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  • Posted: May 19 2017 - 12:05am

    Dennis Angelito Reagan Gabriel Sr., 76, of Hilo died May 14 at home. Born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he was a retired U.S. Air Force and Hawaii National Guard master sergeant, electronic technician for World Wide Flight Services and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Fil-Am Golf Club and Tsunami Golf Club. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday (May 25) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Nancy Gabriel of Hilo; daughters, Gigi (Ala Wailani) Gabriel and Malia (Henri Wilbur) Gabriel of Hilo; sons, Dennis A.R. (Chassie) Gabriel Jr. and Kekoa Gabriel of Hilo; sisters, Rosaline Domaloan of Honolulu and Carmel (Kent) Lowry of California; brothers, Roger (Donna) Gabriel of Honolulu and Roland (Cyndy) Gabriel of Washington; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Gayland E. Baker, 67, of Waimea died May 12 in Waimea. Born in Riverside, Calif., he was co-owner of a bed and breakfast. Private services. Online condolence: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by son, Christian Baker of Waimea; brothers, Glen (Sandy) Baker of Grand Island, Neb., Sean Baker of Waimea and Gene Baker of Grand Island. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 17 2017 - 12:05am

    Ronald “Ron” Allen Embree, 67, of Keaau died May 11 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Seattle, he was retired laborer for Local 242. Private services at a later date. Survived by wife, Nani Embree; daughter, Rebecca Embree; sons, Benjamin Embree and Noah Embree; hanai son, Gabe Lubbess; a sister and two brothers. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 16 2017 - 12:05am

    Robert “Bobby” Kukilakila Beck, 72, of Naalehu died April 21 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired plumber, veteran of Hawaii Army National Guard and U.S. Navy Seabees and member of HI-LO Golf Club and Plumbers and Fitters Union. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (May 20) at Naalehu Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Aloha attire; flowers and lei welcome. Burial at Naalehu Community Cemetery. Celebration of life to follow at Naalehu Clubhouse. Survived by daughters, Pearl (David) Kuahiwinui of Green Sands, Joyceline (Gilbert Loando) Beck of Kona and Vera (Jason) Ward of Duvall, Wash.; sons, Robert (Leiko) Beck of Kona and Roland Beck of Naalehu; brothers, Julian (Betty) Beck of Naalehu, Lincoln (Sina) Beck of Kona, Rudy (Tae Hui) Gabonia of Hilo, Calvin (Celestine) Gabonia of Virginia and Glen (Debbie) Gabonia of Washington; sisters, Darlene (Winslow) Vierra of Naalehu, Alohalyn Beck of South Point, Anareita Beck of Hilo, Wanda (Roland) Gionson of Pearl City, Oahu, and Linda Ann (Brad) Baker of Missouri; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 14 2017 - 12:05am

    Thomas “Ben” Mitsuo Fujiwara, 89, of Hilo died April 1 at the Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired parts department salesman for HT&T Trucking and former salesman at Hilo Ace Hardware. Friends may call 4-5 p.m. Friday (May 19) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Jo-Ann (Kimo) Kelekolio of Beaverton, Ore., and Lori (Derrick) Tamashiro of Hilo; brother, Donald Fujiwara of Kailua-Kona; sister, Rachel (Wilfred) Soong of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Sharon Fujiwara, Elaine Sakoda and Ruth (George) Fukushima of Hilo, Debbie Fujiwara of Honolulu and Dorothy Shindo of Chicago; brothers-in-law, John Okino of Hilo and Burton (Irene) Okino of Honolulu; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 13 2017 - 12:05am

    Elujino V. Alvarez Jr., 70, of Hilo died May 6. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Wednesday (May 17) at Ballard Family Mortuary. Service at 6 p.m. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Elujino Alvarez III and Abraham (Brittany) Alvarez Sr.; daughter, Stacey (Alan) Alvarez; brothers, Fernando Alvarez, Robin Alvarez Sr., William Alvarez, Anthony Alvarez, Alan “Puncho” (Barbara) Alvarez, Dean Alvarez, Wilbur (Jessica) Alvarez and Wayne “Cody” (Annie) Alvarez; sisters, Mildred Alvarez, Irene (Bully) Flores, Caroline Alvarez, Vivian Alvarez, Patricia Alvarez, Deborah Alvarez, Verna Alvarez, Barcitla Ramirez, Darlene (Chico) Marrero, Joanna Dima and Renee (Rocky) Abadilla; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 12 2017 - 12:05am

    Mary Conchita Cantorna, 103, of Keaau, formerly of Honokaa, died May 9 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired Mauna Kea Beach Hotel employee and Honokaa Senior Center volunteer who loved singing, dancing and entertaining. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Tuesday (May 16) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Graveside internment service 1 p.m. at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire; no flowers. Preceded in death by husband, Manuel Cantorna, and sons, Raymond and Mario. Survived by sons, Chuck, Marty, Morris, Manny and Richard; daughters, Jean, DeeDee and Gloria; 21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 11 2017 - 12:05am

    Albert T. Imoto, 87, of Hilo died May 3 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired regional sales manager for the former Aloha Airlines. Visitation 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday (May 17) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 6 p.m. Aloha attire. Survived by wife, Lorena “Rena” Imoto of Hilo; son, Guy Imoto of Hilo; daughters, Jody (Randal) Usui of Hilo and Cecily (Howard) Higa of Kaneohe, Oahu; hanai daughter, Dr. Joana Magno of Honolulu; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 10 2017 - 12:05am

    Gerald Wayne Allen, 76, of Pahoa died May 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Illinois, he was a supervisor for a papaya puree factory. Private services. Survived by wife, Mary J. Allen of Hawaiian Beaches; daughters, Melissa J. Allen Dunn and Melanie Allen (Takumi) Tamaki of Hawaiian Beaches; son, John Allen of Hawaiian Beaches; brothers, Richard B. Allen of St. Charles, Mo., and Robert K. Allen of Hawaiian Beaches; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 8 2017 - 12:05am

    Glannie Kahula Ayoso, 88, of Hawi died April 15 at home. Born in North Kohala, she was a clerk typist for the Kohala Sugar Company, a retired receptionist for Kohala Family Health Center, a former seminary teacher, and a den mother for Pack 47. She was also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kohala Ward and past president of the Relief Society for the Kohala Ward, Hilo Stake, and Kona Stake. Visitation 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday (May 13) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kohala. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. Aloha attire. Survived by daughter, Renee (Melvin) Ako of Kohala; sons, Aaron (Sharlene) Ayoso of Provo, Utah, Byron (Amanda) Ayoso of Hilo and Raymond E. Pule of Spokane, Wash.; brother, Allen Kapeliela of Pearl City, Oahu; sister-in-law, Lena Kapeliela of Kohala; brother-in-law, Joseph Cazimero, Sr. of Kohala; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 7 2017 - 12:05am

    Aukai Michael Kalaule‘alanioka‘ohana Ahuna, 15, of Honokaa died May 1 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Kamuela, he was a member of the Honokaa High School football and basketball teams, Ensembles leadership training team and Hawaiian Sunset Basketball team. Friends may call 3-5 p.m. Friday (May 12) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Mass at 5 p.m. Casual attire; flowers and lei welcome. Celebration of life to follow. Survived by father, George Ahuna of Kamuela; mother, Keala (Ivan Alatan) Ahuna of Honokaa; brothers, Kalai Ahuna and Nainoa Ahuna of Honokaa; sisters, Rochelle Martin of New York and Mikela Ahuna of Ookala; maternal grandmother, Angella Brandt of Honokaa; maternal grandfather, Don (Karen Hamada) Canario of Hilo; paternal grandmother, Muriel (Hector Ortiz) Ahuna of Kamuela; maternal great-grandmother, Betty Jose of Honokaa; niece, numerous nephews, cousins, uncles and aunts. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 6 2017 - 12:05am

    Patricia Collins, 90, of Hilo, formerly of Incline Village, Nev., died April 28 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Superior, Neb., she was a retired registered nurse in San Jose, Calif., a PEO member and an active lifelong member of Presbyterian churches. Services at 2 p.m. May 20 at Incline Village Community Church in Incline Village. Donations in her name can be made to Presbyterian missions or Mercy Ships. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by daughters, Elizabeth (James) Dart of Las Vegas, Colleen (Richard) Otani of Hilo and Janice Collins of Henderson, Nev.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary

  • Posted: May 5 2017 - 12:05am

    Robert Ah Foo Lee, 86, of Kailua-Kona died April 16 at home. Born in Keauhou, he was a retired platoon sergeant in the U.S. Army, employee at KTA Super Stores in Kailua-Kona and Kona Laundry, and coffee farmer. Memorial service 9 a.m. Monday (May 8) at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kailua-Kona. Aloha attire. Survived by son, Joseph Lee of Hilo; daughter, Isabelle (Jim) Javier of San Ramon, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Darlene Lee of Kailua-Kona; sister, Doris Gusman of Kailua-Kona; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 4 2017 - 12:05am

    Patricia Collins, 90, of Hilo, formerly of Incline Village, Nev., died April 28. Born in Superior, Neb., she was a retired registered nurse, widow of the Rev. Dr. Asa Collins, lifelong Presbyterian and member of PEO Sisterhood. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Incline Village Community Church. Memorial donations to Presbyterian missions or Mercy Ships. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by daughters, Elizabeth (James) Dart of Las Vegas, Colleen (Richard) Otani of Hilo and Janice Collins of Henderson, Nev., 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 2 2017 - 12:05am

    Takeo “Tak” “Tuck” Kuwada, 92, of Kailua-Kona died April 14 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, he was a retired ramp agent for the former Aloha Airlines, member of Big Island Amateur Radio Club and U.S. Army World War II veteran. Services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Jeannette Kuwada of Kailua-Kona; son, Kenneth Kuwada of Honolulu; daughter, Jeri (George) Greenhouse of Hilo; daughter-in-law, Gaylien Kuwada of Honolulu; sister, Loretta Hazlewood of Aiea, Oahu; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Kam and Ronald (Sandra) Kam of Kailua-Kona, Thomas Kam of Sunnyville, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Edwina Booth and Earlene Kaiawe of Kailua-Kona; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.