The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001111565-01
Funeral Notices


It is with a tearful sadness that the family of Ruth Naupaka Helenihi, announces her passing on May 7, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born on June 10, 1965 to Alexander M. Spillner and Winona Yin Matsuzaki in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her family celebrated her first “heavenly birthday” a few days ago.

Ruth was preceded in death by her father Alexander and two brothers, Wade Kalani and Llewellyn Kaimana Spillner.

She is survived by her five children, Emmett Kaulanakauanoe, Clifford Kamakaniokekai, Sanoe Kawaionouiokalani, and twins, Xandra-Li KapuahiwahiwaoNaupaka and Xander Kaleimanakaho’omaika’imaikeakua Helenihi, sister, Alexandra Mokihana (Paul) Doane, and brother Michael Ahemana (Kristle) Spillner, mother, Winona Yin Matsuzaki, and stepmother, Lisa Spillner, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many extended families and friends in Hawaii and also Las Vegas.

Naupaka, as her family affectionately called her, moved to Las Vegas in 2005 where she met and made many friends. She was employed as a Call Center Service Supervisor at the Wynn/Encore Resort for eight years.

She was very active in the “world of sports” and especially softball where her daughters played competitively with the Lil Rebels and Las Vegas Punishers organizations, and with the Island Angels team in Hawaii. Naupaka had a big heart and would do anything to help her family, friends and the children that hung at the softball field. She will be dearly missed.

A Celebration of Life for her will be held Saturday, July 14, at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel, Visitation at 1:00pm and Memorial Service at 2:00p.m.