Caroline Elizabeth Kawano

Caroline “Carol” Elizabeth Kawano, 88, of Kaunakakai, Molokai died on Oct. 22, 2023. Carol passed away at Kuakini Hospital on Oahu with her family by her side. Carol was born to the late Carlos Galinato Benedito and Takino Fujita on Jan. 11, 1935 on Molokai. She was married to the late Richard Tadao “Dao” Kawano. Preceding her death was her daughter Dale Kawano, brother Phillip Benedito (Emilia) and sister Jeanette Arellano. She is survived by daughter Richelle “Chelle” Kawano, hanai daughter Rietta Kaupu Tollefsen (Harry), brothers Carlos Roy Benedito (June), Leocadio Richard Benedito (Marilyn), sisters Rosalina Omalsa (William Dec.), Lourdes Fujimoto (Masao Dec.), Elenita Ruth Keanini (Milton), Beatrice Abadilla (Paulino Dec.) and Adela Gorospe. She is also survived by her hanai grandchildren Reese Tadao and Ella-Janee Kaupu Tollefsen, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Services to be held on Saturday Jan. 27, 2024 at St. Damien of Molokai Catholic Church starting at 9 a.m. Scattering of ashes will take place at a later time.


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