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Obituaries for Saturday, September 2, 2023

Rev. Leonard Shinryu Abeshima

The Rev. Leonard Shinryu Abeshima passed away at the age of 90, on Aug. 18, 2023, at his home in Lihu‘e. He was born on Jan. 3, 1933, in Waimea. He graduated from Waimea High School, the University of the Pacific and Koyasan University (Japan). He was a U.S. Army veteran and the resident minister of the Waimea Shingon Mission for over 50 years.

He was preceded in death by parents the Rev. Shinmyu and Masuno Abeshima, hanai parents the Rev. Kakuho and Aiko Asaoka, hanai brother Hiromichi Asaoka, and hanai sister Miyuki Kurisaki.

He is survived by wife Hiroko Abeshima of Lihu‘e, sons James (Susan) Abeshima of Mililani, O‘ahu, Henry (Kazumi) Abeshima of Aiea, O‘ahu, Gary (Je-Nell) Abeshima of Waipio, O‘ahu, daughter Ann (Rudy Domingo) Abeshima of Mililani, grandchildren Aleya, Riana, Jayson, Krysten, Ryllen, Rylee, Allyson, brother Frederick (Yasuko) Abeshima of Honolulu, sister-in-law Nancy Asaoka, and brother-in-law Roy Kurisaki.

Funeral services are Saturday, Sept. 9, at Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i, with visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. and service at 4 p.m. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date.

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

Melchora Cadabona Balisacan

Melchora Cadabona Balisacan, of ‘Ele‘ele, passed away at Garden Island Health Care on Aug. 26, 2023, at the age of 88. She was born on Jan. 5, 1935, in Baccara the Philippines, Ilocos Norte. She was a sugar plantation field worker.

She was preceded in death by her husband Romualdo Balisacan, daughters Nora Valera, Imelda Riopta, sisters Pia Visitacion and Flora Ramelb.

She is survived by son Roland (Cherie-Amore) Balisacan of ‘Ele‘ele, daughter Irene (Richard) Jardin of Tennessee, grandchildren Ricky, Nicole, Whitney, Alana, Dylan, Nanea, Raquel, Taylor, great-grandchildren Gavin, Teiva, PJ, Caleb, Nakoa, Leila, Kawehi, Nawai, Skylie, Kellan, numerous nieces and cousins.

A service is Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, at the Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i. Visitation is from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by service at 3 p.m. The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Solidad Manaday Lagazo

Solidad Manaday Lagazo, of Kekaha, passed away on June 29, 2023, at Wilcox Medical Center at the age of 87. She was born on Dec. 14, 1935. She worked as an aide for Yamaguchi Bus Service until 2021.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Genaro Tabing Lagazo Sr., parents Carlos Corpuz Manaday, Valentina Alejandro Manaday, daughter Valerie Ann Lagazo, grandson Jerry Lagazo Jr., siblings Rosalia Fontanilla, Andria Manaday, Pacita Boro and Martin Manaday.

She is survived by sons Calvin (Valerie) Lagazo, Jerry Lagazo Sr., Gerard (Sylvia) Lagazo, Ronald (Wanda) Lagazo, Genaro (Shelly) Lagazo Jr., grandchildren Kimberly-Kanoe (Noel) Leonard, Amber Cabral, Ashley Lagazo, Vakeesha Lagazo, Liza (Jacob) Emproso, Troy (Anela) Lagazo, Tresame (Preston) Navarro, Nycol Kapu, Mychel Kapu, Tyresa Kapu, Anthony (Alexis) Lagazo, Johnathan (Krisya) Lagazo, Saydee Lagazo, Cody Lagazo, Logan Lagazo, Dion Lagazo, 22 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, brother Steven Manaday, sisters Felicidad Taguma, Maximina Carveiro, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Hanapepe Salvation Army. Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by service. The family request casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kristopher Bret Haynes

Kristopher Bret Haynes, 49, passed away on Aug. 27, 2023, in Lihue. He was born in Santa Cruz, California, on May 4, 1974, and worked on Kaua‘i as a sales manager for Solar Plus Kaua‘i.

He was preceded in passing by his father Alfred William Haynes.

Bret is survived by his mother Su Haynes, brother Aaron (Simone Stuart) Haynes, nephews Jacob Adams, Alfred River Haynes, nieces Kobie Haynes, Luella Haynes, Delilah Haynes, aunts Wendy Thurston, Beatrice Haynes, Patty Haynes and uncles Eddie and Anthony Haynes.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023, at Kalihiwai Beach starting at 1 p.m.

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

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