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MANUEL "MACKY" PIMENTAL

Macky Pimental of Kalaheo, passed away on January 19, 2015 at KVMH at the age of 64. Born on April 13, 1950 at Wilcox, he was a Decorated U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, Ordnance technician at PMRF and field technician with Kauai Coffee.
He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Pimental Sr.; and survived by his wife, Linda Pimental; three daughters Leanne (Shiloh) Pimental of Koloa, Lissa (Shane) Jones of Kona and Carleen (Hans) Reeves of Kekaha; eight grandchildren; mother, Rose Pimental; three brothers, Charles (Jerry) Pimental Jr. of Kekaha, Clifford (Deborah) Pimental of Lawai and Joseph (Cobina) Pimental of Kalaheo; two sisters, Carol (Tony) Pereira of Kalaheo and Laurie Pimental of Kalaheo; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services for Macky will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Kauai Veteran's Cemetery in Hanapepe, with visitation from 10-11:30AM. Full military honors will commence at 11:30 AM
A celebration of life will follow at Hanapepe Neighborhood Center.
Family requests casual attire.

GREGORIA ESONA PLANAS

Gregoria Esona Planas passed away on January 18, 2015 at her residence in Kapaa, at the age of 85. Born on March 12, 1929, in Waimea, Kauai, she was a retired housekeeping manager with Kauai Beach Boy Resort.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Florentino Esona and Manuela Esona; brothers, Luciano Esona and Ambrosio de Lota; and sisters, Maxima (Conrado) Caspillo of Kapaa and Bernadette (Ben) Dakai of Kilauea.
She is survived by her two sons, Leslie (Dina) of Kapaa and Gregory (Laurie) of Kapaa; two daughters, Bridget (Don) Evans of Arizona and Georgia (Gerard) Silva of Kalaheo; two brothers, Salvador (Carrie) Esona of San Jose, California, and Raymond (Rose) Esona of Kilauea; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai at 10AM. Services will begin at 11AM.
The family suggests casual attire.

KYOICHI KANEKUNI

Kyoichi Kanekuni of Kekaha, died on January 17th, 2015 at KVMH at the age of 91and was retired with Kekaha Sugar Company.
He is survived by his two sons, Steven (Dolly) Kanekuni of Kekaha and Jason (Tawnya) McMurray of Kekaha; one daughter, Joyce Parubrub of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Roku Kanekuni of Kamuela, Big Island; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at 1PM at the Veteran's Cemetery Grounds in Hanapepe.

LOUISE A.K. (FIELD) YATES

Louise A.K. (Field) Yates of Kapa'a, died on January 16th, 2015 at home surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 73. Born on October 14th, 1941, in Honolulu, she was a pathology transcriptionist with Wilcox Hospital and Clinical Labs Hawaii.
She is survived by her daughters, Marcia (Michael) Buratti of Kapa'a and Monica Ka'auwai of Kapa'a; four grandchildren, Kalanikauleleiaiwi Ka'auwai, and Kalani, Rachel, and Emma Buratti; brother, David Field of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister Jewell Coté of Kamuela, Hawaii; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Louise's life will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at the All Saints Episcopal Church at 9AM, officiated by Rev. Robin Taylor. Service begins at 10AM, with a private inurnment and refreshments to follow.

YACHIYO UYENO

Yachiyo Uyeno of Kekaha, died on January 16th, 2015 at the Regency at Pua Kea at the age of 99. Born on February 19th, 1915, in Waimea, Hawaii, she was homemaker.
She is survived by her son, Ensley Uyeno of Washington; daughter, Sharon (Gene) Eberhart of Texas; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Private services will be held.

BETTY MAE MCCRAHON

Betty Mae McCrahon passed away on January 15, 2015 at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 91. Born on January 25, 1923, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was a professor at West Valley College in California.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Betty Mott McCrahon and Edward H. McCrahon; and sister, Lorraine Baker; and survived by her two daughters, Penny Linnerooth of Princeville and Tana Ball (Steven) of California; three grandchildren, Warren Linnerooth (Nora), Marie Zook (Glen) and Sarah Hoenig (Dave); five great-grandchildren, Brian Zook, Melissa Zook, Joshua Zook, Jack Linnerooth and Marc Linnerooth; two nephews, John Baker and Jim Baker; and numerous grand nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Betty's life was held on January 25, 2015 at Kalihiwai Ridge.

NANCY MILILANI "MAMA MILILANI" KAOHELAULII KANAHELE

Nancy Mililani "Mama Mililani" Kaohelaulii Kanahele of Pukaiki, Niihau, died on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at home with her family by her side at the age of 78. Born on May 21st, 1936 in Puuwai, Niihau, she was secretary for Hoomana Ia Iesu Iubile Church on Niihau and treasurer for Ka Hui Kula Sabati.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Kaipo Kanahele, Sr.; daughter, Ululani Kanahele and is survived by her sons, Kaipo Kanahele, Jr. (Caren), Kahu Enoka Kaohelaulii (Leiala), Elia Kanahele, Nalani Kanahele, and Keaupuniokalani "Sua" Kanahele; daughters, Pualei Kaohelaulii; Dr. Ipo Wong (Keola), Hila Tsuchiya (Steve), and Rachel Kaohelaulii; hanai children, Mokihana Niheu-Yong, Nalei Kanahele, and Kaleohoomana Kaohelaulii; 27 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, David Kawika Kaohelaulii and Hoaonalani Kaohelaulii; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai at 9AM. Services will begin at 11AM with burial to follow at the Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. Lunch to follow after burial in Kekaha.
Family suggests aloha attire and flowers are welcome.

MABEL PUANANI CHAR

Mabel Puanani Char of Waimea, died on January 11th, 2015 at KVMH at the age of 87.  Born on June 6th, 1927, in Lihue, Kauai, she was an entertainer with Smith's Boat. 
She is preceded in death by her husband, Barnie K. Char; five brothers, Abraham Akuna, Daniel Akuna, George Malaia, Bernard Malaia, and Kenneth Malaia; and sister, Rusty Peters.
She is survived by her three sons, Russell (Marilyn) Char of Poipu, Rawlins (Mila) Char of Kekaha, and Barnie K. (Joy Grindley) Char of Hauula; five daughters, Jackie (Mark) Gray of West Jordan, Utah, Eula Mae (Tama) Taala of Waimea, Apryle Wong of Laie, Sue Ann (Mark) Texeira of Hanapepe, and Cheryle Anne (Danny) Woolsey of Colorado; twenty-nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Gordon"Lani" Akuna of Honolulu; three sisters, Lillian Park of Georgia, Elsie Kali of Las Vegas, and Beverly Kahaleoumi of Kauai; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 9AM at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (Mormon) in Kekaha. Services will be at 11AM, followed by a burial at the Kauai Veteran's Cemetery in Hanapepe.
The family suggests casual attire.

EMI DOI SCHAEFER 

Emi Doi Shaefer of Kalaheo, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones on January 3rd, 2015 at the age of 90. She was born in Kalaheo, Kauai on February 18th, 1924. She was a store clerk at Doi Store (family ran business) and later at Tanaka Plumbing before retiring.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John Philip Shaefer of 70 years and her parents Raisuke and Kikuya Doi. Also preceded in death is brothers Toshio, Kenji, Isami and Raiso Doi and sisters, Asako Yamada, Shegako Kawakami, Yoshiko Matsumoto and Shizuko Tanaka.
She is survived by son Jace (Marilyn) Schaefer of Kauai and daughter Geraldine Tom (Herbert) of Oahu. She is also survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A private celebration of her life will be held at Kauai Veteran's Cemetery on February 7th, 2015 where she will rejoin her husband John.

Family requests no flowers and no koden.

HIROKO NOJIMA NISHIMURA 

Hiroko Nishimura of Kalaheo died peacefully at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on January 3, 2015 at the age of 90.  
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 1, 1925, she was a retired elementary school teacher.  
She was preceded in death by husband, Shiro "Sally" Nishimura. She is survived by her five sons, Wesley Nishimura of Honolulu, Steven Nishimura of  Kalaheo, Randy Nishimura of Lihu'e, Lawrence Nishimura of Kalaheo and  Wayne Nishimura of Lihu'e; Hanai son Billy Kaneholani of Anahola; three grandchildren, Chad, Bobbie and Lee; five great-grandchildren; two brothers  
Harry Nojima of Honolulu and Lyman Nojima of Torrance, California; sister Florence Furuya; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  
A private service is being held on Saturday, January 17.

VAN N. NAKAMOTO

Van N. Nakamoto passed away on January 1, 2015 at the age of 68. Born in Lihue, Kauai, he was a retired receiving supervisor for Times Supermarket.
He is preceded in death by his father, Haruo "Dyna" Nakamoto; and survived by his mother, Lily Nakamoto; brother, Wade (Betty) Nakamoto of Wailua; three sisters, Arleen(Denny) Sakai of Lihue, Marilyn Nakamoto of Honolulu, Gail (Donald) Kuranishi of Honolulu; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
 Private services were held. Family suggests no koden.

ANNA MAE KONA

Anna Mae Kona died on January 3, 2015 at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 83 and born on July 1, 1931, in Makaweli,
Kauai.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred P. Kona; son, Wallis W. Kona and survived by her son, Joseph A. Kona
(Margaret) of Waimea; three daughters, JoAnn I. Borja (Roy) of Waimea, Rosemarie Poirier of Waimea and Theresa
Marie Manatad of Waimea; fifteen grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sister,
MaryJane Cabral of Omao; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit at the gravesite with the family on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 at 11AM at the Hanapepe Public
Cemetery with a celebration of life being followed at Lucywright Park in Waimea. 

LOUIS ALMODOVA JR.

Uncle Louie died on December 31, 2014 at Hale Kupuna at the age of 97. Born on October 24, 1917 in Koloa, Kauai, he was a
supervisor with McBryde Sugar Company.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Alice Almodova; parents Louis Almodova Sr. and Margaret Almodova; three brothers, Frank Almodova, Henry Almodova and Daniel Almodova; and sister, Sophie Ke-a. 

He is survived by his daughters, Gerry (Thomas) Yamamoto of Hanapepe, Sandi (Ron) MacDonald of Ecuador and Patricia Ashley of Honolulu; son, Don (Jeriel) Almodova of Ele'ele; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, August (Bessie) Almodova of Honolulu, Benjamin (Diane) Almadova of Honolulu, and David (Ethel) Almodova of Utah; sister-in-law, Molly Almodova of Honolulu; and three sisters, Lydia Troche of California, Isabel Carvalho of California, and Marge (Tom Yamaguchi) DuPont of Pearl City.

Friends may visit with the family for a celebration of life on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo. Visitation will begin at 8:30AM with mass at 10:30AM and a committal service to follow at the Kauai Veteran's Cemetery at 3PM. The family suggests casual attire and to please omit flowers. 
LOUIS ALMODOVA JR.

WARREN KAMIYA

Warren Kamiya died on January 1st, 2015 at Kauai Memorial Veteran's Hospital at the age of 63. Born on August 30th, 1951, in
Waimea, Kauai, he was a retired welder with Kekaha Sugar Company.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Genichi and Hatsuyo Kamiya; and survived by his two sisters, Rachael Tafua of Kekaha and Janice (Rodney) Yamakawa of Mililani; two nephews, Francis Tafua of Kapaa and Daniel (Malia) Tafua of Kekaha; four nieces, Jonell (Vernon) Kaohelaulii of Ele'ele, Jannah Tafua of Honolulu, Allyson Yamakawa of Millilani and Christy Yamakawa of Mililani; five grand-nieces; two grand-nephews; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

Family may visit with the family for a celebration of life on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 at the Waimea Baptist Church. Services will be held at 10AM. 
WARREN KAMIYA

NERIO PABLO VALENCIANO

Nerio Valenciano of Kaumakani died on December 21, 2014 at KVMH at the age of 66.

He is survived by his wife, Terry Valenciano; two sons, Reynold (Summer) Valenciano of Honolulu, Kevin (May) Valenciano of
Hanapepe; two daughters, Heizel Valenciano of Hanapepe, Gail (Jay) Parinas of Honolulu; nine grandchildren; mother, Presentacion Valenciano; six brothers, Danillo (Ofelia) Tutop of Ele'ele, Romeo (Lelani) Valenciano of Ele'ele, Edgar (Leilani) Valenciano of Hanapepe, Elmer (Aida) Valenciano of California, Cesar (Rhealyn) Valenciano of Waimea, Arnel (Jocelyn) Valenciano of Honolulu; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, January 2, 2015 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai. Visitation will be at
9:30AM with services at 11AM and followed by a private burial. The family suggests casual attire and are open to flowers. 
NERIO PABLO VALENCIANO

MICHAEL PANTOHAN

Michael Pantohan, born on May 22, 1953, of Kapaa died on December 27, 2014 at Garden Island Health Care at the age of 61.

He is preceded in death by his father, Juan Pantohan; and daughter Tiffany Pantohan; and survived by his wife, Colleen Pantohan; son Curt (Tia Koerte) Pantohan of Waimea; two daughters, Michele (Kurt) Oshima of Lihue, Talia (Jon) Green of Ele'ele; mother, Rosa Pantohan of Kekaha; mother-in-law, Hatsumi Fujimoto of Lihue; two brothers, James (Rose Keale) Pantohan of Kekaha, Steven (Edna) Pantohan of Washington; two brother-in-laws, David Fujimoto of Kapaa, Bobby Fujimoto of Hanapepe; three sister-in-laws, Kathy Kure of Washington, Eileen (Charlie) Powell of California, Cora Fujimoto of California; four grandchildren, Randy Oshima, Kayla Pantohan-Kali, Loea Pantohan, Liloa Pantohan; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Friends may visit with the family for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Kaumakani Sports Pavilion. Family and friends gathering will begin at 2PM with services to follow at 3PM. 
MICHAEL PANTOHAN

HELEN LAHAPA KAMAKAEHA KUALU DOTIMAS

Helen Lahapa Kamakaeha Kualu Dotimas died on December 20, 2014 at the Garden Island Health Care in Lihue, at the age of 89.
Born on March 15, 1925 in Waimea, Kauai.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Dotimas; mother, Helen Liawahine Haupu Kualu, father, William Kualu; three sons, Juan Ipac, Lawrence and David Dotimas; three brothers, William and Abraham Kualu, and Joseph Kaili; son-in-law Herbert Callejo; and three sisters, Helen Yadao, Emily Baclayon, and Agnes Mahinai; daughter-in-law, Luana Dotimas. 

She is survived by her four sons, Gilbert Dotimas, Tony (Donna) Dotimas, Mark (Lucille) Dotimas, Jerome (Paula) Dotimas; four
daughters, Aileen (Bill) Farias, Gloria Callejo, Gladys (Keokolo) Kapoi, Avis Hao; daughter-in-laws, Shirley Ipac, Kareen Bonachita, Jean Abreu; two sisters, Bernice Ragragola, Becky (Doronio) Kualu; fifty grandchildren; one hundred fourteen great-grandchildren; twenty four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Kalaheo Ward of Latter Day Saints at 9AM. Services will begin at 11AM. 

Inurnment at the Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. 
HELEN LAHAPA KAMAKAEHA KUALU DOTIMAS

FRANCIS K. KAYA

Francis K. Kaya died on December 13, 2014 at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 73. Born on May 28, 1941, in Wailuku, Maui, he was a
mechanic with the State of Hawaii.

Preceded in death by his wife, Barbara S. Kaya, and parents, Jitsuji and Agnes Kaya; he is survived by his son, Kalen Kaya of Lawai; daughter, Tracey (Ric) Ochoco of Lawai; six grandchildren, David Ochoco, Courtney Ochoco, Keenan Kaya, Crysten-Kaori "Ori" Kaya, Thaine Ochoco, and Kestle-Lynn "Noe" Kaya ; three brothers, Dennis Kaya, Richard (Muriel) Kaya, and Robert (Eleanor) Kaya, all of Oahu; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Friends may visit with the family for a celebration of life on January 3, 2015 at the Kalaheo Missionary Church from 9am to 10am. Services to begin at 10 am with lunch to follow. 

Family suggests casual attire and are open to flowers. 
FRANCIS K. KAYA

CHOJI SHIMABUKURO

Choji Shimabukuro of Ele'ele, passed away on January 19, 2015 at KVMH at the age of 93.Bron on April 5, 1921, in Koloa, Kauai he was a lifelong employee of McBryde Sugar Company.
He is preceded in death by his two brothers, Choichi and Tsuneo; and five sisters, Hiroko Itokazu, Chiyo Shimabukuro, Naeko Kuwaye, Akiko Miyashiro and Kiyoko Shimabukuro.
He is survived by his wife, Shizuko Shimabukuro; son George (Diane) Shimabukuro of California; two daughters, Charlotte (Walter) Yasumoto of Wailua and Jo Ann Harada of California; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Yoshiko Shimabukuro of Ele'ele and Takeko (Akira) Oyakawa of Honolulu.
Private services were held, no koden.

DANIEL "DANNY" OMAKANIM

Daniel "Danny" Omakanim passed away on January 19, 2015 at KVMH, Waimea, at the age of 79. Born on June 24, 1935, in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii, he was a retired heavy equipment mechanic for the Gay & Robinson Sugar Plantation in Makaweli.
He is preceded in death by his father, Domingo Omakanim; and hanai-sister, Nancy "Daling" Espinosa.
He is survived by his mother, Dolores “Loling” Omakanim; his wife, Elaine Omakanim; son, Damien "Kaimana" Omakanim of Waimea; daughter Lynn (Tim) Mira of Lawai; and two grandchildren, Cory Mira of Honolulu and Kyle (Brandi) Mira of Honolulu.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday February 7, 2015 at the Waimea Sacred Hearts Catholic Church, at 9:30AM. Services will begin at 11AM with lunch to follow. Committal service at the Kauai Veteran's Cemetery at 2:30PM.

ORLING W. OLIGO

Orling William Oligo of Kekaha, Kauai, passed away on February 8, 2015 at home at the age of 56. Born on January 7, 1959, in Waimea, Kauai, he was a maintenance mechanic for Kekaha Sugar Plantation and a Level-IV maintenance in the Engineering
Department with the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Clara L. Kaneshiro and survived by his wife, Charlita V. Oligo; two daughters, Tianna O. (Noe) Soltero and Chynna C. Oligo, both of Kekaha; parents Orgelano O. Oligo and Bessie C. Oligo; brother Ortilano "Bobby"
(Karen) Oligo of Colorado; three sisters, Betty A. (Brian) Dabis of Kekaha, Marie E. (Jim) Aana of Waimea, and Rosie M. Oligo of Colorado; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the West Kauai United Methodist Church at 9AM. Services will begin at 11AM with refreshments being provided at the church after the service. Family suggests casual attire and are open to flowers. 

DENNIS DODO

Dennis Dodo of Lihue, Kauai passed away on February 6, 2015 at home at the age of 75. Born on August 20, 1939, in Kealia, Kauai, he was an electrician with Kauai Sugar Storage.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Kanichi and Nellie Dodo; and survived by his son, Maxwell Dodo of Hilo, Hawaii; two grandchildren; three sisters, Josephine Dodo of Kelia, Hawaii, Evelyn Nakamura of Kelia, Hawaii and Eleanor (Tom) Kajiwara of Lihue, Hawaii; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Lihue Hongwanji Mission Church at 10AM. Services will begin 11AM with a burial at the Hanapepe Veteran's Cemetery.

Family suggests casual attire and graciously declines flowers.

COLLEEN CORR OKAMOTO

Colleen Corr Okamoto of Kekaha, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones on January 30, 2015 at the age of 68. Born on March 12, 1946, in Waimea, Kauai, she was a branch manager with Waimea and Ele'ele KCFCU.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and May Corr; two brothers, James Corr Jr. and Richard Corr; and sister, Goldie Kahale.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Okamoto; three sons, Larry Okamoto of Kekaha, Jason (Loretta) Okamoto of Keaau and Jon Okamoto of Kekaha; daughter, Lorene Okamoto of Kekaha; four grandchildren; two hanai grandchildren; two hanai great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wilfred (Patricia) Kualii of Puhi , Charles (Jean) Corr of Texas and John (Sandy) Corr of California; two sisters, Barbara Velasquez of Utah and Aletha Matsusaka of Kalaheo; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Church of Latter Day Saints, Kekaha Ward. Viewing will begin at 9AM with an 11AM mass. A Celebration of Life is to follow at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center.
Family suggests casual attire and to omit flowers.
Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.
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