Obituaries: May 14, 2021

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Harumi Kawamoto


Harumi Kawamoto, 95, of Waimea, died April 28, 2021, at the North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, she was a retired sales clerk for the former Ben Franklin Store in Waimea and a member of the Paauilo Konkoji Mission and Paauilo Hongwanji Mission.

Private services held. Family requests no flowers and no koden (monetary gifts).

She is survived by son, Curtis Kawamoto of Waimea; daughter, Iris (Guylon) Okada of Hilo; brothers, Thomas Shindo of Hilo, Wallace (Betty) Shindo of California; three grandsons; two great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Heribert Pfecht

Heribert Pfecht, 75, of Honokaa and formerly of Kapaau, died May 4, 2021, at Hale Ho’ola Hamakua.

No known survivors.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Roy Skogstrom

Roy Karl Skogstrom, 65, of Pepeekeo, died May 4, 2021, at his residence. Born in Manhasset, New York, he was the owner of Kahua Exotic Tropical Fruits Farm in Pepeekeo, a physical therapist, and CEO of Oncologic.

Services will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Roy Karl Skogstrom may be sent to the Hawaii Island Humane Society.

He is survived by wife, Catherine Marquette of Pepeekeo; sister, Susan (Don) Outland of Ewa Beach, Oahu; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements of Dodo Mortuary.

Edith Hara

Edith Yuriko Hara, 76, of Hilo, died May 4, 2021, at her residence. Born Aug. 31, 1944, in Hilo, she was a homemaker.

Services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Chad Hara, 7925 Crouse Dr., Ft. Worth, TX 76137 or


She is survived by son, Chad Hara of Fort Worth, TX; mother, Miu Matsumura of Hilo; brothers, Morgan (Cindy) Matsumura, Miles Matsumura and Donn (Terri) Matsumura, all of Hilo, Thomas (Beverly) Matsumura of Camarillo, CA., and Wayne (Hung) Matsumura of Seattle; one grandson; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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