Obituaries

Mary Louise Charlotte Gorospe

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Mary Louise “Marylou” Charlotte Gorospe, 86, of Kualapu’u passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023. She was born on March 14, 1937 in Wailuku, Maui. She is preceded in death by her husband Jaime Tabelen Gorospe. Her children are Esabell (Herbert) Kamoku, Edwardo (Susan) Gorospe, Elpidio (Annette) Gorospe, Erlinda (Eugene) Santiago, and Estrellita (Cresente) Gumanas. She had 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24 at St. Damien of Molokai Catholic Church, with visitation at 8:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. A Celebration of Life will be held for her on Maui at Hale Nanea in Kahului at 69 Amala Place, Kahului, HI 96732, on Saturday, April 13.…

Norman Henry DeCosta

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Norman Henry DeCosta

Norman Henry DeCosta passed away on Jan. 10, 2024. Born July 30, 1945, he is survived by his wife, Doreen Hokunani DeCosta, two sons, Norman Henry DeCosta, Jr., and Michael Louis DeCosta, 10 grandchildren, eight brothers and sister.

Norman served his country in Vietnam, returning to Hawaii as a Combat Wounded Purple Heart Veteran.

Upon his return to Hawaii he picked up his guitar and learned to play Hawaiian Mele and slack key guitar from the kupunas at Kaneohe Kupuna Program — all in the “old style.” He was dedicated to preserving everything that the kupunas taught him.

Norman played at various events in Honolulu often with his hula dancer, Hokunani.…

Caroline Elizabeth Kawano

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

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.),…

Shannon Kalani Ali’iloa Crivello

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Shannon Kalani Ali’iloa Crivello

 

Shannon Kalani Ali’iloa Crivello of Ho’olehua, Molokai, was born on Feb. 27, 1967. He was called home to rest in peace and love with our Heavenly Father on Oct. 25, 2023.
Shannon is predeceased by his dad, Harvey Ali’iloa Crivello, and is survived by his mom, Stacy Helm Crivello, his brothers, David “Kawika” (Lori-Lei), Warren Kaleo and Lindsey (TinaMarie) Crivello and his nephews, nieces, grandnephew and his faithful furry companion, Puaʻa. Shannon also leaves his love and aloha with his many cousins, uncles, aunts and longtime friends.

A 1985 graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute, Shannon also attended Molokai High School with the Class of 1985.…

Charles Henry Murray, Jr.

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Charles Henry Murray, Jr.

Charles Henry Murray, Jr., fondly known as Chuck by those who knew him best, passed away peacefully on Jan. 6, 2024, at the age of 79 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was born on Oct. 4, 1944, to the late Charles H. Murray, Sr. and Zelie L. Lima Anderson. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Lillian “Kaea” Nuhi Costa and Maryjane “Ala” Nelson, his two sons, Lenny H. Murray and Charles A. Murray, his wife, Paula Murray, and companion Batman.
He is survived by his four children, Gwendell Murray-Cannon of Alabama, Paul Murray of Kauai, Maile Murray of Kauai, and Rico Murray of Oahu, his six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, siblings Dianne Rodrigues, Sven Anderson, Jon-Paul Anderson all of Oahu, and step-brother Butch Murray of South Carolina, along with numerous extended ohana.…

Diana Hanae Misaki

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Diana Hanae Misaki, age 96, of Kaunakakai, Hawaii peacefully passed away at home on Dec. 15, 2023. Diane was born on Maui and raised in Spreckelsville. After attending a cafeteria management school, she came to Molokai to work at Holomua School and later Kilohana School.
She met Mike Misaki and married on Maui. After having three children, she worked at Misaki’s. In her spare time, she volunteered as a leader in Cub Scouts, Brownies and 4-H. Mike and Diane loved to travel, but her passion was singing!
She is survived by her children Kevin, Gil and Lorri, grandchildren Kristen, Kory and Kumu, and four great-grandchildren.…

Violet Rodrigues

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Violet Rodrigues

Violet Rodrigues of Kalamaula, Molokai passed away on Dec. 25, 2023, at the age of 98.

Born on Dec. 13, 1925, Violet was preceded in death by her husband, Major A. Rodrigues and daughter Nadine Rodrigues. She is survived by her sons Hamilton K. Rodrigues (Judy), Major A. Rodrigues Jr., Bradford K. Rodrigues (Shirley), her daughter Bette Lou K. Rodrigues, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Kalaiakamanu Hou Church in Kalamaula, Molokai. Family viewing will be from 8-9 a.m., with public viewing from 9-10 a.m and a service from 10-11 a.m.…

Filemon M “David” Nanod

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Filemon M “David” Nanod

Filemon “David” Nanod, 97, died on Dec. 25, 2023 in Kaunakakai with his family. He was born in Makaweli, Kauai in 1926. He worked as an administrative and supply technician for the Hawaii National Guard for 37 years. Also known as “The Professor,” he was known for his love and service to the community for Little League baseball, from 1959-2016. He was predeceased by his wife, Carnation H. Nanod and seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his sons David Sr., Glenn, and Lance, and daughters Valerie Gonzalez and Madeline Brown. He cherished his love for his 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.…

Alan Yoshimitsu Uemura

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Alan Yoshimitsu Uemura, age 74, of Kualapuu, Molokai, HI, passed away at home on Aug. 3, 2023. Born, April 14, 1949 in Hoolehua, HI, he is survived by his mother Pearl M. Uemura, and brothers Carl and Tracy. A celebration of life will be held on Molokai at Kaoaini Beach Park, AKA Old Del Monte Beach Park, Dec. 9, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Casual attire. …

Gladys Asako Watanabe

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023

Gladys Asako Watanabe

Gladys Watanabe, 88 of Kaunakakai, Molokai, passed away Sept. 10, 2023. She was born in Wailuku, Maui on June 12, 1935 to Kenichi and Kazue Mabe. She retired as a teacher from Kualapuʻu Elementary School. 

Gladys was predeceased by her husband, Mitsuo. She is survived by her children: son Derek Watanabe (Dung), daughters Terri Jorgensen, Wanda Okemura (Darryl) and Sheri Yamashita (Bruce), five granddaughters, one great-granddaughter and one great- grandson. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Roselani Place, Hale Makua and Hospice Maui. 

Private graveside service will be at Maui Memorial Park, Friday, Nov. 3, at 12:30 p.m. …