Obituaries

Tuesday, October 28, 1997


Services set for Palolo family
members who died in fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Seven members of a Palolo family killed in a fire Oct. 15 that destroyed their home will be remembered in services Friday and Saturday.

Ulutunu F. “Ulu” Faumuina, 52, of Honolulu, a Princess Kaiulani Sheraton Hotel cook and former Waikiki Beach Hotel employee, was born in Gagaifo, Western Samoa.

He is survived by wife E. Elaine; sons Don and Ulutunu F. Faumuina; daughters Lagi L. Poston and Jane Faumuina; brothers Paueli and Saimanu; and sisters Tagivale Noa and Aotao Malepeai; and a grandson.

His son, James K.T., 12, a Jarrett Intermediate School student, also died.

Born in Honolulu, he is also survived by grandfather Lokeni Siilata.

Faumuina’s daughter, Ramona V.

“Mona” Asuao, 22, a Frank’s Market cashier, also died in the fire.

Born in Honolulu, she is also survived by son Justin K.

Ramona Asuao’s husband, Ailatupu “Tupu,” 31, , a construction laborers helper, died in the fire.

Born in Siunu, Western Samoa, he is also survived by parents Leitupo and Vaelua; brothers Vea, Lima, Lino, Ionatana, and Tuputavita Leitupo-Asuao; and sisters Loloa Fa’alogo and Tafeaga Leitupo Asuao.

Their children, Ailatupu J. “A.J.,” 5, a kindergarten student at Palolo Elementary School; Ramona A., 4, a Palolo Head-Start student, and Sene A., 4, also a Palolo Head-Start student, also died in the fire.

Services: 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, call after 4 p.m. Friday and after 8 a.m. Saturday. Burial to follow at Laie Cemetery.


Randy Borden co-wrote
’81 song of the year

By Harold Morse
Star-Bulletin

Randy Borden, 45, who starred as a young athlete and later made his mark as a singer, musician and songwriter, died Saturday at his Seattle home after a three-year battle with colon cancer.

The Molokai-born Borden with his partner in music Jon Osorio co-wrote “Hawaiian Eyes,” which won “Song of the Year” honors in the 1981 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Borden also helped write the song “Hawaiian Soul.”

He, Osorio and Steve Brown recently recorded “E Ho‘i Mai,” a CD-ROM released Aug. 5. Half the proceeds from that album are being donated to Angel Network, a transitional shelter program for homeless Hawaiian families.

In recent times, Borden was a Seattle-based producer of children’s programs.

“Like all great Hawaiians, Randy will be greatly missed,” said longtime friend Michelle Miller. “I think the thing that impressed me about Randy was the amount of growth that he had had in the last 10 years,” she said.

“He became a man 100 percent committed to his family and children in Hawaii. ... His humor and his spirit inspired everyone who knew him and loved him.”

His gift for harmony was magical, she said.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Miller said. “I was in awe at his talent.”

Another friend of 25 years, Walter Kawaiaea, recalled Borden spent time at his Kapolei home over the summer.

“We cherish the time that we had with him,” Kawaiaea said. “He’ll be missed because he was such a dynamic personality, and he was such a positive individual; and I think that void is going to be felt, especially with his family. I think his legacy and his love for Hawaii will live on through his music.”

His athletic history included stardom in football and basketball at Kaimuki High School, where he was named outstanding athlete for 1970-71.

He played freshman football as a middle linebacker with Brigham Young University and transferred to the University of Hawaii as a tight end for the 1972 season.

Although he showed promise, injuries cut short his UH football career.

He is survived by wife, Patrice; daughter Po‘omaikai Taggert; sons Maui, Kanoa and Makai; father Sam Peters; mother Myrna Haunani Waiwaiole; sister Noelani Wood; son-in-law Jacob Taggert; and one grandchild, Nakoa Taggert.

A memorial service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 15 at Cavalry by the Sea Lutheran Church.

Contributions for his children may be made to the Randy K. Borden Memorial Fund, c/o First Hawaiian Bank.


Faitala S. Asuega, 64, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaiian Regent Hotel laundry man, died Oct. 14 in Honolulu. Born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, he is survived by children Malepe Faasu, Mo‘omu Paletaoga, Aniva Leaupepe, and Ruben F., Petelo and Eseta Asuega; sisters Felila, Taui, Leafaitulagi, Sefulu, Oli and Siauigi; brothers Nika, Solosolo, Aso, Makilo, Ma‘a and Pule‘isili; and 22 grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Judith B. Bondeaug, 54, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co. employee, died Thursday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, she is survived by husband John J.; sons John J. and Jonathan Bondaug; daughters Annette, Carol and Judith Bondaug and Jennifer Tailiuli; brothers Alvin and Rudolph Iranon; sisters Priscilla Romero, Charlotte Kuamoo, Josepha De Silva and Lydia Song; and 11 grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Friday at mortuary. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Sumiko M. Burrell, 74, of Mililani, died Wednesday at home. Born in Waialua, she is survived by husband Fred; daughters Sylvia J. Wee, Dr. Sydney A. Shaw and Susan D. Kam; brothers Dr. Larry and Harold Matsuura; sisters Tsurue Masaki, Ruth Tomita, Marjie Yokoyama and Alice Furuya; and seven grandchildren. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

David T. Cabingabang, 80, of Wahiawa, died Oct. 16 in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Dalayap, Pinili, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by daughters Pacita E.C. Gavino, Beatriz E.C. Padiangan and Annabelle E.C. Clay; brothers Agapito and Narciso; sister Anita; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mass: 7 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Sorrow Church, 1403 California Ave., Wahiawa. Call after 6 p.m. Services: noon Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 10 a.m. Interment to follow. Casual attire.

Lloyd S. Card, 88, of Waipahu, a retired U.S. Army chief warrant officer-4, died last Tuesday at Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. Born in Great Valley, N.Y., he is survived by wife Mitsuko K.; son Chaplain Charles D.; daughters Ellen M. Rhoem, Brenda Smith and Dale Tsuchiya; sister Doris McClune; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Burial: 11 a.m. Friday at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.

Frank Felix, 78, of Mililani, a World War II veteran and a Pearl Harbor Public Works Center retiree, died Oct. 16 in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Waialua, he is survived by wife Julia O.; sons Frank A., Ivan S., Alex R. and Michael K.; daughters Charlyn M. Sales and Lorrie-Ann E. Montgomery; sisters Marie Pimentel and Constance Cordeiro; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bueno S. “Sony” Fernandez, 38, of Waipahu, a Hawaii Prince Hotel employee, died Oct. 8 in St. Francis Hospital West. Born in Pinili, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Elisea; daughters Brendalyn, Cindy Claire and Jessica Joy; parents Alex and Francisca; brother Edwin; sisters Helenita Lagunilla and Remedios Lamosao; and half brother Luis Agustin. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church. Call after 6 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Friday at church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Albert Y. Fujiwara, 55, of Hilo, a general parts manager for H.T.&T. Inc., died Sunday at home. Born in Hilo, he is survived by wife Sharon; son Fred; daughter Sue “Tina”; stepson Sheldon Yokomizo; stepdaughter Cindy Yokomizo; brothers Ben, George, Donald and Leslie; sister Rachel Soong; and one grandchild. Services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 4:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Shizue “Grace” Higa, 69, of Wahiawa, died Thursday in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Waipahu she is survived by husband Katsumi; sons Gordon K. and Carl K.; daughter Joy K. Naito; brother Shomei Chinen; sisters Chiyoko Miyashiro, Hisako Higa and Sueko Henry; and two grandsons. Services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 5:30 p.m. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. Friday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

Arnold K. Kidder, 57, of Waianae, a Hawaiian entertainer, died Oct. 14 at home. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by sons Arnold K. “Kalani” Sr. and Lawrence L.; daughters Zelei K. “Mamo” Holi, Virginia K. “Gigi” Paleka and Arnell K. Hill; brothers Clayton and Joseph; sister Blossom Kaonohi; and 11 grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio. Call after 6 p.m. Scattering of ashes at sea. Casual attire.

Christine N. Kon, 73, of Honolulu, a kupuna teacher with the state Department of Education, died Oct. 19 in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Paia, she is survived by husband James; daughters Dora “Mele” Ha‘o, Stephanie Kon, Yvonne Perkins, Noberta Dias and Lovette “Leimomi” Suganuma; son Teodore A. Rubio; sister Dora K. Paet; and nine grandchildren. Oahu services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Maui burial: 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Kepani Cemetery. Call after 9 a.m. at Borthwick/Norman’s. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Thomas T. Loo, 73, of Ewa Beach, a retired Hickam Air Force Base sheetmetal worker, died Oct. 9 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Rachel J.; daughters Gwendlyn Avilla, Erma Mariano and Cynthia Nakama; and son Leonard Low. Services: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio. Call after 9 a.m. Interment to follow at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire. No flowers.

Jordan K. Puahala Sr., 63, of Wailuku, a stroll operator for Maui Land & Pineapple Co., died Wednesday in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Lahaina, he is survived by wife Mary K.; sons Jonathan and Jayden; daughters Jolynn and Jorie; sister Lorraine Kapaku; brothers Richmond and Gay; and four grandchildren. Wake service: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial to follow at Makawao Cemetery.

Michael A. “Mike” Rash, 33, of Mililani, was remembered in a private service. He died Oct. 18 in a motorcycle accident in Mililani. Born in San Francisco, he is survived by parents Bernard F. and Wilhelmina; sister Fay F. Cox; and brother Anthony M. His ashes scattered Friday.

Alfred F. Rubin, 84, of Kailua, a Hercules Construction Co. retiree, died Thursday at home. Born in Kilauea, Kauai, he is survived by wife Irene Pereza; sons Joseph Kalani, Russell Penna and Jaime, Alfred and Emo Rubin; daughters Jocelyn Rodriguez, Jana Alesna, Joni Lee, Juanita Pendergrass, Lorraine Navarette, Ethel Presley, Barbara Naholoholo and Jean Wilson; brothers Rodrigo and Juanito; sisters Basillia Agabon and Mary Saga; 49 grandchildren; and 75 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Mass: 9:45 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony Church (114 Makawao Street, Kailua). Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Salilo Sakaio, 68, of Honolulu, died Friday in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Tuvalu Island, she is survived by husband Albert; daughters Eseta Lesu and Laura Larring; sons Michael and Tusitala; brother Kaunatu Laupepa; sisters Manei Mangaono, Alaita Laupepa, Fenua Tamuera and Faitoatasi Ieremia; and 11 grandchildren. Services: 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Larry M. Takenaka, 80, of Honolulu, a retired self-employed furniture sales representative, died Wednesday at home. Born in Koloa, Kauai, he is survived by wife Gladys; daughter Ruth Hirahara; and one grandchild. Services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Palolo Hongwanji Mission. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Haru Terashima, 94, of Waipahu, died last Tuesday in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Fukushima, Japan, she is survived by sons Hideharu, Mitsuo and Charles N.; daughter Susan Takamoto; brother Masao Yasuda; sister Mildred Kanemitsu; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Private services.

Sister Angeline Vasconcelles, 95, of Honolulu, died Sunday in Malia O Ka Malu. Born in Holualoa, Hawaii, she is survived by sisters Emily and Isabel Costa and Julia Vasconcelles. Mass: 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Malia O Ka Malu (4th Avenue). Rosary: 9 a.m. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

James H.L. Wong, 92, of Wahiawa, owner of Liberty Market for 15 years, died Oct. 20 in Wahiawa. Born in Waialua, he is survived by son Norman; sister Juliet Young; brothers Kenneth and Eugene; and three grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Fumiko “Dimples” Yonemura, 84, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died Wednesday in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Kurtistown, Hawaii, she is survived by son Ronald T.; daughter-in-law and caregiver Yoshi; brothers Masato and Harry Yamane; sister Masuyo Kimoto; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Private inurnment. Casual attire. No flowers.




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