Obituaries: November 25, 2020

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Adi Kohler


Adi “Mr. Mauna Kea” Kohler, 83, of Kohala, died Nov. 12, 2020, at Hale Hoola Hamakua. Born Dec. 20, 1936, in Sudetenland (now a region of Czechoslovakia), he worked for first-class hotels in Munich, Germany, Paris, Arizona and Wyoming before becoming general manger of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for nearly three decades, an author, served as bailli (presdient) of Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, recipient of many awards including America’s Resort Executive of the Year by the American Hotel &Motel Association in 1988 and the Bailliage of USA award in 2015, and was a member of the Rancheros Visitadores riding club, Rotary Club of North Hawaii, and the Board of Directors for Parker School and a volunteer for Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Bieni Kohler Johnson Memorial Fund, c/o Hawaii Preparatory Academy, 65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road, Kamuela, HI 96743.

Kohler is survived by wife Kathrin Kohler; son, Christian Kohler; daughter-in-law, Kristin Kohler, son-in-law Robert Johnson and four grandchildren.

James Bondaug Sr.

James Roy Bondaug Sr., 77, of Hilo, died on Nov. 17, 2020, at his residence. Born in Hilo, he was a retired driver at Roberts Hawaii Tours and Transportation.

Services will be held at a later date. Condolences can be mailed to the Bondaug Family, 17105 Waxwing Ct., Reno NV 89508.

He is survived by son, Scott (Bianca) Bondaug of Reno, Nevada; daughter Monica Bondaug of Reno, Nevada; sister Marcella Beversdorf of Livermore, CA; two grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Brian Shindo

Brian Katsumi Shindo, 61, of Hilo, died Nov. 12, 2020, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired United States Postal Service mail carrier, commercial fisherman and U.S. Air Force veteran.

Private services.

He is survived by wife, Kerima Lee-Wai Shindo of Hilo; daughters, Myra Shindo and Koreylene Medeiros, both of Honolulu, and Kimilee Ortiz and Kerrilee Rocha, both of Hilo; son, Jaimie Enos of Hilo; sister, Teri (Shane) Agno of Honolulu; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Alfred Medeiros Jr.

Alfred Medeiros Jr., 93, of Hookena, died Nov. 11, 2020, at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born April 8, 1927, in South Kona, he was a cowboy for McCandless Ranch and member of St. Benedict Catholic Church.

Private services held.

He is survived by son, Alfred Medeiros III of Waimea; stepson, Mark Val of Honaunau; daughters, Jocelyn (Michael) Lo of Utah and Maelene (Ron) Hoffer of Waimea; brother, Frank (Vicky) Medeiros of Kapaa; sister, Phoebe Loo of Utah; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Leonard Garibaldi

Leonard “Tom” Thomas Garibaldi, 76, of Milolii, died Nov. 17, 2020, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Nov. 30, 1943, in Oakland, California, he was a retired sales representative for Oahu Marketing Co., Zellerbach Paper Co., and Peter Pan Candy Co., sales clerk at Sack ‘N’ Save, security officer at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, former member of Columbo Club and Honolulu Elks and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Private services will be held.

He is survived by sons, Todd Garibaldi of Stockton, California, and Antoni Garibaldi of Oahu; hanai sons, William (Cheyanne) Kahele of Kailua-Kona, Louis (Alicia) Kuahuia, Tyson Kuahuia, ​Justin Llanes-Fomai and Vernon Kahele, all of Milolii; and hanai daughters, Sierra (Keoni) Kama of Waikoloa and Emma Kahele of Milolii.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Bryan Stebbins

Bryan Nide Stebbins, 93, of Kailua-Kona died Nov. 19, 2020, in Kapaau. Born Sept. 30, 1927, in Jeffersonville, Vermont, he was a U.S. Army veteran and accountant.

He is survived by sons, Brad Stebbens of Phoenix and Bruce (Christine) Stebbins of Emmett, Idaho; daughter, Roberta Smith of Kailua-Kona; sister, Lee Taub of Downingtown, Pennsylvania; and nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held. The family asks that donations be made to your favorite Christian charity or to the CBN-700 club in Stebbins’s name.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Yayoko Inaba

Yayoko Inaba, 97, of Holualoa, died Nov. 3, 2020, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Sept. 24, 1923, in Lahaina, Maui, she was the proprietor of the Kona Hotel.

Private services will be held. The family requests no koden (monetary offerings).

She is survived by daughters, Georgene (Al Burkart) Inaba of Portland, Oregon, and Ann Inaba of Holualoa; son, Don (Kawehi) Inaba of Kaloa, Kona; sister, Clara Ichiyama of Wahiawa, Oahu; brother, Tokuyuki Kawasaki of Japan; three grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jason Lee

Jason Kamaehu Kapali Nihoa O Koolau Lee, 41, of Kailua-Kona, died Oct. 24, 2020, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Oct. 24, 1979, in Honolulu, he was an entrepreneur, owner of Superior Drywall Service Inc. and a maintenance 1 engineer for Hilton Grand Vacations.

Service information to be announced at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Stephanie Acoba-Lee, PO Box 2488, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745.


He is survived by wife, Stephanie Acoba-Lee; children, Cassie Acoba-Lee, Cody Acoba-Lee and Cason Acoba-Lee; mother, Ernel (Keoni) Goo all of Kailua-Kona; father, Kekau (Diane) Lee of Oregon; grandmother, Leonora (Thomas) Kelley of Kailua-Kona; sister, Tishana (Wayne) Davis; brother, Christopher (Cassandra Varron) Lee all of California; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.