Thursday, August 22, 1996

Isle business giant Herb Cornuelle, 76, dies

His friends and associates remember him as
a brilliant, competent and humble man

By Helen Altonn

Herbert Cornuelle, 76, an Ohio-born minister's son who made a giant imprint on Hawaii, died at his home last night of abdominal cancer.

He was one of the state's most respected business and community leaders for more than 40 years.

"I just can't say enough about him," said Randall Roth, University of Hawaii law professor, who was associated with the former Campbell Estate trustee on Hawaii Public Radio's "Price of Paradise" radio program. "He's probably touched more lives for the better than anyone I've ever met. I felt honored just to know him and to witness the kind of life he had and the way he made everything around him better. He had a lot of class."

Cornuelle came to Hawaii in 1942 as a Navy ensign and returned in 1953 to become Dole Company's vice president. In 1958 he became Dole's youngest president at age 38.

He led the United Fruit Company in Boston in 1963 and returned here in 1969 to head Dillingham Corporation. He joined the Campbell Estate in 1982 and retired as the board's chairman in 1990.

"He was the dean of the business community and father of many fund-raising efforts to benefit those less fortunate," Dave McCoy, Campbell Estate's chief executive officer, said today.

Friends and associates remember Cornuelle as a brilliant and competent man who was quiet and humble, who cared about people, had a great sense of humor and loved Hawaii.

"He was a great believer in honesty and integrity in all things," his wife, Jean, said today. "The best way he could be remembered is with two words - 'be kind'."

Oswald Stender, Bishop Estate trustee who was CEO of Campbell Estate when Cornuelle was board chairman, said his death is "one of the greatest losses to the state of Hawaii, not only for the business and nonprofit community but to a lot of Hawaiians he has helped over the years very quietly, and I'm one of them."

Former Gov. George Ariyoshi said Cornuelle "was a real giant in the business community here but he also was a giant with a big heart for the community."

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye said Cornuelle was "a good and extraordinary man. He was brilliant of mind and skillful in communication. He was a good business leader, but I also believed he would have made a good political leader.

He served as a member of the directors or trustees of Dillingham Corp., The Boston Co., Hawaiian Telephone Co., Massachusetts Investors Growth Stock Fund, Libby, McNeil and Libby, Massachusetts Investors Trust, Queen's Medical Center, Punahou School, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii Employers Council and the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America.

But his wife said, "He didn't really feel that accomplishments were what were important. He felt the way you did things were important."

Private family services are planned.

Survivors include three sons, John and Bruce of California and Richard of Honolulu; daughter, Ann, of California, and five grandchildren. Donations may be made in Cornuelle's memory to Punahou School, the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii or St. Francis Hospice.

Ruby S.K.S. Aina, 59, a native of Paauilo, Hawaii, died Sunday in Kahului. She is survived by children Frederic and Gaylen Aina, Maryevette A. Toyama, Caroline A. Graham, Freddina A. Rivera and Fabianna A. Nieto; siblings Henry "Hanale" Bray Jr., Richard "Toto" Stevens, Clifton "LeRoy" and Mahealani Kane, Leonetta "Tiare" Singleton, Nomy "Blondie" Kekahuna, Francis "Butchie" Unea, Margret "Margo" Tonga, Henrietta "Mamo" Niko and Lindarnell "Chickadee" Kalawa, 15 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Service: noon Saturday at Borthwick Memorial-Norman's Mortuary. Burial: Valley Isle Memorial Cemetery. Aloha attire. Flowers may be sent to Mr. and Mrs. Kane, 610 La'au St., Kahului, Maui 96732. Monetary gifts may be sent to Mrs. Caroline Graham, 107 N. Pearl St., Plant City, Fla. 33566.

Moses Akiona Jr. is also survived by sister Eloise Williams. Additional information for an obituary published yesterday was provided by the mortuary.

Kazuko Akiyama, 77, of Wailuku died Saturday in Maui Memorial Hospital. She is survived by husband Takuji; sons Alvin and Michael; daughters Naomi Kohagura and Barbara Woo; brother Yoshito Okada, and five grandchildren. Private services.

Larry L. Baughman, 48, of Houston, formerly of Honolulu, died Monday. Baughman, a former Kapiolani Hospital staff respiratory therapist, is survived by mother Carol B. Findlay, sister Cheryl Huth and brother Ronald. Services will be on the mainland. Donations are suggested to the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

Susanna L. "Sis" Boekenoogen, 71, a native of Honolulu, died Monday. Boekenoogen, owner of the Painted Rock Ranch in Terrebonne, Ore., and a general partner of the JLP Robinson Limited Partnership, is survived by sister Kaiki Walsh and several nieces and nephews. Services will be on the mainland. Donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 544, Bend, Ore. 97709.

Reid N. "Fred" Furukado, also known as Freddy, 33, of Hilo, a parts department clerk for Western Auto, died Monday in Hilo Hospital. He is survived by parents Asao and Kinue and brother Ted M. Service: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 4:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Augustine A. Gulpan, 94, of Captain Cook, Hawaii, a retired laborer for the former Kohala Sugar Plantation, died Saturday in Kona Community Hospital. He is survived by wife Gorgonia C.; sons Joseph, Samuel and Benjamin; daughter Alice Bangay; hanai daughters Bernadine D. Aliomar and Annabell D. Evidente, and several grandchildren. Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at the New Life Christian Center in Kealakekua, Hawaii. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Kona Memorial Park (formerly known as Hualalai Memorial Park). Casual attire. No flowers.

Masao Imai, 87, of Waipahu, an Oahu Sugar Co. retiree, died Aug. 9 in St. Francis Hospital. He is survived by wife Kiyo; son Edwin M.; daughter Eleanor K. Watanabe; sister Yoshiko Iwasaki, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Private services.

Robert J. "Bobby" Jose, 70, of Pauuilo Mauka, Hawaii, a cattle rancher, died Tuesday in Hilo Hospital. He is survived by wife Rita M.; daughters Robbie Stewart and Beth and Maria A. Jose; brothers Richard and Harry, and sister Susie D'Andrea. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m.

Kimiko "Vera" Kaneshiro, also known as Grandma, 73, of Manoa, a Mid-Pacific Institute cafeteria employee, died Friday in Hospice Hawaii. She is survived by children Karen Soon, Victor and Liane; brothers Akira Kaneshiro and Masaichi "Fella" "Puhi"; sisters Violet H. Onikama and Pauline K. Kaneshiro, and three grandchildren. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

The Rev. Toshiyuki Kawata, 59, of Hilo, minister for Kaumana Drive Baptist Church-Japanese Mission, died Sunday in San Francisco. He is survived by wife Yoko; sons Makio and James T.; daughter Esther H.; brothers Nobuyuki, Tadayuki and Mayuki Takahashi and Masanori and Yoshinori Kodama; sisters Yoko Kagaya, Reiko Takahashi and Takako Ando, and five grandchildren. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Kaumana Drive Baptist Church. Call after 12:30 p.m. Casual attire.

Colleen T. Miyamoto, 82, of Honolulu, a retired Aloha Produce executive secretary who belonged to the Sugino School of Dancing, died Sunday in Kaiser Hospital. She is survived by son Henry H. "Hank"; daughter Carol M. Furukawa; brother Dr. Katsumi Miyano; sister Toyoko Yoshimura, and four grandchildren. Memorial service: noon Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Yvonne N.K. Naeole, 59, of Waimanalo, a retired housekeeper for Lunalilo Home, died Saturday in Kaiser Hospital. She is survived by husband John; daughters Janielle Fraser and Yvonne Naeole; sons Johnnie, Jaimie and Adam; mother Abigaile K. Kaikala; sisters Myrna Naeole, Pauline De Guzman and Gaylene Lima; brother Henry Lima, and five grandchildren. Graveside service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waimanalo Ward.

Christopher "Jubal Jax" Pooler, 45, of Lahaina died Saturday at home. He is survived by wife Laura; father and stepmother Elvert "Buck" and Barbara; mother Hilda; sister Susan Bell, and brother Michael. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Canoe Beach in Lahaina. Private services were conducted over the ashes.

Momoye Shimote, 89, of Pukalani, Maui, died Friday in Maui Memorial Hospital. She is survived by sons Stanley and Ray; daughter Leilani Matsumura; sister Sadayo Matsuno, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private services.

Kenneth T. Sumida, 76, of Wailuku, formerly of Honolulu, a retired carpenter, died last Thursday in Kuakini Hospital. He is survived by wife Alice A.; sons Denis M. and Craig T.; sisters Helen R. Melemai, Doris M. Omatsu and Edna M. Sakimoto, and six grandchildren. Memorial service: 6 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Chuhichi Takahashi, 83, of Keaau, Hawaii, died Monday in Hilo Hospital. He is survived by wife Mitsuyo; sons Leonard K., Roy Y. and Rodney A.; daughters Joyce Lyons and Gail S. Aki; brothers Saburo and Ginshiro; sisters Koharu Ikeda and Toshiko Nakayama, and nine grandchildren. Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Gladys C. Tanigawa, 76, of Lihue died Monday in Wilcox Hospital. She is survived by husband Charles; sons Dennis and Alvin; daughters Jeanette Taam and Ellen Uyehara; brothers Herman and Albert Chong; sisters Mary Jane Akana, Elsie Hoopii and Pearl Silva, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Service: 5 p.m. tomorrow at Lihue Christian Church. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Seata Tavui, 73, of Mililani, founding member of the First Samoan United Church of Christ, died Friday at home. She is survived by husband Tusi; sons Rodney, Troy and Roy; daughters Finagalo Tili, Pala Viena, Evotia Masoli, Miriam "Millie" Downey, Ruta White, Elizabeth M. La'a and Sina Pule; brothers Kalapu M. Ilaoa and Filipo Ilaoa; sisters Saumaleato Cabuyaban, Fuiono Atoe and Laine Tuia, 34 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Service: 9 a.m. Monday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Call from 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Samoan United Church of Christ, 505 Borie St., and from 9 a.m. Monday at the cemetery.

William G. Weber, 83, of Kekaha, Kauai, a retired Kekaha Sugar Co. head cashier, died Sunday in Kauai Veterans Hospital. He is survived wife Gladys; sons William and Blaine Davis and Thomas and Douglas Weber; brother Bill Bomke; sisters Elanor Frauenheim and Dorothy Foster, and five grandchildren. Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kekaha, Kauai. Aloha attire. No flowers.

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