Thursday, October 2, 1997

Fly-by ceremony
to honor ‘Diamond Jim’

By Star-Bulletin staff

Veteran pilot Jim A. “Diamond Jim” Kincaid will be remembered in a memorial fly-by ceremony at noon Sunday at Dillingham Airfield.

He died when his single-engine plane plunged into the ground at a Confederate Air Force show at San Marcos Municipal Airport, Texas, Sept. 20. He was 60.

Kincaid was a captain with Aloha Island Air and a designated pilot examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration, Hawaii district.

“We do these fly-bys for people who are special,” said FAA safety program manager Tweet Coleman, who was Kincaid’s supervisor. “He was one of those people who really stand out. He helped a lot of people, and he taught a lot of people here how to fly.

“He was also a minister, so he married a lot of couples too. His legacy really does live on.”

On Sunday, several aircraft will fly over the airfield in formation, then one plane will break off from the group in a missing man formation. Kincaid’s ashes then will be scattered over the ocean from the air. A pot-luck gathering will follow the fly-by.

Born in Arkansas City, Kan., Kincaid is survived by wife Maritza. Donations are suggested to International Council of Air Shows Foundation, 715 S. Beach St., Suite 102, Daytona Beach, FL. 32114. For further information, contact Jeff Weller, 837-8361 or 247-5603.

Minoru Aoki, 81, of Haleiwa, a retired meat cutter with Schofield Commissary and co-founder of Aoki Shave Ice, Haleiwa, died Sept. 24 in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Waialua, he is survived by wife Sumie; sons Roy, Raymond and Michael; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio. Casual attire. No flowers.

Violet G. Brandon, 83, of Kailua-Kona, a retired head housekeeper for Biltmore Hotel, Honolulu, died Monday in Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kona, she is survived by sons Allan, Gilbert and Phillip Henriques; brother Charles Gomes; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Holualoa Chapel, Kona. Casual attire.

George L. “Big George” Dilworth, 42, of Kailua-Kona, a construction mechanic and a caretaker, died Sept. 18 in Kona Community Hospital. Born in Portland, Ore., he is survived by parents William and Jean E.; sisters Jocelyn Gugat, Kim Johnson and Maureen Thomas; and brothers Mark, Jim and Bill Jr. Dilworth. Memorial gathering: noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Joy’s Upcountry Cafe, Kainaliu, Kona. Casual attire. No flowers.

Raphe Gunther, infant son of Gary and Mary of Mililani died last Thursday in Tripler Hospital. He is also survived by sister Margaret; brothers Gregory, Andrew, William, Elias and Franklin; and grandparents William C. and Charlotte Gunther and Frank and Maxine Andrews. Private services.

Midori Harada, 69, of Kamiloloa, Molokai, died Sept. 20 at home. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband George; son Michael; daughter Karen; brother Lewis Matayoshi; sisters Ayako Nakamura, Sadako Matayoshi, Harue Komoda, Gladys Miyake, Chieko Asato, Sueko Uehara and Toyoko Akamine; and four grandchildren. Services were held. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Helen K. Helekahi, 68, of Honolulu died Sunday in Queen’s Hospital. Born on Maui, she is survived by husband Edward M. Jr.; son Edward Melewahine III; daughters Charlene and Sandra; brother Isaac Kekahuna; and a grandson. Services: 1 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Albert “Buddy” Hew Len, 72, of Papakolea, Hawaii, a retiree of the American Federation of Musicians Association, died Saturday in Honolulu. He also played ukulele with the Elaine Spencer Trio. He is survived by wife Pearl; daughter Verna “Manu” King; sons Herbert, George Jr. and Elmer Lawrence; brothers Phillip, Herbert and Phillip Ronald; sisters Abigail Burgess and Lillian C. Hew Len; 15 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call 5-9 p.m. Services: 11:30 a.m. Monday at the mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Mitsue Higashi, 82, of Kaneohe, a retired kitchen helper for McCully Catering, died Tuesday in Aloha Health Care Facility. Born in Honomu, Hawaii, she is survived by sons Harold T., Edward J., Herbert A., Stanley S. and Roy K.; daughters Ailene S. Tanji and Marian T. Kahapea; sister Emiko Otsuka; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Memorial services: noon Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

James Y. Hokyo, 82, of Los Angeles will be remembered in private services. Incorrect information for an obituary yesterday provided by the family.

Margaret L. Hong, 72, of Honolulu died Sept. 22 in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Kau, Hawaii, she is survived by husband Alfred; daughters Teresa and Valerie; sons Stephen and Ernest; brothers David and Clarence Lui; sisters Rose Fu and Florence Manuel; and two grandchildren. Private services.

Sumie Inoue, 85, of Honolulu died Aug. 22 at home. Born in Kau, Hawaii, she is survived by sons Tooru, Futoshi, Tsutomu and Dan; daughters Amy Griever and Jenny and Sybil Inoue; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

Masako G. Ishimine, 83, of Honolulu died Monday in St. Francis Hospice. Born in Wailuku, she is survived by husband Harry S.; daughters Harriet S. Kobayashi, Jean K. Fujii and Amy A. Davis; brother Hideo Gibu; sister Tsuruko Gima; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

Isaac M. Kaapuni, 69, of Waianae died Saturday in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Barbara K.; sons Isaac K. Gloor and Don E., Jon H. and Aaron D.; mother Emma A. Gloor; and 17 grandchildren. Wake: 7 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Abraham Kahinu, 63, of Waipahu, a groundskeeper with city Department of Parks and Recreation, died Sept. 21 in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in North Kona, he is survived by wife Norma; sons Ben, Zachary, Luvaine and Garrette Castellano; daughter Ruthan Kahinu-Taitano; brothers Michell, Joseph and William Fujisaka; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church, 94-675 Farrington Highway, Waipahu. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park, Pearl City. Aloha attire.

Kaoru Kai, 82, of Honolulu, a retired real estate broker, died Sept. 23 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Shizuyo; brother Clifford H.; and sisters Thelma Shigemitsu, Jeanette M. Hiranaga, Betsy A. Murata and Janet Higa. Private services.

George T. Matsumoto, 80, of Koloa, Kauai, a construction equipment operator, died Monday in Wilcox Hospital. He also served in the U.S. Army in World War II. Born in Hawaii, he is survived by brothers Raymond S., Tatsumi, Masao, Yoshi and Yasu; and sister Hatsumi Wong. Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Inurnment: Kauai Veterans Cemetery. Casual or aloha attire.

Hirofumi Nakamoto, 77, of Maui died Monday in Honolulu. Born on Maui, he is survived by sons Earl and Garrett; daughter Sharlene Dooge; brothers Teruo and Shigeki; sister Kimiko Nakagawa; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Kaunakakai Baptist Church, Molokai.

Keevan M. Nakao, 9, of Hilo will be remembered in services Sunday. He died in Queen’s Hospital Monday after falling into the sea from a 25-foot cliff at South Point on Saturday. Born in Hilo, he is survived by parents Keith and Beverly; sister Sheena Kobayashi; and grandparents Choki and Mitsuye Toma and Ken and Harriet Nakao. Services: 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 12:30 p.m. Private burial. Casual attire. No flowers.

Alexander P. Pimental, 67, of Honolulu died Sept. 22 in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by sister Louise Kruse. Graveside services: 9 a.m. tomorrow at Diamond Head Memorial Park.

Daniela H. Simpson, 52, of Kailua-Kona, an employee of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Sheraton Waikaloa and Ilikai Hotel, died Monday at home. Born in Carcar, Cebu, the Philippines, she is survived by husband James F.; mother Rosalia Agliam; sons Adam and Francis Harrison and Brett K. Simpson; daughter Tawnci P.; sister Monalisa Coito; brothers Douglas and Regino R. Agliam and Robert C. Simpson and Ron V. Beloian; and five grandchildren. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church, Hawi, Kohala. Call after 8 a.m. Inurnment: Sacred Hearts Catholic Church cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Mary Y. Tan, 65, of Honolulu, a retired optometrist, died Friday in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Ching Chiang, China, she is survived by husband Washington; sons Phillip L., Howard L. and Ferdinand L.; daughter Jennifer L.; and sisters Felicidad U. Ang and Arsenia and Sarah Chan. Inurnment services: 2 p.m. today at Oahu Cemetery columbarium.

Samuel T.Y. Wong, 80, of Honolulu, a retired building inspector for Public Works Center, Pearl Harbor, died Saturday in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Isabel C.; son Leonard K.S.; daughter Sandra W. Kitaura; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services: noon Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

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