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CELESTINA VALDEZ CAOAGDAN

Celestina Valdez Caoagdan of Kekaha passed away on July 29, 2014 at home at age 85. Born on May 10, 1929 in Paniqui, Tarlac, Philippines, she worked at Syngenta.
She is preceded in death by her father Damaso Valdez, mother Angela Palasigue Valdez, brothers, Gregorio Valdez, Feliciano Valdez, Esteban Valdez, and Irineo Valdez, sisters, Feliza Valdez Villoria and Lorenza Valdez Domingo, daughter Gloria Caoagdan, and son Marino Caoagdan.
She is survived by her husband, Enrikue Caoagdan; sons, Romulo (Carmelita) Caoagdan of Kauai, Conrad (Leonora) Caoagdan of Oahu, Rey (Edna) Caoagdan of Kauai, and Mandy (Catalina) Caoagdan of Kauai; daughters, Elena (Guido) Domingo of Kauai, Amy (Ivol) Sexton of Virginia Beach, Virginia (Robert) Palencia of Kauai, and Jonalyn Lancaster of California; brother, Juan (Lolita) Valdez of Philippines; twenty-four grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Kekaha from 8am to 10am. Mass will be celebrated at 10am, followed by burial at Kekaha Public Cemetery. Casual attire.
PEDRO B. VIERNES

PEDRO B. VIERNES

Pedro B. Viernes of Kapaa passed away on August 2, 2014 at home at age 82. Born on September 21, 1931 in the Big Island, he retired as a groundskeeper at Plantation Hale.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Maxima Viernes, and son Ramon Viernes.
He is survived by his sons, Jesus (Tarcila) Viernes, Benigno (Leonora) Viernes, Sr., and Danny Viernes; daughters, Pacita (Armenio) Viernes Miguel, and Erlinda (Eduardo) Viernes Lactaotao, and daughter-in-law Zenaida Viernes; Also surviving are seventeen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church at 8:30am. Celebration of Mass at 10:00 am, followed by burial at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Kelia. Casual attire.
KENNETH K. YASUTAKE

KENNETH K. YASUTAKE

Kenneth K. Yasutake of Hanapepe passed away on July 27, 2014 at home at age 74. Born on August 13, 1939 in Wailua, Kauai, he was an Electronic Technician with AT&T.
He is survived by his wife Sylvia K. Yasutake, son Jon (Jeanne) Yasutake of Honolulu, daughter Jaime (Bob) Yasutake of Hanapepe, brothers, Leslie (Carol) Yasutake of Wailiua and Donald (Annette) Yasutake of Honolulu, sister, Elaine (Roy) Morita of Kapaa, two grandchilren, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Celebration of life will be held on Saturday August 16, 2014 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai, with visitation at 2:00 pm and service at 3:00 pm. Casual attire. No flowers.
SYLVIA K. YASUTAKE

SYLVIA K. YASUTAKE

Sylvia K. Yasutake of Hanapepe passed away on August 9, 2014 at Garden Isle Health Care at age 71. Born on August 28, 1942 in Honolulu, she was a School Health Nurse.
Preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Yasutake, she is survived by her son Jon (Jeanne) Yasutake of Honolulu, daughter Jaime (Bob) Yasutake of Hanapepe, brother, Warren (Kathrine) Takagi of Honolulu, and sister, Lynn (Richard) Okamura of Honolulu, two grandchilren, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held together with husband Kenneth Yasutake on August 16, 2014 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai, with visitation at 2pm and service at 3pm. Casual attire.
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MIRIAM GOMES RITA

MIRIAM GOMES RITA died at home at the age of 86 on August 7, 2014 following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. She was born in New Mill, Kauai, on December 4, 1927 to Manuel and Bina Gomes.
Preceded in death by her husband Frank Rita, she is survived by her children, Linda (Wayne) Pieratt, Sue Neuvel, and David F. Rita Sr., all of Kalaheo; grandchildren, Wendy Pieratt Castillo, Kristy Pieratt Love, Melissa Neuvel, Kimberly Neuvel (Travis) Johnson, David F. Rita Jr, all of Kalaheo, and Michael (Lauren) Neuvel of Edgewater, Maryland; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Aaron Castillo, Kainoa and Maile Love, and Kaleb and Kyle Neuvel­Johnson; sisters, Flora Duarte of Kalaheo, and Alice Palmeira of
Wailua Homesteads, and Helen Rauch of Newark, California; numerous neices, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo on August 18, 2014, with visitation from 9am to 10am, followed by Mass at 10am, and burial at Kauai Veterans' Cemetery in Hanapepe.
WALTER H. NIITANI

WALTER H. NIITANI

Walter H. Niitani of Ele’ele passed away on May 18, 2014 at his home at the age of 83. Born on June 1, 1930 in Honolulu, he retired with the County of Kauai.
He is survived by his son, Mark Niitani of Ele’ele, brothers, George Niitani of Ele’ele, Edwin (Masako) Niitani of Honolulu, and Charles (Janet) Niitani of Lihue, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, August 22, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ele’ele from 9 am to 10:30 am, service to follow. Interment at Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery.
KYSON KALEO CONTRADES “Smackey”

KYSON KALEO CONTRADES “Smackey”

Kyson Kaleo Contrades “Smackey” of Anahola died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 20 on August 6, 2014. Born on January 6, 1994 in Lihue, he was a student at KCC for Auto body and fender.
He is survived by his parents, Kamala & Shelley Contrades, brothers, Kyle Contrades and Kameron “Kaipo” Contrades, and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai from 8:30 to 10:00 am. Service at 10 am; cremation to follow. Casual attire is suggested. Condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 577 Anahola, HI 96703.
DAMIEN KALEO LAZARO

DAMIEN KALEO LAZARO

Damien Kaleo Lazaro of Kekaha died on August 10, 2014 at Kauai Veteran’s Memorial Hospital at the age of 40. Born on April 3, 1974 in Waimea, Kauai, he was a Supervisor at Pioneer Hi-Bred International.
Preceded in death by his parents, Damiano “Gundy” & Althea Lazaro, he is survived by his son Dylan Pulama Lazaro of Kalaheo, daughter Destiny K. Lazaro, partner Amelia Kyewich, brothers, Chico (Elsie) Lazaro, Leroy (Annie) Lazaro, Michael (Wanda) Lazaro, and Kimo Lazaro, all of Kekaha, sister Lani (Kainoa) Keuma of Hanapepe, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai from 10:00am to 12:30pm. Service at 12:30 pm, with burial to follow at Kekaha Public Cemetery.
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ATHMORE DEXTER OLIVAS

Athmore Dexter Olivas of Kalaheo, 67, passed away on July 15, 2014 at Everett, Washington. Born on May 12, 1947 in Waimea, he was a photographer and computer technician with Islandwide Photography and Koloa Elementary School.
He is survived by his wife, Eunice Olivas of Kalaheo; sons, Kyle (Aisha) Olivas of Mililani, Oahu and Jon Olivas of Kalaheo; daughter, Jamie (Herman "Ekolu") Chong of Lihue; brother, Joseph (Angela) Olivas of Kapaa; sisters, Alejandra (Bruce) Dusseault of Kaneohe, Oahu and Lorraine (Shaya) Romey of Whidbey Island, Washington; seven grandchildren, Keenan "Nohili" Olivas, Kyren "Wa'a" Olivas, Kala'i Chong, Makoa Chong, Kaimana Chong, Makali'i Chong, and Nickolaus Olivas; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai, with visitation from 8:00 am followed by service at 10:00 am. Inurnment at Kauai Veterans Cemetery. Family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.
STANLEY YOKOTA

STANLEY YOKOTA

Stanley Yokota of Lihue passed away on June 25, 2014 at home at age 76. Born on March 1, 1938 in Lihue, Kauai, he was a switching technician with Hawaiian Telephone Co.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Yokota, daughters, Kari Yokota of Lihue and Carla (Jason) Idica of Eleele, brothers, Wallace (Sally) Yokota and Kenneth (Joyce) Yokota, both of Honolulu, sisters, Nancy Yamamoto and Diana (Norman) Oyakawa, both of Lihue, and two grandchildren, Leigh & Wyatt. Also surviving are numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, August 2nd at the Lihue Christian Church from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Service will begin at 10:30 am. Casual attire is suggested.
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BAKER TAKESHI TANIGUCHI

Baker Takeshi Taniguchi passed away on July 16, 2014 at Waimea at age 94. He was born on February 5, 1920 in Waimea, Kauai. He managed the Waimea Bakery and later became an insurance and businessman.
Preceded in death by his parents, Yenzo and Iwae Taniguchi, sisters, Roseline Ikeno and Sumiko Metivier, and brother Edsil Taniguchi.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Kazue Kamishita Taniguchi; sons, Chad (Myra Munekata) Taniguchi of Kailua, Oahu and Donn (Maile) Taniguchi of Kalaheo, Kauai; brothers, Hisao (Jackie) Taniguchi of Niu Valley, Oahu, Eisei (Hazel) Taniguchi of Torrance, CA, and Dexter (Naomi) Taniguchi of Nuuanu, Oahu; sisters, Yukie Kato of Nuuanu, Oahu, Yayoi Sabra Toma of Makiki, Oahu, and Jane (Herbert) Okamoto of Tustin, CA, two grandchildren, Alana (Alexsandro Arasawa) Taniguchi of Kailua, Oahu and Todd (Vivien Ong) Taniguchi of Singapore; one great-grandchild, Elis Emalani Arasawa of Kailua, Oahu; and numerous nieces and nephews including Sara (Randall) Uyehara, Val (Kevin) Ko, and Hiroyuki (Yumiko) Mizutani.
Celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Waimea United Church of Christ (Foreign Church, old stone church), with visitation at 10 am and service at 11 am. Inurnment at Kauai Veterans Cemetery at 2:30 pm. Family suggests Kauai attire and requests that flowers be omitted.
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Robert "Bob" A. Nesti

In loving memory of Robert (Bob) A. Nesti
24 Year Kauai resident of Princeville, died on July 2nd at home, at the age of 77. Born in Manhattan, the son of Anthony and Martha Nesti.
He was a retired Regional Director with Boehringer Ingelheim. Bob grew up on the east coast and in the spirit of adventure, uprooted his young family and moved to California. He later decided that Kauai was where he and his late wife Melinda wanted to spend their golden years.
He is survived by his 6 children, Robert Jr & Luice, Thomas & Petra , Tony & Betsy, Joann, Kim & Bogen, Sean & Tiffini. His brother Anthony Nesti Jr, Sisters; Francesca Gabrielli, Janet Schubert, Michelle Nesti & Yvonne Rockwell, His 7 Grandchildren; Lisa, Sarah, Bella, Hanalei, Nicolas, Jackson, & Ava.
A “Celebration of Life” ceremony will be held on Tuesday July 29th at 10:00 AM at the Wai’ oli Hui’ia church in Hanalei (Also known as the Green Church) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
JOHN PHILIP SCHAEFER

JOHN PHILIP SCHAEFER

John Philip Schaefer of Kalaheo passed away on July 11, 2014 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at age 93. Born on November 17, 1920 in Buffalo, New York, he was a WWII Veteran & retired mechanic with Pacific Machinery.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha Schaefer; also by his brothers, Charles, Albert, and Howard; and sister, Kathrine.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Emi Doi Schaefer; son, Jace (Marilyn) Schaefer of Kauai; daughter, Geraldine Tom (Herbert) of Oahu; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private celebration of his life will be held at Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery. No flowers.
HIROKO NADA MATSUOKA

HIROKO NADA MATSUOKA

Hiroko Nada Matsuoka of Ele’ele passed away on July 7, 2014 at home at the age of 80. She was born on July 25, 1933 in Makaweli, Kauai and was a cashier/head baker at Thrifty Mart.
Preceded in death by her parents, Zenkichi and Tsuneko Nada; and brothers, Torao “Jack” Nada and Yoshiyuki Nada.
She is survived by husband Hiroshi Matsuoka; daughters, Verna (Kenneth) Nobriga of Puhi and Lisa Matsuoka of Oahu; two grandchildren, Klarisse and Kira Nobriga; brother, Yukio “Herbert” (Ethel) Nada of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Irene Nada, and Sue Nada; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held on Sat. July 19, 2014 at Kauai Veterans Cemetery. Visitation 10:00 am and service at 10:30 am. Aloha attire. No flowers.
TIMOTHY LEE YUK ON CHANG WO JR.

TIMOTHY LEE YUK ON CHANG WO JR.

Timothy Lee Yuk On Chang Wo Jr. passed away on July 6, 2014 at Honolulu at age 30. He was born on March 8, 1984 in Honolulu.
Preceded in death by his mother, Ms. Dinnie Marie Luis and maternal grandfather, Dionicio Luis.
He is survived by his son Tykei Chang Wo and daughter Jordyn Maruyama-Chang Wo, both of Kekaha; father, Mr. Timothy Chang Wo Sr., brothers, Pomaikai Chang Wo of Oahu and Po’okela Chang Wo of Kalaheo, sisters, Dolores Luis of Kalaheo, Ailina Marie Chang Wo, and Dejarene Chang Wo of Kalaheo, maternal grandmother Dolores D. Luis of Kalaheo, paternal grandfather Henry Chang Wo of Ewa Beach, Aunt Roxanne Laguatan and Uncle David Laguatan of Kalaheo, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 9 to 11 am, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai. Service will begin at 11 am.
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