Obituaries: October 1, 2021

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Dorothy Carvalho


Dorothy Carvalho, 86, of Hilo, died Sept. 10, 2021, at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born Nov. 23, 1934, in Hilo, she was a homemaker, babysitter and member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Friends may call at 8 a.m. Oct. 6 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 10 a.m. service. Burial follows at Homelani Memorial Park Section 7. Casual attire; orchids are welcome.

She is survived by sister, Barbara De Mello of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Hatsue Carvalho and Charlene Carvalho of Hilo; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Yeiko Arakaki

Yeiko “Blackie” Arakaki, 86, of Hilo, died Sept. 17, 2021, at his residence. Born April 20, 1935, in Hilo, he was the retired proprietor for the former Blackie’s Shell in California.

Friends may call for a public visitation from 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; private service follows. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife, Caroline Arakaki of Hilo; sons, Corey Arakaki of Hilo, Kurt (Kristi) Arakaki and Kent (Rosa) Arakaki of Los Angeles; brother, Hiroshi Arakaki of Orange County, California; sister, Amy Arakaki of Orange County, California; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Miulan Yoshizumi

Miulan “Michie” Kalani Palacio Yoshizumi, 55, of Hilo, died Aug. 8, 2021, at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Honokaa, she was a retired chef for various restaurants in Central California.

Services and celebration of life at a later date.

She is survived by lifelong partner, Wade Yoshizumi; mother, Lillian Rosati; father, Ignacio (Dee) Palacio Jr.; brothers, Shannon (Crissy) Palacio, Van Palacio, and Vito Rosati; sisters, Helena Rosati and Kaleo (James) Kaapana; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Kassandra Tavares

Kassandra Tatiana Noelani Tavares, 34, of Pahoa, died Sept. 9, 2021. Born in Hilo, she worked as a mechanic assistant manager for Puna Kai Gas and Go and was a member of The Church of Sure Foundation

Services will be held at a later date.

She is survived byhusband, Lopaka Tavares; son, Mauka Tavares; daughters, Tatiana Tavares, Navaeh Tavares, Navaih Tavares, and Amani Tavares; parents, Clarissa-Ann (Duane) Pua; brothers, Rico D’Amore, and Rocky D’Amore; sisters Misty D’Amore, and Janice D’Amore; grandparents, John (Sharon) D’Amore, and Otto (Ida) Grace, five grandchildren; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Miu Matsumura

Miu Chee Matsumura, 96, of Hilo, died Sept. 20, 2021, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired office manager for the former Morgan’s Service Station, a retiree of the Pacific Macadamia Nuts Corp. and a member of the Berean Bible Church and Choir.

Friends may call for visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at Dodo Mortuary chapel. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral and graveside services will be private. Casual attire; no flowers.

She is survived by sons, Morgan (Cindy) Matsumura and Miles Matsumura of Hilo, Thomas (Beverly) Matsumura of Camarillo, Calif., Wayne (Hung) Matsumura of Seattle, and Donn (Terri) Matsumura of Keaau; sister-in-law, Florence Lee of Hilo; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Mildred Kawano

Mildred “Millie “ Miyeko Kawano, 94, of Waimea, died Sept. 28, 2021, at her residence. Born May 24, 1927 in Honolulu, she was a homemaker.

Service information to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to North Hawaii Hospice, 65-1328 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, HI 96743.

She is survived by son, John (Ceci Davenport) Kawano of Waimea; daughter, Joy (Darren) Torii of Honolulu; sisters, Kei Umemoto, Mei Lum, and Susie Kaisaki; brother, Nobu Obayashi all of Honolulu; granddaughter, Kaela Torii all of Honolulu; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.



An obituary published on Sept. 29 for John Lanakila Kalawe Jr., 78, of Hawaiian Paradise Park, contained an incorrect date for services. Friends may call at 3 p.m. at Dodo Mortuary chapel for a 4 p.m. service.