Mieko Akamine, 86, of Honolulu, died March 1, 2010. Born in Tokyo. Survived by son, Koki; daughters, Clare Ingram and Seda "June" Hara; brother, Mabo Suzuki; sisters, Kazue Kawamura and Akie Watanabe; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Private service held. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.
Jonell "Nelly" Tasha Hiilani Alvarez, 30, of Honomu, Hawaii, died Feb. 18, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Survived by husband, Robin; sons, Jodacie, Analu Kahihikolo and Kaui Alvarez-Kahihikolo; daughters, Starlette Alvarez-Kahihikolo and Hokulani; father, Joseph Kahihikolo Jr.; brothers, Curtis Kahikina and Iokepa Kahihikolo; sister, Benjaline England; stepsons. Service 11 a.m. Saturday at the family residence, 28-196A Honomu Road. Follow the signs. Casual attire. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.
Diane Pascua Asuncion, 62, of Wahiawä, died March 2, 2010. Born in Länai City, Länai. Retired Judiciary clerk. Survived by husband, Benjamin Sr.; sons, Benjamin Jr., Kalani "Tito" and Derrick; one granddaughter; brothers, Ray Pascua, Lance Bacos and Vicente Pascua Jr.; sisters, Adeline Fontanilla, Deb Pascua, Pat DeFant and Pam Rodrigues. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; service 7 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church; Mass 9:30 a.m.; burial 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers welcome. Casual attire.
Frank Anton Furar, 95, of Honolulu, died March 7, 2010. Born in La Salle, Ill. U.S. Army veteran; certified public accountant. Survived by daughter, Carol Hemington; sister, Christine Weyand. Private service at a later date. Burial at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien, Ill.
Billy Ray Gardner, 78, of Pähoa, Hawaii, died March 10, 2010. Born in Kansas City, Mo. An engineer for the Merchant Marine; U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard veteran during the Korean War. Survived by brother, Mark; one niece; one nephew; caregiver, Harry Kamalii Jr. Private service. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.
Michael Paul Holden, 65, of Waipahu, died Feb. 25, 2010. Born in Casper, Wyo. Retired from the U.S. Navy. Survived by wife, Kimie. Private service held. Arrangements by Mililani Mortuary.
Ellen Luter, 92, of Kailua, died March 4, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Formerly with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin; longtime editor of technical bulletins for the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture. Survived by daughters, Ellen Carroll, Ann Reimers and Jeanne Lundquist; grandchildren, Barry Reimers, Barry and Katherine Lundquist; four great-grandchildren. Private service.
Marjorie "Marja" Lou Miller, 68, of Käneohe, died March 13, 2010. Born in Anadarko, Okla. Graduate of the University of Hawaii. Survived by husband, Colonel Howard; sons, Howard, Nicholas and Cimarron; daughter, Susannah; one grandchild. Service at Smith Funeral Home, Anadarko. Donations to the Hawaiian Humane Society. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.
Jeanette Makiye Okita, 94, of Honolulu, died March 6, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Retired Shirokiya sales manager. Survived by sons, Allen and John; daughter, Carol Kimura; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Carol Hutchinson. Private service held. No koden (monetary gifts). Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.
Kimiko Shimazu Russell, 94, of Honolulu, died March 12, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Retired homemaker. Survived by son, Philip; daughter, Gail Russell Watson; brother, Peter Shimazu; sister, Kiyoko Shimazu; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Private service. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii.
Jack Ray Sears, 73, of Honaunau, Hawaii, died March 13, 2010. Born in Milford, Neb. Pottery teacher whose art was featured in various galleries throughout the islands; U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Survived by wife, Linda; sons, Stuart Helzer, Miles Thurlby and Alex Moriarty; sister, Linda Lindelli; one granddaughter; one nephew. Private celebration of life held. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Ronald T. "Big Ron" "Garute" Soares, 73, died Feb. 23, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Truck driver and heavy-equipment operator; owner of Big Ron's Repair and Soares Trucking. Survived by wife, Diana; sons, John, Ted, Derek and Chad Soares, John, Raymond and Harry Maikui; daughters, Sandra Spinn, Rondelle Ayau and Tracy Aiwohi; sisters, Judy Correa, Barbara Camara and Carol Chun; grandchildren; great-grandchildren. Celebration of life noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ige Restaurant and 19th Puka, 98-761 Oihana Place, Aiea.
Richard Frank Sylva, 69, of Waipahu, died March 3, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Survived by wife, Karen; daughters, Helen, and Kathryn Rivera; brother, Wilson Baker; sisters, Pearl Mendoza and Lillian Reis. Visitation 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary; service 12:45 p.m.; burial 2 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Ian "Scotty" Thain, 69, of Kauai, died March 8, 2010. Born in Líhue, Kauai. Paniolo, farmer and hunter. Survived by wife, Nancy "Tiny"; sons, Troy, Robbie and Jason; sister, Moira Thain Hand; seven grandchildren. June talk-story gathering to be held at Waimea Plantation Cottages will be announced.
Neil Stockbridge Thomas Jr., 89, of Käneohe, died Feb. 17, 2010. Born in Port Angeles, Wash. Retired U.S. Navy captain. Survived by wife, Aiko; daughters, Janeil Crumpton, Patricia Lemp, Kathryn Thomas and Judith Dodson; brother, Richard; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Private service at a later date. Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.
John George Watson, 64, of Honolulu, died March 15, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Musician; National Guard veteran. Survived by son, John; daughter, Leimomi; sister, Patricia Fredette; seven grandchildren. Private service. Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii.
Albert T.H. Wong, 83, of Honolulu, died Oct. 22, 2009. Retired Kamehameha Schools maintenance man; U.S. Navy veteran. Survived by wife, Delia; son, Stanley; daughter, Rosalie Garrison; brother, Cyril; sister, Charlotte Wong-Chin. Graveside service 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. No flowers. Aloha attire.
Tsutomu Yamamoto, 89, of Hanap[0xeb]p[0xeb], Kauai, died March 16, 2010. Born in Hanap[0xeb]p[0xeb]. Retired state Parks Division mechanic. Survived by wife, Mihoe; children, Brian, Lannice Chang, William, Earl, June Plain and Vance; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas; sisters, Jane Kuribayashi, Lois Hashimoto and Grace Okumura. Visitation 2 p.m. Sunday at Garden Island Mortuary chapel; service 3 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire. In lieu of koden (monetary gifts), donations to Kauai Care Center.