Remembering Larry Helm

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Remembering Larry Helm

Larry Helm. Photo courtesy Nichol Helm Kahale

A Molokai icon has passed away, leaving memories of a leader, veteran advocate and entertainer who was as passionate as he was humorous. Larry Helm died peacefully on June 19 at the age of 70, surrounded by his family, after a battle with liver cancer.

“Throughout his career, Larry has been a positive influence in the Molokai community, and over the years, much of the progress on Molokai has had Larry’s fingerprints on it,” said Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa.

Helm is perhaps best known as commander of the Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans and leading the nearly decade-long battle to build a veterans’ center on the island.…

Obituary: Linda Haleola Hatsue Adachi (Kahookano)

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Obituary: Linda Haleola Hatsue Adachi (Kahookano)

Linda Haleola Hatsue Adachi (Kahookano), 52, of Maunaloa, Molokai, passed away on March 28, 2013 at Molokai General Hospital. She was born on June 19, 1960 in Kaunakakai, Molokai.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kalamaula, Molokai, Hawaii. Services will begin at 12 p.m. and burial to follow at 1 p.m. at the Kanakaloloa (Ho’olehua Homestead) Cemetery. Pa’ina will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 3 p.m. Please join us!

Linda Adachi was a vibrant, kind and beautiful woman who instantly became friends with everyone.…

Obituary: Julia Coelho

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Obituary: Julia Coelho

Julia Coelho of Kawela, Molokai passed away on March 14, 2013 at the age of 87 at her daughter’s home on Oahu. She was a retired nurse with Molokai General Hospital and was a helping hand for many with animals. Born in New York on Aug. 17, 1925, she traveled to Europe and Central America before settling down on Molokai in the mid 50s.

She is survived by her daughter, Clarice (Coelho) Olayvar; sons Michael and Clarence W. Coelho Jr., six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Visitation for friends and family will be on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 9 a.m.…

Obituary: Patricia Bautista Yacapin

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Patricia Bautista Yacapin died on Feb. 24, 2013 in Tacoma, WA. of cancer. She was born in Ho`olehua, Molokai on July 28, 1944 to Felipe Bautista Sr. and Anacita Ibarra. She survived by her husband Arsenio (Al) Yacapin of Tacoma. She is also survived by her siblings Phil (Amelia) Bautista, Honolulu, Shirley (Jess) Baker, Priscilla (Lou) Gregory of Pearlridge, Patrick (Maggie) Ibarrra of Maui, Stef (Mike) Honma of Kahuku, and Donna (Barry) Wallace of Salt Lake City, UT. She leaves behind her son Gandy (Charlotte) Yacapin of Wahiawa, her daughter Missy (JT) Johnson of GA. She also has six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.…

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.