Obituaries

Monday, June 22, 1998


Saturday, June 20, 1998

Lifeguard, surfer Mokuahi
shone as Waikiki ‘mayor'

By Helen Altonn
Star-Bulletin

Sam “Steamboat” Mokuahi Sr., 80, who created lifelong memories of Waikiki Beach for countless visitors and children, died Tuesday.

He was a legend -- one of the last great oldtime surfers, lifeguards and beachboys, the unofficial “Mayor of Waikiki.”

Big, strong and bronzed from a life in the sun until well in his 70s, Mokuahi had a gentle heart and befriended people from all over the world, family and friends said yesterday.

He had supporting roles in several films made in Hawaii, such as “The Old Man and the Sea,” and took folks like actors David Niven and Alan Ladd canoe-riding.

“He was a perfect gentleman,” Ken “Squirrel” Carvalho recalled. “He called everybody ‘laddy -- laddy boy.' He danced hula at my wedding.”

Harry S. Robello said, “We were buddy-buddy when he first came on the beach, way back, right after the (Second World) War. He started as a lifeguard and ended up a beachboy. He did everything -- surfboard, steer canoe.”

Mokuahi once explained that he got the name “Steamboat” because his great-great-great-grandfather was born on a steamship coming to Hawaii. “My grandmother translated the name into Hawaiian, which is Mokuahi,” Mokuahi Sr said.

All those who carry the Mokuahi name are proud of it, whether they are hanai or blood-related, said his nephew, Kevin Mokuahi, Lokahi Canoe Club coach. He said his uncle “made everybody feel like family.”

Mokuahi was born in Honolulu and taught himself to surf as a child at Kakaako, when ironing boards were used as surfboards.

He would cut a piece of plywood, Kevin Mokuahi said, and tell kids, “Here, take this out and catch some waves.”

His uncle had a business but was always giving people surfboards because he wanted them to enjoy the ocean, Mokuahi said. “If they had no money, he'd say, ‘Take the board out and bring it back.' ”

He said his uncle's Waikiki hangout was mostly in front of Duke Kahanamoku's in the Outrigger Canoe Club -- where canoes will gather at 8:30 a.m. June 27 to scatter his ashes.

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Bullet Regina D. Abordo, 60, of Honolulu died Tuesday in Tripler Hospital. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by husband Elias; sons Emilio and Elias Jr.; brothers Juan, Primo, Lito and Zaddy Deolaso; sisters Carmen Mangunay, Dahlia Buraga and Sally Poulter; and five grandchildren. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.

Bullet Anacleto E. “Cleto” Ayonon, 87, of Haleiwa, a retired fabric worker from Kapalama Military Reservation, died Monday in Wahiawa General Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Monica R.; children Andrea Brown, Milton and Thomas Espiritu, Roy Ayonon-Espiritu, Alena Pule, and Ronald and Robert Ayonon; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Church, 67-390 Goodale Ave. in Waialua. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Robert E. Burns, 65, of Kaneohe, a retired state law enforcement officer, died Sunday in Kaiser Hospital. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is survived by wife Shirley; brothers William and Ronald; sisters Marilyn Dashe and Dorothy Beesmer; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Private services.

Bullet Ronald T. Chee, 29, of Honolulu, an employee at Chee & Yamasaki CPAs, died Thursday in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents Warren W. and Carole L.; sisters Terri and Jaimie; and grandparents Henry and Gladys Chee, and Harold and Helen Yamachika. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Casual attire.

Bullet Katherine Clemente, 76, of Kaneohe was a retired forewoman for Dole Cannery. Additional information for an obituary published Wednesday provided by the mortuary.

Bullet Pale T. Eva, 82, of Nanakuli, a retired carpenter from Lualualei Naval Magazine, died May 30 at home. He was born in American Samoa. He is survived by wife Fetinai; daughter Faleupolu Esekia; sons Tanu and Paia Toa, and Tepa, Pale, Lisone, Pene and Ta‘aseu Eva; sisters Vaitofiga, Fualuga and Faitoto‘a; 29 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. tomorrow at Waianae Samoan Church, 86-130 Puhawai Road. Services: 9 a.m. Monday at Waianae Samoan Church. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Daniel J. “Tony” Garcia, 62, of Hilo died Sunday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by wife Pamela L.; sons Daniel and Anthony Hill, Joseph Medeiros, and Alfred Seals III; daughters Maria Medeiros and Laurie Seals; and 17 grandchildren. Services: 9 a.m. Thursday at Glad Tidings Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Samuel Iokia, 67, of Waianae, a heavy-equipment operator for construction companies, died last Saturday in Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Minerva P.; sons Emerson, John D., Samuel Jr., Alfred N. and Curtis K.; hanai son Stanley Kahawaii; daughters Vanessa P. Flores and Melveena K. Iokia; brothers Joseph, David K. and David K. “Puna” III; sisters Annabelle Ha‘o, Margaret Poe, Lilian M. Davis and Nancy Christian; 20 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: noon Thursday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Waianae. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Tooru Iwane, 71, of Whittier, Calif., died June 12. He was born in Kona, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Christine Koda; children Philip, Marika, Russell, Lisa, Paul and Sharon; and seven grandchildren. Condolences suggested to Christine K. Iwane, 11725 Molly Knoll Ave., Whittier, CA 90604.

Bullet Cory A. Javier, 28, of Ewa Beach died June 14 at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Robyn N.; mother Gwendolyn Valdez; brothers Shane, Dwayne “Juby” and Kirk Hidaro; and sister Melanie “Pinky” Hulett. Mass: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 1525 Waimano Home Road in Pearl City. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Cremation to follow. Aloha attire.

ue8 Bullet Thomas W.Y. and Jayna L. Kop of Honolulu will be remembered in a funeral Mass 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Naval Station Chapel, Pearl Harbor. Thomas, 35, an enlisted man in the U.S. Navy, and Jayna Kop, 34, died last Saturday in Wahiawa General Hospital after a motorcycle accident on Kaukonahua Road. He was born in California. He is survived by parents Thomas and Sandra; brother William; sisters Mary Alice Kop and Marjorie Kop-Loney; and grandmothers Alice Kop and Marjorie Lear. She was born in Florida. She is survived by sister Tamryn Etten-Bohm. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Naval Station Chapel. Call after 10:30 a.m. Inurnment: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. Donations suggested to the National Multiple Sclorosis Society, Research Division, 733 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017.

Bullet Thelma H. Kubo, 80, of Aiea, a purchasing agent for Yamasa Enterprises, died Tuesday at home. She was born in Puna, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Makoto; son Dennis T.; brother Steven T. Kawano; sister Jane Suzuki; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. Services: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Bullet Alice L. Olson, 84, of Honolulu, a retired secretary with the state Department of Health, died Sunday at home. She was born in Waipahu. She is survived by husband Ralph; son Douglas; daughter Diane Pollard; brother Raymond Lau; sister Emma Tom; and three grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Yung Gil Pang, 70, of Honolulu, a retired kitchen worker, died Wednesday in St. Francis Hospice. She was born in China. She is survived by brother Choy Chan and niece Yuet Ying Chan. Services: 1:30 p.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from noon to 2:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Bullet Eleno A. Querubin, 82, of Ewa died Tuesday at home. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Monica T.; son Warlito T.; daughters Esperanza “Espe” Madriaga and Claire J.Q. Somera; sisters Adelaida Anes, Elena Malate and Aurora Avillano; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church, 91-1298 Renton Road in Ewa. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Phillip Riturban, 51, of Honolulu died Thursday in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by mother Lauretta. Services: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Tuesday or after 8 a.m. Wednesday. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Maylin M. Rogers, 38, of Waianae died Tuesday at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by mother Mabel; brothers Elmer, Moses, Samuel and Thomas; and sister Monalin. Services: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Greenhaven Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Roy O. Stevens, 80, of Honolulu died June 8 in Honolulu. He was born in the West Indies. He is survived by wife Lenora; two sons; sister Mae Baker; stepdaughter Yvonne Muramoto; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter. Services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Nichiren Shoshu Honseiji Temple on Kaneohe Bay Drive. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Shizue Suehiro, 71, of Hilo, a retired macadamia farm laborer, died last Saturday in Hilo Hospital. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Sueki; daughters Karen Valledor and Gail Harrison; son Lester; brothers Kokichi and Yasuo Hara; sister Asako Nakamura; and four grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Clifford K. Yee, 43, of Aiea, a boat builder, died June 11 in Aloha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Jamie-Kaipo Young; mother Loretta Apa; brothers Wilfred, Paul and Scot; and sisters LouAnn Jones and Sheryl Yee. Memorial services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Scattering of ashes at a later date. Aloha attire.

Bullet Ruthie T. Yoshioka, 80, of Mililani Town, who retired from Andrade at Ala Moana, died June 9. She was born in Koloa, Kauai. She is survived by brother Shigeto and sisters Yoshiko Harauchi, Susie Yonezawa, Harue Standley and Helen Fletcher. Private services.


Monday, June 22, 1998

Bullet Leon Gali, 51, of Ocean View, Hawaii, a construction worker, died Tuesday at Kau Hospital. He was born in Pahala. He is survived by wife Candice Gutknecht; daughters Niki Gutknecht, Marie and Candice; sons Leon Rideout and Chako; mother Christina; brothers Lobe, John and Lang; sister Lena, and grandchildren. Call from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Naalehu. Graveside service and burial to follow at Naalehu County Cemetery.

Bullet Emily Huihui Issenmann, 88, of Honolulu died June 12 at Maluhia Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son William; brother Moses Huihui; sister Sarah Marcel; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Bullet Joseph Kahahawai, 65, of Kailua, a former Kailua High School coach and educator, died Tuesday at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Bernie; sons Mike and Ken; daughters Kimm Farrant and Joy Kahahawai-Welch; brother James; sisters Gladys Cerezo and Mamo Vasconcellos, and five grandchildren. Memorial services: 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Vianney Catholic Church. Call after 5 p.m.

Bullet Kenneth Sakamoto, 82, of Honolulu, a retired Star-Bulletin advertising production clerk, died Wednesday at Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Ookala, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Dorothy; daughters Gail Matsumura and Jeanne Sakamoto; brothers Richard and Sunao, and two grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire.

Bullet Masaye Uyeda, 98, of Honolulu, died June 15 at Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Holualua, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Warren and Herbert; daughter-in-law and caregiver June Uyeda, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were private.



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