Theopista Kealohaonalani (Sakuma/Ka`anapu) Purdy

Friday, January 20th, 2012


Osamu Murakami

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Osamu Murakami, born Jan. 2, 1925, died on Nov. 21, 2011 at the age of 86. He is survived by his hanai children William Neil Puaa Sr. (deceased with surviving spouse Wahineiakawaiolaakane Puaa, Agatha Justina Puaa (Robert Poepoe Sharpe) both deceased, Marianito (Denice) Alavazo, Mary (John) Rawlins, Andres (Denise) Alavazo, Puniala (Larry) Alavazo, Doreen (Mercury) Dudoit. He is also survived by his nieces Gail (Gairett) Omoto, Trudi (Rex) Kahumoku, Cathy Ann (James) Robinson and nephews Burton Yamashiro, Clinton (Tina) Yamashiro, Norton Yamashiro and Milton Yamashiro.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Kalaikamanu Hou Church Hall at 9 a.m.

Anita Naeole Arce

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Anita Naeole Arce of Molokai passed away on Oct. 4, 2011 at her home in Ho`olehua. She was 86. Arce was born Jan. 21, 1925 in Honolulu. She is survived by her sons Steven (Mokihana) Arce of Ho`olehua, Andrew (Kuulei) Arce of Ho`olehua and Thomas (Kali) Arce of Kalae, Molokai; daughters Sandra (Jeffery) English of Kualapu`u, Molokai, Lynn Arce of Honolulu, Gwendolyn Arce of Ho`olehua and Gwendolyn Crandall of Santa Maria, Calif.; sister Annie Michelson; and many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren!

Services were held Oct. 15, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kalamaula, Molokai. Burial followed at the Kanakaloloa Cemetery in Ho`olehua, Molokai.


Edward “Kahai” James Mersberg

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Edward “Kahai” James Mersberg, 50, of Maunaloa, Molokai, died on Aug. 24, 2011 at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. He was born in Bell County, Texas. He is survived by his sons, Travis Lindsey and Edward James Kaha`i Mersberg; daughter, Daneil Marie Kuuleimomi Mersberg; mother, Evangeline Meala Mersberg; brothers, Robbie, Jeffery, Andrew and Yohannan Mersberg and sisters, Carmen Mersberg, Cynthia Mersberg, Rhonda Mersberg, Gina Mersberg and Julie Hiro.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Manager’s Road in Maunaloa from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Luncheon to follow.

Honoring a Fallen Comrade

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Honoring a Fallen Comrade

Hundreds flooded Kalaliana`ole Hall Saturday to pay their final respects to fallen Honolulu police officer and Molokai boy Eric Fontes.

“Molokai is Eric’s hometown and ohana,” said Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha. “The community instilled the integrity and values he carried with him.”

He said Fontes was “admired by many for his strong conviction and belief,” and voted most inspirational in his recruit class.

Gov. Abercrombie sent his condolences, saying in a letter, Fontes “demonstrated the best principals of the beloved people of Molokai.”

Salome C. “Oming” Garces

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Salome C. “Oming” Garces

Salome C. “

Oming” Garces passed peacefully in the presence of her immediate family on Oahu on Sept. 4.  She now joins her beloved husband, Mariano F. Garces, who passed in 1991.

She was born in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur in the Philippines in 1936.  She resided in Maunaloa town (from ’68) and in Kaunakakai (from ’79 to current).  She is survived by her sons Marlon (Elizabeth), Mario and Marino (Bernette) and grandchildren, Celina, Joshua, Marlyssa, Jaylyn, Michael and Marcus.  She is also survived by her brother Gerardo (Emma) Dela Cuadra, sisters Iniana Cabanting, Guadalupe Javier, Bibiana Taasan, Dionisia Dela Cuadra and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was affectionately known as “Aunty Oming” to students that learned Filipino folk dances from her and through her involvement with various community events and family celebrations.  She was an active member of the Kaunakakai Filipino Association and the Blessed Damien Catholic Parish.  She was a retired housekeeper and seamstress at the former Sheraton Hotel at Kaluakoi.  Also, she worked as a laborer for the Dole Pineapple Company in Maunaloa town before working for the Sheraton Hotel at Kaluakoi. 

As one of her last wishes, she sends her love and Mabuhay to all her friends and family on Molokai including former residents from the Maunaloa community and she thanks all of them for their love and support throughout her living years.  

Her services will be held at the Mililani Memorial Mortuary Mauka chapel in the evening on Thursday, Oct. 6, and her funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waipahu.  Her burial will follow at the Mililani Memorial Park.

Keoki Xander Kepanila Luafalemana-Mcguire

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Keoki Xander Kepanila Luafalemana-Mcguire passed away on Sept. 19. He is survived by parents Seanalle P. Luafalemana and Keoki H. McGuire of Ualapue, Molokai and brother Justice N. Luafalemana.

Friends may call on Saturday, Oct.  1, from 9 a.m. with service at 10 a.m. at the Ka Hale Laa o Iruselaema Hou Church in Kalamaula, Molokai. Burial to follow at Kapaakea, Molokai.

William Hulu Kekahuna Mahiai

Friday, September 30th, 2011

William Hulu Kekahuna Mahiai of Kaunakakai, Molokai died on Sept. 10 at his home in Kaunakakai. He was born on Sept. 25, 1932 in Kamalo, Hawaii. He is survived by daughters Kathy Ching of West Valley, Utah, Lisa Ann (Christopher) Gaui of West Valley, Utah, Lori (Joe) Kaiama of Kaunakakai, Molokai and Elsa Mei (Tanuli) Ah Van of Kaunakakai, Molokai; grandchildren Daniel, Stewart, Allison, Theodore, Cleighton, Pohailani, Kapeka, Keaolani, Valasi, Kawaiola, Colin, Cole-B, Kawehilani, Kanani, and Tofi; and great grandchildren Kealomahina, Kuulani, Denis, Alden, Kaili, Keilana, Leilah Ann, and Tehani.

Judy Ann Leinani Petronilla Yamamoto

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Judy Ann Leinani Petronilla Yamamoto of Hoolehua died on Sept. 4 at Molokai General Hospital. She was 65 years old. Yamamoto is survived by her daughter Kelly Yamamoto of Corvaliss, OR; brothers Steven Ramones Arce, Jr., Andrew Gil Kaleiola Arce and Thomas Kahakuloahoapiliokekaiholuholuonapiilani Arce; sisters Gwendolyn Kuulei Felisa Crandall (half -sister), Sandra Nalani Arce-English, Lynn Marie Mililani Arce and Gwendolyn Leilani Arce.

Services were held on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kalamaula, Molokai. Burial followed at the Kanakaloloa Cemetery in Hoolehua, Molokai.

Joycelyn Ellen Noelani “Noe” (Kaina) Nealu

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

On Aug. 30 our beloved mother, spouse, grandparent, sister, cousin, aunty and a very dear friend Joycelyn Ellen Noelani (Kaina) Nealu, better known to everyone as “Noe”, went home to our Lord and Savior. She was born on Jan. 22, 1961 at Maui Memorial Hospital and raised on Molokai in Kapaakea. She is survived by her spouse Sinipata Tupola Sr. of Maui; her children Eileen Leilani (Fats) Kahoalii of Molokai, Lopini (Robin) Pelenato (Melissa) Ngalu Jr. of Molokai, Vaita Alavina (Mamo) Tupola of Maui and Sinipata Tupola Jr. of Maui; her siblings Paul (Cindy) Kaina Sr. of Maui, Stanceford Kaina Sr. of Puna, Hawaii, Henry Kaina III of Maui, Norman Pu of Molokai, Pake (Lucy) Pu of Molokai, George Kaya of Maui, Masanori (Dana) Kaya Jr.