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Obituaries for Monday, March 25, 2024

Edmund F. Ku Malama Sr.

Edmund F. Ku Malama Sr., age 81, of Kekaha, Kaua‘i, died in Hospice Care in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, on Feb. 17, 2024. He was born in Waimea, Kaua‘i, worked for Iron Workers Union and owned Ed’s Welding.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria Albarado Malama, son Edmund Malama Jr., parents Joseph Ku, Lucille Malama, sisters Elaine Parker, Bluebell Kaowili, Alma Nerez, Barbara Westerdale, Florence Ilae, Abigail Estacio, brothers Joseph Malama Jr., Vernon Malama, Llewellyn Malama and PaddyBoy Malama.

Survived by Moopuna Roslyn (Jesse) Cummings of Kalaheo, Brandon (Karen Gray) Malama of ‘Ele‘ele, Shandiin (Chad) Valmoja of Kalaheo, Kaliko Waahila of Phoenix, Arizona, Moopuna nui Jaidalyn, Ryder, Madison, Hunter, Maddox, Noah, Luke Cummings, Kyla, Brynn, Kenna, Brody Malama, Kenzie, Kaizely, Kaizen, Kyler Valmoja, brother Billy (Leona) Malama of Oregon, sisters-in-law Pinky Malama of Kekaha, Joyce (Danny) Tomas of Lihu‘e, Lorraine Albarado of O‘ahu, brother-in-law Jerry (Ellen) Albarado of Hanapepe, numerous nieces and nephews.

Services on April 6, 2024, at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon and scattering at Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor, located at 8932 Kekaha Road in Kekaha.

Jovita C. Acob

Jovita C. Acob, 87, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2024, in Pakala Camp. She was born on Nov. 5, 1936, in the Philippines.

She was preceded in death by husband Marciano Acob Sr. and parents Dalmacio and Enriqueta Castillo.

She survived by sons Marciano (Shirley) Acob Jr. of Honolulu, Jim (Marites) Acob of Milan, Italy, daughters Lynn (Vincent) Jose of Waimea, Clair (Bong) Lagazo of Kaumakani, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, numerous brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services to be held on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i.

Viewing is from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by a celebration of life at 5 p.m. Cremation will follow the celebration. The family suggests causal attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Hatsuko Taba

Hatsuko Taba, of Kalaheo, passed away on March 8, 2024, in Lihu‘e at the age of 95. She was born on March 15, 1928, on Kaua‘i. She was a business co-owner.

She was preceded in death by her husband Yasuo Taba and son-in-law Ernest Kawai.

She is survived by her daughters Sandra Kawai of Upland, California, Rena (Alan) Horikawa of ‘Ele‘ele, Hawai‘i, Lani (Russell) Furusho of Lawa‘i, Hawai‘i, Joni Taba of Kalaheo, Hawai‘i, five grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private service was held. The family requests no koden (monetary gifts).

Garden Island Mortuary assisted by family with arrangements.
Source: The Garden Island

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