Obituary Notices: June 18-24, 2017

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Big Island Obituaries:

Richard Nelson
May 30, 1947 – June 16, 2017

Richard Nelson, 70, of Hilo, passed away on June 16, 2017. Richard was born on May 30, 1947, in New York.

He is survived by his wife, Lori Thal; mother Dori Valanos; brother, Robert Robbins; sisters, Karo Wihlidal and Timi Hight;Sean Robbins,Shane Wihlidal, Kaleo Arruda, Rebecca Mercado and Lance Garner. Predeceased by father, John Oliver Nelson and mother, Jane McTaggart Nelson.

Michael John Matson
April 22, 1961 – June 15, 2017

Michael John Matson, 56, of Kea‘au, passed away on June 15, 2017. Micahel was born on April 22, 1961, in Milwaukee, WI. Service to be held at SGI Hall on Railroad Avenue at 1:30 pm on July 1,2017.


He is survived by his companion, Delfin Gangano and brother, Jeff Matson. For more details, please contact Ballard Family Mortuary.

Newton Guthier
December 9, 1955 – June 14, 2017

Newton Guthier, 61, of Hilo, passed away in Hilo, on June 14, 2017. Newton was born on Dec. 9, 1955, in Honolulu.

No services held. He is survived by his cousins, Ermelinda L. Kauahi Giurato and Gilman Kahai. For more information please contact Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo at (808) 935-8445.

William Kaohu Kahakua Sr.
January 31, 1928 – June 10, 2017


William Kaohu Kahakua Sr., 89, of Mountain View, passed away on June 10, 2017. William was born on Jan. 31, 1928, in Ka’u.

Visitation 9 a.m. Mass to follow at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at St Theresa Catholic Church, 18-1355 Volcano Highway, Mountain View, 96771. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Kahakua; sons, William (Pamela) Kahakua Sr., Paul (Barbra) Kahakua and George Kahakua Sr.; daughter, Laurie (Michael) Ignacio; brothers, James (Nora) Kahakua, Herbert (Karen) Kahakua and Frank (Rita) Duran; sisters, Julia Amaral, Gladis Wilson, Elizabeth (Chris) Asuncion, Elenore Kepner and Lily (Gene) Mariaga, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jacob Allen De Jesus
February 1, 1985 – June 7, 2017

Jacob Allen De Jesus, 32, of Paauilo, passed away on June 7, 2017. Jacob was born on Feb. 1, 1985 in Hilo.

Memorial Service to be held on Saturday June 17, 2017 at Waipio Valley starting 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life hosted at 43-974 Paauilo Hui Road at 5 p.m.


He is survived by his companion, Alisha; mother, Marcella ;father Shannon; hanai mother, Nadine; grandmother, Betty; sons, Ezekiel and Blaze; daughter, Dezirae; brothers, Aaron, Wennson, Tilton and Austin; sisters, Alexis and Erin, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. For more details, please contact Aaron Hilua at (808) 352-5339.

Maui Obituaries:

Robert Garcia Serna

Robert Garcia Serna
August 5, 1965 – June 19, 2017

Robert Garcia Serna, 51, of Lahaina, Maui, passed away on June 19, 2017, at his home in Lahaina. He was born on Aug. 5, 1965, in the Philippines.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church; mass will begin at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Norman’s Mortuary; service will begin at 11 a.m.; burial will follow, 2 p.m., at Maui Memorial Park Cemetery in Wailuku.

Robert is survived by his parents, Domingo and Socorro, of Lahaina; brothers, Rudy (Gail) Serna, or Westhill, CA., Ronald (Susie) Serna, of Honolulu; sister, Rana (Sean) Delatori, of Lahaina; nieces & nephews, Kanoelani Delatori, Ryan Delatori, Hokulani Hailey Serna, Caitlin Serna, Avery Serna, Trevor Serna, Courtney Serna; and grand nieces, Stella Kenolio-Delatori.

Rosemary Kanani Vasquez

Rosemary Kanani Vasquez
October 29, 1939 – June 14, 2017

Rosemary Kanani Vasquez, 77, of Lahaina, passed away on June 14, 2017 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Lāna‘i City.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Ballard Family Mortuary, service will begin at 10:30 a.m., and burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Valley Isle Memorial Park in Ha‘ikū.

Rosemary worked in Housekeeping for several Resorts.

She is survived by her children, Jesse Vasquez, Brian Vasquez, Brennan Vasquez, Jennifer “Sugar Babe” Vasquez, and Annie “Dee Dee” Vasquez; brother, Tommy Enfield; sister, Violet Johns; 24 grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren.

Rosemary was predeceased by her son, Wendell Vasquez.

Manuel Tomoyuki “Manong” Flores
February 4, 1937 – June 13, 2017

Manuel Tomoyuki “Manong” Flores, 80, of Lahaina, passed away on June 13, 2017 at his home under Hospice Care. He was born on Feb. 4, 1937 in Lahaina.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017 at Waiola Congregational Church in Lahaina; service will begin at 5 p.m., cremation will follow.

Manuel was a forklift driver at Maui Pine.

He is survived by his wife, Fay Flores; children, Guy (Lori) Flores, Fran (Maureen) Flores, Albert (Sweetie) Flores, Loke (Brandon) Fujiwara, Mandy Flores, and Puaokalani Flores; sisters, Asaye Nishimoto, Hachun Lee, and Yaeko Oliveira; 11 grandchildren, Chevelle, Kawehi, Jade, Jordyn, A.J., Mandi-Lei, Kaohu, Isaiah, Keoni, Hekiliokahokuao, and Kenui; and 2 great-grandchildren, Aiva, and Arya.

Betty Jane Keahi
March 28, 1931 – June 9, 2017

Betty Jane Keahi, 86, of Kīhei, passed away on June 9, 2017 at Hale Makua in Kahului. She was born on March 28, 1931 in Honolulu.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary, service will begin at 11 a.m., and burial will follow at 1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

Betty formerly worked at Waialae Bowl as a clerk.

She is survived by her daughter, Marsha (Derrick) Yoshimura; sisters, Miriam Kong, Susie Lapid; brothers, Gilbert Chee Sr., and Albert “Blackie” Chee; grandchildren, Cory Kimura, Holly (Burt) Ferguson, Rad (April) Kaneshiro; great-grandchildren, Lance (Britney) Vierra, Holden Kimura, Keanu Ferguson, Aalyah Pali-Kaneshiro, Ryder Kimura, and Hunter Kimura. Betty was pre-deceased by her husband, Joseph Haili Keahi Jr.; and daughter, Breandette Jo Iwalani Kaneshiro.

Ronson Kapena Ernest Vares
November 28, 1989 – June 6, 2017

Visitation on Saturday, July 1, 2017, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ballard Family Mortuary Kahului. Service begins at 11:30 a.m.

Glenn Paul Recamara

Glenn Paul Recamara
February 7, 1953 – May 30, 2017

Glenn Paul Recamara, 64 of Las Vegas, NV passed away on May 30, 2017 in Las Vegas. He was born in Pu’unene, Maui. Glenn was a retired steelworker with Associated Steel Workers, Ltd. He was also a member of the Ironworkers Union Local 625.

Glenn is predeceased by his parents, Faustino and Concordia Recamara. He is survived by brothers, Joseph Ricamara, Charles (Elizabeth) Recamara, Clifford Recamara, Jerry (Clarice) Recamara, and Bryant Recamara. He was preceded in death by sister, Evelyn Carino and survived by sisters, Beatrice Rivera, Aileen Damaso, Priscilla Ah Yen, Janice (Bonifacio) Fillazar and Deborah (Walter) Medeiros; longtime companion, Andra Curfman; numerous nephews, nieces and also grandnephews and grandnieces.

Visitation will be held at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 5-6 p.m., prayer service from 6-7 p.m. with dinner to follow. Casual attire. Family request no flowers. Private inurnment at Maui Memorial Park.

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