Obituaries

Don Espaniola Jr.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Don Petronello Kekamawiwo`olemaikalanimai Espaniola Jr. of Maunaloa died on March 26, 2011 at the Molokai General Hospital, at age 34. He was born May 17, 1976 in Wailuku, Maui.

Don was the grandson of Moses and Josephine Espaniola of Maunaloa, Molokai. Don recently moved back to Molokai from Henderson, Nevada, where he was schooled as a Master Chef at the Culinary Institute of Las Vegas. Using his entrepreneurial skills, he owned and operated Intimate Fine Dining in Henderson, Nevada.
Don was a loving husband, beloved son, big brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and loyal friend.

John “Johnny” Sabas

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

John “Johnny” Sabas

John “Johnny” Sabas of Molokai died on March 17, 2011 at the Molokai General Hospital, at age 95. He was born Feb. 21, 1916 in Honolulu; he attended Lili`uokalani Elementary and McKinley High School. Johnny was raised in the Salvation Army Homes at Manoa and Kaimuki; he never knew any relatives on his side.

Johnny was a respected athlete, playing volleyball, basketball and football in the old Honolulu leagues. He played in the Hawaii Professional Football League and on town teams such as the Kaka`ako Sons, Polar Bears, Hawaiian Pine and Chinese Dragons. One of his football coaches was former Mayor Neil Blaisdell. John enjoyed music, reading and throw-net fishing.


He was married to Clara Ku`ualoha (Brito) for nearly 65 years. They were inseparable, and up until last year could often be seen walking hand-in-hand in Kaunakakai town. Together they raised four children, all college graduates: John (Jennifer), Rinda (Frank), Michael, and Barry (Mary). He is also survived by eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

John was proud of his service to country and community. He spent over 29 years with the Molokai Police Department, and served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. He was a good and loving man.

Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. and services from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 at Kalaniana`ole Hall. Lunch and talk story to follow, no flowers or wreaths, casual attire. Molokai Mortuary arranged crematory services. Services will be performed by the Reverend Uncle Jimmy Duvauchelle.

Eliza Poaipuni

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Eliza Kahelelani Kahale Kamelamela Poaipuni of Ho`olehua died on March 25, 2011 at the Molokai General Hospital, at age 55. She was born March 15, 1956 in Honolulu. She was preceded in death by her husband Mark Poaipuni.

Virgilio C. Nartatez

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Virgilio C. Nartatez, 56, of Waipahu, HI passed away at his home on February 28, 2011.  He was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Hawaii as a teenager where he lived with his family in Maunaloa, Molokai. 

He is a 1973 graduate of Molokai High School and retired from the U.S. Marine Corp.  He is survived by his wife, Leonora, and sons Reginald P. and Virgilio C. Jr.  He is also survived by his mother, Violeta C. Ragasa; brothers Alfonso, Jr. and Christopher C.; sisters Susan Nartatez and Nida Langer.  Services will be held at St. Anthony Church in Kalihi on April 4 at 6:30 p.m., burial on April 5 at 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Veteran’s Cemetary in Kaneohe.

Paul Elia

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Paul Keawepuahikinaokamalamalamaonalani Elia of Ho`olehua died on March 21, 2011, at age 67. He was born Dec. 27, 1943 in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Leila Elia of Ho`olehua; sons Jared Elia (deceased) and Ronald (Laura) Elia of Portland; daughters Caroline Elia (Paul) Seguritan of San Jose and Michele Elia (Jordan) Lofgreen of Phoenex; sister Hannah Kalilimoku Basso; brothers Wesley Elia, Ernest Kalilimoku (deceased), Eric Kalilimoku (deceased), Aram Kalilimoku, Gideon Kalilimoku, Mitchell Kalilimoku, Jerry Kalilimoku and Frederick Kalilimoku; and five beloved grandchildren.

Mary Victory

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Mary Napua Aki Victory died on Feb. 26, 2011, at age 70. She was born June 8, 1940, and worked in the medical profession for many years in Schaumburg, Ill. She loved and cared for her patients and always went above and beyond to visit and comfort them. Her quiet spirit and caring ways spoke volumes about her character.

She is survived by her children, Kevin Victory, Michael Victory, Kenneth Victory, Lee Cook, Jacqueline Sabir; brothers Kalani and Abraham Aki; sisters Nei Curtis, Nani Street, Anna Newsome, Emily Swabba and Mahiki Lankford; and a precious host of grandchildren. 

Wilbert Kaimikaua Sr.

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Wilbert Kekahuna Kaimikaua Sr. of Ho`olehua, died on March 25, 2011 in Honolulu, at age 75. He was born Oct. 11, 1935 in Ho`olehua, and was a retired detective with the Honolulu Police Department, and security officer with Securitas in Honolulu, Kona, and Ho`olehua.

He is survived by his wife, Deanna Kaimikaua of Ho`olehua; daughters Heidi (Stanford) Hao of Kawela and Kimberly (Faasiu) Saifoloi of Kaneohe; son Wilburt (Teuila) Kaimikaua Jr. of Las Vegas; sisters Arlene Brixius and Linda Kaimikaua; 16 beloved grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Gaig Yap

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Gaig Tylor Yap of Kaunakakai died on March 16, 2011 at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu, at age 19. He was born on Oct. 12, 1991 in Kaunakakai.

He is survived by his mother, Laureen Yap of Kamiloloa; father Jeffery Yap of Lihue, Kauai; brother Rico (Kerie) Yap of Lihue; sisters Brejahlynn (Richard) Duvauchelle of Kamiloloa, Kabbradeen (Isaiah) Bicoy of Maunaloa, Leetheadra Yap of Kilohana; grandfather Joseph Lorico of Kamiloloa; and many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and family may call at a memorial service on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Location to be announced.

Annette Kay

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Annette Kay

Annette Louise Kay of Kaunakakai passed away on Feb. 2, 2011 at Queens Hospital in Honolulu, at age 47. She was born in Oakland, Cali, on Feb. 15, 1963.

She is survived by daughter Amey Louise Lehuea Leilani Kay; son Mark Allen Kay; father Phil Kay of Puko`o; sister Lisa Kay Lindsay of Mountlake Terrace, Wash; and her brother Paul Arthur Kay of Edmonds, Wash.

Memorial and celebration of life activities are pending.

Susumu Sakaida

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Susumu “Tonti” Sakaida formerly of Kualapu`u, died on Feb. 7, 2011 at Pali Momi Hospital in Honolulu, at age 86. He was born in Kaunakakai, and was a retired Journey General Mechanic of CPC Del Monte. Sakaida served in the U.S. Army 442nd I Company in WWII, and then attended Midwest Trade School in Chicago. He was an ILWU office, PAC chairman, on the Molokai Task Force, and after retiring, served on the Maui County Planning Commission and the Aquatic, Wildlife and Forestry Board. He was an Eagle Scout and an Explorer Scout Master, serving 60 years and receiving the Silver Beaver Award. He coached Little League baseball and Biddy Basketball, and was an avid fisherman and hunter, often saying ‘Molokai was the best place to live in the whole world.’