Obituaries: October 25, 2020

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Lawrence Nahakuelua, Jr.


Lawrence “Junior Boy” Kuulei Nahakuelua, Jr., 46, of Kailua-Kona, died Oct. 14, 2020, at his residence. Born August 11, 1974 in Hilo, he was a truck driver for Mihara Transfer, Inc.

Service information to be announced at a later date. Condolences to the family may be sent to P.O. Box 135, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96745.

He is survived by wife, Maile Nahakuelua; sons, Lawrence Nahakuelua, III, Lawai’a Nahakuelua all of Kailua- Kona; parents, Lawrence (Elise Nakamura) Nahakuelua of Hilo, Roberta (Wayne) Kukahiko-Crocker of California; sisters, Corinna (Corinna Gardner) Nahakuelua of Nevada, Kekai (Tom Stoll) Nahakuelua-Stoll of California, Kyra Nakamura, Kelsie Nakamura; brother, Paul Luis all of Hilo; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii

Teruko Matsunaga

Teruko Matsunaga, 94, of Hilo, died Sept. 29, 2020 at Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation &Nursing Center. Born Jan. 21, 1926, in Hilo, she was a retired unemployment claims examiner for the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and member of Honomu Henjoji Mission and Alokele Subdivision Kumiai.

Private services were held.

She is survived by son, Carl (Leila Tajiri) Matsunaga of Hilo; brother, Richard S. (Hanae) Nishioka of California; sister, Takeko Ide of Honolulu; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Sandra Kay Scott

Sandra Kay Scott, 74, of Waikoloa, died Oct. 15, 2020, in Waikoloa. She was born December 17, 1945, in Saginaw, MI. Sandra worked as a writer and field reporter.

She is survived by son Geoffrey (Ilima Choy) Scott of Waikoloa; brother Donald McCurdy of Owosso, Michigan; and Aunt Betty E. Ray of Saginaw, Michigan.

Jeffrey H. Weiss

Jeffrey H. Weiss, 71, of Waimea died Oct. 6, 2020, at his home. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 14, 1949, he worked in Salt Lake City’s Public Utilities. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast golfing, camping, backpacking, rafting and fishing in extreme locations.

He is survived by his wife, Kris and children, Jessie, Justin, Helena, Echo, brothers and sister, Guy, Lisa, Collin, and Richard. Private services. Memorial donations may be sent to: VOA Utah (Volunteers of America Utah) Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary

Delbert Yuen Seong Lau

Delbert Yuen Seong Lau, 88, of Keaau died Sept. 27, 2020, at the Hawaii Care Choice Pohai Malama Hospice Facility. Born in Kula, Maui, he was a retired lineman for the former Hawaiian Telephone Company and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Private services will take place at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe, Oahu at a later date. Family requests no flowers and no koden (monetary gifts.) Survived by wife, Mitsuko Lau of Keaau; son, Delwyne Lau of Keaau; daughter, Deynice (Jerry) Griggs of South Carolina; one granddaughter, numerous nieces &nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Bernice Kalei Ortogero

Bernice Kalei Ortogero, 91 of Pearl City and Hilo, died Oct. 5, 2020, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo Hawaii, she was a janitor/housekeeper at the Honolulu International Airport, and a member of various bowling teams, softballs clubs, and volleyball clubs.

She is survived by her sons, Franklin Leialoha, of Hilo, HI; Bradford (Leona) Leialoha of Hilo; Curtis Leialoha of Hilo; Crandall Leialoha of Puna; daughters, Glenna Rae (George) Hanselman of Hilo; Mabelyn Aumock of Hilo; brothers, Douglas (Annette) Arruda of Keaau; sisters, Winona Bell, Nadine (John) Medeiros of Mountain View; Rochelle (Mark) Anderson of Keaau; 23 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grandchildren; numerous cousins.

Private services at a later date.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo

Maxie Michael Keola Claveria

Maxie Michael Keola Claveria, 53, of Hilo, died Sept. 22, 2020, at Hilo Medical Center. Born on Oct. 29, 1966, in Hilo; he was a former security guard at Casino Royale in Las Vegas, NV, and belonged to various bowling clubs in Hilo and Las Vegas.

A celebration of life and Memorial Service will be held at a later date He is survived by step-father, Charles “Chaley” Kaleo, III of Hilo; step-mother, Irene Ahuna of Dolan Springs, Arizona; sisters, Stormi (David J.S. Tanaka) Kaleo and Sanci Ahulau-Kaleo of Hilo, Pua Turqueza of Lani City, brothers, Bula “PorkFat” (Maile) Kaelo of Hilo, Davie Ahuna, Joey Ahuna, Maka Ahuna, Robert Galdones and Richard Galdones of Springs, Az. numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Rebecca Tomas

Rebecca Tomas, 92, of Waimea, died on Sept. 7, 2020, at home. Born on August 14, 1928, in Waipio Valley, she was a homemaker and an active member of the New Hope Christian Fellowship in Waimea. Friends may call on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo; Visitation from 9 AM to 11:00 AM; Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m., face masks and social distancing required. Cremation to follow at Dodo Mortuary Crematory.

She is survived by sons, Marino Tomas, Jr. of Hawaii, Patrick (Kim) Tomas of Kawaihae and Schanen Tomas of Waimea, daughters Amy Jean Domingcil of Hilo and Sharon (Ray) Nakamoto of Waikoloa; sisters Katherine (Lawrence) Fujioka of Kukuihaele and Charlotte Rodrigues of Honokaa; a sister in-law; brothers, Wilfred (Connie) Duldulao of Wisconsin and Clerman (Sandy) Duldulao of Honolulu; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Hisao Kaya

Hisao “Monte” Kaya, 97, of Papaikou, died Oct. 15, 2020, at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born Aug. 18, 1923, in Papaikou Mill Camp, he was a retired crop control superintendent for the former Mauna Kea Sugar Company and member of Taishoji Soto Mission Kyodan, Orchid Isle Dance Club, Hawaii Ballroom Dance Club (Hilo Chapter), Yamaguchi Kenjin Kai, Papaikou Silverton Community Association, Silverton Kumiai, Kamana Seniors Dance Club and Papaikou Community Senior Club.

A live virtual memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 5, 2020 at Dodo Mortuary chapel. For access and to convey sentiments, please email

He is survived by wife, Hagie Minamoto Kaya; son, Maurice (Shelley) Kaya; daughters, Meryl (Leighton) Iwasaki, Jocelyn (Gary) Yamagata; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Corliss Diedre Griep

Corliss Diedre Griep, 73, of Pahoa, died Oct. 5 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a former accounting clerk for the County of Kauai and a member of the Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Services will take place on Kauai at a later date.

Survived by son, Diedrick (Glena) Griep of Kapaa; sister, Sharolyn (Malcolm) Knight of Kauai; step-father, William “Papa” (Whitney) Sanders of Texas; companion Gene Kawai, Jr. of Pahoa; eight grandchildren &numerous great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Robert Rosario

Robert “Bobby” Rosario, 86, of Papaikou, passed away on Oct. 16 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born on June 20, 1934 in Hilo he was a retired Motorized Serviceman for the former Hilo Coast Processing Company and a veteran in the US Army during the Korean War.

Friends may call on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Funeral Service at 10 a.m. face masks and social distancing required; Military Honors at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 Pavilion at 11:30 a.m. with burial to follow

He is survived by sons, Russell Rosario and Andrew (Jolanda) Rosario of Mt. View; hanai son, Davis Brandt of Hilo; daughter, Roberta Rosario of Papaikou; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Abel (Dolores) Medina of Hilo; sisters in-law, Antoinette Saragosa and Susan Rosario of Hilo. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Lucino Salboro Gomera

Lucino Salboro Gomera, Sr. 92, of Paauilo, passed away on Oct. 3 at home. Born on April 6, 1928, in Laupahoehoe, he was a retired Diesel and Automobile Mechanic for the former Hamakua Sugar Company. He also was a member US Army Veteran during the Korean War, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa, Santo Ninio Club and Paauilo Community Athletic Association.

Friends may call on Oct. 29 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation only from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friends may call on Friday, Oct. 30 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Visitation from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Memorial Mass at 9:30 a.m. Face masks and social distancing required with military honors to follow at the East Hawaii Veterans Pavilion and burial at the cemetery at noon.

He is survived by daughters Stephanie Echavez of Florida, Katherine (Wendell) Paiva of Paauhau and Rochelle (Bryan) Hunt of Honokaa; sons, Lucino (Lisa) Gomera, Jr. of Kona, Brendan (Jamee) Gomera of Waimea and Darren Gomera of Paauilo; brothers, Gabriel (Verna) Gomera, Daniel Gomera and Domingo Gomera of Hilo, sisters, Judy (Joe) Costa of Honokaa, May (Gerald) Otomo of Hilo, Oria (Roger) Michaelis of Orange, CA and Yvonne Ikeda of Oahu; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc.

Deolinda Ah Fong

Deolinda Margie Ah Fong, 90, of Pepeekeo, passed away at Hilo Medical Center on Aug. 30. Born in Olaa, she was a homemaker, an usherette at the former Hilo Theatre, and member of the Wainaku Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

A Memorial Service will be held (via zoom) on Oct.31 at 1 p.m. For more information, please email Jeremy Rabang at: Online condolences:

She is survived by her son, Stanley (Eve) Ah Fong of Hilo; two daughters, Wendy (Wade) Rabang of Pepeeko and Donna (Mark) Rabang of Pepeekeo; eight grandchildren, Kelsie (Kalani) Lee Hong, Kimberlee (Arroson Ahulau) Ah Fong, Kristy (Dale) Costello, Tessy Borek, Jason (Mary Ann) Rabang, Sheyna Rabang, Jeremy Rabang &Daysha Rabang; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Robert Requelman

Robert “Bobby” Requelman, 77, of Ookala died Oct. 14, 2020, at home. Born in North Kohala, he was a US Army veteran, retired carpenter for Ken Corp, Decambra Construction, The Hamakua Sugar Co., The Mauna Lani Golf Course, and Mauna Lani Bay Hotel &Bungalows.

Private services held. No Koden. Celebration of Life pending.


Survived by wife, Pauline Requelman of O’okala, sons, John (Christina) Requelman of Hilo and David Requelman of O’okala, brother, Richard (Natalie Higa) Requelman of Hilo, sister, Gloria (John) Pacheco of Glenwood; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law; step daughter, Jennifer (Craig) Long of Kona, many grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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