Former UH professorBy Mary Adamski
Douglas C. Vann remembered
as man of the sea
For Douglas C. Vann, former University of Hawaii professor and researcher, the science of genetics was his profession but sailing was his passion.
Vann was past commodore of the Hawaii Yacht Racing Association and well-known in the island sailing community as skipper of the 44-foot sailboat Tiare.
"He started sailing when he was 10 or 11 years old on Coronado island in San Diego," said his wife, Sharry Vann. "When he had his 60th birthday in May, we celebrated it at the Hawaii Yacht Club."
Vann died Friday aboard the Tiare competing in the club's weekly sunset race to and from the No. 2 buoy in the Keehi channel.
Arlene Schade, office manager of Hawaii Yacht Club, said Vann was a hospitable sailor, often taking visiting yachtsmen and other strangers aboard "to give them the experience of sailing in Hawaii." He was involved for years in support efforts for international races such as the Transpacific and Kenwood Cup competitions. He helped set up and update Internet sites to track the progress of various races and sailors including Kenichi Horie of Japan, who stopped here in April on his solo voyage from San Francisco to Japan.
Vann had been director of immunology for Neugenesis, a biotechnical company which produces proteins for pharmaceutical use, since 1996. He was an associate professor with the UH medical school's department of genetics for 11 years, leaving to become senior scientist of the immunology division of Hawaii Biotechnology Group. He continued as a researcher at the university until 1996.
He was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and earned his doctorate at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He did postdoctoral work at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif.
Services at the Hawaii Yacht Club on Friday will begin at 5:36 p.m., which was his starting time in the weekly race. A procession of sailboats will leave the harbor to accompany the Tiare. His ashes will be scattered at sea.
In recent years Vann had become interested in Buddhism. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to an educational Buddhist organization, Vipassana Hawaii, P.O. Box 240547, Honolulu, HI 96824.
In addition to his wife, Sharry, he is survived by his son Michael G. of Santa Cruz, Calif.
Ted S. Aramaki, 85, of Honolulu, a retired Oahu Plumbing and Sheet Metal Co. worker, died Aug. 1 at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Gladys M.; son Norman S.; daughters Carol N. and Linda S. Aramaki, Doreen H. Akizaki and Joyce T. Villalobos; sisters Helen T. Fujii and Nancy S. Hirayasu, and six grandchildren. Private services.
Leilani T. Baho, 61, of Lahaina, Maui,a parking supervisor at Whaler's Village, died Friday at home. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by daughters Debi Mahon, Verna Butler-Baker and Michelle Baho; sons Frank Jr. and Tony; brothers Benito, Jose and Domingo Bisera; sisters Angie Vasquez, Inis Bisera, Rosing Cacal and Patricia Juario, and eight grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Scattering of ashes: 5 p.m. Friday at 4770 Lower Honoapiilani Road. Casual attire. No flowers. Leis welcome.
Tori Cher Bentosino, infant daughter of Michael J. Bentosino and Nanette R. Arigo, will be remembered in prayer services at noon Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 10 a.m. She died Aug. 2 in Kapiolani Hospital. She is also survived by brothers Cody Bentosino and Donavon Gella; sister Cherise; grandparents Masa and Patricia Bentosino and Tomas and Osfelina Arigo, and great-grandmother Violet Cruz. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.
Andrew Bihary Jr., 75, of Honolulu died Saturday in Tripler Hospital. He was born in Brownsville, Pa., He is survived by brother John and nephews Kenneth and Ronald. Services: 9:30 a.m.Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 8 to 10:15 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. No flowers. Donations suggested to American Diabetes Association Hawaii Affiliate Inc., 840 Iwilei Road, Honolulu 96817.
Lawrence "Lolly" Bonocan, 59, of Honolulu, a retired jeweler, died July 29 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by companion Eileen Nakamoto, and brother Severino. Private services.
Eudalia C. "Dolly" Caba, 74, of Paia, Maui died Saturday in Maui Memorial Hospital. She was born in Honomu, Hawaii. She is survived by sons J.R. "Angel" and R.J. "Jesus" Bonilla; daughters Lucille "Chicka" Caba and Shirley Rodrigues; brother George Hernanadez; half-sister Elsie Tanaka, 24 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Holy Rosary Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery. Casual attire.
Catalino F. "Lino" Cabreros, 86, of Honolulu, a retired truck driver at Pearl Harbor Naval Supply Center, died Friday at home. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Emerenciana "Nene"; son Bernard; daughters Katherine Cabico and Ann Cabreros; brother Juan; sister Patricia Cabe, and two grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Thursday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 800 Kaheka St. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Call again from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.
Gilbert M. Carvalho, 70, of Mountain View, Hawaii, a retired house painter, died Friday at home. He was born in Olaa, Hawaii. He is survived by son Gilbert Jr.; daughter Trinidad L. Caviness; father Phillip; brother Richard R.; sisters Margaret Tinari, Elizabeth Silva and Minnie Gallante, and four grandchildren. Graveside services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.
Daniel Y.F. Ching, 99, of Honolulu, a proprietor of the original Ace Appliance Co., died Aug. 1 in Honolulu. He was also manager of Kaneohe Dairy. He was born in Kula, Maui. He is survived by sons Bernard and Eugene Chan and Stephen Ching; daughters Katherine Wong and Lorraine King, 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services.
Hatsue M. Fujikawa, 85, of Honolulu died July 29 in Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility. She was born in Aiea. She is survived by daughters Laura Tokita, Jean Naile and Carol Nakashima; brothers Kiyoshi, Shizuo and Albert Miyasato; sisters Elaine Miyasato, Chiyoko Tanaka and Helen Santoki, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Private services.
Jun Furuya, 100, of Aiea died last Tuesday at home. She was born in Fukui-Ken, Japan. She is survived by sons Hanzo, Seizo, Robert K. and Albert T.; daughter Florence Y. Yasuda; sister Sato Matsumi, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Private services.
Muriel H. Gere, 71, of Honolulu died Friday in Ewa Beach. She is survived by sons Frank and Marcus Nobriga and Robert Beck; daughter Jaqueline Whidden; brother Daniel Johnson, and sister Darnell Johnson. Private scattering of ashes at sea.
Pastoria Galla, 77, of Kahului, a retired accountant, died July 31 in Maui Memorial Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. She is survived by brothers Baldwin, Frank, Hawaii, Joseph, Stanley, Alfredo, Roosevelt and Leslie Domingo, and sisters Marie Ojerio, Carlina Baybayan, Mary Seabury and Virgil Ann Davis. Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.
Ernest J. Granito, 57, of Kamuela will be remembered in services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Additional information for an obituary published Saturday.
Tobias Guzman, 77, of Waipahu, a retired steward at Hilton Hawaiian Village, died July 23 in St. Francis-West Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Felicidad; son Jhony; daughters Severa Bonoan and Rose Mary Bumanglag; brothers Rizalino and Antonio, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church. Call 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.
Jamsie K. "Jimmy" Haiola, 47, of Kahuku, an Atlas Tile journeyman, died Thursday in Laie. He was born in Laie. He is survived by wife G. Kaimi; daughters Jamie, Candice, Ariane and Kori; sons James, Ethan and Pono; mother Gladys K.; sisters Gladys Keli'ikuli, Mary Santos, Vicky Hurlbut, Sadie McCumber, Kao'o Clark, Pinky Farley and Eloise Mudaliar, and brothers John, Charles, Gary and Lon. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laie North Stake Chapel. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Laie Cemetery.
Christopher K. Kahaleua, 83, of Honolulu, a retired fisherman with Oceanic Corp., died July 28 in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Michael Kahaleua and Richard Naeole; daughters Nani Agor and Mildred Ng; brother Patrick "Sonny," grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Casual attire.
Thomas S. Kohagura, 57, of Hilo, a proprietor of Rubber Stamp Place in Hilo, died Sunday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Judy; daughters Darlene Yamashita, Lisa Nakamoto and Rena Kohagura; brothers Jackson and Paul, and two grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Howard C. Lambeth, 86, of Kailua-Kona, a retired airplane mechanic for Lockheed Aircraft, died Thursday in Kau Hospital. He also worked for Pan-O-Rama Air Tours. He was born in Calhoun, Mo. He is survived by daughter Claydene Santos; brother Merle, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Call after 10 a.m. tomorrow at Kona Memorial Park. Burial to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.
Marilyn I.M.L. McInnis, 69, of Honolulu, a retired carrier with the U.S. Post Office, died July 24 in Kailua. She was born in Mexico, Maine. She is survived by son Phillipp and brothers Robert and Raymond. Private inurnment.
Lillian Y. Muragin, 79, of Hilo, a harvester for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp., died Saturday at home. She was born in Ookala, Hawaii. She is survived by husband William; sons Charles and Clifford; daughter Robbin, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.
Stanley Y. Nakamoto, 75, of Honolulu, a retired president and mechanical engineer for Carrier Hawaii, died Aug. 1 in Straub Hospital. He was born in Kapaa, Kauai. He is survived by daughter Jan Kuniyoshi; sisters Harriet Nakamoto, Namiko Hatton and Kimiye Tada, and two grandchildren. Memorial services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Inurnment: 9:30 a.m. Monday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.
Mary Recca, 53, of Honolulu, a collections manager with GECC Financial, died Wednesday in Honolulu. She was born in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is survived by children Collette Rodriguez, Tammy "Kalani" Miyasato and Solomon, Salvatore B. III and Tanya Recca; mother I. Jean Briggs, and 13 grandchildren. Services: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow.
Bruno P. Respicio, 98, of Ewa, a retired tractor operator and surveyor from Ewa Plantation, died Thursday in Kona Community Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by sons Remigio "Roy," Artemio "Artie," Florentino "Larry," Alfredo "Bay," Cornelio "Sonny," Rosalino "Salle," James and Bruno "Chris"; daughters Visitacion "Vicky" Smith, Pacita "Pat" Manasas and Catherine Cabudol; 43 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Candace Ui-Lani Robino, 26, of Honolulu will be remembered in services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to noon. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. She died last Tuesday. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by parents Anson and Debra; sister Heather Kekipi, and grandparents Agnes Robino and Stanley and Martha Castro.
Art J. Rodier Jr., 54, of Waianae died July 23. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is survived by son Art III; daughter Debbie Daly; sisters Marrianne Lindstrom and Lauren O'Shea, and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.
Dennis M. Saki, 49, of Honolulu died July 13. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Michiko; son Christopher; brother Gerald, and sister Nadine. Private services.
Kiichi Shimabuku, 79, of Keaau, Hawaii, a welder for the Puna Sugar Co., died Friday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Olaa, Hawaii. He is survived by sons Kenneth and Raymond; daughters Shirley Goto and Eleanor Nishikawa, and seven grandchildren. Memorial services: 5 p.m. Thursday at Puna Hongwanji. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
John C. Stewart, 35, of Makakilo, a former employee with Grace Pacific Corp. in the parts division, died Thursday in St. Francis-West Hospital. He was born in Omaha, Neb. He is survived by parents Charlie and Mabel; brother Alan, and grandmother Theadora Kahale. Call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Sheri Ann K. Sugawa, 27, of Pearl City, a former optometrist technician, died Thursday in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Randon Cannalte; mother Karen K. Kaoihana; stepfather Robert Kaoihana; father Michael; brother Jason K. Kaoihana; sister Shanelle M.K. Maganis, and grandmother Kazuyo Okamoto. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 5:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Isabelo A. Taca, 73, of Waimanalo died Thursday in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by wife Caridad; daughters Amanda Ramos, Gloria Tabisola, Lucia Taca and Christina Nutt; sons Stanley, Angelito and Hipolito; sisters Juanita and Maria Tacto, 18 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: noon Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.
Leimomi P.P. Tilton, 66, of Hanapepe, Kauai, a retired accountant for the Department of Transportation in Virginia, died Friday in Kauai Veterans Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son William "Kamaka"; daughters Tanya and Tina Marie Tilton and Janice Naea; mother Keala H. Pai; stepdaughter Violet; sisters Leinaala Alesna and Rowena Pai Jackson; brother Joseph Enoka Pai, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Kauai International Christian Center, 3501 Rice St., Suite 211. Call from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Services: 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Merle J. Tucker, 70, of Kihei, formerly of Colorado, a retired instrumental designer for Petroleum and Mining Co., died Saturday in Maui Memorial Hospital. He was born in Selman, Okla. He is survived by wife Tamiko O.; sons John and Lynn; brother Eugene; sisters Carolyn Powell and Arlene Stansberry, and two grandchildren. Private services.
Keiki-Lani E. Valmoja-Moreno, infant daughter of Elias Moreno and Sherry Valmoja, died June 21 in Honolulu. She is also survived by grandparents Margot and Bart A. Valmoja Jr. and Bertha and Alfredo Moreno, and great-grandparents Margaret Kahalepuna, Kalanihou Haumea and Perta and Pilar Moreno. Graveside services: 2 p.m. Friday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.
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