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  • Posted: May 27 2017 - 12:05am

    William Wayne Elaban, 67, of Mountain View died May 19. Born in Honolulu, he was a U.S. Navy veteran. Service TBA. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Cynthia Lynn Elaban; sons, William Llewellyn Elaban, Ryan Christopher (Lina) Elaban, Trevon A. Elaban, Kepa A. Elaban and Rome Joseph A. Elaban; daughters, Tiea Noelani Elaban, Amiea Maye (Pat Upky) Elaban and Ala A. Elaban; brothers, Joseph Elaban and Tommy Elaban; sisters, Gerry Elaban and Cathy Elaban; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; cousins. Preceded in death by parents Abigail Elaban and Joseph Elaban, and brother, George Elaban. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 26 2017 - 12:05am

    Verna Mae Kawai‘ula “Kupuna” Branco, 81, of Hilo died May 21 at home. Born in Hilo and raised on Kukaiau Ranch, she was a retired CPR district coordinator for the Hawaiian Studies Kupuna Component, had several kupuna and Hawaiian studies positions with DOE and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Hale O Na Ali‘i of Hawaii. Visitation 8-10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers and lei welcome. Entombment to follow at Homelani Memorial Park Mausoleum. Survived by sons, Robert (Grace) Branco Jr. of Ahualoa, Michael (Lei) Branco of Kailua-Kona and James Branco of Waiakea Uka; daughters, Verna Gale (Robert) Tavares of Captain Cook, Lola Ann (Gheeza) McGhee Branco, Anna Rose (Curtis) Azevedo, Charlotte De Reis of Waiakea Uka; hanai sister, Vivian Araujo of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Colette Ako of Las Vegas and Kay Manlapit of Nanakuli, Oahu; brother-in-law, Charles (Lei) Branco of Volcano; 25 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 25 2017 - 10:00am

    Billy Gene Friebel, 81, of Keaau died Nov. 18, 2016. He was born in Arkansas. No services. Survived by sons, Joshua Friebel of Hawaii and Michael Friebel of California; daughter, Cynthia Friebel of California; sister, Carol Dea of Alaska. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 25 2017 - 9:57am

    Verna Mae Kawai‘ula “Kupuna” Branco, 81, of Hilo died May 21 at home. Born in Hilo and raised on Kukaiau Ranch, she was a retired CPR district coordinator for the Hawaiian Studies Kupuna Component, had several kupuna and Hawaiian studies positions with DOE and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Hale O Na Ali‘i of Hawaii. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Friday (May 26) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers and lei welcome. Entombment to follow at Homelani Memorial Park Mausoleum. Survived by sons, Robert (Grace) Branco Jr. of Ahualoa, Michael (Lei) Branco of Kailua-Kona and James Branco of Waiakea Uka; daughters, Verna Gale (Robert) Tavares of Captain Cook, Lola Ann (Gheeza) McGhee Branco, Anna Rose (Curtis) Azevedo, Charlotte De Reis of Waiakea Uka; hanai sister, Vivian Araujo of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Colette Ako of Las Vegas and Kay Manlapit of Nanakuli, Oahu; brother-in-law, Charles (Lei) Branco of Volcano; 25 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 24 2017 - 12:05am

    Gene Bernhardt, 59, of Papaaloa died April 29 at home. Born in Kingfisher, Okla., he was a retired U.S. Navy senior chief master-at-arms and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Memorial service 11:30 a.m. Sunday (May 28) at the family home. Casual attire; no flowers. Memorial donations to support Wat Sa School. Donation options are PayPal (click no-fee friends and family) to tfalee@hotmail.com or by check made out to David McAllister, mail to: David McAllister, Asia Sailor Westpac’rs Association, 6072 State Highway Y, Galena, MO 65656, and enter “Wat Sa School, Gene Bernhardt” in memo line. Survived by, wife, Kyra Bernhardt; son, Jeffrey (Ali) Bernhardt; hanai son, Eric Pauli; hanai daughter, Gwynne Pauli; father, Vernon Bernhardt; brothers, Robert Bernhardt and Larry (Donna) Bernhardt; sister, Linda Hooker; a grandson. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 23 2017 - 12:05am

    Moanike‘ala Akaka, 72, of Hilo died April 15 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a longtime Hawaiian activist and advocate, former Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee and a founding mother of the renaissance of Hawaiian language and culture. Celebration of life 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday (May 28) at Hilo Bayfront Beach Park. Survived by partner, Tomas Belsky; daughter, Ho‘oululahui Erika (Cheyenne) Perry; brothers, Douglas Akaka and Loren Akaka; sister, June Martello; a granddaughter; an uncle; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 22 2017 - 12:05am

    Gordon Terry Gaspar, 66, of Hilo died May 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was an assistant baker for the former Hilo Macaroni Factory, former cook for Atebara Chips and member of the Salvation Army Hilo Temple Corps. Memorial service 10 a.m. Saturday (May 27) at the Salvation Army Hilo Temple Corps, 219 Ponahawai St. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Cassandra Sandy Cordeiro-Gaspar; sons, Ricardo “Kawika” (Nohelani) Cordeiro and Elliot Kaimi; daughters, Lieselotte “Kanani” Cordeiro and Catherine Gouveia; hanai parents, John and Jeanette Gouveia; hanai children; 13 grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 21 2017 - 12:05am

    Remegia “Remy” “Manang Remy” Cabalar Cacatian, 67, of Kurtistown died April 25 in Hilo. Born in Codoog, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, she was a member of the Hilo Iloko Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Friday (May 26) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral program at 6 p.m. Survived by husband, Victor Canosa Cacatian; children, Emil Cacatian, Junelle (Alex) Kruse, Jordan Cacatian, Jo’Anneli Cacatian; siblings, Estrella (Elmer) Acasio, Mario (Madeline) Cabalar, Trina (Patrick) Lucas, Terry (Keri) Cabalar, Samuel (Lilahnee) Cabalar; uncle, Fredoline (Lita) Cera; one grandson; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 20 2017 - 12:05am

    Paul Leialoha Ah Yee, 72, of Naalehu died April 19. Born in Pahala, he was a retired supervisor for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Naalehu Assembly of God Church. Service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Naalehu Community Cemetery. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by daughter, Cynthia (Donovan) Emmsley; brothers, Raphael (Virginia) Ah Yee, Francis (Mardell) Ah Yee and Sylvester (Martha) Ah Yee; sisters-in-law, Marie Ah Yee and Betty Ah Yee; five grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 19 2017 - 12:05am

    Dennis Angelito Reagan Gabriel Sr., 76, of Hilo died May 14 at home. Born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he was a retired U.S. Air Force and Hawaii National Guard master sergeant, electronic technician for World Wide Flight Services and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Fil-Am Golf Club and Tsunami Golf Club. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday (May 25) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Nancy Gabriel of Hilo; daughters, Gigi (Ala Wailani) Gabriel and Malia (Henri Wilbur) Gabriel of Hilo; sons, Dennis A.R. (Chassie) Gabriel Jr. and Kekoa Gabriel of Hilo; sisters, Rosaline Domaloan of Honolulu and Carmel (Kent) Lowry of California; brothers, Roger (Donna) Gabriel of Honolulu and Roland (Cyndy) Gabriel of Washington; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Gayland E. Baker, 67, of Waimea died May 12 in Waimea. Born in Riverside, Calif., he was co-owner of a bed and breakfast. Private services. Online condolence: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by son, Christian Baker of Waimea; brothers, Glen (Sandy) Baker of Grand Island, Neb., Sean Baker of Waimea and Gene Baker of Grand Island. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 17 2017 - 12:05am

    Ronald “Ron” Allen Embree, 67, of Keaau died May 11 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Seattle, he was retired laborer for Local 242. Private services at a later date. Survived by wife, Nani Embree; daughter, Rebecca Embree; sons, Benjamin Embree and Noah Embree; hanai son, Gabe Lubbess; a sister and two brothers. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 16 2017 - 12:05am

    Robert “Bobby” Kukilakila Beck, 72, of Naalehu died April 21 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired plumber, veteran of Hawaii Army National Guard and U.S. Navy Seabees and member of HI-LO Golf Club and Plumbers and Fitters Union. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (May 20) at Naalehu Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Aloha attire; flowers and lei welcome. Burial at Naalehu Community Cemetery. Celebration of life to follow at Naalehu Clubhouse. Survived by daughters, Pearl (David) Kuahiwinui of Green Sands, Joyceline (Gilbert Loando) Beck of Kona and Vera (Jason) Ward of Duvall, Wash.; sons, Robert (Leiko) Beck of Kona and Roland Beck of Naalehu; brothers, Julian (Betty) Beck of Naalehu, Lincoln (Sina) Beck of Kona, Rudy (Tae Hui) Gabonia of Hilo, Calvin (Celestine) Gabonia of Virginia and Glen (Debbie) Gabonia of Washington; sisters, Darlene (Winslow) Vierra of Naalehu, Alohalyn Beck of South Point, Anareita Beck of Hilo, Wanda (Roland) Gionson of Pearl City, Oahu, and Linda Ann (Brad) Baker of Missouri; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 14 2017 - 12:05am

    Thomas “Ben” Mitsuo Fujiwara, 89, of Hilo died April 1 at the Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired parts department salesman for HT&T Trucking and former salesman at Hilo Ace Hardware. Friends may call 4-5 p.m. Friday (May 19) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Jo-Ann (Kimo) Kelekolio of Beaverton, Ore., and Lori (Derrick) Tamashiro of Hilo; brother, Donald Fujiwara of Kailua-Kona; sister, Rachel (Wilfred) Soong of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Sharon Fujiwara, Elaine Sakoda and Ruth (George) Fukushima of Hilo, Debbie Fujiwara of Honolulu and Dorothy Shindo of Chicago; brothers-in-law, John Okino of Hilo and Burton (Irene) Okino of Honolulu; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

  • Posted: May 13 2017 - 12:05am

    Elujino V. Alvarez Jr., 70, of Hilo died May 6. He was born in Honolulu. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Wednesday (May 17) at Ballard Family Mortuary. Service at 6 p.m. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Elujino Alvarez III and Abraham (Brittany) Alvarez Sr.; daughter, Stacey (Alan) Alvarez; brothers, Fernando Alvarez, Robin Alvarez Sr., William Alvarez, Anthony Alvarez, Alan “Puncho” (Barbara) Alvarez, Dean Alvarez, Wilbur (Jessica) Alvarez and Wayne “Cody” (Annie) Alvarez; sisters, Mildred Alvarez, Irene (Bully) Flores, Caroline Alvarez, Vivian Alvarez, Patricia Alvarez, Deborah Alvarez, Verna Alvarez, Barcitla Ramirez, Darlene (Chico) Marrero, Joanna Dima and Renee (Rocky) Abadilla; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.