Obituary Notices: Dec. 11 – 17, 2016

December 18, 2016, 8:00 AM HST
* Updated December 18, 8:18 AM
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Helen Olivia Ross
November 28, 1925 – December 12, 2016

Helen Olivia Ross, 91, of Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i, was born in Kent, Washington on Nov. 28, 1925, and passed away at home on Dec. 12, 2016.

Helen worked as a Registered Nurse at Kona Hospital.

She is survived by spouse John (Capt. Jack) Ross; daughters Janet (Keith) Klippstein of Portland, Oregon; Nancy (Eddie) Sakamoto of Holualoa; Leanne (Tyson) Wood of Medford, Oregon; Betsy Roslyn of Portland, Oregon; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Services to be held at a later date.

Gabriel Sentesy


Gabriel Joseph Sentesy
March 8, 1932 – December 5, 2016


Gabriel Joseph Sentesy, 84, of Waikoloa, Hawai‘i, was born in Chicago on March 8, 1932, and passed away on Dec. 5, 2016.

Gabriel served his Country in the Army and worked as a Plant Manager at a water treatment plant.

He is survived by hanai son Renato (Maura) Simbulan of Waikoloa; and cousin Nicholas (Linda) Kamp of Templeton, California.


Friends are welcome for 9 a.m. visitation and 10 a.m. Military Honors and Mass on Dec. 21, 2016 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Kamuela, Hawai‘i.

Jiro Koja
January 9, 1923 – December 14, 2016

Jiro Koja, 93, of Kahului, passed away on Dec. 14, 2016 at Islands Hospice in Kahului. He was born on Jan. 9, 1923 in Pāʻia, Maui.

Visitation will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Wailuku Hongwanji Mission, service at 5 p.m.

Jiro was an independent taxi driver.

He is survived by his son, Randall (Aselda) Koja; and two grandchildren, Liane and Justin Koja.

Inocencia Cruz

Inocencia Cruz
December 28, 1922 – December 12, 2016

Inocencia Cruz, 93, of Kahului, Maui, passed away on Dec. 12, 2016, under the care of Islands Hospice. She was born on Dec. 28, 1922, in Kekaha, Kaua‘i.

Services will be held in Honolulu. For information, please contact Estrelita Kamaka or Kuuipo Galarita.

Inocencia was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Cruz. She is survived by her son, Lester Cruz; daughters, Winifer Colon, Estrelita Kamaka; sons-in-law, Bernard Palea, Clement Kamaka; 37 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Mildred Dolores Cabral.

Mildred Dolores Cabral
March 2, 1927 – December 11, 2016

Mildred Dolores Cabral, 89 of Kahului, passed away on Dec. 11, 2016 with Hospice Maui and surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on March 2, 1927 in Wailuku.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at St. Anthony Church in Wailuku, mass will begin at 11 a.m.; and burial will follow at 1 p.m. at the Maui Veteran’s Cemetery. Mildred retired from Maui Pineapple Cannery where she worked as a trimmer.

She is survived by her sons, Ernest Alan (Joanne) Cabral, Kerstan (Hope) Cabral; daughter, Karen Cabral; brother, Alvin Leval; and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Ryan Cabral.

The family would like to acknowledge Hospice Maui for their compassionate care of Mildred.

Harry Henry Perreira

Harry Henry Perreira
July 20, 1927 – December 8, 2016

Harry H. Perreira, 89 of Haʻikū passed away December 8, 2016 under the care of Hospice Maui at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Makawao on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m.

Burial will follow at Maui Veteran’s Cemetery in Makawao at 1 p.m.

Harry was employed at the Takitani Dairy & Winery in Kaupakalua before being drafted into the Army Corp of Combat Engineers.

Afterwards he worked for Maui Land & Pine before becoming a self employed carpenter. He is best known for being a private pineapple farmer for 28 years and running a heavy equipment operation for 10 years before his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Martha; sons, Nathan (Rosemary), Damien, Timothy, Domanic “Dino”; brothers, Clarence, Benjamin, Howard, Melvin, Gerald; sister, Mildred N. Jones-Perreira and numerous nieces and nephews. Harry is predeceased by a son, Victor.

Harry had a big heart and he loved helping his family. He touched the lives of many throughout his lifetime. He will be greatly missed.

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