Charles Pelekane

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Charles Pelekane of Kapaakea died on May 10, 2011 in his home in Kapaakea, at age 81. He was born Jan. 28, 1930 in Kona.

He is survived by his wife Louise Pelekane of Kapaakea; sons Charles Pelekane Jr of Kapaakea and Josephe (April) Pelekane of Kalamaula; daughters Leola (Richard) Dowling of Kalamaula, Lana Pelekane of Kahului, Charlene (Frank) Kekino of Kamalo, Doreen (Kalani) Waikiki of Wailuku, Oriana (Harry) White of Waimanalo; brother Francis Pelekane of Hilo; 21 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call on May 19, 2011 from 9 a.m. with service at 10 a.m. at the Kalanianaole Hall in Kalamaula, Molokai. Cremation to follow.

Barney Perlado

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Barney Perlado

Barney Perlado of Molokai died on March 1, 2011, at age 83. He was born Aug. 27, 1927 in Haiku, Maui, and was a retired electronics technician for Ling Techno Volt in Anaheim, Calif. and a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by brothers Tony Toledo of California and Rudy Toledo of Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on May 21, 2011 from 8-9:45 a.m. at Home Pumehana main hall in Kaunakakai.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Lydia E. Espiritu, of Lahaina, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at age 67. She was born on February 12, 1944 in San Esteban, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Jun Espiritu; son Jerry Espiritu; daughters Miraflor (Zaldy) Velasco and Michelle (Kai) Mahuna; brother Lloyd Reyes; and four grandchildren, Mackenzie-Lee Velasco, Zamir Velasco, Angelica Manegdeg, and Mischa Mahuna.

Family and friends are invited to gather for funeral services on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Kalaniana`ole Hall. Visitation will begin 6 p.m. with a service at 8 p.m. Burial will be held 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the Kapa`akea Cemetery in Kaunakakai, Molokai.

Jan TenBruggencate

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Jan K. TenBruggencate, longtime Molokai pineapple researcher and the author of a history of the Hawaiian pineapple industry, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, in Madison, Wisconsin, at age 89.

He was born March 16, 1922 in the Netherlands, and moved in 1956 to Molokai’s Libby McNeill and Libby plantation in Maunaloa, where he was an agronomist. The plantation closed in the 1970s. In later years, while living in Florida and Wisconsin, TenBruggencate consulted for the pineapple industries of Colombia, Swaziland, South Africa and other parts of the world. After his retirement, he wrote Hawaii’s Pineapple Century, the history of the Hawaiian pineapple industry.

Rachel Talon

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Rachel Talon

Rachel Lahela Waialeale Talon, of Maunaloa, (recently resided in Waipio, Oahu) was surrounded by love as she peacefully went with the Lord on March 26, 2011 at the Pali Momi Medical Center in Honolulu, at age 90.  Born February 17, 1921 in Kapa`a, Kauai, she was a pineapple field worker for Libby’s, McNeil and Dole.  She also worked as a senior companion on Molokai.  Known to many for her gift of lomilomi and her hands of healing, she is a blessing to all those who knew her.

She is survived by son Joseph (Betsy) Talon of Lahaina; daughters Earlene (Henry, Sr.) Lindo of Waiehu, Maui, Talia (Milo) Cenal of Waipio, Oahu and Mich`lae Waialeale of Waipio, Oahu; 22 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Aduca Talon; daughters Janette Low and Clara (Low) Kaahanui; son James Low and great grand-daughter Kehaukauiwehiwehionalani Mawae Low.

Celebration of our tutu’s life will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Family viewing 7 – 8 a.m., public viewing 8 – 10:45 a.m., service starts at 11 a.m.; casual attire.  Burial to follow at Maunaloa Cemetery. 

Edgardo Arista

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Edgardo Antiporda Arista of Kaunakakai died on March 24, 2011 at his home in Kaunakakai, at age 68. He was born Feb. 22, 1943 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

He is survived by wife Amelita Arista, and sons John Allen (Maria Amalyn) Arista and Rugene Arista, all of Kaunakakai.

Friends may call on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. with service at 10 a.m. at the Kaunakakai Baptist Church. Burial to follow at the Kapaakea Cemetery in Kapaakea, Molokai.

Don Espaniola Jr.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Don Petronello Kekamawiwo`olemaikalanimai Espaniola Jr. of Maunaloa died on March 26, 2011 at the Molokai General Hospital, at age 34. He was born May 17, 1976 in Wailuku, Maui.

Don was the grandson of Moses and Josephine Espaniola of Maunaloa, Molokai. Don recently moved back to Molokai from Henderson, Nevada, where he was schooled as a Master Chef at the Culinary Institute of Las Vegas. Using his entrepreneurial skills, he owned and operated Intimate Fine Dining in Henderson, Nevada.
Don was a loving husband, beloved son, big brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and loyal friend.

John “Johnny” Sabas

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

John “Johnny” Sabas

John “Johnny” Sabas of Molokai died on March 17, 2011 at the Molokai General Hospital, at age 95. He was born Feb. 21, 1916 in Honolulu; he attended Lili`uokalani Elementary and McKinley High School. Johnny was raised in the Salvation Army Homes at Manoa and Kaimuki; he never knew any relatives on his side.

Johnny was a respected athlete, playing volleyball, basketball and football in the old Honolulu leagues. He played in the Hawaii Professional Football League and on town teams such as the Kaka`ako Sons, Polar Bears, Hawaiian Pine and Chinese Dragons. One of his football coaches was former Mayor Neil Blaisdell. John enjoyed music, reading and throw-net fishing.

He was married to Clara Ku`ualoha (Brito) for nearly 65 years. They were inseparable, and up until last year could often be seen walking hand-in-hand in Kaunakakai town. Together they raised four children, all college graduates: John (Jennifer), Rinda (Frank), Michael, and Barry (Mary). He is also survived by eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

John was proud of his service to country and community. He spent over 29 years with the Molokai Police Department, and served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. He was a good and loving man.

Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. and services from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 at Kalaniana`ole Hall. Lunch and talk story to follow, no flowers or wreaths, casual attire. Molokai Mortuary arranged crematory services. Services will be performed by the Reverend Uncle Jimmy Duvauchelle.

Eliza Poaipuni

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Eliza Kahelelani Kahale Kamelamela Poaipuni of Ho`olehua died on March 25, 2011 at the Molokai General Hospital, at age 55. She was born March 15, 1956 in Honolulu. She was preceded in death by her husband Mark Poaipuni.

Virgilio C. Nartatez

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Virgilio C. Nartatez, 56, of Waipahu, HI passed away at his home on February 28, 2011.  He was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Hawaii as a teenager where he lived with his family in Maunaloa, Molokai. 

He is a 1973 graduate of Molokai High School and retired from the U.S. Marine Corp.  He is survived by his wife, Leonora, and sons Reginald P. and Virgilio C. Jr.  He is also survived by his mother, Violeta C. Ragasa; brothers Alfonso, Jr. and Christopher C.; sisters Susan Nartatez and Nida Langer.  Services will be held at St. Anthony Church in Kalihi on April 4 at 6:30 p.m., burial on April 5 at 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Veteran's Cemetary in Kaneohe.