The Garden Island


Dec 5(1.) KIYOKO KOYANAGI On October 14, 2021, Koko, as she was affectionately called, peacefully slipped away at age 94 to "dwell in the house of the Lord forever." The daughter of Otogoro and Kofusa Iwamoto, Koko graduated from McKinley High School in 1945. She then worked in her family's restaurant and Ohta Candy Store before going to Japan for a position with the U.S. government. Care for her elderly parents brought her back to Hawaii, where she was employed by two doctors, and eventually retired from HMSA after 26 years of dedicated service. Her passions included worldwide travel with her husband, (...) (End Date: Dec 5) (p1)
Dec 5(2.) ELVA FUJII MURASHIGE 98, of Honolulu, passed away on November 11, 2021. Born in Honolulu, she retired as a payroll supervisor for the U.S. Government, Department of the Army at Fort Shafter. Preceded in death by husband, Calvin, she is survived by her son, Conrad (Eloise) Murashige; granddaughters: Lee (Dominic) Nguyen and Lisa (Darin) Leong; brother, George (Agnes) Fujii. Private service held. No flowers. No monetary gifts, please. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary (End Date: Dec 5) (p1)
Dec 5(3.) BETTY HISAE MORIOKA 99, of Hawaii Kai, passed peacefully on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. She was born in Kealakekua on the Big Island. She is survived by 4 daughters; Doreen Simmons, Marlene Black, Charlene Morioka-Ono (Kiyoshi), and Helene Choi (Melvyn). She is also survived by 1 brother, 1 sister, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: DIAMOND HEAD MORTUARY (End Date: Dec 5) (p1)
Dec 5(4.) KRIS KEIKO KAWAMOTO Kris Keiko Kawamoto, 58, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2021 in her Aiea home. She is survived by mother Jane Kawamoto, brother Ken Kawamoto, and niece Kimberly Poepoe. Kris spent her childhood gallivanting around Waipahu, and graduated from Waipahu High School '81. She was a self proclaimed workaholic and devoted 35+ years to the Federal Gov't starting at Hon Fed and most recently as a Logistics Support Representative for NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, while simultaneously maintaining her position in Sales Audit at Costco Wholesale which she served for 30 years. A true epitome of (...) (End Date: Dec 5) (p1)
Dec 5(5.) FAITH "AUNTY FAITH" KAUILANI NAKOA DISTAJO Faith Kauilani Nakoa Distajo of Aiea, 80, passed away peacefully at Ka Punawai Ola on September 18, 2021 to be with God. She was born in Honolulu on March 21, 1941 to John and Mary Nakoa. Faith grew up in Palolo Valley, attended Palolo Elementary, Kaimuki Intermediate, and graduated from Kaimuki High School in 1959. Faith was a very hardworking woman, sometimes working two jobs at any given time. She worked at the Waikiki International Marketplace and as a practical nurse at the Island Nursing Home. Faith made many friends while working at the (...) (End Date: Dec 5) (p1)
Dec 5(6.) LAUREN NOHEALANI TAMAYONE FUJII CHRISTENSEN 40, sadly passed away on September 11, 2020. She was born on July 14, 1980 in Honolulu to Harold and Lorenne Fujii. She attended Manoa Elementary School and was a proud graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute. After graduating from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and earning her Master's Degree in Education at Chaminade University, she became a DOE teacher at Noelani Elementary School. In 2005, she married the love of her life, Erik. They were blessed with their pride and joys, a daughter and a son. She is also survived by her maternal Grandmother Ela; (...) (End Date: Dec 5) (p1)
Dec 5(7.) GLENN SHIGEO NISHIHARA 76, of Aiea, passed away in Aiea on Thursday, September 9, 2021. He was born in Honolulu. Glenn is survived by his wife Trudy; daughters Gina Saneishi, Gayla (Ross) Sasaki and Genine Nishihara; brother Lloyd (Betty) Nishihara and five grandchildren. Services: 5:00 PM on Monday, December 20, 2021 at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary (End Date: Dec 5) (p1)
Dec 5(8.) CHARLES YOSHITO HIRASHIKI April 29, 1933 - October 26, 2021 Born in Honolulu to Paul & Mildred Hirashiki, Charlie was proud of his Okinawan heritage (Yonabaru Chojin Kai) and his roots growing up on Austin Lane in Palama. Attended Kaiulani Elementary School & graduated from Iolani School '51. Served in the US Army & earned his teaching degree from the University of Hawaii. Began his teaching career at Waimea High School and taught for many years at Niu Valley Intermediate School & Kalani High School. Preceded in death by wife Kay (Watanabe). Survived by children Scott (Missy) & Charla (Gregg); (...) (End Date: Dec 5) (p1)
Dec 5(9.) ROBERT "BOBBY" HANOHANO 62, passed on August 28, 2021. He was born to Joseph Hanohano, Jr. & Rosemond Josephine Hanohano in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1958. Robert graduated from Nanakuli's Class of 1976 and was immediately employed at HECO, Kahe Power Plant for 13 years. In 2012, he returned to HECO and was employed there as an Insulator up until his passing. He is survived by his wife Jean, children Kainoa, Dylan, Jaku & Jina Hanohano; Jake & John Baptista; 3 Grandchildren; sisters Mary Ann Hanohano & Momi (Sam) Gray; sister-in-law Winnie (Joe dec.) Hanohano and many nieces & nephews. A (...) (End Date: Dec 5) (p1)
Dec 5(10.) TAKEMITSU AKAMINE 92, of Honolulu, an Army veteran and retired supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service, passed away on November 19, 2021 at home. He was born in Mountain View, Hawaii. He is survived by his wife, Tomeko; son, Allan; daughters, Naomi (Anthony) Bartholomew and Pauline (Tookie) Akamine-Adams; sister, Beatrice Kaneshiro; and four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 13, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Visitation: 5:00 p.m. Causal attire, mask required and covid restrictions apply. No flowers or monetary gifts please. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary (End Date: Dec 5) (p1)
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