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DAVID MAKAHANOHANO KUPELE was a child of the streets who became a man of God. Many knew him as a Waikiki entertainer during the 1950s and '60s. He died May 14. He was 81. See story.
SALA SAMIU, a high-ranking member of the American Samoa Senate and respected member of the U.S. territory, died Monday in Honolulu. He was 62. See story.
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, 83, of 'Ewa Beach, died May 16, 2003. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Navy submariner serving in World War II and the Korean War; retired electrical engineer. Survived by son, Stephen; daughter, Ann; granddaughter; sisters, Annabelle Harrell and Helen Gleason. Committal service over the ashes with military honors 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawai'i State Veterans Cemetery. No flowers. Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.
HATSUE AZUMA, 89, of Honolulu, died May 13, 2003. Born in Pa'uwela, Maui. Survived by husband, Noboru; sons, Kenneth, Eric, Edwin and Dennet; daughter, Velina; three grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; service 6:30 p.m. Private inurnment.
DELFIN "DELA" DELOS REYES, 63, of Honolulu, died May 18, 2003. Born in Lana'i, Retired construction laborer for Ralph S. Inouye. Survived by wife, Nancy; sons, Derek, Nathan and Darrin; mother, Verna; brother, Lloyd "Dado"; sisters, Janice Manoi and Julie Ann Pritchett. Service 10 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. No flowers. Casual attire.
HERBERT FERREIRA, 76, of Kapa'au, Hawai'i, died April 29, 2003. Born on Kaua'i. Retired Thrifty Rent A Car bus driver; heavy equipment operator; semi-trailer operator; and tree surgeon/trimmer. Survived by wife, Mary Jane; 14 children; stepdaughter, Geraldine Aiwohi; stepsons, Garey and Richard Rivera; brother, Edward; sisters, Beatrice Elias, Delphine Pacheco and Bernice Pacheco; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. O'ahu service pending. Condolences to Mrs. mary Jane Ferreira, P.O. Box 437254, Kamuela, HI 96743. Arrangements Dodo Mortuary, Hilo, Hawai'i.
TESTELITA GUZMAN, 52, of Kalaheo, Kaua'i, died May 9, 2003. Born in San Juan, Lapoc, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Kauai Kitchen employee, Lihu'e, Kaua'i. Survived by father, Arnulfo; sisters, Benilda Rabbon, Virginia Padilla and Felelita Cabatu. Memorial service 5 p.m. today at Holy Cross Church, Kalaheo. Casual attire. Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.
GLORIA INOUE, 66, of Hilo, Hawai'i, died May 18, 2003. Born in Hono-lulu. Retired Western Carloading account receivable clerk. Survived by husband, Gene; sons, Dale and Tracy; sister, Lillian Tanaka; four grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary; service 6:30 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire.
ELROY KALANI KIA, 33, of Waimanalo, died May 12, 2003. Born in Ho-nolulu. A maintenance engineer at Pacific Basin Airport Maintenance. Survived by fiancee, Melveen; son, Elroy II; parents, Eugene Sr. and Elaine; brother, Eugene Jr.; sisters, Ella-Jean Stevens, Ewalani and Elise; grandparents, Annie "Tutu Lady" and Sing "Joe" Lau. Visitation 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary; service 7 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. May 29 at the mortuary; service 10:30 a.m.; burial 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.
JEANETTE MARIE KOERTE, 68, of Hanapepe, Kaua'i, died May 19, 2003. Born in Koloa, Kaua'i. A homemaker. Survived by children, Kathleen Kali, Susan Duarte, Johnny Furtado, Brenda Viquelia and Michelle Hasegawa; companion, Paul Hasegawa; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary; service 11 a.m.; burial to follow at Hanapepe Public Cemetery. Casual attire.
TSUNEKO KOMORI, 94, of Kane'ohe, died May 16, 2003. Born in 'Ewa. A homemaker. Survived by sons, Wilfred and Thomas; daughters, Florence Enoki and Marion Schulist; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Tsutomu Hiraoka; sister, Ayako Shimata. Service 4 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.
HERMAN L. KULKENS, 77, of Hilo, Hawai'i, died May 10, 2003. Born in Magelang, Indonesia. Retired automobile designer for Daimler Chrysler in Michigan. Survived by son, Darin; daughters, Miriam and Lama; brothers, Pier, Chris, John, Joseph and Mike; sisters, Maria Van Dam, Leonora and Frances. Private service held. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.
BARBARA IRENE LACHAPPELLE, 53, of Mountain View, Hawai'i, died May 13, 2003. Born in Rhode Island. A homemaker. Survived by husband, William; son, Scott Hirsch; daughter, Brenda Dickey; brother, William Gingras Jr.; sister, Diane Gingras; four grandchildren. Private service. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo, Hawai'i.
RALVERDAN "DAN" KA'AHANUI WAGNER LANSING, 76, of Kailua, died May 12, 2003. Born in Hono-lulu. Retired U.S. Army sergeant major serving in Would War II and the Korean War. Owner of structural steel fabrication company. Survived by wife, Olga; daughters, Leilani Newton and Tanya Matthews; four grandchildren; sister, Leilehua Omphroy; brother, Daniel Jr. Private service held. Donations may be made to the Army Emergency Relief Fund, 350 Eastman Road, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, Schofield Barracks, HI 96857. Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.
GEORGE KAPONO LUA JR., 61, of Honolulu, died May 14, 2003. Born in Hawai'i. Matson Navigation Co. merchant marine. Survived by wife, Ardys; sons, George III and Limo; eight grandchildren; brothers, Clarence and Kenneth; sisters, Elizabeth and Delarene. No service. Arrangements by Williams Funeral Services.
GENE KANEAPUA RICHARD JEROME MARTIN III, 9, of Kaua'i, died May 18, 2003. Survived by parents, Anaik Martin and Roger Lasky; grandparents, Richard and Brenda; great-grandparents, Stitch and Gloria. Celebration of life 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Kualoa Ranch, Secret Island (makai of main entrance). Colorful casual attire requested. No flowers; gifts and cards to the family, P.O. Box 16733, Duluth, MN 55816; donations to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kauai. Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.
GRACE FUJIKO MURAOKA, 93, of Honolulu, died May 7, 2003. Born in Waialua. Retired part owner of Kalihi Auto Parts. Survived by son, Stanley; daughters, Hilda Tanaka, Nancy Horita and Beatrice Hashimoto; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kikuji and Edgar Himeda; sisters, Asayo Tamura, Helen Saifuku, Harriet Matsuoka and Masako Yamamoto. Private service held. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.
MUTSUO OKUDA, 76, of Honolulu, died April 26, 2003. Born in Hawai'i. Retired from F & N Nomi Associates. Survived by brothers, Kanichi and Eikichi; sister, Agnes Fujiwara. Private service held. Arrangements by Diamond Head Mortuary.
ARTHUR "SWEDE" W. PARELIUS, 76, of 'Aiea, died May 14, 2003. Born in Massachusetts. Former steel guitarist with Germaine's Luau and Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club. Survived by wife, Florence; sisters, Ingrid Hem and Elsie andersen. Private service held at Hawai'i State Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawai'i.
HILDA FONTES RAPOZA, 80, of Kurtistown, Hawai'i, died May 18, 2003. Born in Kea'au, Hawai'i. A homemaker. Survived by sons, Harold Sr., Robert, Nicholas and Charles; daughter, Gwendolyn Dickenson; brother, Manuel Fontes; sisters, Mildred, Geraldine Leite, Beatrice Currie, Irene Oliveira, Ethel Maloney and Virginia Ah Yo; 15 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. today at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo; service 7 p.m. Visitation also 11 a.m to noon tomorrow at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo; Mass 12:15 p.m.; burial 3:30 p.m at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
MARIA P. RECLAMADO, 90, of Waipahu, died May 14, 2003. Born in the Philippines. Survived by daughters, Paz Obungen, Gladys Temple and Telly Adriatico; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Priscilla Alejandro; brothers, Liberato and Andres Pedro. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary; service 7 p.m. Graveside service 1 p.m. Tuesday at Greenhaven Memorial Park. Casual attire.
VIRGINIA FIESTA RELOJ, 74, of Honolulu, died April 23, 2003. Born in the Philippines. Janitress for Hawaiiana Management Co. Survived by husband, Anastacio; sons, Alfredo and Romeo; daughter, Helen Panen; brothers, Vicente, Johnny, Jose and Isidoro Fiesta; sisters, Felisa Calantoc, Monica Fernando and Hilaria Paguirigan; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at St. Philomena Catholic Church; service 7 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the church; Mass 9 a.m.; burial 11 a.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Arrangements by Leeward Funeral Home.
JAMES BENJAMIN SILVA, 87, of Mililani, died May 11, 2003. Born in Wailuku, Maui. Retired Dillingham Shipyard crane operator; and Pig Hunters Association member. Survived by wife, Annie; daughters, Linda Stewart, Tanya Salcedo and Jayme Labajo; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Angela Watley. Visitation 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at Diamond Head Mortuary; service 11:30 a.m.; burial to follow at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
FRANK HAAHEO SPENCER, 51, of Wai'anae, died May 3, 2003. Born in Honolulu. Survived by wife, Iwalani; son, Kamuela; mother, Lydia Lilia; sisters Annie Siufanua, Geraldine Souza, Naomi Garner, Nicolette Garland and Ruth Barco; brothers, Edward, Samuel, David, Jeremiel, Edward Jr., Nicholas and Nathan. Visitation 6 p.m. Monday at United Gospel Fellowship; service 7 p.m. Visitation also 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church; service 10 a.m.; burial 2 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Arrangements by Moanalua Mortuary.
ALEXANDER "ALEX" L. TEIXEIRA, 85, of 'Aina Haina, died May 18, 2003. Born in Honolulu. Retired carpenter millman with Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Public Works Center. Survived by wife, Agnes; son, Alexander "Lance" Jr., Richard and Robert; daughter, Wanda Sonogina; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; sisters, Evangeline Costa and Ethel Martin. Visitation 10 a.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Mortuary; service 11:15 a.m.; burial 1 p.m. at Hawai'i State Veterans Cemetery.
MASAAKI TOKITO, 77, of Honolulu, died May 11, 2003. Born in China. Retired Kobayashi Travel tour guide. Survived by wife, Aiko; sons, Mark and Mike; one grandchild; brother, Motokiyo; sisters, Sadako Sato and Yoshiko Sudo. Service 6 p.m. tomorrow at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.
CLARICE NAMIE TSUCHIYA, 59, of Honolulu, died May 11, 2003. Born in Honolulu. Japan International Karate-ki Center martial arts instructor. Survived by father, Fred Watanabe; mother, Clara Watanabe; brother, Eric Watanabe; sister, Eloise Rayl. Service 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. No flowers. Casual attire.
LEONARD RODRIGUES "LEO" VASQUEZ, 56, of Kea'au, Hawai'i, died May 18, 2003. Born in Pa'ia, Maui, Hawai'i. Martial arts instructor, professional boxer, and golfer. Survived by daughter, Regina; son, Frankie; sister, Sandra Purdy; brother, Larry. Private service held. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo, Hawai'i.
LEIGHTON H.C. WONG, 47, died May 15, 2003. Born in Honolulu. An estate planning attorney; director, Hawaii Estate Planning Council; president, Hawaii State Bar Association, Probate Section; Hawaii Tax Institute committee member; former member, Hawaii State Tax Commission; lecturer and teacher; and youth basketball coach. Survived by wife, Nancy; sons, Kevan and Justan; parents, Harry and Ethel; brothers, Newton, Stanton and Thurston; sister, Sheri Wong Gallagher. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary; celebration of life 6 p.m. Burial 9 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. No flowers. Aloha attire.
TUK CHONG WONG, 86, of Honolulu, died May 11, 2003. Born in 'Olaa, Hawai'i. Retired Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard machinist. Survived by wife, Grace; sons, Randall and Gary; daughters, Paula, Julie Smith and Angela; brothers, Robert and Henry; sisters, Ruth Ching. Laura Pang and Lucille Hee; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Visitation 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary; service 9:30 a.m.; burial 11 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.
GARY MITSUO YAJI, 82, of 'Ewa Beach, died May 14, 2003. Born in Waialua. Retired bartender at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Survived by sons, Gordon, Michael, Russell and Marshall; daughter, Brenda Kamitono; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Larry; sisters, Dora Kameda and Clara Kanno. Private service held. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.