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Obituaries for Thursday, June 1, 2023

Ronald ‘Rocky’ C. Snow

Ronald “Rocky” C. Snow, 72, of Kapa‘a, passed away on May 26, 2023.

He was a retired landscaper and construction worker.

He was preceded in death by parents Melvin and Reba Snow.

He is survived by wife Penny Merkel-Snow, brothers Marty Crooks and Paul Crooks, sisters Adele Allred, Barbara Snow-Cottrell, Karen “Kitty” (Bob) Guzell and Lynn Curtis, sons Stuart (Veronica) Merkel, Weldon (Leslie) Merkel and Michael (Lacy) Merkel, and daughter Leeann Merkel.

A private celebration of life will be held.

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

Wally Kailanipoinaole
Kawahalau Sr.

Wally Kailanipoinaole Kawahalau Sr., of Hanapepe, passed away in Waimea on May 26, 2023, at the age of 58. He was born on May 17, 1965, in Ni‘ihau.

He was preceded in death by wife Laurice Kawahalau, daughter Sierra Kawahalau, father Leonard Kanahele, mother Cecelia Kanahele and sister Cecelia Beniamina.

He is survived by sons Wally (Cayla Akana) Kawahalau Jr. of Kekaha and Wailani Kawahalau of Las Vegas, daughters Chalani Kawahalau of Waimea, Cherie Kawahalau of Waimea and Rochelle (Joe Bactac) Kawahalau of Lihu‘e, seven grandchildren, brothers Leonard (Lavonne) Kanahele Jr. of Hanapepe, Danny Kanahele Sr. of Hanapepe, Gary (Susan) Kaohelauli‘i of Waimea, Winna (Carlie) Kaohelauli‘i of Hanapepe, Johnny (Lacey Rae) Kanahele Sr. of Kekaha, Johnston (Brianne) Kanahele of Wailua, Kuanae (Kristalyn) Mersberg of Anahola and Evan (Reenee) Louis of Hanapepe, sisters Caryn (Tony) Bernaldes of Kekaha and Harriet Kauakahi of Kekaha, and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service is at Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i on Friday, June 16, with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by a celebration of life. The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Miyoji Furusho

Miyoji Furusho passed away on May 9, 2023, in Lihu‘e, at the age of 98.

He was born on June 22, 1924, on the island of Hawai‘i. He was a carpenter, insurance salesman and owner of a pest control company.

He was preceded in death by wife Natsuko Furusho, brothers Tatsuyoshi and Hiroshi Furusho, sister Toyoko Yamashita, son-in-law Richard Down and grandson Jason Down.

He is survived by sons Craig (Lindy) Furusho and Russell (Lani) Furusho, daughters Vivian (Alan) Nozaki and Carol Down, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, brothers Paul S. Furusho and Goro Furusho, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service is June 21, at the Hanapepe Church of the Nazarene, 4476 Pepe Road, Hanapepe. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. followed by service at 11 a.m. The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Benny Mones

Benny Mones, 97, passed away on May 23, 2023, in Lihu‘e. He was born on May 7, 1926, in the Philippines. He was a retired truck driver.

He was preceded in death by parents Juan and Francisca Mones, brother Benjamin Mones and sister Prudencia Bascos.

He is survived by wife Anastacia Mones, stepsons Dennis and Michael Chang and nephews Jimmy Mones, Ben Mones, Leo Mones and Milo Mones.

Friends may visit the family on Thursday, June 22, at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihu‘e. Visitation begins at 8:30 a.m., service at 10 a.m., and burial will follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens &Funeral Home at 11:30 a.m.

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

Keith Tsugio ‘Kuni’ Kunioka

Keith Tsugio “Kuni” Kunioka, of Wailua, flew with angels on March 11, 2023. He was born on Kaua‘i on Nov. 13, 1954. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and retired TSA, USDA and Aloha Airlines employee.

He was preceded in passing by his honorable father Robert Kunioka and brother-in-law Ed Kunioka-Volz.

He is survived by his beloved wife Monica Kunioka, son Tyson Rabago, daughters Tiana (Ka‘eo) Lopez and Takara (Torren Kimura) Kunioka, mother Dorothy Kunioka, sisters Karen (Randy) Kawate and Sheri Kunioka-Volz, brother Scott Kunioka, nine cherished grandchildren, and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is at Kealia Pukas Ministries on June 10, starting at 10 a.m. with paddle-out to follow.
Source: The Garden Island

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