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Obituaries

Kimie “Lorraine” Higa, 98

Kimie “Lorraine” Higa, 98 of Kahului, Maui passed away on January 14, 2020 at her residence. She was born to Sanra and Kame Shiroma on March 2, 1921 in Peahi, Maui. She retired from Maui Pineapple Company as a Packer. Private services were held. Family request No Koden. She is ...

Leone Mary-Ann Leinani Purugganan, 79

Leone Mary-Ann Leinani Purugganan, 79, of Wailuku, Maui, peacefully passed away on January 19, 2020, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born on November 18, 1940, in Wailuku to Manuela “Manuela Boy” Rodrigues and Josephine Mary-Ann Kuloloia Canto, both predeceased. Visitation will ...

Ronald Carroll “Carl” Rackley, 57

Ronald Carroll “Carl” Rackley, 57, of Makawao passed away on January 2, 2020 at Maui Memorial Medical Center with his loving family by his side. Carl was born on August 26, 1962 at Tripler General Hospital on Oahu and moved to Maui when he was two weeks old. Carl worked as a welder at H ...

Michael Ralph Ben, 70

Michael Ralph Ben, 70, of Hilo, died Jan. 5, 2020 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. He was born June 9, 1949, in Waipahu, Oahu. Visitation will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire. Michael ...

Matilda Ku‘ulei Bruhn, 95

Matilda Ku‘ulei Bruhn, 95, of Waikapu, Maui and Waimanalo, O’ahu died on December 25, 2019, at home. Born in Honuapo, Ka’u, she was retired from Hale Makua on Maui. Preceeded in death by sisters Mary Harry and Leilani Iao, and brother Rueben Cockett. She is survived by sister Elma ...

Jackson Rockwell Hazen, 97

Jackson Rockwell Hazen died on December 9, 2019. Born April 7, 1922 in Lebanon, New Hampshire, to Albert and Dorothy Hazen, Jack is survived by his wife, Lorna Hazen; sons Mike Hazen (wife Janice), Calvin Hazen (wife Lori), and Ed Hazen (wife Leanne); and daughter Leslie Minton (husband Ken). ...

Cam Riki ‘Ilima Monica Neizman, 46

Cam Riki ‘Ilima Monica Neizman, 46, of Lahaina passed away on December 24, 2019 at Maui Memorial Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Sylvia Kawaguchi Neizman and the late Jacob Neizman on August 28, 1973.  Cam’s vibrant and wild spirit will continue to ...

Toshimasa James Nitta, 92

Toshimasa James Nitta of Wailuku, Maui, passed away on January 2, 2020 at Hale Makua in Wailuku. He was born on February 5, 1927 to Jengoro and Hisako Nitta. Services honoring him will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1300 Maui Lani Parkway, on Monday, January 27, ...

Pauline Otome Saiki, 89

Pauline Otome Saiki, 89 passed away on December 9, 2019 under the care of Hospice Maui and her caregiver Ellen Cruz. She was born to Yasujo and Uto Miyahira on February 11, 1930 in Waiehu, Maui. A Memorial service will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020 at Nakamura Mortuary from 10:30am, ...

Herbert Masanori Tanahara, 87

Herbert Masanori Tanahara, better known as “Masa” and “Sparrow” to those who grew up with him on Maui and Herb to just about everyone else – one of the “good guys” who enjoyed spending time with his many friends, passed peacefully on Jan. 4 in Honolulu following a brief illness. ...

Laureen “Laurie” G.L. Tavares, 61

Laureen “Laurie” G.L. Tavares, 61, of Makawao, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2019 at her home. She was born on July 3, 1958 in Honolulu. Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020, at Christ the King Church, Mass will begin at 11 a.m., inurnment 2 p.m. at ...

Mabel Fumiko Araki, 80

Mabel Fumiko Araki, 80, of Kahului, Maui, passed away on December 20, 2019, under the care of Hospice Maui. She was born on September 28, 1939, in Wailuku. Private family services were held. Mabel was a retired clerk at Business Equipment. She is survived by her sisters, Irene Araki, ...

Esther Galano Casil, 85

Esther Galano Casil, 85, of Kahului, Maui, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2020, with loving family by her side. Services honoring Mrs. Casil will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Nakamura Mortuary, with visitation at 9:00am, and service at 10:00am. Esther Casil will be laid to ...

Chieko Hiwatashi, 101

Chieko Hiwatashi, 101 of Kahului, Maui passed away on November 23, 2019 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was born on December 1, 1917 in Puunene. Private services were held. She retired after working more then 30 years from the Maui Memorial Hospital, State of Hawaii. Chieko was an ...

Lillian Taeko Kimura, 88

Lillian Taeko Kimura, 88 of Wailuku, Maui passed away on December 12, 2019. She was born to Katsutoshi and Miyuki Hirai on February 8, 1931, in Makawao, Maui. Lillian retired as an Elementary School Teacher. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Soka ...

Linda Louise Randolph-Tester

Linda Louise Randolph-Tester, 71 of Haiku, Maui passed away peacefully on January 3, 2020, at her residence. She was born on October 1, 1948. Linda is survived by her husband, Monty Tester; daughter, Julia Tester; stepson, David Tester; grandchildren, Logan Tester and Sam Tester; and sister, ...

Shinobu Toba, 92

Shinobu Toba, 92 of Kahului, passed away on December 1, 2019 at her residence. She was born on March 20, 1927 in Hilo, HI. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Ballard Family Mortuary, service 11 a.m., and urn burial at 2 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park, Main ...

Primitiva “Eva” Macasieb Villanueva, 89

Primitiva “Eva” Maca-sieb Villanueva, 89 of Kula, Maui peacefully passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2019. She was born in the Philippines on November 27, 1930 to the late Diego Macasieb and Victoria Soriano. Primitiva is survived by her children, Virginia (Miguel) Galima of Pahoa, ...

Josefina Rosaro Romero, 86

Josefina Rosaro Romero, 86 of Kihei, Maui passed away on January 1, 2020 under the loving care at Hospice Maui and family at her side. She was born to Sergio and Cirila Rosaro on December 24, 1933 in the Philippines.  A private service will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Nakamura ...

Bernice Kuemanu Higa-Wirtl, 81

Bernice Kuemanu Higa-Wirtl, 81, of Wailuku, Maui passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and Hospice Maui on November 05, 2019. She was born to William Ulumaheihei Purdy and Ella Haiaulu Kapaku on September 24, 1938. Visitation will be held at Ka'ahumanu Church on Saturday, ...