Obituaries: April 20, 2021

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John Hamano


John “Johnny” Tsuneo Hamano, 81, of Hilo, died April 9, 2021, at a care home in Hilo. Born in Hilo, he was a retired co-owner of Industrial Iron Works Corporation, U.S. Army veteran and member of Tenrikyo Kilauea Church and Tenrikyo Hawaii Shima Kyoyukai.

Private services held.

He is survived by wife, Suk Hui Hamano of Hilo; brothers, James (Sandra) Hamano of Hilo, and Miles Hamano of Honolulu; sisters, Mae Takamoto of Hawaiian Paradise Park, and Emma (Larry) Sousa of Hilo; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Wilfred Hussey Jr.

Wilfred K. Hussey Jr., 19, of Hilo, was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, 31st Infantry. He was declared missing in action on Dec. 12, 1950, and presumed dead on Dec. 31, 1953. His remains were identified and accounted for on Sept. 10, 2019. A 1949 graduate of Hilo High School, he played football for the Waiakea Pirates and volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1949, earning the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. April 23 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 10:30 a.m. service. Urn committal service to follow at noon at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 pavilion. The family requests aloha attire and no flowers.

He is survived by brother, Clifford (Cheryl) Hussey of Reno, Nevada; sister, Abilene (Earl) Akim Seu of Hilo; sister-in-law, Beatrice Nani Hussey of Honolulu; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Peter Clark

Peter Holden Clark, 52, of Hilo, died March 28, 2021, at his residence. Born in Oakland, California, he was a professional snowboarder and fishing charter captain.

Services will be held at a later date. Email Shae Clark at for information

He is survived by daughter, Carolyn Ayzlynn of Hilo; wife, Shae Clark of Hilo; father, Michael Clark of Hilo; and brother, Mike Clark Jr. of Sacramento, California.

Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

Aiko Shiroma

Aiko Irei Shiroma “Granny,” 90, of Waimea, died April 3, 2021, at her residence. Born Aug. 30, 1930, in Wahiawa, Oahu, she was a cashier at Speedy’s Supermarket in Aiea and retired from Sure Save Supermarket in Waimea.

Services will be held at a later date.

She is survived by son, Clyde (Michele) Shiroma of Aiea; daughters, Diane (Arthur) Fong of Kailua, Oahu, Leatrice (John) Keolanui of Waimea, Charlene Shiroma of Honolulu, and Michelle (Wardner) Kanakaole of Hilo; sister, Nancy Asato of Pearl City, Oahu; brother, George Irei of California; 16 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

Perry Miles

Perry Alan Miles, 73, of Hilo, died April 14, 2021, at his residence. Born in Astoria, Oregon, he was a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army and Vietnam War veteran and an active participant in the Vacationland Community Association.

Private services.

He is survived by wife, Mary Marinaro; sisters, Matelita (Terry) Atkins, Maria Walker, and Raylynn Miles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

Betty Mercado

Betty Jo Kainani Mercado, 46, of Hilo, died April 12, 2021, at Hilo Medical center. Born in 1975 on Oahu, she worked at the Hilo Lunch Shop.

Private services held.

She is survived by mother, Vaudine Gonzalez of Hilo; father, William Kahookele of Hilo; sons, Isaiah Mercado, Oshen Mercado, and Kahookele Mercado, all of Hilo; daughter, Ashlyn Mercado of Hilo; sister, Bobbie Jo (Franklyn) Soares of Hilo; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles, and cousins.

Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

Rolland Namoc

Rolland Cliffton Namoc, 80, of Hilo, died April 6, 2021, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Sept. 23, 1940, in Ewa, Oahu, he was a retired lieutenant for the state Department of Public Safety at Kulani Correctional Facility, a U.S. Army veteran and member of the Big Island Ballroom Dance Club and the Kamana Senior Center.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. April 26 at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 10 a.m. service. Private urn service with military honors at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 to follow. Casual attire.


He is survived by partner, Elaine Kai; brothers, Constantino Namoc, Larry (Bella) Acosta, Johnny (Lucy) Acosta, Byron Alcos, Charles Alcos, Paul (Gina) Alcos, Thomas (Linda) Alcos and Ross Alcos; sisters, Genevieve (Douglas) Namoc Moniz, Juanita Acosta Sojot, Winona (Bert) Alcos Sabanal, Theresa (Gary) Alcos Dano and Sharon (Dwayne) Alcos Consilva; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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