Jan TenBruggencate

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Jan K. TenBruggencate, longtime Molokai pineapple researcher and the author of a history of the Hawaiian pineapple industry, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, in Madison, Wisconsin, at age 89.

He was born March 16, 1922 in the Netherlands, and moved in 1956 to Molokai’s Libby McNeill and Libby plantation in Maunaloa, where he was an agronomist. The plantation closed in the 1970s. In later years, while living in Florida and Wisconsin, TenBruggencate consulted for the pineapple industries of Colombia, Swaziland, South Africa and other parts of the world. After his retirement, he wrote Hawaii’s Pineapple Century, the history of the Hawaiian pineapple industry.

Rachel Talon

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Rachel Talon

Rachel Lahela Waialeale Talon, of Maunaloa, (recently resided in Waipio, Oahu) was surrounded by love as she peacefully went with the Lord on March 26, 2011 at the Pali Momi Medical Center in Honolulu, at age 90.  Born February 17, 1921 in Kapa`a, Kauai, she was a pineapple field worker for Libby’s, McNeil and Dole.  She also worked as a senior companion on Molokai.  Known to many for her gift of lomilomi and her hands of healing, she is a blessing to all those who knew her.

She is survived by son Joseph (Betsy) Talon of Lahaina; daughters Earlene (Henry, Sr.) Lindo of Waiehu, Maui, Talia (Milo) Cenal of Waipio, Oahu and Mich`lae Waialeale of Waipio, Oahu; 22 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Aduca Talon; daughters Janette Low and Clara (Low) Kaahanui; son James Low and great grand-daughter Kehaukauiwehiwehionalani Mawae Low.

Celebration of our tutu’s life will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Family viewing 7 – 8 a.m., public viewing 8 – 10:45 a.m., service starts at 11 a.m.; casual attire.  Burial to follow at Maunaloa Cemetery. 

Edgardo Arista

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Edgardo Antiporda Arista of Kaunakakai died on March 24, 2011 at his home in Kaunakakai, at age 68. He was born Feb. 22, 1943 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

He is survived by wife Amelita Arista, and sons John Allen (Maria Amalyn) Arista and Rugene Arista, all of Kaunakakai.

Friends may call on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. with service at 10 a.m. at the Kaunakakai Baptist Church. Burial to follow at the Kapaakea Cemetery in Kapaakea, Molokai.

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.