Obituaries 12-16-19

George Mitsuda

George J. Mitsuda, 81, of Hilo, died Dec. 8, 2019, at the Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired terminal superintendent with Aloha Petroleum, a 1956 graduate of Hilo High School, past president of the former Big Island Automotive Trade Association and a veteran of the US Air Force.


Visitation 10-11 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers.

Survived by wife, Emi Mitsuda of Hilo; son, Jon J. (Melissa) Mitsuda of Hilo; daughters, Rhona (Bennett) Uyetake and Rochelle (Gary) Yamashita of Hilo; seven grandchildren, two great granddaughters, several cousins, nieces &nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Robert McMahon

Robert “Reverend Robert” “Papa Smurf” Alan McMahon, 63, of Mountain View, died Dec. 2, 2019, at the Life Care Center of Hilo. He was a reverend, truck driver and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

No known survivors.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jerry Kubo

Jerry Kazuto Kubo, 82, of Waimea, died Nov. 1, 2019. Born in South Kona in 1936, he was a retired Honokaa Elementary and High School teacher.

Services held. Online condolences:

Survived by his wife, Irene Kubo; daughter Tracie Ann (Henry, Jr.) Tancayo; son Ian (Anjanette) Kubo; brothers Peter Kubo, Harry Kubo, and Roy Kubo; sisters Mari Tsukahara, Lena Ohta, and Susan Mori; three grandchildren.

Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

Dale Aoki

Dale Kakuma Aoki, 60, of Kealakekua, died Dec. 5, 2019, at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekuaon Jan. 18, 1959, he was a plumber and co-owner of Aoki Plumbing Company.

Services held.

Survived by sons, Brice Aoki, Boyce (Kawai Houvener) Aoki, Leon (Shayla Orpilla) Aoki, all of Kealakekua; brother, Sidney (Victoria) Aoki of Capt. Cook; sisters, Pauline (Glenn) Yano and Claudia Chang of Kealakekua, Lynn (Arnold) Tokuyama of Kailua-Kona; 4 grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona

Sueko Arakawa

Sueko Arakawa, age 92, of Pahoa, died Nov. 27, 2019, in the Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Facility in Hilo. Born in Hilo Feb. 7, 1927, she was retired from Big Rock Anthurium, Inc. as an Anthurium Packer. She was a member of the Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Pahoa Higashi Machi Kumiai and Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai.

Private services were held. No flowers. No Koden (monetary offerings).


Survived by sons, Wayne (Denise) Arakawa of Honolulu and Glenn (Erin) Arakawa of Hilo; daughters, Gail Fujimoto of Hilo and Edna (James Chestnut) Arakawa of Volcano; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

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