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  • Posted: Jul 11 2017 - 12:06am

    Celebration of life for the late Edwin Kahiwa Ahuna is noon-8 p.m. Friday (July 14) at Onekahakaha Beach Park pavilion No. 4. An incorrect date appeared in an obituary published Saturday.

  • Posted: Jul 10 2017 - 10:55am

    Aaron Thomas Demello, 30, of Hilo died June 9 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Born on Maui, he was a Kirby franchise owner. Celebration of life 4-8 p.m. Wednesday (July 12) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Kaneohe, Oahu. Online condolences: Survived by grandmother, Else Demello; father, Adrian Demello Jr.; mother, Valerie Demello; brothers, Adrian (Melanie) Demello III and Michael Demello; three nieces, a nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 10 2017 - 10:51am

    Edwin Kahiwa Ahuna, 64, of Keaau died April 22 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, he worked at Jack’s Tours, Boldman’s Portraits, Rainbow Isle Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and was a foster parent. Celebration of life noon-8 p.m. Friday (July 14) at Onekahakaha Beach Park pavilion No. 4. Survived by companion, Debra Boldman of Keaau; sons, Jason (Jona) Ahuna of Kauai, Garrett Ahuna of Oahu and Kula Ahuna of Keaau; daughters, Kimberly Ahuna, Anuhea Ahuna and U‘ilani Ahuna of Keaau; brothers, Edward Ahuna Jr. of Kona and Weldon (Pam) Ahuna of Hilo; grandchildren, great-granddaughter, cousins, nieces and nephews.

  • Posted: Jul 9 2017 - 12:05am

    Luana Pi‘ilani Willis Chow, 76, of Honokaa died June 8 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a former housekeeper for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hilton Waikoloa Village, member of the Hawaiian Club and former member of Kaahumanu Women’s Society. Celebration of life 10 a.m.-noon Saturday (July 15) at Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea. Graveside committal service at 9 a.m. Monday (July 17) at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by son, Dondale Hoover of Hilo; daughters, Nylyne (Boysey) Paulo and Henrietta (Lawrence) Lorenzo of Honokaa and Catherine (J.J.) Chow of Kohala; hanai daughter, Pua (Ranch) Nobriga of Kamuela; brothers, Llewelyn (Loke) Kapela and Rodney (Georgette) Willis of Kailua-Kona and Allen Willis of Oahu; 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 6 2017 - 12:06am

    Diane J. Hurley, 79, of Visalia, Calif., and formerly of Hilo, died June 15. Born in Hilo, she was a beautician for 32 years. Private memorial service for family to be held. Burial will be at Homelani Memorial Park in Hilo. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the COPD Foundation. Survived by three children, Donna, Mike and Julie; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

  • Posted: Jul 5 2017 - 12:06am

    Eletta “Mary” Hope Llanes, 64, of Waimea died June 18 at home. Born in North Kona, she was a certified nurse’s assistant, bookkeeper and member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (July 8) at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona. Mass at 11 a.m. Burial to follow in St. Paul’s Catholic Church cemetery on St. Paul Road in Honalo. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by daughters, Jherika Acol of Kawaihae, Bobbie Acol of Kona and Elisha (Jesse Perry) Acol of Waimea; brothers, David (Edwina) Llanes, Antone (Frances) Llanes, Kenneth (Bernette) Llanes, Ruben (Mary Jane) Llanes, Donald Llanes, Rudy (Lynn) Llanes, Freddie Llanes and Gerard (Karen) Llanes of Kona; sisters, Gerilyn Llanes, Angela Llanes and Vanessa Llanes of Kona; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 4 2017 - 12:05am

    Mark Lewin Kapahua, 52, of Hilo died June 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church and volunteered at the Glad Tidings soup kitchen, feeding countless homeless people. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday (July 8) at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, 116 Kapiolani St. Celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Aloha attire. Survived by daughters, Lehua (Kawena) Garcia and Tiffany Kapahua of Hilo; brothers, Antone Kapahua of Honolulu and Alva Kapahua Jr. of Hilo; five grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 2 2017 - 12:06am

    Frank Albert Ferren Jr., 78, of Kailua-Kona died June 17 at home. Born in Boston, he was a general surgeon and obstetrician specializing in sports medicine, 19-time Hawaii Ironman Championships competitor, Ultraman and Lavaman competitor, paddler with Kai O Pua Canoe Club and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by wife, Annie Ferren of Kailua-Kona; sons, Bradley (Keahi Mills) Ferren of Kailua-Kona and Gregory (Jenne) Ferren of Honolulu; daughters, Richann Ferren of Kailua-Kona and Noelani (Aaron) Boyd of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; sister, Virginia (Robert) Bowman of Connecticut; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jul 1 2017 - 12:06am

    James Paul Enos Sr., 51, of Hilo died June 11 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired state parks caretaker and Hawaii Army National Guard veteran. Celebration of life service noon 5-p.m. Saturday, July 8, Wailoa State Park first pavilion. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Valerie Enos of Hilo; sons, Jessie (Christina) Nunes of Mountain View and James Enos Jr. and Jarrin Enos of Hilo; daughters, Lisa Nunes of Hawaiian Beaches and Javelyn Enos and Jeantel Enos of Hilo; brother, Loren Danford of Hilo; sister, Cheryl (Shellford) Cantan of Orchidland; mother-in-law, Vivian Velez of Hilo; stepfather, Robert Willacker of Hilo; grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 30 2017 - 12:06am

    Sachiko Breault, 89, formerly of Hilo and Honolulu, died May 31 in Melbourne, Australia. She was a former accountant and volunteer at Foster Botanical Garden in Honolulu. Private services at a later date. Survived by daughter, Patricia Breault of Hilo; son, Marc (Elizabeth Baranyai) Breault of Melbourne.

  • Posted: Jun 29 2017 - 12:06am

    Tsuyuko “Sue” Nishiyama, 88, of Shoreline, Wash., formerly of Hilo, died May 22 at home. She was a retired Hilo Hawaiian Hotel employee and Hilo High School class of 1945 alumna. Private services and celebration of life at a later date. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by her daughter, Karen (Bill) Curr of Shoreline; brother, Noboru “Jack” (Miyo) Tanita of Hilo; cousins, nieces and nephews.

  • Posted: Jun 28 2017 - 12:05am

    Mark Gerald Freehauf, 68, of Kailua-Kona died June 26 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa. Born in West Bend, Wis., he was a retired doctor of pharmacy and member of Kona Faith Center. Private services. Survived by wife, Josephine Cho Freehauf of Kailua-Kona; son, Scott Freehauf of California; daughter, Shara Freehauf of California; hanai daughter, Cecily Marie Asuncion of Hilo; hanai sons, Kuna Asuncion and Kai Asuncion of Kailua-Kona. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

  • Posted: Jun 27 2017 - 12:06am

    Richard Charles Botti, 78, of Waikoloa died June 23 at home. Born in Brockton, Mass., he was a lobbyist, government liaison and small business leader and founder of the Legislative Information Service of Hawaii, Hawaii Association of Retail Gasoline Dealers and Hawaii Food Industry Association, among many other associations. Private services. Survived by wife, Gwen Botti; sons, Randy (Ann) Botti of Kailua-Kona, Douglas Botti of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Richard (Michelle) Benecchi of Spokane, Wash.; stepdaughter, Julie Waters of Kailua, Oahu; brother, Don (Callie) Benecchi of Dothan, Ala.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  • Posted: Jun 26 2017 - 2:47pm

    Aurellio Abellera Sr., 78, of Pahala died May 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born May 6 in Kapapala, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran, retired supervisor at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co. and proprietor of Abellera Coffee & Macadamia Nut Farm in Honaunau. Friends may call 9-10 a.m. Saturday (July 1) at New Hope Church Hilo. Memorial services and celebration of life at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by companion, Lorraine Ahkay of Hilo; daughters, Theresa (John) Ishii of Kailua-Kona and Patricia (Lon) Ishii of Volcano; son, Aurellio (Cheryl) Abellera Jr. of Hilo; brother, Henry (Anastacia) Abellera of Kailua-Kona; sister, Dolores Diego of Hilo; uncle, Benito Abellera of Pahala; brothers in-law, Bartolome Pique of Virginia and Kenneth (Lydia) Namba of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Shirley Andre and Doris (Kermit) Johnson of Hilo, four grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: Jun 26 2017 - 12:05am

    Ruth Halupa Ynigues Navalta, 94, of Hilo died June 5 at home. Born in Haina, Honokaa, she was a salesclerk, custodian for O‘okala Head Start and retired farmer. Services held. Survived by sons, Roy Navalta of Keaau and Wilfred (Tauna) Navalta of Hilo; daughters, Linda (Alan) Miyahira of Hilo and Pi‘ilani Borges of Hilo; hanai daughter, Jewel Lizardi of Hilo; brother, Thomas Ynigues of Honolulu; sisters, Lucy Meyer of Hilo and Beatrice (Edwin) Narte of California; 19 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.