Obituaries: 05-29-19

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Carolyn Kawananakoa


Carolyn Willison Kawananakoa, 85, of Volcano, and formerly of Kaneohe, Oahu, died May 11, 2019, at home. Born in Portland, she was a homemaker and a member of Friends of Iolani Palace, Hale O Na Alii, Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club and other organizations.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. May 31 at the Oahu Cemetery, Oahu. Aloha attire.

She is survived by daughter, Young Elena Branch of Volcano; sons, Travis Anthony (Laurie) Branch, Quentin Kuhio Kawananakoa and Piikoi Andrew Kawananakoa of Oahu, Corey Douglas (Kimberley) Branch of Kona; 16 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Susan Conner

Susan Conner, of Kailua-Kona, died May 6, 2019, in Kailua-Kona. Born Jan. 21, 1945, in Middlesboro, Ken.; she retired from teaching at Kealakehe Intermediate School.

Private services will be held.

She is survived by brother, David (Rosemary) Conner of Las Cruces, N.M. five nieces; one nephew; numerous grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

Thomas Hoffman

Thomas Charles Hoffman, 82, of Hilo, died May 18, 2019, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born May 11, 1937, in Alleghany, Penn., he was a former owner of Boat House Hawaii.

No services.


He is survived by wife, Barbara Hoffman of Hilo; sons, Mark (Lani) Hoffman of Baytown, Texas and Jeffrey Hoffman of Baytown, Texas; stepsons, Gene (Cindy Fuke) Rynkewicz of Hilo, Randy (Louise) Rynkewicz of Missouri and Tom (Brittani) Rynkewicz of Peru, Ill.; three grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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