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Obituaries for Sunday, November 28, 2021

Yolanda Keli‘ikuli

Yolanda Keli‘ikuli, born June 9, 1938, passed away on Sept. 12, 2021. A celebration of life is Saturday, Dec. 4, at Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo. Visitation with the family is at 9 a.m. Followed by Mass at 9:30 a.m. Face masks and social distancing are required.

Vincent Sonoda

Vincent Sonoda, 76, of Koloa, passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on Nov. 13, 2021. He was born on O‘ahu on Nov. 5, 1945, and was the owner of Sonoda Brothers Drywall.

He was preceded in death by father Hari Sonoda, mother Alice (Ken) Ravencraft, and brothers Harry Sonoda, Leroy Sonoda and Noah Kauhane.

He is survived by wife Salina Sonoda, children Julian (Tony) Cedola, Wailani (Conrad) Racelo, Vincent “Buza” (Tania) Sonoda and Cassidy (Kayla) Sonoda, grandchildren Anthony Cedola, Shawnelle (Irwin) Briones, No‘eau Sonoda, Kaikea Sonoda, Callie Racelo, Ma‘alea Sonoda and Chevie Sonoda, great-grandchildren Lily Briones, Logan Briones and Landon Briones, brothers Rodney (Candy) Sonoda, Mervin Kauhane and Paul “Tiny” Kauhane, sisters Alice (Dave) Morris, Ruthie (Ramon) Garza, Faith “Pinky” Leao and May Sonoda, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services were held.

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

Isabella Emily (Linda) Victorino

Isabella Emily (Linda) Victorino, 68, of Kapahi, born on Dec. 26, 1952, went home to the Lord on Nov. 4, 2021, at the Queen’s Medical Center on O‘ahu, surrounded by the love of her family.

She was preceded in death by parents Isabella Espin Victorino and Joseph Vincent Victorino Sr.

She is survived by daughter Linda Victorino, son Buddy Victorino, grandchildren Buddy Vincent Kamuela Victorino, Cody Tavia Ka‘ohuokehoni Victorino and Ford Holden Kaleiho‘ohie Victorino, brother Joseph (Stacie) Victorino Jr., hanai sister Healani Mandrigues, niece Stacie Laura (Rowland) Wong, nephews Joseph (TIffany Hiranaka) Victorino III and Matthew (Kui Len) Victorino, grandnephews Zack (Kelsey) Victorino, Russell Gushiken, Kyten Sukehira Victorino, James Victorino and Brennan Hiranaka, aunty Thelma Lopes and uncle Louie (Margaret) Victorino, and numerous friends and family.

A celebration of life is Saturday, Dec. 4, at Kapa‘a Missionary Church, with visitation with the family from 10 to 11 a.m., with service at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

Due to COVID-19, face masks, social distancing and temperature checks will be required.

Phylis ‘Baby Darling’ Haleakala Goias

Phylis “Baby Darling” Haleakala Goias, 78, of Kapa‘a, passed away at home on Nov.16, 2021. She was born on March 29, 1943. She was a newspaper carrier for The Garden Island newspaper.

She was preceded in death by husband Robert Goias, daughter Deborah E. Kaiu, parents Ephriam and Evangaline Kaleiohi, brothers Phillip, Ephriam, Samuel, Abraham, Robert (Roberta) and Edward Kaleiohi, sisters Winnifred (Benjamin) Cummings, Evelyn Reis and Evangaline Evans, and sisters-in-law Leilani and Lois Kaleiohi.

She is survived by daughters Robert-Ann Goias and Wehilani Goias-Medeiros, son Ehukai Goias-Medeiros, brothers Theodore and Joseph (Marlene) Kaleiohi, sister Daisy Tailfeathers, grandchildren Josiah (Kiliana) Kaiu, Kauailani, Kealohalani, Hi‘ilani Goias-Medeiros and Hailimoe Goias, great-granddaughter Mohea Kaiu and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life is Friday, Dec. 3, at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary in Koloa, with visitation at 10:30 a.m. with service to follow at 11:30 a.m. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Judith Pi‘ilani Taniguchi

Judith Pi‘ilani Taniguchi passed away on Nov. 13, 2021 at her residence at the age of 66. She was born on Dec. 15, 1954 in Waimea. She was a retired cafeteria associate with Waimea High School.

She was preceded in death by sons Wayne Al Martin Jr. and Shane Kaina Martin and parents Hulu and Kanani Taniguchi.

She is survived by Wayne Martin Sr. of Kalaheo, daughter Vanessa (Bud) Akana of Kekaha, grandchildren Shayna (Jim) Malina, Tristen (Bernie) Akana, Cayla (Kai Boi) Akana and Cainen Akana, great-grandchild Kaizen Kawahalao, brothers Hulu (Guylyn) Taniguchi of O‘ahu, Kenneth (Susan) Taniguchi of Kapa‘a, and Jerry Anthony Taniguchi of Waimea, sisters-in-law Phyllis (Manuel) Andrade of Lawa‘i, Valerie (Ronald) Perreira of Kalaheo and Eileen (Jim) Endicott, cousins Ulu (Howard) Perreira of Kalaheo, Ala Nizo, Ruth Naumu, Heidi Kaohi, Carmelita Haumea and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to COVID-19, a walk-thru visitation is Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a celebration of life to follow, at the Garden Island Mortuary chapel. The family suggests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marvin Douglas Gibson


Doug Gibson took his last breath on Nov. 17, 2021, with his wife Sharon and daughters Daphe and Alisandra by his side. A victim of Alzheimer’s, he had been failing for some time.

He was a master craftsman boat builder. He built two trimarans and one catamaran, each of which made passages between the mainland and Kaua‘i. The first boat’s voyage took Doug, Sharon and stepdaughter Cheryl from California to the Marquesas Islands.

The second boat (Auhele) he sailed single-handily from California to Kaua‘i, where we settled in 1979 and operated the Kalapaki Kai sailboat concession out of the Kaua‘i Surf Hotel and became members of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club. He served as commodore of the NYC for two terms and remained a staff commodore until his death.

His last boat was Malihini (a catamaran), which he built in his backyard in Koloa after Hurricane ‘Iniki destroyed Auhele. Malihini was sailed to the mainland to attend the wedding of a niece and them back to Kaua‘i where it was raced every Thursday with NYC until an offer from a mainlander prompted him to accept an offer he couldn’t refuse.

What a wonderful life he enjoyed. His death leaves a hole in the hearts of all who knew him.
Source: The Garden Island

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