. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. with services to follow.

He is survived by his love, Shirley “Hauoli” Yamaguchi; sons, Ryan “Bully” Wong Yuen, Marcus “Bubs” (Natasha) Wong Yuen, and Shayne “Sonny Boy” Wong Yuen; hanai sons, Jay and Lance Yamaguchi; sisters, Cathy and Turvey (Co) Wong Yuen, brothers, Chauncey (Vicky) Wong Yuen and Gregory “Toi” (Wina) Wong Yuen; uncles, aunties, two granddaughters, four grandsons; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Norman’s Mortuary on Maui.

Darlene Branchik

Darlene Joy Branchik, 51, of Mountain View, died April 8, 2019, at the Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Wahiawa and was a private housekeeper.

Visitation 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., followed by burial at the Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

She is survived by husband, Nathan Branchik of Mountain View; daughter, Jessica Deyoe of Hilo; stepdaughter, Kalena Branchik of Kalapana Black Sands; mother, Shirley Mapson of Kahului; brothers, Michael Soto and Ray Mapson of Kahului; sisters, Debra Soto of Pahoa, Raelene Mapson and Lucy Mapson of Kahului.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo.

Reynold Jerome, Jr.

Reynold Wesley Jerome, Jr., 78, of Kurtistown died April 30, 2019, at the Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. He was born in Kohala and was an ILWU union organizer.

Private memorial services held.


He is survived by wife, Gwendolyn Jerome of Kurtistown; sons, Reynold Wesley (Karen) Jerome III of Yuma, Ariz., Roddy Jerome of San Diego, Sam (Kim) Jerome of Honolulu and Moses (Nue) Jerome of Kurtistown; daughters, Velvet Smith of Wittmann, Ariz. and Jo-Shane (Kanoa) Yamauchi of Keaau; sisters, Florence Lilio and Percy Kelii of Honolulu, Phoebe (Roy) Thompson of Mountain View and Cassandra (Eddie) Riley of Cincinnati; brothers, Adrian (Karen) Galan of Kapaau, Ralph (Priscilla) Galan and Gregory (Ida Mae) Galan of Kohala; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo.

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