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Sadako Iyo, 91, of Hilo, passed away on February 15, 2023. Born April 3, 1931 in Captain Cook, HI, she retired as a senior cashier at Food Fair Supermarket and was a member of Hawaii Ballroom Dance. She is survived by her sons, Myles Iyo, Dennis Iyo; daughters, Joycelyn Iyo, Christine (Jason) Gushiken; brothers, Llyod Hiraoka, Isami Hiraoka; sisters, Yukiko H. Sewake, Yuriko H. Higa; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. Private services held. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Craig Andres, 47, of Hilo, passed away Saturday April 22, 2023 at Hilo Medical Center, born November 12, 1975, Hilo; he was a building maintenance worker for the Hawaii Community College. Friends can call on Sunday June 11, 2023 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Visitation 10am-11:30am; Celebration of Life at 11:30 am His companion, Kehaulani Abril of Hilo, survived; children, Keelen Adres, Kayla Andres and Aaliyah Kahaloa-Young of Hilo; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Edward Medeiros, age 91, of Keauhou Mauka, Hawaii, died on April 26, 2023 at his residence. Born in South Kona, Hawaii, on August 11, 1931, he was a retired forklift leader for Young Brothers, Ltd., a coffee farmer, deep-sea fisherman, and rancher. Friends can call on Friday, July 7, 2023 from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm Wake and Fellowship Service at Honaunau Rodeo Arena at 84-5119 Keala O Keawe Rd. Friends can call back at 7:30 am on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at Honauanu Rodeo Arena; the funeral service, the celebration of life presentation and lunch will begin at 9:30 am. A tour of the Honaunau Boat Ramp will begin at 2 pm and burial will follow at Kona Memorial Park. Family requests casual dress, lei and flowers are welcome. He is survived by his daughters, Maile (Russel) David, II, of Ho’okena, Shirley (Terry) Bird of Keauhou Mauka; son, Rick (Avis) Medeiros of Oahu; sister, Mona Oliver of California; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Alexis U’ilani “Lani” (Ah Mow) Beamer, 71 of Waimea, Hawaii, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at her residence in Waimea, Hawaii; born December 28, 1951 in Honolulu; Lani was a homemaker and mother of five children. She was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Preceded in death, her parents; the late Walter Kawailani Ah Mow, Sr. and Lydia Leialoha Kekoa Spencer; Hanai parents; the late John Keali’iaholoa Hoapili and Rose Lilinoe Mattoon; Brother brothers, Alfred Ah Mow, Clifford Ah Mow, Henderson “Butchie” Ah Mow, Talmage Ah Mow, Leroy Ah Mow, and Oliver “Honeyboy” Ah Mow; Husband, Francis KD Beamer, III; son, Francis “Boy” KD Beamer, IV. Friends can call on Friday, June 16, 2023, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waimea Chapel in Kamuela, Hawai’i, Visitation 9 am to 11:30 am; Celebration of Life at 11:30 am Interment will follow in the Waimea Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints Cemetery. She is survived by her daughters, Diamond “Dime” Beamer (Luisa Epenesa) of Kona, Emerald “Makala” Beamer Matsuyama (Guy) of Kaumana, Angela “Angie” Puhukoa Beamer Barros and Courtney “U’i” U’ilani Beamer of Waimea, Hawaii, brother, Walter K. “Junior” (Joyce) Ah Mow Jr. of Saint Louis, Missouri, sisters, Lydia “Lei” Ha’o of Nanikuli, Hawaii, Nylahmae “Iwa” Freitas of Arizona and Audrey “Moana” Vegas from Nanikuli, Hawaii; aunt, Thelma Kekumano of Honolulu, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Nicholas Alexander Taylor, 47, of Pahoa, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2023 at Hilo Medical Center. Born December 4, 1976 in Honolulu, Nicholas grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii. Memorial services/celebration of life for him will be announced at a later date. He preceded his father, Eric F. Taylor (Rest In Love and Peace) in death. He is survived by his mother, Janet E. Taylor of Pahoa; stepfather, Crandall Leialoha of Hawaii; sister, Alison E. Taylor; brothers, James M. Taylor and William C. (Chanel) Taylor; Numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Judith “Judi” Kay Bond, 71 of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, died on May 13, 2023 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born in Pennsylvania on July 16, 1951, she served as administrator of the Counseling and Health Care Building on the University of the Nations (YWAM) campus in Kona, Hawaii and was a member of the Kona Coast Chaplaincy . She is survived by her cousins Sheila and Ray Livingston of Georgia and others in the continental United States. A memorial service will be held at 10 am on June 17, 2023 on the grassy area of the Kona Inn, located on Alii Drive in Kailua Kona. Arrangements by Nuuanu Mortuary.
Rhoda Setsuko Sumiki, 76, of Honolulu, Hawaii (formerly of Papaikou, Hawaii) died on May 19, 2023 at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. She was born in Hilo, Hawaii on September 1, 1946 and retired as a Loan Officer for the Federal Credit Union Water Supply Board. She also previously worked at the former HT & T Federal Credit Union in Hilo, Hawaii. Visitation will be held on June 14, 2023 (Wednesday) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo, Hawaii from 9:00 am to 10:00 am; Funeral service will begin at 10:00 am Cremation will follow. Casual dress is requested. She is survived by her sister, Dale (Dennis) Kunimitsu of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Luwana Sumiki of Hilo and Althea Sumiki of Hilo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Inc. in Hilo, Hawaii.
Chong Tom Poy aka Tom Poy Jr., 96, of Laupahoehoe, died Sunday, May 21, 2023 at his home, born in Hilo; He was a retired crane loader operator for the former Hamakua Sugar Company, long-time president of ILWU Unit 1106, president of the Laupahoehoe Pensioners Club, member of the North Hilo Community Council, Laupahoehoe Hawaiian Civic Club, and veteran U.S. Navy Visitation 8am-10am, Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Services at 10am Graveside Service at 12noon at Veterans Cemetery No. 2 East Hawaii (Pavilion), Followed by Military Honors Burial Survived by his wife, Leonie Kawaihona (Laeha) Poy; children, Sui Sin (Jerry) Coloma, Kam Ling (Glen) Alatan, Mei Ling (Gilbert) Bailado, Tom Chong (Bellia) Poy, Yuk Ling (Bernard) Adams and Sui Ling Poy; sister, Leilani brothers; sister-in-law, Eleanor Laeha; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Mathilda Margaret Kamalu Salinas, age 80, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, died on May 22, 2023 at her residence. Born in Molokai, Hawaii, on June 2, 1942, she was a retired teacher at Konawaena High School, a member of the Kona Music Society, and served with Solid Rock Ministries in Kona. She is survived by her son, Roger Leo Salinas of Kawaihae; daughters, Jaymayne (Coleson Castillo) Salinas of Waimea and Joy (Mervin, Jr.) Hanato of Kailua-Kona; 13 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held at 9 am on June 17, 2023 at Overflow Church at 55-595 Hawi Rd., Hawi 96719. Celebration of Life service will begin at 10 am followed by lunch. Family requests casual dress, lei and flowers are welcome. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Roy T. Ige, 84, of Keaau, died on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at his home. He was born on May 20, 1939 in Los Angeles, California. He was the owner of The Palm Connection. No services. No known survivors. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.