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Obituaries for Friday, July 15, 2022

Kylan Mark Gandia

Kylan Mark Gandia passed away on June 27, 2022, in Lahaina at the age of 33. He was born on March 3, 1989 in Waimea, Kaua‘i. He was a tile setter.

He is preceded in death by maternal grandparents Frederick and Emily Viquelia and paternal grandfather Richard Gandia.

He is survived by sons Kaiola Gandia of Koloa, Shylan Gandia, parents Celest (Norman) Tanaka, Marcos (Verna Somalpong) Gandia, brother David (Lea) Hanashiro of Lahaina, Maui, sisters Holly (Kapeli Tam) Gandia of Kaumakani, Kaua‘i, Kiara Gandia of Kekaha, Kaua‘i, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service is at the Garden Island Mortuary on Saturday, July 23, with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m., services to follow from 10 to 11 a.m. and a celebration of life at Lucy Wright Park. The family requests aloha attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Teeana Kaleimokihana Valpoon

Teeana Kaleimokihana Valpoon passed away on Sept. 17, 2021, at Hilo Medical Center, at the age of 32. She was born on July 15, 1989, in Lihu‘e and a graduate of Kapa‘a High School. She worked for Wyndham and Kuhio Motors.

She was preceded in death by sister Mistie K. Valpoon, grandfather Clifford Matsushima Sr., and grandmother Beverly Ann Valpoon.

She is survived by son Liloa (Elijah) Ragsac, parents Leah “Teete” (Russell Iida) Matsushima, Amil “Ekolu” (Nani) Valpoon, brother Cody (Ipo) Valpoon, step-brothers Cody and Josh (Rylee Pavao) Mersberg, grandmother Katherine Matsushima, grandfather Amil “Tinoa” Valpoon, nephews Lokahi, Lawai‘a and Kaikoa, niece Lihau, numerous aunties, uncles and cousins who loved her dearly.

A celebration of life is Saturday, July 16, at Ko‘olau Hui‘ia Church, Anahola with vistiation at 10 a.m. followed by service at noon.

Clara Jane Nuivo

Clara Jane Nuivo, 89, of Lihu‘e, passed away at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, on June 14, 2022. She was born on May 16, 1933, in Hanama‘ulu. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by parents Daniel Rapozo, Rose Rapozo-Rodrigues, husband Paustino “Skinny” Nuivo, great-grandchildren Keean Nuivo, Alazne Amorin and sister Elizabeth Oyamot.

She is survived by children Pamela (Anthony) Pantil, Dawn (Masa Yamamoto) Amorin, William “Willie” (April) Nuivo, Kerry (Joy) Nuivo, Rose ( Lelo Tangalin) Horka, brother Donald Rapozo, sisters Bernice Hiranaka, Florence Oyamot, Gwen Zaima, Priscilla (Bob) Rego, Bernadette Hodges, Beverly Rapozo, grandchildren Kerensa Nagahisa, Tyran (Mariann) Nuivo-Pantil, Ashleen (Cheston) Omo, Emerson (Amber) Amorin, Jennifer (Keola Christian) Amorin, Taytralyn, Kaneala and Kent Nuivo, Kyle (Ashlei Nagao) Nuivo, Nani (Kalani) Lizama, Momi Silva, Mikalyn Hiranaka, Jordyn Nuivo, Travis (Kimmy) Horka and Tairoy Horka, great-grandchildren Kurtis (Caitlin Caberto) Nagahisa, Kobe Nagahisa, Tiana, Shaylene, Jaeden and Masyn Pantil, Carsyn and Axton Omo, Xaerys Dela Cruz, Aryana, Alexia and Ethan Amorin, Kainalu and Makani Kapu, Lokahi Christian, Kyrie Nuivo and Alena Nuivo, Kalei, Kaeo and Kala‘i Lizama, Madison and Haylee Silva, Rhandi, Rhylen and Kholten Hiranaka, Treicen and Teigan Horka, Kailea Horka and Hilina‘i Borrero, great-great-grandchildren Kruz Nagahisa, Keilani Lizama, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life is Saturday, July 16, at Immaculate Conception Church. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. followed by Mass at 10 a.m. A private burial will be held at a later date. The family suggests casual or aloha attire.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Virginia A Rapozo

Virginia A Rapozo, 97, who was born in and lived in Kalaheo, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, passed away on May 17, 2022, at Wilcox Hospital in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i.

Virginia attended Kalaheo School and graduated from Waimea High School. While working on O‘ahu, Virginia met, fell in love and married Frank Rapozo, the love of her life. They were married for 53 years until his passing in 2003. Frank and Virginia returned to Kalaheo, Kaua‘i to start their life together and raised a daughter and a son. Besides being an industrious homemaker she was a forward thinking rancher who was always trying to improve their small herd. Raising cattle, horses, plants, gardening, fishing, hunting, cooking and storytelling were a few of her many joys.

Virginia was preceded in death by parents John and Mary Costa Ayres, sisters Emily (Frank) Souza, Frances Corral, brothers Joaquin (Nancy) Corral, Manuel (Frances) Corral and Joseph (Carrie) Corral.

Virginia is survived by daughter Barbara (Lawrence) Rego, son John Rapozo, grandchildren Tamara (Jeffrey Garcia) Rego, Andrew (Paula) Rego, Alithia Rapozo, Nicholas Rapozo, great-grandchildren Michael, Matthew, Malia and Marcus Manipon, Isaac, Nathan and Noah Rego, brother Antone (Josephine) Corral, caregivers Diane C. Cooke, Helen Mattingly, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private service, with burial to follow, will be held at Holy Cross Church, Kalaheo, Kaua‘i, on July 21, 2022.

Kaua’i Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Maikolo Hola (Kolo Boi) Koli

Maikolo Hola (Kolo Boi) Koli passed away at his home on May 27, 2022, at the age of 31. He was born on July 13, 1990, in Lihu‘e. He was a Mason, Rockwall Builder and construction worker for Koli Contractor and Tree Trimming.

He was preceded in death by grandfather Sam Pa.

He is survived by parents Angelina and Lealiki Koli, hana‘i son Sosaia Koli, god daughters Amene Kanahele, Kaleopule Kanahele, Hi’ilani Pa, Sekope Sitani, hana‘i daughters Norma Perez, Siosiana Hui Ah Sam, grandparents Darlene “Yvonne” Pa, Taniela, Lepeka Koli, sisters Kalei (Pomaika’i) Kanahele, Kaho (Angel) Garcia, Lepeka (Tim Ford) Koli, hana‘i sister Keahi Tita Apana, brother Taniela (Lisa) Koli, hana‘i brother Kalani Pa, nieces Valina and Anela Garcia, Kaylea “Honey Honey”, Lupe Koli, Palomesi Ford, nephews Taniela Koli, Timothy Ford, numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life is Saturday, July 16, at Sam Pa Residence, 3887 Mahuahua Rd. Anahola, Hawai‘i. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. followed by services at 10 a.m.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dean (Deane) B. Abben

Dean (Deane) B. Abben passed away on June 17, 2022, in Hanama‘ulu, at the age of 98. He was born on May 13, 1924 in Little Rock, Iowa.

Dean went to USC and studied dramatics. He worked for an aircraft company during World War II in California and for a mining company in Idaho where he learned to fly and obtained his pilot license. He was also a salesman for NRC. He came to Kaua‘i in 1964 to build the Kaua‘i Resort Hotel. He also had a ski water show called Wailua Gardens. Dean was self-employed and started his own Hanama‘ulu store which opened in 1968 and closed in 1985. He started Hanama‘ulu Trading Company in 1977 which he managed until 2001, due to being blind in both eyes from macular degeneration. He enjoyed collecting antiques and cars. Many businesses got their start from Dean. Dean was also a participant of the multi-ethnic cohort study since its inception. His medical records are studied and will benefit for future generations.

He is preceded in death by son Gary Abben, parents Benjamin and Zella Abben, sisters Ruthene Kerslake, Zelma Fortney, mother-in-law Ines Lazaro and brother-in-law Colin Sunada.

He is survived by wife Joaquina “Kina” L. Abben, son Philip Abben of Oregon, father-in-law Andres Lazaro of Kapa‘a, brothers and sister-in-laws Dino (Mary Beth) Lazaro of Kalaheo, Nerio (Alida) Lazaro of Brydeswood, sister-in-laws Venus Lazaro of Lihu‘e, Mary Sunada of Lihu‘e, Virginia Bragg of Kapa‘a, 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

According to Dean’s wishes, a private scattering of his ashes will be at a later date.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Source: The Garden Island

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