Obituaries: December 13, 2020

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John Ramos Jr.


John Ramos Jr., 68, of Pahoa, died Nov. 28, 2020, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Ramos of Pahoa; sons Keoni (Fay) Ramos of Pepeekeo; John Ramos of Pahoa; Rico Ramos of Pahoa; Pito (Kauhi) Ramos of Wailuku; brothers, Reuben (Charlette) Ramos of Waipahu; Phillip Ramos of Georgia; Hanai brother, Peter (Rebecca) Piilani III of Alaska; Kaiser Piilani of Nanakuli; sisters, Barbara Emia of Kauna ka kai; Abigail (Kevin) Fennelly of Kennesaw, GA; Marie (Albert) Pablo of Kalihi; Hanai sisters, Bernadett Kawailima of Hilo; Bobbin Poaha of Waianae; Sonja Kawaakoa of Las Vegas; Rocky Spatz of Pahoa; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Condolences can be sent out to the Ramos Family, HC3 BOX 14019, Keaau, HI 96778.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Joray Kaua Sr.

Joray “Joe” “Lani” Kalani Kaua Sr. 54, of Keaau, died Nov. 25, 2020. Born in Hilo, he was a retired carpenter.

Celebration of life at a later date.

He is survived by wife, Hercelia Kaua; daughters, Misty (Ali’i) Kaua, Ashley Kaua; son, Joray Kaua Jr.; hanai sons, Keola Aiona, Keoki Aiona, Keoni Aiona, Dominic Krammer; hanai daughter, Chelsie (Leo) Kavitz; brothers, Joey Kaua, Shane Kaua, John (Caroline) Kaua; sisters, Elizabeth (Rodney) Sakamoto, Merle (Sidney) Liborio, Tammy Kaua; a grandson; a hanai grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Lanwe Lanwe

Lanwe Lanwe, 62, of Kailua-Kona, died Oct. 22, 2020, at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Aur Atoll, Marshall Islands on Sept. 16, 1958, he was a maintenance man for Armstrong Building Maintenance and a member of First Bukot Nan Jesus Church.

Services held.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lanwe of Kailua-Kona; sons, King (Sonya) Lanwe of Waimea, Joston Lanwe of Kailua-Kona and Jumon (Cherryial) Lanwe of Waimea; daughter, Mine Lanwe of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Samuel (Amelia) Lanwe of the mainland, Ali Lanwe of Marshall Islands; sister, Tokra (Tobi) Milson of Guam; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Peter Golitzen

Peter Golitzen, 79, of Kailua-Kona, died Aug. 29, 2020, at home. Born Nov. 16, 1940 in Los Angeles, CA, he was a retired computer consulting business owner, member of Kona Reefers Dive Club, the HAM radio community and Kona Bridge Club.

Private service to be held at a later date.

He is survived by sister, Cynthia Garn of Maryland; daughter, Cynthia (John) Brixie of California; son, Greg Golitzen (Maria) of California; four grandchildren.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Stanley Zakahi

Stanley “The Colonel” Katsumi Zakahi, 84, of Kailua-Kona, died Dec. 1, 2020 at home. Born in Honolulu on June 2, 1936, he was a retired electrician; a member of the Holualoa Machi Gumi, Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and a U.S. Army veteran.

Private service.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Zakahi of Kailua-Kona; sons, Blayne (Jenny) Zakahi of Mililani, David (Kris) Sasaki of Conifer, CO, Lance (Ayako) Sasaki of Holualoa; daughters, Shari Zakahi of Honolulu, Lorna (Michael) Fuhrer of Waimea, Sherry Sasaki of Holualoa; 12 grandchildren; a great grandson; numerous cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Harumi Kihara

Harumi Kihara, 93, of Hilo, died Dec. 5, 2020, at home. Born in Hilo, she was a retired account clerk for the former Food Fair Supermarket and member of Taishoji Soto Mission and Kamana Senior Center.

Private services to be held. Family requests no monetary gifts or flowers.

She is survived by daughter, Jane (Loyd Villanueva) Kihara; sisters, Tsuruyo Fukushima, Taeko Yamashita; granddaughters, Lauren and Kristin Villanueva; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

David York

David Lee York, 66, of Waikoloa, died Dec. 4, 2020 in Waikoloa. Born Oct. 3, 1954, in Honolulu, he was a retired general manager of aviation maintenance for Air Service Inc. of Las Vegas, NV &Aloha Airline of Honolulu, and a professional Polynesian entertainer for Tihati’s, Al Harrington and Tavana Shows.


He is survived by his spouse Su’a Fai’isiotamoni Ah Ching; mother Aigalesala Galea’i Suitonu of Amouli, American Samoa; son Solomon Molia York of Waikoloa; daughters Davienna Clara-Mere (Rocky) Afo of Chicago, IL; Victoria Lucille Laulauga (Don) Manusina of Sandy, UT; siblings Rod Tanu (Misifeleni Lalau) York of Waimanalo; Karl (Cheryl Guernsey) York of Kaaawa; Muluea (Peselau) Gauta of Anaheim, CA; Suka (Faith) Tafisi of Honolulu; Neti (Debbie Bianco) Tafisi of Makakilo; Robert (Loretta Seigafo) Uluga’ono of Amouli, American Samoa; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary.

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