Obituaries

Dorothy Leimomi Kong

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Dorothy Leimomi Kong

Dorothy Leimomi Kong went to be with the Lord on Oct. 23, 2020. She was born on Sept. 7, 1938 on the island of Oahu to John Kekoa Kalamau and Dorothy Wong. She is survived by her children Luana K. Kamai (Charles) Wanda Kong, William Billy Kong, Shawn Seri (George) Alan Kong (Mili) Cheryl Kong; 11 grandchildren Sean Alan Kamai, Shaynna Ann Seri Sheldeen Kamai, Kekoa, Ameron, Anna Nicole Madela, Moana, Maunalani, Ekolu (Cowboy) Maile Manintin, Alanna Kong Kalamau; 28 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Dorothy has now joined her husband, Soloman Aloan Kong, who is with the Lord.…

Henry William Kawailani Kanawaliwali

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Henry William Kawailani Kanawaliwali

On Sept. 11, 2020 our Lord decided it was time for Henry William Kawailani Kanawaliwali to return to him. Henry is survived by his wife Velma Momilani Kanawaliwali; his children, Henry N Kanawaliwali, Erin M Bentley, Lawrence K Kanawaliwali, and Kayla H K Urban; 10 grandchildren, Gaela Joi, JanVier, Eli, Jasmine, William, Jahsiah, Kaohele, Alyah, Kalapana and Maile; three sisters Helen O’Connor, Joyce Dillon and Eden Castillo; one brother, Newton Kanawaliwali; and many nieces and nephews.

Henry was raised in Ho’olehua, Molokai. Growing up he learned farming, fishing (diving) and hunting. Raised down in Mo’omomi, his favorite place on Molokai, he became a great fisherman/diver.…

Gladys “Cookie” Brown

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Gladys “Cookie” Brown

Gladys “Cookie” Brown was born in Lahaina, Maui on June 4, 1926, the youngest of 10 siblings. She graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 1944 and was active in many leadership roles while she was there. One close friend and classmate described her as a “really smart girl.” She spent a year teaching in Missoula, Montana, followed closely by some time teaching in Waimanalo on Oahu.

She moved to Molokai and continued her teaching career on the East end of the island. Throughout the years, she had stints at different schools on the island, including the no longer existent Holomua School.…

Marge Carol Leeks

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Marge Carol Leeks

Marge Carol Leeks, 89 years old, passed away on Aug. 2, 2020. She was born on Nov. 18, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. She is survived by Irwin (Cookie) Pawlak, Richard Pawlack, Arlen Cohen and Tedd Palek, as well as her extended ohana on Molokai.

Marge worked from the time she was 13 years old, and lived through the Great Depression. In Chicago, she owned a beauty store and a bar. On Molokai, she worked at many places, including Wines and Spirits, Pau Hana Inn, Hotel Molokai, and cleaning the American Savings building. Many people remember her driving around in a red Cadillac and delivering baked goods to everyone she appreciated, including the post office employees, bank tellers, grocery store employees, doctor’s office staff, and friends and neighbors.…

William “Bill” Guillermo Sahagun

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

William “Bill” Guillermo Sahagun

It is with great sadness that the family of William “Bill” Guillermo Sahagun of Honolulu, HI announces his passing on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.

Bill was born in Kaunakakai, Molokai on June 4, 1965; son of the late Felipe and Eugenia (Bumanglag) Sahagun. He graduated from Molokai High School in 1983 and attended Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. He later returned to Hawaii and worked at the Pagoda Hotel as front desk manager for 18 years. Bill enjoyed being a Steelers fan, but more than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his children Waverly Hope and Tristan Ford Sahagun.

Bill will be lovingly missed and remembered by his siblings Filma C.…

Felix John Kehano, Jr.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

Felix John Kehano, Jr.

Felix John Kehano, Jr. was born in the morning of March 22, 2005 in Wailuku, Maui.
He spent the first seven years of his life on Maui doing the things he loved to do. Felix loved spending time with his family, riding horses, playing soccer, camping, going to the beach and going holoholo. Felix and his family were heavily plugged into Pukalani Nazarene church while on Maui.

In 2013, Felix and his family relocated to Molokai. Felix enjoyed being a part of the Kualapu’u Robotics team, visiting the Molokai Art Center and doing arts and crafts, working on the homestead with his family, gaming with friends from school and friends afar, helping to restart the Molokai Nazarene church in Kalama’ula, creating on YouTube (dmdgamer_youtuber), hanging out in his Kualapu’u neighborhood, and playing Fortnite (maui_hammah).…

Jodie Kaeha

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Jodie Kaeha

Jodie Kaeha, 82, died May 5, 2020, with her family and loved ones by her side.
Jodie was born May 29, 1937, in Hana, Maui. Raised by her father, Jodie lived briefly in the Philippines, later, returning to Molokai where she found a family bond with the Dudoit Ohana. She happily spent the better part of her life at their Morris Point Residence.

Jodie was a beloved part of the late Moana Dudoit’s household and was never very far from Moana’s side. Jodie’s extravagant and sparkly dress attire was outdone only by her dedication and love for Aunty Moana and the entire Dudoit Ohana.…

Kathy Kennedy

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Kathy Kennedy

Kathy Kennedy (Kathryn Lapinski-Kennedy) died peacefully at Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu on March 23, 2020 after a long battle against heart disease and end stage renal disease. She died holding her children’s hands.

Kathy was born on April 22, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Molokai in 1981. First as a hospital nurse in St. Louis and San Francisco, Kathy cared for patients in the ICU and ER. Moving to Molokai, she worked many years as an ER nurse at Molokai General Hospital. She then worked at the Health Department for over 25 years. She loved caring for each of her patients and their families.…

Charles C. “Boogie” Reyes, Sr.

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Charles C. “Boogie” Reyes, Sr.

Charles C. “Boogie” Reyes, Sr. of Kaunakakai, Molokai was born Oct. 2, 1936. He passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2020 at the age of 83. He is survived by children Susan (Frank) Kaahanui, Travis Reyes and Chucky Reyes (deceased); spouse Janet (deceased); and siblings Oriette (deceased), Gilbert (deceased), George and Lawrence.
Molokai service will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Ho’olehua Veterans Cemetery. Viewing will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and service and burial will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.…

Heartfelt Mahalo

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Heartfelt Mahalo

A belated but sincere and heartfelt mahalo from the Riel-Mollena family goes out to everyone who attended our beloved Philip Gideon Marcelo Riel’s Sunset Funeral Service on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Whether you stopped by briefly to extend your aloha or stayed and attended his Sunset Funeral Service, your loving support, words of encouragement and generous spirit was greatly appreciated!

To those of you who were not able to attend, we felt your love and support through your home visits, flowers, phone calls, FB/IG/text messages, personal conversations, beautiful cards and delicious meals.

We especially want to thank the family members and friends who travelled from the mainland, interisland and even a foreign country to support us with their love, hugs, kisses and tears.…