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Obituaries for Saturday, August 26, 2023

Alice Sá Arruda


While Kaua‘i mourns; Heaven rejoices!

Alice Sá Arruda was born on May 10, 1927 in Hanamā‘ulu, Kaua‘i to John and Amelia Sá. Alice passed peacefully at her home in Līhu’e surrounded by her loved ones on July 27, 2023 at the age of 96.

Preceded in death by the love of her life Henry Arruda, son Darryl Arruda, brother Vincent Sá and grandsons Darin and Kyle Arruda.

Alice is survived by her daughter Nadine (Darrell) Horner of Līhu‘e, son Kelly (Linda) Arruda of California, sister Patsy Lopes of Hanamā‘ulu, sister-in-law Helen “Honey” Sá of California, numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and her large extended hānai family.

Alice, being a devout Catholic, opened her heart and her home to many. She nurtured countless children that she raised as her own. She reveled in sharing the love of her Portuguese culture and traditions. She savored making Malassadas (Portuguese donuts), Bolinhos (Portuguese bread), Cebolas (Portuguese pickled onions) and Molho de Feijão (Portuguese Bean Soup). Her greatest delight was carrying on her mother’s tradition of making a generous meal for the entire extended family to be shared after Christmas Midnight Mass.

Alice’s greatest gift was her ability to love unconditionally, wholeheartedly and make everyone feel loved and special.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Church with visitation from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Arruda family with arrangements.

Rocky Kekai Kanahele


Rocky Kekai Kanahele passed away on Aug. 5, 2023 on Kaua‘i at the age of 28. He was born on Oct. 10, 1994, in Honolulu.

He was preceded in death by father Malaki Kanahele, sister Mahina Powwell, grandpa Malaki (Alina) Kanahele and maternal grandparents Kaitinang (Kataba) Nantara.

He is survived by mother Santak Kanahele of Kekaha, brothers Lanikai Kanahele of ‘Ele‘ele, Clifton Kanahele of Waimea, sisters Laurie Pahulehua of Ni‘ihau, Diane Kanahele of Kekaha, Dilynn Kanahele of Kekaha, Stacey Kanahele of Kekaha, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service is at Garden Island Mortuary on Saturday, Sept. 2. Visitation is from 9 a.m. to noon. The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Steven ‘Herbie’ Tatsuo Kawamura


Steven “Herbie” Tatsuo Kawamura passed away in his Kīlauea home on Aug. 3, 2023 at the age of 72. Herbie was a family man and long-time photographer who loved to cook and coach baseball.

He is survived by sister Sharon (Robert) Paik, children Stephanie (Keoki Souza) Kawamura, Cara Colombini, Dante (Beth) Colombini and Angela (Keith) Kaneko, four grandsons and two great-grandsons.

A memorial service is being held at Garden Island Mortuary in Lawai on Sunday, Sept. 3. Visitation starts at 9 a.m. followed by funeral services at 10 a.m.

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

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