Obituaries: September 5, 2021

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Curtis Hanson


Curtis Lee Hanson, 73, of Hilo, died Sept. 13, 2020, at his residence. Born May 8, 1947, in Graceville, Minnesota, he was an engraver, car detailer, co-owner of Shoreline Sign and Design and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Friends may call at 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 6 p.m. celebration of life. Casual attire is requested.

He is survived by wife, Natalie Hanson of Keaukaha; daughters, Keonali (Brian) Hutley of Oregon, Ka’ala Hanson of Keaukaha, Melissa (Terence) Kua-Nachor of Waikoloa and Dawn (Keola) Kin In of Kailua-Kona; sons, Marcus (Adrienne Wallace) Hanson of Keaukaha and Kauhane (Cierra-Mae) Hanson of California City, California; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; an aunt; and nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Eric Hayashi

Eric “Buta” Tetsu Hayashi, 49, of Hilo, died Aug. 8, 2020, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Jan. 22, 1971, in Hilo, he was employed by the Hawaii County Fire Department as a fire equipment operator and a member of the Lincoln Wreckers Athletic Association and Hawaii Fire Fighters Association.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo for a public visitation. Private memorial service to follow. Casual attire is requested.

He is survived by companion, Barian Buyuan of Hilo; mother, Aileen Hayashi of Hilo; brother, Brandon (Monica Tupas) Hayashi of Hilo; maternal grandmother, Miyome Tanaka of Hilo; hanai-daughter, Tabitha Tomori of Hilo; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jerry Iokia

Jerry Allan Iokia, 67, of Waimea and formerly of Nankuli, Oahu, died Aug. 26, 2021, at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born Jan. 17, 1954, in Honolulu, he was a retired maintenance man for the Department of Education, member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, board member of Kula no na Po’e Hawaii o Papakolea, Kawalo, Kalawahine, cultural practitioner of Na Lomilomi O Papakolea and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Services will be held at a later date. For further information contact (808) 953-0401. Condolences may be sent to Wanda Iokia at PO Box 6778, Kamuela, HI 96743.

He is survived by wife, Wanda Iokia of Waimea; sons, Jerry (Aunoa) Iokia of Tahuya, Washington, Andrew (Kaulana) Iokia of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Christina (Peter) Iokia of Waimea, and Leilani (Nathan) Hooke of Waikoloa; brothers, Joseph (Susan) Iokia, Samuel Iokia, Hauoli Iokia and Joey (Leichelle) Iokia, all of Waianae, Oahu; sisters, Debra Johnson of Ewa Beach, Oahu, and Josette West of Las Vegas; stepbrother, Harold (Gina) Peters, of Las Vegas; stepsister, Velva Diaz of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Watami Kishi

Watami “Shirley” Kishi, 94, of Hilo, died Aug. 21, 2021, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a mechanic for the federal government in Guam, employed at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut and U.S. Army World War II veteran.

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


He is survived by wife, Tomoko Kishi of Hilo; daughter, Nancy (Nolan) Kishi-Char of Honolulu; brothers, Yasutami Kishi and Norio Kishi, both of Hilo; sister, Shizuno Kishi of Hilo; one granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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