Services for Star-Bulletin contributing editor A.A. "Bud" Smyser will be private, but donations in his memory may be made to any hospice.
Private services to be
held for Bud Smyser
Smyser died Monday morning at Queen's Medical Center after a fall Saturday morning resulted in a brain hemorrhage. Honoring his wishes as an advocate of dying with dignity, Smyser's family chose to keep him off life-support systems when surgeons were unable to remove a blood clot from his brain. He was 80.
During his career at the Star-Bulletin, Smyser was a reporter, city editor, managing editor, editor and editor of the editorial pages.
He was involved in many causes, including pushing for statehood. He also fought to free Hansen's disease patients from forced isolation, to keep Hawaii off daylight savings time, to rename Columbus Day Discoverers Day and to bring no-fault insurance to Hawaii in 1974.
Smyser was also one of the founders of the Honolulu Community Media Council, a watchdog group for Oahu media.
Smyser was born in York, Pa., on Dec. 18, 1920. He is survived by wife Dee and children Heidi Olivia and Avery Richard.
Benson Pali Akina Jr., 36, of Kihei, a painter and landscaper for companies, died Tuesday in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by sons Anthony K. Forsberg and Briley K. Akina, mother Mildred Silva, brothers Ernest Tavares and Jerome K. Akina, and sisters Evelyn Chang and Anela Wong. Services: 11:30 a.m. Monday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire. Leis only.
Carroll Packard Buck, 93, of Honolulu, a retired schoolteacher with the Los Angeles City School District, died Sunday in Hale Nani Nursing Home. He was born in Massachusetts. He is survived by son Thomas A.; daughters Margaret E. Moss, Marcia L. Linville and Dorothy G. Buck; brother Charles O.; sisters Anna, Esther and Virginia Parker, five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Private services.
William Carveiro, 86, of Kalaheo, Kauai, a truck driver for Kauai Commercial, died Monday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in California. He is survived by sons Edward and Charles; daughters Janet Carveiro, Isabelle Tavares and Mary Ann Vander; sisters Helen C. Carters and Eleanor Blauser; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mass: 4 p.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kalaheo. Call after 2 p.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire.
Edward "Butchie" Gabriel Chu, 56, of Makakilo died March 15. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by friend Lori; son Edward; daughters Cydney and Dani; sisters Kalei Akeo, Hannah Ho, Mildred Pascua, Lei Galera and Gay-Lynn Douglas; two grandchildren. Memorial services: 3 p.m. Sunday at Kamehameha Schools, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel. Call after 2 p.m. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Homelani Cemetery in Hilo. Casual attire. No flowers.
Ivy Ching Wah Chuy, 45, of Honolulu, a sales manager for an insurance company, died Saturday in Queen's Medical Center. She is survived by husband Roger Kai Ying, daughter Connie Yuin Kuain, mother Helen S.L. Lau and brother Martin C.K. Lau. Mass of Christian burial: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Punahou, 1701 Wilder Ave. Call after 9:30 a.m. Graveside services: Diamond Head Memorial Park.
Elizabeth Lucy Dela Pena, 70, of Pearl City died March 12. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by daughters Margaret Martinez, Coco Rodriguez, Sarah Busine, Bertha Lopez, Emily Fernandez-Hiraeta, Marline Yuen and Renee Dela Pena; sons Nego and Clifford Lopez and Rodney Dela Pena; sisters Mary Sedeno, Fay Antolin, Frances Asia and Jeannie Marshall; brother Tony Fernandez, 30 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park. Casual attire.
George Takeo Gaza, 69, of Honolulu, a retired scheduler for the U.S. government at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, died Monday. He was born in Pearl City. He is survived by wife Janet; son Keith; daughters Georgeen Gaza-Bulseco and Georgette Gaza-Ulloa; mother Kama; brothers Richard and Kenneth; sisters Cynthia Lai, Julia Yamamoto and Frances Yamaki, and five grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Committal services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.
Lorraine Yoshiko Hamamura, 85, of Kauai, a retired seamstress, died Tuesday in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Kohala, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Masamu, sons Earl and Lloyd, daughters Kathleen Hee and Lenora Shin, brothers John and Masao Yahiku, sisters Elsie Uechi and Fusako Omine, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services: noon Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.
Lori Kazue Hookala, 37, of Wahiawa died March 14. She was born in Wahiawa. She is survived by husband Bruce; son Chance; daughters Sheena and Chelsea; parents Ronald and Shirley Togashi; brothers Terry, Kent, Kurt and Ron Togashi, and sister Joy Togashi. Services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 5 p.m. Burial: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Kosei "Kane" Kaneshiro, 78, of Honolulu, a retired mason, died March 5. He was born in Waianae. He is survived by wife Akiko; son John; daughters Diane Matsuura, Darlyn Miller and Cherylanne Yamamoto; brother Matsuichi; sisters Kameko Nakamura and Tsuruko Kaneshiro, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.
Yoshio Kikuchi, 79, of Waipahu is also survived by brothers Toshio and Yasuo, and sisters Lily Yoshikawa, Miyoko Kodani, Yukiko Matsuoka, Kimiko Higa and Tsuyako Kikuchi. The mortuary provided additional information for an obituary published Thursday.
Dien Dinh Nguyen, 46, of Kaneohe, a biomedical technician at Queen's Medical Center, died Wednesday at home. He was born in Vietnam. He is survived by wife Helen; daughters Jessica, Sara, Rebecca and Taylor; parents Thoai and Nhat, and 11 brothers and sisters. Mass: 5 p.m. today at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 N. School St. Call after 4:45 p.m. Cremation to follow.
Charles Santiago, 60, of Kailua died March 9 in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Charles Jr., Chris and Randy "Bimbo"; daughters Corinna Fearnow, Norma Santiago, Tammy Coffin and Manu Oguma; brothers Raymond Figueroa, Rudy Vegas and Tany, Bobby and Michael Garcia; sisters Aggie Darlin and Anna Jenkins, and 19 grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Services: 9 a.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Kelly Spencer, 23, of Waianae died Tuesday. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Mark; daughter Kelcy; parents Liwai and Victoria Napuelua Jr.; brothers Liwai III and Layne Napuelua; sisters Kim Hanohano and Kanani and Kari Napuelua, and grandmothers the Rev. Almar Napuelua and Helen Lopes. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Private inurnment. Aloha attire.
Yoshiko Uehara, 93, of Honolulu died last Friday in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Japan. She is survived by son Yoshio; daughters Toshi Kishaba, Miyoko Kitamura, Judy Ontai, Irene Tango and Tomie Hodge; sister Nora Muraoka, 17 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Private services.
George W. Wiggins, 85, of Kailua died last Friday in St. Francis Hospice. He is survived by wife Jackie; son Geo Jr.; daughters Gail, Judy, Meg and Shelley, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 4 p.m. tomorrow at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Enchanted Lake. No flowers. Donations suggested to charity.
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