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YUTAKA HIRAKAWA

Yutaka Hirakawa of Kapaa, Kauai passed away on March 26, 2015 at home at the age of 87. Born on May 22, 1927 in Kapaa, Kauai, he was an Electronic technician.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Kama and Uto Hirakawa, brothers, Herbert, Tadashi, and Takeo Hirakawa, and sisters, Ruth Yamauchi and Betty Higa.

Yutaka is survived by his wife, Laraine Hirakawa, brother, George Hirakawa of California, sister, Asayo Nishihara of Kapaa, sister-in-law, Nobue Hirakawa of Pearl City, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Private services were held.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

TATSUO OKIKAWA

Tatsuo Okikawa of Hanapepe, Kauai passed away on March 20, 2015 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 90. Born on April 22, 1924 in Waimea, Kauai, he was a carpenter.

Preceded in death by his wife, Ririko Okikawa; he is survived by his sons, Wade (Patricia) Okikawa of Melbourne, Florida, Steven (Susan) Okikawa and Jerry (Adrienne) Okikawa, both of Honolulu, HI; daughters, Cheryle (Nelson) Oshiro of Hanapepe and Aileen (Randy) Yamamoto of Wailua; twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services were held.

KATHLEEN FLEMING

Kathleen Fleming of Waimea passed away on April 2, 2015 at Kauai Care Center at the age of 70. Born on April 7, 1944, in Glendale, CA, she was a free spirited woman with a big heart.

She is preceded in death by her father, Charles Brown, brother, Robert Brown, and sister, Mary Brown.

She is survived by her son, Matthew (Daisy) Fleming of Dallas, TX, daughter, Iolana (Brian) Vance of Overland Park, KS, mother, Kathleen Brown, brother, Charlie Brown of Kilauea, HI, sister, Jeanne McVey of Alexandria, VA, and four grandchildren.

Private services were held.

ELIZABETH “MAKALAPUA” HALUAPO

Elizabeth “Makalapua” Haluapo of Omao passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 80. She was born on December 22, 1934, in Ahukini.

She is survived by her brothers, Edward Keoho Sr. of Kapa’a, Clifford (Dannette) Lee of Wailua, Francis Lam of Nanakuli, and David (Bruna) Lam of Waianae, and sister, Kathy (Matthew) Louis of Oma’o.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Lihue First Church. Visitation begins at 9:00 am, followed by services at 10:00 am. Casual attire is suggested.

JANE VEGAS

Jane Vegas of Lawai passed away on April 4, 2015 at Garden Isle Healthcare at the age of 91. Born on September 21, 1923, in Koloa, Kauai, she was a Hawaiian Quilt Instructor with the County of Kauai.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Solomon F. Vegas, parents, Joseph & Candita Morris Figaroa, and brothers, Sarafin Figaroa and Joseph Figaroa, Jr.

Jane is survived by her sons, John S.F. (Judy) Vegas of Wailua, Joe (Janet) Vegas of Lawai, Charles (Betty) Vegas of Kalaheo, Bob (Angie) Vegas of Lawai, and Vincent (Josephine) Vegas of Kaumakani; daughters, Cathy (Dan) Counts of Lawai and Candy (Alan Mindoro) Vegas of Lihue; eighteen grandchildren, twenty-eight  great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on April 18, 2015 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Koloa at 9 am. Mass by Deacon Tom Contrades will begin at 11am, followed by burial at Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual attire suggested.

MARK NAGAOKA

Mark Nagaoka of Kapaa, Kauai passed away on April 2, 2015 at home at the age of 65. Born on July 17, 1949 in Lihue, Kauai, he was a retired store manager with Whalers General Store and Foodland.

He is survived by his son, Ryan Nagaoka of Kapaa, daughter, Ashley Nagaoka of Honolulu, brother, Ed Nagaoka of Manhattan Beach, CA, and sister, Judi Ishida of Kapaa.

KIMO JARDIN

Kimo Iokepa Jardin passed away on December 1, 2014 at home at the age of 36. Born on October 15, 1978 in Waimea, Kauai, he was a laborer with the State of Hawaii. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Antone and Helga Kahiapo Caldeira; paternal grandparents, William Jardin and Beatrice Abreu Jardin Capocci; uncles, Tony Caldeira, Kimo Caldeira, Jay Caldeira, and Billy Jardin; and aunt, Ramona Anzai Caldeira. He is survived by his parents, Gary and Heidi of Anahola; sister Ashley Kanoelani of Ewa Beach; uncle Caeser (Kris) Jardin of Kalaheo; aunts, Sandy (Dickson) Inouye, MaeLynn (John) Rita of Kalaheo, Mary (Bobby) Silva of Waimanalo, Carolee (Naka) Nakamura of Kaneohe, Hokulani (Boy) Kila of Nanakuli and Charlotte (Sonny Figaroa) Caldeira of Kekaha; numerous cousins and close friends; and Kimo's beloved and loyal furry babies, Nohea, Jojo and Mana Boi (RIP 01-02-2015). A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo. Friends may visit with the family at 9:00 AM. Mass will be celebrated at 9:45 AM.

JOHN M. MONTALBANO

John M. Montalbano passed away on March 27, 2015 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 71. Born on February 6, 1944 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he was an Electronic Engineer with Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Preceded in death by his parents, Benny and Lucy Montalbano, John is survived by his wife, Ruth Montalbano, son, John (Alexis) A. Montalbano of Castle Rock, CO, daughters, Lisa M. Montalbano of New York City, NY and Anna Lucia Montalbano of Lewisberry, PA, brothers, Benjamin (Patricia) Montalbano and Robert (Patricia) Montalbano , both of Dunmore, PA, sister, Santa (Daniel) J. Corby of Scranton, PA, and numerous nieces, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of John's life will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the Garden Island Mortuary in Lawai. Visitation starts at 6pm, followed by services at 7pm. Casual attire.

ANDREW R. MASUNAGA

Andrew R. Masunaga of Kapaa passed away on March 20, 2015 at Papa'a Beach at the age of 64. Born on November 24, 1950 in Omaha, Nebraska, he was a carpenter.

He is preceded in death by his father, Andrew H. Masunaga and brother, Dennis C. Masunaga.Andrew is survived by his mother, June K. Masunaga, and two sisters, Jill A. Masunaga & Larry Hall of Renton, WA, and Lori Masunaga & Chuck Nakagawa of Mililani, HI. Also surviving is his uncle, aunt, and numerous cousins.

Private services were held. No koden please.

STANLEY SHIGEMI SADAMITSU

Stanley Shigemi Sadamitsu of Lihue, Kauai passed away on March 14, 2015 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 76. Born on July 14, 1938 in Lihue, Kauai, he retired from Gas Company.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel Sadamitsu; sons, Craig (Maria) Sadamitsu of Lihue, Darren Sadamitsu of Lihue, Curtis (Becky) Sadamitsu of Kapaa, and Shane (Jasmine) Sadamitsu of Hanamaulu; brothers, Richard (Carol) Sadamitsu and Wayne (Jane) Sadamitsu, both of Lihue; sisters, Sharon (Gary) Morita of Kalaheo and Janice Sadamitsu of San Gabriel, CA; four grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private services were held.

HILDRED K. PALEA KAMAKA

Hildred K. Palea Kamaka of Kekaha passed away on March 21, 2015 at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 77. Born on December 12, 1937 in Waimea, Kauai, she was a homemaker and caregiver.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Kamaka, father, William Palea, and mother, Henrietta Nordmeier Palea. She is survived by her sons, Kaneala and Kimo Kamaka, both of Kekaha; daughters, Danelle (Kaimi) Kamaka of Kekaha, Anna Kamaka of Kekaha, and Denise (Wilbur) Parubrub of Kaumakani, hanai daughters, Keikilani Dela Cruz of Waimea, Noelani Dela Cruz of Hanapepe, and Alaina Duarte of Waimea; Aunty Hildred was a childcare provider for over 40 years. She has many hanai children. Also surviving is her sister, Rhoda (Howard) Vinhasa of Ewa Beach, nine grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Kekaha Ward). Viewing and services will be from 9am to 12 noon, with burial to follow at the Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery.

Family suggests casual attire.

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.

TOSHIO "TENNY" IKEDA

Toshio "Tenny" Ikeda of Kaumakani passed away on March 3, 2015. Born on November 19, 1922, in Makaweli, Kauai, he was a mechanic with Olokele Sugar Company.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Atsushi Ikeda; and daughter, Fay Nihei; and survived by his wife, Tsuneyo Ikeda; son, Mitchell (Carol) Ikeda of Lihue; daughter, Lorraine (Galen) Ikeda-Yee of Bothell, Washington; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services will be held. Family requests no koden.

JUNE C. IKEMOTO

June C. Ikemoto of Lihue, passed away on February 25, 2015 at Stanford Medical Center at the age of 55. Born on June 14, 1959, in Waimea, Kauai, she was an attorney with Law Office of June C. Ikemoto and vice president and co-owner with Blue Knight Services Hawaii, Inc. She is survived by her husband, Leroy W. Taguma; two daughters, Taryn Taguma of Lihue and Holly Taguma of Lihue; one brother, Alvin M. Ikemoto of Waimea; and one sister, Mitsue Ikemoto of Waimea. A memorial service for June will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai. with visitation at 9AM and services to begin at 11AM. Family suggests casual attire.

RAYMOND HIDEO SATO

Raymond Hideo Sato of Kapaa passed away on February 10, 2015 at The Regency At Puakea at the age of 75. Born on April 23, 1939, on Oahu, he was Manager and Chief Engineer with the Department of Water, County of Kauai and City and County of Honolulu. He also served as the State Comptroller, State of Hawaii and was a Consultant for SSFM. He is survived by his wife, Jean E. Sato; daughter, Stephanie R.S. (Noa) Char of Kapaa; two grandchildren, Naia and Sullivan; brother, Warren (Kathleen) Sato of Kailua, Oahu; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai, with visitation from 10:00 to 10:30am, services to follow. Family suggests casual attire.

TAKEO HIRAKAWA

Takeo Hirakawa passed away on February 11, 2015 at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 89. Born on September 21, 1925, in Wailua Homestead, Kauai he was a controller with the County of Kauai, Department of Water. He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley T. Hirakawa; parents, Kama and Uto Hirakawa; two sisters, Ruth Yamauchi and Betty Higa; and two brothers, Herbert Hirakawa and Tadashi Hirakawa. He is survived by his two sons, Clayton Hirakawa of Lihue and Gary Hirakawa of Wailuku, Maui; daughter, Gail Hirakawa of Kapaa; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Yutaka (Laraine) Hirakawa of Kapaa and George (Tsuruko) Hirakawa of Gardena, CA.; sister, Asayo Nishihara of Kapaa; sister-in-law, Nobue Hirakawa of Pearl City; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may visit with the family on February 27, 2015 at the Kauai Veteran's Cemetery in Hanapepe at 9AM. Services will begin at 10AM, followed by an inurnment with military honors. Family suggest casual attire.

JEAN MARIE BOURGOIN

Jean Marie Bourgoin of Kapaa, passed away on February 18, 2015 at Wilcox at the age of 84. Born on February 11, 2931, in Barnstable, Massachusetts, she was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Lawrence Dutra and Maud Beatrice Cash; and brothers, Alfred "Buddy" Dutra, Joseph Dutra and Rodger Dutra. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Bourgoin; sons, Manuel "Ski" (Leilia) DeMello of Colorado and Dana "Ipo" DeMello of Anahola; daughters, Dianna (Tim) Dwight of Wailua Homesteads and Brenda Kuwamura of Kapaa; brother George Dutra of Massachusetts; and sister, Cecelia Moniz of Massachusetts. Private services.

SABURO LARRY INAGAKI

Saburo Larry Inagaki passed away on February 17, 2015 at Wilcox Hospital at the age of 93. Born on April 19, 1921, in Kamoloa, Kauai, he was a World War II Veteran in the 232nd engineer company with the 442nd regiment and retired from the VA as a computer system analysts. He is preceded in death by his wife, Hideko (Iwata) Inagaki; two brothers, Jack Tsuneji Doi and Harumi David Inagaki; and sister, Natsue Lillian Mizuno. He is survived by his three daughters, Lynne (Inagaki) Machado of Bowie, MD., Michielle (Inagaki) Looser (Robert) of Longmont, Co., and Roxann (Inagaki) Luttner (Paul) of Gaithersburg, MD.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Satoko Edith Ishii of Honolulu; and numerous nieces and nephews. Private services will be held.

FUSETSU MIYAZAKI

Fusetsu Miyazaki of Ele'ele passed away on February 12, 2015 at Kauai Care Center at the age of 100. Born on June 12, 1914, in Makaweli, Kauai, he was a surveyor with the McBryde Sugar Plantation and a World War II 442nd Infantry Regiment in the 100th Battalion Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Mitsuko Miyazaki; three daughters, Anne Yoshioka of Wailuku, Maui, Laura Miyazaki of Honolulu and Janice (David) Ishibashi of Kalaheo, Kauai; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Private services were held. Family requests no koden.

DEAN EDWARD TAKASHIMA

Dean Edward Takashima of Kapaa, passed away on Feb. 20, 2015, at the age of 63. He was born on January 19, 1952, at Lihue’s Wilcox Hospital. Dean retired early due to his battle with emphysema. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Hanae Takashima of Kapaa. He is survived by brother Dexter Takashima (Kuulei) of Kekaha, sister Mona Takashima Kitasoe (Raymond) of Belmont, CA; and brother Galvin Takashima (Mary) of Millington, TN, and 4 nieces and 2 nephews. Private memorial service held.
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