Obituary for Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Ernell Dagmar Pua’ala Leong
Ernell Dagmar Pua’ala Leong died on May 21, 2021 from an advanced neurological disease. Born January 26, 1942 in Waimea, she was the youngest child of Tai Sum and Priscilla Hualalai Leong.
A proud alumnus of Kamehameha Schools (KSK ’60), she graduated from the University of Hawai’i in Manoa before a 41-year career with the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. She was a Mahaulu and Leong family historian, a passionate cook and lover of all things.
She is survived by her siblings Rexford Leong, Llewellyn (Kay) Leong and Mynnette (John) Sentinella, and now joined in aloha by sister-in-law Dolly and nephews Leland and Kendall.
She might be sadly running out of patience (quick to get out of your car, or to get you out of hers), but so long on aloha for all who loved her and whom she loved in return. In her most difficult times, she was kept in Ke Akua’s hands by the family of Analani ARCH (Cora Saludares) and the divine friendship of former colleagues Arthur Barba and Sharon Lum.
Sistah, Tita, Aunt, Tita Wita, Ernella, Ernie and Ernell: whatever name we knew her, her bond was our earthly blessing.
A keepsake for family and friends will be held in the near future. Messages of condolence and inquiries can be directed to Kent Sentinella at [email protected]
Loren Dinsmore Franklin
Loren Dinsmore Franklin, 86, of Kapa’a, died at his home on May 29, 2021. He was born in Washington on March 5, 1935. A US Navy veteran, he worked as a tour guide, real estate agent, salesperson , distributor and in various other entrepreneurial activities.
He was predeceased by his parents Arnold and Viva Franklin and his grandson Dean Ikaika Brown-Aiwohi.
He is survived by his wife Carol Franklin, his daughter Toni (Bob) Fahnestock of Nevada, his sons Kelly (Helen) Franklin of Hanalei, Buddy (Sandra) Franklin of Kekaha, Boyd (Mariko) Franklin of Lahaina, Maui, Lorrin Aiwohi of Kapahi, Bryan (Akala) Aiwohi of Wailua and Nathan (Leah) Aiwohi of Kapahi, 15 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, Sister Mary (Roland) Campos of Florida, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life will take place on Friday, June 11 at St. Catherine’s Church, with visits starting at 9 a.m. and a mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Kaua’i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home at noon.
Kaua’i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home helps the family make the arrangements.
Brenda Honda died on May 30, 2021, at the age of 75, in Kalaheo.
She was born on March 5, 1946 in Waimea, was an educator.
She was predeceased by Father Noboru “Nogi” Muraoka and Sisters Lucile Horita and Priscilla Nitta.
She is survived by her daughter Shari (Justin) Orian of Chandler, Arizona, fur baby Ziggy, mother Mikiko “Judy” Muraoka of Kalaheo, brothers Calvin (Jane) Muraoka of Hanapepe and Leighton (Lisa) Muraoka of ‘Ele ‘ele, sister Sheila (Gerry) Tamura of Hilo, as well as many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
At his request, no service will take place.
Visitors are invited to pay homage to the family home until June 18.
Garden Island Mortuary helped the family make the arrangements.
Daniel Villanueva Ballaibe
Daniel Villanueva Ballaibe passed away peacefully at his home in Hanapepe at the age of 105 on May 23, 2021. He was born on June 28, 1915 in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
He was predeceased by parents Maximiano and Honorata Ballaibe, brother Julian, sisters Kusta, Benita and Petronelia Ballaibe and Silvina (Cecilio) Tagatac, grandson Kalen Ballaibe and stepdaughter Denise Ballaibe.
He is survived by his beloved wife Salomé (Salud) Ortal Ballaibe, his daughters Rose (Malcolm) Doi and Sallie (Kent) Tomimoto, his son Rudolph Ballaibe, his grandchildren Daniel (Jennifer) Ballaibe, Ky and Kelsey Tomimoto and Noah and Emma Ballaibe, and one great-grandchildren Kaya, Koa and Kailani Ballaibe.
He was a man of few words, but his actions spoke volumes to those around him. He will be remembered for his quiet strength, his sweet smile and his love for his family.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday June 12 at the Borthwick Kaua’i Mortuary in Koloa, with a 9:30 am-10:30am walking tour and a celebration of life and service to follow. Interment will follow at Kaua’i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19, wearing a mask and social distancing is mandatory.
Borthwick Kaua’i Mortuary helps the family organize themselves.
Silas Aqui passed away on February 15, 2021. He was a fisherman, farmer, policeman, security guard, car salesman, and emergency medical technician.
He was predeceased by Father Andrew Aqui, Mother Naomi Kauo, Brother Arcadio Aqui, Sister Naomi Wampler, Brother-in-law Daniel Davila and Son-in-Laws Nelson Makanani and Wayne Watanabe.
He is survived by his wife Martha Aqui, his sons Joe (Rita) Aqui of College Place, Washington, Gerald (Wanda) Aqui of Kalaheo, Glenn (Linda) Aqui of Puhi, Charlie Aqui of Kapa’a, Reginald (Phil) Aqui of San Francisco and Marc (Dow) Aqui of New York, daughters Kathleen Watanabe of Kapa’a and Jan Makanani of Hilo, Brother Joseph (Bonnie) Yunson of California, Sister Sally Davila of Kansas City, Missouri, 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
A private celebration of life will take place this month in Anahola.