Obituaries
Friday, September 26, 1997


Wailehua, business agent
for Local #3, dies at 57

By Harold Morse
Star-Bulletin

Llewellyn “Tiny” Kanakamaikai Wailehua Sr. of Kailua, business agent for Operating Engineers Local #3, died Tuesday in Reno, Nev. He was 57.

Although he first made news as a Kailua High School football player, Wailehua was dedicated to his life’s work.

“He’s been an operating engineer in the field for 33 years,” said Adrian Keohokalole, the Operating Engineers Hawaii representative. “He was very dedicated to his job as far as being a foreman out in the field. He was pretty much a top hand in operating just about every type of equipment that there was out there.”

Before he became a business agent, Wailehua worked for the union in training apprentices, Keohokalole said.

In his teen years Wailehua excelled in Kailua’s football backfield and won an Oahu Interscholastic Association Hall of Honor Award, graduating from Kailua in 1959. In 1958, the Star-Bulletin named the 5-foot 11-inch, 170-pound Wailehua as a Rural Oahu All-Star for the third straight year.

“Llewellyn Wailehua, Kailua’s great all-around quarterback, won the ... spot on the starting team ... by a substantial margin,” sportswriter Bill Kwon wrote. “Wailehua, named to the Star-Bulletin All-Star team for the third straight time, ran and passed for 17 touchdowns to spark Kailua this year.”

In later life the athletic Wailehua also served as a karate instructor.

He is survived by wife Margaret; sons Wesley and Llewellyn “Tyke” Jr.; daughters Kelly Jones, and Rosemary and Andrea Wailehua; and brother Clark.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. A scattering of ashes will follow services. No flowers.


Eva M. Beattie, 76, of Foster Village died Wednesday in Honolulu. Born in Germany, she is survived by husband Fountain; daughter Ellen L. Nielsen; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. No services.

Leonard S.K. Beck, 50, of Hilo, a hula instructor and professional musician, died Sunday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Hilo, he is survived by father Wallace K. Sr.; and brothers Wallace K. Jr. and Lloyd. Visitation: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keaukaha Ward. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Teresa M. Beuker, 94, of Waianae died Monday in Waianae. Born in Medina, N.Y., she is survived by son Gustave; daughters Katie Hicks and Bernadette Beuker; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Waianae. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Hospice Hawaii.

Granvil E. “Jr.” “Big Boy” Crawford Jr., 53, of Waianae died last Friday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Ewa, he is survived by wife Alice M.; sons Granville E. “Jr. Boy” and Daniel L. Crawford and Edward H.Y. Yamaguchi; daughters Rayna P.H. Crawford and Carol Natividad; mother Lily P.K.M.; brother David L.; sister Alice N. Theodore; and 11 grandchildren. Wake: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire.

Larry J. Gunner, 49, of Honolulu died Sept. 12 at home. Born in Ohio, he is survived by father John; brother Gary; and sisters Shirley Kaemming and Judy Seger. Private services.

Toshio “Buster” Hagiwara, 76, of Honolulu died Monday in Kaiser Foundation Hospital. Born in Honokaa, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Constance M.; son Mark E.; daughters Nina M. and Jan A.; brothers George J., Takeshi and Hiram T.; and sisters Asayo Kusumoto, Amy Kidani and Anna Chung. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

James C. Hegerfeldt, 74, of Honolulu, retired from GTE Hawaiian Tel, died Wednesday in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Greta; sons Aaron and Eric; daughters Marlene Conn, Sharon Dodson, Jamsie Herbert and Barbara, Malia and Daryl Hegerfeldt; sisters Gwenfread Aken and Sylvia Medeiros; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Inurnment services: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.

Richard T. “Peck” “Slim” Hiramoto, 69, of Aiea, a retiree of James W. Glover Ltd., died Saturday at home. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Gloria S.; and son Garrick K. Private services.

James Kai Hoopai Jr., 46, of Lahaina died Thursday in Kahului Hale Makua. Born in Wailuku, he is survived by wife Delphine; mother Helen; daughter Melecia-Kim; brothers Dennis, Danny D., Felton I. and Danson; and sister Verdel N. Berg. Services: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Cremation to follow. Inurnment: 10 a.m. Monday at Makawao Veterans Cemetery.

Joseph L.W. Kalanikau, 78, of Honolulu died last Friday in Convalescent Center of Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Joan; and brothers Ephriam and Fred Waiwaiole and Herbert Paddela. Graveside services: 3 p.m. next Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Joseph K. Kamano, 79, of Waimanalo, a retired MTL bus driver, died Sept. 18 in Kaiser Foundation Hospital. Born on Molokai, he is survived by wife Violet Kamano; daughters Ivy Nuuhiwa, Gwen Keuma, Kapiolani Nolan, Karen Luberts, Violet A. Kamano and Terry Buchli; sons James, Joseph Jr. and Leroy; sister Peachy Lenchanko; 37 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter. Services: 7 p.m. Sunday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call from 5 to 9 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Monday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park.

Thomas T.S. “Booma” Lee, 76, of Honolulu died Sept. 12 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Kohala, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Caroline; sons Val, Gary, Cory and Gregory; daughter Carolann Yamada; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services were held.

David T. Matsuda, 45, of Hilo, a carpenter, died Thursday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Laupahoehoe, Hawaii, he is survived by daughter Dionne; mother Beatrice Weiser; brothers Michael Matsuda, and Richard Jr., Leon and Franklin Weiser; and sisters Julie Teves, Naomi Ginard, Katherine Higa, Barbara Bostwick and Deborah Weiser. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Kaumana Drive Baptist Church. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire.

Antone M.K.E. “Buddy” Pai Jr., 62, of Honolulu, a retired city and county fire chief, died Sunday at home. He is survived by wife Barbara L.; children Antone “Buddy” III, Cathy-Jean Marciel, Eric Pai, Alison Adviento and Jennifer DeMello; sister Helen Aiona; brother Robert; and 10 grandchildren. Mass: 11:15 a.m. Monday at Star of the Sea Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Rocile G. “Rose” Palang, 71, of Paauilo, Hawaii, an employee of Hamakua Sugar, died Wednesday at home. Born in Papaaloa, Hawaii, she is survived by daughter Evangeline “Eve”; sisters Crescentia “Cris” Poligratis, Judy Costa, Oria Gomera and May Otomo; and brothers Luciano, Joe, Tony, Domingo, Daniel, Gabe and Benny Gomera. Mass: 7 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church, Paauilo. Call after 6 p.m. All-night visitation to follow. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial: Kukaiau County Cemetery. Casual attire.

Gerardo D. “Tatay” Vitales, 78, of Kamuela, Hawaii, died Sept. 15 in North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Burgos, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Myrna M.; sons Alejandro A. and Jaime A.; daughters Levita V. Silvano, and Rosalina A. and Merlita A. Vitales; brother Kenes; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mass: 10 a.m. tomorrowat Annunciation Catholic Church, Waimea. Call after 8 a.m. Casual attire.




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