Obituaries: 01-11-20

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Primitiva Villanueva


Primitiva “Eva” Macasieb Villanueva, 89, of Kula, Maui, previously of Pahoa, died Dec. 22, 2019. Born Nov. 27, 1930, in the Philippines, she was a nursery worker at Hawaiian Greenhouse in Pahoa.

Services will be 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at Pahoa Sacred Heart Church in Pahoa. Vistation will be 9 a.m. Jan. 18, Mass to follow at 10. Burial to follow concluding services at Pahoa Sacred Heart Cemetery. Online condolences:

She is survived by her children, Virginia (Miguel) Galima of Pahoa, Carlito (Soledad) Villanueva of Pahoa, Letecia (Renato) Ventanilla of Kahului, Emilia (Marcos) Muerong of Pahoa, Marilyn (Rodolfo) Cera of Pahoa, Renato (Gina) Villanueva of Pahoa, Precila (Gilbert) Agpaoa of Pahoa, Lilia (Wayne) Nakata of Wailuku, Lorena (Mannette) Carino of Kahului; one nephew; 31 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.

Larry Baird

Mr. Larry Richard Baird, 73, of Captain Cook, died Dec. 23, 2019, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Sept. 6, 1946, in Claresholm, Alberta, Canada, he was a real estate appraiser.

Private services will be held at a later date.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Lee Baird of Captain Cook; daughter, Joelle (Jared) Saxbury of Honaunau; brother, Jack (Mila) Baird of Canada; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Akio Yogi

Akio “Ed” Edwin Yogi, 66, of Keaau died Dec. 19, 2019, at his residence. Born in Hilo, he was a retired maintenance factory repairman for the former Hilo Coast Processing Company.

Private services held.

He is survived by wife, Alicia Rodero Yogi of Keaau; daughter, Jennifer Yogi of Keaau; sons, Jared (Jaime) Yogi of Keaau, Mark Yogi of Keaau; grandson, Colton Yogi of Keaau; father, Akio Yogi of Mountain View; brothers, Alvin (Gayle) Yogi of Hilo, Yancy Yogi of Oahu, Glenn (Taryn) Yogi of Hilo, Keldon (Stephanie) Yogi of Hilo, Daniel Medeiros of Kona, Steven Yogi of Hilo; sisters, Diane Yogi of Hilo, Kathleen (Erwin) Chase of Hilo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Roy Kawasaki

Roy Tamotsu Kawasaki, 75, of Kent, Wash., formerly of Hilo, died Nov. 16, 2019, in Seattle. Born in Honolulu, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, worked at Container Corporation of America/Jefferson Smurfit and Weyerhaeuser Company and was a member of Evergreen and Puget Sound Golf Clubs.

A celebration of life was held in Kent, Wash. He will be later interred at Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific on Oahu.

He is survived by wife, Karen Kawasaki of Kent, Wash.; sons, Douglas Takeshi (Olivia Shone) Kawasaki of Mercer Island, Wash. and Russell Akira (Dr. Kristi Stanley) Kawasaki of Garden Grove, Calif.; brother, Karl Kawasaki of Pearl City, Oahu; sisters, Laraine (Randy) Sagon Kawasaki of Hilo and Marilyn Kawasaki of Seattle; two granddaughters; numerous aunties and cousins.

Arthur Lorenzo

Arthur Antone Lorenzo, 88, of Hilo, died Dec. 9, 2019, at Hale Hoola, Hamakua. Born July 3, 1931, in Waiohinu, he was a rancher and a veteran in the US Marines Corps during the Korean Conflict. He also was a member of the Paniolo Preservation Society.

Friends may call 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel for a 7 p.m. celebration of life with military honors. Casual attire.

He is survived by wife, K. Elizabeth “Bebe” Lorenzo of Honokaa; daughters, Kathy (Glenn) Baybayan of Keaau and Kimberlee Lorenzo of Pahoa; sons, Arthur Joey (Trish) Lorenzo of Kauai and Clifford Lorenzo of Waimea; brother, Donald (Shirley) Lorenzo of Hilo; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren;one sister-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Shirley Mae

Shirley Ann Naomi Mae, 65, of Hilo, died Dec. 31, 2019. She was a graduate of Hilo High School, earned an Associates Degree in Secretarial Science, was employed by Big Three Industries, and was a mail carrier for 35 years.


A private service was held on Jan. 5. Online condolences:

She is survived by her parents, William (Joanna) Mae Sr. and Glores (Eusebio “Jay”) Pantohan; partner, Patricia Pabro; brother, William (Val) Mae Jr. of Maku’u; sisters, Lynette Mae of Hilo, Laurinda Brodoski of Hilo, Marilyn Mae of Hilo, Sheena K. Mae of Washington, Sharleen Kahalewai of Tennessee, and Alwin Mae of Utah; her entire hanai family; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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