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Obituaries for Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Leah Kanoelani Pereira

Leah Kanoelani Pereira, of Kekaha, passed away on July 25, 2023, in Waimea at the age of 73. She was born on Sept. 18, 1949, in Waimea. She was a licensed practical nurse.

She was preceded in death by father Isaac K. L. Hookano, mother Mitsuko Kimura and nephew Hoku Hookano.

She is survived by husband Patrick Pereira, sons Patrick Liko Pereira of Waimea, Daniel Kila Pereira of Waimea, daughter Gina Marie (George) del Fierro of Makakilo, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, brothers Aaron Hookano of Honolulu, Isaac Liko Hookano of Kekaha, sister Prellna McGee of California, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the DHHL Kekaha Enterprise Center. Talk story/visitation is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. followed by a celebration of life. The family suggests casual attire and welcomes flowers and requests that koden (monetary gifts) be omitted.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Yvonne NaOmi Puanani Mae Elaban

Yvonne NaOmi Puanani Mae Elaban, better known as “Omi”, 68, passed away at home in Hanapepe on Aug. 17, 2023. She was born on O‘ahu on Aug. 24, 1954, and was the proprietor of Eat n Gitt food truck till retiring in 2020.

She was preceded in death by parents Clarence “Puka” and Mitsue Elaban and niece Danielle Elaban.

She is survived by partner Carla Dusenberry of Hanapepe, brothers Lee (Becky) Elaban, Guy Elaban both of Arizona and Cal (Jennifer) Elaban of Ohio, sister Kim (Rod) Neal of Arizona, extended Dusenberry ‘ohana: Sal and Dynamite Dusenberry-Lee and ‘ohana of Kalaheo, Garrick Dusenberry and ‘ohana of Hanapepe, Krim and Manu Dusenberry-Kenolio and ‘ohana, Shane ‘Aulani Dusenberry and ‘ohana both of Maui, Penny Dusenberry of Hanapepe, hanai parents Al and Pat Ho and ‘ohana of Lawai, hanai sister Carrie Palama and ‘ohana of Kalaheo, best buddy Keith Pigao of Lawa‘i, and also leaving behind numerous nieces, nephews and ‘ohana from near and afar.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, at Garden Island Mortuary with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. and remembrance from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

The family and Carla would like to give special thanks to Dr. Buik and nurses of KVMH, and Kauai Hospice.

Garden Island Mortuary assisting the family with arrangements.

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 and PMRF.

She was preceded in death by father Ralph Dominador Fernandez, mother Rosita Aperto Naumu, brothers Edward Fernandez and 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, 2023, 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.
Source: The Garden Island

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