Obituaries: 01-17-20

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Itsuo Sakai


Itsuo Sakai, 93, of Hilo died Dec. 10, 2019, at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Hilo, he was a retired freight clerk for Young Brothers, an avid bowler and a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II.

Private services held.

He is survived by wife, Karen Sakai of Hilo; sons, Lawrence (David) Sakai of California, Karl (Novelie) Sakai of Pearl City, Dayne Sakai of Hilo; daughter, Melanie (David) Shiraishi of Aiea; one brother-in-law; five grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Leona Basque

Leona Lynne Balucan Basque, 57, of Kealakekua, died Dec. 19, 2019, at her family’s residence. Born March 16, 1962, in Kealakekua, she was a dental assistant for Hawaii Family Dental, owner of Pure Kona Green Markets and a travel agent with Gone Again Travel.

A celebration of life will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 25 at the West Hawaii Community Health Center pavilion at 74-5214 Keanalehu Dr. in Kailua-Kona. The family requests casual attire.

She is survived by her husband, David Basque II of Kealakekua; son, Brian John (Kanoe) Balucan-Carvalho of Hilo; parents, John (Judy) Balucan of Kalaoa, Kona; brothers, Chucky (Angeline) Balucan of Hilo, Shane (Anne) Balucan of Kailua-Kona, and Shannon (Pua) Balucan of Hilo; sisters, Jonelle (Desmond) Balucan of Kalaoa, Kona, and Shawn (Jamie) Kahoalii of Hilo; five grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Kona.

Gregory Wolfe

Gregory Scott Wolfe, of Kailua-Kona, died on Dec. 26, 2019, in Kailua-Kona. Born Dec. 1, 1948, in Hamilton, Ohio, he grew up in Honolulu, served in the Navy and retired from Pearl Harbor Public Works Department and numerous jobs in Kona.

Memorial to be held 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Old Airport Pavilion No. 4. Online condolences may be posted on


He is survived by spouse, Margie Gillman-Wolfe; daughter, Natanya Wolfe of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Deborah Wolfe of Irving, Texas; Rochelle Wolfe of Honolulu; brothers George (Shelly) Wolfe of Germantown, Maryland; John (Korinna) Wolfe of Portland, Ore., and many nieces and nephews.

Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

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