Obituaries: 10-30-19

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Julita Castulo


Julita Talaro Castulo, 98, of Honokaa, died Sept. 11, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. Born June 27, 1921, in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa.

Friends may call on Nov. 9 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa, visitation from 8-10 a.m.; Mass at 10. Casual attire; flowers are welcome. Burial to follow at the Church Cemetery.

She is survived by daughters, Germelina Corazon (Jose Pepe) Viray of Vancouver, Canada, Mila Fe Revilla and Erlinda C. (Jules) Carralero of Las Vegas, Nevada, Vicky C. (Douglas) Aten of Honokaa and Emma (Eliahu) Pessah of Honokaa; son, Benedicto (Gloria P.) Castulo of Philippines; sisters, Zenaida T. Garcia of Baguio, Philippines and Concesa T. (Nestor) Afos of Manila, Philippines; brother, Trinidad (Catalina) Talaro of Stockton, California; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Charles Supe Sr.

Charles Kauapoailani Supe Sr. 82, of Hilo, died Sept. 30, 2019, at The Queen’s Medical Center. Born Aug. 5, 1937, in Hilo, he was a retired State of Hawaii Parks District Superintendent of Hawaii and he also was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Friends may call Nov. 2 at the Kamehameha Schools Bernice Pauahi Bishop Chapel in Honolulu; visitation from 10-11 a.m.; memorial service at 11 a.m. Friends may call again Nov. 5 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, in Hilo; visitation from 9-10:30 a.m.; memorial service at 10:30. An urn committal to follow at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery #2 (Niche /Columbarium) at noon with military honors.

He is survived by wife, Helene Supe of Hilo; sons, Charles Supe Jr. of Hilo and Ryan Supe of Kanehoe; daughters, Adele Supe of Waipahu and Neva Supe-Roque of Hilo; nine grandchildren, Courtney Supe, Caitlin Supe, Chastin Supe-Kusatsu, Randson Supe, Chantil Supe, Brittany Ha, Justin Ha, Caleb Roque and Cheyenne Roque; brother, Gustavus Supe Jr. of Kailua, Oahu; sister, Maureen Thibadeau of Hilo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Edward Matsumoto

Edward “Eddie” Matsumoto, 83 of Kalaoa, died Oct. 1, 2019. Born Sept. 22, 1936, in Kona, he was a retired senior inspector mechanic for Aloha Airlines.

Friends may call at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at Matsumoto Ranch (73-4290 Mamalahoa Highway, Kailua-Kona) or mile marker 33 for a service.

He is survived by siblings, James, Warren and Eileen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Verna Kaawa

Verna Ewalani Kaawa, 64, of Waiohinu, Ka‘u, died Oct. 23, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center. Born July 13, 1955, in Kukuiopae, South Kona, she was a former Title 1 tutor and an After School Program coordinator for Naalehu Elementary School, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ka‘u Ward, Naalehu Community Club, Ka’u Archery and Naalehu Mainstreet.

Friends may call on Nov. 2 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Naalehu; visitation from 9-10:30 a.m.; funeral service at 11. Casual attire. Flowers and lei are welcome. Burial to follow at Naalehu Community Cemetery.

She is survived by children, Halley (Bryn) Kaawa, Nohea (Trice) Kaawa-Davis, Michael Kaawa, Hiilani Lipe, Pohahawainani (Jada-Ann) Lipe, Pohakea (Rachelle) Lipe, Pomaikai Olson of Waiohinu, Eric (Dionne) Kaawa, Kaila (Callen) Kaawa, Quincy Kaawa of Waiohinu and Puaolena Randall of San Jose, California; god child, Gwendolyn udac-Serrao of Kamaoa; 19 grandchildren; brother, Eric (Kim) Kaawa of Naalehu; sisters, Sarah (Matt) Lazar of Honolulu, Doris Silva and Gail Ka’awa Olson of Hilo, Evon Kaawa of Naalehu and Stephanie (Karl) Mento of Kailua-Kona; sisters in-law, Madeline Kaawa of Naalehu, Irjina Kaawa of Ka Lae, Laura Kaawa of Waiohinu, and Tammy Kaawa of Kiolakaa; brother in-law, Bernie Lipe of Hawaii; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Maile Mauhili

Maile “Aunty Maile” Abigail Auwae Mauhili, 85 of Keaukaha, died Oct. 19, 2019, at home. Born in Olaa, she was a retired Hilo High School campus security, founder of the Kailana Canoe Club, board member of HCRA, the Moku O Hawaii Canoe Racing Associations, member of Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church Hall; Mass at 11 a.m.; burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Section 7. Casual attire.

She is survived by, son, Jerome Mauhili of Keaukaha; daughters, Jewelyn Aloha Mauhili of Keaukaha and Jadyn (Kamaka) Kaneakua of Waimanalo, Oahu; hanai granddaughter, Jasha Anne Kanoe (Franklin) Mauhili-Kamaka of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Henry (Geri) Auwae of California, Allen (Riva) Auwae of Oregon and Charles Auwae of Keaukaha; sisters, Henrietta (Johnny) Miranda of Keaukaha, Jewellyn Leialoha of Panaewa and Charlotte (Rabano) Keo of Las Vegas, Nevada; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Austin Ward

Austin Piihoukaikaika Ward, 24, of Waimea, died Oct. 20, 2019, at home. Born May 9, 1995, in Kealakekua, he was a lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps, stationed in San Diego, California.

Viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Pu’ukapu farm lot at 64-840 Ainahua Alanui St. in Waimea. A celebration of life will begin at 10:30 a.m. with luncheon to follow.

He is survived by girlfriend, Carissa K. Vallente of Honokaa; mother, Haunani (Frank) Lalakea of Mountain View; brothers, Sage Ward, Chance Ward and Oshen Ward, all of Kailua-Kona; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

David Aholelei

David Waimea Vaiola Aholelei, 18, of Kailua-Kona, died Oct. 25, 2019, at City of Hope in California. Born in Phoenix, on Nov. 3, 2000, he attended Waikoloa School and graduated from Kealakehe High School where he was a member of the Kealakehe High School Waveriders football team, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel at 75-230 Kalani St. in Kailua-Kona. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Kona Memorial Park in Holualoa.

He is survived by parents, Oke and Tricia Aholelei; brothers, Blake (Mandy) Aholelei, Tanner Aholelei; sister, Chantel Aholelei, all of Kailua-Kona; maternal grandparents, Harry and Betty Rheingans of Phoenix; paternal grandmother, Sela Aholelei of Kailua-Kona; one nephew; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Arrangements by White’s Funeral Home in Azusa, California and Dodo Mortuary.

Antonia Lambayan

Antonia Rodriguez Lambayan, 83, of Hilo, died Oct. 25, 2019, at Hilo Medical Center, born on March 2, 1936, in Cagayan, Philippines; she was a court and self-employed interpreter and translator for the State and County of Hawaii and an Immigration Specialist, and a Peace Corps instructor, and member of various Filipino organizations and a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo.

Friends may call Nov. 3 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel; visitation from 6-7 p.m.; wake service at 7 p.m. Friends may also call on Nov. 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo; visitation from 8-10 a.m.; Mass at 10. Casual attire; flowers and lei are welcome. Cremation to follow at Dodo Mortuary Crematory.

She is survived by husband, Guillermo Lambayan of Hilo; son, Carl Andaya of Long Beach, California; daughters, Lorna Lee of Hilo and Jenny Northen-Taylor of Mililani; step-daughters, Annazette Pasion of Kapolei and Tammy Lambayan Schwartz of Cleveland, Ohio; brother, Joaquin Rodriguez of Irvine, California; sisters, Jean Rodriguez of Quezon City, Philippines and Juanita Agulay of Ontario, Canada; seven grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangement by Dodo Mortuary.

Norman Oda

Norman “Kele” Oda, 74 of Lahaina, Maui died on Oct. 3, 2019, at home in Kurtistown. Born Dec. 19, 1944, on Maui, he was a general contractor and woodworker.


He is survived by wife Christine Oda; sons Kula (Cori) Oda, Malino (Hillary) Oda; daughter Juli (Jeff Heisler) Wittenmeier; Sisters Jackie Oda, Normadeene Musick; eight grandchildren; nieces Gail (Robin) Brown, Terri (Charles) Furrow, Marla Musick, Malia (Karl) Herlinger; nephew Steven Griewe and Keola (KC) Nakaahiki; numerous cousins.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

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