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Obituaries for Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Setsuko Kobayashi

Setsuko Kobayashi passed away on Nov. 13, 2023, at her home in Koloa, Kaua‘i, at the age of 90. She was born in Koloa to Tokuichi and Kinu Hadama on March 4, 1933 and retired as a cook from the Wilcox Hospital cafeteria.

The youngest of 5 children, Setsuko and her siblings were invited by their neighbor in Oma‘o to attend the “brown church” in Koloa. During her childhood days of attending Sunday School and learning about the Bible, Setsuko decided to place her faith and trust in Jesus and to receive Him as her personal Lord and Savior. She did her best to live a life committed to the Lord and to raise up her children and grandchildren according to the truth of God’s Word.

Setsuko will always be remembered for her sweet smile, her heart of gratitude and her ability to live in the moment. Although her memory declined in her final years, she never forgot to say thank you to family and friends she spent time with. The joy of the Lord continued to be her strength until she took her final breath here on earth. Setsuko loved doing word search puzzles and attending the Kaua‘i Adult Day Health Center where she enjoyed playing bingo, trivia and charades. She also loved singing and we know that she is now singing with the angels in her eternal home in heaven.

Setsuko was preceded in death by her parents Tokuichi and Kinu Hadama, her sisters Kiyono Sato, Shigeko Ogata, her brothers Richard Fumio Hadama and Walter Masami Hadama.

She is survived by her daughters Laurie (Michael) Depoe of ‘Ele‘ele, Lynne Kobayashi of Koloa, son Miles (Mary Jean) Kobayashi of Lihu‘e, grandchildren Jaycie, Sean, Kody, Allan Jeremy (Taylor), Mikaela, Madden, Arahbella, great-granddaughter Ayla, numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Services will start at 10:30 a.m. with lunch to follow. Burial services will be held at the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery at 1 p.m. The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

The family would like to extend a very special Mahalo to the Kaua‘i Hospice team for all their love, support and encouragement that they provided.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Louisa Kalanui Adolfo

Louisa Kalanui Adolfo, of Kapa‘a, passed away on Nov. 15, 2023, at the age of 88. She was born on Sept. 8, 1935. She was a retired laundry attendant at Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Hotel.

She was preceded in death by husband Luis Javier Adolfo Sr. and parents Samuel Lei Napohaku and Cecelia Hookano.

She is survived by sons Kevin Adolfo of Lihu‘e, Luis Adolfo Jr. of California, daughters Geraldine Koerte of Vallejo, California, Loretta Copeland of Vallejo, California, grandchildren Lance Koerte (Sherri), Donna Garcia (Robin), great-grandchildren Noelani Bonilla (Michael III), Justin Garcia, Kelan Garcia (Tanner Kimura), Zailea Garcia (Teighler Kaulili), great-great-grandchildren Brylen Bonilla, Kitana Bonilla, Taezlyn Bonilla, Hayven Koerte-Butac, sister Juliette Asato (Roger) of O‘ahu, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service will be held on Dec. 16, 2023, at the Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i. Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. with a celebration of life to follow.

The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

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

William ‘Willy’ Kwan Lup Ng Sr.

William “Willy” Kwan Lup Ng Sr., of Hanama‘ulu, passed away on Nov. 16, 2023, at the age of 95. He was born on May 5, 1928. He was a retired truck driver for Sears, Roebuck and Company.

He was preceded in death by wife Rosaline Ng, sisters Tina Tomacder, Dorothy Zane, brother Daso Perlas and granddaughter Lani Lynn Barretto.

He is survived by daughters Jocelyn Ng, Elizabeth “Liz” (Frank) Barretto Jr., son William Ng Jr., four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m., service at 10:45 a.m., and burial will follow at Lihu‘e Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.

The family suggests casual attire and requests that flowers be omitted.

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

Beatrice Mary Leilani Shimizu ‘Sweetheart’

Beatrice Mary Leilani Shimizu “Sweetheart” Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and devoted friend to all whose lives she touched has passed away. It is with a heavy heart that we announce her passing.

On Dec. 4, 2023, Bea, 72, of Hanapepe Heights, died at Wilcox Medical Hospital. She was born on Dec. 2, 1951, in Waimea.

She was preceded in death by her husband Allen Shimizu, daughter Kuuipo Shimizu, her parents Beatrice and Manuel Santos Sr., and survived by her sons Matthew and Corey, grandchildren Brent, Jaden, Jezzie, Taysia and 10 sisters and brothers (Bea the eldest of 11) as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was employed by Aloha Spirits as day Manager and Immaculate Cleaning as a housekeeper.

Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, at West Kaua‘i Hongwanji Mission, Hanapepe Temple. Visitation will begin from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and services will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by Reverend Tomo Hojo. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in Hanapepe at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Anastacion (Ana) Agpaoa

Anastacion (Ana) Agpaoa, of Lihu‘e, passed away on Nov. 13, 2023, at home at the age of 97. She was born on April 3, 1926, in Lawa‘i, Kaua‘i. She was a housekeeper at Kaua‘i Surf and a kupuna at King Kaumuali‘i Elementary School.

She was preceded in death by husband Urbano Agpaoa, daughter Adoracion Raquel, parents Flabiano Galot and Maria Galot.

She is survived by sons Norie Raquel (Stephanie) of Kaua‘i, Jerry Raquel (Mi) of Kaua‘i, Pacifico Raquel (Miyong) of Nevada, Enrique Raquel (Dorothy) of California, daughters Evangeline Budrewicz (Hanz) of California, Marilyn Char (Russell) of Kaua‘i, Josie Carroll of Kaua‘i, Remy Rea of Kaua‘i, 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.

A service will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, at the Garden Island Mortuary. Visitation is from 9 to 10:30 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.

Janet Marie Olsen

Janet Marie Olsen, of Kalaheo, passed away on Nov. 21, 2023, in Kalaheo at the age of 81. She was born on Nov. 13, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. She was an office manager.

She was preceded in death by parents Helen and James Dixon and daughter Debbie.

She is survived by sons Brit (Stephanie) Yates of Kalaheo, Robert Crunk of Houston, Texas, grandchildren Amber Castillo, Drew, Devin and Sophia Yates, Steve, Kaylee, Madison and Casey, great-grandchildren Peyton and Jackson Castillo and Conner, sisters Marilyn of Peoria, Arizona, Denise of Corpus Christi, Texas, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Burnette Dolores Fujinaka

Burnette Dolores Fujinaka, 94, passed away at her home in Kapa‘a on Dec. 7, 2023. She was born in Kapa‘a on April 27, 1929, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in passing by her loving husband of 67 years, Matsuo Fujinaka, parents Louis and Irene Mandrigues, siblings Neil, Irene, Melvin, Priscilla, Ruby, Norma, and Elmer.

Burnette is survived by her children Regina (Ryan), Marvin (Penny), Wendy (John), Lisa (Rodd), grandchildren Rachel, Kayla, Rodd II, and great-grandchild Seth.

Private services.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Herbert Akira Nishikawa

Herbert Akira Nishikawa, of Lihu‘e, passed away on Nov. 27, 2023, at the age of 84. He was born on Oct. 12, 1939. He was a retired professor of nursing at the University of Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by parents Masanori and Yoshiko Nishikawa, siblings Edwin, Frances Galdeira and Henry Sr.

He is survived by sister Bessie Furushima of Lihu‘e, sister-in-law Gladys Nishikawa of Los Angeles, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts.

Private services will be held.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary and Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home are assisting the family with the arrangements.

Gerald D. Faulkner

Gerald D. Faulkner, 91, passed away on Nov. 12, 2023, in Lihu‘e. He was born on Aug. 14, 1932, in Alabama. He was an ophthalmologist and a Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by mother Edna Eastis, father Dewitt Drennen, son Kelly Faulkner and stepson Donnie Libre.

He is survived by wife Fely (Igne) Libre Faulkner, sons Dr. Alan Faulkner, Steven Faulkner, stepsons Lydell (Yvonne) Libre, Floyd (Peggy) Libre Sr., stepdaughter Rhoda (Michael Hayton) Libre, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, 13 step grandchildren and 21 step great-grandchildren.

A service is Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort, Makai Ballroom, in Kapa‘a. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by service at 10:30 a.m. Internment to be at a later date at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery.

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

Michael Wayne Kiyabu

Michael Wayne Kiyabu, 76, passed away on Nov. 29, 2023, in Kapa‘a. He was born on May 9, 1947, in Hawai‘i. He was in the U.S. Navy and a retired Kaua‘i Police Officer.

He was preceded in death by mother Hatsuko Kiyabu, aunts Rita S. Kiyabu and Theresa Braun.

He is survived by wife Lori R. Kiyabu, son Michael K.G. Kiyabu (Michael Haritos), daughters Lori G.K. (Glen) Balisacan, Kristy Sasachika (Chance Kinney), stepdaughter Liana (Randall) Koerte, sister Teri Kaluahine, brothers Larry Fernandez, Eddie Fernandez, grandchildren Norven Balisacan, Kingston Kinney, Roman Kinney, Royal Kinney, Kannon Kinney, beloved pets Orion, Kitty, Tang, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at later date.

Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Source: The Garden Island

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