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Maui Weekly Obituary Notices: August 7, 2016

August 7, 2016, 6:00 AM HST
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Maui obituary notices - Week of Aug. 7, 2016.

Maui obituary notices – Week of Aug. 7, 2016.

Elias Corpuz
July 20, 1931 – August 5, 2016

Elias D. Corpuz, Sr., 85, of Lahaina, Maui, passed away on August 5, 2016, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born on July 20, 1931, In Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016, at Norman’s Mortuary; service will begin at 11 a.m.; burial will follow, 2 p.m., at Valley Isle Memorial Park Cemetery in Haiku.Elias was a retired Luna at Pioneer Mill. He was a humble, hardworking man who enjoyed fishing, yardwork, and spending time with his family. Elias was predeceased by his wife, Getrodes P. Corpuz; survived by his sons, Roland Corpuz, Stevenson (Jan) Corpuz, Elias (Richlette) Corpuz, Jr.; daughters, Jennifer (Bart) Barangan, Teri P. (Skip Westcott) Corpuz; sisters, Petra Domingo, Eutropia Alipio. Sylvia Celeregia; 13 grandchildren, Jayson (Jennifer), Johnathan (Mary), Joanie (Jaysee), Sally (Corey), Michael, Janie, Jeffrey, Krystal, Isaiah, Noah, Kalani, Jonah, Micah; and 5 great grandchildren, Milo, Pike, Luella, Thea, and Kaimana. Online condolences:

Rita J. Lalim
April 20, 1947 – July 31, 2016

Rita J. Lalim, 69 of Kahului, passed away on July 31, 2016 at her residence under the care of Hospice Maui. She was born on April 20, 1947 in Ho’olehua, Molokai.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului, services will begin at 11 a.m. Family requests casual attire.


Rita retired from First Hawaiian Bank in Kahului where she worked as a Customer Service Representative.


She is survived by her husband, Edward F. Lalim Sr.; sons, Edward F. Lalim Jr. “Peanut”, and Joseph Steven Kalani Lalim; sister, Ionia (Melvin) Spencer; close friend, Nicole Moana-Marie Mendes; and family pet, “Snoopy” Lalim.

Lucia Figueroa Salomon
December 19, 1918 – July 30, 2016

Lucia Figueroa Salomon, 97, of Kahului, passed away on July 30, 2016, at her home under the care of Islands Hospice. She was born on December 19, 1918, on Kauai.


Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016, at Norman’s Mortuary; service will begin at 11:00 a.m.; burial will follow, 12:30 p.m., at Valley Isle Memorial Park Cemetery in Haiku.

Lucia is survived by her sons, Raymond Rivera Sr., Robert Rivera (deceased), Randy (Tina Wilson) Salomon, Anthony (Leona) Salomon; daughters, Ruby (William Borges) Morales, Beverly (Larry Singson Jr.) Salomon, Rosalinda (Sue Dorton) Salomon; sister, Jane Kintner of California; and a total of 115 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Kenneth Kalei “Superstar” Hoopai
July 20, 1942 – July 27, 2016

KENNETH KALEI “Superstar” HOOPAI SR. of Wailuku passed away peacefully at his home on July 27, 2016. He was born on July 21, 1942 in Hana Maui.He is survived by his Children, Nick (Cheryl) Hoopai, Steven (Noelani) Hoopai, David (Denise) Hoopai, Dayna Kaia, Beatrice (Norman) Hoopai, George Hoopai, Bruce (Kai) Hoopai, and Starlet Hoopai; Siblings: Catherine “Lina“ Tanoue, Virginia “Blondie“ Kuaana, Joseph Manaois Sr. (Maizie – Deceased), Solomon (Kathleen) Hoopai Jr., Melanie-Jean Hoopai, Louis “Anson“ (Jojo) Hoopai Sr., Lynette Malaikini, Barbara – Ann Benton, Robin (Harold) Sylva, Martha (Chuck) Mizner; 18 Grandchildren ;and 8 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Wife, Violet Luana Hoopai; Son, Kenneth Kalei Hoopai Jr.; Grandaughter, Diana Hoopai; Parents, Solomon and Beatrice Hoopai Sr.; and Sister Maizie Manaois.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Maui Tropical Plantation grass area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The family requests casual attire. Flowers and/or Lei’s are welcome. No Wreaths. Family suggests to bring chairs and pop up tents. Live music will be provided.Online condolences:

Helen Lin Heong Akiona Nakanelua
September 17, 1911 – July 26, 2016

Helen Lin Heong Akiona Nakanelua, 104, of Haiku, passed away on July 26, 2016, at Kula Hospital, Kula, Maui. She was born on September 17, 1911, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Helen was a retired & devoted Taro Farmer.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Anthony Church in Wailuku; mass will begin at 8 p.m. A 2nd day visitation will also be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Norman’s Mortuary; service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow, 2 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park in Wailuku. A luncheon will follow service at Norman’s Mortuary.

Pre-deceased by husband, Paul Nakanelua Sr.; son, Paul (Bobby) Nakanelua Jr., Hansel (Betty) Nakanelua and daughter Noe Lake; Parents, Hong Yong & Eunice Lilinoe Ching; Survived by daughters, Lauae (Helen) Nakanelua, Lynnette (Gene-deceased) Smith, Rachel (Myra) DeSilva- (Darrell-deceased). Helen also leaves numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Clifford Augustine Pimentel
May 23, 1934 – July 25, 2016

Clifford Augustine “Sabong” Pimentel, 82, of Haiku, passed away on July 25, 2016 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born on May 23, 1934 in Puunene, Maui.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Christ the King Church in Kahului, Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. and burial will follow at Maui Veteran’s Cemetery at 1 p.m.

Clifford retired from Maui Land & Pineapple where he worked as a Mechanic and boiler man in the bi-product department.

His hobbies were, raising game birds, fishing, hunting, and raising his goats. He also enjoyed playing baseball.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Clarita Ebanez Pimentel; son, Baron M. Pimentel; daughter, Karen (Tony) Vierra; hanai son, Alvin Kalaau; sisters, Evelyn (John) Sardinha, and Harriet Pimentel; grandchildren, Craig, Kaysha, and Tytus Vierra; great-grandson, Matthew Pagan; numerous nieces and nephews; and his pet dog, Kileki.

Melvin “Inong” Bautista Santos
September 30, 1991 – July 25, 2016

Melvin “Inong” Bautista Santos, 24, of Kahului, passed away on July 25, 2016. He was born on September 30, 1991, in Pedro L. Quines, Tarlac, Philippines. Melvin had a passion for cooking and was a chef at the Wow Wee Maui’s Kava Bar and Grill in Kahului.Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., (service will begin at 11 a.m.) at Norman’s Mortuary. Burial to follow at the Valley Isle Memorial Park Cemetery in Haiku at 2 p.m.He is survived by his girlfriend, Apple Grace Solis and was a loving father to their children, Jestin Bryce Solis Santos and Jacob Brysen Solis Santos (deceased). He is the son of Bonifacio & Levita Santos. Melvin is also survived by his brothers, Romnick (Abegail) Santos, Crispin (Sheena) Santos and sister, Irene Santos (Mark) Rinen. Online condolences:

Roger Cannaoay Ruiz
December 2, 1973 – July 24, 2016

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Ballard Family Mortuary, Kahului.

Viewing & Memorial Service will be held from 9:00am to 12noon on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Wailuku.

Burial to follow at Valley Isle Memorial Park in Haiku.For many years, Roger was a dedicated and admirable employee of Los Posas Country Club. He was devoted to fishing, enjoyed cooking, traveling and golfing with friends. Roger was always there to help others out, and he loved spending time with family & friends and always making them laugh.He is preceded in death by his father, Constantino A. Ruiz, Sr. He is survived by his son, Isiah and life partner, Noreen; mother, Antonina; sisters Sylvia (Willie) Mina, Margie (Harold) Ruiz, Jennie Ruiz; brothers Rey Ruiz, Dante (Leslie) Ruiz of Las Vegas, Rodaree (Helen) Ruiz, Manny (Kristine) Ruiz, Constantino Ruiz, Jr., 22 nieces & nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Mitsuyuki Nakao
December 1, 1930 – July 24, 2016

Mitsuyuki Nakao, 85 of Kula, Maui passed away on July 24, 2016 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born on December 1, 1930 in Hilo, Hawaii. He was a retired carpenter and farmer. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Wailuku Shingon Mission; with service over urn to begin at 11:00 a.m.; burial to follow on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., located at Maui Veteran’s Cemetery in Makawao.

Mitsuyuki is predeceased by his wife, Margaret Nakao; brother, Kazuyuki Nakao; sister, Hatsue Haramoto; survived by daughter, Cheryle Ann (Carl) Puu; sons, Miguel (Medina) Nakao, Michael Nakao, Nathan (Annie) Nakao, Wesley Nakao; brothers, Nobuyuki Nakao, Toshiyuki Nakao, Dennis Nakao, Daniel Nakao; sister, Kikue Shigematsu; 7 grandchildren, Darrell Mitsuyuki Kawika (Amber) Puu, Michelle Mineko Leilani (Alan) Puu-Lozier, Leanne Bacay Nakao, Brian &Ryan Nakao, Noel & Miguel Nakao, Jr., 3 great grandchildren, Brice Hiranaka, David Makana o’ke Akua Puu and Scot Kawika Kim Puu-Lozier.

Andrew R. Villanueva
June 28, 1936 – July 23, 2016

Andrew “Andy” R. Villanueva Sr., 80 of Kahului, Maui passed away on July 23, 2016 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born on June 28, 1936 in Haiku, Maui.

He retired from being a Harvester Driver for Maui Land and Pineapple and later retired from Roberts Hawaii as a School Bus Driver. His greatest joy was spending time with his precious grandchildren Daniel, Kayla and Shayla and his passion for Fishing and Bowling with the Old Timers League.

A Celebration of Life will be held on August 14, 2016 from 1pm to 6pm at Paukukalo Hawaiian Homes Community Center.

(655 Kaumualii Dr., Wailuku)

Andrew survived by sons, Lester Macadangdang, Andrew (Lovey) Villanueva Jr.; daughters, Marina Wallace, Brandee Villanueva; brothers, Catalino (Sheila) Villanueva Jr., Roberto Villanueva, Alfredo Villanueva; sisters, Clara DeStefano, Juanita Kuini Hokoana, Catalina “Sasa” Ewaliko, Esmeralda “Kella” Tejeda-Figueroa; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Jason H. Medeiros
September 25, 1949 – July 22, 2016

He retired from the Grand Wailea Resort as a waiter at the Humu Humu restaurant. Jason was also appointed Division Representative for the ILWU Local 142 on Maui. He also served on the Maui Liquor Adjudication Commission and the Maui Planning Commission and was an active member of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. Memorial services will be held at the Makawao Veteran’s Cemetery on Friday, August 5, 2016 at 1:00pm. Please come and join us in celebrating his life at the ILWU Hall located at 896 Lower Main Street in Wailuku on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 12 noon. Jason is survived by his son, Jason Junior (J-Boy); brothers, Ralph Medeiros and Raymond “Mondokane” Medeiros of Kihei, Wallace (Agi) Medeiros Jr. of Las Vegas; step father, Ronald Okuda; fiancé, Devi Maria Theresia, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends and his dog “Bali”. He is predeceased by his parents, Wallace Medeiros and Luciana Joan Medeiros Okuda.

Joyce Masue Apana
October 20, 1929 – July 21, 2016

Joyce Masue Kajiura Apana, 86, of Kahului, passed away on July 21, 2016 in Kahului. She was born on October 20, 1929 in Honolulu.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Ballard Family Mortuary, service will begin at 12 noon.

Family requests no flowers.

Inurnment will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2016 at Maui Veteran’s Cemetery.

Joyce retired from Maui Scrap Metal Company (Apana Junkyard).

She is survived by her sons, Roger, Edward, Neil (Betsy Nakamura), and Mark (Sheila); daughter, Norine (Floyd) Miyazono; sisters, Kikuyo (Joe) Higa, and Shizue Shimana; 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

John “Chico” Cruz
April 21, 1940 – July 19, 2016

John Cruz, known as “Chico”, 76, of Maui, died July 10, 2016.He was born to the late Louie and Mary Cruz in Oahu and grew up on Maui.He was self-employed.John is survived by Consuela Newton, daughter, and four grandchildren. He is also survived by Emily (Allen) Torres, sister; Eva Cruz, sister; Frank Cruz, brother, and Michael Cruz, brother.A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 9:30 am on Saturday August 13, 2016 at the Kahului Salvation Army, 45 Kamehameha Ave., Kahului, and to be followed by refreshments there. The family requests no flowers.Online condolences:

Barbara White
April 4, 1939 – July 18, 2016

Barbara Joan White, 77, of Hilo, HI, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016, at home. Barbara was born on April 28, 1939, in Valley City, North Dakota. She retired as a Program Analytical Assistant. No services to be held. She is survived by her husband Donald Swanson of Hilo, HI; brother; James (Louvay) White of North Dakota; 3 nephews; Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Hilo

Vicenta Tobias
December 24, 1932 – July 18, 2016

December 24, 1932 – July 18, 2016Vicenta “Vicky” Tobias, 83, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, was born in Kahuku, Oahu on December 24, 1932, and passed away on July 18, 2016. Vicky was a pantry worker in the hotel industry.She is survived by sons Timothy (Lori) Tobias of Liverpool, New York; Clyde (Velvet) Tobias of Waikoloa; daughters Theresa (Virgil) Macy of Waikoloa; Marcelina (John) Yates of Kailua Kona; sister Emiliana Nuez of Long Beach, California; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are welcome for Funeral Services being held August 3, 2016 at the Mililani Memorial Park and Mortuary Makai Side with viewing at 5:00 pm and services at 6:00 pm with burial to follow on August 4, at 10:00 am at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe. Flowers are welcome, casual attire is requested.

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