Obituaries: 09-22-19

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Amy Aihara


Amy Kimiko Aihara, 83, of Hilo, died Aug. 2, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Feb. 5, 1936, in Honolulu, she was retired from Easter Seals and a member of Arise Church.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 10:30 a.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn.

She is survived by son, Keith (Jill) Aihara of Seattle; daughter, Lori (Alvin) Sugiyama of Hilo; sisters-in-law, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Mattie Soultz

Mattie Sewako Soultz, 86, of Henderson, Nev. and formerly of Hilo, died July 25, 2019, in Henderson, Nev. Born in Kealakekua, she was a retired registered nurse for Hilo Hospital and a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force where she served as a nurse, a former member of the Women’s 800 Bowling League and the Hilo Nissei Bowling Club.

Services to be held in Nevada at a later date.

She is survived by daughter, Sandra Soultz of Henderson, Nev.; son, Paul (Lorena) Soultz of Hilo; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo is assisting with local arrangements.

Elviera Okodo

Elviera “Candy” Okodo, 72, died Aug. 18, 2019, in Hilo. Born Nov. 3, 1945, Candy worked at LAX airport and Hilo Quality Cleaners but was well known in the area of pharmaceutical sales.

A celebration of life will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Hawaiian Village in Keaukaha (Puhi Bay by bathrooms). Please bring old photos and stories of Candy to share with her ohana.

She is survived by son, Zachary Pau of Oahu; brothers, John (Lorraine) Nobriga of Hilo, Patrick (Evelyn) Nobriga of Mountain View, Frank Nobriga and Mac Leroy Nobriga of Hilo; sisters, Shirley Allen of Los Angeles and Louella Wallace of Oahu; four granddaughters; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew and cousins.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Hilo.

Karley Rose

Karley Kau’ilani Rose, 20, of Hawaiian Beaches, died Aug. 21, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Nov. 2, 1998, in Hilo, she was a Class of 2017 graduate from Kua O Kala Charter School.

Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. Sept. 29 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo, for a 10 a.m. celebration of life. Casual attire.

She is survived by companion, Kameron Marquez of Hawaiian Beaches; daughter, Kahiapo’okeahipalio kekaiopuna K. Rose-Marquez of Hawaiian Beaches; father, Stephen (DeeAnn) Rose of Paradise Park; mother, Rose (Anthony) Burrows of Paradise Park; grandmother, Julie Rose of Paradise Park; sister, Shayanne (McShane) Acia of Paradise Park; stepsister, Tehani Tenn of Paradise Park; stepbrother, Imaikalani Tenn of Paradise Park; one nephew; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. – Hilo Branch.

Diane Holck

Diane “Rocky” Sherwood Holck, 71, of Captain Cook, died Aug. 4, 2019, at her residence. Born July 29, 1948 in Kentfield, Calif., she was a commercial fisherman, poet and writer.

Friends are invited to a memorial service 9:30 a.m. Oct. 24 at Hawaii Island Humane Society Big Dog Park, 78-6767 Mamalahoa Highway in Holualoa. Memorial donations may be sent to Hawaii Humane Society, 78-6767 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa, Hawaii 96725. Condolences to the family may be sent c/o S.Bracken, P.O. Box 248, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96745. For information email:

She is survived by siblings, Greg Sherwood Cohelan of San Anselmo, Calif., Robin Ramani Cohelan of Hayward, Calif., Gary Wyatt of Casper, Wyo.; companion, James Palmieri of Captain Cook; numerous friends.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Christopher Sugimoto

Christopher Ryan Sugimoto, 38, of Hilo, died Sept. 11, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hayward, Calif., he was a police officer with the Hawaii Police Department for five years after graduating in 2008 from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Justice Studies.

No services.


He is survived by mother, Jill (Bob) Fraka of San Jose, Calif.; father, Dennis (Kathy) Sugimoto of Dacula, Georgia; sister, Lindsay Fraka of California; step-siblings, Rob (Kendra) Fraka of California, Kelly Stafford of California and Anthony Chandler of California; grandparents, Robert and Shirley Goldman of San Jose, Calif.; many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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