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Obituaries for Thursday, September 8, 2023

Bernice Fernandez Wade

Bernice Fernandez Wade, 83, of Kekaha, passed away on Aug. 15, 2023, in Waimea. She was born on May 8, 1940, in Waimea. She was an architectural draftsman and designer at AMFAC (American Factors) and the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands.

She was preceded in death by father Ralph Dominador Fernandez, mother Rosita Aperto Naumu, brothers Edward Fernandez, Henry Fernandez, sister Katherine Dilwith, daughter Doreen Cecilia Young and great-grandchild Hayven Young.

She is survived by grandchildren Lonnie Apelila Young (Cherrella Cronin), Justin Mark Young (Jamie Moulton), Colin Kalani, great-grandchildren Mikaela Kiarah Malulani Moulton-Young, Liliana Kolina U’ilani Moulton-Young, Aubrey Katlin Kaleah Moulton-Young, Colin Kalani Young Jr., Star Lokilei Aloha Cecilia Young, Haeden Alexander Young, brothers Melvin Fernandez of Rhode Island, Daniel Fernandez of Kekaha, sister Jeanette (Jeannie) Pahota of Washington, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service is Friday, Sept. 8, at Garden Island Mortuary. Visitation for family is at 8:30 a.m. and friends at 9 a.m., eulogy at 10 a.m., and sharing at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m.

Florencia Tomboc Esplana aka Enciang

Florencia Tomboc Esplana aka Enciang, of Kekaha, passed away on Aug. 8, 2023, in Waimea at the age of 82. She was born on Nov. 13, 1940, in Brgy. Cabuntunan, Binalonan, Pangasinan, Philippines. She was a seed cutter and with the planting crew for Kekaha Sugar Plantation.

She was preceded in death by parents Catalina Abon Cezar, Leonardo Tomboc, sisters Esperanza Millet and Lyndia Herreria.

She is survived by husband Angel Esplana, daughters Elvira (Ferdi) Galo of Honolulu, Yolanda (Robert) Mangayayam of Hanapepe, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brothers Hilario (Gloria) Cezar of Lawai, Ernesto (Delia) Cezar of Waimea, sisters Emeliana Camat of Earlimart, California, Francisca Loniza of Kekaha, Leonor Navarro of Kekaha, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A wake service will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at Garden Island Mortuary in Lawai beginning at 4 p.m.

Service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Holy Cross Parish in Kalaheo. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. followed by Mass at 10:30 a.m. The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

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

Stuart Shizuo Hada

Stuart Shizuo Hada passed away at the age of 71 on Aug. 21, 2023, at his residence in Maple Shade, New Jersey. Born in Lihu‘e on Sept. 14, 1951, he worked for Bank of Hawai‘i for many years before relocating to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area where he worked for the media company, Knight Ridder. He left Knight Ridder and, in the last 15 years of his life, became very active in the Camden (New Jersey) Boys and Girls Club teaching and promoting the game of tennis. Despite being so far away, he always considered Kaua‘i his home.

Stuart is survived by his siblings Marilyn (Shigeru) Matsumoto, Christine Aguirre, Russell (Beverly), Jacqueleen (Rodney) Shimatsu, numerous nephews and nieces.

No services are planned.

Diane Kelly Leilani Keeler (Pedro)

Diane Kelly Leilani Keeler (Pedro), 57, of Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, passed away on Aug. 8, 2023. She was born on Nov. 11, 1965, in Wahiawa, Hawai‘i.

Diane graduated from Leilehua High School in 1983 and went to college at BYU-Hawai‘i. She worked for Walmart for 24 years and moved to Kaua‘i in 2009 to help at our Lihu‘e store, and she has since served as the Store Manager there for the past 9 years.

Diane loved playing and coaching sports, playing games, traveling, camping, going to the beach, snorkeling for shells, volunteering in the community, spending time with her family and friends, and capturing pictures of it all to share her happiness with the world. @dklkdmk

Diane was actively involved in helping out our community by working with the Hawai‘i Foodbank, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, Children’s Miracle Network, Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i, Red Cross, Kaua‘i Lifeguard Association, Kaua‘i Marathon, Badges and Buckets, the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce, and so many others. She was truly a blessing to us all.

Diane is survived by her husband David Keeler, her four sons Lance Horiuchi, Kekoa Dalit, Joseph Machado, Logan Keeler, her six daughters Liane Horiuchi Reilly (Shelbie), Kiane Dalit, Kelly Machado, Kamille Machado, Aileen Bronner, Amber Keeler, her father Aneti Pedro Sr., her grandmother Gladys Clark, her brothers Aneti Pedro Jr., Jon Pedro(Sara), her sisters, Sania Pedro, Senetima Pedro, Jamie Clark, and her nine beloved grandchildren.

Diane is preceded in death by her mother Gloria Pedro and her brother Bruce Pedro.

Her Celebration of Life will be held this Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall from 2 to 9 p.m.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (95-1039 Meheula Parkway, Mililani, HI). Visitation begins at 8:30 a.m.; and service at 10 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park Cemetery.

Yolanda Nalani Kaleiohi

Yolanda Nalani Kaleiohi, 76, passed away on Aug. 14, 2023. She was born in Lihu‘e on April 13, 1947, and worked as a campus aid at Kapa‘a High School.

She was preceded in passing by parents Peter and Mary Ramson, husband Abraham Kaleiohi, siblings Adam Gilbert and Lydie Kawaihalau.

Yolanda is survived by son Ellsworth (Kehau) Kaleiohi, daughter Marisa Kaleiohi, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, siblings Lorraine Cadauas, Harbey Ramson, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be announced at a later date.

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

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