Moses Keale dies
One of the original trustees, heBy Pat Omandam
resigned last year because
of ill health
Retired Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Moses Keale died last night at his home in Anahola, Kauai.
Keale, 61, was one of the first trustees at OHA when it was established in 1980. Due to his poor health, Keale resigned from his board seat in October.
Keale served twice as OHA chairman, in 1990-91 and 1987-88.
"Moses Keale, a native son of Ni'ihau, left a legacy of hope and inspiration to his people," said the current OHA chairman, Clayton Hee.
Keale also served as a pastor at Ke Akua Mana Church and as a kahu for the statewide Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations.
The OHA board last summer approved a one-year $35,000 retirement plan for Keale. His last position was as chairman of the OHA Planning and Policy Committee.
While a trustee, Keale underwent kidney dialysis three times a week.
His wife, Diane, said Keale "loved the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and working for his people. It broke his heart to have to leave."
Hudson K. Aki, 75, of Honolulu, a retired plumber, pipefitter and mason at Holmes and Narver Construction Co., died April 21 in Queen's Hospital. He also was a Christian minister. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Martha K.; sons Helmut K., Harvey K., Hilton K., Hunter K., Harmon K. and Julian K. Aki and James Makaehu; daughters Melinda K. Souza, Patricia I. Schreiber and Luana A. Peterson; stepson William Ross Jr.; stepdaughters Deanna Alvarado, Ivy Barcenilla and Esther Martin; sister Mabel Souza, 32 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Yoshiko Arita, 69, of Pepeekeo, Hawaii died Tuesday in Hilo Hospital. She was born in Pepeekeo. She is survived by sons Gary and Calvin; daughter Gwendolyn Santos; brother Chosei Sakihara; sisters Tsuruko Tai See, Yuriko Matsuda, Yaeko Nagai and Shizue Shiroma, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. tomorrow at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Kathryn Y.W.L. Davis, 66, of Honolulu died Friday in Honolulu. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by sons James, Michael and Steven; daughters Diana Pimental and Hazel and Georgiann Davis; sisters Rose Tom, Annie Chun and Helen Pang, and five grandchildren. Taoist services: 10 a.m. Monday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.
Patricia F. Ebisuya, 65, of Pearl City, a retired Service Employees International Union Local 556 bookkeeper, died Saturday at home. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by husband Eugene; son Michael Ito; brother William Saito, and sisters Doris Hamamoto, Yoshiko Ouchi, Kathleen Yee and Masako Saito. Services: 11 a.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m.
Stanley S. Fujitake, 77, of Honolulu, who retired from the city, died April 26 in Kuakini Hospital. He was born in Papaikou, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Satsuko, and sons Dennis, Lester and Kevin. Private services.
Sumi Furuno, 91, of Honolulu died April 26 in Hale Nani Rehabilitation Facility. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Richard S.; daughter Dorothy T.; brother Kazuo Yamasaki; sister Tsuruko Eguchi, and four grandchildren. Private services.
Dorothy L. Gury, 74, of Wailuku, a retired employee of Lahaina Scrimshaw Co., died April 26 in Hale Makua. She was born in California. She is survived by son Joseph L.; daughter Diane Kaaihue; brother Bill Minner; sister Susan Blakesley, and two grandsons. Private services.
Kazuto Hamada, 79, of Honolulu, who retired from Servco Pacific Inc., died Saturday in Leahi Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Dorothy M.; son Reid M.; daughters Sharlene M. Shimabuku, Doreen Y. Dixon and Colleen K. Matsuoka; sisters Sadako Hamada and Chiyono Morioka, and four grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.
Sumie Y. Hamada, 69, of Honolulu, a retired secretary and accounts clerk for the state Department of Education, died Tuesday in St. Francis Hospice. She was born in Aiea. She is survived by husband Fusao; sons David and Brian; brother Hajime Yamane; sisters Aiko Oya and Sueko Matsuura, and two granddaughters. Memorial services: 8 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 7 p.m. Private inurnment. Casual attire. No flowers.
John D. Hanmer, 54, of Honolulu, a pharmacist for Pearl Harbor Naval Clinic, died Saturday. He was born in Michigan. He is survived by wife Ann; son Bobby King; mother Mary, and sisters Martha Trott, Carol Eyestone and Rebecca Leibolt. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Unity Church, 3608 Diamond Head Circle. Casual attire.
Emiko Higa, 71, of Honolulu died April 29 in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Tokyo. She is survived by son Jay; daughter Ellen Maxton; brother Tadanori Torii, and sisters Sumiko Ogawa and Rumiko Asuma. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. Monday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.
Ernest E. Hoe, 62, of Kahului, an auto maintenance person for HC&S, died Sunday in Maui Memorial Hospital. He also served in the U.S. Army. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by companion Cynthia Morihara; sons Enoka, Kila and Vance A.; daughter Catherine U.E. Kassebeer; brothers Sonny Swain and Wayne and Wilfred and Gordon Nahooikaika; sisters Odetta Waipa, Lei Kaihue and Mona Kanae, and seven grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Maui Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.
Hisashi Imai, 67, of Hilo, a retired supervisor at Kulani prison, died Saturday in Hilo Hospital. He is survived by wife Marian Y.; sons Reid S. and Rian H.; sister Maude F. Nakao, and brothers Kiyoto, Kenneth "Sabu," Larry, James "Jimmy" and Harry K. Services: 6 tonight at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home. Call after 5 p.m. Graveside services: 9 a.m. tomorrow at Veterans Cemetery II.
Shizue "Alice" Kamiya, 85, of Honolulu died last Thursday. She was born in Hana, Maui. She is survived by sons Stanley and Douglas; daughters Patricia and Florence; sisters Lillian Grothe and Elaine Medeiros, and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Monday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.
Hatsuye Kawazoe, 88, of Honolulu died Tuesday in Leahi Hospital. She was born in Kumamoto, Japan. She is survived by husband Samuel; sons Ivan and Alvin; sister Jennie Ohye, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Sunday at Kalihi Union Church. Call after 4 p.m.
Tatsuko Kiyono, 76, of Waipahu died April 22 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by son Walter; daughters Ruth Watanabe and Carol Matsuzaki; brothers Elbert and Edwin Kodama; sister Tsuyako Kaya, and four grandchildren. Private services.
Anna K. Le Gros, 69, of Honolulu died Friday. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Diane Corpuz and Darlene, Delphine and Cathy Le Gros; sons David and Charles, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Florence I. Matsumoto, 84, of Honolulu, a retired seamstress, died Monday at home. She was born in Napoopoo, Hawaii. She is survived by son Melvin M.; daughters Jean R. Oyama and Shirley S. Tanaka; brother Calvin M. Inouye; sisters Namie Nishimura, Sumie Yonemura, Asako Kawasaki, Sueko Yamauchi and Lillian S. Fujimoto, and six grandchildren. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Modesto B. Miranda, 90, of Mountain View, Hawaii, a retired fisherman, died April 22 in Hilo Hospital. He was also a retired watchman for Akita Bus Enterprise on Kauai. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by niece and caregiver Joan Olive. No services. Scattering of ashes on Kauai at a later date.
Rose M.L.L. Moore, 75, of Kailua, a retired supervisor from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, died Sunday in Kailua. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Gary E.; daughter Rochelle L. Medeiros; brothers Douglas K.C., Francis K.W. and Richard K.S. Loo; sisters Mary M.N. Loo and Helen M.T. Nakatani, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.
Hideo Niibu, 74, of Honolulu and formerly of Lanai, a retired Lanai High School business teacher, died Saturday in Kaiser Foundation Hospital. He was born in Wahiawa. He is survived by wife Miyono; son Derrick; daughter Sherrill Lollis; brothers Motoyoshi "Jack" and Melvyn, and sisters Florence Wong, Ellen Au, Nancy and Carolyn Hokama and Rosaline Shinkawa. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m.
Koichi Nishimura, 79, of Lahaina, Maui, a retired mechanic from Pioneer Mill, died April 26 in Hale Makua. He was born in Kumamoto, Japan. He is survived by wife Gladys F.; sons Steve and Duane; brothers Richard, Akihide and Robert Oura and Yoshito Nishimura; sisters Elaine Nakamoto and Yuriko Takahashi, and four grandchildren. Private services.
Joy T. Okamura, 37, of Honolulu, a Kaiser Permanente lead secretary, died Friday in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by parents Herbert Hiroshi and Alma T. Okamura, and brothers Wade H. and Daryl S. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Star of the Sea Church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.
George K. Paoa, 65, will be remembered in services from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1666 Mott-Smith Drive. Services on Maui and Lanai at a later date. The information adds to that of the obituary published April 26.
Muriel K.C. Rojas, 82, of Anahola, Kauai, a retired dishwasher for Coco Palms Hotel, died Tuesday in Wilcox Hospital. She was born in Wainiha, Kauai. She is survived by daughters Flora Camalliri, Ruth Surveyor, Loretta Lum, Josephine Refamonte, Cindy Rojas, June "Dolly" Chang and Mona Mae Caldeira; son Patricio; sister Agnes Chung; 31 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Call after 10 a.m. May 13 at Kapaa Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Casual or aloha attire.
Magnus K. "Kaleo" Taitano, 69, of Kailua, a retired construction inspector for the city, died Monday in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Maydell Ahuna-Taitano; son Michael; brother Joseph; sister Dolores Camacho, and two granddaughters. Services: 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Inurnment: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.
Edward T. Takata, 94, of Aiea, who retired from the federal government, died April 25 in Kuakini Hospital. He was born in Puuloa. He is survived by wife Hanako; sons Harold M. and Richard S.; daughters Jean S. Takata, Doris F. Ichiki and Kate M. Shibata; sister Ruth M. Shigemasa, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.
Frank S. Uchimura, 68, of Honolulu, a retired assistant auto mechanic for the state Department of Accounting and General Services, died Sept. 28, 1999 at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by caregivers and personal representatives nephew Eric Uchimura and nieces Kathleen Nakasato and Corlis Hayashikawa. Memorial services: noon Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.
Moritoshi "Boot" Ueno, 85, of Hanapepe, Kauai, a retired receiving clerk with Amfac Co., died Monday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Hanapepe, Kauai. He is survived by wife Sumiko; son Mel M.; daughters Suzanne Kohagura and Marlene Taniguchi, and four grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Saturday at West Kauai Hongwanji, Hanapepe Temple. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Mamie A. "Mama" Williams, 91, of Honolulu, a retired nurse from the Hawaii State Hospital, died Saturday at home. She was born in Lahaina, Maui. She is survived by daughter Betty Lou Hindemith; sister Myra Quinn; 12 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Services: 12:30 p.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.
Raymond T. "Ray" Wolters, 88, of Honolulu, an estate manager for Henry J. Kaiser, died April 19 in Honolulu. He was born in Berkeley, Calif. He is survived by wife Betty-Jean; sons Ted and Bill; daughters Carol Ringsmith and Susan Carson, 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. No services.
Yoshio "Jumbo" Yoneji, 91, of Kapaa, Kauai, a retired machinist with Hawaiian Fruit Packers, died April 24 in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in Kealia, Kauai. He is survived by sons Roy Yoneji and Richard Koigawachi; daughter Akie Kashiwai, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.
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