Obituaries

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.…

Gerry Anderson: ‘A Wonderful Life’

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Gerry Anderson: ‘A Wonderful Life’

Longtime Molokai resident and former owner of The Molokai Dispatch, Gerry Anderson, has passed away at the age of 83, leaving a legacy of travel, science, kindness and a newspaper. He and his wife, Edie, lived in West Molokai since 1987, 18 years of which he battled lymphoma, while they pursued their love of world travel.

“When he was in the last few days, he looked at me and said, ‘You know, I’ve had a wonderful life,’” Edie recalled. “He meant it… He had a traumatic childhood but he didn’t dwell on it. Everything he did, he was self-made.”

Gerry was born in China in 1935 and grew up in New Jersey.…

Obituary: Darryl Canady

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Obituary: Darryl Canady

Darryl Canady passed away Jan. 15, 2017. He is survived by his wife Jody Canady. He was born in Pasadina, California in 1935 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Darryl and Jody have been residents on Molokai for 35 years. Darryl loved Molokai and the people. He served as the Molokai representative on the Urban Design Review Board for Maui County for five years. He also served on the board for West Molokai Association and was on the board for Ke Nani Kai. In the mid-80s, he served on the legislative committee for the real estate commotion in Oahu.…

Kalaupapa Remembers Edwin Lelepali

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Kalaupapa Remembers Edwin Lelepali

By Rick Schonely, Staff reporter

A Kalaupapa legend Edwin “Uncle Pali” Lelepali passed away at the age of 88 on Feb. 7, 2016, and the Kalaupapa community celebrated his one year of passing earlier this month on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Kalaupapa. A service was held at Kana`ana Hou Church with Pastor Richard Miller and Charles Buck, Conference Minister of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ, and along with many of his friends. Uncle Pali’s favorite music was played by the Kalaupapa Backyard Band and stories were shared by many. After the service and music, everyone headed to the grave site at Papaloa Cemetery for more beautiful words, music, hula and poetry.…

Diving Accident Claims Life of Paramedic

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Diving Accident Claims Life of Paramedic

A 26-year-old paramedic from Molokai died in a freediving accident last Saturday on the island’s west end. Steven “Keku” Likua went diving with friends off Kaiaka Rock at about 3 p.m. He was last seen an hour later, approximately 300 yards off shore, wearing a camouflage wet suit with fins, snorkel and mask, according to police. When the other divers emerged, Likua did not, and after searching the area, friends reported him missing. Local emergency responders got the call around 6:20 p.m., and notified the Coast Guard to join efforts.

After an extensive search of the shoreline Saturday night yielded no results, firefighters suspended the search at 9:30 p.m.,…

Obituary: Tolentino Reyes, Sr.

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Obituary: Tolentino Reyes, Sr.

Tolentino Reyes, Sr., 83, of Ho`olehua, Molokai, died on August 25, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. He was born in Olawalu, Maui. He was a retired Heavy Equipment Operator and U.S. Army Veteran. He is survived by his Wife, Julia A. Reyes; sons Rodney Reyes and Tolentino Reyes, Jr.; daughters Debbie Naeole and Charlotte “Squeaky” Reyes, Belinda Reyes and Kapua Aalii Reyes; Hanai daughters Dee Dee Tabion and Lisa Daniel; brothers Tederico Reyes, Tederico Reyes, Clement “Macho” Reyes and Russell Reyes; sisters Rosita Yadao, Delores Keller, Thelma Alcon, Olinda Shefte, Adela Aamold, Sharon Reyes, Prisca Reyes-Clipper, Dolly Ai, Allison Mamala and Endille Mendoza; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.…

Mel Paoa: A Legacy of Humility and Humor

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Mel Paoa: A Legacy of Humility and Humor

Last week, Molokai lost a beloved waterman, paramedic, Hokule`a captain, mentor and family man. Melvin “Mel” Paoa, Jr., who dedicated his career to saving lives as the island’s first certified paramedic, was known around the island and the world for his quiet, aloha spirit.

Shortly after noon last Saturday, Molokai firefighters responded to a report of a boat floating unattended near Kamalo Wharf. Witnesses said they last saw Paoa, 62, tying up his 26-foot-catamaran in the area, according to fire officials. Rescue crews found him unresponsive, floating about 300 yards offshore and downwind from the wharf. After unsuccessfully trying to resuscitate him, he was  transported  to Molokai General Hospital, where he  passed away.…

Obituary: Jane Yuen Chang

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Obituary: Jane Yuen Chang

Jane Yuen Chang, the last surviving member of Y.K. Yuen’s family, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2015 in Maunaloa, Molokai. She was fondly known as “Aunty Jane” throughout the Friendly Isle.  Jane endeared everyone with her kind, gracious and gentle spirit. She was 91.

She was born in Honolulu on Jan. 24, 1924 to Lin Tai and Y.K. Yuen.  Her father opened the first pineapple plantation store on Molokai in the early 1920s, and eventually operated four grocery stores on the island.  Jane survived her sisters, Lilyan and Marybeth, and brother, Sonny.

Educated in Honolulu, Jane attended Hanahau`oli School and graduated from Punahou in 1941.…

Rep. Mele Carroll Passes Away

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

House of Representatives News Release

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former state House Representative Diana “Mele” Carroll.  She passed at 3:50 am on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 with her family at her side.  At this time services are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Carroll was re-elected on Nov. 4, 2014 to begin her sixth term, representing the 13th House district.   The 13th District is a true canoe district that includes East Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kaho`olawe and Molokini.

“It is a very sad day for the House,” said Speaker Joseph M. Souki. …