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Obituaries for Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Lawrence ‘Larry’ Rivera

On the evening of Jan. 30, 2023, at the age of 92, legendary and beloved Kaua‘i entertainer Lawrence “Larry” Rivera peacefully passed away at the Garden Isle Healthcare Center in Lihu‘e after a brief battle with cancer.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1930 in Kekaha, to Policarpio and Rose Rivera (deceased). He lived in Wailua Homesteads and is survived by his darling wife of 68 years, Gloria Rivera, and their six children Lurline (Michael) Fernandez, Dwayne Rivera, Ilima Rivera, Derek (Ada) Rivera, Leilani (Darryl) Low, Larry *Pam) Rivera Jr., and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and their names are…

A celebration of life is Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Catherine Church in Kapa‘a. Visitation starts at 9:30 a.m., Mass at noon, and burial to follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Lihu‘e. For additional details, go to

Kay Kiyoko Kato

Kay Kiyoko Kato passed away on Jan. 27, 2023, in Hanapepe, at the age of 90.

She was born on March 13, 1932 in Japan. She was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by husband Robert S. Kato and son Lance S. Kato.

She is survived by sons Blaine (Lorraine) Kato of O‘ahu and Glenn (Kehau) Kato of Kaua‘i, daughters June (Jeffrey) Ikeda of Hilo and Laverne (Umesh) Gheewala of California, 16 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

A service is Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Garden Island Mortuary, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m.

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

Garden Island Mortuary if assisting the family with arrangements.

Reiko Saiki

Reiko Saiki, born on Dec. 14, 1930 in Wailaua, O‘ahu, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Feb. 3, 2023. She retired from Ala Moana Bowl Fountain in 1982 and Aloha Airlines in 1999, and was an active member of Faith Christian Fellowship and Lihu‘e Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by husband Sadamu Saiki, parents Kensuke and Chiyo Toyama and brother Toshio Toyama.

She is survived by children Raleen (Raymond) Pascua, Nolan (Mary Jane) Omi and Leesha (Edward) Kawamura, all of Kaua‘i, grandchildren Dr. Kailene (Melvin) Oliveros of O‘ahu, Tara (Dr. Matthew) Ishiki of California, Hailee Omi of Kaua‘i, great-grandchildren Maika Oliveros, Emi Oliveros and Kanani Oliveros, all of O‘ahu, sisters Fukiko Hamamoto of Oregon and Elizabeth Solodyna of Nevada, and brother Kenji Toyama of Oregon.

Special thank you to Pastor Larry Matsuwaki, Kaua‘i Hospice and Dr. Michael Braun.

A private scattering of ashes will be held. The family graciously declines koden.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lawrence George Tsukamoto

George Tsukamoto, 78, of Kapa‘a, passed away on Feb. 3, 2023. He was born in Honolulu on July 24, 1944. After graduating from Kaua‘i High School, he served four years in the Navy as an engineman 3rd class petty officer, stationed at AC Division Twelve at San Diego, and was deployed throughout the Western Pacific, Japan, Okinawa, Philippines and Vietnam. He was a district council 50 union member, and in 1987 he founded Garden Isle Painting Company.

He was preceded in death by parents Takeshi and Chiyoko Tsukamoto, wife Sandra Tsukamoto and daughter Dawn Tsukamoto.

He is survived by the love of his life of 19 years, Puanani Carvalho, sons George (Rie) Thomas Tsukamoto of Kapa‘a and Makana Carvalho of O‘ahu, daughters Jadelyn (Jeff) Eaton of Oregon, LaVerne (Wendell) Packard of Kapa‘a and Leilani (Nick) Seau of Anahola, grandchildren Taylor Tsukamoto, Chance (Madison) Tsukamoto, Keoki Tsukamoto, Kamaile Packard, Kalehua Packard, No‘eau Seau, Kaie‘ie “Tita” Seau and Na‘alehu “Bulla” Seau, great-grandchild Hadley Tsukamoto, sister Lily (Yuki) Higa of Pearl City, O‘ahu, and brother Arthur (Cherie) Tsukamoto of Honolulu.

A service is Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Borthwick Kaua‘i Mortuary, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. and services at 10 a.m. The family suggests casual attire.

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

Thelma H.T.L. Chun

Thelma H.T.L. Chun passed away at her home in Lihu‘e, at the age of 97, surrounded by her family. She was a retired Wilcox Elementary School teacher and an organist for Lihu‘e Christian Church and Kapa‘a First Hawaiian Church. She was a lover of music, and spent her time as a volunteer teacher at various places around the world.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, the Rev. Richard Chun, children Dennis (Kyoko) Chun, Malcolm (Carrie) Chun, Jonathan (Sandy) Chun and Debbie (Tiffany) Chun, grandchildren Keao, Noa, Kamaka and Makana Chun, Lauren, Jason and Kristin Chun, Kelcie and Dayna Ragasa, great-grandchildren Na‘ale and Lei Chun, Cami and Mikey Ambrose and Romi Kummerow, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is at Lihu‘e Christian Church on Saturday, March 25. Visitation begins at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., and pa“ina to follow.

The family was assisted by Kaua‘i Hospice and Garden Island Mortuary.

Maria Lourdes Singson-Bueno

Maria Lourdes Singson-Bueno, 56, of Lihu‘e, passed away in Lihu‘e on Feb. 8, 2023. She was born in San Juan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, on April 10, 1966, and was a certified nursing assistant at Hale Kapuna Heritage Home and a private home caregiver with Marilou Racc Home.

She was preceded in death by parents Herino and Cecilia Singson and sister Genoveva S. Visario.

She is survived by son Archilles Singson-Bueno, daughter Karen Monic Singson-Bueno, grandchildren Korra Charlotte Singson-Bueno Peralta and Athena Cassandra Singson-Bueno Peralta, siblings Alberto L. Singson, Reynaldo L. Singson, Cornelia Guzman, Luzmelda Ondevilla and Godofredo L. Singson, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is Friday, Feb. 17, at St. Catherine Church, with visitation from 9 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

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

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