Moana Dudoit: A legacy of love, culture and ohana

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Moana Dudoit: A legacy of love, culture and ohana

“One of the best friends I ever had.” “Always helped everyone.” “A legacy of unconditional love.” “Always dreamed big.” “Spiritually strong.” These are just a few of the ways one of Molokai’s most beloved kumu hula, Aunty Moana Dudoit, is described by family and friends.

For more than 40 years, Dudoit’s halau has taught and supported about 300 people ranging in age from 4 to 90-something. Traveling around the world to share the aloha spirit, Hawaiian culture and love of family, Dudoit has touched not only those on her native island of Molokai, but also those on the mainland, and in Japan, Europe and the South Pacific.…

Obituary: Steven James Schonely

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Obituary: Steven James Schonely

Steven James Schonely passed away on Aug. 31, 2012 at his home in Kaunakakai. He was born on March 29, 1951 in Agana, Guam. He is survived by his mother Barbara Schonely of Kaunakakai, Molokai, father William Schonely of Portland, OR and his three younger siblings: Linda (Jim) Christison of Portland, OR, Rick Schonely of Kalua`aha Molokai, and Billy (Sam) Schonely of Hillsboro, OR. Steve’s passion was for the deep blue sea, where he spent many days and nights fishing the waters of Hawaii. He was also the owner of Island Kine Auto Rental & Sales.

Services will be held on Sept.…

A Fond Farewell

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

A Fond Farewell

Cami Naehu. Photo by Rick Schonely.

Friends of Cami Naehu share memories

Just past mile marker 18 on the east end, fresh flowers decorate a section of Kamehameha V Highway in remembrance of Cami Naehu, 33, who died in a motorcycle accident last Saturday. The Molokai native is survived by two sons.

“Her forgiving heart has taught me so much about life, more than she will ever know. She isn’t just my best friend, she is my sister, she is my ‘homie,’” wrote friend Liza-Kay. “She will always be here with me. Cami lived her life to the fullest; she always had a smile on her face with no worries at all, ready for anything.…

Obituary: Robert “Bobby” Paleka

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Obituary: Robert “Bobby” Paleka

Robert “Bobby” Paleka of Ho`olehua, Molokai, died at the age of 72 on June 19, 2012 at his home on Mo`omomi Ave. He was a retired equipment operator for Grace Pacific Corp and Operators Union Local 3. He was born on Sept. 17, 1940 in Ho`olehua.

He is survived by wife Barbara ” Bea” Paleka; son Sonny (Rhonda) Paleka of Hilo; daughters Roberta “Penny” (Mike) Paleka-Steinhoff of Ho`olehua, Shatina (Keala) Paleka of Ho`olehua, and Myra (Nate) Ah Mook Sang of Honolulu; brothers Herman (Joan) Paleka of Kauai, Henry “Bully” (Rosie) Paleka of Kalamaula, and Earl Paleka of Kaunakakai; sister Jamesie “Hunny” (Reuben) Sambajonof Kaunakakai; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.…

Vicenta Calpito Vergara

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Vicenta Calpito Vergara, age 87, of Kaunakakai, Molokai died on March 11, 2012 in Kaunakakai. She was born in Nagbukel, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by sons Ed (Patti) Vergara of San Diego, Calif., Glenn (Tammy) Vergara) of Honolulu, and Arnold (Michele) Vergara of Lanai City, Lanai; daughters Aida (Alvin) Calvan of Honolulu and Irene (Carlton) Pabalan of Boulder City, CO; and 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Friends may call on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. with Mass at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Damien Catholic Church in Kaunakakai, Molokai. Burial to follow at the Kapa`akea cemetery in Kapa`akea, Molokai.…

Teruo Nakamoto

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Teruo Nakamoto, 90, of Kualapu`u, Molokai, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Haie Makua, Kahului under Hospice Care. He was born February 16, 1922 in Wailuku.

He was a retired Foreman with the Del Monte Company. He is survived by his wife Agnes M. Nakamoto, son Roland (Sharon) Nakamoto, daughters Lorraine (William) Rhyne, Gwendolyn (Donald) Wheatlake, Sherrie (Guy) Ueki, eight grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and sister Kimiko “Kay” Nakagawa.

Services over ashes are on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Kaunakakai Baptist Church, Molokai. Visitation from 9:30 to 10:30am; Service at 10:30 a.m.

Family request no flowers. Casual attire.…

Theopista Kealohaonalani (Sakuma/Ka`anapu) Purdy

Friday, January 20th, 2012


Osamu Murakami

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Osamu Murakami, born Jan. 2, 1925, died on Nov. 21, 2011 at the age of 86. He is survived by his hanai children William Neil Puaa Sr. (deceased with surviving spouse Wahineiakawaiolaakane Puaa, Agatha Justina Puaa (Robert Poepoe Sharpe) both deceased, Marianito (Denice) Alavazo, Mary (John) Rawlins, Andres (Denise) Alavazo, Puniala (Larry) Alavazo, Doreen (Mercury) Dudoit. He is also survived by his nieces Gail (Gairett) Omoto, Trudi (Rex) Kahumoku, Cathy Ann (James) Robinson and nephews Burton Yamashiro, Clinton (Tina) Yamashiro, Norton Yamashiro and Milton Yamashiro.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Kalaikamanu Hou Church Hall at 9 a.m.

Anita Naeole Arce

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Anita Naeole Arce of Molokai passed away on Oct. 4, 2011 at her home in Ho`olehua. She was 86. Arce was born Jan. 21, 1925 in Honolulu. She is survived by her sons Steven (Mokihana) Arce of Ho`olehua, Andrew (Kuulei) Arce of Ho`olehua and Thomas (Kali) Arce of Kalae, Molokai; daughters Sandra (Jeffery) English of Kualapu`u, Molokai, Lynn Arce of Honolulu, Gwendolyn Arce of Ho`olehua and Gwendolyn Crandall of Santa Maria, Calif.; sister Annie Michelson; and many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren!

Services were held Oct. 15, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kalamaula, Molokai. Burial followed at the Kanakaloloa Cemetery in Ho`olehua, Molokai.


Edward “Kahai” James Mersberg

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Edward “Kahai” James Mersberg, 50, of Maunaloa, Molokai, died on Aug. 24, 2011 at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. He was born in Bell County, Texas. He is survived by his sons, Travis Lindsey and Edward James Kaha`i Mersberg; daughter, Daneil Marie Kuuleimomi Mersberg; mother, Evangeline Meala Mersberg; brothers, Robbie, Jeffery, Andrew and Yohannan Mersberg and sisters, Carmen Mersberg, Cynthia Mersberg, Rhonda Mersberg, Gina Mersberg and Julie Hiro.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Manager’s Road in Maunaloa from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Luncheon to follow.