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Obituaries for Sunday, May 8, 2022

Leonard Esona Sr.

Leonard Esona Sr., 75, of Las Vegas, passed away at the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center, on Jan. 16, 2021. He was born on April 15, 1945, in Waimea. He was employed and retired as a supervisor for Lihu‘e Plantation Company. After his retirement he moved to Las Vegas.

He proudly served his time in the Army in Vietnam. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, outdoor activities such as fishing, swimming, gardening. He was the family barbecue master.

He was preceded in death by parents Leoncio Esona and Isabello and Hilda (Bansole) Arcangel, brother Owen S. Esona, sister Cybil L. Esona, brother-in-law Ralph Remigio and son-in-law Lionel E.K. Gonsalves.

He is survived by wife Yolanda Esona of 46 years, daughters Cesili Gonsalves of Lihu‘e, Nicole (Kenneth) Carvalho of Kekaha, Shan (Charlan Mano‘i) Esona of Las Vegas and Kabbie (Aaron) Koshan of Las Vegas, son Leonard Esona Jr. of Las Vegas, hanai son Shea (Lauren) Montgomery, children Shaiann Montgomery, Malakai Montgomery, Morgan Bolton and Makenna Montgomery of Lihu‘e, grandchildren Bryson (Kaira Kupihea) Gonsalves, Alexis Youn-Esona, Trinity Koshan, Kailah Esona, Brianni Higashi, Kiana Carvalho, Sanoe Carvalho, Reef Carvalho, Justin Bonachita-Esona, Cyann Akaji, Kanan Akaji, Diesel Mano‘i, Keli‘i Esona, Kaylee Esona, Kai Esona and Kaleb Esona, great-grandchildren Ayva Marie and Ayden Brock Gonsalves, his loyal and loving furry companion Elu, brothers Steven (Edna) Esona of Wahiawa, O‘ahu, Alvin (Agatha) Esona of Waipahu, mother-in-law Consuelo Remigio of Kapa‘a, sister-in-laws Gloria (Dennis) Bonilla of ‘Oma‘o, Lorna Navarro of Lihu‘e, brother-in-law Gary (Jennifer) Remigio of Lihu‘e, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

His celebration of life will be held at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center in Lihu‘e, on Saturday, May 14, with visitation starting from 9 a.m., services at 9:30 a.m., brunch at 10 a.m. and burial to follow at 1 p.m. at the Hanapepe Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery. The family suggests aloha or casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Shandra Janel Divina Salud

Shandra Janel Divina Salud, 51, of Lihu‘e, passed away on April 28, 2022, at Wilcox Medical Center. She was born in Lihu‘e on Nov. 1, 1970, and was a front desk supervisor at The Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort Lihu‘e.

She was preceded in death by father Anthony Divina and brother Matthew Divina.

She is survived by husband Rudy Salud, daughter Gabrielle Salud, mother Felicidad Ramelb Divina, sister Toni Divina (Butch) Keahiolalo, and nieces Sailor and Liliwai Keahiolalo.

A celebration of life is at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday May 11, with 9 a.m. visitation, 10 a.m. Mass and burial to follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert Tsugio Kunioka

Robert Tsugio Kunioka passed away on April 6, 2022, at the age of 91, at his residence. He was born on Jan. 6, 1931, in Koloa. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and a retired microbiologist.

He was preceded in death by parents Jiro and Asayo Kunioka, brother Wallace Kunioka, sister Mildred Sugimura and son-in-law Edward Kunioka-Volz.

He is survived by wife Dorothy S. Kunioka, sons Keith (Monica) Kunioka of Kapa‘a and Scott Kunioka of Honolulu, daughters Karen (Randy) Kawate of Hilo, Hawai‘i Island and Sheri Kunioka-Volz of Kapa‘a, grandchildren Christin Kekaualua, Brandon Kawate, Tiana Kunioka, Takara Kunioka, Tyson Rabago, Nichol Kunioka-Volz, Lani Kunioka-Volz, Kacie Kunioka-Volz, Maika Kunioka and Malia Kunioka, great-grandchildren Taylor “Pili” Quinones, Brookelynn Kekaualua, Colten Kekaualua, Hina‘ea Alapa, Ka‘ana Lopez, Ka‘eokai Lopez, Alina Kimura, Kaizen Kunioka-Knuepfel, Cade Kunioka and Tyson Arruda-Rabago, great-great-grandchild Aiko Kekaualua-Bannister, sister Janet Oshima of Oceanside, California, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service is Saturday, May 28, at the Kapa‘a United Church of Christ, with visitation from 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ronald ‘Squeaky’ Keli‘i Kealoha Sr.

Ronald “Squeaky” Keli‘i Kealoha Sr. passed away on March 26, 2022, at the age of 74. He was born on Jan. 27, 1948, in Lihu‘e. He was a veteran in the U.S. Army and a retired firefighter of the Kaua‘i Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by parents Robert Kealoha Sr. and Rose (Kua) Kealoha, brother Robert Kealoha Jr. and sister Irene Kealoha.

He is survived by wife Elaine M. Kealoha, sons Ronald Keli‘i Kealoha Jr. and Douglas Kaina (Malama) Kealoha, daughter Rose Napua (Dewey Henderson) Kealoha, 11 grandchildren, sisters Fannie (Damien) Gonsalves, Ululani (Marvin ) Ho‘okano and Helen (William) K. Brede, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is Saturday, May 14, at Niumalu Beach Park pavilion from noon until pau.

“You stay dreaming small; dream big” – Papa Squeaky

Mary ‘Ama’ Fusako Watanabe

Mary “Ama” Fusako Watanabe, wife to the late Stanley Chikara Watanabe of Kekaha, mother to Ruth Watanabe, Norma Watanabe and Cheryl Ann Shinoda, mother-in-law to Robert Shinoda and grandma to Brandy Shinoda, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2022, at the age of 93 years young.

She was born in Tayabas, Quezon Province, Philippines, and then moved to Japan where she met and married her beloved Stanley Watanabe. They later moved to Kekaha, where she made her home and raised a family.

Funeral services are Saturday, May 14, at the Waimea Foreign Church at 4 p.m. The family requests that face masks be worn.

Ama, rest in love and peace. We love you very much!

Hosoi Garden Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

John A. Schmeling Jr.

John A. Schmeling Jr. entered into eternal life on April 24, 2022, at the age of 74.

He was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 20, 1947. He was a beloved husband, father and pastor.

He was preceded in death by first wife Nancy C. Schmeling.

He is survived by son Ronald Knopp, wife Shannon Schmeling, brothers Dean and Glenn Schmeling, and numerous nieces and nephews.

His celebration of life will be private.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Source: The Garden Island

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