Frances Cameron, 92, member of Maui Pine family

By Gary Kubota

WAILUKU - Frances Baldwin Cameron, whose family played a key role in establishing pineapple cultivation on Maui and in founding the Kapalua Bay Hotel & Villas resort, died March 24. She was 92.

Cameron's husband J. Walter Cameron managed a newly started pineapple plantation in the mid-1920s that was to become Maui Pineapple Co.

She served as publisher of the Maui News for 10 years starting in 1976, after the death of her husband. Her son, the late Colin Cameron, founded the Kapalua resort. The family was the driving force in establishing the J. Walter Cameron Center, home to many nonprofit social service groups.

"She was a lady in the finest sense of the word and was devoted to her family and to her community," said Nora Cooper, former editor and general manager of the Maui News.

Frances Cameron was the daughter of Harry Alexander Baldwin and Ethel Smith Baldwin, the granddaughter of Henry P. Baldwin, and the great-granddaughter of Lahaina missionary Dr. Dwight Baldwin. Her father was the manager of the Maui Agricultural Co., a precursor to Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.

Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Makawao Cemetery. Nakamura Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the J. Walter Cameron Center, Makawao Union Church or the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society.

Cameron is survived by her daughter, Mary C. "Maizie" Sanford of Honolulu; and six grandchildren, Claire Sanford of Gloucester, Mass., Jared Sanford of Los Angeles, Douglas Cameron of Spreckelsville, Margaret "Meg" Alvidrez of Sebastopol, Calif., Frances "Effie" Ort of Willow, Alaska, and Richard Cameron of Kula; and seven great-grandchildren.

Emiliano Pahayahay of Ewa Beach died yesterday in St. Francis Hospital. Pahayahay, 76, was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Segundina; daughters Amparo Alejo, Roseminda Wagas, Charita Sadlucap, Milaflor Caliedo, Beth Jenkins and Jorie Jaralba; sons Ronnie, Archie and Emil Jr.; several sisters and brothers; 26 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. April 1 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, call after 6 p.m.; and 9 a.m. April 2 at the church. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Frank V. Schoeppner, a Honolulu Book Shop employee, died March 21. Schoeppner, 31, is survived by Betty A. Schoeppner, Tina M. Zapata, Richard Roach and Cindy Kolii, Jr. Service: 3 p.m. March 30 at 92-632 Malahuna Loop on Kapolei. Casual attire. No flowers.

Franklin L. Strong of Honolulu, who died March 6 in Straub Hospital, is also survived by sister Endresa H.L. Additional information provided by the family.

Su'e Su'e Jr. of Honolulu died March 23 in Queen's Hospital. Su'e, 78, was born in American Samoa. He is survived by wife Fiatamapu F.; sons Alafoti Toomata, Thomas Yaudall, and Kifi, Tommy, Peniamina, David, Ionatana and Ulysese Su'e; daughters Milovale Saole, Colleen Tafa'i, and Fa'atuina, Fa'apaia, Faiumu, Leafa and Vaosilika Su'e; brothers Iava and Taofi Toomata; and sisters Eteva Laufasa, Vavao Laulu, Faalaniga Mauga-Lei, Leafaitulagi Oldahaver and Fausaga Reese. Wake: 3:15 p.m. March 31 at the Samoan Congregational Christian Church, 616 N. School St. Call after 3 p.m. Overnight vigil to follow. Service: 9:30 a.m. April 1 at the church. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

Rose H. Suzuki of Honolulu, a retired University of Hawaii cook, died March 18 in Leahi Hospital. Suzuki, 88, was born in Papaloa, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Michael T. and Patrick T.; daughters Nancy N. Suzuki and Miriam M. Sugiyama; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Private services.

Walter C. Takamori of Kailua, a retired carpenter, died March 10 in Kailua. Takamori, 87, was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Madeline; son Stephen; brothers Richard, Melvin and Gilbert; and three grandchildren. Private services.

Gladys Y. Teruya of Honolulu, a retired state cafeteria worker, died March 12 in the Hale Nani Rehabilitation Center. Teruya, 82, was born in Waianae. She is survived by brother Shigeo; and sisters Haruko Nagamine, Shigeko Sakihara, Dorothy K. Goshima and Rose T. Aragaki; and care-giver Larry T. Chinen. Private services.

Frank K. Tilton of Waimanalo, a retired heavy equipment operator and former owner of several Waikane stables, died March 15 at home. Tilton, 87, also played bass for his daughters' group, which was called the Tilton Sisters. Born in Aiea, he is survived by wife Muriel; sons Henry and John; daughters Ruby and Moana Tilton, Anne Morgan, Puanani Matsumoto, Ululani Coffman and Leolani Luke; brother John; grandchildren; and great- grandchildren. Service: 11 a.m. March 30 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Yoshiko "Florence" Tsujioka of Honolulu, a lunchroom attendant for Alexander & Baldwin, died March 23 at home. Tsujioka, 82, was born in Koloa, Kauai. She is survived by sons Jerry J. and Roy K.; daughter Karen M. Sylva; sister Frances Y. Sugano; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Service: noon March 30 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. No flowers.

Gladys Y.S.C. Wong of Kaneohe died March 18 in Castle Hospital. Wong, 86, was born in Kaneohe. She is survived by daughter Janet Girbony; and four grandchildren. Service: 2:15 p.m. March 30 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 1:30 p.m. Burial to follow. Aloha attire.

Hisami Yoshimoto of Honolulu, died March 21 in Honolulu. Incorrect information was provided by the mortuary.


Charles Lafayette Knight II, a member of the U.S. Interior Department's advisory board for American Indians, died of a heart attack March 25 in Tampa, Fla. Knight was 67. Knight was named chairman of the Florida Commission on Indian Affairs in 1969 and later served on a successor group, the Florida Council of Indian Affairs. He was appointed to the Interior Department board in 1995. Knight also served as "booshway," or chairman, of the Florida Party of American Mountain Men, a group dedicated to wilderness survival.

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