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Obituaries for Friday, July 21, 2023

Barbara Jean Ku‘ulani Leota

Barbara Jean Ku‘ulani Leota, 82, of Anahola, passed away on March 14, 2023, at her residence. She was born on April 5, 1940, on O‘ahu. She was a housekeeping manager at Pono Kai Resort.

She was preceded in death by parents Louis Mahelona Jr. and Rosella Mahelona, husband Peter Leota, son Peter Leota, brothers Ronald Mahelona, Stephen Mahelona, Alan Mahelona, John Mahelona and Charles Mahelona, sisters Gwendolyn Bargamento and Vivian Almeida, brothers-in-law Glenn Bargamento and Jerry Almeida and sisters-in-law Sue Mahelona and Karen Mahelona.

She is survived by sons John (Jan) Leota and Richard (Verna) Leota, daughter Lea (Steve) Myers, grandchildren Kainoa Leota, KT (Andrew) Leota-Khuong, Nicholas (Dana) Leota, Keoni (Anthony) Leota, Jantill Leota, Lealani Svobodova, William (Michelle) Soza and Natasha (Thomas) Leota-Shalawylo, hanai grandchildren Daniel Joao, Shawn Myers and Brandon Borrero, and numerous great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

A celebration of life and scattering of ashes with family and friends is at Anahola Beach Park (Pillars side) on Sunday, July 23, starting at 11 a.m.

Fusako Y. Harada

Fusako Y. Harada, 102, passed away on July 15, 2023, in Lihu‘e. She was born in Kapa‘a on March 9, 1921, and retired from Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded in passing by husband Katsuto Harada, daughter Patricia (Anselmo) Samson, parents Eitaro and Nejiu Yanagida, siblings Hiroshi Yanagida, Fumiko Lamar, Tamiko Saiki, Tetsuo “Blackie” Yanagida, Midori Tanaka, Toshie Pollett, James Yanagida and Shigeru Yanagida, and in-laws Sadataro and Toki Harada.

She is survived by children Harlan (Pamela, deceased) Harada, Katherine Campos (Rudy, deceased) and Susan (Dennis) Apilado, grandchildren Debra Yoshimoto, Coleen Rilling, Sheree Miller, Lauren Harada, Christopher Samson, Patrick Samson, Rudy Campos Jr., Brandon Campos, Erin Campos, Todd Apilado and Derek Apilado, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held by the family. The family requests no koden (monetary gifts). Thank you, Dr. Eric Yee and Garden Island Healthcare staff, for all your support.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Source: The Garden Island

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