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Obituaries for Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 12:00 am

• Catalina Espiritu

• Shizuko M. Nakai

• Alfredo Omo

• Duke Kolu Sabedong

• Dale A. Botelho

• Tomo Naito

• John Allen James

• Hannah Miwa Sakai

• Jameson Robert Crowner

• Robert Medeiros Sr.

• Alfred James Ferreira

• Raymund Ponce Pilien


Catalina Espiritu

Catalina Espiritu of Lihu‘e, died March 9, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 76.

Born March 19, 1930, in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a chambermaid for the Beachboy Hotel.

Preceded in death by her husband, Juan Espiritu, she is survived by son Ross Espiritu of Lihu‘e; daughter Leiwelyn (Alex) Espiritu-Cadiz of Lihu‘e; brothers Rogelio Tanicala, Eusebio Tanicala, Vicente Tanicala and Virgilio Tanicala; sisters Josepha Florentino, Ursula Aguda, and Petra Peralta; grandchildren Alexis Cadiz, Nolan Cadiz and Katrina Cadiz; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Immaculate Conception Church, where Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Bill Shannon at 10 a.m.. Burial will be at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Shizuko M. Nakai

Shizuko M. Nakai of Lihu‘e died at Garden Isle Healthcare on March 7, 2007, at the age of 97.

Born in Waikapu, Maui, on Oct. 27, 1909, she was a homemaker. She is survived by her son, Wayne (Aileen) Nakai of Lihu‘e; three grandchildren; two brothers, Tatsuo (Margaret) Mochizuki and Komao (Rene) Mochizuki; nieces and nephews. Services were private.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Alfredo Omo

Alfredo Marcus Omo of Kealia died at home on March 12, 2007, at the age of 93. 

He was born in the Philippines on Dec. 13, 1913, and retired as an irrigation worker with the plantation.

He is preceded in death by his wife Leona Omo.

He is survived by his daughters, Mercedes (Avery) Youn, Darlene (Bill) Donayri, Barbara (Charles) Soto, Naty (Joe) Caminos, Beatrice (Mel) Hirahara, Joyce (Mark) Vidinha, Felicidad Omo; and sons Patrick (Jodi) Omo, Guillermo (LeeAnn) Donayri, Richard (Paula) Donayri, Francis Donayri, Raphael Donayri, Charles (Nani) Omo, Alfred Omo, and Piding (Estelle) Omo; 37 grandchildren; and 40 great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Thursday, March 22, at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall with visitation from 10 a.m. and  services at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Lihue Cemetery.

Casual attire is suggested. Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Omo family with arrangement


Duke Kolu Sabedong

Duke Kolu Sabedong of Anahola died at home on Feb. 22, 2007, at the age of 47. Born in Honolulu on June 1, 1959, he was self-employed as a Hawaiian lomi lomi masseur.

He is survived by his wife, M. Kealoha Medeiros-Sabedong; daughters Shantel, Shayda, Joni, and Jocelyn; son Jonah Kolu Sabedong; grandsons Christian, Scotty, L.J., Hayden; six granddaughters, Tai-Li, Kailani, Keana, Kalei, Pua Olena, Jaynie; parents Grandma Maureen and Papa Duke Sabedong; brothers Kolona and David.

Memorial services on O‘ahu will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at Kaupo (baby Makapu’u) across Sea Life Park. Casual attire is suggested. The family asks that people bring a lei or pua (flower).

Memorial services on Kaua‘i will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at Anahola Club House. Casual attire is suggested. The family asks that people bring a lei or pua (flower) and requests monetary donations only.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Sabedong family with arrangements.


Dale A. Botelho

Dale A. Botelho of Kekaha, died March 12, 2007, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. Born Sept. 25, 1950, in Honolulu, he was a lab technician for ITT.

Preceded in death by his father Daniel Botelho, Sr., and daughter Dahar Botelho, he is survived by his wife Veronica Vidinha Botelho of Kekaha; daughter Sarah Mal-Soon Botelho of Kekaha; sons Dareen Botelho and Daymos (Maile) Botelho, both of Kaua‘i; mother Sally Y. Botelho of Honolulu and sister Sonya (Roger) Botelho Chun of Honoluu; brothers Daniel Botelho Jr. of Honolulu and Rodney Botelho of Honolulu; father and mother-in-law John and Christina Vidinha of Lawa‘i; four grandchildren; numerus nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa, where services will be celebrated at 6 p.m.

Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Tomo Naito

Tomo Kiikuni Naito of Wailua Houselots died on March 14, 2007, at the age of 105. 

Born in Nawiliwili on Dec. 1, 1901, she retired as a kitchen helper at Lihu‘e Barbecue Inn. 

She is survived by seven children, Esther Tamaribuchi, Alice Tsuda, George (Marian) Naito, Joan Naito, Dora Naito, David (Alice) Naito, Albert (Jean) Naito; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, March 25, at Lihu‘e Christian Church with visitation from 2 p.m. and services beginning at 3 p.m.

Casual attire is suggested and the family gratefully declines flowers.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Naito family with arrangements.


John Allen James

John Allen James died Feb. 26, 2007, at the age of 56. 

Born in North Carolina, he was raised in a Navy family. After living in various places in the United States, he moved to O‘ahu in 1963 where he fell in love with surfing and the Hawaiian lifestyle. In 1970 he moved to Kaua‘i to surf, enjoy life and started a monkey- pod table business. He became known as “Guitar John” by many for his great talent as a musician. In 1978 he, introduced tow-in surfing, riding giant waves in his small addictor boat. In 1985 he met his wife Melody and went on to create Wainiha Sandwiches, and also opened a Healthy Hawaiian Noni Juice Company in 1998. John was also an inventor and worked on many inventions like City Kitty, Pillow Pals, Guitar Tuners, Sling Thing and lastly the Swing Thing and home Golf Driver. John made many friends and helped many people with his generous spirit and giving nature.

John is survived by his wife of 22 years, Melody, and two sons Jaxon and Dylan; brother Mike and sister Pam as well as his mother Venetia.

Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 24, at Ha‘ena Beach Park from noon to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, bring pupus, music and stories.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the James family with arrangements.


Hannah Miwa Sakai

Hannah Miwa Sakai of Waimea, died March 4, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, at the age of 96.

Born April 24, 1910, on Maui, she retired as an elementary school teacher.

She is survived by son Wayne (Edith) Sakai of Honolulu, daughter Aileen (Roy) Nitta of Kekaha, daughter-in-law Carol Sakai of Kane‘ohe, brother Shinji Miwa of Wailua; sister Yuki Kitaoka of Honolulu; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 24, at Waimea United Church of Christ on Makeke Road where friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. Services will begin at 11 a.m.

Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Jameson Robert Crowner

Jameson Robert Crowner died on March 2, 2007, at the age of 61.

Born in Ohio, he grew up in Newport Beach. Calif., attended Newport Harbor High, Class of ‘63 and Santa Clara University, Class of ‘67. He taught agriculture in Motupe, Peru, for the Peace Corps.

He moved to Kaua‘i in 1987 to be with his children. He worked for Ship Store Galleries for 18 years, where he made many friends among his co-workers, business associates and clients.

He is survived by his mother Martha Crowner, daughter Allison Crowner, son Robert Crowner, brother Cameron Crowner, sister Libby Zinker, grandsons Sebastion and Skyler, nephews Mathew and Bryon, many cousins; and Debbie Flores and family.

Jamie loved to celebrate and would want his many friends to celebrate life.

A private service was held on Kaua‘i and another service is to be held on April 13. For details, contact Cameron Crowner at cameron.crowner@colliers.com.


Robert Medeiros Sr.

Robert Charles Medeiros Sr. of Kalaheo, died March 18, 2007, at Heritage Hale Kupuna Care Home at the age of 72.

Born July 4, 1934, in Koloa, he was a tour guide for Robert’s Hawaii Tours.

He is survived by his wife: Dorothy Medeiros of Kalaheo; daughters Sylvia (Harold) Mariani of Hanapepe and Sherri (Joey) Silva of Kalaheo; sons Robert (Mai) Medeiros of Hanapepe and Glenn (Tammy) Medeiros of Honolulu; brother Richard (Marlene) Medeiros of California; sisters Madeline (Albert) Gomes of California and MaryAnn (John) Frias of Honolulu.

Friends may visit with the family from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Holy Cross Church, where a funeral Mass will be said at 2 p.m.

Burial will be at Kauai Veterans’ Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Alfred James Ferreira

Alfred James Ferreira of Kalaheo died at his home on March 15, 2007, at the age of 72.

Born on April 15, 1934, he retired from the Sheraton Kauai Hotel.

“Freddie,” as he was affectionately known, is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen Martin Ferreira; children Sharon (Clifton) Hashimoto, Gayle (Alan) Konishi and Eliott (Jeannine) Ferreira, grandchildren Christopher, Ryan and Ross Konishi. He is also survived by his mother Julia Ferreira; and brothers Wallace (Carol) Ferreira and Robert (Marieanne) Ferreira. He was preceded in death by his father Manuel Ferreira.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Holy Cross Church where Mass will be celebrated by Father Nap at noon. A private burial will follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens.

Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Raymund Ponce Pilien

Raymund Ponce Pilien died in Japan on Feb. 24, 2007, at the age of 45.

Born on Kaua‘i on Aug. 18, 1961, he taught English in Japan.

He is survived by his mother Ly-dia Pilien of Koloa; brother Sidney of Koloa; sister Claire (John) Kodachi and niece Sophia of Portland, Ore. He is preceded in death by his father Isidro Pilien.

Friends may visit with the family from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at St. Raphael Catholic Church, where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Father Edison. Burial to follow at St. Raphael’s Cemetery.

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