Obituaries

Wednesday, March 18, 1998


Services Saturday for Harry Oshima,
noted specialist in Asian economics

By Harold Morse
Star-Bulletin

Harry T. Oshima of Manoa, internationally known University of Hawaii professor of economics, died Sunday. He was 80.

He also was a fellow in the Economic Research Center at the University of Hawaii and East-West Center in 1968-71.

“He was one of the first economists to specialize in national income,” said his wife, Chiye. “When he was with the United Nations, he helped develop the methodology of calculating national income. He was a protege of Simon Kuznets, who won a Nobel Prize in economics some years back.”

During World War II, he served with the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, D.C., she said.

Oshima contributed more than a hundred articles on economics to academic and professional journals and served in a number of editing capacities.

One of his last articles, “The Role of Social Values in the Growth of Asian Economies,” appeared in the Journal of Asia Pacific Economies in 1996.

His higher education began at the University of Hawaii, where he earned a bachelor’s in 1940.

His early career included work in New York with the National Bureau of Economic Research and United Nations Statistical Office.

Fascinated by Asian and Pacific Rim economies, he produced a dissertation on national income statistics of Asian countries while earning a Ph.D. in economics at Columbia in 1956.

The thesis evaluated the accuracy and usefulness of the income data. He found that small-scale family production for subsistence was the main characteristic of the postwar Asian economic structure with a system of exchange principally local rather than national.

In the case of Japan, the most developed country in Asia, he found its income statistics the most reliable. He concluded the study with a number of suggestions how other Asian countries might improve the reliability of their income data.

He was a lecturer and research associate at Stanford in years 1954-57 and assistant professor of economics at the University of Washington, 1957-59. He was a visiting research associate at a university in Tokyo, 1959-61, and economics professor at the University of Hawaii, 1961-73.

His service included representative of the Rockefeller Foundation for the Philippines, 1972-83, and he was a recipient of a number of awards and grants.

He spent time in research and teaching in Singapore in years 1966-69, also serving as consultant and senior fellow in the Economic Research Center at the University of Hawaii and East-West Center, 1968-71.

In the early 1980s, he was a visiting professor in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. In the 1990s, he was a visiting professor at the University of the Philippines and visiting fellow at the East-West Center.

Oshima was born in Honolulu. Other survivors are sons Neal and Evin; sisters Doris Kasahara, Yoshie Ueki and Hisae Oshima, and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.


Pio Dona Alcantra,94, of Honolulu died Feb. 15 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Consuelo R.; sons Jovito and Anacleto; daughters Leonora Alcantra, Alejandria Benitez and Francisca Tapat; brothers Lauriano and Severo, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. Call after 8:15 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Tomas Bernaldo,99, of Kahului died Friday in Wailuku Hale Makua. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Alice Y.; sons Ted Takahashi and Alan and Thomas Bernaldo, and a granddaughter. Private services.

Nancy M.G. Burns,82, of Honolulu died March 7 in Honolulu. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by daughters Haunani Burns-Dickson and Cathleen P. Johansen; sons Edward Stephen, Thomas Joseph and Peter D. Burns; sister Cecilia G. Pomroy, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services. Call Williams Funeral Services for information.

Cristina C. Cabebe,91, of Honolulu died March 10. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by son Samuel; daughters Virginia Gines, Dolores Bautista, Linda Fortin and Lilia McMichael; sister Eugenia Supnet, 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Call from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Mass: Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Edmond Sung Wah Chang,59, of Honolulu, a retired professional sales representative for Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceuticals Inc., died Saturday in Straub Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Lena, sister Loretta Chang and fiancee Gloria Dong. Services: noon Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Eva H. Colleado,90, of Kohala, Hawaii, formerly of Hauula, a retired registered nurse at Maluhia Hospital, died Thursday. She was born in Volcano, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Vincent, Frank and Ruben; hanai son Albert Puu, 11 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Masalina Napahuelua Cordeiro, 81, of Waimea, Hawaii, a retired laundry worker at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, died March 7 in North Hawaii Community Hospital. She was born in Napoopoo, Kona, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Joe; son Gregory; daughter Monique Tupe; brother Joseph Napahuelua; sisters Bella Cayetano, Mary Loando and Lily De Zafra, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Annunciation Catholic Church on Kawaihae Road. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Waimea Mormon Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Ceferina D. Corpuz,73, of Pearl City died Feb. 27. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by husband Alejandro; sons Rodolfo, Rogelio, Leonardo, Romeo and Edwin; daughters Lou Cristobal, Cora Ignacio and Chona Corpuz; sisters Jacinta Calumag and Adelaida Aguinaldo, and 20 grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Mount Church. Call after 7:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park.

Herminio S. Cruz,55, of Honolulu died March 7. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by daughters Jennifer and Sharon; mother Juana S.; sisters Laureana C. Lungay, Marie Elisa C. Abara and Rose C. Daproza, and a grandchild. Services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Mount Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Ursula A. Dolores,82, of Honolulu, a retired housekeeper with University of Hawaii dormitories, died Friday at home. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by sons Abelinco, David, Winifredo and Morris; daughters Carlymira Obana, Divina Dolores and Naomi Willis; brothers Silverio, Pedro and Pablo Alarcio; sisters Flaviana and Cesaria Alarcio and Carmen Bailon, and 14 grandchildren. Services: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 5 to 8 p.m. Services: 9:30 a.m. Monday at the mortuary. Call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Hazel T. Eli,79, of Honolulu, a retired cook, died March 9 in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Arlene Miranda and Leona Low; son Robert; hanai sister Kamila Malterre, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial to follow. Aloha attire.

Albert H. “Mickey” Esposito,52, of Kansas City, Kan. died Thursday at home. He is survived by wife Donalin; sons Matthew D., Mark A. and Daniel M.J.; daughter Mikilin M. Greenwood; mother Lucille H. Calario, and sisters Margene A. Oliveira and Linda L. McClenathan. Private services.

Elaine T. Farani, 38, of Honolulu, also known as Elaine T. Taimanu, died March 10 in St. Francis Hospital. She was born in Tula, American Samoa. She is survived by pastor Eddie Lafaele; children Yvonne, Alisha, Frances, Ilalio Jr. and Janice Farani; mother Legalo T. Taupule, and brothers and sisters Taa Taimanu Jr. Rodney Tafeaga, Cindy Te’o, Carol Atonio, Mercy Silafau, Jones, Moa and Ronny Taimanu and Leimomi Hunkin. Services: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Hawaii First Samoan Assembly of God Church. Services: 9 a.m. Monday at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park.

Wallace W.S. Fukumitsu,35, of Kailua-Kona, an auto technician at Kona Auto Center, died Saturday at home. He was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Denise F.; daughter Briana N.; sons Koen A. and Taylor D.K.K.; parents Rose and Kazuo; sister Christine K. Pajimola; brothers Alden K.M., Winstanley K.M. and Elmer K.M., and grandmother Kikue. Services: 5 p.m. tomorrow at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona. Call from 4 to 8 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

Rosemond J. Hanohano,60, of Nanakuli, a sales clerk at Daiei and Gems Waipahu, died March 9 in St. Francis-West Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Joseph Jr.; sons Joseph III, Robert and Roy; daughters Mary Ann Hanohano and Momi Gray, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Prayer services: 1 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Theresa L. Hawkins,80, of Honolulu died March 2 in Queen’s Hospital. She was born in Harrisburg, Pa. She is survived by husband retired Circuit Judge Allen R.; son Frank; daughters Libby and Carol Hollins; sister Kerena, and three grandchildren. Private services. Donations suggested to the American Lung Association of Hawaii, 245 N. Kukui St., Honolulu 96817.

Minnie S. Himeda,79, of Honolulu, a retired beautician, died Saturday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. She was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. She is survived by son Edward K.; daughters Phyllis K. Keohohou and Sylvia S. Himeda; brother Norman Okamura; sister Hannah Koshi, and two grandchildren. Services: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Seichi “Cigar” Ige,81, of Waipahu, a retired iron worker with Associated Steel, died Sunday in Ewa. He was born in Ewa. He is survived by wife Sadami; sons Ronald T. and Alan S.; daughter Leatrice S.; brothers Tokio and Seikichi; sisters Helen Kohatsu, Sue Yamauchi, Yaeko Hanzawa and Nobuko Kobashigawa, six grandchildren and a great-grandson. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Casual attire. No flowers.

Nancy S. Kakazu,75, of Mililani, a retired employee of Hawaiian Linen Supply, died Friday in Kaiser Hospital. She was born in Kaneohe. She is survived by son Todd Y. and daughter Leila S. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Viola K. Kawahigashi,88, of Tempe, Ariz., a retired teacher, died March 6 in Tempe. She was born in Laie. She is survived by daughters Viola K. Payne, Sylvia Panis and Maydell Louie; brothers Sonny, Louie and George Peterson; sisters Nora Montero and Mary Kaulahae, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Laie North Stake Center, 4th Ward. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Laie Cemetery. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Seki Koike,101, of Kailua died March 2 in Nuuanu Hale. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She is survived by sons Kaoru, Jiro and Masami; daughters Grace M. Nojima, Margaret Ooka and Clara Ogawa; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Private services. No monetary gifts.

Hoichi “Chico” Matsubara,77, of Honolulu, a retired carpenter, died Feb. 27. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Carol; sons Calvin and Hideo; brother Masaharu Hayashi; sisters Asano Kai and Harue and Mitsuko Hayashi, and two grandchildren. Private services.

Steven Mercado Jr.,17, of Pearl City, a senior at Pearl City High School, died Friday in Pearl City. He was also an Army Reservist with 322 Civil Affairs Battalion. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by father Steven; mother Pearl Kanae; hanai father Alexander Ah Tou; brother Dallas; sisters Stevilyn and Jo-Linda, and grandparents Ramona Mercado and Frederick and Annette Manuel. Services: 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 9:30 a.m. March 28 at the mortuary. Call from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Tim Meunier,49, of Mountain View, Hawaii, a mason, died Friday at home. He was born in Raleigh, N.C. He is survived by wife Ronda K. Nicholson and sister Lesley Mack. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Coconut Island Pavilion. Donations suggested to the American Lung Association, Cancer Research or Hospice of Hilo. Casual attire. Flowers accepted.

Betty H. Okazaki,77, of Honolulu, a sales clerk for McInerny, died Sunday. She was born in Pearl City. She is survived by husband Koki; brother Yoshimitsu Fujinaka, and sisters Kiyoko Nishikawa, Kimi Kusuda and Usano “Elsie” Omori. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Casual attire.

Ruth M. Okumura,74, of Kaimuki, a retired co-owner of Okumura Cleaners and Calico Cat Store, died Saturday in Queen’s Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Fred “Masa;” daughters Sandra Takata, Carol Kuniyoshi and Cindy Okumura; brothers Richard and Clyde “Tets” Shimizu; sisters Hazel Oda, Marion Okata and Helen Takekawa, and a grandson. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire.

Rodolfo C. Ramos,63, of Honolulu, a retired accountant for the Sheraton-Waikiki Hotel, died Sunday in Honolulu. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Lourdes; sons Louis, Ruel and Russell; daughters Maria Viernes and Ruby Oldham; sisters Natividad and Gloria Ramos, Saling Calderon and Goding Viergo; brother Rufino, and five grandchildren. Mass: 12:15 p.m. Friday at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Aloha attire.

Asako Oi Sakai,66, of Haleiwa, a retired educational assistant with the state Department of Education, died March 8 in St. Francis Hospital. She was born in Waialua. She is survived by husband Robert T.; son Chris T.; daughters Amy R. McLean and Julie Y. Sakai; brothers Isamu and Susumu Oi; sisters Umeko Nishida, Yuriko Moriyama, Tamayo Nitta, Mitsuyo Muneno and Teruko Miyahara, and two grandchildren. Private services.

Masaji Sakamoto,84, of Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii, died Friday in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Holualoa, Kona, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Yoshiko; sons Larry and Leslie; daughters Louise, Linda and Livia; sister Kimie Kuroyama, and four grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Central Kona Union Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Saturnino Semana,88, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a retired construction worker, died March 9 in Life Care Center of Hilo. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by son Richard Torralva; daughter Lisa Viernes; stepsons Albert, James, Raymond, Norman and Andrew Sedeno; 22 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ewa Beach. Call after 10 a.m. Inurnment: Mililani Memorial Park.

Risaku Sera,91, of Wailuku died March 7 in Kahului Hale Makua. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by sons Hideo, Sadao, Herbert J. and Roy T.; daughter Asako M. Yoneda; brother Yoshio; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

Robert “Bobby” Snyder,50, of Honolulu, a construction worker, died Feb. 18 in Kapolei. He was born in California. He is survived by brother William and many surfing friends in Hawaii. Memorial services: 9 a.m. Sunday in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on the Island Majic Boat. Casual attire. Call Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii for information.

Yoshiaki “Archie” Sonoda,64, of Pearl City, retired from the U.S. Postal Service, died Sunday in Kuakini Hospital. He was born in Laupahoehoe, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Beatrice K.; sons Kevin T. and Kurt Y.; daughters Suzette A. Lee and Julie A. Urabe; mother Ayano Yoshino; brother Masaki H., and five grandchildren. Memorial services: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Casual attire. No flowers.

Edith V. Sutter,88, of Kaneohe, a retired demurrage clerk, died March 5 in Kaneohe. She was born in California. She is survived by daughter Nyla Bennett; brother Walter Josephs, 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Theodore K. Tamada,72, of Honolulu died March 8 in St. Francis Hospice. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by sons Theodore Jr. and Brian S.; daughters Cynthia N. Tanaka and April K. Tamada, and sister Jean Fukuda. Private services.

Alice F. Tamura,71, of Honolulu, a retired administration secretary for Queen’s Hospital, died March 9 in Queen’s Hospital. She was born in Anahola, Kauai. She is survived by brother Toyoyuki Oda and sisters Harue Nagao, Yaeko Santoki and Ethel A. Oda. Private services.

Teru Tanaka,83, of Honolulu, a retired nurse anesthetist at Queen’s Hospital, died March 8 in Queen’s Hospital. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by husband Taro; son Joel M.; daughters Sylvia Y. Sugimoto and Colette M. Tanaka-Draegert; sisters Ayame Perreira and Anne F. Sato, and four grandchildren. Private services.

Ei Tanimura,95, of Honolulu died March 4 in Nuuanu Lani Care Home. She was born in Makawao, Maui. She is survived by son Makoto; daughters Kay K. Kondo, Mildred H. Wachi, Nancy S. Fujimori and Roseline F. Gibo, 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Private services.

Faleniu Tauanuu,65, of Aiea died last Wednesday in Aiea. She was born in Swains Island. She is survived by son Asotasi; daughters Vaisima Alboro, Leatalua Tauala, Mele Loa and Olevia Laupola; brother Siaosi Ate; sisters Mele Esera, Malia Ate and Aisina Tauanuu, 37 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. Wake services: 6 p.m. today at the Samoan Tokelau Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1128 Banyan St. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at the church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Vailima V. Toilolo,infant daughter of Katinia Vakauta and Denny Toilolo, died March 4 in Honolulu. She is also survived by grandparents Malepe and Sofeni Toilolo, Siosifa Vakauta and Charlene Kauvaka, and great-grandparents Faamele and Gwa Niko, Mosese and Kalo Vakauta, and Robert and Irene Tripp. Graveside services: noon Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Dionicio L. Tumbaga,93, of Honolulu, retired from the Navy Exchange, died Feb. 28 at home. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Irene; sons Bernard, Eugene, Jerry, Roger and Glenn; daughters Juanita Agusterio, Sally Carter, Sadie Roberson and Jeraldine and Marie Tumbaga; sister Filomena; 39 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Call again from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Kathleen K. Yoshimoto,54, of Pearl City, a teacher at Highlands Intermediate School, died Friday in Pearl City. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Kenneth; son Mace Minakawa; daughter Kris Shimizu; stepson Peter; stepdaughters Kendra and Cheryl; brother Kenneth Yamada, and sister Barbara Silva. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Mario C. “Roque” Zapatos,41, of Ewa Beach, a maintenance repairman, died Friday at home. He was born on Guam. He is survived by wife Deborah R.; brothers Desiderio Jr., Anthony, Alex and Melvin, and sisters Marilyn Castro, Elizabeth Batezore, Florence Corrales, Clarise Mendiola and June Zapatos. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 91-1004 North Road. Call after 12:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire.




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