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Obituaries for Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Ofelia ‘Punay’ Resinto

Ofelia “Punay” Resinto, 81, of Koloa, passed away peacefully at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Jan. 31, 2024. She was born on Nov. 16, 1942, in the Philippines. She retired from the County of Kaua‘i and The Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa.

She was preceded in death by husband Conrado Resinto and daughter Zenaida R. Dizol.

She is survived by children Josie Resinto (Paul Wingler), Eddie (Shan) Resinto, Lolita (Boyet) Galo, Maria Anderson, Paris (Char) Resinto, Reza (Rodel) Minia, Carol (Gregory) Efhan, Mary Ann Resinto, Kevin (Kris) Resinto, Kekua Resinto, 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life is Sunday, March 17, 2024, at the Koloa Neighborhood Center. Visitation is from 11:30 a.m. to noon, with service at noon and lunch to follow.

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Chandler

Thomas “Tommy” Chandler passed away on Feb. 28, 2024, in Anahola at the age of 76. He was born on May 5, 1947, in Lihu‘e. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a welder.

He was preceded in death by mother Adeline Chandler and father Kaipo Chandler.

He is survived by wife Wilma Chandler of Anahola, daughter Summer Chandler of Los Angeles County, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a celebration of life at 12 p.m. The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Michael Jean Higley

Michael Jean Higley, of Lihu‘e, passed away at his home on Feb. 17, 2024, at the age of 73. He was born on May 9, 1950, in California. He was previously a waiter at Gaylord’s Restaurant at Kilohana Plantation and Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa.

He was preceded in death by father Lloyd Higley and wife Laureen Sakai-Higley.

He is survived by daughters Alohalani (Kiele) Higley, Farren (Russ Mahuiki-Cummings) Higley, son Quintin (Elisha Nabeshima) Sakai-Higley, mother Angela Higley, sister Cherei Griffin, brother Marc (Janet) Higley, six grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

Michael Hanohano Vea

Michael Hanohano Vea, 71, of Anahola, passed away at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Jan. 30, 2024. He was born in Waimea, Kaua‘i, on June 27, 1952, and was a deckhand with Smith’s Boat Tours.

Preceded in death by his parents Feliciano and Ellen Vea.

He is survived by his wife Sandra Lee Vea, children Michael Vea, Jenna (John) Cox, Germaine Vea, Justin Vea, siblings Valenciano (Linda) Vea, Julia (Delbert-dec.) Lewis, Florentino Vea, Marianne (Joseph) Kanahele, sisters-in-law Donna Obrero, Hattie Obrero, Darlene Obrero Sasil, brother-in-law Jonathan Obrero, numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life was held.

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

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