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Obituaries for Friday, July 7, 2023

Bella Ilalaole

It is with great sadness that the family of Bella Ilalaole announces her passing on May 23, 2023. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones at the age of 95. As a person of faith who lived a life serving others, she will be dearly missed by many.

Preceding her in death were husband John Ilalaole Jr., parents John and Mary Santos, sisters Lillian Perreira, Betty Gomes and Louise Silva, brothers Manuel Santos and Kenneth Santos, and son-in-law Saia Finau.

She is survived by daughters Frances Finau, Mary Silva and Marilyn (Jimmy Cabral) Planas, grandchildren Bella (Don) Finau-Faumuina, Luisa (Kawika) Pelletier, Clayton Silva Jr., Jasmyn Silva, Jackie (Kapena Wilson) Planas and John-Gregory (Brooke) Planas, great-grandchildren Makeli (Nathan) McKinney, Noah Faumuina, Jonah Faumuina, Makakoa Pelletier-Finau, Makalehua Pelletier, Sophia Silva, Keileb-John Albarado-Planas, Keiley Albarado-Planas, Kaikea Planas, Micah Balderas and Alyssa Wilson.

A celebration of life is Thursday, July 13, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo. Visitation will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. with a funeral Mass to follow. Burial is 1 p.m. at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery, where she will finally be laid to rest with her beloved husband.

John H. ‘Keoni’ Cummings III

John H. “Keoni” Cummings III, of Kapa‘a, passed away on June 16, 2023 at Wilcox Medical Center, at the age of 46. He was born on Feb. 24, 1977, in Waimea. He was a self-employed business owner of WLPM LLC.

He was preceded in death by grandfathers Bonifacio Lopez and John H. Cummings Sr., grandmother Barbara Cummings and father Walter Silva.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years Tami Kehaunani Cummings, sons Kaimana (Jalissa) Cummings of Wailua and Kainalu (Michelle) Cummings of Wailua, hanai son Kekai Ka‘aumoana Cummings of Pakala, daughters Wailana (Bruce Kanoho) Medeiros-Cummings of Lawa‘i and Kamaleimakamae (Jake Ki‘ilau) Cummings of Wailua, hanai daughter Ara Medeiros of Lihu‘e, granddaughter Namaka‘okaha’i Kanoho, grandson Raiden Nakoa‘emaikalanimalie Medeiros-Pang, Geri the cat, father John H. Cummings Jr., mother Jasmine Lopez-Silva, maternal grandmother Julie Lopez, in-laws Kurt and Tamra Medeiros Sr. of Lihu‘e, brothers Maluhia (Nikki) Cummings of Alabama and Duane (Cathie) Silva of Washington, one brother-in-law of Lihu‘e, sisters Christel (Antonio) Pope of Kaumakani, Lapule (George) Valente of Pakala, Lynn (Chuck) Talbert of Washington and Joanna (Wayne) Duran of Washington, sisters-in-law Kureen Medeiros of Lihu‘e and Tiara (Shayna) Medeiros of Lihu‘e, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service will be held on Saturday, July 8, at the Wailua Meat Company, 887 F Kamalu Road, Kapa‘a. Visitation is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A celebration of life will follow at 11:30 a.m.

The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kathleen Christina Ladera

Kathleen Christina Ladera went home to be with her Lord at her home in Hanama‘ulu. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 21, 1943 and passed away on May 26, 2023.

She was a graduate of Maxwell Vocational School in Brooklyn and later moved to Kaua‘i, and became employed at The Garden Island newspaper, retiring after 40 years of service.

She was active with Kalaheo Missionary Church, serving as a visitation worker and helping in kitchen duties of the church.

She married Robert Ladera of Kealia, and had two sons Robert (Bobby) and Michael.

She was preceded in death by mother Grace Yon Gallart, father Pablo Yon Gallart, husband Robert Ladera Sr., son Michael Ladera and brother Pablo Yon Jr.

She is survived by son Robert (Bobby), brothers Tony (Reba) Yon Gallart of Michigan and Carlos Yon Aponte of Puerto Rico, sister Ada Fe Yon Aponte of Florida, first cousin Barby Shaw of Georgia, brother-in-law Wesley (Priscilla) Ladera of Hawai‘i, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to the members of Kalaheo Missionary Church, Kaua‘i Hospice and to Rebecca Zamechik for her loving care towards Kathy.

A memorial service is Saturday, July 15, at Kalaheo Missionary Church at 10 a.m. Refreshments will follow.

Patrick T. ‘Paddy Boy’ Malama

King of the Na Pali Coast

Patrick T. “Paddy Boy” Malama passed away on Feb. 12, 2020 at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea. He was born on March 30, 1944, in Waimea and was a long time cable installer for Derby Cablevision and Kaua‘i Cable.

He was preceded in death by parents Joseph and Lucille Ku Malama, sisters Elaine Parker, Blubelle Kaowili, Barbara Westerdale, Kapio Ilae and Alma Nerez, brothers Joseph Malama Jr., Llwellyn Malama Sr. and Vernon Malama, and grandson Cyrus Malama Caveiro. He was followed in death by sister Abigail Estacio of Hanama‘ulu.

He is survived by wife Pinky Ruth Momilani Leoiki Malama, sons Patrick “Kanani” (Tammy Takamura) Malama of Waimea and Jaime (Alisa) Malama of Kekaha, daughters Roberta “Pua” (Chucky) Remata of Kekaha, Raenette (Alton) Lopez of Kekaha, Jackie (Preston) Lee of Kekaha, Lolly (Mel) Malama of Kekaha and Desiree “Desi” (Daniel) Kittredge of Waimea, grandchildren Pomai (Jeff), Kailan, Jaecie (Javin), Anu (Kassie), Brandee (Sheldon), Byrlynn (Shane), Nakoa (Kai-lee), Taryn (John), Tisha (Justin), Tylan, Tyran (Jocelynn), Kaelin (Ivy), Leann (Chase), Jessica (Tyler), Geon, Reese and Anais, great-grandchildren Mikaylah-Jade, Kieran Sage, Baelee-Rose, Meliyah Grace, Khelton James, Nevaeh, Kingsley, Camron, Michael, Kainalu, Kamaehu, Kaliko, Ezra, Qhaysen, Qhaiyah, Taelynn, Taevanna, Kaio and Kauluwehi, hanai sons Kahalau Leoiki, John (Jodie) Kona and Burt Shimabukuro, hanai great-grandchildren Tiare and Te Moana Ruiz, Kawahine, Kahia‘ai and Arte Boy Palama, and brothers Billy (Leona) Malama and Edmund Malama.

His long-awaited celebration of life is July 15 at Kekaha Harbor House, starting at 2 p.m.

Allan Brian Troche

Allan Brian Troche was born on Oct. 25, 1942, in Honolulu. He passed away peacefully at home, on June 16, 2023 in Ewa Beach, O‘ahu, at the age of 80. He graduated from St. Louis High School in 1960 and dedicated an impressive 38 years of his life to Chevron.

He was married to Rita for an incredible 60 years. Allan and Rita have three children: Melissa (Tony), Allan (Nancy) and Lynelle (Wesley). He also had seven grandchildren: Allan, Dylan, Brandon, Monet, Skyler, Sierra and Shayna. Surviving also are brothers Louis and Kenneth.

He was predeceased by brothers Paul and Herman, and parents Lydia and Paul.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life on July 21, 2023, at Hawaiian Memorial Park Chapel in Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu. Services begin at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. Following the services, there will be a reception, and then a burial at 2 p.m.

Carolyn Freida Kouchi

Carolyn Freida Kouchi, of Lihu‘e, passed away on July 1, 2023 in Garden Isle Rehabilitation & Health Center at the age of 85. She was born on Aug. 29, 1937 in Hilo. She was an office manager for the state Department of Transportation Harbors Division operations.

She was preceded in death by parents Daniel and Hilda Nelson, brother Daniel Peter Nelson and sister-in-law Ethel Nelson.

She is survived by sons Ronald (Joy) Kouchi of Lihu‘e and Scott (Sandra) Kouchi of Lihue, daughter Valerie (Thomas) Harrison of Garden City, Idaho, grandchildren Rena (Justin) Deese, Dan (Katie) Kouchi, Egan (Sarah) Kouchi, Alec and Ryan Harrison, great-grandchildren Brady and Bryn Deese and Haru Kouchi, sister Barbara (Melvin) Soong of O‘ahu, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at a later date. The family requests no koden (monetary gifts).

The family would like to acknowledge Garden Isle Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, Kauai Hospice and the nurses.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lane R. Hiramoto

On April 8, 2023, Lane R. Hiramoto passed away at home with family at his side. He lived a happy and full life, accomplishing his many goals.

After graduating from Kaua‘i High School, he attended the University of Washington and earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. With an interest in diesel engineering, he was one of a few candidates selected by General Electric to enter into a training program which took him to several states over a two-year period. It was a rewarding training program, and one that enabled him to pursue (and succeed) in reaching another goal: to one day return to Hawai‘i and work for Hawaiian Electric. He was employed by HECO until his passing — over 35 years.

An avid motorcycle and car enthusiast, he enjoyed spending time with friends. He fondly remembered days of dirt biking with his brother Charles and friends Saki, Kevin and Lee and the Kalaheo boys. Always a grease monkey, he could be found at Harry’s Service — just his legs sticking out from under a car.

His later life was devoted to HECO and the volunteering/service opportunities it provided. He was a strong supporter of the University of Hawai‘i Athletic Department, especially women’s volleyball. He loved attending games at Stan Sheriff Center and supporting his favorite team.

His family will miss Lane: sisters Janis Cox, Lynn (Patrick Murphy) Douthit, Rae (Orlando Valvieja) Hiramoto and brother Charles (Maureen) Hiramoto, along with his beloved nieces and nephews, aunties, uncles and cousins. His many friends will miss him as well.

A celebration of life is Thursday, July 20, at Mililani Memorial Park, Makai Chapel, on O‘ahu. Visitation with family begins at 10:30 a.m. with services to follow.
Source: The Garden Island

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