Obituaries

Tuesday, January 13, 1998


Chubby Mahoe, 53,
‘ambassador of smiles’

By Harold Morse
Star-Bulletin

Kevin M.K. “Chubby” Mahoe, former trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, social director for various hotels on all islands, musician and hula instructor, died Wednesday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was 53.

His sister, Martha Keonaona “Baby Sweet” Mahoe, said he had suffered a massive stroke Dec. 22.

Remembering her brother as a natural showman, she recalled a title coined by Rudy Choy, former president of Aikane Catamarans.

“My brother worked for him for a little while, and he gave him an unofficial title, ‘Ambassador of Smiles,’ ” she said.

Her brother was an outstanding graduate in the Kamehameha Class of 1962.

“He could command an audience of five or 5,000 if need be,” she said. “He was quite a character, very comical, did the hula very well, loved parties, was not really a drinker. He could pass that up.”

Mahoe also is survived by brothers Herman “Bino,” Curtis Keala “Curt” and Arthur Keanahou “Bunny” Mahoe; sister-in-law Clara, Arthur Mahoe’s wife; and many nieces and nephews.

Born in Honolulu, he was elected an OHA trustee in 1986, declining to run again in 1990. He also served as director of St. Andrew’s

Cathedral Hula Academy and as St. Andrew’s choir director.

He worked in the visitor industry more than 20 years. His hobbies were singing, dancing, researching Hawaiian music, studying Hawaiian history and preserving Hawaiian heritage and culture. Also, he was on the board of Moanalua Gardens Foundation.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the chapel on the Kamehameha Schools campus. Friends may call after noon.

The family requests aloha attire for the services and no flowers. But the family does request that those who attend wear leis.

“He was a lei person,” sister Martha said. “He loved leis.”

The ashes will be scattered privately at a later date.



Duane Walker, 59, a leader
in isle health care

By Mary Adamski
Star-Bulletin

As vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer of Queen’s Medical Center, Duane Walker was highly respected in the health-care community.

His co-workers knew another side of him. He’s the guy who put the plastic mouse in the office refrigerator.

“He had a mischievous streak; he would be the first person to play a gentle practical joke,” said Connie Wiletzky, head of patient services. “It would not be unusual to open your drawer and find Duane had left a little surprise.

“He was the kind of person who took a lot of pleasure in other people’s joy and achievement. He’d be the first to write a note or give a hug when something good happened or when something bad happened,” she said.

“Duane talked to the president of the medical center the same as he treated the housekeeper filling the paper towels and the gardener trimming the trees.

“If you walked through Queen’s today, you’d find that people are basically crying.”

Walker, 59, died Sunday in Queen’s after a lengthy struggle with heart disease.

In his 12 years at the center, he was behind many innovations and projects including a “distinguished nurse researcher” lecture series and the holistic health program Lokomaika‘i. He worked for the founding of the Center for Nursing Research, a joint project of Queen’s and the University of Hawaii School of Nursing.

“He was responsible for the maintenance of standards for professional nursing and for nursing education. He developed extensive relationships between the medical center and Hawaii educational institutions,” Wiletzky said.

Walker served at the UH nursing school as senior director of clinical affairs and associate dean for development. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He was active in numerous professional and community organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House.

Last year, the American Association of Nurse Executives named him nurse executive of the year and the Leukemia Foundation honored him as man of the year.

He was co-author of “The New Nurse Manager” textbook and wrote more than 25 articles for professional publications.

Before joining the Honolulu hospital, he was with Stanford University Medical Center for eight years as associate administrator for nursing. He was born in Waterloo, Iowa, earned a nursing degree from Weber State University and a master degree from the University of Utah.

Wiletzky said Walker was an avid rose grower.

Outside his office window is a small garden of descendants of roses that Queen Emma, alii founder of Queen’s, planted.

“He nursed them to health, and created the Queen Emma rose garden. He had hopes of making it quite a bit larger.”

His friends also remember him for “always seeking a home for

stray cats or someone’s extra puppies.” His family listed six pets among his survivors.

He is survived by Timothy Moran McClellan and sons Geoffrey and Troy, daughter Robyn, and two granddaughters.

Funeral services will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Borthwick Mortuary. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Aloha attire is requested. Donations may be made to the Duane D. Walker Nursing Fund at The Queen’s Medical Center.



Fredric C. Aviguetero, 75, of Makaweli, Kauai, a County of Kauai park caretaker, died Friday. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by wife Mary K.; sons Fred, Henry, Douglas, Marshal, Rocky, Elvis, David and Patrick; daughters Carmalita Haumea, Estrellita Castillo and Estelle Wilson; 27 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. tomorrow at Waimea Foreign Church. Call after 1 p.m. Burial: Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. Casual or aloha attire.

George Baptiste, 78, of Kilauea, Kauai, a retired Princeville Corp. mechanic, died Saturday in Wilcox Hospital. Born in Kilauea, Kauai, he is survived by wife Adeline; son Damian; sisters Beatrice Rego and Frances Mendes; and brother Antone. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Sylvester Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Asan Chock, 86, of Kaneohe, a retired accountant for Meadow Gold Dairies, died Thursday in Kailua. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Lily; daughter Barbara Wong; son Daniel; brother Sau Lan; sisters Alice Ferreira and Mabel Farm; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services: 2:15 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Florence K. Clark, 73, of Honolulu is also survived by son Edgal. Additional information for an obituary yesterday provided by the mortuary.

Elizabeth K. “Sista” Foster, 52, of Honolulu died Jan. 2 at home. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Henry III, sons Henry IV and Kyle, stepsister Prandi Guerreiro, brother Pedro Velasco Jr. and a granddaughter. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Owen T. Fukunaga, 64, of Honolulu, a retired certified public accountant for Food Pantry and Dillingham Corp., died Jan. 5 in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by mother Shizuko and sister Amy Ikeda. Private services.

Lucille “Kalawaia” Haia, 72, of Kailua, co-owner of Haia’s Okazu-ya Restaurant, died Wednesday in Castle Hospital. Born in Paia, Hawaii, she is survived by sons Wayne, Charles, Brian and Leslie; daughter Louella; brother Kimo Kalawaia; sister Rose Young; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: noon Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Juan R. Halunajan, 89, of Aiea died Dec. 30. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by wife Mary, sons Juan Jr. and Ronald, daughter Marilyn Aczon, a brother, a sister and a granddaughter. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: noon Saturday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Reginald H. Hisamura, 93, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaii Times circulation manager, died Sunday in Straub Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Betty K.; son Gary S.; daughters Linda S. Sakagawa, Bessie A. Wada and Lillian M. Uno; sister Chieko Tanouye, Kazue Kondo and Sumie Masaki; and six grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Jodo Mission of Hawaii. Casual attire.

Edith S. Izumi, 87, of Wailuku, a former schoolteacher with the Department of Education, died Saturday in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Kohala, Hawaii, she is survived by sons Gerald, Carl and Earl; brothers Shiro and Genro Kashiwa; sisters Judy Kawabata and Anita Ainge; and four grandchildren. Services over ashes: 4 p.m. Saturday at Wailuku Hongwanji Mission. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ora Johnson, 60, of Honolulu is survived by daughter Oralene Levi. Incorrect information for an obituary Saturday provided by the mortuary.

Elizabeth K. Kahala, 64, of Kaaawa died Jan. 3 in Kailua. She is survived by sons Malu, Mahi, Kalei, Ervine, Duke and Alex; daughters Princess “Aka” Kahala, Queenie “Bella” Carter, Dutchess “Ipo” Malepe; brother Billy Pooloa; sisters Loke Keaweehu and Frances Lucas; 25 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Masashi Kanda, 91, of Hauula, a retired owner of Hauula Kai Market, died Jan. 3 in Kaneohe. Born in Kahuku, he is survived by wife Kiyo; sons Harry and Henry; daughters Thelma and Doris Kanda and Barbara Leu; brother Seiji; sisters Satono Hayashibara, Tokiko Yonemoto and Shizuko Mana; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

John A. Leite, 64, of Hilo, a retired U.S Army sergeant first class, died Friday in Hilo Hospital. He was also a retired Department of Human Services supervisor in Hilo. Born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Dorothy K. “Dora”; son Michael; daughter Michelle K.; brother Robert; sisters Dorothy Kaloi, Irene Klien and Bernadette Leite; and four grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.

John P. Mahoe, 63, of Honolulu died Saturday in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Irmgard; sons John, William and Marvis Bush III; daughters Elizabeth Kalani and Bernecia Mahoe; sister Alma Olson; and six grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Herbert Maria, 65, of Marina, Calif. died Tuesday in Monterey. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Aurelia; son Alan R.; stepson Steven Corioso; daughters Darlene Cordenas, Sandra Thomas and Charlotte Wayman; stepdaughters Pixie Bolitiski and Lucille Corioso; brother Charles; and sisters Lurline Amell and Rita Pappasergi. Services on the mainland.

Sancho C. Martin, 75, of Honolulu, a security guard at Honolulu Country Club, died Saturday. Born in Manila, he is survived by wife Bernardina; children Cynthia Amnuel, Diana, Edmundo, Antonette and Luis Martin, Florissa Hular and Gracia Merin; brother Emiliano Dominguez; and 17 grandchildren. Memorial Mass: 7 p.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church, 830 Main St. Call after 5 p.m.

Tamiko Mashima, 74, of San Francisco and formerly of Pearl City, owner of C & T Fashions, died Saturday in San Francisco. Born in Fukuoka, Japan, she is survived by sons Ken I. and Kyle S.; brother Masaru Koshobu; and a grandchild. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Inurnment: 10:30 a.m. Friday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

Francis T. McCabe, 78, of Honolulu died Sunday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Mary B.; son Francis T. Jr.; daughters Mary Rose T. Gonzales, Elizabeth T. and Florence T. Shelton and Delphine T. McCabe Shorr-Abbott; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Blessed Sacrament Church. Call from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Fukiyo Miyamoto, 81, of Waialua died Jan. 3 in Hale Ho Aloha. Born in Waialua, she is survived by husband Kiyoshi, son Earl, daughter Judy, sisters Edith McFarland and Mildred Hardesty and three grandchildren. Private services. No flowers. Donations suggested to charity.

Dr. Robert M. Miyasaki, 81 of Honolulu, a retired dentist, died last Tuesday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Margaret; daughters Gaye and Nola; brother Kenzo; and sisters Kimiko Kodani and Yoshimi Nakamura. Services held.

Rose “Rosie” Ornellas, 87, of Waipahu died Friday in Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Ewa, she is survived by brothers Manuel F. Jr. and Joseph F. Miranda and sisters Elizabeth F. Perriera, Delphine F. Maria, Lucy F. Lum and Katherine F. Pilgram. Prayer services: noon Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Harriette D.K. Pitale, 76, of Kailua, a retired outreach worker with St. Anthony’s Church, died Thursday in Kailua. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by son Kehau Vredenburg; sister Cherie-Mae Gonsalves and a grandson. Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Inurnment: 3 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Aloha attire.

Frank K. Puana, 75, of Pearl City, who retired from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Shop O2, died Wednesday at home. Born in Honokohua, Maui, he is survived by wife Marian Y.; sons Clarence K. and Francis K.; daughters Jackie P. Keliikoa, Patricia L. Joaquin and Marian L. Puana-August; brothers John and Albert; sisters Rose Lindsey, Cecilia Peters, Lolita Patrum, Violet Sato, Yvonne Lareau, Peggy Highsmith and Maryann Feiteira; four grandsons; and four granddaughters. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen’s Church, 2747 Pali Highway. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

Charlotte K. Ralston, 60, of Honolulu died Dec. 31 in Tripler Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by son Glen A.; daughter Catherine L. Burcham; father Robert A. Evans; sisters Mryna Mabitt, Malu Glendon, Maxine Evans and Paulette Utu; brothers Melvin and Robert Evans; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

Juan Gogue Roberto, 53, of Waianae died Thursday in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Pohnpei, Micronesia, he is survived by daughter Kayla Roberto and sisters Antonia R. Iglesias and Pilar Salas. Services: 8 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Cremation to follow. No flowers.

Andres B. Sagun, 93, of Pepeekeo, Hawaii, a retired cultivation supervisor, died Jan. 5 in Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by hanai nephew Ildefonso Sumibcay. Services: 9 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery.

Kenneth K. Sakamoto, 57, of Honolulu, a vice president for Lifetime Services, died Sunday in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Lorraine S.; sons Wesley A. and Brian M.; daughter Kelly S. Ichimura; parents Yoshio and Tsuruko; brothers Richard T. and Allen Y.; and sisters Carol N. Miyachi and Doris M. Liu. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m. No flowers.

Maria E. Shepard, 61, of Aiea, a retired Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific nursing assistant, died Friday in St. Francis Hospice. Born in Germany, she is survived by husband George L.; sons Stewart G. and Richard F.; daughter Peggy K.; sisters Briggetta Stroble, Rosita Boutwell and Gabriala Maiss; and five grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Burial: 10 a.m. Friday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

Teiki Shirota, 81, of Haiku, Maui, a retired pineapple grower, died Saturday in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Lahaina, he is survived by wife Masako, son Wallace Shirota, daughter Aimee Yatsushiro, sister Yoki Oshiro, nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 5 p.m. Friday at Nakamura Mortuary. Cremation to follow. Burial: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Maui Memorial Park.

Paciencia A. “Pat” Souza, 60, of Paauilo, Hawaii, a music director for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, died Saturday at home. She was also a former rehabilitation supervisor for the Brantley Center Inc. Born in Kukuihaele, Hawaii, she is survived by husband Clarence; sons Gregory, Floyd and Mason; daughters Donna Guerpo, Valerie Ahuna and Bridget Souza-Malama; father Urbano Visaya; stepmother Irene Visaya; brothers Joseph Yadao and Benjamin, Edward, Robert and Stanley Visaya; sister Lisa Visaya; stepbrothers Alan and Rudy Familar; stepsister Gaby Kunishige; and 24 grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Call from 5 to 9 p.m. Prayer services: 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Kalopa Catholic Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Frederico R. Timson, 44, of Roswell, Ga. and formerly of Honolulu, died Saturday. He is survived by parents Frederico and Josephine; sisters Daryle-Jean Hooper, Gertrude Soto and Madeline Roddell; brothers Wilfred and Robin; and grandmother Mary Parden. Services on the mainland.

Mitsuko “Mitsi” Toyama, 67, of Honolulu, a retired elementary school teacher, died Jan. 5 in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Paauilo, Hawaii, she is survived by husband Yukio; son Howard Y.; brothers George M. and Seiji Akasaki; and sisters Tsuruko Asato, Shizue Asato and Tsuru Sakihama. Private services.

Chuichi Tsuda, 90, of Honolulu, a retired salesman for J. Otani Fish Market, died Jan. 2 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Wailua, he is survived by wife Haruko; sons Kenneth K. and Wilfred T.; daughter Aileen K. Hifumi; brothers Matsutaro and Rikio; sisters Jean H. Puckett, Ethel M. Sumida and Amy F. Ogawa; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Private services.

Manuel S. Tuason, 69, of Ewa Beach, a sample man at Pacific Homes Furnishings Ltd., died Jan. 4 in Straub Hospital. Born in Naga City, Camarines Sur, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Pacita P. “Paz,” son Edwardo P., daughter Maria E.P., sister Adelaide S. and brother Rafael Jr. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 91-1004 North Road. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Call again from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Vivian S. Tyau, 90, of Honolulu, a retired schoolteacher at Kaahumanu Elementary School, died Dec. 29 in Maunalani Nursing Center. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Albert, sons David and Malcolm and two grandchildren. Private services.

Lydia O. Vierra, 92, of Honolulu, a retired seamstress, died Wednesday in Kaneohe. Born in Hawaii, she is survived by son Richard; brother Roland Santos; sisters Rosalind Watson and Eleanor Pascoe; and a granddaughter. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

John Walters, 77, of Honolulu died Saturday in Straub Hospital. Born in Missouri, he is survived by wife Dorothy, son Ronald, daughters Debbie Nelson and Leslie Walters, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Inurnment: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Tsugio Yanagida, 80, of Kaneohe, a sales representative for Leilehua Motors, died Thursday in Castle Hospital. Born in Wahiawa, he is survived by wife Anita M.; son Michael M.M.; daughters Sandra M.N. Villanueva and Yvonne S.L. Perreira; brothers James, Wallace, Ralph and Raymond; sisters Junet Wong, Betty Taniguchi and Katherine Sakamoto; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann’s Church. Call from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Lawrence H.W. Young, 66, of Kailua, a retired U.S. Army budget officer, died last Tuesday in Kailua. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Dorothy “Dora”; sons Ronald, Roger, Wayne and Don; brothers Richard Tom and Paul Young; sisters Gloria Hashimoto, Ednette Chandler, Momi Camara, Shirley Woo, Linda Alexander and Judy Hayakawa; stepmother Janette; and four grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.




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