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Obituaries for Friday, May 19, 2023

Veronica ‘Sista’ ‘NT Ronnie’ Ching Pacheco

Veronica “Sista “NT Ronnie” Ching Pacheco passed away on April 30, 2023 at Wilcox Medical Center at the age of 68. She was born on April 17, 1955, in Lihu‘e. She was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by father Samuel K.C. Ching Sr., mother Eleanor P. Kaui, sisters Eleanor K. Ching and May K. C. Ching and brother Samuel K.C. Ching Jr.

She is survived by husband Gerald Pacheco of ‘Oma‘o, son Casey K. (Kylie Kuhlmann) Ching-Pacheco of ‘Oma‘o, brother Milton (Melanie) K.C. Ching (Melanie) of Kapa‘a, sister Opal (Russell) Ching-Abreu of Wailua, sister-in-law Joyce Okinaka of Lawa‘i, niece Kainani Ching and nephews Milikona Ching and Kamuela Ching.

A service is at Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i on Saturday, May 20. Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a celebration of life at 11 a.m. The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Michelle H. Lum

Born Nov. 4, 1956, in Seoul, South Korea, Michelle H. Lum passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband, stepdaughter, sisters, extended family, and friends from Kaua‘i by her bedside on May 12, 2023 in Loma Linda Hospital in Loma Linda, California.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she met and married her surviving husband, K.C. Lum, retired Kaua‘i police chief, in 1997. Michelle and K.C. enjoyed every day of the past 26 years together. She will be loved and missed by her family and friends who will always remember her thoughtfulness, generosity and, without question, wonderful Korean cooking.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Kimberly.

Besides her husband, she is survived by mother-in-law Shui Lum, brothers-in-law Hung (Kathy) Lum and Bill (Jill) Lum, sisters Kit (Tony) Luk and Sun Rhee, stepdaughters Natalie Lum, Cherisse (Walter) Ferreira, Tiffany Lum, and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A service celebrating her life and the love her family and friends have for her is planned for Saturday, May 27, at 1:30 p.m. at the Desert Lawn Funeral Home, 11251 Desert Lawn Drive, in Calimesa, California.

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!

Services will be announced at a later date.
Source: The Garden Island

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