Obituaries: July 21, 2020

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Jimme Boyd


Jimmie Lee Boyd, 85, of Pepeekeo, died July 13, 2020, at his residence. Born in Farmington, Missouri, he was a retired brick mason, former member of the Farmington, Missouri Elks Lodge, former member of the Akaka Falls Lions Club and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Services will be held a later date.

He is survived by daughter, Jamie (Dan) Brinkman of Pepeekeo; son, Brian (Tena) Boyd of Missouri; brother, Robert Boyd of Missouri; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Robert Embernate Sr.

Robert Allen Embernate Sr., 81, of Honokaa, died July 14, 2020 at Hilo Medical Center. Born June 8, 1939, in Kalopa, he was a retired Hamakua Sugar Co. mill supervisor, former Honokaa High School football coach, founder of JR’S Fast Pitch and Hamakua Coast Senior Softball Team, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Honokaa Ward.

Services will be held a later date.

He is survived by companion, Juliette Andrade of Kalopa; daughters, Penny (Dennison DeRego) Embernate of Ookala and Annie Andrade of Kalopa; sons, Ryerson (Melissa) Andrade and Guy (Maile) Andrade of Hilo, Byron (Kawai) Andrade of Oahu; sister, Linda Lou (Robert Kazu) Takamine of Honokaa; brothers, Franklin (Leilani) Embernate of Kailua-Kona and Rudy Embernate of Waikoloa; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ofa Pauta

Ofa Kivavau Pauta, 74, of Hilo, died June 29, 2020, at Hilo Medical Center. Born June 26, 1946, in Tonga, he was a self-employed landscaper and restired as a reverand from the Free Church of Tonga.

Private service held.

He is survived by wife, Paea Pauta of Hilo; son Ofa Kivavau Jr. of Hilo; daughters, Mele Pauta of California, Ane Pauta of Hilo, Akolea Pauta of Alaska, Gaftynn Pauta of Alaska; four grandchildren; 13 siblings; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Ernest Texeira

Ernest Alan Texeira, 66, of Honokaa, died July 7, 2020. Born in Honolulu, he was a PGA Professional and a retired golf professional for the Waikoloa Land Co. and a member of the Aloha Section PGA.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. July 25 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel for a 10:30 a.m. service. Casual attire. No flowers or lei.

He survived by wife, Debra Mock Chew-Texeira of Honokaa; sons, Ernest (Joy) Texeira of Hilo and Alan Texeira of Honokaa; granddaughters; sister, Elizabeth Lolita (Kirk) Rapozo of Hilo; brothers, Eric Texeira of Hilo and Edward (Natalie) Texeira of Hilo; cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Lu Prudencio

Lu Kahunani Prudencio, 61, of Hilo, died July 14, 2020 at Life Care Center. Born in May 1959 in Pepeekeo 1959, she was a factory worker at Big Island Candies.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. at Connect Point Church (168 Holomua St. in Hilo) for a 10:30 a.m. service.

She is survived by husband, Sydney Paul Prudencio of Hilo; daughters, Crystal (Bryce) McGuire and Ashley (Myan) Prudencio-Isa of Hilo; son, Chauncey Prudencio of Hilo; mother, Emily Galario; sisters, Virginia, Lovey, Gwendolyn, Lynette, and LeeAnn; brothers, Larry and Glenn; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangments by Homelani Cremation Services.

Sumiko Ishizu

Sumiko Ishizu, 82, of Hilo, died July 6, 2020 at her residence. Born Jan. 5, 1938, in Tokyo, she was a retired kitchen helper and a member of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin and Buddhist Women’s Association (Fujinkai).

Private services held. Family requests no flowers or koden (monetary offerings).

She is survived by daughters, Ann (Randall) Shiro and Faith (Terence) Liberato of Hilo; brother, Ichizo (Hisako) Takahashi of Saitama, Japan; sister, Shizuko (Kengo) Satori of Saitama, Japan; two grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Henry Milliora-Silva

Henry Lono “Sparky” Milliora-Silva, 63, of Pahoa, died April 16, 2020 at his residence. Born July 25, 1956, in Honolulu, he was a retired painter and fencer.

Private services held.

He is survived by wife, Dannette Holbron-Silva of Pahoa; children, Henry(Melanie) Silva of Arizona, Hansen (Krisett) Silva of Pahoa, Hyson (Tonilynn) Silva of Keaau, Jassmine-Ann (Ricky) Silva of Honolulu, and Jasslyn (Richard) Manso of Seattle; brother, John Silva of Keaau; sisters, Elizabeth (Linoel) Balinbin of Hilo, JoAnn (Gary) Miyashiro of Honolulu, Jonalinn Silva of Texas and Ruthie (Bill) Monte-Falcon of Las Vegas; hanai son, Jeffrey (Serena) Silva of Pahoa; godson, Xyson Silva of Pahoa; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Tara Caddow

Tara Lynn Caddow, 54, of Kailua-Kona, died June 12, 2020, at Kona Community Hospital. Born July 16, 1965 in Sacramento, California, she was the owner of Excel Excavation and a bed and breakfast.

Private service to be held at a later date.

She is survived by daughter, Samantha (Isaac) Stone of Colorado; son, David Patterson Jr. of California; a grandchild.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Satoshi Ota

Satoshi Ota, 83, of Hilo, died April 7, 2020 at home. Born Aug. 14, 1936, in Hilo, he was a retired independent sugarcane planter, landscaper and member of the Piihonua Kumiai.

Services will held at a later date. Family requests no monetary gifts or flowers.


He is survived by sons, Steve Ota and Marc Ota of Hilo; daughter, Donna Ota of Hilo; brother, Charles (Gladys) Ota of Hilo; sisters, Yukie Kunihiro and Ruth (Robert) Ouye of Hilo, Dorothy (James) Burton of Puna, Lorraine (Gordon) Hashimoto of Hilo; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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