Obituaries: June 12, 2020

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Betty McPherson


Betty McPherson, 95, of Naalehu, died May 30, 2020, at home. Born Jan. 28, 1925 in Central Lake, MI, she was retired from Berhends Bank in Juneau, Alaska, a Girl Scout leader, a square dancer, and a member of Ocean View Baptist Church.

Services will be held at a later date.

She is survived by husband, Harold McPherson of Naalehu; daughters, Joyce McPherson of Port Townsend, WA, and Sharon Madsen of Naalehu; sisters, Doris, Dorothy, and Karen all of Michigan; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

Peter Olival

Peter Olival, 69, of Honokaa, died June 1, 2020 at Hale Ho’ola Hamakua. Born Dec. 5, 1950, in Hilo, he was a noni (tropical fruit) farmer.

Services will be held at a later date.

He is survived sons, Aza Olival of San Jose, CA, and Jasper Nickles of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Rebecca Zamecnik of Kauai; sisters, Jacqueline Carvalho of Honolulu, Thelma Sumi of Pahoa, Gayle Yogi of Hilo and Vanessa Olival of Honokaa; brothers, Michael Olival of Honokaa and George Olival Jr. of Kailua-Kona; a granddaughter; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Patricia Carvalho

Patricia Ann Carvalho, 88, of Hilo died May 22, 2020, at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Makawao, she was a retired nurse’s aide at the Life Care Center of Hilo, member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Big Island Portuguese Culture Club.

Services held.

He is survived by daughter, Judy (Gary) Puniwai of Kurtistown; son, Jerret Carvalho of Hilo; brother, James (Carol) Tavares of Kula; sister, Eileen Mattos of Makawao; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Joyce Macdonald

Joyce Jo Macdonald, 88, of Captain Cook, died March 28, 2020, at her residence. Born Nov. 1, 1931, in Idabel, OK, she was a former registered nurse at the Kona Community Hospital and a member of the South Kona Senior Citizens Group.

Services will be held at a later date.

She is survived by son, David Macdonald of Captain Cook; daughter, Karen Macdonald of Captain Cook; brother, Pink (Maryann) Robbins and sister, Wilma Robbins of Washington; two nephews and a grandniece.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Joseph Alleman

Joseph “Joe” B. Alleman, 89, of Hilo, died April 8, 2020 at her residence. Born Sept. 25, 1930, in Church Point, Louisiana, he was a retired para-medical assistant at Hilo Medical Center, member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou, and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Private services.

He is survived by son, Jeffery Alleman of Las Vegas, NV; daughter, Brenda Maria (Joe) Binder of Spokane, WA; brother, James (Beverly) Alleman of Louisiana; sister, Rita (Johnny) La Vergne of Louisiana; and numerous grandchildren, hanai children, nieces and nieces.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Earl Lamson II

Earl Edman Lamson II, 70, of Captain Cook, died June 2, 2020, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Dec. 20, 1949 in La Junta, Colorado, he was a retired airframe and powerplant mechanic, a former small airplane repair business owner, bricklayer, commercial salmon fisherman and farmer.

Private service to be held at a later date.

He is survived by wife, Gail Lamson of Captain Cook; daughter, Tori (Barry) Brandon of Anchorage, Alaska; son, Earl (Zhenia Ball) Lamson III of Beaverton, Oregon; brothers, Orville (Nancy) Lamson of Big Lake, Alaska, Lewis (Patti) Lamson of Eagle River, Alaska; six grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Yaeko Hakoda

Yaeko Hakoda, 94, of Keauhou, died June 5, 2020 at her residence. Born Sept. 10, 1925, in Kainaliu, she was a retired secretary for Hakoda’s Appliance.

Private services will be held at a later date.

She is survived by sons, Elvin Hakoda and Wayne (Darlene) Hakoda of Keauhou; daughters, Karen (Glen) Shibuya and Jan (Carl) Nakamoto of Honolulu; brothers, Masao Nakamoto and Yasuo (Chiyoko) Nakamoto of Kailua-Kona, Junichi (Shirley) Nakamoto of Kealakekua, George (Norma) Nakamoto of Kainaliu; 10 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Itsue Hino

Itsue Higashi Hino, 100, of Ahualoa died May 22, 2020, at her residence. Born in Honokaa, she was a retired elementary school teacher in Hawaii and Guam.

A celebration of her life will take place at 3 p.m. June 17 via Facebook Live. To attend, please contact a family member.

She is survived by daughters, Leilani Hino and Jan Hino, both of Ahualoa; two grandsons; one great-granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

John Repasky

John “Rip” Joseph Repasky, 90, of Kailua-Kona, died June 10, 2020, at his residence. Born Oct. 5, 1929 in New Derry, Pennsylvania, he was a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and a retired FAA electronics technician.

Private service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Kona, PO Box 4130, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.


He is survived by wife, Barbara Repasky; sons, John (Debra) Repasky all of Kailua-Kona, Daniel Repasky of Alaska; brother, Paul (Nina) Repasky; sister, Antoinette Poyna all of Ohio; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

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