Obituaries: February 7, 2021

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Carl Taniyama


Carl Katsumi Taniyama, 84, of Kailua-Kona, died Dec. 30, 2020, at his residence. Born Jan. 19, 1936, in Kealakekua, he was a retired OSHA inspector, former county building inspector, member of Waiaha and Kailua Shita Kumiai, and a U.S. Army veteran.

Services pending.

He is survived by wife, Mitsue Taniyama; sons, Carlton (Charlayne) Taniyama all of Kailua-Kona, and Clayton Taniyama of Honolulu; brother, Donald Taniyama, of Hilo; sister, Pearl (Tommy) Yoshimura, of California; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Jeannie Heishman

Jeannie Rose Chereau Heishman, 94, of Kailua-Kona, died Jan. 26, 2021, in Honokaa. She was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Algiers Algeria, North Africa.

She is survived by son, Charles Heishman of Punaluu, Oahu; daughter Louise (Barry) Christian of Kailua-Kona; granddaughters Nicole (Joseph), of San Francisco, and Jody (Ekolu) Hall; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

William Kenoi

William “Billy” Punapaiaalaikahala Kenoi, 52, of Mountain View, died Jan. 26, 2021, at his residence. Born Nov. 9, 1968, in Kalapana, he was an attorney and served as the former Mayor of Hawaii County.

Services are pending. Condolences may be sent to the Kenoi Family, PO Box 7268, Hilo, HI 96720, (808) 990-7501, or

He is survived by wife, Takako Kenoi of Mountain View; children, Liam Kenoi, Justin Kenoi and Mahina Kenoi, all of Mountain View; sisters, Deirdre (Lala) Kailiawa of Waikoloa, Diane (Jerry) Hunter of Beulaville, North Carolina, Patricia (Russell) Kenoi-Chin and Mary (David) Kenoi-Okajima, all of Hilo, and Rosanne (Keanu) Kenoi-Sai of Mountain View; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

John Bailey

SSG. John DSK Bailey, 27, of El Paso, Texas, died Jan. 15, 2021. Born Dec. 23, 1993, in Wailuku, Maui, he was a fire direction chief in the U.S. Army.

Services will be held at a later date.


He is survived by mother, Carla Bailey of Kailua-Kona; father, Matt Bailey of Lahaina, Maui; sister, Lauren Bailey of Boston; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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