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Obituaries for Sunday, November 20, 2022

Mihoe Enoki Yamamoto

Mihoe Enoki Yamamoto, of Kaua‘i, passed away on Oct. 25, 2022 at the age of 92. She was born on March 16, 1930. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by sons Brian Yamamoto of Lahaina, Maui, William Yamamoto of Santa Maria, California, Earl Yamamoto of Honolulu, Vance Yamamoto of Kekaha, daughters Lannice Chang of Honolulu, June Plain of Honolulu, grandchildren Caylee, Tyler, Ethan, Areck, Owen Yamamoto, Travis Nakamura, Alana Yamamoto, Kevin, Kyle Yamamoto, Nicole and Annie Yamamoto, four great-grandchildren, sisters Mary Aragaki of California, Beatrice Pace of Honolulu, numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services were held. The family requests no koden (monetary gifts).

Shirley Iha

Shirley Iha, a resident of Lihu‘e, passed away on Nov. 2, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Lihu‘e on Nov. 9, 1940, to Masayuki and Tamie Higashi.

Shirley attended Lihu‘e Grammar School, Kaua‘i High School, and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa where she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a fifth-year teaching certificate. She taught for two years with the Lowell School District in La Habra, California. She then returned to Hawai‘i and was part of the team that opened the new Palisades Elementary School in Pearl City.

When she moved back to Kaua‘i in 1970, she was a stay-at-home mom. She was busy raising her two sons, Douglas and Derek, shuttling them to swim, pop warner football, little league baseball, tennis, basketball, music lessons, and church events. Later, she returned to elementary education at Wilcox School, serving as a tutor for students in speech therapy.

She retired from the Department of Education after twenty years of service. She developed many long-lasting relationships in education including being a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Eta Chapter, and the Kauai Retired Teachers Association. She looked forward to monthly breakfasts with a group of retired Wilcox School teachers called the “Breakfast Club.”

Shirley also served for many years on the board of Waioli Corporation/Grove Farm Homestead, the entities whose mission is to preserve the sugar plantation history and the home of GN Wilcox, the former owner of Grove Farm.

Shirley’s passion for music fueled her lifelong love of sharing music with others. Shirley first took piano lessons in grade school from Mr. Matsuda. After a few years of lessons, she continued her own musical journey. She served as an accompanist in two children’s choirs–Kalihi Union Church and Kaua‘i Association of the United Church of Christ with children’s music minister Mel Gallagher. She was also an active participant with The Kaua‘i Chorale from its early beginnings. She joined the alto section and served as President and a board member at different times during her more than 40 years with the Kaua‘i Chorale.

During that time, she also used her musical gift at her beloved church home, Lihu‘e Christian Church. She served as organist and pianist for more than 40 years at Lihu‘e Christian Church, providing musical accompaniment for worship services, the church choir, the worship team, marriages, funerals, and islandwide gatherings. She also enjoyed hosting the small group ministry at her home. She made many deep and lasting friendships at church.

One of her greatest musical joys was teaching piano to young people. At the request of several friends, Shirley began to give piano lessons to their children. She taught piano to more than 100 children over more than 35 years. Her music lessons continued until the pandemic prevented in-person lessons.

Throughout Shirley’s long and blessed life, her love of family, music, Jesus, and Lihue Christian Church never dimmed. She was a gentle and kind soul who shared her light with many. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

She was preceded in her death by her parents Masayuki and Tamie Higashi and a daughter who died at birth.

She is survived by her husband David, and her two sons Douglas (Michelle) Iha of Germantown, Illinois, Derek (Sarah) Iha of Lihu‘e, Hawai‘i. Her grandchildren, Ben Mills, Lucas Mills Iha, Ethan Iha, and Hailey Iha. Her great-grandchildren Jameson and Raphael Mills. Her sister Elaine (Spencer-deceased) Tada and her brother Michael Higashi.

Services will be held at Lihu‘e Christian Church on Saturday, Nov. 26. Visitation with the family begins at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers and koden, donations may be made in Shirley Iha’s honor to Lihu‘e Christian Church, The Kaua‘i Chorale, or David and Shirley Iha’s scholarship at Kaua‘i Community College.

Heide H. Lardizabal

Heide H. Lardizabal passed away peacefully on Sept. 18, 2022 in Wailua, at the age of 82. She was born in Berlin, Germany on Sept. 25, 1939. She loved the Lord with all of her heart. She was as a butler at The Princeville Hotel, a carriage driver for The Westin, a cashier at The Grand Hyatt, handled intake for the YWCA, and a waitress for the Spindrifter.

She was preceded in death by her parents Kate and Hans Hensen, husband Alfred C. Lardizabal, brother Uwe Hensen, brothers-in-law Maurice Lardizabal Jr, Glenn Lardizabal, David Ibsen and grandson- Isaac Kanealama Lardizabal.

She is survived by her children Perry (Dee) Lardizabal, Sonya (Jess) Lardizabal-Quel, grandchildren Ashley (Kevin) Cremer, Mariah Pai, Kaileen Lardizabal, Mikelle and Chelsi Quel, Kailee Loa Sugihara, great-grandchildren Kaisen Yanos, Ezrin Cremer, Braden and Kaylee Ramos, sister Rose Holthaus, sisters-in-law Charlene Arita, Carmen Mercado, Florence Lardizabal, Maureen Octavio, brother-in-law Scott Lardizabal, nieces and nephew Susan Woods, Jennifer and Christopher Holthaus and many more family and friends.

A celebration of life for both Alfred and Heide Lardizabal is Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, at the Kapa‘a Seventh Day Adventist Church. Visitation with family will be from 9 to 10 a.m. and service to follow.

The family would like to thank Kaua‘i Hospice, Kapa‘a, Lawa‘i, Waianae and Central Seventh Day Adventist Churches for their love, support and prayers.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present not things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord” Romans 8:38-39

Bill Kaipo Asing

Also known as William Ulrich Asing, Jr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 at the age of 92. Born on Sept. 11, 1930, in Haena. He was a cherished Father, Grandfather or “Papa” and Uncle to us all.

Kaipo worked for Hawaiian Telephone for 45+ years. Served as a County Council Member for 28 years with 8 of those years as County Council Chairperson. He also served as interim Mayor from July 2008 to November 2008. Kaipo was a proud member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials for 25 years.

Kaipo was preceded in death by the “love of his life” his wife of 70 years, Patsy Naito Asing, father William Ulrich Asing, mother Anna Kanani Chee and sister Maile Asing Semitekol

He is survived by his children Kaipo R. Asing of Maui, Healani Asing, Kaili (Dukie) Asing, Linekona (Val) Asing, Kaipo Y. (Dera Caberto) Asing all of Niumalu, Kaua`i and Maile (Ryan) Koyanagi of Hawaii Island, grandchildren Alika (Debbie) Asing of Maui, Amber (Cali) Carlos and Tori (Richard Domingo) Koyanagi of Hawaii Island, great-grandchildren Kamailelauli`ili`i and Kaipoleimanu Asing of Maui, Trysten Caberto, Isaiah Brainerd, Meleana, Kilinoe and Hilina`i Asing of Niumalu, Kaua`i and Kukaleo Carlos of Hawaii Island, brother John Asing, sisters Mapuana Guzman, Ellarene Yasuhara, Syliva Ing Arlene Kamoe and Maydell Morgan, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private Services arranged by Borthwick Mortuary in Koloa.

Manuel Medeiros

Manuel Medeiros, 97, of Hanama‘ulu, peacefully passed away on Nov. 1, 2022. He was born in Lihu‘e, on Jan. 10, 1925 and retired as a supervisor with Lihu‘e Sugar Plantation then went to work at Grove Farm as a Security Guard.

Preceded in death by his parents Edward and Mary Medeiros, wife Alice Jerves Medeiros, sons Calvin and Rodney Medeiros and grandson, Donald “Butch” Collins.

Manuel is survived by his sister Marlyn “Molly” Kuhaulua, granddaughters Alyssa (Hanson Hsu) Kaneakua, Cherina (Tony Laborte) Medeiros, grandsons Richard Medeiros, Joel Marquez, Calvin Jesse Medeiros, 18 great-grandchildren, cousin Billy Richardson, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Po‘ipu Beach Main Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Loran Alapaki Gonsalves

Loran Gonsalves, 43 of Hanapepe, passed away Nov. 14, 2022, at KVMH. He was born in Waimea on Sept. 1, 1979. Loran grew up in Kalaheo and graduated from Waimea High School in 1997. He was self employed as a construction handyman.

He was preceded in death by grandparents William and Agnes Gonsalves, Albert and Clara Jardin, parents Leon and Judy Gonsalves Sr. and brother Lionel Gonsalves.

Loran is survived by his girlfriend Linette Rita, son Logan Gonsalves, brothers Leon (Patricia) Gonsalves Jr., Lance (Tobey) Gonsalves, aunt Alberta Kali, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Family will receive family and friends at the Gonsalves family home located at 4590 Puuwai Road, Kalaheo, at noon on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. Private services will be held at a later date.
Source: The Garden Island

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