Wednesday, November 17, 1999

Organist Frank Loney
dies at the age of 86

By Harold Morse


Frank A. Loney, 86, of Honolulu, a longtime theater organist, died Nov. 1 in Straub Hospital.

"He did a fine medley of Gershwin standards," the late Star-Bulletin writer Pierre Bowman said about a Hawaii Theatre performance in 1984. "He performed "Serenade in Blue' with extraordinary subtlety that had the organ purring. He finished up with an equally special rendition of "Tea for Two.' "

Earlier, Loney practiced his musical artistry at the organ of the theater now known as Waikiki 3 at 2284 Kalakaua Ave.

The California native came to Hawaii from his hometown of Pomona, Calif., after World War II.

He worked as a salesman for Moore Business Forms in Hawaii and played organ for community theater productions in Kailua. He often played informally with his friend Peter Beamer, a pianist.

Son Peter Loney said: "All he did was play and work."

"He was a real prominent figure in the music industry in Hawaii for 45 years," said another son, Robert.

He was active in the movement to restore the Hawaii Theatre organ for nearly 20 years, and he performed Sunday concerts on that organ for some years, he said.

"He will be dearly missed by many theater organ enthusiasts around the country, as he also performed at different times on the mainland," Robert Loney said.

The senior Loney is also survived by wife Yoshiko; sons Frank and Steven; daughters Patty Larsen and Janie King; and eight grandchildren. Private services took place on Maui.

‘Aunty Lei’ Collins
dies at 86

By Harold Morse


Violet "Aunty Lei" Collins, 86, of Holualoa, Big Island, curator of Hulihee Palace and Museum and noted singer, dancer and composer of Hawaiian songs, died Nov. 13 in Kona Community Hospital.

She was honored in 1995 with the Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award.

Born at South Keei, Kona, she was regarded as a pioneer in Hawaiian entertainment. She retired from Hilton Hawaiian Village in late 1977, after six years there as Hawaiian hostess, social director and assistant manager, returning to Kona at that time to live on the family coffee plantation.

She began her career in the early 1930s as supervisor of music for the City and County of Honolulu -- in charge of park and playground activities, pageants and music appreciation. Her singing talents were noticed early, and she began a radio career on KGU.

Later, she became program director at the Halekulani Hotel. Employed next by Aloha Airlines, she traveled thousands of miles throughout the Pacific, promoting Hawaii through her music. In South America, Mexico, Canada, Australia and other locales, she took part in Hawaii promotions for leaders of government and business.

This went on from 1955 to 1971 except for two years when she worked for then-Gov. William F. Quinn as director of visitor-satisfaction at Honolulu Airport.

She is survived by sons Louis and John Collins and Steve Mukai; daughters Winona Wong, Fanny Au Hoy, Georgiana Clark and Ernesta Masagatani; sister Eliza Mills; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Honolulu memorial services take place at Kawaiahao Congregational Church at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Call after 6 p.m. Burial will be private. Aloha attire. Leis welcome;omit other flowers.

Services this weekend
for Kawamae, Sakamoto

By Star-Bulletin staff


Services for Ronald K. Kawamae and John K. Sakamoto, victims of the Nov. 2 Xerox shooting, will be held this weekend.

Kawamae, 54, of Makiki is survived by son Reid; and grandson Reinton.

Kawamae's services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 5:30 p.m.

Sakamoto, 36 of Honolulu is survived by wife Susan P.T.; son Dane K.; daughter Brooke K.M.; parents Richard T. and Charlotte H.; brother Ted T.; and sister Ann M.

His services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Central Union Church. Call after 8 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Emily M. Alameida, 88, of Ewa Beach, a retired pineapple cannery trimmer, died Nov. 7 in St. Francis Hospice-West. She was born in Ewa. She is survived by son Earl; daughter Geraldine Lewellyn; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: church cemetery. Casual attire.

Maurice S. Alexander, 83, of Aiea, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, died Friday in Tripler Hospital. He was born in Chicago. He is survived by wife Reiko; son Mark; daughter Leona Owen; and a grandson. Mass: 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Parish. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: 11:30 a.m., National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Sacred Heart Parish, 1701 Wilder Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96822.

Kenneth C. Amona, 81, of Honolulu, who died Thursday, will be remembered in a 7 p.m. service today at Borthwick Mortuary, call after 5 p.m.; and an 11 a.m. Mass tomorrow at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church on Wilder Avenue. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Eufemio R. Borge, 89, of Waipahu, a retired U.S. Navy boiler mechanic, died Oct. 29 in the Convalescent Center of Honolulu. He was born in Santa, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Avelina D.; son Michael; daughters Beverly S. Vaughn, Darlene Sanchez, Nancy J. Elsenbach, Sharlene Barnes and Naomi Peters; brother Rudy; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Wake: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Memorial Park, makai chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Service: noon Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Alfred L. Canianes, 65, of Honolulu, died Nov. 1 in St. Francis Hospice-West. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Alfred Jr., Aurrie and Jose; daughters Desiree Nishimura and Debra Glaspell; sisters Bea Vilardo, Josie Caliente and Dolly Bunda; brothers Philip and James; and 11 grandchildren. Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Ashes to be scattered. Aloha attire.

Santiago "Sonny" O. Credo, 87, of Aiea, died Thursday in Crawford's Convalescent Home. He was born in Bani, Pangasinan, the Philippines. He is survived by cousins Domingo C. and Naty O. Botardo, and Fely C. Mendez. Service: 7:15 p.m. tomorrow at Honolulu Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Call after 6 p.m. Graveside service: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. No flowers. Additional information provided by the mortuary.

Fa'aea Fa'apito, 48, of Waipahu, died Nov. 6 in St. Francis Hospital-West. She was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa. She is survived by husband Asovale; sons David Saufoi, James L. Driggers, and Tinitali, Asovale Jr., Michael and Patrick Fa'apito; daughter Pepe; father Saufoi Ioane; sisters Mary Taoipu, Tasina Sulu, Pulusila Kuresa and Flola Edwards; and two grandchildren. Service: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at First Samoan United Church of Christ. Call after 9 a.m. Entombment: Garden Crypt Inc. on the grounds of Sunset Memorial Park. No flowers.

Rose M.V. Goodhue, 91, of Lihue, died Saturday in Wilcox Hospital. She was born in Missouri. She is survived by husband Dr. William W.; and son Dr. William W. Jr. Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Church. Call after 1 p.m. Aloha attire.

Laura S.L. Ho, 74, of Honolulu, retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Shafter, died Thursday in Queen's Hospital. Born in Hawaii, she is survived by brothers Francis, Edward and Calvin; and sisters Nancy Naumu, Ella Gatlin and Pauline Quintana. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual.

Iubile K. Kanahele, 64, of Anahola, Kauai, a cowboy for Gay & Robinson, died Nov. 5 in Kaiser Hospital. Born on Niihau, he is survived by wife Rose: daughters Karen Rita, Bettylou, Rose, Linda, Denise and Wanda; sons Iubile Jr., Wayne, Herman, Elvis and Ronald; brothers Henry and Issac; sisters Eunice and Betty Kanahele, Virginia Nizo and Tamala Garcia; and 33 grandchildren. Service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Waimea Hawaiian Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. Casual attire.

Matsue Kondo, 88, of Lihue died Nov. 7 in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in Koloa, Kauai. She is survived by sons Emery and Kreighton; daughters Karen Sugamoto and Elaine Kondo; brother Sadamu Tasaka; sisters Haruko Yoshishige, Tsurue Morinaka and Umeno Oda; and three grandchildren. Private services held.

Zhilan Li, 80, of Honolulu died Nov. 7 in the Oahu Care Facilities. She was born in China. She is survived by sons Hon Wing, Hon Fai, Hon Chiu and Hon Jie Ma; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Buddhist services: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Frances L.K. Lovell, 73, of Honolulu, a retired telephone operator for St. Francis Medical Center, died Friday in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sister Julia Chang; and several nieces and nephews. Service: 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Andrew's Parke Chapel. Aloha attire.

Antonio R. "Tony" Mendoza, 54, of Waialua, a Waialua Sugar Plantation employee, died Oct. 10 in St. Francis Hospital-West. He was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Carmelita W.; son Antonio C. Jr.; daughters Eva, Leila and Mabel; brother Alfonzo; sister Marina Balualua; and a grandson. Wake: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary, mauka chapel. Call after 6 p.m. Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Milton K. Nakamura, 52, of Honolulu, an accountant at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, died Sunday in Straub Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Cynthia; son Reid; daughter Kristin; father Edward; brothers Edward Jr. and Harlan; and sisters Bernice Koike, Karen Motosue and Ann Uradomo. Service: 4 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. No flowers. Casual attire.

William D.K. Paik, 81, of Waimanalo, a retired aircraft mechanic supervisor and slack key guitar instructor, died last Wednesday in Kailua. He was born in South Kona, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Bernice; sons Glen, Gregory, Wayne and Ivan; daughters Anna Paik-Sabado, Evelyn Hines and Lorna Needham; and 13 grandchildren. Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Enrique C. Palomo, 79, of Honolulu, who died Nov. 9, is also survived by stepson Francis Beirne and stepdaughter Ulu Beirne.

Jan O.D. Perez, 40, of Halaula, North Kohala, died Monday at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Alfred R.; son Everette; daughter Olivia; stepsons Kevin, Collin and Roysin; parents Benjamin D. Dumaran and Nora M. Prestidge Dumaran; brother Benjamin Dumaran; and sisters Brenda Douglas, Debra Fuller and Marcie Kaai. Service: 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the family home in North Kohala. Ashes to be scattered later. Casual attire. No flowers.

Arley T. Shigemitsu, 38, of Kaneohe, a dockworker who died Friday when he was pinned between a tractor and a container, will be remembered in services Saturday. Shigemitsu was born in San Pedro, Calif. He is survived by father Francis; brothers Stuart and Dana; and grandmother Sakiyo. Service: 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kaneohe Second Ward. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Margaret A. Sonoda, 71, of Honolulu, died last Wednesday in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Aiea, she is survived by son Stacy; daughter Bonnie Hasselfeld; brother George Asakura; and a grandson. Service: 11:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 11 a.m. Inurnment: 2 p.m., National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.

Eric Sung, 27, of Honolulu, a supervisor at Moo's Machine Works Inc., died last Wednesday in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by father Moo Young; mother Soun Kyun; sister Angela; and grandmother Young Ja Paik. Service: 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Cremation to follow. Private scattering of ashes.

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