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.

George Stanley “Keoki” Pahapu Kaulia Sr.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

George Stanley “Keoki” Pahapu Kaulia Sr.

George Stanley “Keoki” Pahapu Kaulia Sr. passed peacefully Aug. 3, 2011 at the Molokai General Hospital with his sons, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at his side. Born July 13, 1937 on Oahu, he was married to his beloved wife Moana “Aunty Mo” Kaulia and had 20 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Our “Papa” was well known for living life to the fullest. He was famous for this “green thumb” – everything he touched flourished. He was a man of many talents.

Family and friends are invited to share their stories during a celebration of life at George Kaulia’s hale in Kalamaula on Sept. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Mary Puamaia Tollefson

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Mary Puamaia Tollefson of Kalamaula, Molokai died on Aug. 15 in Kaunakakai at the age of 86. She was born on Aug. 9, 1925 in Kohala, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Samuel (Theone) Tollefson of  Sammamish, WA, Chris (Sandy) Tollefson of Waimanalo, Oahu, Timothy (Olive) Tollefson of Fayetville, NC; daughter Sharlene (Pedrico) Tollefson of Madrid, Spain; brother Alvin “Wina” Cazimero of Penn., and eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Friends may call on Friday, Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. with service at 11 a.m. at the Kings Chapel Church in Kaunakakai, Molokai. Burial to follow at the Kapa`akea Cemetery in Kapa`akea, Molokai.

Samuel Kama Kamai

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Samuel Kama Kamai of Ho`olehua, Molokai died on Aug. 13 at the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu at the age of 86. He was born in Honolulu on Dec. 23, 1924. He is survived by wife Lillian M. Kamai of Ho`olehua; sons Victor Ronald (Wena) Kamai of Kahului, Maui, and Daniel Anthony (Rally) of Anaheim, Calif.; daughters Carolyn (Rodney) Vair of Las Vegas, NV, Lorna (Longie) Dudoit of Hoolehua, Molokai, Claudia (Andrew Germinaro) Kamai of Ho`olehua, Lydia (Cheyenne) Joao of Kaunakakai, and Kathleen (Joey) Joao of Kaunakakai; and 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Friends may call on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. with service at 10 a.m. at the Lanikeha Community Center in Ho`olehua, Molokai. Burial to follow at the Kanakaloloa Cemetery in Ho`olehua, Molokai.


Micheline “Mitchy” Uilani Wilson

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Micheline “Mitchy” Uilani Wilson in Honolulu on May 14, 1948 passed peacefully on Aug. 1. She is survived by her daughter Renee Albino and four grandchildren, Lyndsie, Channing, Reeve and Naavah Albino of Molokai. Mitchy was the middle of five children born to Eloise and Walter Yong. She was raised in Waikiki, where she and her siblings grew up surfing. Family members include brother Walter Yong Jr., sisters Sharee Davis and Renee Yong-Kagimoto, nieces Sienne Kagimoto, Jerry Boy and Rebecca Seguritan, grandniece Arianny Yi and beloved Aunty Alice Puu.

A Blessed Life

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Community Contributed

By Valerie Monson

Lucy Keonaona Maunu Kaona, whose Hawaiian values of love and `ohana enabled her to overcome the separation from her family to live a “blessed” life at Kalaupapa, died July 21 at the Kalaupapa Care Home. She was 82 years old.

“I don’t think I’m blessed, I know I’m blessed,” said Lucy while on a picnic with friends at Kalaupapa many years ago.

Those blessings were not always easy to find. Because of policies regarding leprosy that weren’t completely abolished until 1969, Lucy endured the painful separation from her family not once, but three times.

Albert Pu

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Albert “Pake” Clyde Pu of Ho`olehua, Molokai, passed away on June 18, 2011 at the age of 60.  Albert was born August 21, 1950 in Hana, Maui and raised on the east end of Molokai.  Albert served as a United States Marine in Vietnam and received an Honorable Discharge as a Corporal (E-4) in July 1974.  He worked for the National Park Service in Kalaupapa for 23 years and retired as Chief of Maintenance.  Albert was an active member of the Kalaupapa Lions Club, the Veteran’s Club of Molokai and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Albert loved cooking, Hawaiian music, action movies and all his kitties and three doggies.

Philip Benedito

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Philip Benedito

Philip Fujita Benedito of Kaunakakai, died May 20, 2011 in Honolulu at age 81. He was born Jan. 18, 1930 in Waimanalo, and was a retired National Security Technologies maintenance technician and U.S. Army veteran in the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Emelia; son Philip Jr.; daughters Phillynn Benedito-Haas and Phyllis Benedito-Felipe; brothers Carlos Roy and Leocadio; sisters Rosalina Omalsa, Lourdes Fujimoto, Caroline Kawano, Jeanette Arellano, Elenita Keanini, Beatrice Abadilla and Adele Gorospe; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on June 4, 2011 at Kalanianaole Hall at 8 a.m., followed by eulogy at 9:45 a.m. and mass at 10 a.m. Flowers welcome; aloha attire.  Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.

Larry McCutcheon

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Larry McCutcheon

Larry W. McCutcheon died on May 20, 2011 in his home in Maunaloa, at age 60. He was born April 25, 1951 in Connellsville, Penn. He moved to Hawaii in February 1976. He was a 1969 graduate of Connellsville Area High School, and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. We all knew Larry as a Steelers fan, a Nascar fan and enjoyed riding his Harley Sportster.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Edna McCutcheon, and sister Joyce Ann McCutcheon, all of Connellsville. He is survived by his wife Terri (Espaniola) McCutcheon; son Mike (Tasha) McCutcheon; daughters Cheryl McCutcheon, Cyndi (Braj) McCutcheon, and Chrissy (Kolu) McCutcheon; and 13 grandchildren, Brayden, Alyssa, Shaelyn, Jordyn, Jerone, Keith, Jarryn, Brittney, Ehukai, Sydney, Sairus, Shailiah and Noah.

Larry was a loving husband, a proud dad, a great papa; he enjoyed the company of his brothers and sisters-in-law and his many nieces and nephews, and was a friend to all.

Friends called on May 3, 2011 at St. Vincent Ferrer, Maunaloa, before his final resting place at the Molokai Veterans Cemetery in Ho`olehua.