Obituaries
Saturday, March 8 and Monday, March 10, 1997


Saturday, March 8, 1997

Fred E. Allen, Jr., 71, of Waimea, a retired Aloha Taxi Service owner and operator, died Wednesday in Kauai Veterans Hospital. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas. Service: 4 p.m. Wednesday at Kauai Veterans Cemetery.

Lingpan Au Ho, 75, of Albuquerque, N.M., died last Saturday in Bernalillo, N.M. Born in China, she is survived by husband Theng Piou; sons Cheng Yeh, Kenny and Kien Nhan; daughters Shien Shien, Vien Sien, Anna, Hoi Sien, Sharon, Sheila and Joyce; brother Joseph; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Buddhist services: 8 a.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Kay Burke, 73, of Wahiawa, died Feb. 28 in Wahiawa. Born in Detroit, she is survived by sons James, Richard, John and Thomas Schoenbeck; daughters Barbara Bisqueria, Patricia Schoenbeck and Christine Bishop; brother Tom Landis; sisters Sue Carter and Ida Newman; and six grandchildren. Private services.

Alejo J. Cardona, 58, of Waipahu, a Department of Defense accounting technician, died Sunday in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, he is survived by former wife Esther F. Cardona; son Daniel F. “Danny”; daughter Genevieve F.

“Genny”;father Andres C.; brothers, Benny, Patricio “Patring” and Francisco “Paquito” Cardona; sisters, Visitacion “Tasing” Panajon, Elena “Ely” Quitevis; and two grandchildren. Prayer service: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 p.m. Call again 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Theresa D. Chock, 92, of Honolulu, died Wednesday in Straub Hospital. Born in Kohala, Hawaii, she is survived by daughters Lorraine Sylva, Edna Sylva and Geraldine Luca; brothers Louis, John, Frank, Albert and Richard Duarte; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Augustines Church. Call from 8:30 a.m. Entombment: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Santos I. Corpuz, 45, of Waiehu, Maui, a Marriott Hotel utility man, died Feb. 9 in Waikapu, Maui. Born in San Marcelino, Zambales, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Novelita C.; daughters Crisanta, Violeta and Rezilita; mother Natividad; and brothers Alejho, Cristitoto and Bernardo. Wake: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ballard Family Mortuary, Haleakala Chapel. Service to be held in the Philippines.

Joseph K. Halemano, 43, of Honolulu, a Don’s (Gomes) Bus Co. and Paradise Cruise bus driver, died Sunday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by companion Christine Robinson; brothers Henry and Andrew Leoiki and James, Soloman and George Ani; and sisters Mary Ann Halemano, Maize Ann Salado, Emma Hoohuli, Mary Ann Crowell, Mildred Sylva, Veronica Wright, Helen Manalo, Arline Haili, Veronica Leoiki, Charmayne Haili, Amelia Iesu, and Elizabeth Ondayog. Service: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call from 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Yoshio Hayashi, 84, of Hilo, a retired Amfac employee, died Sunday at home. Born in Hilo, he is survived by wife Tsuneyo; son Sheldon; daughters Jane Okazaki, Kate Ahia and Cora Ito; brothers Yutaka and Hisato; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

Marjorie Helberg, 80, of Honolulu, died Feb. 28 in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Chicago, she is survived by sons Richard and Keith; daughter Susan; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Monday at Kaneohe Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Irene B. Hutchinson, 79, of Honolulu, a state court clerk, died Thursday at home. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by daughters Darlene Hutchinson, Janis Strohlin and Helen Rathburn; sons Edson Hutchinson and Cleghorn and Richard Boyd; and two granddaughters. Service: 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church. Casual or aloha attire.

Fred M. Kauka, 70, of Aiea, a retired Honolulu police officer, died Sunday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Hilo, he is survived by wife Kimiko; son Duke; daughter Lisa Roberts-Kauka; brothers Earl Kauka and Tommy Kaluhiokalani; sisters Carol Horswill, Marion Webster, Eva Kauka, Shirleyann Thomas, Mahealani Cathcart and Patricia Parker; and a grandson. Memorial service: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Burial: 10:30 a.m. Friday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Charles A. Kaya, 48, of Honolulu, a postal service clerk, died Sunday at home. Born on Okinawa, he is survived by wife Sheila A.; sons John, Christopher A., Shawn A. and Brandon N.; mother Diane H. “Koto Kyoshitsu”; and brother Edward. Memorial service: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

Ascuncion “Annie” Lee, 66, of Pearl City, died Wednesday in Kaiser Hospital. Born on Kauai, she is survived by sons Brian and Brad; daughter Jocelyn Kwok; brothers Joe and Sam Mier; sisters Carol Bigno, Mona Nakaahiki and Beatrice Whitney; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Service: 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Call from 10 a.m. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Casual attire and flowers may only be accepted at the church 7-8 a.m. and 9-11 a.m.

Shigeno Masaki, 97, of Honolulu, died Monday3 in Maluhia Hospital. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, she is survived by son David M.; daughters Jean M. Adams and Harriet K. Kobuke; 13 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. Service: 8 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Burial: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. No flowers.

Allen E. McIntosh, 40, of Lanikai, a Hawaiian Airlines in-flight training manager, died Tuesday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by parents Clarence and Edna; brothers Samuel, Darryl and Carl; and a grandmother. Mass: 11 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony’s Church. Call from 9:30 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Dionicio I. Mercado, 85, of Ewa Beach, a retired St. Francis Hospital cook, died last Saturday at home. Born in Sinait, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Porfiria A.; sons Dionicio Jr., Benjamin, Ernesto A. and William A.; daughters Elizabeth Cook, Francisca A. Hart and Lorna A. Mercado; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Wake: 7 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 p.m. Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Madeline R. Miller, 80, of Honolulu, retired state Department of Education employee, died Tuesday in Queen’s Hos pice. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by son Andrew W. Jr.; daughter Gwen M. Sansom; sister Elsie Kay; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Service: noon Thursday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call from 9:30 a.m. Inurnment: Diamond Head Memorial Park.

William K. Puha, 32, of Kahului, an Aston Wailea Hotel pool attendant, died Thursday at home. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Danielle T.; mother Violet A.; daughter Brandy-Lee N.; son Johnathan K.; sisters Kathleen P. Benn and Christine Gleason; and brother Morales. Wake: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday2 at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call from 6 p.m. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Friday at Maui Memorial Park.

Hiroshi “Eddie” Sakagawa, 84, of Wahiawa, a Shelly Motors, Tony Honda and Al Takahata Subaru employee, died yesterday in St. Francis Hospital, West. Born in Waialua, he is survived by wife Beatrice S.; son Richard M.; daughter Gerilyn A. Higa; sisters Setsuko Kawamoto and Matsue Goto; and five grandchildren. Memorial service: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Casual attire. No flowers.

Lorenzo Q. Sanchez is also survived by wife Maria Q. Sanchez and son Lawrence. An obituary published yesterday was incorrect.

Malia S. Scott, 15, of Kailua, died last Saturday at home. Born in Hamford, Calif., she is survived by her family. Service: 4:30 p.m. Monday at St. Anthony’s Church.

Natividad A. Tanega, 67, of Honolulu, retired Realtor and co-owner of Tanega Realty Inc., died

last Saturday. Born in Naic, Cavite, the Philippines, she is survived by husband Jesus; sons Joseph and Jayson; daughters Nayna T. Goodin and Nadine A. Tanega; brother Joseph F. Atangan; sister Angelina A. Munsod; and eight grandchildren. Service: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Church. Call from 8 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire.

Gertrude L. Toone, 87, of Pearl City, died Wednesday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Montana, she is survived by daughter Alice Akau; sons Charles and Bill Anderson; 14 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. Services in Green River, Wyo.

Fumie Uratani, 71, of Hilo, a Hilo Hospital registered nurse, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. Born in Papaikou, Hawaii, she is survived by daughter Gale Miron; brothers Eiki, Eisho and Yoshio Matsumoto; sisters Tsuruko Johnson, Sadako Higa and Sueno Lally; and two grandsons. Service: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary. Call from 4 p.m. Burial: 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. No flowers.

Elaine C. Uyehara, 72, of Honolulu, a retired Ocean Express assistant reservation manager, died Feb. 24 in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Koloa, Kauai, she is survived by son Milton; daughters Vivian, Blanche and Kathleen; sisters Mildred Watanabe and Matsuno Higashi; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

Jane S. Washiashi, 75, of Honolulu, died last Saturday in St. Francis Hospice. Born in Waipahu, she is survived by husband Michael M.; daughter Aimee K. Ching; brother Larry K. Shigeyasu; and a grandchild. Memorial service: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.


Monday, March 10, 1997

Ellen Chun Lum
designed prints for isles’
first ‘aloha shirts’

By Rod Ohira
Star-Bulletin

Ellen Chun Lum was an accomplished oil painter who designed the original prints for what came to be known as “aloha shirts.”

“I think she’d rather be remembered as a landscape oil painter,” Arthur Lum said, referring to his mother, who died Feb. 22 at her Honolulu home. She was 82.

“To make a living, she had to do commercial art,” he added.

In 1936, Ellen Lum’s hand-painted designs of the malolo (flying fish), kihikihi (Moorish Idol fish), a Hawaiian man fishing at night by torchlight and an abstract tapa print were transferred onto Fuji silk short-sleeve shirts and sold exclusively by King-Smith Clothiers for $1.95 apiece.

Ellen’s brother, Ellery Chun, called them “aloha shirts” and registered the name.

The primary colors of the original shirts were brown, black, navy blue, cobalt blue and green.

Contemporary versions of the original prints -- especially malolo and kikikihi -- are featured on shirts today.

“If she hadn’t done the first production runs, I just wonder what we would be looking at today,” said Arthur Lum, a Punahou School graduate like his mother.

Ellen Lum earned a degree in home economics from the University of Hawaii the same year

aloha shirts made their debut. She was, however, very interested in art and fashion design.

Encouraged by artists Millard Sheets and Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, Lum attended to Chouinard School of Art in California.

Her paintings have been on display at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Lum, however, had to become a working artist to pay bills.

She bought the family clothing business founded by her father, Chun Kam Chow, from Ellery in 1950 and relocated King-Smith Sportswear to Kalakaua Avenue.

Lum ran the business until her retirement in 1963.

Other survivors include a sister, Wai Chee Yee.

Private services have been held.


David Akana, 43, of Hawi, Hawaii, an auto mechanic, died March 1 in North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Mary K.; son David R.W.; stepsons Theron Miller and Clement, Anthony and Palani Mahiai; daughters Corrinna Akana and Natasha and Desiree Adinaya; sister Charlotte Akana; brother Manuel Gomes, and seven grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Mahukona Beach Park. A scattering of ashes will follow. Call after 10 a.m. at the park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Clara Loraine Borreta, 65, of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Pahoa, Hawaii, retired president of the former Clara Borreta Inc., died Friday in Hilo Hospital. She was born in Pahala, Kau, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Rodrigo; sons Cisco and John Javar and Raymond, Rodrigo Jr. and Wayne Borreta; daughters Leonora, Bernadine, Laurine and Lorie Borreta, Genevieve McCoy and Luana Leialoha; brother Joseph F. Lorenzo Jr.; sisters Matilda Smith, Violet Robey, Betty Sanford and Minerva Yount; 35 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Services: Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Gwendolyn A. Young, 49, of Lubbock, Texas, formerly of Honolulu, a Continental Bank information division manager, Merrill Lynch stockbroker and a 1965 Maryknoll High School graduate, died Feb. 16 at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Rocky; daughter Krista; father Thomas Au; brother Kendrick Au, and sisters Sharon Iwamura and Christine Rutkowski. Private services.




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